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Five Things in Five Minutes
Friday 3 August, 2018

This week trees fight back against illegal logging, a floating park made of plastic and new apps that will track and choose your clothes for you. This and more in this week's Five Things in Five Minutes. 

1. 'Screaming' gives trees a voice
Activists have developed a chainsaw-detecting device to combat illegal deforestation in Romania. Mounted on tree trunks, the device identifies the sounds and vibrations of chainsaws and sends out a warning 'scream' signal to local authorities.

2. Plastic fantastic park
In an altogether new take on creating urban green spaces, Rotterdam has introduced a floating park made entirely from recycled plastic. Plastic waste was gathered by a team of volunteers and students to create the park.

3. Hilfiger's tracked pants
Tommy Hilfiger's new app tracks how often its clothing is worn via an embedded smart chip, rewarding customers with loyalty points.

4. Music makes the man
Let your music taste inspire more than just your morning commute: Luxury menswear brand Eison Triple Thread has introduced a new app that recommends clothes based on users' Spotify data.

5. Cruise challenge accepted
Comedian Celeste Barber has partnered with Royal Caribbean to recreate its holidays at home. We'll take the cruise, thanks. 

 
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