The Newspaper Umbrella, by Shiu Yuk Yuen


The sight of people sheltering underneath newspapers, shopping bags and other sundry items is a familiar one when you live in a country as rainy as this one, but look closely next time you see someone doing this – they could just be using Shiu Yuk Yuen’s Eco-Brolly, which turns everyday items into umbrellas.

This is actually a simpler process than it sounds. You’re essentially buying a frame, which folds up to fit into your handbag, and then folds out when you need it to hold that newspaper/shopping bag/whatever.

A good idea, do you think, or just another gimmick, given that you can hold a newspaper above your head anyway?


  • July 25, 2008


    Erm, newspapers are paper. They get soggy. I’ll stick to an umbrella, I think.

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  • July 25, 2008


    I don’t get it. You carry around a special handle that you stick newspapers to? To stop you from getting wet? Why not just use a regular umbrella?
    So, you still have to carry something around with you, and presumably you have to carry newspaper as well, you know, just in case it rains, it seems a pointless invention. And not a very attractive one either! Utter madness!

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  • July 25, 2008


    So is this just a little handle for newspaper to shield you from the rain? That’s just… stupid. Wouldn’t it be easier to buy a small umbrella and carry it around with you?

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  • July 28, 2008


    Actually, I kind of like the idea. It’s eco-friendly, right?! XD
    But since it’s paper, it’ll get wet and … yeah. Maybe she should cover it with plastic or something.

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