Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
When you read the words ‘probiotics’ and ‘good bacteria’, you’ll probably picture a tub of yoghurt or Yakult – not necessarily cleaning products. But today’s a new day, complete with a natural new science-based health trend: Pro-microbiome.
Put simply (we’ll try), the human microbiome is the collection of bacterial genes in your body. Unbeknown to us until recently, attempts to scrub it away with antibacterial soaps, antibiotics and harsh household cleansers have the potential to leave us worse than before. It may even help explain the rise in conditions such as obesity, diabetes, asthma and allergies.
As awareness increases, the time is ripe for brands to be swapping nasty chemicals for ‘good’ bacteria, getting back to a more natural, human state. To reflect this Natural House have created a range of playful, personality-led product names such as Dishy, Flushy and Sinky.
So stop sanitising for a second and start ‘seeding with probiotics to continuously weed out the bad micro-organisms’? Time to get Trashy, naturally, we thinks…
Holidays. The perfect time to get away from it all. Forget about the stress and strains modern life. Treat yourself to a couple of weeks relaxing in the middle of nowhere. Well now it seems a couple of French entrepreneurs have taken the idea of ‘spending some time in your own bubble’ quite literally.
Casabubble was set up by designers Frédéric Richard and Pierre-Stéphane Dumas to give happy campers a unique experience through a range of inflatable bubble rooms, bridging the gap between the indoors and the outdoors.
The aim is to maximise the experience of getting back to nature, whilst minimising the impact on the environment. Gone are the comedic days of your tent collapsing in the middle of the night – you just need to listen out for a constant hissing noise. And maybe remember to pack some sellotape.
Butch and Sundance. Riggs and Murtaugh. Buzz and Woody. Jake and Elwood, Garth and Wayne (schwing). Hollywood’s seen some pretty epic teamwork over the years, but none are more innovative than Grolsch’s latest partnership with the film business.
They’ve recently launched a bottle that uses Bluetooth technology to sync with your computer/ tablet/ smartphone and download a free film when you crack open a bottle. Flip the lid, chink your device, have a swig, watch the movie. The only thing you need to watch out for is spilling your beer over your brand new MacBook Air.
It’s currently only available in Russia via movieunlocker.com, but we’re sure it won’t be long before similar trials are rolling out across the rest of the world. Rocket science? Not really. Genius? Absolutely.
Shhhh at the front! If you’re an angry cinema-goer, the kind who tuts whenever someone rummages in their popcorn or fumbles with their fruit gums, this is for you.
Renowned food design studio Bompas & Parr has created luminescent ice cream so movie watchers can see their snacks in the dark. Created for Cornetto, the ice creams feature the iconic waffle cone and chocolate top, but with a glowing yellow filling.
It’s made using riboflavin – or vitamin B2 – which glows under certain wavelengths. To make sure the cones are shown off to their maximum potential, UV light is shone into the cinema to illuminate the ice cream without ruining the film.
Nothing you can do about those day-glo drips down your jumper, sadly.
Remember how exciting it used to be dropping off a film to be developed? The hope you felt as you picked your snaps up? The despair you felt as you flicked through them?
Now, the smartphone camera generation can recreate those feelings of suspense with 1-Hour Photo, a new app from software developers Nevercenter.
Instead of posing and re-posing and posing again, 1-Hour Photo makes you wait an hour to see your photo, when it’s printed out for you in black and white.
Fingers crossed it’s one for the album, not the bin.