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Finnish Startup Living Spaces Ltd Launch Worlds Only Freely Constructible Soft Furniture Elements

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Breakthrough in soft material connectivity made possible to create endless variations of a couch

Living Spaces Ltd is taking pre-orders of a new set of modular soft elements that makes configuring a living room upholstered furniture as easy as working with a construction toy set. Furniture made of BiT elements can be completely resized, reformed and even change color to meet various environments, number of guests or intended event.

“Imagine a living room furniture capable of transforming into a larger number of seats for extra guests, then be reshaped for a gaming session amongst teenagers, as a castle for the younger children’s play center and as multiple beds for overnight guests. That’s a multi-functionality one can expect from a BiT elements.”, says the polytechnic designer Sanna Myllylä. She chose the magnetic connection method for the BiT elements. Her husband, an innovator Mika Myllylä designed the connector. Research and testing took five years.

BiT represents a minimalistic Scandinavian design but the functionality gives nearly infinite ways to construct furniture. “Our daughter, Taika, was born half a year after research was started.  Above all, we wanted to make BiT as safe as possible for the kids. She once bumped her head to our previous sofa’s arm. We didn’t want that to happen again. Bouncing on a sofa is just what kids do.”, Mika recalls.

Not only castles and huts for kids, But BiT can also be equipped with latest game controllers using BiT adapters for a serious gaming event. Constructing a car, aeroplane or a tractor is limited only by imagination. “PC gaming was pretty hard on a couch before because they lack places for keyboard and mouse. BiT supports both PC and console game controllers. Flight sticks, throttle, wheels, pedals, keyboards and mouses are just a start of the long list of equipments attachable to BiT elements. Adapters have AMPS hole pattern which makes it easy to install phones, phablets, tablets, monitors, microphones and cameras to gaming cockpits. “If you can attach it on a car, motorcycle or boat, it can be attached to BiT elements.”, Mika describes.

Furniture constructed of BiT element is like a stripped version of traditional furniture since elements don’t contain any glue, paints, solvents, lacquers or even wood. Changing sofa color or cleaning is easy since upholstery is removable. All pieces are frameless for added child safety. Strong magnets keep pieces together. Fully automated and fast connectors are cast inside the soft foam.

The core functionality of a sofa has been unchanged for 400 years. Modularity made possible to align the sofa with the wall. BiT is the next step in evolution. Families are choosing smaller apartments which increase the demand for multi-functional furniture according to market research companies. “Smaller space can make limitations to hobbies or projects. With BiT furniture elements that restriction is gone. One of the features we wanted BiT to have is the possibility to pile the pieces against the wall when needed.”, Mika says.

“I’m confident we managed to make furniture which is fun for both children and adults.”, Sanna sums up.

Pieces are manufactured in Poland which is known for it’s large furniture manufacturing industry. Magnets are delivered from China. BiT game controller adapters are made in Finland. BiT soft furniture elements can be pre-ordered from Indiegogo crowdfunding platform. Orders are delivered worldwide on October 2019 by Amazon.

Link to Indiegogo campaign:

https://igg.me/at/bitblock

 

SOURCE: Living Spaces Oy

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Forget Tacos On Tuesdays. Taco Bell® Wants Fans To reBELL And Enjoy Tacos Any Day

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Whether fans like them crunchy, soft or locos (Doritos® Locos Tacos to be exact), Taco Bell Party Packs offer the ultimate taco customization making them the go-to at-home party food too good to just get delivered on Tuesdays.
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Taco Bell fights calendar inequality so fans can boldly celebrate tacos any day of the week with Party Packs, now available for delivery from participating locations

In an open letter, Taco Bell is challenging the long standing tradition of eating tacos on a predetermined day of the week: Tuesday. Should any one day have all the taco glory just because it makes for a good hashtag? No. Times are changing and so are societal food norms. Which is why Taco Bell wants fans to reBELL against this alliteration and enjoy every taco day like it’s Tuesday. It’s time to elevate tacos, and Taco Bell Party Packs, to their rightful place as the go-to party food on their rightful day: any day.

Taco Bell is bringing the taco liberation to life in its newest campaign, “Taco reBELLion,” that shows three taco gangs (the Hard Shells, the Soft Shells and Los Locos) coming together to reBELL against Tuesday tradition via an epic taco dance-off.

