8 Powerful Advertisements about Social and Environmental Issues

Most people I know complain about how annoying and intrusive advertisements are, and while this may be true, there are many of them which can open your eyes to what is happening around. Not every company tried to market its services. Sometimes, advertisements can be beneficial, because they address social, political and environmental issues. The whole point of a good advertisement is to send a message, grab attention, and have a strong impact.

We have compiled a list of 10 advertisements which will make you think twice about certain issues that affect the planet and the people around us. As David Ogilvy once put it “advertising justifies its existence when used in the public interest – too powerful a tool to use solely for commercial purposes”. So here is our list for the 10 most powerful advertisements in the world:

1.     Stop the Violence: Don’t Drink and Drive

Drunk driving is one of the major causes of accidents, but some people simply seem not to care about this. Before you hop in your truck think about the people that you might hurt. Taking a cab to avoid accidents is not that bad. This add, which portrays a man getting punched in the face is the perfect example of brutality on the streets.


2.     Bangalore Traffic Police: Don’t Talk While Driving

Not only has science proven that it is impossible for the brain to multi-task, but it is also dangerous. We have become so immersed in technology that we somehow manage to elude life. It is even possible to take a life because of this. The “Don’t talk while driving” advertisement is meant to draw attention to the problems that too much technology can cause.


3.     Save Paper – Save the Planet

Wood is without a doubt one of the most valuable resources on the planet. We use it for furniture, constructions, books, schools, and many more. But if we continue to utilize it senselessly we will soon run out. Trees also generate oxygen and protect the natural habitats of many creatures. This add “save paper – save the planet “ emphasizes on the importance of preserving wood.


4.     Every 60 Seconds a Species Dies Out. Each Minute Counts

Did you know that every 60 seconds a species dies out? Sure, you might think that there are hundreds of thousands of species on this world, but how can ignorance do the planet any good? We owe it to the World to protect other creatures.


5.     Liking Isn’t Helping. Be a Volunteer. Change a Life

I can’t remember how many times I’ve stumbled across a so-called “cause” which claimed that my like would make a difference. Seriously, who would ever believe that? It is only a marketing strategy that was meant to trick the faint of heart. The only way to help others is by getting involved.

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6.     You’re Not a Sketch. Say no to Anorexia

For some unknown reason, women have come to the conclusion that beauty is defined by the number of bones that you can count on their body. This is not true. True beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. You are not a sketch, say no to Anorexia tries to raise awareness and make women understand that the opinion that fashion magazines have about beauty is not a correct one.


7.     Global Action in the Interest of Animals: Plastic Bags Kill

Similar to the “Every 60 seconds a species dies”, the “Plastic Bags kill” advertisement also tries to raise awareness about the effects that our abuses have on other animals. These plastic bags depict animals that are being held by their necks. They have quite an impact, wouldn’t you say?


8.     For the Homeless, Every day is a Struggle

Have you ever stopped to wonder how other people around you are doing? Before you complain about your horrible job, or undisciplined children have you thought about thanking God that you have a place you can actually call home? Other people can’t afford this luxury. For them, your left-over dinner food can mean a meal for the day. Look around.


This is our round-up of the most powerful advertisements and ads in the world. We hope that they will help you see the world with different eyes.

Solo Traveling Ideas for the Summer: Preparing Yourself for the Trip

Solo traveling can be an amazing and liberating experience. People travel all the time, but they very rarely do it alone if it is not for business reasons. The hardest part about traveling alone is getting adjusted with the feeling of loneliness, but once you have learned to embrace the experience, you will definitely come to crave it. A lot of wonderful things can happen when you travel alone, and it will ultimately help you open up to life-changing experiences. So if you are thinking of setting off into the sunset, and embarking on your first solo travel adventure, here are a few traveling alone tips that you will definitely appreciate. We will talk about everything from finding the best locations and prices, to safety issues and connecting with other like-minded travelers.

Why Choose Solo Traveling Over Group Trips?

