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Netflix drops all its ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ evidence on Reddit

Netflix’s recent revival of the beloved Unsolved Mysteries series is a hit, with the show appearing on the site’s Top 10 Most Watched list since premiering. While a lot has changed in the reboot itself, the biggest change is arguably how the show now exists in a world with Reddit sleuths.

Netflix even directly addressed those sleuths in a Reddit post on July 7. The post dropped an entire Google Drive of evidence organized by each episode’s case, containing not only the evidence that aired but also new speculation that didn’t make the cut.

While armchair internet detectives are certainly a double-edged and potentially harmful sword, this behavior isn’t new for Unsolved Mysteries. The show was always known for tapping fans to help solve cases, and in the past tips and leads from viewers actually did just that. The ethics of giving amateur online sleuths this kind of ammo remains questionable, but it is also a natural evolution of the show’s legacy. Each episode already ends with a call for viewers to contact the producers with any potential tips and lead through their website.

The internet’s involvement in trying to solve the show’s cases was also inevitable. Before Netflix dropped the evidence, there was plenty of theories flying on Reddit. 

As pointed out by Thrillist, one particularly popular Reddit thread analyzed a potential clue from the case of Rey Rivera, whose mysterious death was detailed in the first episode. The theory lays out his case’s similarities to a David Fincher movie called The Game, which Rivera (an aspiring screenwriter) mentioned in a note believed to be a key piece of evidence. The theory gained enough traction that it prompted a response from co-creator Terry Dunn Meurer in an interview.

A lot of the internet’s focus has been on the Rivera case. Three days prior to Netflix posting the Google Drive, yet another of the most popular threads on the show’s subreddit outlined details not included in the “Mystery on the Rooftop” episode.

Who knows what will ultimately become of this close relationship Netflix is establishing with its online fans and sleuths? But in a USA Today interview, Meurer stated that within a single day of the show’s release, they had already received many “credible” tips about the cases of Rey Rivera, Alonzo Brooks (from the “No Ride Home” epsiode), and Lena Chapin (from the “Missing Witness” episode). 

Recent conversations around the systemic racism in police forces also add a new layer of complexity to the internet’s involvement.

“We pass them on to the appropriate authorities,” Meurer said.

Recent conversations around the systemic racism in police forces also adds a layer of complexity to the internet’s involvement with the show. The episode on Alonzo Brooks’ case, for example, implies that the 23-year-old man, whose mother is Mexican and whose father is Black, was the victim of a hate crime. But that’s not how the police characterized his death at the time, and authorities closed his case in 2019. 

That’s especially notable during a time when protests around the murder of George Floyd have heightened internet suspicion around official police rulings on the deaths of many Black people, like Robert Fueller’s alleged suicide or the LMPD’s nearly blank report on Breonna Taylor’s murder

Arguably, when official narratives can’t be trusted to tell the full story, the internet can play an important role in the fight for justice. Notably, a month after Netflix aired Unsolved Mysteries, Brooks’ case was reopened for investigation by the FBI. The show’s subreddit is also filled with petitions and calls for Unsolved Mysteries to further focus on Black victims, like the death of Asha Degree and two other Black toddlers who disappeared from the same park in Harlem. On the Unsolved Mysteries’ website, there’s a submission page where viewers can suggest cases for the show to investigate. 

Often, true crime shows and public interest focuses disproportionately on white victims, while not giving victims of color nearly enough attention or consideration. When media and public scrutiny play such a big role in which cases get re-opened, it’s possible the show’s revival could play a role as well in correcting those inequalities.

For now, all we have is speculation. But fans can at least rest assured in the fact that the remaining six episodes of Unsolved Mysteries’ new season will release later in 2020.

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Carl Reiner’s last performance is an instant tear-jerker

I challenge anyone who appreciates the life and work of Carl Reiner to not cry after watching this.

The comedy legend (and father of fellow Hollywood great, Rob Reiner) died on June 29 at the age of 98. But there’s at least one more chance to see him perform, thanks to a clip that was shot just a few days before Reiner left this world behind.

The clip is the cap-off scene in Quibi’s weird, socially distanced remake of The Princess Bride. And it’s just perfect.

In the Quibi remake, celebrities from all across the industry have recreated scenes from the movie in short stretches. The stitched-together product of their efforts amounts to a new spin on The Princess Bride with multiple actors (and famous faces) playing each character.

The final scene from the 1987 returns us again to the framing device that recurs throughout the movie: a grandfather (Peter Falk) reads a fantasy story to his sick-in-bed grandson (Fred Savage). In Reiner’s recreation, Carl takes on the Falk role while Rob lies in bed pretending to be a sick teen.

(In an extra fun twist, Rob also appeared in the remake’s opening scene as the grandfather, with Josh Gad playing the sick grandson.)

Jason Reitman, who directed the remake, shared the clip on Twitter for all to see.

