As someone who spent a good chunk of my career as a user experience designer, I can definitely say that the user experience for reducing garbage sucks. It is too much for one person, let alone one family, to handle. Too much to think about, too much to remember, too many options, too much work, and too many plastic bins in the kitchen. There is only one conclusion I can come to: The companies that manufacture everything cluttering up my garbage need to do something about it. I don’t want to have to think about whether things are recyclable. I don’t want to have a separate bin for paper and one for plastic and one for compost and another for clothes. I don’t want to think about which polymers can go in the recycling bin. I want everything to be able to go into a recycling bin or to not exist. … [Read more...] about How America’s least sustainable city learned to love recycling
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But as Europe and the United States struggle to contain the pandemic, aid groups have warned the death toll could be in the millions in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria and Yemen, where hygiene conditions are already dire and healthcare systems are in tatters. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as infection rate surges
Following last year’s massive data breach, the owner of the pro-adultery website Ashley Madison agreed to pay an FTC fine of $17.5 million for its “reckless disregard for data security.” But the company couldn’t afford to pay that much, so the government is reducing it to just $1.7 million, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said today. The payment will be divided among the states and the FTC. New York will receive $81,330. … [Read more...] about Ashley Madison couldn’t afford to pay the fine related to its data breach so the government reduced it by 90%
I’d rather consider the allure of a fleece and silk knit — so much cheaper than normal! — and how they make me feel swaddled and safe (maybe they’re worth it?) than consider the stock market plunges and the fact I probably should be saving everything I can right now. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Should we still go shopping (online)?
Over the past week, many brands across many sectors have announced that they’re shifting production to manufacture masks, including large companies like Hanes, Eddie Bauer, and Gap Inc., and smaller brands, like designer Christian Siriano, apron brand Hedley & Bennett, and mattress brand Avocado. Some of these brands, like Eddie Bauer and Gap Inc. are making N95s. But the majority of the masks currently being made aren’t considered medical grade, although some have pockets that HEPA filters can be inserted into. The New York Times reported that some doctors are wearing cloth masks over single-use N95 masks to make the latter last longer. … [Read more...] about Not all masks are created equal: Cloth offers little protection against coronavirus