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Problem Solving Must-Reads: A Clothing Startup For Paralyzed Vets

Plus: The European apps fighting restaurant food waste, and Vancouver's efforts to refine public advertising

Problem Solving Must-Reads: A Clothing Startup For Paralyzed Vets

Plus: The European apps fighting restaurant food waste, and Vancouver's efforts to refine public advertising

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:

Vancouver Is Rethinking How Billboards Fit Into Cityscape

Photo: Next City

Vancouver is following in the footsteps of cities like Chennai and São Paulo by amending its public advertising bylaws in order to combat “visual pollution.” The city began its efforts by assessing Vancouverites’ attitudes towards billboards and other forms of public advertising. It then updated its bylaws so as to place greater restrictions on when and where billboards can exist. Thus far, Vancouver’s efforts seem to be paying major dividends. (via Next City)

The Apps Fighting Europe's Mountains of Wasted Restaurant Food

Photo: CityLab

Recently launched apps in Denmark and Finland are helping to cut down on food waste by connecting restaurants with customers willing to eat dishes made from leftover ingredients. These dishes, which are usually sold to customers at 50 to 60 percent the price of a comparable restaurant dish, have enabled a plethora of European restaurants to dramatically lessen (or eliminate entirely) their food waste. Today, these apps are expanding to new markets including cities in the United States. (via CityLab)

How A Startup Founded And Operated By Paralyzed Vets Made A Clothing Line That Matters

Photo: Fast Company

Oscar Mike is a startup clothing company with a unique twist: it is owned and operated entirely by paralyzed American military veterans. The company has official nonprofit status and works closely with other nonprofit groups in order to enable veterans to participate in sporting events like Tough Mudder and a variety of 10k races. Furthermore, Oscar Mike’s products are designed specifically to appeal to military veterans themselves. (via Fast Company)

Photo header: Fast Company

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