Taco Bell is bringing this taco liberation to life in its newest campaign, “Taco reBELLion,” that encourages fans to break away from Tuesday customs and enjoy tacos with their crew any night of the week. Launching on 4/21, the :60 second spot shows three taco gangs (the Hard Shells, the Soft Shells and Los Locos) coming together to rebel against the tradition of tacos on Tuesdays and together they fight, in the form of an epic dance-off, for tacos any night.

Chief Global Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg has a rallying message for taco fans everywhere: “Of course we love that there is a day of the week dedicated to tacos, but we believe it’s time to challenge societal norms and for our fans and their friends to feel empowered to enjoy tacos without limits. When you think of tacos, you should think of getting together with friends any day, not just one day of the week.”

To further empower squads to join the taco uprising, Taco Bell is also launching a new line of reBELLious merchandise. Available on the Taco Shop, the new shirts and patches allow taco nonconformists to show off their taco pride and pledge their support for “Taco Any Day.” Because every rally needs fuel, Taco Bell is offering 15% off one Party Pack when you order online or on the app through June 8. Valid for in-store pick up only at participating locations*. It’s time to reBELL and empower groups to party with tacos from Taco Monday to Taco Sunday.

Whether fans like them crunchy, soft, or locos (Doritos® Locos Tacos to be exact), Taco Bell is breaking the monotony of at-home party food with a taco offering too good to get delivered just on Tuesdays. No matter the occasion or who’s in your crew, Taco Bell Party Packs offer the ultimate taco customization, including vegetarian and vegan options, making it the go-to food for gatherings. Feed your pack of reBELLs with any or all five Taco Bell Party Packs (Taco, Supreme® Taco, Variety, Supreme® Variety and Grande Meal) which can include Crunchy Tacos, Soft Tacos, Crunchy and/or Soft Tacos Supreme®, Doritos® Locos Tacos, Doritos® Locos Tacos Supreme® and even Bean Burritos. Be sure to visit TacoBell.com or the Grubhub app for Party Packs pricing, which varies (tax extra).

* For more details on the 15% off offer, click here.

 

SOURCE: Taco Bell Corp.

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The North Face Launches a Global Effort to Make Earth Day a National Holiday

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The North Face Launches a Global Effort to Make Earth Day a National Holiday
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The brand will close its stores on Earth Day, launch a global petition to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday and celebrate exploration through city takeovers across the globe

Beginning today, The North Face will activate “Explore Mode” in major cities leading up to Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Throughout the week, The North Face will partner with musicians, artists and culinary influencers to host a series of one-of-a-kind experiences that encourage people to disconnect digitally and engage with their surroundings.

The week will culminate with The North Face and 15 organizations around the world partnering to launch a global Change.org petition to make Earth Day an officially recognized holiday. The North Face will also shut down 113 stores in the US and Canada, as well as its global headquarters on Earth Day to provide opportunity for employees to disconnect and explore.

“The North Face is no stranger to exploration and this Earth Day we are proud to join our partners and fellow explorers in a global effort to make Earth Day a national holiday,” said Global General Manager of Lifestyle at The North Face, Tim Bantle. “We believe that when people take time to appreciate the Earth, they feel more connected to it and are more likely to protect it. Explore Mode urges us to unplug from our digital lives to connect in real life to the world, each other, and ourselves in the effort to move the world forward.”

The North Face partnered with influencers including singer and songwriter Ella Mai, chef Angela Dimayuga and model and activist Gabrielle Richardson to host bespoke events in New York City that will reflect the brand’s spirit and the mindset of exploration in music, food and art, along with encouraging exploration in the outdoors. These experiences will only be accessible to those who put down their phones and digital devices to be present in the moment.

Explore Mode experiences are rooted in inspiring and enabling people everywhere to unplug from their digital lives and connect in real life to the one another and the world around them.

  • Tuesday, April 16: Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ella Maijoins with vintage fashion collector and curator, Brian Procell, to throw the ultimate 90s throwback party – a mash-up of music and streetwear. Mai will pay homage to the hits and looks of past decades that inspire culture today, while Procell’s collection, including vintage looks from The North Face, is on display.
  • Wednesday, April 17: World renowned chef Angela Dimayuga will go off menu and bring a select number of consumers along for the ride as she explores the many flavors of NYC that bring her inspiration.
  • Thursday, April 18: Model-artist-activist Gabrielle Richardson takes over Skylight Soho to curate an art exhibition under the theme of exploration. Guests are invited to participate in a “live” piece onsite with Gabrielle and her partners through an interactive display of artistic exploration.

