Sunday, February 14, 2010

Fresh Ideas

Sundays are a Thinking Day for me.

Even today, Valentines Day, for a few hours while my wife is at work.

This is from a weekly email I receive to spur on your Thinking:

Springwise newsletter | New business ideas for entrepreneurial  minds

Hi Scott,

Our latest issue is now online. Here's a quick run-down of the new business ideas that
caught our attention this week:

25degreec Cookbook-only store with test kitchen and cafe
Retail / Food & beverage / Media & publishing

The staff at Singapore's 25° Celsius bookstore embrace the 'try
before you buy' concept by cooking dishes featured in the books
they sell, and serving the food to patrons of the store's cafe.

caboodlecats Eco-habitats for cats that can be decorated by kids
Style & design / Homes & housing

Caboodle offers a line of sustainably made structures for cats cats
to play, lounge and hide in. Doodle-friendly, they're designed to be
customized and decorated by children.

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shoesofprey Handmade shoes, designed by consumers
Fashion & beauty / Retail

With Shoes of Prey's simple, online design tool, bespoke footwear
is just a few clicks away for women who want to design their dream
shoes and have them hand-crafted to match their requirements.

yealands Plastic bottles for carbon-saving wines
Food & beverage / Eco & sustainability

The recyclable plastic used in New Zealand winemaker
Yealands' newly-launched Full Circle range generates 54%
less greenhouse gas emissions and uses 19% less energy.

shineonbrightly More artistic urns & memorials
Lifestyle & leisure / Style & design

Shine on Brightly helps people commemorate a loved one by
offering handmade urns, jewelry, textile art, remains-infused
handblown glass, and personalised books, poetry and paintings.

rentcycle Helping rental companies take their business online
Life hacks / Marketing & advertising

Rentcycle is an online marketplace for renting goods and services.
Users can search by product, area, and supplier; and the back-end
handles reservations, transactions, and inventory.

wplusw Eco-iconic toilet reuses sink's wastewater
Eco & sustainability / Homes & housing

Bathroom fixtures designer Roca has created a toilet in which
wastewater from the integrated sink is used to fill the cistern,
saving up to 25% on normal water consumption.

localmotors Crowdsourced dream cars

Harnessing a global community of designers and engineers,
LocalMotors runs automotive design competitions -- and
then builds the winners to order.

eyebuyart Original art, priced for all
Retail / Style & design

A newly launched online photography gallery seeks to
make art less intimidating and more affordable for everyday
consumers. Prices start at USD 25.

scootergirls Stylish scooter gear for women
Fashion & beauty / Transportation

Female motorcycle and scooter riders no longer have to choose
between safety and fashion. ScooterGirls' new apparel line
combines cutting-edge style with robust engineering.

xxx Eco-minded promotional goods
Eco & sustainability / Marketing & advertising

Canada-based Fairware sources promotional goods for
companies that want their brand identity to reflect a
commitment to social and environmental responsibility.

xxx A 3D printer for the masses
Style & design

MakerBot Industries aims to promote the DIY manufacturing
movement by producing affordable 3D printers that allow
people to create almost any plastic object.

Our next issue will arrive in your inbox on 17 February 2010. In the meantime, please
check out our daily posts, subscribe to our RSS feed or follow us on Twitter.

Warm regards,

Liesbeth den Toom
Senior Editor

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