This week in PopTech: Pop the question and recycle your trash

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

  • 2010 Social Innovation Fellow Brian Elliot founded Friendfactor to unlock the power of friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. This week Friendfactor launched Pop the Question, a phone campaign asking Maryland legislators to support gay marriage.
  • RecycleMatch, the eBay of trash, known for matching those who have waste with those who need it, took its online marketplace out of beta, unveiling several new features and services, including a reputation management system where buyers and sellers rate and respond to one another.
  • Janine Benyus’ Biomimicry Institute, which takes inspiration from nature to create sustainable technologies, joined up with Discovery to publish a fascinating list of materials that emulate nature. The list includes Eben Beyer’s fungi packaging as well as inspiration from human viruses, sea cucumbers and shark skin.

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