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Eco Brolly Turns Anything Into An Umbrella

Eco Brolly Turns Anything Into An Umbrella

Eco Brolly (Images courtesy Shiu Yuk Yuen)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve ever been caught in a sudden and unexpected downpour (you probably weren’t wearing your weather forecasting Suunto Lumi) you’ll know that a newspaper can make for a half-decent substitute umbrella. But holding it over your head while trying to keep yourself and whatever else you’re carrying dry can be difficult. Enter designer Shiu Yuk Yuen’s Eco Brolly concept. Essentially it’s an ultra compact collapsible umbrella frame that’s designed to use newspapers, plastic bags or anything else you can get your hands on to keep you keep dry.

Now obviously newspapers have the tendency to disintegrate when they get wet, but I don’t think the Eco Brolly is designed as a replacement to an actual umbrella. Think of it more as an emergency solution that’s small enough to carry with you on days where there’s a slight chance it could rain. I actually like the concept, particularly since you can just chuck the newspaper into a recycling bin when you get to where you’re going, instead of having to hang it somewhere to dry like with a regular umbrella.

[ Eco Brolly ] VIA [ Yanko Design ]







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  • Jen

    I doubt it could work very well.. and if you’re in the rain you won’t have time to fiddle with a newspaper and an umbrella frame. But then again I never did mind to get wet.

  • Elfgrin

    Brilliant!

  • Anonymous

    Because having ink running down one’s face is preferable to getting a bit wet?

  • Jade

    If u dont like to use newspaper, then use plastic bag!

  • Aaron

    Can you use the back of Pete’s head?