Before we begin, there is an important question that we should answer. Why choose solo-traveling over group trips? There is nothing more exciting than leaving your comfort zone and exploring the world. If you travel with a group, chances are that you will spend more time with them, but when you are alone you have the opportunity to connect with interesting locals and fellow travelers. In addition to this, you have the freedom to plan your trip as you see fit. You are the one making all the decisions, and this sense of autonomy will help you get past your insecurities and loneliness.

1. Where are the Best Places for First Time Solo Travelers?

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The first thing you should know if you are a first time solo traveler, is to focus on destinations with strong tourism infrastructure. Areas which have a history of political conflict or less developed infrastructure might become a hassle. Before you embark on a journey to such a country, you should conduct proper research, and learn the language. The fact of the matter is that everything on this planet is worth visiting at least once. But how to decide where to travel? We have a few suggestions from renowned glob trotters.

Julia Dimon from TravelJunkieJulia believes that Southeast Asia is an excellent destination for first time solo travelers, because it is home to exotic destinations and lots of English speaking, friendly locals. More importantly, food, hotels, activities and domestic flights from this tropical paradise are affordable and safe. Another excellent location would be Peru or Argentina. These locations are dotted with spacious, clean and welcoming budget hotels. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then Australia is definitely the number one choice. Not only are they oasis of nature, but they are also extremely safe and have amazing infrastructure for travel. Whatever you choose, remember that the key to a successful trip is being comfortable and confident.

2. How to Connect With Like-Minded On the Road

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If you are planning to travel around the world, it’s not enough to choose a location and pack your bags. The most important thing about traveling alone is meeting new people. It’ all about getting the courage to leave your comfort zone, and reach out to like-minded travelers. If you are a little shy, there are easier ways to socialize with people. For example, if you are staying in a hotel or B&B which organizes group outings, to local restaurants and sightings. This is an excellent occasion to share your contact information with someone. Nevertheless, the most efficient way of making friends quickly is by joining a world-exchange program like WorkAway.info or WWOOF.org.

Another option for adventurous travelers would be to enroll in a couch-surfing or global freeloaders program. The great thing about this is that you don’t necessarily have to live with them, because they will be more than happy to show you around or drink a coffee with you either way. Since we live in the digital era, we will also list the social media and virtual outreach methods. If you don’t feel prepared to set out and face the world, you can always exchange some emails with a local that is interested in you.

3. Be prepared to Spend More

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It probably started with a : “I need to plan a trip on my own”. Now that you have booked your flight, and finished your bags, it’s time to establish your total budget. You might be inclined to think that traveling alone is cheaper, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Studies have shown that travel plans international and booking solo gives the flexibility to opt for better accommodations and travel standards.

You will most likely be tempted to spend more time out in  town (to meet new people), visit more places for the simple reason that you are not bound by anyone. There’s no point in wasting your vacation indoors anyway. In addition to this, group activities like trekking or kayaking, for which you would normally split the cost, will now be paid in full. This is also why we have suggested Southeast Asia as a solo-traveling destination: because with 100$ a day you can truly pamper yourself.

4. Don’t Plan Too Much

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When it comes to travel, people usually plan to much. Besides your basic travel items checklist and general route of cities and sites that you want to see, you should not worry about more. The point of a solo trip is not stressing out over which clothes you should take in your baggage. While it is OK to check Google Maps Street View for your desired locations, you don’t have to stick to your plan like glue. Every traveler will tell you that their trips rarely go exactly as planned, and it is the unexpected surprises that make it worthwhile. Be open to new experiences and let things happen. Who knows, you might just fall in love on a sunny beach, and decide to see a local festival you had no idea about.

5. How NOT to Attract the Wrong Kind of Attention

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People who travel alone automatically attract some attention to themselves, so it is important to keep a low-profile. In order to do this, one should dress modestly, never go out alone late at night and learn the rules of the area. We won’t even mention not getting drunk or visiting the beach alone at night, as they are common sense. Depending on the area that you are visiting, you might have to respect some rules. For example, if you are in a Muslin country, you will have to cover your arms and legs. The best thing that a solo traveler can do to protect himself is to avoid conversations with shady characters, and try to not put himself in risky situations.

