Kate Adams

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My Search for the man in the Rubble

I went to find the man in this photo in Jenin refuge camp in November 2016 The story behind this was published in the Guardian on 20th January 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/jan/17/patrick-chauvel-photo-jenin-west-bank-ruined-home-london-gp        

A and E alternatives. Where to go when it isn’t an emergency


My top tips of what to keep in a home medicine cabinet

Click on link http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/26/seven-essential-items-medicine-cabinet-painkillers Photo courtesy of Amy LeForge Earnest_one

Do doctors google their patients?

Click on the link below to read my thoughts http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/08/google-patients-gp-rapport-pitfalls

Self-adjustable Spectacles nominated for Design Museum’s Award 2013

Joshua Silver, a physicist by background has applied his skills to solve a huge global problem.  He and his team at the Centre for Vision in the DevelopingWorld have designed low cost self-adjustable eye-glasses. The product is aimed at people who need to wear glasses, living in low-income countries where there are few eye specialists … Continue reading

The shoe that can power a mobile phone

The inventor, Trevor Baylis is probably best known for his invention of the Wind Up Radio, but it is his invention of the electric shoe that brings the thinkgreenfashion team to his home and workshop. The Electric Shoe An early prototype of the shoe is lying amongst all his many other inventions in an ordered … Continue reading

UK Fashion House seeks to alleviate poverty

It was Oliver Wayman’s mother who first discovered the crochet technique that creates the chain mail effect, which explains how these classic bags can be made from recycled ring pulls. The technique originated in Brazil and these bags are one of the core products of the Bottletop Fashion Company, a fashion house with a difference. … Continue reading

HIV positive Zimbabwean women design eco-bags from rubbish

The bags are colourful and beautifully crafted. It’s hard to believe that these bags have been made from recycled plastic bags that have come from a rubbish dump in Harare, Zimbabwe and that no dyes have been used. Peta Searle, a local woman is selling these bags at a Saturday flea market in Harare on … Continue reading

Following the recycled clothes from Camden to Zimbabwe

Don’t bin unwanted clothing because many livelihoods in Africa depend on the textile recycling trade- though not without controversy. On a recent visit to Zimbabwe I visited the vast indoor clothing market in Mbare. Situated in one of Harare’s high-density suburbs, it is the city’s major second hand clothing market. The market is bustling and … Continue reading

The middle men in the clothes recycling trade

“Over the years, we’ve had dead swans, dead dogs, Chinese take-aways and even a dead body left in our recycling textile bins, says Ross Barry, the managing director of LM Barry, a small family run business that acts as one of the middle men in the textile recycling trade. His father set up the business … Continue reading