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Top 100 Social Good Trends in 2016

From Awareness-Raising Photography to DIY Wooden Beehives

— January 28, 2017 — Eco
The 2016 social good trends are vast in their scope, with the power of photography never failing to raise awareness, and brands giving consumers platforms to help the environment themselves.

Photography has long been a medium that exposed the many horrific conditions that people around the world have to endure, and the photographer Johnny Miller captured some of the most revealing and poignant imagery of this year. Miller took drone photos of some of South Africa's landscapes, revealing the stark divide between the wealthy and the poor in the country – which is a divide that exists in racial terms as well. With nothing but a series of photos, the photographer was able to capture what political commentators, South African civilians and theorists all conclude – that despite the technical end of apartheid, inequality in the country sadly remains extremely pervasive.

With many consumers seeking to lessen their impact on the environment, some brands are offering them a platform to do this from home. An example of this is the 'Bee Project,' which offers homeowners wooden boxes that they can easily construct beehives from. The project is crucial in a time where the bee population is significantly decreasing, with devastating environmental consequences.

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Anti-Extremist Web Content
Anti-Extremist Web Content
AverageMohamed's Social Media 'Counter-Narratives' Can Fight Hate
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99
Cat-Sheltering Mosques
Cat-Sheltering Mosques
This Istanbul Mosque is Saving Homeless Cats from the Winter Weather
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98
Supportive Portable Perches
Supportive Portable Perches
A Portable Stool Guarantees a Seat for Students of Rural Schools
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97
Social Good Snack Clusters
Social Good Snack Clusters
Project 7's 'Good Squared' Promotes Good Health and World Change
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96
Rescue Pet Plush Toys
Rescue Pet Plush Toys
Pibborafi Models Its Stuffed Animal Toys After Real Rescue Dogs
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95
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
The New Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Shoot Features Top Models
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94
Filmic Bee Hotels
Filmic Bee Hotels
This Bee Home is Designed After Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel
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93
Colorful Charitable Furniture
Colorful Charitable Furniture
Marni Offers Colorful Outdoor Furniture with a Charitable Goal
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92
Sustainable Latvian Wood Watches
Sustainable Latvian Wood Watches
The Ovi Watch is a High-Quality Watch with Eco-Friendly Benefits
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91
Body Positive Fashion Editorials
Body Positive Fashion Editorials
Liz Black Shows Off Garments with Sample Size Measurements
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90
Eye-Opening Abuse Ads
Eye-Opening Abuse Ads
The Amnesty International Peru Campaign Hones in on Abusive Family Members
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89
Unobtainable Body Parodies
Unobtainable Body Parodies
Buzzfeed Shows Men Trying to Fit into the Ideal Female Body Image
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88
Trafficking-Combatting Photo Apps
Trafficking-Combatting Photo Apps
TraffickCam is Asking Travellers to Fight Sex Trafficking
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87
Revealing LGBTQ Posters
Revealing LGBTQ Posters
A Camera Flash Reveals More to This Supportive Ad Than First Meets the Eye
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86
Floating Urban Forests
Floating Urban Forests
'Swale' is a Floating Barge Topped with an Edible Forest Garden
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85
Waterproof Homeless Tents
Waterproof Homeless Tents
The 'WeatherHYDE' Outside Tent is a Reversible All-Season Dwelling
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84
Environmentally-Focused Clothing Brands
Environmentally-Focused Clothing Brands
The Saltwater Collective Supports Ocean Conservation
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83
Expressive Race-Centered Portraiture
Expressive Race-Centered Portraiture
This Project Considers What It Means to Be a Person of Color
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82
Empowering Cancer Awareness Initiatives
Empowering Cancer Awareness Initiatives
'Give-a-Care' Provides Products for Cancer Patients
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81
Ocean Water-Cleaning Buoys
Ocean Water-Cleaning Buoys
This Buoy Was Designed to Help Make Large Bodies of Water Drinkable
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80
Educational Jewelry Initiatives
Educational Jewelry Initiatives
Tiffany & Co's 'Keys for a Cause' Initiative Empowers Saudi Women
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79
Charitable Leftover Campaigns
Charitable Leftover Campaigns
