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Things Are Good: Uruguay Defeated Big Tobacco

Large tobacco companies that operation multinationally and earn billions of dollars a year off of an unhealthy addictive drug often fight poor nations. They fight poor nations in the courts and the markets when those poor nations try to increase the well being of their citizens by managing tobacco sales. Recently Uruguay won a legal […]

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Things Are Good: Underwater Art Gallery

Art galleries are great cultural institutions and seeing one underwater is magnificent. With each installation to the underwater gallery it gets better to explore and better for life. One of the key aspects of this gallery is that it is home to a whole ecosystem. For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than […]

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Things Are Good: Grow Diamonds Instead of Buying Blood Diamonds

Blood diamonds are a problem for a multitude of reasons and they really shouldn’t be since we can create diamonds from scratch. A company called Pure Grown Diamonds sell diamonds that are grown in a a lab for all your diamond needs. The market for diamonds is largely a social construct based off of good . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Grow Diamonds Instead of Buying Blood Diamonds

Things Are Good: The Future of Green Burials Lies in the Past

The modern funeral industry took something that was natural and safe and converted it into a toxic-filled death. When people die we need to dispose of the body in an appropriate way to ensure diseases don’t spread, human civilizations have been doing this for millennia.

However, in the past hundred years we have started taking . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: The Future of Green Burials Lies in the Past

Things Are Good: Victims of Kodaikanal Mercury Poisoning Protest Unilever

One of the worst disasters in India since the Bhopal incident, the Kodaikanal mercury poisoning continues to cause harm. Obviously this is not a good thing. What is good is that activists in the area are using every tool at their disposal to raise awareness and call for a boycott against Unilever.

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Things Are Good: A Model Hotel in Vienna Employs Refugees

Vienna is a ritzy and classic city which has seen a lot of history through the rise of the Habsburg family. It’s a city where tourists flock to due to its ornate beauty and opulence.

Magdas Hotel is a hotel in Vienna which has done something unique: it employs refugees while they await their paperwork . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Model Hotel in Vienna Employs Refugees

Things Are Good: Fossil Fuel Divestment Continues to be Profitable

The ongoing process of investment firms divesting from fossil fuels continues to be a good idea for the planet and for profits. It’s worth noting that the big push behind this was a student-led movement to get universities to divest their giant pools of money from unethical investments.

Let’s hope that this continues for many . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Fossil Fuel Divestment Continues to be Profitable

Things Are Good: Young Investors Care More About Using Money for Good

It turns out that people born after 1980 care more about investing in companies that make the world better than investing in companies that don’t. Traditionally investors were told to only care about one thing: profit. Younger investors have seen that way of thinking not work out given the ongoing lame economic performance of that . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Young Investors Care More About Using Money for Good

Things Are Good: Tiger Population Recovering in India

The Indian tiger population suffered great losses in the last 100 years. Tigers were killed for the bizarre perception that their body parts could help people have sex. This caused a major population collapse for tigers.

Now it looks like the tigers are making a come back!

The number of tigers in India has seen . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Tiger Population Recovering in India

Things Are Good: Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Library

Walmart is best known for predatory corporate behaviour that damages communities and for the “interesting” people who shop there. One thing that Walmart does is pit one small town against the other to get cheap land and better tax rates, this sometimes means that an existing Walmart gets abandoned.

A small Texas town decided to . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Abandoned Walmart Becomes a Library

Things Are Good: Bringing Burmese Cats Back From the Brink of Extinction

Cats are adorable, but not all cats get the same respect. There are wild breeds that are threatened due to anthropogenic environmental changes while others, like the Burmese cat, have been negatively impacted due to conflict. Thanks to the effort of focused individuals the Burmese cat is back from the brink of extinction!

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Things Are Good: Get to Know the World, and Stay Informed

How much do you know about the world? Hans Rosling, with his famous charts of global population, health and income data (and an extra-extra-long pointer), demonstrates that you have a high statistical chance of being quite wrong about what you think you know. Play along with his audience quiz — then, from Hans’ son . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Get to Know the World, and Stay Informed

Things Are Good: Go Ahead, Get Rid of it

There is just too much stuff in our lives nowadays. Victorian era maximalism got turned up to 11 thanks to globalization and hyper-capaitlaism. Odds are you have useless items around you right now that you thought at one time was a good idea. Well, here’s a better idea: get rid of it.

