Welcome to the 81st volume of WizeWorld: a collection of stories and sounds to round out your week, pique your curiosity, and widen your wizdom.
This week’s theme is the future.
When we make positive changes, we hope that they’ll impact us positively in the future. That can mean anything from a healthy new lifestyle choice to banning plastic packaging in grocery stores. Whether it’s local or global, micro or macro, our choices matter. So here’s to a happier, healthier future for everyone.
We’ll be looking at:
- How long caffeine stays in your system
- An interview with upcoming skier Nate McGuigan
- The group making playgrounds a little more wild
- Snow Jams, from Wize Athlete Truth Smith
- France’s ban on plastic produce packaging
Insider breaks down exactly how long caffeine stays in your system, when to stop drinking it during the day, and how to minimize and mitigate its effects. Looking for the CliffsNotes? Caffeine has a half-life of anywhere from three to six hours (half-life meaning the time it takes for just half of it to leave your body), and a total of 10 hours to disappear from your system altogether. That means your 9 a.m. cup of coffee could still be keeping you wired at 7 p.m. that evening. So make sure to stay hydrated and limit your caffeine consumption. Of course, you can do both at the same time with a refreshing can of Wize iced tea.
This week, we’re featuring an interview with Wize Athlete and skier Nate McGuigan. Nate began his love of sports with hockey and motocross, but got into skiing after watching GoPro videos of athletes tearing it up on the slopes. Nate says his biggest motivation is the feeling of terror just before trying something new… and then the massive rush of adrenaline that comes after he does it. But one rush he doesn’t love is the one that comes from consuming sugar and caffeine, which is why you’ll find him reaching for a can of Wize when he needs to refuel on the hill. In honor of Nate, go out and do something that scares you today—you might just like it.
Colossal brings us the story of MONSTRUM, a Copenhagen-based design firm that creates a wide menagerie of playground equipment sculpted to look like animals from across the globe. They focus on accessibility for children of all ages: like fish mouths that younger kids can easily crawl into, or slides descending off the backs of birds for older children. It’s a way of making playtime fun, and weaving in the important message about the need to protect our environment. You can find their playgrounds all around the world, from Oklahoma to Dubai.
Wize Athlete, snowboarder, and skateboarder Truth Smith gives us Snow Jams. This playlist—filled with songs from artists including J. Cole, Lil Tjay, Juice Wrld, and more—will keep you warm and wild this winter whether you’re hitting the slopes or staying closer to home.
Finally, Positive News heralds the introduction of France’s new packaging laws. At the start of the year, the French government outlawed plastic for 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables in their supermarkets. Prior to the ban, an estimated 37 percent of produce in the country was wrapped in wasteful single-use plastics and officials say that this move could save as much as a billion units of plastic from landfills every year. With Spain looking to follow suit, President Macron calls the move a “revolution”—and we hope it’s just the start of less waste on our shelves across the world.
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