Packaging lets consumers message the farmers that made their food
Consumers don’t often have an intimate knowledge of where the food they buy at the supermarket or consume in restaurants comes from, but we have seen efforts to greater inform customers, most recently with the Harney Sushi restaurant, which details its sustainable fishing practices through edible QR codes on the meals themselves. Going slightly further, however, Cisse Trading Co. is now including QR codes on its baked goods and hot drinks that enable customers to send a message to the farmers that harvested the ingredients. READ MORE…

Packaging lets consumers message the farmers that made their food

Consumers don’t often have an intimate knowledge of where the food they buy at the supermarket or consume in restaurants comes from, but we have seen efforts to greater inform customers, most recently with the Harney Sushi restaurant, which details its sustainable fishing practices through edible QR codes on the meals themselves. Going slightly further, however, Cisse Trading Co. is now including QR codes on its baked goods and hot drinks that enable customers to send a message to the farmers that harvested the ingredients. READ MORE…

Investors scheme supports local artists, offers artworks instead of shares
For a while now, the community-supported agriculture model has been connecting residents with locally farmed goods in return for investing in those farms. Aiming to do the same for the arts, CSA+D in Brooklyn, NY, is a studio which enables those in the community to purchase shares in the work it produces. READ MORE…

Investors scheme supports local artists, offers artworks instead of shares

For a while now, the community-supported agriculture model has been connecting residents with locally farmed goods in return for investing in those farms. Aiming to do the same for the arts, CSA+D in Brooklyn, NY, is a studio which enables those in the community to purchase shares in the work it produces. READ MORE…

Platform makes home DVD watching social
It’s occasionally the case that cinemagoers aren’t enthralled by the choice of new releases offered, and sometimes it’s just easier to stay in and stick a DVD on. We’ve already seen Mobz enable Brazilian consumers to choose what gets screened at their local cinema, and now The Couchers is solving the second problem, by turning home film watching into a social experience. READ MORE…

Platform makes home DVD watching social

It’s occasionally the case that cinemagoers aren’t enthralled by the choice of new releases offered, and sometimes it’s just easier to stay in and stick a DVD on. We’ve already seen Mobz enable Brazilian consumers to choose what gets screened at their local cinema, and now The Couchers is solving the second problem, by turning home film watching into a social experience. READ MORE…

Through app, consumers connect with local fashion boutiques based on social interests
The fashion industry and social networks are just as dynamic as each other, which is perhaps why they lend themselves well to each other in a retail scenario, something that Material Wrld has already picked up on. Now the walkby app enables users to ‘follow’ new trends or products in order to receive notifications when local boutique stores have stock that matches their interests. READ MORE…

Through app, consumers connect with local fashion boutiques based on social interests

The fashion industry and social networks are just as dynamic as each other, which is perhaps why they lend themselves well to each other in a retail scenario, something that Material Wrld has already picked up on. Now the walkby app enables users to ‘follow’ new trends or products in order to receive notifications when local boutique stores have stock that matches their interests. READ MORE…

3D-printed rocking stool can be made anywhere and is constructed in seconds
Flatpack goods are meant to make installing new furniture easy for homeowners, but they can often be more hassle than they’re worth, especially when they’re made of cheap materials. Fabsie is enabling customers to purchase a locally-made flatpack stool from anywhere – or even cut it themselves – and assemble it in seconds. READ MORE…

3D-printed rocking stool can be made anywhere and is constructed in seconds

Flatpack goods are meant to make installing new furniture easy for homeowners, but they can often be more hassle than they’re worth, especially when they’re made of cheap materials. Fabsie is enabling customers to purchase a locally-made flatpack stool from anywhere – or even cut it themselves – and assemble it in seconds. READ MORE…

Online farmer’s market enables local, subscription-based food communities
It may be feasible for a large hospital to build and operate its own organic greenhouse, but that’s simply not an option for countless other organizations and communities, however much they might want similar produce. Enter Farmigo, a site that connects local farms with groups such as workplaces, schools and community centers for custom delivery subscriptions direct to a convenient community location. READ MORE…

Online farmer’s market enables local, subscription-based food communities

It may be feasible for a large hospital to build and operate its own organic greenhouse, but that’s simply not an option for countless other organizations and communities, however much they might want similar produce. Enter Farmigo, a site that connects local farms with groups such as workplaces, schools and community centers for custom delivery subscriptions direct to a convenient community location. READ MORE…

In Finland, a crowdfunding platform for community projects
Following on from our coverage of Smallknot, the US site that enables residents to support their favorite local businesses with donations, we’ve now discovered another similarly community-minded crowdfunding platform. Operating in Finland, Brickstarter encourages citizens to take civic projects into their own hands, rather than waiting for governments to pick them up. READ MORE…

In Finland, a crowdfunding platform for community projects

Following on from our coverage of Smallknot, the US site that enables residents to support their favorite local businesses with donations, we’ve now discovered another similarly community-minded crowdfunding platform. Operating in Finland, Brickstarter encourages citizens to take civic projects into their own hands, rather than waiting for governments to pick them up. READ MORE…

From Brooklyn, a curated source of locally made gifts


We’ve been writing for years about the power of local roots to give a product extra appeal, and recently we came across another notable example. Similar in many ways to the likes of A Vida Portuguesa and Canadian Blank, With Love, From Brooklyn is a company that curates and sells a variety of gift items that are made in its local area. READ MORE…

From Brooklyn, a curated source of locally made gifts

We’ve been writing for years about the power of local roots to give a product extra appeal, and recently we came across another notable example. Similar in many ways to the likes of A Vida Portuguesa and Canadian BlankWith Love, From Brooklyn is a company that curates and sells a variety of gift items that are made in its local area. READ MORE…