Reitman also explained how he came to realize the importance of the remake scene in a chat with Vanity Fair. He asked the Reiner family for permission before including it, and lucky for us all they said yes.

“It dawned on me: It was his final performance on not only a perfect career, but a perfect life,” Reitman said about the scene. “It felt like one more chance to see Carl Reiner. It was actually a scene about the love of a grandfather and a grandson. It’s a scene about storytelling. You can’t help but imagine Carl reading stories to Rob when he was a kid, and that this is what it looked like and what it felt like.”

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Google bans ads for apps people use to stalk partners

Google’s newest ad ban is a classic “better late than never” situation.

In its latest advertising policy update, Google announced that “stalkerware” apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren’t aware, that’s a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of their significant others.

A non-exhaustive list of ads Google will not allow includes text, call, and GPS tracking apps, as well as anything generally advertised with the purpose of stalking someone without their consent. Interestingly, that doesn’t just include software, but hardware like cameras and audio recorders that are explicitly marketed as spying devices. Violators will have their accounts suspended with at least a seven-day warning ahead of time.

Google already doesn’t allow stalkerware apps on the Play Store, and occasionally removes batches of them after they slip through the cracks. One could understandably wonder why there wasn’t already an advertising policy against these sorts of apps, but regardless of the reason, there is one now. 

In 2019, groups like the Electric Frontier Foundation and NortonLifeLock partnered up to form a Coalition Against Stalkerware. Its website has educational materials as well safety resources for victims. as A NortonLifeLock study released earlier in 2020 found that 46 percent of Americans admitted to cyber-stalking a partner or ex in some form, with men being more than twice as likely to use apps to do it than women.

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Apple could debut its new laptop chip in a Macbook Pro this year

A few weeks after Apple announced it would start developing its own silicon chip for Mac computers, we have a solid lead on what the first computer to use it might be.

TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a research note on Friday that a new 13.3-inch Macbook Pro will debut Apple’s original silicon chips. According to Kuo’s note, spotted by MacRumors, it will enter production in a matter of months, presumably in time for a late 2020 or early 2021 launch. Aside from new chips, it’ll closely resemble the most recent Macbook Pro model.

Beyond that, Kuo predicts a new Macbook Air with the same chip in either late 2020 or early 2021. He also predicted new 16-inch and 14.1-inch Macbook Pros with mini-LED displays for late 2021 releases.

None of this is horribly surprising, obviously, as Apple releases new laptops on a regular basis. This is potentially fascinating because we could have two otherwise identical Macbook Pro models on the market later in 2020, one with an older Intel chip, and one with a new Apple chip. Apple claims its new custom silicon chips will enable better battery life due to more efficient power consumption, among other performance enhancements.

Given how expensive new Macbook Pros tend to be, get excited to either break the bank or just wait until a few years from now until you can get one refurbished.

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Bill Nye’s PSA on mask-wearing is as simple as it is effective

If the virus that’s at the center of a global pandemic spreads via respiratory droplets, wouldn’t it make sense to throw all the roadblocks you can in front of those droplets?

While plenty of people still don’t seem to get it, science guy Bill Nye definitely does. In a new video posted on his TikTok channel, Nye brings his trademark brand of accessible scientific experimentation to the subject of keeping society safe from the spread COVID-19.

In the video, which New York Governer Andrew Cuomo shared on Twitter, Nye uses a scarf, a face mask, and a lit candle to demonstrate in the simplest terms possible how effective a cloth covering can be at slowing down exactly the kinds of airborne particles that are making people sick.

This is great advice for the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also sound advice in general. If you’re sick with any kind of contagious illness, putting on a mask when you leave the house helps keep everyone around you healthy.

Just put on a mask, people. It’s not that hard, and the world will get back to some semblance of normal that much sooner if most of us start doing it.

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Tinder users still getting banned after showing support for Black Lives Matter

A Tinder user in Utah, Jade Goulart, decided recently to use her account to support Black Lives Matter. She added a to her bio and wrote, “Instant response if you sign this petition.” Goulart said she also added something like, “You mean to tell me you aren’t out protesting for human rights? Wack.”

A week later, she couldn’t sign in. Tinder had banned her. 

“I felt like something was weird about that,” Goulart told Mashable over Twitter DM. “So I looked it up and saw that Tinder had come out and said that they originally were banning accounts for promoting BLM because it was against the ‘promotional purposes’ part of their terms.” 

She read BBC’s coverage from early June, in which Tinder explained users were banned for fundraising for Black Lives Matter and related causes because such promotion was against its Community Guidelines

The dating app quickly walked that back, days after people began posting about it on social media, saying it wouldn’t ban users for such activity anymore. “We have voiced our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and want our platform to be a place where our members can do the same,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. 

Users claim, however, that Tinder is still punishing them for their support for Black Lives Matter.

Users claim, however, that Tinder is still punishing them for their support for Black Lives Matter.

