It’s a great idea on the surface: Package your product in paper that can be planted and flowers will sprout in the spring. It’s sweet, endearing even. And who doesn’t love the idea of flowers growing from trash?
Australians, that’s who. And for good reason.
Katy Perry’s newest album, Prism, uses just such packaging and, while the Australian release has locally sourced seeds, Australian authorities have quarantined the international shipments of the albums to make sure that the seeds contained within do not present a problem for potential invasive species.
“We haven’t even come close to “peak trash” yet, and we’re already facing myriad problems with how to reduce, collect, and deal with garbage. But who is really in the trenches helping us control the trash piles that heap up on every street corner? What is it like to be a sanitation worker?”—Anthropologist Robin Nagle set off to find out the answer to this question and her fantastic TED talk will make you look at the trash collector in a whole new way. What does New York’s trash tell us about humanity, compassion, and valuing work?
Um, that’s just a little intimidating. Thankfully, giraffes are pretty peaceful creatures, even at meal time. This caretaker at the Calault Island wildlife sanctuary in the western Philippines thinks this is all just no big deal.
The Tikker watch displays not just the current time, but also displays just how many days we may have left to live, reminding us that there is more to life than just Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagraming, and responding to your emails. We’ve got plenty of options that will let us stay wired all day long, from smartphones to smartwatches, but very few that keep us focused on a meaningful life.