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A cleaning tag
A new campaign by the French government has made its mark on some of Paris’ walls. Called the ‘clean tag concept’, social messages are stencilled on walls by cleaning the surfaces rather than painting them. It promotes messages about social issues (helping the homeless), cultural issues(restoring historic monuments) and environmental issues(making the city cleaner).
Why it matters
By using tags in a “clean” perspective, the French state has taken into account the need for the communication format to match the message conveyed. When it comes to social causes, is making the most of urban culture the key to bringing further awareness to a younger audience?
The Extra Mile is a charity that collects frequent flyer miles from those that don’t use them or donate them, so that friends and family of terminally ill people can visit their loved ones back home.
Matt Dimmer came up with the idea after he had to travel back and forth when his father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2011. He realised that not everyone would be able to afford this, so he set up the Extra Mile to make it easier for families to embark on emergency visits to see ill relatives. Those with frequent flyer miles who don’t need them are encouraged to donate them to them.
The Sony R&D team has developed new 'bio batteries’ that generate electricity by using enzymes to break down carbohydrates. These batteries are more energy efficient and have a low impact on the environment.