The state of California has formed a list of chemicals it considers to be a catalyst or cause of cancer, and one of which is found in the very first thing many people turn to each day – their cup of coffee.
A suit filed in Los Angeles in 2010 revealed that in the process of roasting coffee beans, a chemical called acrylamide is produced, which has been linked to cancer found in rodents. The nonprofit Council for Education and Research on Toxics has had the multi-billion dollar industry that is made of chain store cafes on its target for a while, among which are 7-Eleven, Starbucks and BP.
The defendants were accused of failing “to provide clear and reasonable warning” that drinking their morning jolt of java was directly linked to acrylamide, thus meaning paying customers were unaware of the risk they were putting themselves in. Under Proposition 65, which is the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, businesses must provide customers a “clear and reasonable warning” about the presence of factors that affect health, which these shops failed to do.
The attorney representing the nonprofit, Raphael Metzger, explained this suit was not about the money – it was the principal of the matter.
“I’m addicted to coffee, I confess, and I would like to be able to have mine without acrylamide,” Metzger said.
To make sure people are aware of what they are inserting into their bodies and its potentially life-threatening effect, Metzger made sure that in addition to paying the fines, the lawsuit demanded that these very companies would post warnings concerning the acrylamide found in their coffee.
13 of the defendants settled the suit and agreed to provide a clear warning, one of which being 7-Eleven. Starbucks said it was not in a position to comment on the litigation. Nine other defendants must reach an agreement of some sort in the next few months in the process of private mediation. Otherwise, a judge would have to rule on a suitable decision.
40 People Who Found Creative Ways to Fix Their Broken Stuff
Why throw something away that can easily be fixed? We’ve thrown together a list of 40 different creative ideas that you can use to recycle, repurpose, and mend your own belongings!
Broken Flower Pots to Fairy Gardens
Never throw away a broken flower pot again because this brilliant idea will enable you to create a beautiful piece of decor out of the broken pieces! This mastermind here made a DIY fairy garden out of his broken flower pots, and the result is amazing. This can be a great addition to your garden. You can add assorted plants, pebbles, and anything you like to this fairy garden. Besides, this can be used as a centerpiece for any table settings.
Marble Your Cracked Mirror
Have you ever knocked down a hanging mirror by accident and a small piece of it fell off? When this happens, you don’t really want to throw the entire mirror away because it’s mostly fine. However, the jagged portion of the mirror poses a risk to your safety. This person made us realize that a mirror doesn’t need to be thrown away when we can just add square marble pieces to the missing part of it. So, the mirror is no longer dangerous, and on top of that, it has a funky new makeover!
Fun DIY With Broken Door
Wooden doors can often develop small cracks on them, and people mostly pay no heed to it, opting to simply stick a piece of tape on it in order to fix the issue. However, when the crack is considerably large, it can be a hindrance to your sense of privacy and even safety. This person came up with an entertaining way to fix the broken door to his house. This guy decided to attach a picture of Jack Nicholson from an epic scene in The Shining in which his character breaks down the door before eerily saying — “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” There’s no doubt that anyone who passes by the house will have a good laugh when they see this creative fix.
From Squiggles to Magical
There’s no denying that kids are one of the greatest joys in life. With that being said, though, raising them can be pretty tough at times especially when you can’t always keep your eye on them. This photo represents the millions of mothers who have come way too close to having a heart attack when they’ve realized their child has drawn all over the wall. Luckily, this mama bear — in particular — decided to make the best of a bad situation and transformed her kid’s squiggles into beautiful wall décor.
Ninja Turtles Save the Busted Wall
Everyone wants his or her home to look tidy and perfect. However, things may not always go your way. A broken wall in your house caused by water damage, temperature changes, fluctuating humidity levels, and so on, can become a serious issue if left untreated. Although most would choose to spend a great deal of money to fix it, these people found a way of their own to tackle the situation. They added Ninja Turtle figurines in the crack and found a retro solution to the wall problem without spending a single cent!
