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5 Things to Know Today: November 23, 2016

5 Things to Know Today: November 23, 2016

Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today

Image via Zaha Hadid Architects

Image via Zaha Hadid Architects

In case you missed it, forward thinking companies are staying closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, there’s a company solving the credit card problem in India, and you can soon scan a garment to find out how sustainable it is.

1. TriplePundit: Companies with a mission are staying closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

In a stand against consumption gone wild, some major chains are closing up shop on Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday. Is your favorite retailer among them?

2. Inhabitat: Zaha Hadid Architects began construction on an infinity-inspired complex that focuses on environmental sustainability.

Designed before lauded architect Zaha Hadid's death earlier this year, the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza is a mixed-use campus that combines technical innovation with environmental sustainability. The eight-story complex incorporates rainwater collection and smart energy monitors.

3. Tech in Asia: Alibaba-backed Paytm is solving the credit card problem in India.

Though over 740 million credit cards have been issued in India, there are only 1.5 million card-swiping machines in the country. Paytm launched a mobile point-of-sale app to bridge the gap and allow merchants to accept credit cards.

4. Futurity: Do you know which states make the most sustainable Thanksgiving dinners?

Researchers calculated the carbon footprint of typical Thanksgiving feasts by state, taking into account how the meal is cooked, the state’s predominant power source, and how each are produces food.

5. Observer: Imagine being able to scan clothes while shopping to find out how sustainable it is.

The new startup Povigy is set to launch in app stores later this week, allowing consumers to scan a QR code of an item into their app to find out if it was made sustainably.  

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