Goulart wasn’t banned until June 24, well after Tinder’s June 7 expression of support for BLM. After she contacted Tinder multiple times, the support team claimed that it didn’t have an account associated with her email address.

She isn’t alone. Across social media — Twitter and Reddit especially — Tinder users are still saying the platform banned them after writing Black Lives Matter and other phrases about racial justice and police abolition in their bios and messages. 

When they contact Tinder they’re often left hanging with no explanation of how they violated the app’s or . While none of the eight users we spoke to can say for certain why they were banned, they made efforts to confirm their suspicions, quickly learning that Tinder doesn’t have a customer service phone number or a live chat. 

Katie Holcomb had a similar experience to Goulart’s, shortly after paying for a membership. Her Tinder profile stated that she was anti-racist and pro-police-abolition. She was banned on June 30 while she was conversing with two matches, their messages complete with cute dog gifs.

“We were having a good time,” Holcomb wrote Mashable over Twitter DM. “Then the ban screen popped up out of nowhere, and I was locked out of my account completely.”

It’s not just in the United States. English user Chantelle Smith’s Tinder account met a similar fate. She had the term “ACAB” (all cops are bastards) in her bio and Smith told Mashable that a police officer messaged her, saying, “I hope the ACAB isn’t meant for me.” 

“I saw that he had pictures in his work uniform so I replied saying ‘actually it is acab, quit your job,'” Smith said via Twitter DM. “I proceeded to tell him that all police/cops are corrupt and even if they do not singlehandedly take part in wrongful murder, the ‘good’ cops are still watching it happen.”

Smith said the man replied saying he was going to unmatch her, and she was banned from the platform a day and a half later. She believes he reported her, which resulted in her getting kicked off.

Stevie, a Tinder user in Oklahoma, was also banned after putting “ACAB” in her bio:

Stevie’s bio before being banned.

Image: courtesy of stevie

What Stevie saw on Tinder subsequently.

What Stevie saw on Tinder subsequently.

Image: courtesy of Stevie

“I can’t think of any other reason it was banned, honestly,” Stevie, who opted to share her first name only, told Mashable. 

“I cannot with certainty say why I was banned, because Tinder will not release that information to those banned. I can only make assumptions,” added Holcomb. “My profile states that I am anti-racist and that I am for abolishing the police. This seems to be a common factor in stories where women/femmes are banned and cannot pinpoint it to one individual.”

Safety is paramount to everything Tinder does, a Tinder spokesperson told Mashable, and this goes into how users are banned. There are automatic bans for spam behavior (i.e., right swiping on everyone and immediately messaging a Facebook link for matches to ‘like’), and user reports that result in bans. When a user is reported, it’s flagged in Tinder’s systems for human review.

What’s likely happening here is the latter, users reporting each other, resulting in bans. For example, a user who dislikes the Black Lives Matter movement may see someone with “BLM” in the bio and report the profile. If that pattern repeats, the user with “BLM” in their bio could end up banned.

“Our community guidelines state that we may remove accounts used for promotional purposes,” the Tinder spokesperson told Mashable. “However, we want our platform to be a place where our members can share what they’re passionate about with matches. In these cases, we encourage anyone that believes they were wrongfully removed to email”

This report-and-ban problem isn’t new. For years, trans users have spoken out about getting banned from Tinder due to transphobic users reporting their accounts. Tinder is aware of this issue and, according to its spokesperson, senior moderators look at those cases. They acknowledged that some cases “slip through the cracks” and encouraged users to email if they believe they have been wrongly banned.

In addition to trans users getting banned, women have reported getting banned from Tinder after men report their accounts for no real reason they can see other than, as Mel Magazine put it, “the crime of not being into them.”

Holcomb believes that’s what happened with her account: A number of men were offended by her profile and decided to report her. “If you are reported enough (I don’t know what “enough” is, as their protocols are not transparent),” said Holcomb, “you are automatically banned.” 

For its part, Tinder says it avoids publishing specific information about its methods for kicking users off the platform so as not to help bad actors to game the system.

Holcomb paid for Tinder Gold about a month before getting banned because it allowed her to see who had already ‘liked’ her. She noticed that men who didn’t share her ideals swiped right (Tinder’s version of ‘liking’ someone), and she wondered why.

“Sometimes I would screenshot the profiles of cops in uniform or men with confederate flags and send them to my friends for a quick laugh,” she said. “My question [was] always, ‘why would this guy even want to talk to me? We fundamentally disagree.'”

She’s always left-swiped (disliked) men like this, she said. After being verbally abused on dating apps by people who don’t share her beliefs, she no longer purposefully engages with them. “But I do believe men like these, who feel rejected and alienated by women who won’t give them the time of day, seek retribution on women like me for the crime of not being into them,” said Holcomb. She believes they report these profiles to get the user banned. 

“Essentially, Tinder’s protocols are anti-women/femme since they give angry, jilted men the power to ban anyone who remotely pisses them off or offends them for not being interested,” said Holocomb.