Bedazzle Your Favorite Heels
Heels have the power to give you a push of confidence with their added height. However, depending on how often you wear them and the quality of the shoe, the heels may become damaged over time, forming some visible tears. Only someone who adores their shoes will understand the pain of having ruined heels. Worry no more, though! Your heels can be fixed with the addition of some glitter and glue. Glitter will add some shine and shimmer to the heel, and everyone will simply think that you got yourself a new pair of shoes!
Fix Broken Birdbath With Old DVDs
Believe it or not but a damaged birdbath can actually be easily repaired using old, recycled CDs, or DVDs. These items have long become obsolete with the advancement of technology. So, if you have some CDs lying around, rather than throwing them away or wasting money on getting a new birdbath, you can just use both the items to create something unique. Break up the CDs into pieces and add them to the birdbath using glue. The polychromatic colors of the DVD pieces will add a beautifully aesthetic touch to the birdbath.
Repair a Broken Vase
Vases are beautiful decorative items that spruce up a room. Gluing back a broken vase can ruin the aesthetic — making it look tatty and cheap. With this being said, people usually just end up replacing their broken vase with a new one. However, with this creative idea, you can upgrade the design of any broken vase that you have lying around. This person used gold thread to fix their broken vase, and the new design looks absolutely incredible! The gold thread is a beautiful alternative for the missing broken pieces. Any ceramic pieces can be mended using this method with just a little glue and a thread of your choice.
Artistic Fix for Car Dents
Cars are prized possessions for anyone and everyone that has their own. Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid getting into car accidents — and repairing cars can turn out to cost a fortune. So, it’s smarter to mend the small dents and bumps on your own rather than going to a mechanic. It’ll save you money, and your car will look unique! This Russian man used his creativity to fix the dent of his car by painting this comic book-esque design over the dent. You too can brush up on your painting skills and turn the dent of your car into an artistic masterpiece using a permanent marker and some waterproof paints.
Polymer Clay for Broken Mugs
Let’s be real — mugs are typically used the most out of all the dishware items. Almost everyone has a cup in their hand in the morning whether it be for coffee, tea, or water. However, how many times has a mug slipped from your hand, causing it to break? Plenty, we bet. And it is especially upsetting when it is your favorite mug. Rather than throwing it away when it breaks, you can simply fix a broken mug with polymer clay — a type of hardenable modeling clay. This person used this kind of clay in order to fix the handle of their favorite mug whilst giving it a unique and fun design!
Framing Special Memories
This girlfriend certainly knows how to celebrate her partner’s awkward moments! In this particular case, her boyfriend fell down the stairs during Thanksgiving and ended up punching a hole in the wall by accident. Now generally, people would just call a repairman and have the hole fixed, but not this gal. Instead, this girl — who clearly has a great sense of humor — decided to have a little fun and put up a frame over the hole in the wall to keep the memory of her boyfriend’s embarrassing fall alive forever!
Repair Potholes With Mosaic
Although potholes are technically supposed to get repaired by the government, it can often take years for the authorities to take any sort of action in order to fix such things. And in some cases, we may never see these potholes get fixed. This can actually cause quite a lot of distress for people who are commuting back and forth on a daily basis. That’s exactly what happened to the artist behind these beautiful pieces of art. So, this person took it upon themself to fix the potholes, creating Fourth of July popsicles and ice cream cones using just mosaic!
Fix Ripped Sofa With Lace
Sofas are one of the more essential pieces of furniture in every household. They are, however, pretty expensive — which is why most people usually invest in them for the long haul. Over time, with daily use, the sofa can get worn out and the armrests ripped up. If you have kids or pets, then this kind of wear and tear is completely inevitable. Still, there are ways to fix it…
This creative person came up with a great idea to fix this problem — a lace, embroidered design! This creative fix makes the sofa look way better and saves you quite a few bucks. Just head to your local Michael’s or art supply store to start your decorative journey.