The United Nations World Food Programme Ad Shows a Little is a Lot
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78
Body Positive Movement Hashtags
Body Positive Movement Hashtags
A Plus-Size Blogger Got Women to Embrace their Shape on Twitter
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77
Anti-Consumerism Ads
Anti-Consumerism Ads
These Ads Urge Creative Professionals to Fight for Social Justice
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76
Garbage-Collecting Water Drones
Garbage-Collecting Water Drones
The 'WaterShark' Gobbles Garbage as it Autonomously Cruises
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75
Hunger-Combating Jewelry
Hunger-Combating Jewelry
This Charitable Initiative Trades Jewelry for Food
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74
Social Good Hotels
Social Good Hotels
Every Facet of 'The Purpose Hotel' Supports Meaningful Causes in the World
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73
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
The 'Flooxa' Toothbrush is Designed by Students to be Beautiful
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72
Body Image Photo Campaigns
Body Image Photo Campaigns
A Student Created Photos That Magnify Body Image Issues that Girls Face
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71
Stylish Charitable Bikes
Stylish Charitable Bikes
Bike in Style While Doing Social Good with a Vélosophy Bicycle
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70
Female Sanitation Products
Female Sanitation Products
The Yin Cup is a Modern Alternative to Napkins and Tampons
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69
Upcycled T-Shirt Scarves
Upcycled T-Shirt Scarves
'Waiting for Harry' Creates Hip Infinity Scarves Using Band Tees
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68
Accessible Hotel Room Concepts
Accessible Hotel Room Concepts
The 'AllGo' New Hotel Rooms Can Change to Different Guest Needs
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67
Anti-Oppression Fashion Companies
Anti-Oppression Fashion Companies
This Company Aims to Empower Socially Isolated and Poor Women
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66
Shocking Shark Photography
Shocking Shark Photography
This Photographer Swims with Sharks to Capture Them in Their Homes
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65
Parody Pop Ads
Parody Pop Ads
In Reference to a Cindy Crawford Pepsi Ad, 'SumOfUs' Reveals the Brand's Eco Damage
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64
Pop-Up Cubic Libraries
Pop-Up Cubic Libraries
The Mobile Library Project Makes Reading More Accessible in Seoul
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63
Courageous Female Fashion Campaigns
Courageous Female Fashion Campaigns
This Inspiring Ad Campaign Stars an Acid Attack Survivor
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62
Anti-Harassment Ad Campaigns
Anti-Harassment Ad Campaigns
This Campaign Tackles Rape Culture and the Ubiquity of Victim-Blaming
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61
Energy-Saving Houseboats
Energy-Saving Houseboats
The 'Dwelling for the Homeless' Vessel Design is Fossil Fuel-Free
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60
DIY Computer Kits
DIY Computer Kits
The 'Kano Computer Kit' Teaches Children How to Build a Computer from Scratch
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59
Social Good Stovetops
Social Good Stovetops
The 'Mimi Moto' Air Gasifier Stove Prevents Toxic Gas from Entering Homes
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58
Active Sports Hijabs
Active Sports Hijabs
The Asiya Headband Helps Muslim Girls Participate in Sports
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57
Subversive Fast Fashion Ads
Subversive Fast Fashion Ads
The New H&M Ad Shows a Less Constricted Representation of Femininity
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56
Micro Industrial Eco-Shops
Micro Industrial Eco-Shops
These 'Makerspace' Structures in Ghana Will Re-purpose 'E-Waste'
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55
Chic Recycled Clothing
Chic Recycled Clothing
'I AM NOT A VIRGIN' Creates Recycled Clothes Using Discarded Plastic
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54
Recycled Refugee-Made Bags
Recycled Refugee-Made Bags
Refugees Make the BAG2WORK Bags from Recycled Life Vests and Boats
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53
Body Positive Social Efforts
Body Positive Social Efforts
Nike Women is Promoting Relatable Instagram Models in Recent Posts
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52
Electric Street Murals
Electric Street Murals
This Vivid Mural Was Designed to Prevent Crime in the Area
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51
Upcycled Plastic Beach Huts
Upcycled Plastic Beach Huts
These Eco-Friendly Beach Huts Resemble Colorful Upside Down Pine Cones
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50
Eco-Building Tool Kits
Eco-Building Tool Kits
This Tool Kit Makes the Construction of Green Homes Simple
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49
Charitable Family Photo Shoots
Charitable Family Photo Shoots
This Family Photographer Captured These Quintuplets Wonderfully
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48
Charitable Wildlife Jewelry
Charitable Wildlife Jewelry
