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Launched in November 1995 by Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, two former Harvard Business Review editors, Fast Company magazine was founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. Discarding the old rules of business, Fast Company set out to chronicle how changing companies create and compete, to highlight new business practices, and to showcase the teams and individuals who are inventing the future and reinventing business.

Tampon dispensers now work like your phone’s touchscreen

A Boston startup called SOS is making machines that dole out tampons and other products in public restrooms, no quarters required.

People who menstruate know the feeling all too well. They’re toiling away at the office or passing through a train station when Aunt Flo comes unannounced. But the vending machine in the restroom—if there even is one—is empty, or out of order, or downright unusable because it’s 2021, and who on earth carries coins?

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Wheelchairs aren’t welcome on airplanes. This invention removes any excuse

Air travel lacks equality for people with disabilities. Thoughtful design can fix that.

In 1986, Congress passed the Air Carriers Access Act. It was a landmark piece of legislation that guaranteed air carriers couldn’t discriminate against people with disabilities. It’s why airlines can’t limit the number of disabled passengers on a flight, and why aircraft are designed with armrests that go up and down.

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Extreme trauma? Massive earthquakes? This $1.5 billion hospital is ready

A structural element used widely in Japan, but less common in the U.S., prevents the building from shaking, even if the earth below it moves.

As the largest hospital in California and one of its comprehensively equipped Level 1 trauma centers, Loma Linda University Medical Center‘s recent campus redesign required that the new hospital have some very special precautions built in.

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This FDA-approved necklace is designed to prevent brain injuries in athletes

In the future, all athletes may wear neck bands.

There will never be a concussion-proof helmet. While helmets are good at protecting the skull from fracturing, they don’t address the real cause of concussions: When your head suddenly stops from a hit, your brain—which is suspended in liquid—keeps moving and strikes the inside of your skull.

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Lululemon plans to make leggings from plants

But they still won’t be biodegradable, pointing to the complexities of developing products that are truly gentle on the environment.

People around the world have swapped their jeans and khakis for comfy leggings and joggers—but activewear, which is largely made from petroleum-based materials like nylon and polyester, damages the planet. It does not biodegrade, but rather breaks into tiny fragments that end up in oceans and the food chain. And the process of extracting oil and manufacturing these fibers spews greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, fueling climate change.

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Amazon is destroying millions of unsold goods, from smart TVs to laptops

An Amazon warehouse exposé in the UK underscores a larger problem with how goods are treated as disposable.

A recent undercover investigation in an Amazon warehouse in Dunfermline, Scotland, reported the disposal of more than 130,000 “new or lightly used” objects in a single week in just that one location. Public outrage was clear. Questions were asked about how Amazon could be so wasteful and why weren’t the usable objects sent to those in need?

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COVID-19 devastated healthcare workers. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen again

Rethinking processes and redesigning spaces won’t just prepare healthcare workers for another crisis. It will prioritize their mental and physical health.

Being asked to go to work when nearly everyone else was told to stay home. Seeing people healthy one day and clinging to life the next. Holding patients’ hands. Calling their family members. Stripping off our clothes before walking into the house and collapsing after another 12-hour shift. Wondering if there would still be a ventilator available for us? So much uncertainty. So much death.

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