Repair Chair Seat With Old Belts
You can fix ruined seats of a chair using old and unused belts that you haven’t taken out of your closet in decades. You can kill two birds with one stone with this fixer-upper idea — get rid of your regrettable fashion choices, and save yourself an expensive trip to the furniture store! This creative fix is oddly satisfying, as well. The perfect line up of the belts can be a treat to your eyes, and the sturdiness of the belts makes the seat durable too. So, there is no need to buy a new chair to replace your old one!
Screensaver to Complement Broken Phone Screen
You can’t really find anyone who hasn’t broken his or her phone screen at least once. Although it is not advisable, you have probably tried repairing your cracked phone screen at home. If you are running low on cash and can’t afford to seek professional help, then just opt for a pretty cool temporary solution rather than trying to piece a glass screen back together. What you can do is download some fun lock-screen images that coincide or work well with the cracks on your phone screen in order to make it look like this break was actually intentional!
Bicycle Seat Repair With Duct Tape
Bicycles are a great means of adopting a greener lifestyle. If you like to travel to places using your bike or simply love cycling around now and then, it’s important to know that over time, bicycle seats can become damaged through wear and tear. Nonetheless, this creative fix will rid you of that problem as well as change the design of your cycle seat. All you have to do is get yourself a roll of some brightly-colored, fun duct tape to wrap the bicycle seat in. Now, not only have you added a pop of color but you’ve also basically just pimped out your ride…
Sew Torn Book Page With Threads
Books need to be handled with care. Only a book collector knows how hard it is to keep books in good condition, especially the oldies that are all beaten up. However, torn pages can be easily mended with the help of some needle and threads. You can add different designs with the thread to stop it from ripping and give the torn part of the page a story of its own, too. Readers who land upon this book after its repair will be pleasantly surprised with this beautiful embroidery.
Customize Your Favorite Toms
If we’re being honest, here, Toms are by far some of the most comfortable pairs of shoes out there, which is why you can spot plenty of people wearing them on a daily basis. However, because of that, the shoes can easily wear out over time. By using some fun fabric and a bit of glue, you can mend the damage in the comfort of your own home without ever having to get rid of the shoes! This will allow you to create your own custom pair. For this — simply choose a fun fabric, wrap it over the damaged portion, and use the glue to attach the fabric to the shoe. Ta-da! You’re good to go!
Install Crystalized Geode to Fix Wall Cracks
Wall cracks can be quite expensive to fix. Thus, the problem is often neglected. Even if the wall cracks are minor, it can be a total eyesore. You can leave the wall alone as it is, or you can do a little DIY project — like this genius did — to make the wall crack look absolutely fabulous! You can install crystalized sparkling geodes of any design pattern you like in the wall crack, turning something that was once broken into a true piece of art. This crystalized geode will catch everyone’s eye and that old building you reside in will look amazing!
Old Books Rescue Library Wall
Designed and created by urban interventionist Andrey Syaylev, this old library wall was repaired just by stacking some old books in the crack. This fix did not only make a busted wall look rustic but it also created the perfect irony — books rescuing a library building! This Russian artist was able to project a beautiful concept with an extremely simple yet meaningful idea. And thanks to Syaylev, the library wall itself is now a masterpiece.
Worn Out Jeans?
You can never have too many jeans. They go with everything, can be dressed up or down, and are super comfortable. Still, those precious jeans of yours can easily get torn or discolored. Lucky for you, though, there is no need to throw away a pair of worn-out jeans as you can turn them into a chic piece of clothing using this quick fix. Create ripped jeans — a trend that’s very in right now — from the torn pair that you already have! Alternatively, you can patch up discolored areas or small holes with your favorite embroidery designs, which can be bought at a reasonable price.
