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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using Urban design to fight obesity

Plus: NYC's challenge cuts waste and safe 6-pack rings

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Using Urban design to fight obesity

Plus: NYC's challenge cuts waste and safe 6-pack rings

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

New York Challenged Businesses To Cut Their Waste In Half — It Actually Worked

After NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio challenged businesses to cut their waste in half, over 30 major businesses in the metropolis stepped up. Under de Blasio’s “Zero Waste Challenge,” businesses have diverted over 35,000 tons of garbage away from landfills and other trash outlets since February. Large companies like Whole Foods, Viacom and Anheuser-Busch stepped up to the challenge. Most of the trash was composted, and more than 300 tons of food waste were donated to people in need instead of thrown in the trash. The city still has a long way to go towards reducing the 33 million tons of waste it creates each year, but this is a good first step. (via Huffington Post)

Designing an Active, Healthier City

Despite their reputation for walking everywhere, over half of New York City’s population is either overweight or obese. City planners and developers are trying to help address the epidemic through “active designs” meant to get urban dwellers on their feet walking, bike riding or jumping on public transportation. Simple fixes, like keeping sidewalks maintained and adding lighting and benches to a community, can actually get people moving. (via New York Times)

These Six-Pack Rings Are Edible, So They Won't Kill Wildlife

Photo: Fast CoExist

We all know the fish-killing 6-pack rings that end up in the ocean. Now, developers have found a way to keep things easy for you to carry while keeping animals alive.  They’ve created chewable 6-pack rings that break down so quickly that a fish or turtle can’t die from getting their heads stuck in them. The rings are made out of wheat and barley and are safe for fish to nibble on– with hardly any carbon footprint. (via Fast CoExist)

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