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Charity Targets 3D Printing’s Plastic Waste Problem With Standards For An Ethical Alternative

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As more 3D printers fire up and start chewing through plastic filament to extrude the objects of your dreams, more and more spools of PVC are going to be required to build our DIY future. And that means more plastic waste. Which, let’s face it, we have more than enough of already.

But perhaps there is a better way. U.K. charity techfortrade reckons there’s room to connect up the growing demand for 3D printing, with the surfeit of waste plastic in developing countries. The core aim: less waste and better jobs – that’s better jobs for humans, as well as more ethical 3D print jobs.

The tech-focused charity has today launched an initiative called The Ethical Filament Foundation which will aim to partner with organisations to encourage the manufacture of “ethically produced” 3D printing filament, made from recycled plastic waste – as an alternative to the standard virgin plastic spools.

The ethical element extends not just to feeding recycled waste plastic back in the 3D printer ecosystem, but to providing income stability for waste pickers in developing countries.

The Foundation is working to develop a standard for this ethical filament that can be used to certify producers, who will be able to license and display its accreditation mark. A draft of the Foundation’s guidelines can be be viewed on its website.

The Foundation notes:

This standard will ensure that social, economic and environmental requirements are met in the production of 3D printer filament. It is also hoped that this will contribute towards a general improvement in wider trading relationships with waste pickers by influencing plastic industry standards. The Ethical Filament Foundation mark will act as a quality guarantee for those companies and individual consumers wishing to purchase recycled filament.

The initiative is a welcome one – that could help instigate a wider shift in 3D printer practices. We’ve seen individual upcycling gizmos before, such as the Filabot, but as 3D printing moves from being the pastime of the maker community to something more mainstream it’s going to need more ambitious efforts to keep its dirty underbelly in check.

“After realising a gap in the market for 3D printer filament made from recycled plastic, we immediately recognised the opportunity this presents to the developing world where plastic waste is in abundance,” said William Hoyle, CEO of techfortrade, in a statement.  ”The 3D printing market is growing exponentially and by making the first move into ethical filament, we hope to raise awareness about the importance of this technology and the benefits it can provide to some of the poorest people in the world. Our first step is to garner support from the 3D printing community.”

The Foundation has been founded by techfortrade in partnership with Dreambox Emergence which provides 3D printing units for community based manufacturing in Guatemala, and Michigan Technological University. Protoprint, which provides waste plastic recycling services in India – detailed in the below video – has signed up as the Foundation’s first licensed organisation.


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Jony Ive turns Mac Pro RED for charity

Suddenly, the 20th Anniversary Mac seems downright commonplace. Apple’s Jony Ive is teaming up with recent design partner Marc Newson to auction a one-of-a-kind red Mac Pro as part of a Product RED charity fundraiser. It’s not clear what’s different on the inside versus the regular black model, but …

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San Francisco Tech Company Gets Charity Tax Breaks For Helping Other Tech Companies

San Francisco asked tech companies to help local community groups in exchange for tax breaks. 21Tech’s charities, however, look an awful lot like startups.

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Technology consulting company 21Tech is one of the six San Francisco tech companies earning 1.5% payroll tax breaks on new hires over the next six years in exchange for “giving back” to the community. The idea: to bring more tech companies to the city, but to make sure the massive influx of new, monied residents doesn’t come at the expense of existing neighborhood residents — a phenomenon recently described as “hyper gentrification.”

While most of the companies have focused on schools, nonprofits, and homeless shelters, 21Tech has taken a different approach: assisting two startups with getting bids on government contracts.

21Tech first proposed its plan to the city as follows: It would help small local businesses register as minority- and women-owned small businesses, which would give them priority status for getting discounted government contracts. 21Tech would help them navigate the whole process, including bidding for the government deals. The city didn't specify what kind of businesses they had to be, only that they somehow benefit the Mid-Market area.

The city did not outright dismiss the concept. “We didn't specify the sort of business,” Bill Barnes, the city administrator overseeing the tax break process, told BuzzFeed. “I know in Mid-Market, a lot of individual sole proprietors that are struggling with rent are PR or marketing or startups. That is the business mix that exists in the area.”

Whether these count as neighborhood businesses is a matter of technicality. So is the question of whether they qualify as minority-owned or women-owned businesses, or whether they really need much help in the first place. The question of whether their existence and success helps the neighborhood, however, is not. It should be possible to determine if Regroup, a mass messaging platform, and DelC2, a business and international transaction consulting group, have any true relation with and impact on the Mid-Market neighborhood. There is scant evidence that they do.