Tinder users still getting banned after showing support for Black Lives Matter

Image: vicky leta / mashable

Tinder looks into the cases of banned users who email and tweet at them, the spokesperson said. If the banned users want to know why they were banned, however, they’re out of luck.

Goulart and her friend Violet, who was also banned, both attempted to contact Tinder. Violet, who opted to be identified by her first name for privacy reasons, had “swipe left if you don’t support Black Lives Matter” in her bio.  

“I was actually the one to look up Tinder’s customer service for us,” said Violet. “I never heard back from them and my account is still banned.”

“I never received definitive responses from Tinder about why I was banned,” said another Tinder user who chose to remain anonymous, “which is common because their support email is essentially nonexistent as it doesn’t actually help you, just sends an automated message of their terms of service.” 

The anonymous user continued, “I had no idea anyone was getting banned over BLM until I started looking around Twitter and Reddit.” A screenshot of the generic reply the user received is below.

Anonymous's email from Tinder Support

Anonymous’s email from Tinder Support

Image: Courtesy of anonymous

A second anonymous user, in Arizona, had a similar experience. The user only received a response from Tinder after posting about it on Twitter, where they say they also received DMs from other people in the same boat. After the user tweeted about the issue, Tinder DMed them and reinstated the account. 

Holcomb said she heard about Tinder’s boilerplate responses to other users, so she used Twitter to contact them. She tweeted the official @Tinder account almost daily starting June 30, and it replied to her on July 6; she also said she was billed for her Tinder Gold membership despite being banned for seven days. As of July 7, without explanation for the disruption of service. Tinder wouldn’t refund the purchase that went through while she was banned, telling her to take it up with Apple.

Tinder’s report-and-ban policy may be helpful in cases of spam or malice, but it’s clear regular users are getting swept up in the process. While reports are apparently reviewed by humans instead of bots, wrongful bans that appear to be triggered by spiteful users are still happening. Some, like those Mashable spoke to, did nothing except advocate for human rights. Others, like trans users, apparently did nothing but exist on the app. 

Tinder insists that safety is a priority, but is it safe if the marginalized — and those fighting for them — are booted just because other users don’t want them there or dislike their views? Further, is it really a priority for the company if Tinder’s way of dealing with the problem is sending everyone to a generic email address?

Holcomb believes Tinder’s model is dangerous. “Tinder must address immediately if they want to be seen as a friendly environment for women/femmes,” she said. “Right now, their piss-poor protocols allow angry men to run the show … infuriating, yes, but painfully predictable for anyone who’s been a woman long enough.” 

While men, of course, may not be the only users doing this kind of punitive reporting that results in others getting kicked off the platform, Tinder doesn’t release any information on its process, so there’s no way to know for sure.

Of the eight users we spoke to, at publication time, only Holcomb and one other anonymous user had had their accounts reinstated. Both Goulart and Violet want the dating app to make a public statement taking accountability and explaining the bans, as well as reinstating everyone’s accounts.

“We have one voice and should be able to use that freely,” said Goulart. “Seeing the true colors about how they [Tinder] feel towards BLM really upsets me especially because it is supposed to be all inclusive and that does not say all inclusive to me.”

Do you have a story about Tinder or another dating app you’d like to share? Email 

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How to donate clothes ethically

Moving forward requires focus. Mashable’s Social Good Series is dedicated to exploring pathways to a greater good, spotlighting issues that are essential to making the world a better place.

Liz Ricketts has seen where some of your donated used clothes end up. 

The fashion designer and cofounder of the University of Cincinnati’s (a zero-waste effort within the university’s fashion program) has spent years shuttling between the U.S. and Ghana since 2011.

There, she’s spent the bulk of her time in the Kantamanto Market in Accra, Ghana’s capital. Kantamanto is Ghana’s , and possibly the biggest in West Africa, according to Rickett’s nonprofit the OR Foundation, whose website will be up and running soon. (For now, Ricketts has this website, a multimedia research project looking at the second-hand clothing market in Accra.) Her U.S.-based foundation has and aims to challenge consumer behavior by educating people on the fashion industry.

Something a lot of people don’t know is that, when you clean out your closet and donate or sell your clothes to places like Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange, it’s likely your clothes end up being sent abroad. And once they get there, they may not even be sold. Thrift stores typically only resell about 20 percent of donated garments, to the Council for Textile Recycling. The rest will likely end up in a landfill.

Alden Wicker, a journalist who reports on sustainable fashion, some organizations actually sell more than that, with Goodwill at about 30 percent and the Salvation Army at 45 to 75 percent sell-through rates. Wicker notes the discrepancy is likely because of Goodwill and the Salvation Army’s larger size and more advanced infrastructure to process clothing, like sending donations to their outlet stores. The numbers also vary depending on where waste is being measured, but the bottom line is that a lot of clothing ends up trashed. 

