This week, we explore an environmentally-conscious take on the Woolworths' Ooshies campaign and Play School's first-ever episode about birth and death. We also look at a palatial tourism push from Taiwan, an update to Georgia's ancient wine industry and Instagram's new augmented reality portal.
1. KING OF THE TRASH
An Australian design duo has recreated classic scenes from The Lion King using Woolworth's Ooshies toys. Instead of looking out over the African Serengeti, Simba and the gang are instead depicted surveying Sydney's landfill, highlighting exactly where they'll end up. It's a timely warning to consumers to disengage from mindless consumption and embrace environmental responsibility - after all, someday this'll all be ours.
2. BRAVE AND GRAVE
Play School is exploring the realities of life with a special new episode which will help children understand death and the grieving process. The 'Beginnings and Endings' episode will air this Monday 19 August and is a first for the show as presenters touch on their own personal stories as well the loss of character Little Ted's pet goldfish.
3. WINE DOWN
Efforts by innovative winemakers 'Qvevri.xyz' are bearing fruit as the 8,000-year-old Georgian wine industry embraces 3D printing. New technology is recreating the classic Georgian qvevri clay vessels, used to store and ferment wine, with greater consistency and is helping to appease growing commercial demands.
4. POSITIVELY PRESIDENTIAL
Want to live like a President? Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has announced a global competition for 20 influencers to win a night in Taipei's Presidential Palace and document their adventures. Eligible for everyone except Republic of China citizens, the competition is designed to bolster the tourism industry following a Chinese ban on solo travellers entering the country.
5. INSTAGRAM'S AR UPDATE
Borrowing technology from Facebook's Spark AR, Instagram users can now customise, publish and share their very own augmented reality effects including custom face filters. Coinciding with the update, Instagram will also introduce an 'Effect Gallery' so artists can showcase their own creations to other users on the platform.