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Renting Clothes

posted Jul 12, 2011, 8:57 AM by Ting Jiang   [ updated Jul 12, 2011, 10:29 AM ]

Companies should earn most profit by renting out clothes instead of selling clothes including the daily clothes. The mode of clothes consumption should switch from buying and selling to renting. Why? Why not. How often have you worn a shirt until it is torn apart? Where do all the clothes go? Dustbin? Black hole?
In terms of implementation: the pricing of the second hand clothes would depend foremost on the age of the clothes and most likely decreases exponentially with age. Brand new clothes will be very expensive as they become rarer. Everyone would need to specify the length of rent upon purchase. In fact, you are purchasing the usage time. You would get money back when you return the almost intact clothes on time. It is great because:

1. Sharing makes us connected, rich and poor, new generations and old generations, one and another...
2. Clothes companies will have the incentives to make clothes in better quality for renting them longer...
3. We can afford to change the wardrobe often without feeling guilty towards the environment...
4. We treasure the clothes more as we won't be able to wear them in the future...
5. People would not pile up clothes unnecessarily as there is a price for that...
6. People need smaller houses as they no longer need to store clothes...
ps: for the ones who rarely buy new clothes, it is fully compatible if you don't feel like going through the boredom of renting. You can simply just rent them for years...

The Water Subway

posted Jul 12, 2011, 8:48 AM by Ting Jiang   [ updated Jul 12, 2011, 9:48 AM ]

What if we can build water subways(floating tubes) in the ocean which are powered by the ocean waves and man-made water vortex? In the most ideal case, the subway trains could be pushed forward by the water in a pure mechanical way. Lighting should be kept within the tubes to protect the sea ecology. However, the water should be visible from inside to enrich the travel experience as if visiting the ocean park.

1. it saves energy and decrease air pollution
2. it is fun to see sea animals taking the water subway
3. it is potentially safer than flying

The energy-saving & energy-producing shoes...

posted Jul 1, 2011, 2:41 AM by Ting Jiang   [ updated Jul 1, 2011, 5:42 AM ]

What if we can wear energy-storing shoes which stores energy from our walking and can be used directly for charging our electronic devices, such as laptop and ipod?

  • Everyone can make energy anywhere anytime.
  • You feel more incentivized to save energy. Otherwise you would have to walk more.
  • The consequence of having to walk when the battery is running out is anyway good for health.
  • You no longer need to carry laptop battery charger around which could save some kilos for airplanes, cars, shoulders to bear.

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