In Ghana, all of the imported, donated excess has been dubbed obroni wawu or “dead white man’s clothes.”

In Ghana, all of the imported, donated excess has been dubbed or “dead white man’s clothes,” which comes from the idea that a person would have to die to give up so many clothes. Ricketts says that, in Ghana, about 40 percent of the bales of donated clothes are thrown out. 

“There is no perfect solution. I cannot with full integrity tell you there is an ethical way to donate your clothing,” says Ricketts. 

The crux of the problem lies in the fashion industry’s penchant to overproduce clothes, which goes hand-in-hand with a Western culture that encourages constant consumerism. But there are things everyone can do to help reduce the almost and the strain on countries outside the U.S. that receive our unwanted items. 

This waste is problematic, there’s no question about it. And there are other problems, too. While the secondhand clothes market does create jobs, in many countries. 

But Wicker believes eliminating the used clothes trade isn’t the solution. 

“Should the entire second-hand industry be shut down in the countries that get the most of it, or the least-value stuff, like Ghana? There are people whose livelihoods are supported through this industry, and so the answer is not to cut off the industry but to improve the industry,” says Wicker. “That is up to activists and campaigners who are working in countries like Ghana, in order to formalize the industry and make it better. And to try to put all that weight on your shoulders as someone who’s just trying to figure out where to bring a garbage bag full of clothes, you really risk burning yourself on that decision.” 

The full burden isn’t on you, and there may be no perfect solution, but there are things you can do to help. Mashable spoke with experts in sustainable fashion and people who work in textile waste to get their advice on how people can donate a little more ethically.

What clothes to donate

Don’t put limits on what you donate, unless it’s wet (because it can promote bacteria growth) or dirty, says Rachel Kibbe, who works for , a textile and electronic waste recycling company. Most donation centers state clearly on their websites what they do and do not accept, so that’s a good first step before you donate clothes. Definitely wash anything you’re going to donate beforehand, says Ricketts.

“When you give away clothing to someone who is either going to sell it in a thrift store or what-have-you, only a small percent is sold in a retail store,” Kibbe says. “Next, they’re packaged up and sold to sorters. And the sorters go through each piece, one by one, and decide if they have a buyer for it. Your cotton underwear might well be valuable for downcycling.” So don’t disregard anything, it might well have another life — even if it’s just as a dish rag. 

Of course, check what donation centers accept, as some may not be OK with taking your intimate clothing.

What clothes to avoid donating

Tip: Don't donate t-shirts.

Tip: Don’t donate t-shirts.

Image: Shutterstock / 22Images Studio

Don’t wait until your clothes are all torn up to donate them. You may have the best intentions, but they don’t have much resale value if they’re in bad shape. 

“It [the choice to donate poor-quality clothes] just means it’s going to become waste in another country,” says Ricketts. Try to find another use for it in your own home before simply discarding it or passing it off to another. 

Ricketts also cautions against donating stained clothes, as they will likely go in the trash. What you can do is dye stained garments before you donate them to give them a better chance of staying out of the landfill.

“We call them single-use T-shirts, like single-use plastics, because they are.”

And, despite Kibbe’s advice not to limit yourself when considering what to donate, she doesn’t think donating T-shirts is a good idea.

“We call them single-use T-shirts, like single-use plastics, because they are. We print T-shirts for everything in the world …” Ricketts adds that many T-shirts are very context-specific, and someone probably won’t want a shirt with your high school’s name stamped on it. Instead, consider cutting it up to turn it into a dust rag.

Denim can also be problematic, says Ricketts.

“A lot of the denim with the holes in the knees or stuff like that is just going to go to the trash [because it’s not fashionable in Ghana],” says Ricketts. While Ricketts acknowledges she can only speak from a Ghanaian second-hand clothes perspective, she says her input about denim is similar across West Africa.

Well-worn underwear and bras are also no-no’s, as they’re considered unhygienic, says Ricketts. In Ghana, it’s actually illegal to sell second-hand underwear, . But don’t despair. We have a suggestion below for where you can send your unwanted bras.

Organizations to donate to

“If you’re looking at something, and you’re like, ‘this really deserves to go in the trash, but I don’t want it to go into the landfill,’ instead of donating it to a nonprofit — because it actually does cost them money to deal with the worst stuff — put the burden on a corporation,” suggests Wicker. She suggests giving lower-quality garments to a clothes brand like H&M, which has a that takes all clothes of any brand or condition.

That’s better than donating to a nonprofit in some cases, because it costs them money to deal with the worst stuff, she says. “They will pass it into the same [second-hand clothes] system, but you’re basically having a for-profit brand handle your unwearable waste instead of a nonprofit,” she explains.

But Ricketts disagrees.

“[Retailer take-back programs] are pitching it to you as recycling, but it’s not recycling. It’s just entering a second-hand clothing trade,” says Ricketts. So your clothes can end up abroad through these programs too. “You’re [also] bypassing any opportunity for that clothing to go to anyone in need in your community.”

