Patagonia is one of my most admired companies. And interviews with any of their employees are always such a great inspiration and also a relieve - in times when every other manager interview is all about driving performance, no matter what. This one with Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia (I mean this title... yes!), is no difference. For more insights into how to build a successful company based on responsibility - read on. (via Offscreen Dispatch)
I really enjoyed the message of The NY Times Smarter Living Monday newsletter:
"If an opportunity inspires genuine excitement in you — whether it’s at work, in your personal life or anywhere else — then dive in 100 percent and don’t look back. But if that spark isn’t there, even if you’re pretty excited about it, it’s a no. The binary here is a little dramatic, sure, but the lesson is crucial: If you don’t love it, don’t do it."
Beyond the love for your friends, family, partners, pets and co, which you can cherish commercially today or not, I truly believe that it starts with caring for yourself first. And - heyho super romantico - by making sure your finances are in check! I love this little tool to play around with your investments of today for future yields.
I felt so inspired and touched by this beautiful and hilarious speech by Tracee Ellis Ross about living your own frigging life. Watch it and set your intentions for 2018!
There is a big movement in the cosmetics industry in eliminating nasty stuff like microplastics and becoming more organic, no doubt. Not so much is happening on the packaging side though. Enter the fantastic female founders of Sulapac, who invented a biodegradable packaging based on wood that is not only eco-friendly but also nice to look at. Hope we'll see more of it on our shelves soon! (via)
Fashion has a severe problem. It's one of the most polluted industries in the world. Next to the waste problem by over-production (fast fashion) and chemicals used in the production process, another big issue is the extremely poor working conditions for mostly all people sewing our clothes. Most of which stays completely in the dark for the consumer.
Enter blockchain*. This technology offers a new ways to enable transparency and consciousness about fashion production. One impressive pioneer is Provenance - an app that tracks the finished product from farm to retail. A label inside the garment offers access to this information.
My heart jumps of excitement about this technology being used to foster consumer power, better conditions in the supply chain, and education in general. Go, Transparent Company! (via)
Another good read, that takes the idea one step further: blockchain could be used to create a decentralized marketplace database, where ideally the production history of every article ever produced would be stored. While the data control stays with the owner, the information would be accessible for every brand, retailer or consumer.
*Blockchains are essentially just indexes of standardised information. In a very simple sense, blockchains are community-generated maps.
This made me laugh: a nerdy chart to estimate the number of underpants you need to bring for your travel. (via)
No chance denying: Christmas is approaching fast! What always bugs me is the amount of gift wrapping paper bought, used and tossed every year (I actually reuse such paper, but there is only so many times you can do that without the gift looking super messy). But! Nuno is here to our rescue. And look HOW PRETTY. The gift wrapping "paper" (cloth) they sell is made of 100% post-consumer recycled bottles and can also be used for other textile needs. Get ready for the most stylish Christmas presents ever! (via)
Since most of our household products (think shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.) are mainly made of water, this adds incredibly to the volume and weight of any product. The larger the product, the more resources needed to transport it. So what if you buy this very product in a solid form and add the water at home? Dutch smart student Mirjam de Bruijn invented this clever solution twenty that - taken into account for the mass market - could reduce the global emissions of transport significantly. I'm also all in for the simplicity of product and packaging design!
I'm realizing that I've come to a point where I'm really excited to learn about furniture made of trash. Especially if it looks as pretty as the one of Pentatonic. The company uses aluminum cans, CDs, smartphones and the like -- mostly locally sourced, too! -- to produce its chairs and tables and leaves out the nasty toxic stuff found in glues. Moreover, they offer a buyback incentive for recycling its items. I'd love to see more of such companies and can't wait to pay them a visit in their Berlin shop. (via)