Make that Cemetery a Forest

INNOVATION HAS NOW MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF YOUR LOVED ONE WHO HAS PASSED AND YOU SAVE THE PLANET IN THE PROCESS. 

https://urnabios.com/

https://urnabios.com/

From time immemorial people from different races and time have adopted different methods, from simple to bizarre, to save memories of their loved ones. These methods range from keeping a picture visible at all times, writing a biography, erecting a monument, naming an institution, location or child after them, cremating or mummifying and the list goes on.

People need not go that far anymore. A technology, innovative cum pro-earth thinking company has made Bios Urn, an incube lets you plant your Urn in your home to bring you a personal experience that honors your loved ones.  Bios Urn is a product created by Spanish design studio estudimoline that enables you, your loved ones, or your pets to be buried in a life-assuring kind of way by transforming their ashes into a tree. Thus, saving memories and saving planet earth.

Now don't go all creepy on reading this. 

The Urn is 100% biodegradable, made of coconut shell, compacted peat, and cellulose. It has two parts — a top capsule for the seed, and a bottom part for the ashes. This structure allows the seed to germinate separated from the ashes and their high acidity. Once the urn starts to biodegrade, the seed roots are already strong enough to contact them and the entire set becomes part of the sub-soil. 

The Urn is manufactured both for people and for pets; it can be used with ash saved from another urn, and it doesn’t expire. Customers can pick the type of seed they would like — oak, maple, pine, gingko, beech, ash, or choose to get an urn without a seed in order to use their own.

Bios Urn changes the way people see death, converting the ‘end of life’ into a transformation and a return to life through nature. [It is] a smart, sustainable, and ecologically friendly way to approach what’s, probably, one of the most important moments in human life.
— http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-urn-will-turn-you-into-a-tree-after-you-die

Guess what? It is rechargeable! It has a water monitor sensor and an app connected to your phone that gives up update about the growth of the plant. It can be in your living room when small and can make an outdoor garden when large enough.

Watch this video to know more about Bios Urn.

With the rate at which planet earth is being abused planting a tree in memory of your loved ones will be beneficial to all.

A wedding made in Technology

THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR TECH ENTHUSIASTS! THERE IS NOW POOF THAT YOU CAN MAKE YOUR WEDDING TECH THEMED. JESSICA NAZIRI-SABET, A TECH BLOGGER PLANNED HER ENTIRE WEDDING AROUND TECHNOLOGY EVEN TO THE BOUQUET.

Courtesy: thefeministbride.com

Courtesy: thefeministbride.com

Jessica Naziri, who works as a tech blogger at TechSesh.co wanted to create a synthesis of old-fashioned wedding customs along with aspects of modern life in 2017. She confessed that she had always wanted to plug into new technologies and make her wedding a modern-day experience, yet with age-old traditions.  She and her husband Michael Sabet, a real estate entrepreneur chose a tech theme for their Los Angeles wedding, from the invitations to the bouquet, to pictures, to souvenirs for guests who attended their wedding. 

"As I made choices like creating a custom app for my wedding, supplying charging stations at the reception, and wearing a 3D-printed headpiece, the tech theme came together organically," says Naziri. She said that as the world introduces more and more gadgets and tech into our everyday lives, weddings are beginning to do the same. She wanted to be a part of that. 

The couple created an app and website for their wedding using so their guests could share photos and chat to one another. As if that was not enough, Naziri also made bouquets for herself and her bridesmaids using Belkin lightning cables as an alternative to flowers. 

IMAGE: MHER HAGOPIAN, M.T.H PRODUCTION

IMAGE: MHER HAGOPIAN, M.T.H PRODUCTION

Jessica said that when she started planning, she realized that she was less interested in flowers and dresses than in finding ways to incorporate what she loved most as she started a new chapter in her life.

“I always wanted to plug into new technologies and make my wedding a modern-day experience, yet with age-old traditions. The tech theme just came about naturally because technology is such a large part of who I am. I wanted to bring technology down the aisle with me." This she took to another level by wearing a 3D-printed headpiece.

The social media savvy wedding just wouldn’t be complete without four Snapchat filters specially designed for the day as there were three custom Snapchat filters stamped with photos of themselves which were geofenced to the wedding venue.  

When it came to the guests, the happy couple wanted to make things as easy as possible for their friends to take photos during the day. "We encouraged everyone to keep taking photos and even provided charging stations, so you can say we definitely did not impose social media restrictions," says Naziri. According to Naziri, special charging stations are a "must-have" at weddings, so no one stresses about saving their phone battery when taking pics and posting on social media. 

Photography which is an important part of the wedding had a touch of technology as an enlisted photographer who used drones to get some extra-special 360 footage of the wedding that only drones could provide was used.

The couple really wanted the day to be "very social" and to keep the photos of the party from "a guest's perspective" thus guests were encouraged to use their wedding hashtag #SabetterTogether with the W-Fi password that was provided at the venue so everyone could be connected and social. Just so no one complains of low battery, charging points were provided at the ceremony. To cap it all, the wedding party were given portable charging packs engraved with the wedding hashtag. She chose this gift so her party would "always remember this day and keep a piece of the tech theme on hand." 

