Trends we spotted | Week 17


  • Trends we spotted this week

At we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the smaller trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about a vegan mozzarella produced in a lab, transparent wood as a substitute for glass and a toilet in Japan in which you’re completely surrounded by an aquarium with hundreds of fish and other sea creatures.

To reduce the use of plastic, the Rimping Supermarket in Chiang Mai uses banana leaves to wrap food! And if you’re going to New York, check out the PhoBar, if you love to eat Thai food!

Disney World is getting an upscale ‘Beauty and the Beast’-bar and at Netflix you can watch a new documentary on street food!

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Mozzarella | Vegan mozzarella produced in the lab

More and more companies produce meat without having to kill animals, but what about cow cheese that can be produced without the help of a cow? A new startup called New Culture, originally founded in New Zealand, is working on this reality. This is possible using only plant-based ingredients. Dairy proteins are responsible for the majority of dairy cheese and are so unique that they cannot simply be replicated in this plant-based world. This is why these essential dairy proteins, also known as casein proteins, are being taken and sustainably producing them without the need for a cow!

Transparent wood | As a Substitute of glass

Wood is known as a strong, abundant, inexpensive and renewable alternative to conventional building materials. Today, wood is even seen as an alternative to traditional silica-based glass. Transparent wood is a good material for solar cells, since it’s a low-cost, readily available and renewable resource. Researchers have started chemically removing lignin from natural wood fibers. This created a material that was beautifully white, but still not transparent. To achieve that transparency, the material was mixed with polymerized methyl methacrylate (PMMA). According to KTH, this new process must be particularly suitable for large-scale applications and mass production. A nice and sustainable alternative to use in your company!

Street food | Documentary series on Netflix

Street food is often seen as one of the best ways to experience the traditions and flavors of a location. This is also the aim of the new Netflix Street Food series. The documentary focuses on food vendors from different countries in Asia with their experience of having long working days and deal with financial poverty to deliver food that is easily available to everyone. This series can be seen from today!

Banana leaves | Used to wrap food packages

Supermarket Rimping in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has started packing a number of food products in banana leaves. Banana trees are easy to find in Thailand an some can produces leaves up to 3 meters long. The robustness of the blade also makes them an excellent candidate for packaging products. The leaves are also biodegradable and therefore good for the environment. A good idea to reduce the use of plastic! In the article some more examples of biodegradable packaging from these regions.

Disney World Is getting an upscale Beauty and the Beast bar

At Disney World a new movie-themed ‘Beauty and the Beast’-bar will open inspired by the live action 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast. An old cocktail lounge at Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort is being turned into an upscale new drinking den that will include a big chandelier that will look like Belle’s gown. For Disney fans, read the article at the website of Eater.

The ultimate women’s toilet | A toilet surrounded by hundreds of sea creatures

The Hipopo Papa cafe In Akashi, Japan, has a new design of their toilet which is inspired on the sea life. The (nowadays) well-known café offers the toilet an aquarium-like environment that is also the only reason for its growing popularity. A total of more than $ 270,000 has been spent to make this enchanting toilet. The toilet has been created to give a feeling to relieve themselves the way they would while swimming in the ocean. The toilet also has its disadvantages. It is said that some customers spend much more time on the toilet and some visitors who have fear to go to the toilet while hundreds of sea creatures are looking at you. But if you are in Japan anyway… definitely worth a visit!

DIY PhoBar in NYC’s Chinatown

At this restaurant you can create your own perfect bowl of Pho. Fill it with all kind of vegetables, rice, noodles, fish, meats and their ‘crazy, rich broth’ which is brewed for 25 hours. Check out the video on the Facebookpage of RSVP!


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