Twitter Roundup – December 3: Jumo, fast trains and a food safety overhaul
Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week:
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his team launched the beta version of a new site called Jumo (@JumoConnect) which means “to come together” in the Yoruba language. It’s a social network dedicated to connecting people to the nonprofits and causes they care about. Plus it’s built on top of the Facebook platform, so no need to manage yet another social networking profile. Read more about it on their website, here.
Researchers in Sweden announced the remarkable results of the ban on free plastic bags in China: plastic bag use has dropped by 50 percent, keeping up to 100 billion bags from landfills. And only about 40 percent of retailers have actually been complying with the ban. We’re keeping an eye on other plastic bag bans to see what kinds of effects they have.
From Fast Company design, we have a cool story on some beautiful and eco-friendly new subway cars designed by BMW and Siemens for the underground rails of Warsaw, Poland. They’re 98 percent recyclable and significantly lighter than existing cars, so they need less energy to run. Click through to see the pictures.
This week, the so-called “lame duck” Senate surprised many by passing the Food Safety Modernization bill, the first significant food safety overhaul in over 70 years. It passed by a hefty margin of 73-25. Proponents say it protects small businesses and farmers while ensuring that consumers won’t be subject to so many food recalls and batches of dangerous produce. However, earlier this week, it was discovered that the decision may be thrown out, as any measures that deal with taxes are supposed to begin in the House of Representatives. We look forward to seeing what happens with this important legislation.
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