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Cork makes a buoyant return
We often associate cork with wine. But the Portuguese company AHUA is using the material for what was one of its original purposes: buoyancy. The company makes and sells thin surfboards and handplanes (surfboards for hands) made of light and eco-friendly cork. The project was funded thanks to an entrepreneurship prize and crowd funding website Massivemov.
Why it matters
Being one of Portugal’s most exported products – it accounts for 55% of the world’s cork production – it’s nice to see a variation of its use. The project in itself is an example of creating new with what you already have. What can big brands learn from the modus operandi of startups backed through crowd funding platforms like Massivemov or Kickstarter?
17. May 2012
Sweat Shop is a "cafe couture", a new creative concept situated near hotspot canal St Martin in Paris. Imagine 10 work stations equipped with 10 SINGER sewing machines and one central communal table. 5 courses are being offered every week to help people perfect their knitting and sewing skills.
“Due punti” is a colorful diamond ring made from hypoallergenic silicone. It comes in 16 colors with a diamond set in silver. Sold for only 56€, it’s an innovative jewel that makes diamonds accessible to all.