What will your dog do for food? Roll over? Shake hands? Bark a tune?
To show the lengths dogs will go to for a bite to eat, pet care brand Bakers set up the world’s first vending machine for dogs in a London park. (What a good boy, Jamie C!)
Supermarkets are convenient, but often source their products from all over the world – racking up carbon emissions and squeezing out local competition. As a reaction to this, Danish co-operative superstore SuperBrugsen are encouraging customers to suggest local products that they’d like to see on their supermarket shelves.
It’s one thing to have a good product idea, but half the entrepreneur’s battle is bringing it to life. That’s where Maker’s Row aims to help – by simplifying the manufacturing process. The company provides access to industry-specific factories across the United States, alongside in-depth profiles and video tours to help entrepreneurs pick the best factory for their business.
Lightt is a free social app that creates ‘highlights’ – 10-second photograph sets that play back in just over a second, then repeat. According to the creators, “Lightt attempts to bridge the gap between the sheer snooooozable length of unedited amateur video with the incomplete story of a single photograph” – providing yet another way to share the intimate details of your life.
Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralysed after the hurricane. Unable to work and tired of watching the horrible disaster unfold on the news, Errazuriz decided to design something to help raise much-needed relief funds. This idea occurred to him after seeing the water line marked on the walls of the flooded galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district. (Nice one, Jamie C)
How do you help a community feel more connected, whilst providing access to healthy food at a fair price? The answer – open a grocery store. The People’s Community Market in West Oakland is funded by the community and investors, who in-turn keep some of the profits. Once it’s built, the market will provide jobs, educate families about healthy living, and provide a space for people to get together. A cornerstone for this Californian community.
FlightCar in the US aims to put vehicles left in airport parking lots to good use, by offering them up for short-term loans.
Where similar car-sharing companies aim to link owners with those requiring one-off loans, FlightCar takes advantage of the fact that most people driving to airports will be leaving the country for a fair amount of time. (Thanks, Zoe)