After a glorious day off yesterday and time to blog hunt and surf for pleasure I came across a fabulous new blog, Supercyclers via The Design Files. This girl power design duo, Plastic Fantastic created these water tight upcycled plastic bag containers for this month's Milan Exhibit The Other Hemisphere. (You'll be surprised at how simple this project is)
Then I read through my email blog subscriptions for the day and flagged this article by the ever poignant Tara Gentile. Who proposed this idea of respect towards craft and all items made by hands:
"I propose that we codify an expectation of respect throughout craft culture, microbusiness, and personal consumption. If you’re an entrepreneur, respect yourself in your prices, your product descriptions, your conversations with cooperititon [definition coming!], and your use of the marketplace. If you’re a consumer, respect others – all of them – for the value they add to your life through the products they produce – whether lovingly handcrafted or mechanically constructed."
And the light bulbs began flashing faster than a strobe on a dance floor. Yes! That's it! Crafting a Life of Respect. Respect for ourselves, for others, for the planet, for creating, for connecting, for family, for our bodies, for the things we touch daily.
What if this idea became the new business model. The new approach...
Something tells me it is heading in that direction. Of course we live in an imperfect world but what will the next generation look like if our lives are built on the foundation of Respect?
These are exciting times we live in. A place for visionaries!
What is your vision today?
images: plastic fantastic-- sarah k and liane rossler