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Transparent Toilet Cubicles Installed In Japan

Public toilets have a poor reputation globally. It is just how it is. You only use only if desperate and you get out of there ASAP.

One reason to avoid the germ pot are the often neglected hygiene standards. For many other people the main reason to avoid using the bathroom in public is due to safety concerns.

Well, designer Shigeru Ban has created a new kind of public toilet for Shibuya, Tokyo which arguably goes against conventional beliefs; that is because the walls are made out of glass.

The cubicles are being developed as part of THE TOKYO TOILET Project from The Nippon Foundation, a nonprofit organisation with a heavy focus on social innovation.

“There are two concerns with public toilets, especially those located in parks,” the Foundation says.

“The first is whether it is clean inside, and the second is that no one is secretly waiting inside.”

The Foundation says, “Using a new technology, we made the outer walls with glass that becomes opaque when the lock is closed, so that a person can check inside before entering.

“At night, they light up the parks like a beautiful lantern.”

The Project will see a total of 17 public toilets renovated and transformed by 16 creators (the transparent toilets being one such creation), with Pritzker Prize winners amongst the designers.

The Nippon Foundation says the toilets aim “to dispel these misconceptions regarding public toilets.”

“The designers will use advanced design to make them accessible for everyone regardless of gender, age, or disability, to demonstrate the possibilities of an inclusive society.”

The transparent toilets have been open to the public since August 5.

What do you think about this idea? How would you make public toilets feel more safe?

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Chocolate Rains Down On Streets Of Swiss Town

Waking up in Switzerland on a snowy morning is only a dream for many of us right now. Now add in a chocolatey-rainy-snow storm and you have hit a whole new level of fantasy.

For residents in Olten, Switzerland, this was their reality.

According to Associated Press “the Lindt & Spruengli company confirmed local reports Tuesday that there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line for roasted “cocoa nibs” in its factory in Olten, between Zurich and Basel.

The malfunction, along with strong winds, caused cocoa powder to seemingly rain down on the streets Friday morning.

The thin layer of chocolate landed on cars, windows and houses.

The Lindt & Spruengli company offered to clean up the mess caused by the chocolate powder.

Surprisingly, no one says they require this cleaning service just yet…

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Share The Dignity Targets Period Poverty In Melbourne Lockdown

Share the Dignity is an organisation that works to directly benefit women in crisis experiencing “period poverty.”

Women in crisis typically refers to women who are homeless, fleeing domestic violence or doing it tough.

“When a woman is doing it tough, the last thing on her mind should be dealing with her period,” Share The Dignity say.

Period poverty in lockdown is a rising critical situation facing many women across the world.

In response to recent news that nine housing estate towers would be closed and contained in Victoria following coronavirus outbreaks, Share The Dignity has donated $15,000 worth of period products.

These new restrictions for public housing estates affect more than 3,000 people – typically people who already face serious financial difficulties – who are now required to stay inside their homes to help slow the spread.

Measures are said to be in place for at least 5 days, in order to ensure that all residents are tested.

The lack of access to the most basic human necessities has prompted many local businesses and charities to pitch in.

Share The Dignity believe no Aussie should be left behind, “that’s why we’re working with @FoodbankVic to safely deliver period products to those without.”

According to Foodbank Victoria, Share The Dignity donated 3,342 packs of sanitary pads and tampons to help public housing residents in lockdown.

Last year Share The Dignity announced they are working with Woolworths.

The Australian supermarket giant “committed to donating five cents from every packet of pads and tampons sold in each of their 995 stores across Australia.”

Share The Dignity says this means up to a million dollars each year, “to help us ensure that Australian women and girls are no longer forced to use wadded up toilet paper to manage their periods.”

This August Share The Dignity has their bi-annual Dignity Drive.

The Dignity Drive relies on the Australian public to donate pads, tampons and any other kinds of mensuration support to Dignity Drives across the country; Woolworths stores being one of these said drop-off points.

If you wish to donate this August, find out more here.

And let’s ensure that period poverty is not neglected from consideration during this pandemic as we “share the dignity.”

Find out more about Share The Dignity here.