Free hand sanitizer is on the way to French hospitals thanks to Louis Vuitton’s parent company

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LVMH is now making hand sanitizer in its perfume factories. Other companies should follow its lead. During World War II, American factories were quickly retooled to support the needs of the war: Maytag, for instance, stopped making washing machines and started making aircraft parts. Despite the mounting death toll of the coronavirus pandemic, many people are still not taking the disease seriously , with reports of bars and clubs in major cities teeming with people. Read Full Story

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This eco-friendly hand sanitizer kills germs and is plastic-free

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By Humankind’s multitasking hand sanitizer kills viruses, moisturizes your skin, and keeps single-use plastic out of landfills. Just over a year after it launched on a mission to eliminate excess packaging and single-use plastic from personal care products, by Humankind has made a name for itself with smartly designed items such as an all-natural refillable deodorant stick, a well-reviewed bar shampoo and conditioner, and just-add-water mouthwash tablets . Read Full Story

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This carbon-negative hand sanitizer is made from captured CO2

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Across the country, many distilleries are switching from making booze to making sanitizer. Air Co.’s carbon-neutral vodka factory is doing the same. When it launched last year, the New York City-based startup Air Co. made the world’s first carbon-negative vodka —using captured CO2 instead of yeast to make alcohol. Now, in response to the coronavirus crisis, it’s using that same captured CO2 to make hand sanitizer instead. Read Full Story

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Is it time to defund the police?

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Police reform activists are asking that cities stop relying on reforms as the only solution to police violence. Instead, they propose, spend less money on the police and more on social programs that can improve public safety. Five years ago, in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown and other high-profile deaths at the hands of the police, six cities took part in a national program designed to help reform policing, from training in implicit racial bias and how to de-escalate tense situations to new standards for the use of force and early-warning systems designed to identify officers at risk of causing violence. Minneapolis—where George Floyd was killed by police—was one of the cities that participated, but there’s no broader evidence that the reforms helped change officer behavior. Read Full Story

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This new car-free district in Shenzhen is the size of midtown Manhattan

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As part of a new corporate headquarters for company Tencent, a new district in one of the densest cities in the world will barely allow any cars. A new neighborhood being built in Shenzhen, China—which will be roughly the size of midtown Manhattan—will only be barely accessible by cars. The district, called Net City, is designed for humans rather than traffic. The area, which will include new offices for Tencent, China’s largest internet company, along with housing, schools, retail spaces, and public parks, sits at the edge of Shenzhen, one of the most densely populated megacities in the world. Read Full Story

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Hand sanitizer is being packaged like kids’ candy—and big companies are profiting from it

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The FDA has warnings about hand sanitizer that looks like food. We had no idea how egregious the problem was until we looked for ourselves. Under no circumstances should you ever drink hand sanitizer. You’d think that’s a given, and yet, hand sanitizer companies have been packaging their product in containers that imply it’s food and using all sorts of cartoon branding to attract children. Read Full Story

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