Archive | September, 2011

Reblog: An Ultimate Cheap Trick!

29 Sep

This inspired me so much I can,t help but share. As usual, Laura has something clever up her sleeves


Please take a few moments to watch this inspirational video about the amazing good that can come from an empty plastic bottle.  Video

Isang Litrong Liwanag  (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

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Titi Ademola.

15 Sep

Afro-centric style, evident in its use of vibrant colours and textiles fashioned together with up to date, modern silhouettes and designs.

Ghanian fashion designer, Titi Ademola.

Holwood Actress Nicole Ari Parker

looking casual yet chic in an ankara print dress from Kiki Clothing, by Nigerian-Ghanian fashion designer, Titi Ademola.

Book furniture

14 Sep

If you have many books that you just want to get rid of, here is a way to do it that is Eco-friendly.

Richard Hutten - layers

Book Desk

Thumbs up!

11 Sep

It is mind-boggling to discover how many tones of paper are collected on the daily at the Fretex paper recycle plant in Stavanger. 50 tones in a day, WOW! This, I found out on my visit to the plant  with Magny Tjelter  Friday 12 2011.

I got the opportunity to see what it takes to sort the paper that is put into recycle.  The tour of the plant was very interesting and educative.

First as seen below, the trucks that collect paper  from the Rogland area  are unloaded.

Another truck then shovels the paper onto  a belt which takes the paper into the first sorting cabin.

The first thing that is done is to remove any waste that does not qualify as paper, things like plastic bags, candy wrappers or plastic . Different paper grades then have to be separated and cardboard gets sorted first. It is put into a machine that compresses and ties it into bales that makes it easy for  a forklift truck to move it around. Brown cardboard actually has a huge market and is sold to paper mills which recycle it.  Milk cartons are also put into a separate pile which is  compressed and exported to Germany.

Paper is manually sorted along this belt.

Safe demolition of documents.

The picture above shows shredded “important” documents. Fretex offers this service too. For example, a bank would pay Fretex to safely shred documents for which no further use is needed.  This department has fewer people working there and they are sworn to secrecy. No visitors are even allowed in this department. Some workers at the plant don’t even set foot there so obviously I didn’t take a picture. I could only take one of the shredded bits. It would take the worlds greatest genius to puzzle these shreds into even quota of a document.

After the shredding, the bits are also pressed into bells as show in the picture below


 The paper is compressed into bales to make it easier for the fork-lift truck to move them around. It also makes storage and transportation more practical. the fork lifts load the bales onto the trucks which transports the paper to different companies or ports for exporting. China buys a lot of mixed(unsorted) paper waste which they recycle into numerous products.

 Fretex also does glass and tin collecting .

I also discovered that fretex had a hand in creating the The items below. They are made out of recycled paper

Cup holder

Medical tray sometimes used by dentists.

Vlisco : Tresor (via )

8 Sep

Yey! Someone shares my liking!

This is what I call haute couture! Stunning collection from veteran designers Vlisco. Vlisco have been creating fabrics that form an essential part of the lively west and central African culture since 1846. This is not exactly a down-to-earth brand, but sometimes it's nice to enjoy pure opulance and drama! What dramatic designs. Vlisco … Read More


Modern Afro design

8 Sep

My discovery of  VLISCO, a dutch company that makes cotton fabric with Afro inspired prints led me on a very addictive journey. I say addictive because I could not stop exploring their site, thier designs and prints appeal soooo much to me. I don’t really know why, maybe its a thing in my Afro blood :). Below are some of the designs they have.


One thing led to another after discovering vlisco and I now spend a lot of my free time checking out African designers on the internet.(I am a little embarrassed that I didn’t know about some of them before, they are so awesome!!!). The ones that caught my attention most are those that use traditional african fabrics and print in their designs. Here are some of my discoveries.

Sika is an African clothing brand based in the UK.  Designer Phyllis Taylor is the brains behind SIKA and she has been making great strides in the fashion industry by incorporating  traditional African print fabrics such as tie and dye, batiks and wax prints with contemporary styles.


Ugonna Omeruo (from Nigeria)


And from Uganda, Gloria Wavamunno

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

6 Sep

Leslie Oschmann  redesigns Old paintings  into wonderful bags that have stories written all over them. She also combines a typical African fabric called dutch wax print manufactured by a company called Vlisco with used dutch mail bag  to make rack-sacks.

Leslie Oschmann oil Paint bags

Bags by Leslie Oschmann

Each bag has a story to tell.

A used Dutch mail bag combined with a Dutch-wax Print fabric.

She up-cycles furniture with oil paintings too.

Read more about here work here

Her use of a typical African fabric got me interested in seeing how other designers have it fabric and I discovered that Vlisco, the company that makes the fabric Lesie uses,  also  has a line of gorgeous bags.

Bags by Vlisco

After discovering Vlisco my interest for them grew more and more, Maybe its in my African blood :). Apparently their fabrics appeal to mainly the African market. It is lately catching on like wild-fire on the internationally fashion-wise but that’s a story for another day. Till then, enjoy!

little splashes of color (from Uganda)

4 Sep

yellow hibiscous

orange calendula

Red Acacia flower Image Location: Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Uganda (East Africa)

pink hortensia

blue corn flower

blue lavender