A shoe that grows

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Sometimes a simple invention can change millions of lives. That’s the goal of The Shoe That Grows, a sandal that can adjust its size, allowing children in impoverished nations to grow up without having to go barefoot. The shoes, which come in catch-all Small and Large sizes, can grow 5 sizes and last at least 5 years. www.theshoethatgrows.org

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A cashless debit card for disadvantaged communities

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The cashless debit card has been designed to help disadvantaged communities, including in indigenous areas, decrease the level of consumption of drugs, alcohol and gambling which impacts on the health and wellbeing of communities, families and children. It quarantines 80 per cent of welfare recipients’ payments for other living expenses. The Australian Government needs the Senate to support introducing the card to new locations when communities want it. https://www.dss.gov.au/families-and-children/programmes-services/welfare-conditionality/cashless-debit-card-overview

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Clean water and power for remote communities

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For a few cents a day, people in remote communities can access clean water and clean power at a conveniently located box unit. Inside the box is a five-stage micro-filtration tank that takes in dirty water and makes it drinkable. Each box has solar panels sufficient to allow 300 families battery packs that hold enough power to run three LED lights for four hours and to charge two mobile phones. Grid Box plans to install units in 18 villages in Rwanda. https://www.fastcompany.com/40449777/this-simple-box-serves-up-running-water-and-clean-electricity-in-remote-locations?

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‘Bags for life’ to save waste

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Tesco is scrapping its 5p single use plastic carrier bags and replacing them with a new 10p Bag for Life made from 94pc recycled plastic. The announcement follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where Tesco found that customers bought significantly fewer bags when only pricer bags were offered. Removing the 5p single-use carrier bags will “significantly reduce the number of bags sold and will therefore help reduce litter and bags sent to landfill,” Tesco said. The single-use carrier bags will cease to be offered in stores from August 28. Money from the new 10p bag, which will be replaced for free if damaged, will go towards funding community projects across Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/08/07/tesco-scraps-5p-shopping-bags-10p-bags-life/  

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Special socks for the homeless

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Bombas has created donation socks which have a reinforced seam to make them more durable. They are treated with anti-microbial technology, so they deter fungus and don’t need to be washed frequently . They only come in black, which is more stain resistant. In February Bombas created an event called “60K day,” which was based on the concept that, on any given night, 60,000 people in New York end up at a homeless shelter. The plan was to bring individuals from 60 of New York’s hottest companies to visit a shelter and hand out 60,000 socks. https://www.fastcompany.com/40445016/how-one-sock-brand-is-helping-startups-step-up-their-social-good-game?

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Data needs good governance

Data needs good governance

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‘Muru View’ – Mapping of Places to Aboriginal Names on Google Maps

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Still in the Beta stage – but *very* cool! 🙂 Muru View (Muru – meaning path in Darug) is an interactive data visualisation drawing from the State Library of New South Wales Indigenous language collections. The data used in the interactive is over 120 years old, and is drawn from the survey forms collected by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia. Muru View dynamically uses data to display locations around New South Wales incorporating their Indigenous name and meaning that were recorded at that time, all using the Google Maps API in a way never done before. The result is an interactive online experience and a projected installation at the State Library of New South Wales itself coinciding with NAIDOC week 2017 in the first week of July. http://dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au/making-muruview/

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Recycling hotel toiletries

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Every day millions of hotel toiletries are being sent to landfill around the world. Meantime poor sanitation is killing millions of people in the developing world. CleantheWorld now collects these toiletries and has distributed more than 40 million bars of soap to impoverished people in 115 countries. http://www.traveller.com.au/the-shameful-truth-about-what-happens-to-your-hotel-toiletries-gw4uge#ixzz4hI0rF0U0

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Conserving sea turtles

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All species of sea turtle are now classed as endangered. In Sri Lanka you can visit a hatchery that increases the baby turtle survival rate from 1% to 10%. Eggs are gathered from the beach and buried in a protected area. When the baby turtles are hatched they are kept for two days then released at night on the beach. You can see and hold them at the hatchery with older examples of different turtles. http://www.srilankaseaturtles.com/

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