A water capsule you can drink

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Plastic bottles make it easy to transport water, but it takes energy to make the bottles. When you’re done with your drink, it takes more energy to unmake the bottle, as plastics won’t fully degrade on their own. Now a startup called Skipping Rock Labs thinks we can just skip plastic bottles entirely. It has developed a capsule called “Ooho!” for transporting water that is not only biodegradable, it’s edible. https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/247672-seaweed-based-water-pouch-aims-end-need-plastic-bottles

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A meal plan that helps you and disadvantaged children

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For around the same cost as your groceries FivePointFour say you can have healthy meals delivered to your home or workplace. For every meal you buy they give a meal to a child in need through The Hunger Project. www.fivepointfour.com.au

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Veggies reduce your stress levels

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New findings in Australia are consistent with numerous cross sectional and longitudinal studies showing that fruit and vegetables, together and separately, are linked with a lower risk of depression and higher levels of well-being assessed by several measures of mental health. http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/03/16/some-veggies-each-day-keeps-the-stress-blues-away.html?cid=em_se-apr-2017

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Making seawater drinkable

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New research from the University of Manchester developed a graphene-based sieve that can filter out salt from seawater. The graphene oxide membrane could be a cheaper and more efficient filter for desalination plants to use. https://futurism.com/scientists-just-figured-out-how-to-use-graphene-to-make-seawater-drinkable/

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Free fruit for kids at the entrance to a grocery store

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Woolworths in Randwick has trays offering free fruit for kids at their entrance. This clever idea is great for parents (keeps their kids quiet while they’re shopping) and great for the kids as well ( healthy food).

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Lab-grown meat to match the price of regular meat by 2021.

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High-tech meat makers like Memphis Meats strive to create all of the flavor and nutrition of meat without the killing. http://gizmodo.com/startup-makes-the-first-lab-grown-chicken-tender-and-du-1793299025?

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Land-based fish farms

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Imagine a world where polluting, resource-intensive cow, pig, and chicken farms are replaced with giant tanks of fast-growing salmon. Such a land-based farm already exists. https://www.fastcompany.com/3068608/world-changing-ideas/replacing-farms-with-fish-farms-the-odd-solution-to-both-hunger-and-cli

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A levy on junk food advertising

A levy on junk food advertising

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Improving indigenous health by reducing sugar

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The mission of the Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation is to improve the health of Aboriginal people by focusing on the community stores that provide healthy food. They then hope to roll out the program to other Aboriginal communities across Australia. www.maiwirufoundation.org

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A spoon that cancels tremors

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This electronic spoon helps people with Parkinson’s eat by making small movements to compensate for tremors. https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2014/9/11/6135313/lift-labs-purchased-by-google-electronic-liftware-spoon

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Tomato festivals

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Tomato festivals are now becoming popular around the world. They range from La Tomatina, a food fight festival held in August each year in the town of Bunol near Valencia in Spain, to the more upmarket festival at the Royal Botanic Garden by the harbour in Sydney in February which is jam-packed with activities.

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Waterproof cotton table mats

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I bought these specially coated table mats in Paris recently and was surprised, when red wine was spilt on one, that it could be wiped off instantly at the table. https://www.le-jacquard-francais.com/table-linen/placemat/#/table-linen/placemat/shopby/100_coated_cotton_span_waterproof_stain_resistant_span/

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A Valentine’s dinner with style

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Cellos Restaurant hosted the best Valentine’s dinner ever! Their set menu started with a strawberry and fresh basil cocktail. This heritage listed jewel was opened in 1927 and is now one of the last grand dining rooms in Sydney. http://www.thecastlereagh.com.au/dining/cellos-restaurant.htm

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An environmentally friendly coffee maker

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Love coffee? Love mushrooms? Soon you may be able to combine those two loves in one integrated system. This coffee maker was created not only as a stylish and efficient way to prepare your morning brew, but also as a means to repurpose used coffee grounds to grow oyster mushrooms. http://inhabitat.com/stylish-coffeemaker-repurposes-used-grounds-to-grow-fresh-mushrooms/

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The world’s first robotic kitchen

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Moley has created the world’s first robotic kitchen. It features an advanced, fully functional robot integrated into a stylish, professional kitchen. The robot is said to cook as well as a chef and the consumer launch is planned for 2017 supported by an iTunes’ style library of recipes. www.moley.com

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A restaurant made famous by cricketers

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Friends suggested we go to Surjit’s Restaurant in Annandale for my birthday dinner because the Indian cricket team often stops by there when they’re playing in Sydney. One wall in the restaurant has been been adorned with a collection of autographed material by all the cricket players who have visited the restaurant. Great ambiance and meal.

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