Edible cutlery - such a great idea to prevent plastic waste https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/12…y-utensils
I want one of these.... shaped as a Hobbit hole!
"Earthships can be built in any part of the world and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. The Most Versatile and Economical sustainable green building design in the world."
Bamboo bikes! Another brilliant example of responsible social enterprising. http://ghanabamboobikes.org/en/
"The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is a social enterprise that addresses climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and youth unemployment by creating jobs for young people, especially women, through the building of high quality bamboo bicycles."
Not being pessimistic, but "ethical products" could be the next marketing nuisance. With regulation being weak, especially in developing countries, there is no way to figure out whether a product is actually 'ethical'. We may end up paying a huge premium for allegedly 'ethical products' which may be in reality quite unethical.
I do think privacy is vital for a functioning democracy, and that goes for communications technology especially.
I started this week looking at smartphones for myself, trying to choose an OS and a nice affordable phone. The more I looked online at potential security and privacy issues the more concerned I became.
Most phones use Android, and that is reported to have serious vulnerabilities leaving it open to hackers. Motorola's parent company Lenovo have admitted embedding spyware on laptops, and Motorola themselves were said to gather user information from phones, including passwords, some of this gathered over un-secure connections. The mind boggles.
My other option (can't afford iPhone at present) is a Nokia/Windows phone, but I'm wary of privacy issues identified on Windows 10. I do use Win 7 and Office 365 on my PC, and I do like them very much.
All these phones are amazing miracles of technology. If only we the people could control them!
So, after that preamble, can I ask if TPO could consider commissioning some smartphones, to be configured to our own needs? The technology exists, the phones are there. We could use our own hack-test experts to screen the products. We could crowd-fund it. What tech company could resist a nice big order.
I know it won't be as simple as that, but let's look at it.
I get so mad when I see people running around town with multiple Primark shopping bags. How can anybody think it's okay to only pay 5€ for a beautifully designed shirt? If YOU're not paying the due price for it, then a poor worker somewhere is probably paying it for you by having to work ridiculous hours just to barely get enough food on the table for the family. And risk having the ceiling come down on you because there isn't enough money to keep the factory safe... Stinks to the high heavens.