After hearing this myth-buster, I'll never think the same again about paper bags, lettuce, or gold.

A real shift in thinking is needed, beyond our Prii and eco-conscious materials.

Leyla Acaroglu makes the point that it's not just what goes into the materials a product is made from. Thinking about how the product will be used and how that usage will make an impact en masse is just as important a design element.

For instance, an electric tea kettle:

"But this is the thing, right?This is what I call a product-person failure.But we've got a product-system failure going on with these little guys,and they're so ubiquitous, you don't even notice they're there.

And this guy over here, though, he does. He's named Simon.Simon works for the national electricity company in the U.K.He has a very important job of monitoringall of the electricity coming into the systemto make sure there is enoughso it powers everybody's homes.He's also watching television.The reason he is because there's a uniquephenomenon that happens in the U.K.the moment that very popular TV shows end.The minute the ad break comes on,this man has to rushto buy nuclear power from France because everybody turns their kettles onat the same time.

1.5 million kettles, seriously problematic.So imagine if you designed kettles,you actually found a way to solve these system failures because this is a huge amount of pressureon the systemjust because the product hasn't thought about the problemthat it's going to have when it exists in the world.Now, I looked at a number of kettles available on the marketand found the minimum fill lines. So the little piece of information that tells you how much you need to put in therewas between two and a five-and-a-half cups of waterjust to make one cup of tea.So this kettle here is an example of one whereit actually has two ... reservoirs.One's a boiling chamber, and one's the water holder.The user actually has to push that buttonto get their hot water boiled,which means — because we're all lazyyou only fill exactly what you need.

And this is what I call behavior-changing products:products, systems, or servicesthat intervene and solve these problems up front."


Dad on TikTok shared how he addressed his son's bullying.

What do you do when you find out your kid bullied someone? For many parents, the first step is forcing an apology. While this response is of course warranted, is it really effective? Some might argue that there are more constructive ways of handling the situation that teach a kid not only what they did wrong, but how to make things right again.

Single dadPatrick Forseth recently shared how he made a truly teachable moment out of his son, Lincoln, getting into trouble for bullying. Rather than forcing an apology, Forseth made sure his son was actively part of a solution.

The thought process behind his decision, which he explained in a now-viral TikTok video, is both simple and somewhat racial compared to how many parents have been encouraged to handle similar situations.
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That question is the heart of Bikers Against Child Abuse International (B.A.C.A.), an organization dedicated to creating "a safer environment for abused children." With specific training and extensive security checks, the frequently big and burly members of B.A.C.A. serve as protectors of chid abuse survivors, giving vulnerable children people to call on when they feel scared, and even showing up in court when a child asks them to.

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Woman was mocked online for calling an $80 purse a 'luxury item.' Her response went viral.

"I'm so grateful that my dad was able to get me one. He worked so hard for that money.”


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Insults of any kind are painful, but jabs towards someone’s financial status are their own breed.

In January 2023, Singapore-based Zoe Gabriel was on the receiving end of this particular flavor of mockery when she posted a TikTok about a purse from local retail brand Charles & Keith—a gift bought for her by her father.

In her excitement, the 17-year-old called the bag, which costs around $80, a “luxury” item as she unwrapped it. Her excitement was sadly cut short by some of the negative comments she received.

One comment seemed to stand out above the rest and prompted Gabriel to post an emotional response video.

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English metal detector hobbyist finds a real treasure near Nottingham.

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The discovery was made on a farm in Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, 26.9 miles from Sherwood Forest. The forest is known worldwide for being the mythological home of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. A central road that traversed the forest was notorious in Medieval times for being an easy place for bandits to rob travelers going to and from London.

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