This free tool helps brands calculate the carbon footprints of their products

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A full life-cycle analysis takes ages and costs a lot of money. The 2030 Calculator from Doconomy tries to simplify the process to give companies a better understanding of their full environmental impact. For brands looking to understand their environmental impact, calculating the carbon footprint of something like a pair of jeans or sneakers is typically a complex and expensive process. But a new tool called the 2030 Calculator is designed to be both fast to use and free, helping smaller companies become more transparent about the sustainability of their products. Read Full Story

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The 7 most well-designed Father’s Day gifts of 2020

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Here are Fast Company’s top picks for Father’s Day, from BioLite’s smoke-free firepit to a pair of sustainable running shoes from Allbirds. Whether you want to celebrate dad or just use Father’s Day as an excuse to add a new gadget to your life, we’ve got you covered. From a high-tech outdoor speaker to a new way to make a Caffè Americano at home, here are some of our favorite products that have appeared in Fast Company’ s Recommender section. Read Full Story

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This sustainable neighborhood of the future is designed to manage both climate change and pandemics

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A proposal for a new city in China is designed to be as green as possible—and also make it easy to isolate in the case of another outbreak. Eighty miles southwest of Beijing, the Chinese government is planning a new five-million person city as a model of sustainability—powered by clean energy, featuring huge green spaces, and unsullied by many cars. A new design shows what neighborhoods in the city, called Xiong’an New Area, might look like. Read Full Story

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The Best Blogging Platforms (In-Depth Review)

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Whether you want to become a blogger for a big-time news publication, share your independent thoughts online, make millions as a blogger, or something in between, it all starts with a blogging platform. And choosing the right one sets precedence for everything else you do. But with so many options to choose from, picking the best blogging platform can feel overwhelming. So to help you out, I created a list of considerations to think about as you go through the process and reviewed the top five blogging platforms on the market today. By the end of this article, you’ll be well on your way to starting your own blog. The top 6 options for blogging platforms: Wix – Best drag-and-drop blogging platform WordPress.org – Best open-source blogging platform Squarespace …

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This new tech pulls valuable metals directly from water

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Now decontaminating water can mean creating a new source for important materials such as copper or lithium. When wastewater is polluted with heavy metals, it’s usually expensive and messy to decontaminate. But a new type of material, designed to precisely pull copper ions from water, demonstrates how water treatment could become more affordable—and how wastewater could become a way to sustainably source important metals. Read Full Story

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Andrew Cuomo’s PowerPoints are endearingly primitive, so this designer redid them

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Pentagram partner Giorgia Lupi takes a crack at redesigning the PowerPoint presentations that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo features in his daily press briefings. There probably aren’t many people who would say they have the hots for information design. But the data-rich PowerPoints that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shows off at his daily coronavirus briefings have developed a serious fan base —including Pentagram partner and information designer Giorgia Lupi . Now Lupi, along with project coordinator Phil Cox and data visualization designer Sarah Kay Miller, are redesigning his PowerPoints to look (and work) even better. Read Full Story

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