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Design, Fashion, Sustainability -

As COP26 comes to an end, businesses across all sectors are thinking about what they can do to lessen their impact on the environment and approach production in a way that is friendlier to the environment and safe for consumers.  For microbusinesses, often led and funded by an individual or duo, it can be tricky to find the right balance when it comes to manufacturing in particular. Sure, there are factories in Leicester that can create garments for you for under a tenner per piece, but how sustainable are they? How do they treat their workers? How much waste are...

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Awards, Design, Disability, Entrepreneurship, small business -

  Earlier this month, Kintsugi won the 'Digital Star' award at The Small Awards, an event organised by Small Business Britain to celebrate the work of small businesses that can often go unnoticed. We were delighted to win and to see other brilliant companies pick up recognition for their ideas and innovations. But that wasn't the only thing we were pleased about. Small Business Britain used the awards ceremony to showcase their new d:Entrepreneur campaign; a campaign designed to tell the stories of businesses led by disabled entrepreneurs. The campaign's website explains: "There are 14 million disabled people in the...

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Design, Disability, Inclusion -

“It's intuitive — easy on, easy off — and evidence of how design, innovation and engineering can meet to answer an ambitious North Star: the creation of a hands-free shoe.” Nike’s own description of its new ‘FlyEase’ trainers is as accurate as it is succinct. The shoe design has two main features – a “bi-stable hinge” that allows it to be secure in both its fully open and fully closed states; and a “tensioner”, which assists the motions involved in putting on and taking off the shoe. By way of background info: a few years ago, a teenager with cerebral...

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