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Hamburg neighborhood ditches cars

Source: Fast Company

One suburb in Hamburg plans to take a drastic step. No more parking cars on the streets or in front of your house. The new neighborhood, which will build 7,000 homes and 5,000 office spaces on what is currently farmland, is next to a train station that takes commuters to the center of Hamburg in less than 15 minutes. The new neighborhood will have schools, stores, and offices that residents can walk or bike to within minutes. A green, parklike loop leads around the neighborhood. “The streets become much more recreative, and used as kind of shared living rooms [rather] than just for placing cars.”

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Sustainable by extension

Source: Fast Company

There is a new browser extension available that helps you buy more sustainable products on Amazon. The extension, called Finch, shows you the environmental numbers behind your potential purchases as you browse. The founder, Lizzie Horvitz, hopes the extension will help consumers to make more informed data driven choices for their products. As it launches, the new tool includes ratings for tens of thousands of products in 41 of the most popular product categories on Amazon, from toilet paper and diapers to toothpaste and mattresses.

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Lego to launch first LGBTQ+ set

Source: The Guardian

Soon in (digital) stores near you: a rainbow-themed Lego set. The colours of the stripes were chosen to reflect the original rainbow flag, along with pale blue, white and pink representing the trans community, and black and brown to acknowledge the diversity of skin tones and backgrounds within the LGBTQIA+ community. Matthew Ashton, designer of the set, on what moved him to design it: “Trying to be someone I wasn’t was exhausting. I wish, as a kid, I had looked at the world and thought: ‘This is going to be OK, there’s a place for me’. I wish I’d seen an inclusive statement that said ‘everyone is awesome’.”

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