The Summer’s Brilliantly Simple Innovations

Photo by: Cycle Technologies

Photo credit: Cycle Technologies

Hello, Summer! We’ve selected a few brilliantly simple ideas we think you should know about:

ROTHY’S SHOES

Beautiful, comfortable shoes made out of discarded beverage containers? Yes please! The San Francisco-based Rothy’s Shoes has found a way to use some of the more than 2 million tons of water bottles discarded in U.S. landfills each year. Made from 100% recycled water bottles, these breathable, washable, and durable shoes are crafted by an innovative, patent-pending 3D knitting process. As of now, there are two styles and a few colors from which to choose.  Co-Founder, Roth Martin says the limited color-palette speaks to their emphasis on simplicity.  Send samples please!

 

WARD + ROBES

Can a hospital gown be couture fashion? When top designers collaborate and leverage their creative talents, it can be. Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada and Ward + Robes are redefining the hospital gown to ease the sulkiness of staying in the hospital. Check out the video and see for yourself the impact this is having on these young lives. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really understand your patients’ needs.

 

TACKLING OBESITY WITH DESIGN

Cycle Technologies Features Work of Hayden Peek on The Brilliantly Simple Blog

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Do you know what’s in your grocery basket? Reading labels gets tedious, but if we’re going to fix the obesity epidemic we need to find a way to make people more conscious of what they’re consuming. Hayden Peek, a British designer, has come up with with “a ridiculously simple way” to cut through the noise and educate us; a simple graphic that would print at the bottom of every supermarket receipt, with color-coded symbols for things such as calories, sugar, and saturated fat.  Color-coded symbols on your grocery receipts could alert you if there is too much sugar, fat, sodium…you get the idea. What do you think? Would this change your shopping habits? 

 

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

3 Green Companies That Do Sustainable Work

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This month, we’re featuring 3 green companies that do great sustainable work.

CONSCIOUS PERIOD

Cycle Technologies Features Conscious Period on The Brilliantly Simple Blog

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Here’s a company on a menstrual mission! Margo Lang always knew she wanted to start a business that had a social good component to it, and Annie Lascoe was concerned about the ingredients in commercial tampons. BOOM! The two combined their talents and passions into the creation of Conscious Period, the first organic tampon in the USA with a “dual giving” model to provide for women in need. Conscious Period wants women to obtain healthy, safe, and sustainable period products. According to their website, the average american woman uses 16,800 tampons in her lifetime. And manufacturers are not required to disclose the ingredients of their tampons. Unfortunately what’s really in your tampon is not something we’re privy to and according to Phillip Tierno, a microbiologist at NYU’s School of Medicine “a lot of dioxin”  is in your tampon. The EPA classifies dioxin as carcinogenic and although trace amounts are ok, if a woman is exposed to dioxin a lot over the course of her menstrual lifetime (let’s say 16,800 times) Tierno points out, “That’s a lot of dioxin absorbed directly through the vagina. It goes directly into the blood.” Organic is starting to look a LOT more appealing.

What’s more…when you purchase a box of Conscious Period tampons, you’re not only providing yourself with chemical-free sanitary products – you are also providing a box of healthy, environmentally friendly pads to a woman who is need of sanitary supplies. How cool is that?  It’s a one-to-one, buy & give, business model.

Check them out and take note of their huge success on Indiegogo. As of March 31st, the first batch of Conscious Period tampons were shipped to initial project backers. And they were also just mentioned in a Newsweek article on Menstruation – so they must be doing something right! We’re looking forward to our box!

HUNGRY HARVEST

Photo credit: Hungry Harvest

Photo credit: Hungry Harvest

Getting rejected because of minor imperfections just plain sucks. What’s even worse is the 6 BILLION pounds of produce that is rejected and thrown out each year – many because of those imperfections! Now imagine families in need who could benefit from these fruits and vegetables and couldn’t care less if their granny smith apple is the perfect shade of green. Drum roll please… meet Hungry Harvest, a Baltimore-based company who wants to sell you its ugly fruits and vegetables and feed hungry people in need at the same time.

With more than 500,000 pounds of produce recused since its inception, Hungry Harvest founder, Evan Lutz and his team redistributed 185,000 of that 500,000 pounds of produce that otherwise would have been wasted. The model is subscription-based and customers browse the Hungry Harvest website to buy organic, quality produce boxes that we once rejected for one reason or another. And for every box a customer purchases (free delivery included by the way), another produce box gets delivered to a hungry family in need.

Whoa! The company was featured on Shark Tank and many “sharks” found the concept fascinating and truly sustainable.  So do we!

CYCLE TECHNOLOGIES

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We believe that the benefits of fertility awareness methods are massive! And one of these benefits is helping to protect our environment.

How? Two ways:

  1. By ensuring fewer toxins and less packaging waste enter the environment; and
  2. Reducing unplanned pregnancies.

Since 2002, Cycle Technologies has focused on creating simple, sustainable family planning innovations and products that help women plan pregnancy or prevent pregnancy NATURALLY.

