Design Can Change The World: Home Service Crockery

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So far in the Design Can Change The World series I’ve written about innovative creations that make life better for people in developing countries, like A Litre of Light that helps illuminate slum housing, The Information Blanket tackling infant mortality and Repurpose Schoolbags helping kids in Africa make more of their education. Today though, I… 

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Design can change the world: Repurpose Schoolbags

Pupils wearing solar schoolbags in South Africa

Education is something we take for granted in Britain. But, in developing countries, school fees are beyond the means of many parents and we hear time and again from our artisans that they use the fair trade wages they earn to pay for schooling, uniforms and classroom materials for their children. Education can be the… 

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Design Can Change the World: The Information Blanket

The Information Blanket

The idea that a purchase here in the UK can directly improve the lives of people in need in developing countries is central to what we do at Decorator’s Notebook, with many of our products being made by social enterprises and co-operatives around the world. For this instalment in the series we wanted to share with you… 

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The fashion designer going one step further to learn #WhoMadeYourClothes

Ali Mapletoft won't buy clothes for a year without meeting the maker

Did you see the Clothes To Die For documentary on BBC2 last night about the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka, the same city where our social enterprise partner Basha makes our kantha quilts? Asking about the origins of the things we buy – from fashion, to food, to home accessories is something we should… 

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The Sea Chair: watch beautiful sustainable furniture being made from marine waste

The Sea Chair Video

Sustainable design is something that is really important to us as Decorator’s Notebook. Sometimes the most inspiring creations are those made from re-purposed waste materials and some of our favourite products on the Decorator’s Notebook Shop do just that. Our light shades made from recycled pallet wood, recycled glasses and of course our Kantha quilts to name a few. This week I… 

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Design Can Change the World: A Litre of Light

Alfredo Moser Liter of Light

Back in November I was fortunate enough to visit Durham’s Lumiere Festival for the third time. The light festival takes over the historic city for four days, with a projection onto Durham Cathedral as its centrepiece. One of the smaller installations brought attention to a simple invention which is changing the lives of millions around the… 

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