Extraordinary app aims to help you – and others – live well



What if I told you that there is a free app that will fill you in on recreational adventures, live music, fun festivals, eco-friendly fashion and organic foods in your area?



And what if I told you that by making purchases for these local events and products, you would help women in Ethiopia become independent?


It’s all true with the Extraordinary app that fills you in on sustainable activities and products while also kicking back a portion of the proceeds made from any related purchases you make to help single mothers in Ethiopia.


Everything featured on the app must meet at least 3 of its 4-point sustainability criteria: healthy, community-minded, planet-friendly or local, making each product listed one that makes a positive difference locally, but also in Ethiopia.




Extraordinary App

All of the listed retailers not only offer fabulous sustainable products, but also push a portion of your purchase to help employ single mothers in Ethiopia to plant a fruit tree on your behalf, thus enabling them to make an income and have access to food.


“This is the best way to tackle poverty in Ethiopia, where being poor means limited access to clean water and food,” reads Extraordinary’s Kickstarter campaign, where it is currently raising money to expand its efforts throughout the United States and Canada.


The app is currently available in Vancouver and will soon be in San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. With funds raised through its Kickstarter campaign, Extraordinary plans to be in more cities in 2015.


Head to Kickstarter to learn how you can join a movement for positive change – on your phone.


The Next Ultra-efficient Vehicle from Helix Motors

Helix Design Motors

With 90 percent of commuters today only carrying one person in the vehicle, Helix Motor Vehicles designed an aerodynamic two-seater vehicle aimed at conserving natural resources while providing an ultra-efficient means of getting around.

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Helix Motor Vehicles readies to unveil the next ultra-efficient vehicle

Now, the Helix Motor Vehicle Company has partnered with one of the world’s leading creative design schools, the Instituto Europeo di Design campuses in Barcelona, Spain and Turin, Italy, and challenged the students to help design the next generation of Helix vehicles.

“They challenged the students to ‘dream big’,” reads a press release from Helix.

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Vehicle experts – along with a public vote – judged the entries and while the winner has not yet been announced, the final designs ensure that the next Helix vehicle will certainly be one to fit the 21st century.

“Working with the Instituto Europeo di Design team school director Alessandro Manetti, design director Horge Perez and the IED professors has been inspiring,” said Helix Motors vice president Robin Lee. “Their leadership and support has channeled some of the best and brightest thinking into the future of Helix Motor vehicle design.”