Style Up Cracked iPhone Back With Highlighters
Phones are becoming slimmer and slimmer every day. While a thinner phone can be convenient to use, it can also easily slip from your hands, causing cracks. It’s not always possible to replace your phone or waste money on fixing little scratches, especially if it’s an iPhone as it may cost a lot of money to repair it. Instead, check out this cool way of fixing the cracked back of an iPhone to make it more aesthetically pleasing! This person used different colored highlighters to create an ombre rainbow illusion that suits the phone perfectly! Admittedly this will only work with a white phone, but that might make your initial decision that much easier!
Broken Ceramics with Kintsugi Method
Even though ceramic items look very pretty, they tend to be extremely brittle. Breaking ceramic dishes and throwing them away is a common story in most households. Hence, learning a creative way to fix broken ceramics will surely come in handy. These broken pieces can be easily mended using the Kintsugi method. Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese repairing technique that involves painting a shimmery gold or silver paint over the glued cracked portions of ceramic items. This technique not only makes the ceramic look better but also gives it plenty of character. The concept shows the beauty in imperfection — or wabi-sabi…
Embroider Broken Cups
There is a number of ways that you can repair a broken piece of ceramic. However, if a large chunk of the ceramic goes missing, then your hands are pretty much tied. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you have to throw anything away! In fact, you can still create something super meaningful. This creative fix led to the creation of an outstanding piece of décor. This person used a clever DIY idea to create a unique decorative cup, using embroidery fabric to replace the cracked portion. You may not be able to drink from it, but it will surely look great on your shelf!
Wall Crack Turned Into Road for Camels
As you can tell by now, wall cracks are basically a hub for creative geniuses. There are plenty of ways to get creative with cracks on a wall, and this is one of the cutest and most minimal ways to go about it. This person painted camels on the wall to make the crack look like a road. This simple idea is creative and easy to execute. You can take inspiration from it and paint your favorite animal on your own cracked wall!
Intricate Artwork in Chipped & Pitted Sidewalk
If we had to describe this piece of art in two words, we’d say it’s absolutely stunning. Whoever is behind this masterpiece is an absolute genius. They decided to smother some clay on some cracked pavement and engrave beautiful designs on it, and we honestly cannot stop looking at it. This beautiful addition to the sidewalk is not only eye-catching but it also adds character to the road — something that all people can appreciate and admire.
Me Love to Eat Cookies!
This is by far one of the most creative and hilarious ways to distract from a giant hole in the wall. After all, who doesn’t love Cookie Monster? Better yet, who doesn’t enjoy cookies? Now that this Sesame Street character is perfectly sketched out, all the artist needs is a blue bucket of paint, and they’re good to go! While a hole in the wall can be quite an issue, dressing it up with your favorite character can be the perfect way to add your own unique touch!
Cute Patches for Fabric Holes
Sometimes, insects can create holes in our clothes when they’ve been sitting in the closet for a long time. Not just insects, though, as you may even accidentally brush up against a nail or bolt and create little tears in your clothing. Getting rid of clothing due to this problem can be upsetting but we all know it doesn’t look very presentable to wear torn clothes outside. So, this gal came up with the creative idea to sew cute design patches to cover the tears in her cardigan sweater, creating a perfectly darling look.
DIY Cat Scratcher With Buttons
If you are a feline fanatic and own a few cats, then this is the DIY for you. Cats scratch every surface they can find including your all-time favorite couch. Repairing your sofa is not always a viable solution, because there’s a good chance that the cats will ruin it again. So, this genius came up with the great idea to fix both of the problems with one simple solution — they added a pretty assortment of buttons to the couch. Now, not only do the buttons hide the torn part of the couch but they also can used as a surface for the cats to scratch without having to worry about the rest of the fabric getting ruined.
Fill Potholes With Braided Strips of Fabric
This person collected pieces of fabric of different colors and covered the pothole on a road. Strips of colorful fabric may not be as long-lasting as mosaics when it comes to fixing potholes but it is just as nice to look at. Such a colorful fabric can look very artsy against the dull gray road. Although this is not a permanent solution, it’ll surely bring a smile to peoples’ faces when they pass by, even if it only lasts for up to a few days.