And, many of these programs (like H&M’s) give you more money to shop for new clothes. “That by definition is not solving the problem, which is overproduction, overconsumption,” explains Ricketts.

Ricketts says she wants people to first consider dyeing, hemming, or mending their clothes, instead of ridding themselves of their unwanted garments. If you can’t do that or can’t find a tailor nearby, try to find a charity that gives clothing donations directly to people. Ricketts suggests , a national Catholic network that gives clothes to people in need.

If you strike out with that strategy, Ricketts says to head to your nearest Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Those organizations “at least have a nonprofit mission, where some of the money is going to a local community that’s creating jobs,” says Ricketts.

If you don’t know what to do with your new or gently-used bras, you can donate through . The nonprofit gives the bras to sex trafficking survivors in El Salvador, Mozambique, and Costa Rica to sell in second-hand markets so the women can become financially independent. Find a drop-off location near you .

Free the Girls receives more than 30,000 bras every month, with a little under 10 percent that are unusable, says Courtney Skiera-Vaughn, the nonprofit’s executive director. It sends some of those unsellable bras to a textile recycler.

“Bras are very difficult to truly recycle. I do think some of it [Free the Girls’ unusable bras] do end up in the landfill,” says Skiera-Vaughn.

Still, to date, Free the Girls has kept 1.5 million bras out of the trash.

How to find local clothing donation organizations in your city 

Google is your friend here. Search for churches or local nonprofits that give clothes directly to people in need, suggests Ricketts. She also advises looking for homeless shelters or organizations that work with vulnerable populations. 

Kibbe says municipal websites can be a gold mine.

“Sometimes you have to poke around them to find their recycling resources,” explains Kibbe.

How to vet organizations

Housing Works flagship store in New York City.

Housing Works flagship store in New York City.

Image: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works

Make sure the values of the organization align with your principles, says Kibbe. You can do some research online to figure this out by checking out their website and reputable news outlets that have written about them.

“It’s less about where your clothing goes and more about ‘do you support the mission of that nonprofit,” says Wicker. “If your main goal is to keep your clothing out of the landfill, Goodwill and Salvation Army would be your best bet because .” (Though it’s important to note that the Salvation Army has been accused of being anti-gay in the past. Do your research to see where you feel most comfortable donating.) There’s also Housing Works in New York City, says Wicker, which takes your clothes and uses the money to provide support for homeless and low-income New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS.

“It’s less about where your clothing goes and more about ‘do you support the mission of that nonprofit.”

If you want to support a smaller charity, that’s your choice and you should donate good-quality clothes as they’ll have a higher-resale value. But know that they’ll likely send a higher percentage of donations to the landfill because they don’t have the resources that larger organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army have, explains Wicker.

You can also visit the website , which evaluates over 9,000 of America’s nonprofits on their financial health, accountability, and transparency. Though, if the organization is too small to be on charity navigator, you should look and see if it’s a registered 501(c)3, suggests Wicker. “And when you go in, ask them questions.”

Ricketts always advises that people try to donate as locally as possible.

Though at the end of the day, once you relinquish your clothes, you don’t have control of where the end up, and that may be a developing country, says Wicker. Ultimately, many clothes travel thousands of miles just to sit in landfills where they negatively impact that country’s environment. 

“It [donated clothes] will be routed to wherever the people working in the second-hand industry see it earning the most money,” says Wicker.

How to donate without creating more waste

Waste is an inevitable part of the clothes donation process, whether it’s the plastic bag full of last season’s outfits or further filling up a landfill (where and produce methane, a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide).

“Clothes need to be protected. The best way they’re protected in the recycling value chain generally is by being in plastic bags,” says Kibbe. “You can’t just hand them to someone, even in a thrift store, without some sort of bag.” Sometimes, the bags are reused, but just as often, they’re thrown away.

But you can minimize some of the waste. Kibbe suggests placing clothes in a tote bag to donate them. And, if you want to eliminate 100 percent of waste, don’t throw anything out, she says. Of course, that’s not realistic for most people.

The best-case scenario, says Kibbe, is to give your clothes to someone who will extend the usefulness of those items.

At the end of the day, the weight of the problem is on the fashion industry.

“If you are a corporation that is creating clothing, you need to be financially and physically responsible for making sure that it is responsibly disposed of at the end of its life,” says Wicker. Those of us who aren’t corporations can start with the list above.

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19 desks, chairs, and accessories on sale

Believe it or not, we’re already in part two of 2020. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who traded a suit in for sweatpants earlier this year, you’re probably pretty used to working from home by now. You’re probably also pretty sick of your WFH setup. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best deals on the web to upgrade your home office setup. 

From desks and chairs to fidget toys and mini-fridges, these deals can make your remote workspace even more productive than a typical office. All you need now is an office dog.


