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Restaurants are looking for increasingly innovative ways for people to experience food – eating in the pitch black, eating in complete silence, eating with no cutlery – the list goes on. One that slipped under our radar is Amsterdam eatery Eenmaal, which sidesteps the issue of ever having to ‘go dutch’ by only serving single customers. (They serve married customers too, but they have to eat alone.)
The pop-up restaurant opened for two days back in June, and the name Eenmaal translates literally as ‘one time’ or ‘one meal’. (But what a fine meal it is/ was: €25 for four courses, including drinks.) Created by Dutch designer Marina van Goor, the idea was a social experiment to help break the taboo of eating alone. And presumably the faux pas of not splitting the bill correctly.
More than 2,000 flights come in and out of London every day. And, we’ll admit, there are times after a particularly hectic day that we’ve looked at the planes flying overhead and wondered where the lucky so-and-sos are off to. Now, thanks to a smart bit of thinking from British Airways, you can actually find out. (Nice spot Jamie C.)
BA’s new campaign is simply called ‘Look Up’ and features a young boy on a video screen pointing to the sky above Piccadilly Circus. That’s not the clever bit. The clever bit is the little fella’s actually pointing to a real plane, with the flight’s number and destination displayed below.
Needless to say there’s some pretty advanced wizardry behind it all, including some custom-built surveillance technology, combined with plenty of blue-sky thinking. (Sorry.)
“We fancy clean apparel. We dig botanical scents. We are sick of nasty chemicals.” These are the words that sit proudly on the label of Remedy, a new detergent launched by Berlin-based The Laundry Detergent Company.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the 100% recyclable and biodegradable apothecary-style bottles hold some sort of ancient medicinal powers, but the only magic the 100% natural lavender and mint-scented detergent works is on your clothes (even at 30 degrees).
A couple of months back we showcased Tangent Garment Care – a similarly beautiful organic laundry detergent set up by David Samuelsson. Now it seems the Swedes aren’t the only ones who believe clean should also be green.
There was a time, not so long ago, when receiving a winter-pattern sweater on Christmas day would be greeted with insincere smiles and thanks. But in this world of ironic cool that we live in the Christmas sweater has been elevated to a must-have status, and Coke Zero’s Sweater Generator has just added a competitive edge to it.
Sweatergenerator.com allows you to decorate your own personal Christmas kitschwear with a variety of festive icons – from narwhals and ninjas to T-Rexs and turkeys. Once you’re happy with your creation you can upload it and bombard your friends with requests to vote for it through all the usual networks.
The 100 with the most votes will be ‘carefully handcrafted by loving machines and shipped to their loving creators, just in time for the tacky sweater loving season’. Somewhat surprisingly, at the time of writing this was the sweater with the most votes:
It’s Christmas Day (not today – we’re just imagining here). Aunty’s asleep in the chair next to a glass of sherry; Dad’s considering tackling the mountain of washing up; the kids have lost interest in their toys and are being brain-washed by Mary Poppins; and (if you’ve got around to it) next to the front door will be two or three bin bags of ripped up wrapping paper.
The UK alone is responsible for 227,000 miles of wrapping paper every year – enough to stretch around the earth 9 times – which makes Lush’s new Vivienne Westwood Knot Wraps/ neckerchiefs/ headscarves such a beautiful alternative: the wrapping is as much of a gift as the present inside it. (And you can reuse it next year if you want, just make sure you wash it first.)
The Knot Wraps are made with 100% organic cotton and cost £15, with all profits going directly to Climate Revolution Fund.