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Telling the Stories of Australia’s Refugees, Photo by Photo

A “Humans of New York”-like project introduces Australians to some of their newest neighbors.

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Photographer Brandon Stanton’s famous “Humans of New York” project—you know, the one that’s taken over your Facebook with small, poignant stories and photographs of everyday New Yorkers—is so ubiquitous that it’s reached the parody phase. “Millennials of New York” revels in the overdramatic, pedestrian travails of young people. A visiting Australian comedian poked gentle fun at Stanton’s project by posting his own artful Instagram photo—and sob story.


But leave it to another Australian to remind the world of the power of the “Humans of New York” format. Sydneysider Nicola Gray uses a new online photography project to introduce her Facebook audience to an Australian refugee—a “New Human of Australia”—every few days.

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As debates on the ongoing refugee crisis rage in Europe, Australia has its own controversial policies, including using navy ships to turn back asylum seekers before they reach the country’s shores. Gray wants to remind Australians that there are real human lives at stake.

"I've been around all different types of people my whole life and I've never seen people as anything other than people. I was quite surprised by the disconnect in mainstream media,” Gray told Mashable Australia.

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"’Humans of New York’ really captures what I wanted to do with this project,” she continued. “It humanizes faces on the street, and makes you care about those who could be little more than passing strangers. Hopefully this does the same."

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The project’s biggest challenge? Gray says that once she asks refugees’ for their stories, they never want to stop telling them.

“I often get what I want in the first five minutes but they just keep talking,” she told the Australian news site news.com.au. “What I get out of it personally is a sense of gratitude, but for them, it’s quite therapeutic.”

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Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

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Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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