Category Archive for: Great initiatives

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The world is getting better

26 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better.

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Free solar power

Peru has initiated a program that will provide more than 2 million of its poorest citizens with electricity from solar panels — for free.

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Tasty insects

Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo announced last November that it would start selling edible insect products in all its stores next year. This is the first time a Dutch supermarket has offered insects for sale and some stores will see insect products on their shelves as soon as this week. According to the company it is…

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Lacoste stops using angora wool

The foundation PETA, famous for the advertisement campaign “I rather go naked than wear fur” made a big break-trough this week. French clothing company Lacoste has just confirmed to PETA that it’s removing all angora wool products and has requested to be added to PETA’s list of retailers that do not sell angora. “As part…

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Swimming pool mushrooms

It’s Circular Economy at it’s finest: the Rotterzwam project! This edible mushroom project based in Rotterdam is all about growing very tasty mushrooms in an abandoned pool. Not too long ago two young entrepreneurs Siemen Cox and Mark Slegers started growing mushrooms on coffee grounds and coffee zests. Cox had read Gunter Pauli’s The Blue…

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Clean clothes for homeless

Every night in Brisbane around 300 people sleep rough in parks, under bridges, in laneways, car parks and abandoned buildings. Now there is Australia’s first mobile laundry service providing homeless people with access to free washing/drying facilities. The service is called Orange Sky Laundry, a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. The idea is pretty simple:…

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The e-trike revolution

A new Dutch scheme aims to distribute local fare more sustainably, unclog the streets and reduce Amsterdam’s 15 million annual food miles. In recent years, Amsterdam has earned a reputation as a genuine smart city. This is not because it is building megastructures filled with interconnected digital sensors and robots, but rather because the city…

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Keep New York alive

The animated short film “Long Live New York”, directed by 2014 Oscar-winner Laurent Witz, aims to ignite a movement in New York. It aims to inspire New Yorkers to step-up to help other New Yorkers, and ultimately ensure New York stays strong. A great movie with a strong message.

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Give to the people who are giving to the homeless

YouTube prankster Big Daws loves making prank videos, but every once in a while he really enjoys making a feel good video. What better way to give back than giving to people who give? I really think the whole concept is genius and completely original. Everyone on Youtube has been making videos about giving to…

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Turn guns & bullets into jewelry

In 2000, while working in Africa, Peter Thum met people who didn’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. In response, he created Ethos Water. In 2005 Ethos was acquired by Starbucks and has provided more than $7 million in grants to fund water and sanitation programs for half a million people worldwide. In 2008,…

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‘ Infoladies ‘ bring change

Nilufer Yasmin is a young woman, who lives in the northern town of Bogra. She is an “Infolady”, one of more than 50 young women in rural Bangladesh who reach the country’s remotest villages, on bicycle, to provide health, agricultural and information technology services. As an Infolady she connects to a government service that provides…

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Solar-powered tuk tuk

A few years ago, Naveen Rabelli, 33, an electrical engineer from Bangalore, India, had an idea while sitting in traffic surrounded by the ubiquitous and polluting three-wheel vehicles known colloquially as tuk tuks. Why not, he recalls thinking, make one that runs on solar-electric power? Then he had the idea to take a road trip…

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Children are painting the future

At Toyota the people believe that the children who dream and develop their imagination create the future. See the children who are captivated by the power of dreams and let their imagination ride far. For the 7th time, the Japanese car manufacturer organizes the ‘Dream Car Art Contest’ in which children from all over the…

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Ecovillage in the city

The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community consists of approximately 40 folks who have moved to the neighborhood to live more ecologically and more cooperatively. Most of them are demonstrating the processes—ecologically, economically, and socially —that manifest an ecovillage. They are raising the quality of community life while lowering environmental impacts, and expanding public awareness about…

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TOMS One for One

TOMS is in business to help improve lives. With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.® In 2006, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and saw that they didn’t have adequate shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company…

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hitchBOT is hitchhiking

Canadian artists started a lovely project called hitchBOT. They want to figure out if robots can win peoples trust even though they are completely mechanical. Therefore the artists made a funny looking robot made of a bucket, some solar panels, a simple matrix screen and some plastic tubes as limbs. HitchBot is let loose in…

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Saveoursoils . . . _ _ _ . . .

Soils are extremely important for the future of mankind: _99,7% of our food comes directly from the soil. _Soils store more carbon than the atmosphere and all plant life combined. _Healthy soils can store large amounts of fresh water and protect us from erosion, flooding and droughts. The issue However, our soils are badly threatened.…

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Turn the stadiums into free housing

An estimated 250,000 people were evicted from their homes to make way for the World Cup games. After the games were over, there were a dozen large stadiums left behind that will mostly lay vacant and unused, after hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes. “Casa Futebol” proposes a reappropriation of the…

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Turtle Taxi

The Turtle Taxi is a new kind of taxi service that has recently been launched in Yokohama. The cabs bring passengers from A to B like any other taxi service, but they don’t necessarily do it as quickly as possible. In general, cab drivers consider it their duty to bring customers to their destination as…

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Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

Every year, over 300 million tons of misshapen — but perfectly edible — fruits and vegetables are thrown away because supermarkets can’t sell them. But what if they could be sold at a cheaper price? Now that’s a win-win idea…

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