Quest 45″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk

This desk can help you get your head in the game by organizing your workspace. It features a cup holder, a headphone hook, two USB charging ports, three grounded outlet receptors, and a cord management hole to keep everything in its place as you type. The wide 45-inch space is a bonus. Get it on sale for just $219.99 (regularly $298).

CD4 Standing Desk Converter

Already have a desk, but have to slouch to see your laptop screen comfortably? Grab this adjustable height and tilt laptop stand to correct your sitting (and standing) posture. With an 18.6-inch adjustable height, you can lift it up to eye level or create your very own standing desk. Regularly $90, you can slash the price down to just $71.99 for a limited time.

Laptop Stand with USB Ports

Sleek, minimal, and super convenient, this laptop stand not only props up your device to prevent excessive slouching, but also helps position the angle of your screen to reduce glare. Best of all, there are four USB ports built right into the stand, so you can charge your gadgets right from your desk. Get it on sale for $29.99 (regularly $49.99).

RiseUp Electrical Height Adjustable Standing Desk

Sick of your watch always buzzing you to move more? Get yourself this RiseUp Adjustable Standing Desk that lets you sit, stand, and just move around more during your workday. Switch up your height range from 2.2 inches to 45.3 inches throughout the day and save your four favorite heights in the memory keypad for quick and easy adjustments. Grab it on sale for $369.99 (regularly $449.99).

CHANGEdesk MINI Standing Desk Converter

Similar to the previous options, this standing desk converter sits atop an existing desk, countertop, or other surface to allow you the option of sitting or standing throughout your workday. It’s spring-assisted, making it super easy to adjust the height to four different levels quickly and safely. Plus, it requires no assembly or installation. Regularly $99.99, you can snag it on sale for $84.99.

Portable Lazy Laptop Desk

Turn your couch or bed into an office on those days you’re feeling extra lazy with this portable laptop desk. It features a built-in mouse pad, gadget holder, wrist pad, and soft cushion, for the most comfortable, yet practical WFH experience you can imagine. Regularly $199, you can pick up this makeshift desk for just $134.95.


Honeycomb Breathable Sitting Gel Cushion

With a silicone honeycomb design, this lumbar cushion can turn any existing chair into the ergonomic WFH seat of your dreams. It allows air circulation throughout the cushion, keeping your lower body cool, and even mimics a massaging effect on your bum, helping to release tension and give you comfort. Grab it for just $71.99 (regularly $89) while it’s on sale.

Wobble Stool: The Perfect Chair for Active Sitting

Posture directly affects your health, comfort, and productivity, which is why this Wobble Stool was created. It makes sitting an active thing by naturally tilting and moving under your control. By focusing on balance, your posture will inadvertently improve, as well as your core. Get it on sale for $80.99 (regularly $99.99).

Desktop Accessories

KT2 Adjustable Under-Desk Keyboard Tray

This adjustable keyboard tray can optimize your posture by providing separation between your keyboard and monitor. Elevate it, tilt it, swivel it, and more to find the perfect position for you, whether sitting, lounging, or standing. Save nearly 20% and get it on sale for just $105.99 (regularly $129.99).

The Anchor: The Original Under-Desk Headphone Stand Mount

This sturdy, yet flexible hook enhances your desk in ways you didn’t know you needed. It lets you hang two sets of headphones underneath your desk, eliminating clutter and keeping them out of the way when you don’t need them. Get it on sale for just $11.99 (regularly $19.99).

Nanodots Gyro Duo Desk Toy

This desk toy lets you mimic atomic-level magnetism during your coffee break, keeping your mind busy like fidget spinner. It gives you an up-close and personal look at the magic of magnetism and looks cool to boot! Grab the Nanodots Gyro Duo for just $39.99 (regularly $49.95).

Planetary System Set

Featured in Yanko Design, Touch of Modern, K11 Design Store, and more, this planetary desktop set features gemstones cross-referenced with NASA satellite images that are as accurate as they are stunning. Enhance your desk space, inspire your mind, or just admire the beauty of these gemstones as you do your daily tasks. Get the set for only $109.95 (regularly $129) for a limited time.

Omega 2.0 Inkless Pen

This inkless pen writes with an innovative AXL-METAL tip that never needs to be sharpened and won’t ever run out. Draw or write without worrying about smudging or erasing your marks and enjoy the cool-to-the-touch, easy-to-hold anodized aluminum shaft. Regularly $41.99, you can get an Omega 2.0 for just $29.99.

Foldable Wireless LED Desk Lamp

Working in a dark space isn’t just bad for your eyes; it’s also bad for your productivity and energy levels. Add this 250-lumen lamp – with three brightness levels, a 135-degree foldable arm, and simple, convenient touch controls – to your desktop to see things more clearly. Grab one for just $29.99 (regularly $34.99).

