Smart Trash Can Works to End Food Waste

Developers at Winnow Vision may have figured out a preventive solution for food waste. The second generation of their smart trash can, currently operating in all of IKEA’s UK and Ireland locations, uses AI to photograph, identify and assign a cost to the food that’s tossed. Annual food waste costs about $1.2 trillion, but if the trash can is able to identify trends in consumption …

For Days Works to End Clothing Waste

Through donation-based credits and a lifetime exchange program, the brand offers a more thoughtful approach to shopping

For LA-based clothing company For Days, closing the loop (and subsequently limiting clothing waste and closet clutter) is a primary goal. The brand’s collection of elevated basics (made from a blend of 70% virgin cotton and 30% recycled material) includes unisex joggers, hoodies, long- and short-sleeve shirts and more—all for $38 each. When you buy an item from For Days, your membership is included. With …

Thirza Schaap’s Plastic Ocean Photographs

Creating art that furthers awareness of ocean pollution, Dutch photographer Thirza Schaap collects trash from Clifton Beach, Cape Town and makes something quite pretty from it. Arranging various items (from straws to flip-flops) into sculptures, she then photographs the strange works of art, and the results are delicate-looking, pastel beauties. Schaap says it’s frightening how much waste washes up on the beach. “I love the …