And it makes many of these tools available for free so that women all over the world can use them

Scientists and environmentalists have debated the impact that hormonal contraception may have on our environment, but it’s clear that the packaging, plastics, syringes and other paraphernalia associated with birth control affects the environment too.  There are lots of stories trying to rate the various methods in terms of their green impact – here, here, and here.

But really the most important thing when it comes to family planning and the environment is that people are able to avoid unplanned pregnancies. Population and its impact on the environment is another tricky discussion among scientists.  But we know that when people have access to family planning options that they want to use, they are likely to have fewer children. And when people are able to plan their families, they can better take care of them. Today there are over 222 million women worldwide who are at risk for pregnancy, but don’t use contraception currently.  Why? The #1 reason women cite for not using contraception is side-effects and health concerns.

Cycle Technologies works to provide women with effective, easy to use fertility awareness options that meet their needs. 

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

March Top Picks for Sustainable Development Technologies

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Happy Spring! Here are our March favorite picks for sustainable development technologies.

1. Dot Period & Fertility Tracker

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We can’t help but feature Cycle Technologies‘ – Dot Period & Fertility Tracker (#DotTheApp) this month! Dot was recently chosen to be featured at the Women Deliver Conference along with nine other amazing apps that are “changing the face of global health for women and girls”. The conference, which takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark May 16-19, will give participants a chance to interact with these cool technologies during it’s APPY Hour reception. We’re so honored to be on the impressive list of innovative companies and organizations making an impact on global health around the world, including Jhpiego, BVKit, MobileODT, Fundación Capital, Love Matters India, Maternity Foundation, IntraHealth InternationalWorld Vision USA Girls and Football SA. Let us know if you will be at Women Deliver conference this year. We’d love to connect!


2. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Photo credit: Sharmeed Obaid Films

March is a celebration of Women’s History, and we believe that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will go down in the history books as a woman who is a catalyst for change. Obaid-Chinoy made history on March 7th when her film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness won an Oscar. In fact, she is the only Pakistani who has won TWO Oscars. “This is what happens when determined women get together,” she said during her Oscar acceptance speech. “That is the power of film.”  With more than 1000 women killed in the name of “honor” in Pakistan every year, this documentary follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale. To learn more about this masterful, social impact change-maker, visit Sharmeen Obaid Films.


3. AgriLux

Cycle Technologies Brilliantly Simple Blog Features AgriLux Spectrum LED Lightbulb

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Ontario-based AgriLux developed a new lighting system led by poultry-science expert, Dr. Gregoy Bedecarrats from the University of Guelph. The research shows that providing a new type of lighting for chickens results in an increase in egg production. The data show that making the chicken more comfortable, calmer and happier led to a better outcome – thus more egg-laying capacity.

Dr. Bedeccarat’s research and commercial partnership with Thies Electrical Distributing in Cambridge, Ontario, helped bring AgriLux lightbulb to the poultry science field. Take a look at the innovation behind this lightbulb and delve into the research on Agri-Technology Commercialization Center website for further information.

Hmmm…this is making us rethink the lighting at our office.

These “innovations at work” have the potential to address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Connect with us regularly and don’t forget to follow us on twitter, facebook, and email. If you have an innovation or idea that may help address a global problem, please contact us!


Cycle Technologies is a socially minded, consumer and technology company that creates brilliantly simple global health solutions to help address complex needs. To learn more about us, visit www.CycleTechnologies.com

Introducing DOT – a Family Planning & Global Health Technology

Introducing Dot iPhone App An Evolution in Family Planning

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We are thrilled to launch Dot™, a new iPhone app that uses the latest in science and technology to help women plan or prevent pregnancy. It’s the only family planning solution that relies solely on a woman’s period start dates to provide her with dynamic information about her chance of pregnancy for each day of her cycle.

Dot is based on the patent-pending Dynamic Optimal Timing™ approach. Cycle Technologies worked with leading reproductive health experts and scientists to develop this method.  It’s designed to be highly accurate and effective. Now women can use period tracking to plan or prevent pregnancy regardless of their cycle lengths.

Read more about Dot at: www.DotTheApp.com
We hope you love the new Dot app as much as we do. If so, please feel free to leave a review on iTunes. And let us know if you have any suggestions or questions at Hello@DotTheApp.com
Best wishes,
Leslie Heyer
Founder & President
Cycle Technologies

It’s Almost Here! Another Brilliantly Simple Health Innovation by Cycle Technologies Is Almost Here!

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You may have heard that Cycle Technologies is up to something very cool, very innovative, and very smart. Our big reveal is only a few weeks away and we’re excited to share a new family planning innovation with everyone soon. THANK YOU to our beta testers who have given us great feedback. In the meantime, keep it hush hush until we are ready for the launch! Stay tuned and be in the know by following us on twitter @CycleTechGlobal, on facebook/CycleTechnologies or sign up to receive an alert when we officially launch at www.DOTtheApp.com