Unique and Creative Advertisements to Take Notice of

Creativity is paramount in any job that has to do with marketing and product placement so employers have to pay big bucks for the imagination of their key advertisement creators.  In all honesty, advertising has everything to do with the talent and creativity of those coming up with sales pitches and nothing to do with the product itself since quality, durability, cost-quality ratio and any other product characteristic is impossible to be showcased completely by an ad.

Marketers have therefore come up with a magnificently clever alternative: they create commercials and ads that people remember not because the product is marvelous but because the ad itself was unforgettable- and therefore, the marketed product must also be right? Will Rogers said: “Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.” Well, we’ve rounded up some ads that surely qualify as out of the box:

1.     Apolosophy-Apotek

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This Swedish pharmaceutical chain decided that a simple subway ad wasn’t nearly good enough so they added a twist. They attached sonic sensors that would detect the incoming and outgoing subways so that each time a subway would pull up in the station, the models hair would wave in the current- pretty clever right? Who wouldn’t buy anti-baldness cream with such an advertisement?

2.     Suggesting Content

Another take would be to simply show potential buyers what they are in fact buying. Here are some of the more truthful ads, showcasing usefulness not just glamour:


And how clever is it to actually have a business card that explains exactly what you do?


Some would say a bit macabre (how do children react?) Well they just play with the halved pidgeons.


The best ad, however, is the perfect caption, and Durex certainly dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s with this one.


3.     Captions or Use of Words

Ads are not always dependent on creative actors, beautiful models or perfectly chosen locations: some companies choose to work with artists who reinvent something as simple as lettering. Here is a concept we found fresh and unique:

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4.     Christmas- Is there a Better Time to Advertise?

The consumer driven society we live in pretty much dictates when and where people will spend their money, and during Christmas or other such enormous holidays, advertisers can’t wait to create the perfect opportunities for bringing in more money.

For instance, being together during the holidays:


Or advice to heed when consuming their product:


And where would the Christmas decorations hang if not on the tree?


Another company that has tied its image to Christmas forever thanks to the clever people managing their advertising department. I mean, why should Saint Nick not be red and white?


French Fries also make for absolutely beautiful Christmas trees- incorporating that in an ad seemed like the only logical thing to do.


Whether you are aware of the way your choices are influenced by advertising or not, never doubt that the ones creating them know exactly what they want to sell and who they want to sell it to. An interesting thing to keep in mind while deciding which chu-chu train to buy the next time you go Christmas shopping.

5 Outdoor Decoration Ideas When You’re on a Budget

Summer is fast approaching and nothing can be more relaxing than drinking your morning coffee in the garden, overlooking a pond or hanging in your hammock- and when you want to turn your garden into the delight creator that it should be but can’t really invest a whole lot of money into it, the only solution is being creative and doing it yourself. This makes it not only more personal but it also gives you the satisfaction of having created the perfect little nest all by yourself. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

The Relaxation Couch

5 Outdoor Decoration Ideas When You’re on a Budget

If the climate permits it or if you have a covered porch, taking an old couch from a garage sale and repurposing it for your garden might be just the thing for you. Choose cushions and materials that are warm and inviting (shades of olive, cream, warm purples or green) and maybe find a wooden coffee table that you can accommodate in your new space. When decorating comes to mind, you can always repurpose old bottles by painting them and hanging them from the trees or porch.

Another idea is to try some DIY paper lanterns or butterflies which you can hang all around your back yard:

5 Outdoor Decoration Ideas When You’re on a BudgetLampion: Lampions in Pink

Lampion: Lampions in Pink

Lampion: Lampions in Pink

Less is More

Another option, if you can’t find the proper garden furniture at reasonable prices, is to buy plastic chairs or table that you can spruce up with paint jobs or collage techniques, or simply cover with hand-made cushions. When you’re set with that, you can simply add elegance by using candles and plants to give it a welcoming vibe. Outdoor design on a budget is all about adding a personal touch, and in order to do this you do not require a lot of money. There are plenty of DIY design blogs out there from which you can draw inspiration.

