Pelle Soap Stones

You better soap up


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Here at .W we’re big fans of soap and of hygiene in general, and we really hope you are too. That’s why we’re so excited to come across some new soapsmiths who make us want to get dirty just so we can get clean again. PELLE make and cut their Soap Stones by hand in their Brooklyn studio. Using nothing but all-natural, vegetable-based ingredients, PELLE stones are jampacked with essential oils like eucalyptus and camphor.

The fine people behind these pristine gems is designer couple, Jean and Oliver Pelle. Their designs are so easy on the eye you kind of want them to be edible, but it’s probably not a good idea to start snacking on suds. Boasting seven colour/scent combos, like cedarwood, grapefruit and lemon basil, the complete collection is seriously delicious. What’s really refreshing about PELLE is they also sell seconds that didn’t make the first cut, so there’s no waste – earning themselves a five-star hygiene rating from us.


Bee One Third

Uh-huh honey


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We don’t want to harp on about it, but bees are pretty damn important. They pollinate over one third of the global food supply. So when we hear about local beekeepers spreading the honey love in their neighbourhoods, we like to sing their praises. Affectionately named after the aforementioned benefit, Bee One Third are pioneering urban beekeeping in Brisbane by installing hives on rooftops, in backyards and community spaces, then taking care of all the upkeep.

As well as helping produce nectar, Bee One Third also run workshops – to spread the word about how important the honey bee is and why we need to be more proactive about sustaining production. And environmentally-minded businesses around the city are already advocating the impressive initiative by stocking Bee One Third to sell in-store or including the honey in their dishes. How sweet is that.


Kumeko

Unpack the picnic


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Picnic mats seem to forever be that one item you forget to bring to your park, beach or outdoor adventure. Well, not anymore – say hello to Kumeko’s bag AND picnic mat. We all know two-in-ones rule, and now you can go from comfortable picnic mat to spacious tote bag with just a fold, lift, click and fasten. Voila! You’ve got a bag and you’re good to go.

The company behind this clever combo is Kumeko. Based in Berlin, their mission is to present traditional lifestyle products in new forms, shapes and textures. Their bag/mat combo is made from 100% cotton and recycled leather, and it’s just one origami-inspired product of their Ship-Shape collection. Kumeko’s beautifully functional offerings inspire us to take a minute, relax and enjoy our surroundings – and we really can’t argue with that.


Luzinterruptus

Lost your bottle


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What do you get when you cross an anonymous art group with a commission to highlight the shocking amount of plastic waste we discard on a daily basis? A luminous labyrinth of plastic, that’s what. Formed in Spain by a photographer and an artist, Luzinterruptus are known for staging guerilla public ‘interventions’ around the streets of Madrid. Invited to travel to Krakow as part of the Katowice Street Art Festival, the pair created an artistic

comment on the modern plague of waste with a 26-metre installation of suspended, illuminated plastic. Particularly keen to highlight the environmental and social impact of bottled water, Luzinterruptus created their magic from 6000 bottles deemed unfit for sale by a local bottling plant. Hung in plastic bags with LED lights inside them, the lights were joined by bottles discarded by locals over the course of the two week stint – with the whole lot meticulously recycled once the festival was over. Plastic fantastic indeed.

 


Green Cheese Cheesemaking

Dairy good


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Everyone likes cheese. It’s a fact. The soft ones, the hard ones, the gooey ones, the smelly ones. They’re all delicious. So you can only imagine our excitement when we came across the starter kits from Green Cheese Cheesemaking – allowing you to make all the pressed curds you desire in the comfort of your own home. Success at last. Rich in flavour and history, green cheese is a term for fresh cheese – one that has not thoroughly dried yet, nor been aged.

The brainchild of Slovenia-based Barbara Prezelj, her handmade kits encourage people to whip up the goods at home and experiment a little – spreading the art of cheesemaking one starter kit at a time. Each bundle contains all the materials you need to make your own – you just need to decide whether you wanna make goat cheese, ricotta, paneer, labneh or queso blanco, or all five. Yes, ALL FIVE. We’ll quit rambling/drooling and leave you with one last thought: sweet dreams are made of cheese. Unless you’re lactose intolerant – then that really, really sucks.