Day: May 26, 2024

USA FlagsUSA Flags

USA Flags represent the United States and can be found year-round on government buildings and private homes. It is especially popular to fly flags on civic holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Flag Day. Flags are also placed near war memorials and the graves of those who died fighting for America.

The American flag consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. The thirteen stripes represent the original Thirteen Colonies that rebelled against British rule and became the first states in the Union. The colors symbolize various meanings: red stands for hardiness and valor, white stands for purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance and perseverance.

Stars and Stripes Forever: Celebrating USA Flags

In 1818 Congress passed an act that stated that new stars would be added to the flag when two more states were admitted, but the number of stripes and stars would remain at thirteen to represent the original colonies. This design of the flag has remained unchanged since.

The American flag has several nicknames including “Old Glory” and the Star Spangled Banner. The name “Old Glory” was given to a flag that belonged to a ship captain in the War of 1812. He named it after his home town of Salem, Massachusetts and used it on patriotic occasions. This particular flag hung at the Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Dry Wash in Brazil – 7 Guidelines for Designing Sustainable ProductsDry Wash in Brazil – 7 Guidelines for Designing Sustainable Products

As businesses and brands increasingly design for household environments, incorporating user behaviours that support sustainability can make or break a product’s success. This article shares seven guidelines for designing products that encourage sustainable behaviours during the use phase, based on pioneering user-centred research conducted in Brazil, India and UK households through in-context interviews, observations and laundry diaries.

Ensure that the users can control the various resource inputs and outputs of the process. In the case of Brazilian laundries, this is achieved through top-loading machines where the water is added by the user, visualising the waste water and allowing them to adapt the water use to suit their specific washing needs (e.g. by adding garments halfway through the cycle). In contrast, most British machines are installed into the plumbing system so they cannot be controlled or modified and consumers have a much lower understanding of their resource consumption because the machine is hidden away in the kitchen.

Sustainable Solutions: Exploring Dry Wash in Brazil

Lavanderia was founded by two Argentine sisters in 1994 who wanted to revolutionize car-washing in Brazil. Their invention of an eco-friendly wax that cleans cars spotless without the need for any water saved millions of gallons of the precious commodity and is now sold worldwide. Their business is thriving, attracting billionaire execs to their ‘cleaning and polishing’ services for private jets, too. This year they are opening a new branch in Brazil that offers end-to-end laundry services, delivering washed and ironed clothes straight to your door.