Nanodots 216 Sets

Like Legos for adults, Nanodots 216 Sets are great for keeping your mind creative and active while you take coffee or snack breaks throughout the day. Made out of the strongest magnets in the world, they’re sturdy enough to support the most complex architectural creations and could lift 1,000 times their own weight. Plus, they’ll last you forever. Get your own for just $29.95 – 25% off the regular price.

Forever Pininfarina Cambiano Inkless Pen

Created by Italian design firm Pininfarina, this eco-friendly inkless pen uses an ethnography patented metal alloy tip that enables it to never run out of ink. Ever. It features no liquid of any kind; instead, it’s like a stylus made for paper and works by microscopically “scratching,” oxidizing, and leaving its mark. Save nearly 50% and get one for just $64.99 (regularly $129.95).

Other Office Additions

Uber Chill XL Personal Mini Fridge

Save yourself the time and effort of getting up and walking to the fridge every 10 minutes by adding your own mini-fridge to your home office. This quirky one that was featured on The Today Show can cool an entire 12-pack or warm-up items to 135°F. Yes, it works double duty. Plus, it’s on sale for $79.99 (regularly $84.99) for a limited time.

BASE⁺ Active Standing Balance Board

Make your standing desk a more active setup with this balance board. You can swivel surf, stand still, twist, rock, or move any way you wish to activate your body while getting work done. It even helps you enhance your balance and strength. Try it out for $111.99 (regularly $139.99).

Star Tripod 16″ Stand Fan

With a three-speed selection and well-balanced impellers, this 16-inch fan can provide you maximum airflow without disrupting your work. It’s super quiet, features full-metal fans with die-cast parts, and adds a vintage aesthetic to your office space with its hardwood tripod legs. Save nearly 20% and get one for $359.95 (regularly $449) for a limited time.

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This automated time-tracking app is on sale for almost 40% off

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The Timemator 2 helps you manage your time in a smarter way.
The Timemator 2 helps you manage your time in a smarter way.

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TL;DR: Better manage your time with lifetime access to the Timemator 2: Automatic Time Tracking app for $23.99, a 38% savings as of July 11.

Working from home is fantastic. Tracking your time on the clock, though? Not so much. Starting and stopping timers is somehow the easiest possible task, yet it’s the one that seems to slip everyone’s mind the most. You end up with gaps in your tracking, timers left running overnight, or days completely unaccounted for. It’s ridiculous. What if you could free yourself from the burden of timers altogether through the magic of automation? Enter Timemator 2

Initially, you’ll set the app up by creating rules and telling Timemator which files you’re working on or what applications you use for your work. All you have to do is drag and drop them into the Timemator window to create your rules. After that, Timemator will capture everything you do automatically. No losing billable minutes because you forgot to start the timer. Never fret about stopping the timer when you’re finished. Just start working and focus on what’s important. Of course, if something doesn’t seem to add up or you used a different app for your work, you can always manually add timing sessions or edit existing ones. But the idea is to take time-tracking off your plate.

Beyond time-tracking, Timemator will also provide you with comprehensive reports in the form of timelines, charts, or lists. This will give you a good idea of how much time you spend on each task – and how much time you spend off-task (i.e., when you’re scrolling Twitter). You can also set your hourly rate for tasks and calculate your revenue, organize and sync your tasks across all your devices, import files, and keep your data safe and secure with automatic backups.

Here’s a quick glimpse at how it works:

Always remember where your time went and forget about starting and stopping timers forever. Get lifetime access to Timemator 2: Automatic Time Tracking App for just $23.99 while it’s on sale. That’s nearly 40% off the regular price of $39.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 5G is basically confirmed in leaked video

It’s been the week of leaks for Samsung — there was the Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7+, these weird Samsung Galaxy earbuds, and now the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The promotional video, which was most likely reserved for the Unpacked 2020 event in August, was leaked for all to enjoy.

Well-known leaker Max Weinbach posted the video on Twitter, giving us a closer look at the latest version of the foldable phone.

Judging by the video, it looks like the 5G variant will  be offered in two colors — “Mystic Bronze” (to match the Note 20 Ultra) and a dark gray color. The standard Z Flip is available in Mirror Purple, Mirror Black, and Mirror Gold.

Other than the new color though, the 5G edition doesn’t look all that different from the original version. There’s still a dual camera module, a small cover display for notifications, and the free-standing hinge. 

Of course, since it’s equipped with 5G connectivity, the changes will probably be reserved for under the hood. While the standard Z Flip features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, the Z Flip might instead pack the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus with support for 5G. 

As mentioned before, we can expect the rest of the specs to remain mostly the same. According to The Verge, Samsung might replace the 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with a 10-megapixel ultra-wide sensor instead — to pair with the 12-megapixel main camera.

Although, Weinbach did point out earlier this month the only changes are that it might be slightly thicker and taller than the previous version. 

We don’t have any details on pricing either, but seeing as how the original Z Flip is a pricey $1,500, you’ll probably have to pay a little extra for that 5G support. 

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