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Mindful : June 2013
now Just a quarter of the food we waste annually would feed the world’s hungry, according to the Save Food program of the United Nations’ Food and Agricul- ture Organization. Its research indicates almost half of all fruits and vegetables rot in landfills, par tly because people don’t want to eat them when they’re not in tip-top shape. From Appleton, Wiscon- sin, to Gaziantep, Turkey, the Compassionate Cities Movement is inspiring a whack of public ser vice and ar t projects. Last year, Compassionate City of the Year Louisville, Kentucky, saw 90,000 volunteers provide more than 100,000 hours' wor th of com- munity service. Attorney Tony Tolbert, inspired by the example of his father, who always offered help to people down on their luck, gives his fully furnished Los Angeles home to a needy single mother and her four children. Rent free. For a year. The Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer and Mama Fresco’s Pizza Savers (triangular resealable plastic bags). Because we really need these. A recent Swedish study found that digital bill- boards trigger drivers to take their eyes off the road for more than two full seconds. Other studies have found that taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds seriously increases the risk of driver error. ● Wondering which TV shows or movies best represent women? With a $1.2 million grant from Google, the Geena Davis Institute is developing soft ware that will make it easier and quicker to track gender inequality across all media. Take a shot of style. The bracelets in jew- eler Jessica Mindich’s Caliber Collection are manufactured from materials from shot- guns, pistols, rifles, and shell casings sourced from Newark’s gun buy- back amnesty program. And a por tion of the proceeds goes back to the program—Mindich has already donated $20,000. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not The iPotty, a toilet- training device, comes with a built-in shelf for a tablet computer. What's nex t? The iBath? iCrib? iParent? Here’s to the real heroes: the window washers who dress up as Captain America, Spider-Man, and Bat- man to bring some sun- shine into the lives of sick kids at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Doesn’t the idea of Tweet Seats—special sections for opera or theatre fans who can’t stay off their smar t- phones—kinda defeat the purpose of attend- ing a live theatrical event? (You know, to be there.) Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to