Take a full look at the complete pictures below.

I can be your hero baby

AN AFRICAN START UP HAS BIRTHED THE DREAM OF CHANGING THE NORMS OF THE AFRICAN CHILD BY HELPING TO CREATE INDIGENOUS SUPER HEROES THAT WILL INSPIRE THEM TO BE BETTER AND SOCIETAL CONSCIOUS.

Courtesy: Giphy

Courtesy: Giphy

Everyone knows Batman, Superman, and Voltron and most sometimes dreamt of being like them in their growing years. But Batman does not live in Africa, neither does Superman enjoy 80 percent of sunlight in a year. Voltron has no idea of what it means to have an African mom. This unknowingly was a gap to be filled that many were oblivious of. So, Jide Martin, a comic lover came up with an idea to create Super heroes from indigenous characters and names and called it Comic Republic

Comic Republic Global Network is a Nigerian comic character franchise that produces digital comic books to tell more compelling stories of Africa and her rich culture.

Jide Martin, CEO, Comic Republic said "I grew up consuming loads of comics and realised that we're in a society where the generation coming are not very big on listening to their parents or religion. I thought of what could I do to change this growing pattern I had a flashback of my growing years. I reminisced what did I when I needed to make tough decisions as a boy. I ask myself "What would Superman or Batman do? Superman would stand for what is right and Batman would be strong against all odds." So, I asked "Why don't I use comics to instill the right mindset in the present and even the next generation?" The same impact it had on me would still be the same impact I would like to share with the world.

Of course, I'm Nigerian and we already have western super heroes and I needed to reach people who are here in Nigeria and Africa in general. So, I thought "Why not use our culture and our people and portray them as heroes so that they can inspire and show the world in general what Africa can be?"

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Jide added that "Comic republic has seen massive downloads even beyond the shores of Africa. Most downloads come from the US at about 40 percent. 30 percent from Nigeria, 20 percent from the UK and the rest of the world shares the other percentage left."

Akintoba Kalejaiye, Content Creator Manager, Comic Republic mentioned that "All of our comics are digital because it is very easy to access them digitally. As a result of this, people who do not initially buy comic books find it easy to download and read."

They pursue the dream of making the society a better place by creating more African Super heroes and making the younger generation better citizens one comic story at a time.

To view the comics please visit http://thecomicrepublic.com/

Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

Obaranda is Giving Life to Every Day Nigerian Moments

One young Nigerian Illustrationist/Cartoonist, Justin Irabor is drawing Organic attention to himself through his weekly comic series on Obaranda. Heavily clothed in Humour and delivered with the most unpredictable satire, in less than one year, Justin has kept a fast growing number of his fans and followers coming back to his Obaranda yard. With characteristic bright pop colours, Justin is telling everyday relatable Nigerian stories in the most amazing way.

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Eco-friendly Sneakers made from Algae

HAVE YOU EVER RUN ON ALGAE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS WET? AT THAT POINT, YOUR BALANCE IS AT RISK. ONE SMART FASHION BRAND, VIVOBAREFOOT HAS TAKEN THE BOLD STEP OF PRODUCING RUNNING SHOES USING ALGAE GATHERED FROM FRESHWATER SOURCES.

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Over the past few years, the environmental experts have been screaming and warning us of the dangers of climate change and its effects which are obvious in our environment. The major solution to this problem is to embrace eco-friendliness in a bid to save the world. Since then, individuals and organisations have made efforts to reduce activities that kill the environment and have begun to help produce items that help reduce or recycle waste. Brands are now using what a few years ago would be termed as waste to make products that are durable. Vivobarefoot, in a bid to help save the world has launched a running shoe made by using algae gathered from freshwater sources.

Source: Vivabarefoot.com

Source: Vivabarefoot.com

The company's website reads thus; 

This step an ultra-eco take on our hero amphibious shoe, the Ultra III. Made using Algae rescued from waterways from around the World, this shoe is the latest of our sustainable design initiatives. The shoe is launched in collaboration with Bloom Foam, an eco-crusading team based in Mississippi who define themselves as “the world’s first plant-based, high-performance solution to synthetic and petroleum-based flexible foams.”

Every pair will help re-circulate 57 gallons of filtered water back into natural habitats, and prevent the equivalent of 40 balloons full of CO2 being released into the Earth’s atmosphere. 
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This is a good step in the right direction because harmful Algal blooms pose eco-crisis threatening marine environments the all over the world. Chemical wastes –notably containing phosphorous and nitrates, often found in fertilizers – are seeping into waterways and creating conditions that trigger the uncontrollable growth of Algae. The Algae releases toxins harmful to humans and animals, as well as depleting oxygen in the water and blocking sunlight – vital components to a healthy marine ecosystem. This can lead to mass deaths of local wildlife (marine mammals, fish-stocks, birds) and the pollution of drinking water and the air we breathe.  By removing the Algae from marine systems and replacing the ecologically harmful petro-based materials used for so many modern products, the world can be made a cleaner place.

This should serve as a lesson for brands to be futuristic in their thinking. Businesses should go beyond making profit. They should bring about innovative products that will save mankind. It has been observed that such brands win the loyalty of customers without so much effort.