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Metal Garden Furniture

Although it isn’t easy to come by on a budget you can always visit garage sales and ask around- neighbors may want to dispose of their metal furniture and you can do them a solid while also decorating your garden. The perfect thing about metal chairs and tables is that you can paint over them over and over again, and an all-white ensemble is something elegant and classy. All you need to do is have some paint ready.

5 Outdoor Decoration Ideas When You’re on a Budget

Wicker Wonderland

Wicker is an excellent material for your outdoor furniture: it’s not that expensive, it’s warm and welcoming and it generally fits well in any garden. You can add personal touches with cushions, paper decorations or candles, and casual bottles covered in wicker would complete the picture perfectly. Surround your table and chairs with some dense green plants or a wooden space divider and you’re set to entertain in style!

5 Outdoor Decoration Ideas When You’re on a Budget

Combine and Conquer

Who said that everything in your garden has to match? There are several garden designs that involve putting wooden chairs together with metal framework tables and all sorts of glasswork decorations together- and they work marvelously. Whether the central element is color or design, you do need to be able to find a common denominator for all of them and color is by far your best bet- add a splash of color to each of them so they belong together and you’re all set!

5 Outdoor Decoration Ideas When You’re on a Budget

Remember, it is always a good idea to visit flea markets or garage sales, because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. With a little effort and creativity you can make beautiful outdoor decorations for your home.


Unique and Creative DIY Table Ideas

We’d think that one can only buy tables that are already crafted but in fact we can also make several types of tables if we only have the correct ingredients and a bit of creativity to go along with it. Why simply buy something that you need to incorporate into a room when you can actually make something that already goes perfectly with it? Here are some of our favorite do it yourself tables:

Log Slice Table


Number one on our list of DIY Table ideas is the log table. Who said a log can’t make a wonderful coffee or decorative table? All you need to do is find someone with a steady hand (or an electric chainsaw) to cut your table to the desired length. Then polish it and cover it in varnish (these you can find at your local home depot shop). Last but not least attach legs (or if it’s smaller, put it on top of a simple 4 legged chair) and presto! A table that is both romantic and unique.

Old Record Side Table


Who said you can’t turn an old record into a sophisticated side table? All you need is your trusty glue gun and a planter stand (you can paint over it if you want to but black works wonderfully as well) and that record- put them all together and you’re all set.

Wine Crate Coffee Table


This elegant yet budget friendly coffee table requires 4 wine crates to build and a lot of imagination. You can either stack the crates on top of each-other or put them in a circle leaving the middle empty for plants or a gigantic vase and then decorate the sides with books or candles. Looks absolutely stunning doesn’t it?

Reused Suitcase


Do you have an old suitcase and a broken side table that you don’t know what to do with? How about combining them into a quirky yet interesting table? Granted it’s just for those of you with a lot of guts but if you are up for the challenge, you’ve got yourself a table! The great news about it is that you can store books in the suitcase.

Window Table


Another excellent idea is to reuse an old window as a table- close the bottom with a bit of plywood and take away the locks so that the window (turned table) opens easily, put it on top of some legs and you’re finished. Simple with a side of out-of-the-box, and a bonus space for storage.

Chicken Crate


More and more home owners are embracing DIY home design since it is more affordable and extremely personal. It can help them convert a space without having to invest too much money, and sometimes all they need is an old crate or table which can be found at a flea market. Here’s a perfect example of DIY table ideas that are easy to make. This is actually extremely good looking in a simple living room- take the chicken crate and paint it so that it belongs to the color palette of your room and add some decoration items to tie everything together.

Tree Logs Handiwork


You can always repurpose old wood by sawing it and putting it together as a coffee table. Logs and sanded grout were used to create this beautiful table that would not only look good in a secluded cabin but also in any stylish living room with lots of natural light. Place your table on wheels so that it can be moved freely and effortlessly and make sure to sand off any splinters! This concludes our list of DIY table ideas, we hope you find what you are looking for.