Fifty families living below the poverty line in Tabasco, Mexico will soon be doing so in Yves Behar–designed dignity thanks to a new 3-D printed housing effort in collaboration with a San Francisco–based nonprofit.
Plus, a new pilot program at Blue Bottle aims at a zero-waste new year; the Oakland Police recovered a van full of stolen dogs; and Oracle's massive OpenWorld conference is ditching SF for Vegas. These are the local stories you may have missed this week.
Blue Bottle Coffee pledges to go 'zero waste' by end of 2020, SF Chronicle
Kiss your paper Blue Bottle Coffee cups goodbye. While all U.S. cafes must aim to be waste-free by this time next year, Blue Bottle is launching a pilot program at two of its Bay Area outposts where they will require customers to bring or buy a reusable cup and buy beans in bulk. Read more.
Icon Unveils the World's First Village of Affordable 3D-Printed Homes in Mexico, Dwell
3D-printing company Icon teamed up with SF-based nonprofit New Story and designer Yves Béhar to design a community of completely furnished, functional, and stylish homes for families in need in Tabasco, Mexico. While only two of the homes have been printed so far—in just under 24 hours each; the remaining 48 homes, plus green spaces and amenities, are coming soon. Read more.
(Courtesy of Oakland Police Department, via SF Chronicle)
One Puppy Found, One Still Missing After Stolen Van Incident in the East Bay, SFist
Twenty-seven out of 28 dogs stolen from a Fremont parking lot on Sunday night have been found. While two men were arrested for stealing the white transit van that housed them, three-month-old bulldog pup Papo has still not been seen. Read more.
After two decades in SF, Oracle's annual mega-conference of around 60,000 attendees is moving to Las Vegas—because reasons. Read more.
It's official: SF e-scooter company workers vote to unionize, a first, SF Examiner
Spin, one of SF's four permitted scooter companies, voted to unionize on December 5th—and is likely the first in the country to do so. Read more.