The Noodle Fix
The internet-famous noodles fix is creative on another level! This person shows how to fix heavy stuff, such as a cracked ceramic sink, using uncooked noodles. The sheer genius of this fix is what made it go viral on several social media sites. Just look up the video of the man who started this trend and you too can attempt to fix your belongings with little to no effort. This unique method will not only save you tons of money but you won’t have to call a professional every time something breaks.
Knitted Bricks to Repair Cracked Sidewalks
This is a creative way to solve the issue of cracked sidewalks. People often trip over these eyesores and injure themselves. You may notice cracks in the pavement every now and then but you probably never thought of doing something about it. Well, this person decided to fix the problem by adding an artistic touch instead. And the dull, gray sidewalk looks amazing against the pink knitted bricks. This work of art is simply a sight to behold — even if it’s temporary.
Make Cake Stand Out of Glass Stemware
This is a creative fix that everyone should know about. It goes without saying that glasses can be expensive so when you break one by accident, the idea of throwing it away can be upsetting. Generally, most of us have to suck it up and do it anyway. Not this person, though. With just a bit of cement and the stemware that broke off the glass, the artist behind this creation made a beautiful cake/jewelry stand without spending one single dime. The result is not only pretty but very useful as well.
Embroidery Patch for Torn Couch
A couch can be an expensive investment and so, it’s definitely not something you want to throw away even if it gets a few tears. However, what if a huge part of the couch fabric gets completely torn? Well, that’s is exactly what happened to this sofa owner. They decided to get creative and fixed the problem using some needle and threads, and saved a lot of money. Besides, the colorful embroidery design looks great and is a real conversation starter!
Mend Broken Bedroom Door with Meme Poster
If you are one of those people who like to have your own space, the door to your room is probably what ensures your privacy. So when the door breaks, it can be frustrating. Fixing a broken door is not always easy, however, this person showed us that it can be if you let yourself think outside of the box. This genius had the idea of creating a temporary solution to their busted door. He used a poster from the Stanley Kubrick thriller The Shining to cover the hole in the door, creating an unnerving yet clever piece of modern art!
Handy Computer Repairman
Have you seen a computer mount that’s cuter than this? Trying to make the inside of your computer look interesting can prove to be a challenge, that is unless you know how to work your magic! This person figured out that a little guy made from LEGO would be a fun addition to the inside of his desktop computer, as well as hold up some of the components. More importantly, for those of you who are clueless about how to spruce up the look of your room, this simple addition can be a creative solution. Besides, a Lego toy can be a calming thing to glance at when you’re stressing out about work as it reminds you that life shouldn’t always be taken so seriously.
Fill Wall Holes With Lego Pieces
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, holes on any wall can totally ruin the whole look of a building. This person used Lego pieces to fill up the holes in their wall, making something that was once broken look super colorful and fun. Give your building a blast from the past with this creative DIY fix!
DIY Car Art
In all honesty, what is the real meaning of life without art? This clever masterpiece is a testament to how a wholesome art piece can completely transform the way you look at something. This innovative artist turned a portion of his broken car into an awesome piece of art — all by adding toys and metal parts to make it look like a scene out of a Disney movie. You really have to admire the creativity of this person! After all, this transformation truly is the definition of, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Broken Wood Furniture With Translucent Materials
How awesome is this piece of furniture turned masterpiece? It turns out that this artist took old broken pieces of wooden furniture and gave it a new life — the result of which is a one-of-a-kind chair that looks both modern and chic. And it’s completely functional, too! The translucent materials perfectly complement the wood. Most importantly, it undoubtedly adds character to a home. This fix ended up leading to the creation of a chair that you simply can’t find anywhere else.
Best Way to Fix Car Dents
This creative fix is a classic example of making the most out of your situation. Yes, a dent on your car is expensive to fix. However, this person realized that he doesn’t have to spend a ton of money to make the car look better when he can simply get creative. So, he grabbed a Sharpie and got to work, drawing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle — which turned the sad dent into quite an amusing piece of artwork!