A Radical Idea for Patagonia Clothing Inc.

I’d say if Patagonia really wants to be “all in” on the animal welfare chain, they’d remove down as an insulation material from their clothing catalog.  I eat meat and I understand it’s difficult for companies to be ethically consistent, but honestly I think it’s insane for a company to say, “We trace our down, these are happy geese.”

The other item I’d amend is this, start producing clothing in the US.  Fuck it.  It will cost more, but let people who buy Patagonia pay more, let them choose.  Smug it up.  I think this would be a win win.  Guarantee American manufactured goods with no animal products used (except for ‘humanely treated’ human labor), hold a light up for the world to see and all that.  Again I appreciate that all the things that go into a garment are unlikely to ever be produced in the US of A, but at the very least, it’s worth trying.

1″ thick folding table… & a human powered Quad’copter

Step 1) Fly to Italy
Step 2) Buy 1″ thick folding table
Step 3) Fly home

lodovico bernardi table

Sources: lodovico bernardi Design-ing™ ; Dornob ; Gizmodo

And HT to Evan on this one, you know, just a human powered helicopter.  Nothing new there:

Source: Evan ; Popular Mechanics

Scrappin’

As far as designers speaking honestly and pragmatically about their craft, this is one of the best interviews I’ve ever watched.  Jared Souney shot this piece of Aaron Draplin for YoBeat & Level.  I had previously come across Draplin’s work on John Gruber’s Daring Fireball, links to an interview last February with Pencil Revolution, where Draplin talks about pencils and his work with the Field Notes Brand.

Here is part two of the interview with YoBeat (part 1 is here) and below that is the extra footage for Level magazine.

Aaron Draplin: Part Two
Aaron Draplin: Part Two from YoBeat on Vimeo.

Aaron Draplin for levelmag.comAaron Draplin for levelmag.com.