DelC2, according to their website, is an “international network of professionals in the United States and Spain” that helps clients “develop global strategies” by providing “business and international transactions solutions.”

Information about the company itself is limited. It has no records on LexisNexis. According to city records, its address is the tony Marina district. Its website lists a Google Voice number and a list of advisors. 21Tech helped the company register as a small, women-owned local business by listing one of those advisors as the owner.

DelC2 did not respond to BuzzFeed's emails or phone calls. But one of the advisors listed on the company's site told BuzzFeed he has no relationship with the company beyond a single conference call. He subsequently got his name removed from the website.

The other company, Regroup, isn't located in the Mid-Market area either. It is registered at a Mission District address, four blocks from Zuckerberg's $ 10 million pied-à-terre. The CEO, Joe DiPasquale, splits his time between New York and San Francisco.

DiPasquale founded Regroup while getting his MBA at Stanford. The platform, which allows companies, universities, and local governments to send simultaneous mass messages via email, text, social media, and voice, started as a service for Stanford students.

In 2008, DiPasquale raised an initial $ 2 million round of funding, mostly from prominent angel investing groups. He himself is an angel investor as well as a venture investor at an early stage and structured growth capital firm, and has worked in investment banking at Deutsche and done strategy consulting for Bain, IBM, and McKinsey.

At a recent City Hall meeting, 21Tech introduced DiPasquale to the community board as the poster boy of their work helping the local community.

When asked about the two companies' relationship, DiPasquale told the board that he met the 21Tech CEO several years ago at a Silicon Valley event, long before the tax breaks were conceived.

Questions were raised as to whether Regroup qualified as a minority-owned business. 21Tech argued that it did, because the CEO is gay.

In its October six-month progress report, 21Tech reports that it has registered Regroup as a small, locally owned business. According to city records, it has not.

Reached by BuzzFeed, DiPasquale said he didn't know much about how the tax break program worked. He seemed genuinely concerned: He couldn't remember the name of the committee he spoke before at City Hall but also seemed anxious to get off the phone. He has not responded to follow-up inquiries. Whether he knew he was helping 21Tech get tax breaks remains unclear.

21Tech did not respond to multiple inquires from BuzzFeed.

According to its six-month report to the city, 21Tech has helped the community in other ways, including taking an online pledge to keep streets clean, hiring a summer intern from San Francisco State University, telling staff about a local street fair with emails and a poster in the break room, posting jobs on the city website, going to local restaurants — a list on which it included Subway and Starbucks — and having the local Bike Coalition talk to employees about biking over lunch.

Barnes said he and the community advisory board are in the process of reviewing 21Tech's case.

He and the community board have asked 21Tech for additional information. The company will appear before the board next month to answer this and other questions about its six-month progress report.

“The intent is good, but they haven't verified the deliverables,” he said. “Our big focus is how are these benefits serving the geographic area.”

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Tim Cook coffee date fetches $610,000 in charity auction

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The Charitybuzz auction offering a chance to meet and have coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended with a final bid of $ 610,000. In all, 86 bids were placed for the opportunity to sit down with Cook (and a friend of the winner’s choosing) for between 30 and 60 minutes at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. With such large chunks of cash at stake, Charitybuzz required independent bank qualifications once bids crossed the $ 500,000 mark. Proceeds from the record-tying auction (a Lamborghini Roadster went for the same total earlier this year) will go to The RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. The coffee rendezvous was valued at $ 50,000 according to auction terms — travel costs not included — but that figure was eclipsed soon after…

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Apple’s Jony Ive tapped to design one-off Leica M for charity auction

In instance the newly announced Leica M just isn’t astronomically expensive enough– or charity-minded enough, as it were– Apple’s senior VP of design Jony Ive is dealing with the German photography business on a one-off version set to be auctioned for charity. Given the M’s baseline rate of & euro; 6,200 (about $ 8,100), we’re suspecting the one-of-a-kind version created by one of the world’s most prominent designers is going to fetch a rather cent at auction. Like, “sell of one of your added homes” kind of money. Leica head Dr. Andreas Kaufmann revealed the collaboration last evening throughout a Leica event at Photokina– an occasion that Ive himself was reportedly set to appear at– where he stated that the auction will be done with U2 frontman (and longtime friend of Ive) Bono Vox. The most recent Leica M debuts in very early 2013, though we will not see the fruits of Ive and Leica’s partnership for some time as the camera’s design has yet to start.

