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  • New shoes designed by ex-Nike product director disappear as soon as you boil it in hot water
  • Jane Goode can now be seen in Barbie
  • In this barber shop, male customers are welcome to talk with confidence
  • Under the bridge, build a small park
  • Cora: Menstruation and incontinence are not shameful, they need more care

New shoes designed by ex-Nike product director disappear as soon as you boil it in hot water

After the 2020 Oregon wildfires, Jesse Milliken and his wife decided to work together to focus on sustainability. Before that, Milliken was responsible for shoe design at Nike.

After some thinking, the two co-founded "Woolybubs", a children's shoe brand, because the "life period" of children's clothing is always quite limited, the frequency of discarding is higher, and it is easy to generate garbage.

Woolybubs' first product is made entirely of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). Although it is a water-soluble substance, if a child bites the shoe, it will not melt.

According to the design, when the practical life of shoes comes to an end, users can directly throw them into boiling water and cook them until they "disappear". In addition, shoes can also degrade in the environment of industrial composting equipment.

The duo designed the silk-like material from scratch in order to allow the shoe to meet both degradation and comfort needs. At the same time, the design uses geometric folding elements and avoids the use of elastic bands.

However, this material is still controversial.

Some studies have pointed out that PVA can be completely degraded in water, but some people believe that PVA will not "completely disappear" after being dissolved in water, but must undergo specific treatment.

Currently, Woolybubs is preparing research to test whether the shoes do not create microplastics or other residues when they are completely dissolved in water.

Jane Goode can now be seen in Barbie

Mattel has announced a Barbie doll based on famed biologist Jane Goodall. Goode has long devoted himself to field research on chimpanzees.

Although Goode didn't play Barbies as a child, she also hopes that the Barbie modeled after her will encourage children to explore nature.

In addition to a telescope and a notebook, this Barbie also has a small companion – a doll based on the image of the chimpanzee David Greybeard.

In addition to Good Barbie, Mattel has created a line of Barbie dolls based on other inspiring women, including tennis star Naomi Osaka, noted poet Maya Angelou and vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert.

Mattel's Lisa McKnight explained:

Barbie presents more than 200 occupations. What we wanted to do was to present occupations that girls and kids might not know much about. We also like to choose careers where women are underrepresented.

In this barber shop, male customers are welcome to talk with confidence

As men, we're notoriously incapable of talking about our feelings, but there's always something special about the barbershop that makes us more willing to open up.

Sportswear brand Gymshark said in the announcement.

Just this past week, Gymshark opened Deload, a pop-up barber shop in London, to encourage men to come to the store for a free haircut, while also opening up about their psychological burden.

The aim is to make the barber shop a "safe space" that is "non-judgmental", and all barbers in the shop are specially trained to provide mental health support to those who confide.

Gymshark has been working with the UK-based suicide intervention agency CALM and the US-based mental health agency JED Foundation for some time to raise awareness of mental health.

In the future, Deload Barbershop may also expand to North America.

Under the bridge, build a small park

Maybe one day we can say goodbye to the noisy, annoying highways that cut through the city, but for now they are still very necessary.

The design raises a question: what if highways could also give something back to the city?

said Stefan de Koning, partner at the architectural firm MVRDV.

Recently, MVRDV teamed up with local Indian company StudioPOD to create One Green Mile, a small park using the space under a sky bridge in Mumbai.

Going back to the question at the beginning, what can the flyover bring back to the city?

Sky bridges bring some shade from the heat of the city, creating a small space that cannot be used for high-rise buildings. It also makes sense to make this a public space.

In this space, the designer arranged a series of spaces with different functions, including a cool rest area, a fitness area, a performance space and a reading area.

At the same time, a lot of green plants are planted in the space, on the one hand, it is hoped that it can improve the biodiversity, and on the other hand, it can also reduce the noise of the road.

Cora: Menstruation and incontinence are not shameful, they need more care

Years ago, Molly Hayward confronted the severity of menstrual poverty on a trip to Kenya—“a girl told me she couldn’t go to school during her period because she didn’t have the money to buy menstrual supplies.”

Inspired by this, Hayward later founded Cora, which adopted a classic model – a user buys a month's menstrual products, and Cora sends a month's menstrual products through a local organization that focuses on girls.

As of 2020, Cora has provided more than 4 million pads to 49,000 girls in India and more than 5 million pads to more than 80,000 girls in Kenya.

Along with period supplies, Cora's local partners also provide girls with health education to reduce the impact of menstrual stigma on them.

Coming back to the product level, Cora uses organic cotton for its sanitary napkins and tampons, as well as reusable period items like menstrual pants and menstrual cups.

It is worth pointing out that Cora has also launched the "Bladder Care" series for the incontinence group, with the slogan "Incontinence with Confidence", serving users in a more positive way and with specially customized products.

Statistics show that 23%-45% of women are affected by urinary incontinence. Women may also experience incontinence issues due to trauma after giving birth. However, due to "sorry" and lack of understanding of the disease, relatively few people go to the doctor.

Sometimes, it's not just menstrual shaming that we need to fight back, but the wider stigma surrounding women's health. Cora also goes a step further.

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