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Staying hydrated

You may have seen the latest beauty craze of people slathering their teeth in activated charcoal to whiten them, but the usefulness of the thick, black substance extends beyond beauty trends. Wellington-based Refil has designed a charcoal drink bottle filter that can be used to remove chlorine and lead from tap water, promoting the refilling of bottles and less waste going to the landfill.

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A Kiwi start-up with a dream to redesign women’s travelling backpacks to be more stylish has received worldwide support on its Kickstarter. The campaign also taps into the corporate social responsibility trend, with a school bag offered to an Indonesian child in need for every bag sold during the campaign.