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Portal gun to be auctioned off for Child’s Play charity

The Portal gun. If you’ve been alive over the past year and change, you know exactly what we’re talking about. We can safely say our lives were changed after spending a few good minutes with Harrison Krix’s handmade replica in 2009, and soon you’ll have the golden opportunity to know exactly what we mean. Krix has constructed a new Portal gun, one that’s arguably more bodacious than ever, and there’s only one way to get it: outbid the Bro Montana next to you on December 7th. A Child’s Play Charity event auction will be held on that fateful day in Seattle, and it’ll be the one and only opportunity to have the pink slip transferred to you. Of course, monies received from the auction will benefit Child’s Play (a gaming industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in a network of over 60 hospitals worldwide), and the bragging rights afforded to the winner will be fairly epic in scope. Head on past the break for a video of what’s up for grabs.

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I Want a Goat (EXPLICIT) “I’m On a Boat” spoof for charity


Design and donate a goat at iwantagoat.com – Our friend Debbie recently returned from 7 months in India, working with the people in this video. Beau (the Pantless Knight) went to visit her and together they shot this amazing footage. The people in Puki and Nua Kerenga villages had never seen a video camera before, but they understood our goal and were excited to let us help spread their message – THEY WANT GOATS. Why goats? The reason is that goats work. Goats breed and multiply and help the villagers pay for medicine and other important things in times of emergency. They are a valuable source of financial independence for these people, who are very poor and often get taken advantage of by money lenders. The Indian organization where Debbie volunteered (SOVA), has been establishing goateries (real word!) in tribal villages with great success. The results have been empowering for the villagers. We want to help provide more goats for these people. If you like the video, please share it on facebook, twitter, email, etc and consider donating a goat to help one of these amazing families at http Oh, and peep the Jordans on our goats, “White Chocolate”: iwantagoat.com and “G-Pain”: iwantagoat.com – Beau, Peter & David. LYRICS Aw shit, get your travel shots its about to go down. (yea-aah, shortay) Everybody in the herd get to the fuckin village (yea-aah, yeah) But stay on your motherfucking hooves We running this, lets go. I want a goat. (I want a goat) I want a goat (I want a

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Magic: The Gathering Launch Parties to Benefit Child’s Play Charity

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Wizards of the Coast recently announced a pledge to donate up to $22,000 to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play organization in honor of the Magic 2011 launch. The Child’s Play organization, which provides game materials to children in hospitals, is made strong by the compassionate gaming community that surrounds it, so Wizards is challenging their players to support this special organization and exciting launch event.

To celebrate the launch of Magic 2011, Wizards of the Coast is hosting M11 Launch Parties around the globe and will determine a donation amount based on attendance at these parties. If 40,000 people attend, Wizards of the Coast will donate $11,000. For each additional 1,000 attendees Wizards of the Coast will donate $1,100, up to $22,000 (50,000 attendees).

By attending your local launch party, you can celebrate the release of an exciting new product and help make a difference in the lives of children across the country. The event will last the entire weekend globally, starting at 12:00am July 16th in New Zealand and running through 11:59pm July 19th in Hawaii.

This is a great opportunity for gamers to band together and be a part of something bigger than themselves. All you have to do is show up at an M11 Launch Party and bring your friends…which you’d be doing anyway! Wizards of the Coast provide an online tool to help you find the nearest party.

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Magic: The Gathering Launch Parties to Benefit Child’s Play Charity

Magic 2011

Image © Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast recently announced a pledge to donate up to $22,000 to Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play organization in honor of the Magic 2011 launch. The Child’s Play organization, which provides game materials to children in hospitals, is made strong by the compassionate gaming community that surrounds it, so Wizards is challenging their players to support this special organization and exciting launch event.

To celebrate the launch of Magic 2011, Wizards of the Coast is hosting M11 Launch Parties around the globe and will determine a donation amount based on attendance at these parties. If 40,000 people attend, Wizards of the Coast will donate $11,000. For each additional 1,000 attendees Wizards of the Coast will donate $1,100, up to $22,000 (50,000 attendees).

By attending your local launch party, you can celebrate the release of an exciting new product and help make a difference in the lives of children across the country. The event will last the entire weekend globally, starting at 12:00am July 16th in New Zealand and running through 11:59pm July 19th in Hawaii.

This is a great opportunity for gamers to band together and be a part of something bigger than themselves. All you have to do is show up at an M11 Launch Party and bring your friends…which you’d be doing anyway! Wizards of the Coast provide an online tool to help you find the nearest party.

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MarioMarathon 3, a Mario-fest for charity, is happening now

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Some dudes in Lafayette, Indiana are going to play 800 levels of Mario, from SMB to Super Mario Sunshine. Last year they spent 96 hours playing and this year should be even more impressive.

You can watch them go to it right here and you can Donate to Child’s Play right here as they fight through the magical land of Mario World.



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