The next big thing may be tiny. While the tiny house movement has begun as a niche phenomenon, seen online if at all, Getaway, a new startup from Harvard’s Millennial Housing Lab, aims to make tiny living mainstream.
Carlsberg has launched a new Beer Beauty line, the latest in a series of recent innovations, including Burger King’s burger-scented perfume and Lidl’s “Eau de Grill,” that seem to suggest the way to a male beauty consumer’s heart is through his stomach.
The online television series An African City, launched in 2014, is catching on worldwide with its depiction of five young, affluent women who have returned to Ghana after completing their studies in Western metropolises. Nicknamed the “African Sex and the City,” the show reveals a side of Africa that mainstream media rarely portrays.
Beme is a new app that takes a “ruggedly simple” approach to social sharing. Launched last week by YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat, the app lets users share raw experiences by taking away the filtering and editing that come with most social platforms.
A new brand called Abstract_ aims to give people ultra-customized looks based on their emotions. Danish designers Julie Helles Eriksen, Bjorn Karmann and Kristine Boesen have developed a way to use facial recognition technology to translate emotions into textile patterns, which customers can arrange onto various looks.
There is a small army of refrigerators waging war on discarded leftovers in Spain. From Galdakao, near Bilbao, a grassroots initiative dubbed the “solidarity fridge” provides a place for locals to share and recycle leftovers, in a nod to the growing demand for action on food waste.
Amy’s Kitchen, known for its vegetarian frozen-food products, plans to open up its first fast-food spot, Amy’s Drive Thru, later this year. Located just north of San Francisco, the restaurant will offer a new take on fast food, serving exclusively vegetarian and 95% organic items.
The Churches Conservation Trust in the United Kingdom has introduced a new slow-tourism escape it calls “champing”—a play on words for camping in churches. The initiative draws funds to historic countryside churches that open their doors to adventurous travelers. Like many Airbnb guests worldwide, “champers” are searching for an authentic local experience.
Long overshadowed by society’s love-hate relationship with marijuana, non-intoxicating hemp has often been judged “guilty by association.” But this is changing as consumers interested in health and sustainability become more aware of the plant’s benefits. Recent months have seen a surge in hemp-based food products, such as hemp seeds, hemp oil, and hemp powder.
This summer, Parisian fashion label Kenzo premieres its collection of unisex fragrances, Totem. Priced lower than the brand’s other fragrances, the new collection targets younger consumers who value diversity and eschew gender stereotypes, putting the brand in an ideal position to succeed with generation Z.
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