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This week: at-home algae, investment wines, film and philanthropy unite in Nigeria, carbon-conscious foods and luxurious off-grid living.

BioBombola by ecoLogicStudio, London

1. At-home algae for green-fingered families

London – BioBombola by ecoLogicStudio is an eco-driven household kit that invites individuals, families and communities to cultivate their own algae garden.

Designed to bring nature and wellbeing into the home, BioBombola is allows households to grow and harvest their own spirulina. Each kit includes a one-metre-tall lab grade glass container filled with 15 litres of living photosynthetic spirulina. Its air piping system and small air-pump keeps the algae afloat while pumping fresh oxygen in the surrounding environment. Both sustainable and effective, the algae output also delivers edible vegetable protein.

‘We believe that this product will [help to] redesign some of the logic that led us to the current health crisis,' explain Claudia Pasquero and Marco Poletto, founders of ecoLogicStudio. 'If we, collectively, transform air pollutants into highly nutritious aliments there will be fewer opportunities for viruses to exploit unsustainable food supply chains and for polluted atmospheres to reach and attach to us.’

The benefits of algae are increasingly apparent – not only for interior and urban air cleaning but as an edible source of nutrients.

Vinovest, US

2. Vinovest taps affluent Millennials with investment wines

US – The new platform guides users through investing in managed portfolios of investment-grade fine wines.

Vinovest is aiming to make 'alternative assets' such as fine wine more appealing to a younger affluent audience by dusting the cobwebs off what is seen as a traditional and often un-transparent type of investment.

Via its Millennial-friendly site, it provides clients with a hands-free approach to wine investment. Open to those investing upwards of £804 ($1,000, €891), its infrastructure means investors don’t have to store the wine themselves while insurance, commissions and authentication are also covered.

‘We realised that despite its lucrative returns, there were still many barriers to entry preventing this asset class from becoming more accessible to mainstream investors. We want to allow more people to participate in the upside of wine investing, so Vinovest was born,' says Anthony Zhang, its founder.

With Millennials taking an increased interest in their finances, they are looking for ways to invest their money in physical items over digital assets.

Rise in Light by Alton Mason and Melanin Unscripted in partnership with Khan Foundation & directed by Amarachi Nwosu with cinematography by Soof Light and styling by Ugo Mozie, Lagos

3. A coming-of-age film supporting Nigerian families

US & Lagos – Supermodel and performer Alton Mason is using his role in new short film Rise in Light to assist vulnerable families impacted by Covid-19.

Partnering with global brand strategy and creative communications consultancy Melanin Unscripted, Rise in Light’s debut is combined with the launch of the #RiseInLight campaign, which aims to support Nigerian youth and their families.

The film, which was shot in Nigeria, focuses on Mason’s character overcoming fear by drawing on ‘the light that lays within him’ and in turn finding his purpose. Premiered by Vogue.com and Dazed Digital, the campaign has raised more than £9,093, ($11,500, €10,178) for the Khan Foundation, a Lagos-based non-profit providing food and basic necessities for households facing loss of income or loved ones during the pandemic. The #RiseInLight campaign will now deliver supplies to more than 300 families in Lagos.

Demonstrating how the arts, entertainment and philanthropy are aligning at this time, Mason and Melanin Unscripted are showing how Generation Z are driving more purposeful social storytelling. Explore how this is also unfolding in India in our recent interview with Tamseel Hussain, founder of Pluc TV.

4. Just Salad adds carbon labelling to its menu

US – The casual dining chain has calculated carbon emissions for its entire menus to encourage smarter eating among customers.

In a collaboration with NYU Stern school of Business students, Just Salad’s carbon footprint labels reflect the total estimated greenhouse gas emissions produced by the production of each ingredient. While a Tokyo Supergreen salad counts just 0.21 kilograms of CO2, a quarter-pound hamburger clocks 3.75 kilograms.

The labelling, which hopes to incite greater discussion among customers over how their eating habits affect planetary health, is part of the company’s sustainability strategy. ‘A calorie label simply isn’t enough anymore – we need to know how our food choices affect our wellbeing at a planetary level,’ says Sandra Noonan, chief sustainability officer at Just Salad. ‘Our new carbon labels will provide that insight, helping guests make more holistic choices that take climate change into account.’

Just Salad is tapping into the rise of Climate-positive Foods, as more restaurants turn their carbon-offsetting efforts into campaigns that urge consumers to make food better choices.

Just Salad in collaboration with NYU Stern school of Business students, US
Diagonal Dwelling by Nicos Yiatros and NYDE

5. A boutique sanctuary for luxurious micro-living

Scotland – The Diagonal Dwelling is a self-sufficient cabin concept designed for remote locations.

Envisioned by architectural studio Nyde, the gravity-defying design aims to challenge the norms of standard prefab cabins. Packed with luxury amenities, the concept also offers sustainable, off-grid living. In addition to being customisable to fit clients’ personal needs, it can be fabricated within 20 weeks and installed on site in less than 10 days once it is shipped to a location.

The unconventional shape, which is set at 55 degrees to optimise solar panels, offers more floor space than typical angles permit and allows guests to enjoy views from three different levels. The dwelling also accommodates more luxuries than traditional hotel suites, including a hot tub, an elevated terrace, a high-spec kitchenette, a bedroom with mini-bar, and a living space with a day bed and fireplace.

In the age of Liberation Luxury, the Diagonal Dwelling demonstrates how high-end design is evolving in line with Untethered Luxurians’ itinerant lives.

 

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