TOY VENDING MACHINES NOW DISPENSE COFFEE BEANS IN JAPAN
Japan’s labor shortage has led to the introduction of the stylish pop-up Gacha Gacha Coffee, which features 12 vending machines that offer six types of coffee beans. The beans are dispensed via a large plastic capsule that the user takes to a separate station to open and freshly brew their own cup of coffee. The concept is based on popular gashapon vending machines that typically “dispense large capsules usually containing a collectible toy.” The brand still charges $4.50 per cup of coffee even with the consumer doing all the work themselves. Ingenious!
GAP BOOSTS RESALE PARTICIPATION WITH NEW PARTNER
Gap Inc. is the largest retailer to date to partner with clothing resale platform ThredUp, helping reduce the massive volume of used clothing and textile waste going into landfills. Shoppers who clean out their closets and turn in their used clothes to ThredUp will receive credits that can be used in any Gap brand store, plus Gap will provide an additional 15% payout bonus to those who participate. A Gap spokesperson says, “As the resale revolution continues to gain momentum, participating in re-commerce is not only good for our planet, but good for business.”
ELECTRIC VEHICLES CAN NOW HELP THE PLANET EVEN MORE
Scientists in Uruguay have found a unique way “to make electric vehicles safer for pedestrians while aiding the environment at the same time.” Electric vehicles are very quiet, and pedestrians don’t always hear them, which leads to accidents. The European Union has passed legislation requiring these vehicles to be equipped with an acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) that emits a constant sound, alerting pedestrians of their presence. Working on what is known as the HY Project, scientists developed the AVAS device to fit on any vehicle and adapt the vehicle’s sound “to match its speed.” The sound is “a certain range of waveform spectrum vibrations” that can help plants grow better while absorbing more nutrients, and of course it can also be heard by humans.