Tuesday, 8 June 2010


Given we've gone quickly from sunshine to rain again, in typical Scottish style, I thought I would post this piece of protective design. The Eco-Brolly by Shiu Yuk Yuen is an environmentally friendly umbrella made to encourage people to recycle newspaper, card, plastic bags etc and use this as the canopy. It's not designed for long distances and I wouldn't want to use it in a downpour or high winds, but how often do people get caught short without an umbrella (an A1 art folder makes a very effective brolly) or the one you have fails so you're forced to wander around using random objects as a little bit of protective cover?

"It is a supporting devise when it rains, all the user has to do is unscrew the top lid, poke the lid onto the middle of a reuseable object, quick screw to secure it & open it out like an umbrella!" (Yuen, link, 2008)

Et voilĂ ! Couldn't be easier and it would certainly be an effective way to use up the Metro's that are abandoned all over London every day. It would make storage much easier since the wettest part of the brolly would be disposed of and while you might ask why not just use the paper since it is equally as disposable and there is absolutely no wet part to put into your bag. Well, next time it rains you try holding a broadsheet over your head with as much ease as the girl in the photo appears to be. I bet you'll curse your lack of umbrella then.

Listening: Deftones - Jealous Guy

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