The brand will also activate Explore Mode in other major cities globally including London, Manchester, Munich and Paris.

“Exploration drives creativity. It is important to me to find musical inspiration from all the world’s aspects,” said Mai. “I’m excited to partner with The North Face to celebrate the many forms of exploration and show New York City what exploration means to me.”

Before closing stores, The North Face will also switch its retail locations into Explore Mode where customers can find all the resources they need to spend Earth Day off the grid, exploring the outdoors. Customers who choose to take part in The North Face exploration activities will be rewarded with an exploration kit that includes analog gear to stay present and capture memories without the need for digital devices.

The North Face is committed to social good through programs like the Explore Fund, as well as conservation efforts since its founding in 1966. For more information on Earth Day as a national holiday or to sign the petition visit:

www.thenorthface.com.

 

SOURCE: The North Face

 

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Nutrition Experts Offer Tips on How to Keep Kids Healthy

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Feed the Children and Nature Made providing food and essentials to families at a community distribution event in Los Angeles.
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International nonprofit Feed the Children and Nature Made® use partnership to promote a healthy lifestyle for children

Developing healthy habits for your children is important, especially at a young age. The first 1,000 days of life (conception through the age of two) is the most crucial time of a child’s growth and development. With poor nutrition contributing to nearly half of deaths in children under the age of five around the world, educating parents of young children on the importance of nutritious food is vital.

Feed the Children is dedicated to ensuring children receive the much-needed nutrients required for proper development. That’s why it partners with organizations and communities in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world with the goal of providing children with vitamins, supplements, nutritious food and the resources needed to obtain these important items. Through its recent three-year partnership with Nature Made®, a leading national vitamin and supplement brand, the nonprofit strives to educate and provide a holistic health and wellness experience to families across the U.S.

“Together with Feed the Children, we want to promote the importance of good nutrition from a young age,” said Dr. Susan Hazels Mitmesser, Vice President of Science & Technology for Nature Made. “Encouraging healthy habits in early childhood not only ensures children receive the crucial nutrients they need for proper development, but also provides a foundation for a lifetime of good health.”

Many times, families living in low-income households in the U.S. have to choose between paying monthly utility and household bills or buying nutritious food. However, through a few simple tips, families can provide a brighter future for their children and help them to grow into healthy adults.

  1. Eat meals together: Studies have shown that eating together tends to promote more sensible eating habits. When kids eat with their parents, they are more likely to consume the USDA recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Additionally, it helps them handle the stresses of daily life and tends to lower the rates of obesity in both children and adults.
  2. Eat a balanced breakfast: Even if a child just has an apple with a glass of milk in the morning, it makes all the difference. Choosing a breakfast that is rich in fiber and protein jumps starts the brain and makes it easier to maintain energy throughout the day, which is vital for school-age children. They can better concentrate in class and participate in physical activities without potential exhaustion.
  3. Make sure children have plenty of protein: Growing children need ample protein. Children who don’t get enough protein can suffer from poor concentration, joint pain and fatigue. According to a Harvard study, millions of young children don’t get enough protein due to food insecurity. Parents who provide their children with lean meats, eggs, nuts and low-fat dairy products, can greatly improve their child’s digestive system. However, our bodies can only absorb about 30 grams of protein at once, so it should be consumed it in small amounts multiple times a day.
  4. Get your child involved: One of the best ways to get children to play an active role in their nutrition is to involve them in the process of grocery shopping and cooking. While parents are having a balanced meal with their children, they can use this time to have an open dialogue about the importance of their health. By nature, children voice their likes and dislikes concerning food. Parents can use their opinions to craft a healthy routine for their future.

“It’s perfectly fine and actually good to indulge with your family from time to time, but it’s also important to establish good eating habits and promote a healthy lifestyle for your child’s development,” said Katie Van Es, Sr. Program Officer-Food & Nutrition and Health & Water for Feed the Children. “If you eat healthy meals with your children, they are more likely to grow up making healthier choices.”

To learn more about Feed the Children’s programs and initiatives in the U.S. and around the world, visit feedthechildren.org.

 

SOURCE: Feed the Children

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