Why did I just invest in Fairnopoly?

Because I want a fair and social alternative to online shopping behemoths that evade taxes, exploit social safety systems, and abuse their employees. Because when I consume, I try to do it ethically. And most of all, because I want to support a company that has fairness, openness and transparency written into its DNA. 

Felix and his team are some of the most passionate and genuine people I have met in the social business sector, and if anyone has a shot at creating a truly fair online marketplace, it’s Fairnopoly.

For as little as 50 EUR, you too can become an investor (it’s not a donation!). As an investor (‘Genosse’), you own part of the company and enjoy voting rights and a share of future profits.

I want change. I’m sick of this capitalism of exploitation. And I’m putting my money where my mouth is.

Want to join me? Be quick, there’s only 11 days left to join.

[EDIT: today they added some transparency with this photo:

ok, if you find this too mundane, how many companies do you know allow you to look at each of their bank account transactions?]

GravityLight: i don’t know about its resource-efficiency, but this lamp makes a lot of sense: replacing the battery by using gravity’s potential energy makes this a much more eco-friendly product and presumably increases its life-span due to less ‘high-tech’ parts that need specialized maintenance.

no wonder they already raised three times the amount (as of dec 17) they were looking for - awesome project!

love the energy in her speech, the storytelling, and her message of empowerment!

incredible edible makes a great case for urban gardening and edible landscapes. for the same reason of increasing our resilience, i’m a big fan of projects like prinzessinnengarten, an urban gardening experiment in berlin. in fact, it is currently collecting signatures via change.org to ensure its future as a part of the city, so you can help them out with a few clicks.

grow - nice green street art project with moss typography by anna garforth! also, check out edina tokodi and the recipe how to do it yourself!

grow - nice green street art project with moss typography by anna garforth! also, check out edina tokodi and the recipe how to do it yourself!

melt! / m!eco interviews - english!

It Is Happening
feat. Everything Everything, Little Dragon, Miss Kittin, We Have Band

Keep It Close
feat. Architecture in Helsinki, FM Belfast, Gary Barber (Is Tropical), Junip (José González) & Retro Stefson

That’s What We Should Do
feat. Harry McVeigh (White Lies), JD Samson (Men, Le Tigre), Monarchy & Nicolas Jaar

Die Macht Etwas Zu Verändern
feat. Alec Empire, Apparat Band, Housemeister & Kiki

das war das erste der fünf videos der künstlerinterviews beim melt! festival zum thema nachhaltigkeit und m!eco (melt! umweltoffensive). hier noch das zweite deutsche video:

Irgendjemand Muss Ja Anfangen
feat. Âme, Bodi Bill, King Kong Kicks & M.A.N.D.Y.

die videos mit den englischen interviews folgen!

p.s. ebenso bei green music initiative sowie global ideas (dw-world) zu finden!

missed this at berlin fashion week: clothes and fabric from milk! the material is described with such great attributes (shall we call it milksilk?) and i’m looking forward to the men’s collection!

even though milk has a high carbon footprint, it appears that this fabric is quite ecofriendly, since it uses milk that would’ve otherwise been thrown away, and the entire production process is fairly quick, local and uses no chemicals. also, it’s an impressive water footprint: for one kilo of material, it only needs 2l of water, not 20.000l like cotton does. it also seems like it can be used for lots more as well, e.grrrrr. medical uses since it’s antibacterial.

by the way: what an entrepreneur! she started her own fashion label at 19, while getting her diploma in microbiology and has now been conducting research on the milksilk for two years now!

tomorrow i’m going to melt! festival to shoot videos with the artists for their M!Eco initiative! the line-up looks awesome, and i hope to get a lot of statements from the bigger names- stay tuned!

P.S. last year’s video interviews

time-lapse video of a supposedly sustainable building built within 6 days in china! probably not the most eco-friendly building, but a fascinating video!