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Things Are Good: New York State Bans Ivory

New York state has amended its existing ivory trade bans to make it harder for illegal ivory traders to practice their trade. This is good news as too many elephants are killed (or otherwise harmed) for their ivory which is used to make decorative objects or crushed to become a health product (which has no . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: New York State Bans Ivory

Things Are Good: Illinois Bans Microbeads in Beauty Products

In the USA, Illinois is he first jurisdiction to ban the sale of microbeads. Microbeads are tiny plastic spheres used in exfoliants which are cheaper to use than natural products like seeds and nuts. This ban is great news because along the great lakes microbeads are found inside the belles of fish and other marine . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Illinois Bans Microbeads in Beauty Products

Things Are Good: Why Investors Care About Sustainability

For long term investors sustainability is an obvious concern, but for some investors who look only for profits in the next quarter sustainability can be forgotten. The tide is starting to turn as companies that don’t have sustainable practices in place are being beaten by more efficient operations.

The Guardian has outlined why poor investors . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Why Investors Care About Sustainability

Things Are Good: When Investing, Millennials Care More Than Previous Generations

Millennials are savvy investors who care about the planet and social justice. Previous generations have treated their investments as risky and didn’t care about the environment or other important issues. Some financial advisors are shocked to find out that not only are young investors interested in creating a better world, but that they are risk-adverse . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: When Investing, Millennials Care More Than Previous Generations

Things Are Good: The Young Adults Are More Than Alright

Baby Boomers are just like their parents – they complain about all the problems they think the youth are causing (as if it’s the youth fault the planet is experiencing irreversible climate change and the economy was maladjusted a few years back). The older generations often accuse younger people to be lazy and doing everything . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: The Young Adults Are More Than Alright

Things Are Good: The Day We Fight Back Against Spying

The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance is today!

Thanks to Edward Snowden we have learned about America’s and other countries illegitimate and immoral mass surveillance operations. More revelations about the extent of the surveillance programs are sure to come. Just in the past couple of days it was revealed that the NSA . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: The Day We Fight Back Against Spying

Things Are Good: New Technique For Restoring Historic Videos

USC Shoah Foundation has a large collection of interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides. Old physical media formats are susceptible to damage from fires to improper storage and USC has had to deal with this. The tech department at the foundation has figured out a painless way to restore and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: New Technique For Restoring Historic Videos

Things Are Good: Bill Gates Shares Some (More) Good News From 2013

Bill Gates is best known for his hyper capitalistic behaviour creating Microsoft, but since he left the company he’s trying to change that perception. Indeed, he has done good things for the planet since he left he company he once founded. Gates and his wife have created the Gates Foundation to improve the world. They . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Bill Gates Shares Some (More) Good News From 2013

Things Are Good: Think Dirty on Your Mobile to Shop Clean

Think Dirty is an app for your mobile phone (iOS only) designed to help people understand the ingredients in products. It’s focused on cosmetics products as a starting point for how to avoid cancer causing chemicals.

Think Dirty™ app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Think Dirty on Your Mobile to Shop Clean

Things Are Good: Policy Changes Bring Cleaner Solvents to Market

Industrial cleaning solvents aren’t something most people think about on a daily basis, at least I hardly do. Interestingly enough some policy changes have forced companies to change how they manufacture solvents and have also changed what the demand end of the spectrum too. Companies that once used toxic solvents have improved their internal cleaning . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Policy Changes Bring Cleaner Solvents to Market

Things Are Good: Washington D.C. Approves Living Wage Bill

Washington D.C. lawmakers approved a proposed bill that institutes a living wage for the region. This is after a loud and boisterous campaign from Walmart to keep poverty-level wages. Walmart is known for low wages, firing employees who report animal abuse, and a whole list of other criticisms. Yet, Walmart makes millions of dollars and . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Washington D.C. Approves Living Wage Bill

Things Are Good: Camino Wear: Clothing for Walking

Camino Wear is a clothing line that is focused on celebrating walking, travel, and adventure. The inspiration for the clothing line comes the founder’s walk along the Camino de Santiago.

We believe that walking, travel and adventure are some of the most important things in life.

Walking, because (in our humble opinion) slow travel . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Camino Wear: Clothing for Walking