Profits from aoku 3D's Unique 3D-Printed Jewelry Goes Towards Charity
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47
Body Positive Magazine Covers
Body Positive Magazine Covers
'The Body Brigade' Issue of Ebony Magazine Touches on Body Image
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46
Activism-Inspired Bags
Activism-Inspired Bags
'Barrikadka' is a Leather Bag Designed Specifically for Activism Gigs
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45
WiFi-Free Language Translators
WiFi-Free Language Translators
The ili Translator is a Necklace Set to Be Revealed at CES 2016
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44
Charitable Children's Tattoos
Charitable Children's Tattoos
This Artist is Inking Sick Children with Temporary Airbrush Tattoos
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43
Headless Women Blogs
Headless Women Blogs
Marcia Belsky's The Headless Women Project Archives Sexist Advertising Tropes
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42
Empowering Celebrity Lipsticks
Empowering Celebrity Lipsticks
MAC Cosmetics x Caitlyn Jenner Finally Free Lipstick is Altruistic
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41
Politically Charged Fashion
Politically Charged Fashion
This Unconventional Collection Makes a Statement on Today's Politics
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40
Anti-War Street Art
Anti-War Street Art
An Artist Painted a Haunting Image of an Injured Syrian Boy
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39
Pride Clothing Collections
Pride Clothing Collections
Adidas Has Launched a Clothing Collection Celebrating LGBTQ Communities
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38
Elevated Native Forests
Elevated Native Forests
'Hanging Meadows' Would Reclaim the NY State Pavilion as a Natural Museum
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37
Inclusive Hijab Collections
Inclusive Hijab Collections
This Blogger Created a Line of Hijabs for All Skin Tones
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36
Economic Gap Photography
Economic Gap Photography
This Photography Reveals the Economic Disparities in South Africa
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35
Minimalist Copper Jewelry
Minimalist Copper Jewelry
The Purchase of These Jewelry Pieces Helps to Fund a Charity
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34
Fashionable Feminist Pins
Fashionable Feminist Pins
The 'Wildfang x I Am That Girl' Collection Celebrates Female Empowerment
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33
Marvellous Postmodern Playhouses
Marvellous Postmodern Playhouses
This Elaborate Cubby House Harbors Big Imaginations
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32
Anti-Racism Movie Posters
Anti-Racism Movie Posters
William Yu Photoshop's Film Posters to Combat Hollywood Racism
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31
Low-Cost Housing Designs
Low-Cost Housing Designs
Alejandro Aravena of Elemental Creates Free Public Housing
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30
Spray Painted Abandoned Homes
Spray Painted Abandoned Homes
Katharina Grosse Converts Deserted Beach Abodes into Vibrant Artwork
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29
DIY Wooden Beehives
DIY Wooden Beehives
This Beehive Was Created as Part of a Movement to Save Bees
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28
Celebrity Anti-Poaching Campaigns
Celebrity Anti-Poaching Campaigns
Cara Delevingne Modeled Painted Photography for Animal Rights
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27
Social Public Restrooms
Social Public Restrooms
Rohan Chavan's 'The Light Box Restroom for Women' is a Safe Space
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26
Satirical Award Show Campaigns
Satirical Award Show Campaigns
This SatirAd Points Out The Narcissistic Nature of Award Ceremonies
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25
Digital Predator Ads
Digital Predator Ads
The Save the Children Online Campaign Addresses the Danger Social Media
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24
Educational Menstrual Cycle Games
Educational Menstrual Cycle Games
This Board Game Shifts Tween Perspectives on Periods
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23
Health-Promoting Disney Princesses
Health-Promoting Disney Princesses
These Illustrations Promote Cervical Health Awareness Month
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22
Water Purification Stations
Water Purification Stations
These Refill Stations Provide a Solution to Flint's Water Crisis
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21
Produce-Growing Preschools
Produce-Growing Preschools
This Eco-Friendly Preschool Doubles as an Urban Farm
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20
Charitable Micro-Homes
Charitable Micro-Homes
TaskRabbit's New Campaign Puts a Time Limit on the Construction of a Home
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19
One-for-One Dog Beds
One-for-One Dog Beds
The Ralph & Co Memory Foam Dog Bed Ensures Comfy Canine Naps
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18
Easy-Build Wooden Homes
Easy-Build Wooden Homes
This Pine Wood Home Only Took Ten Days To Build
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17
Pop-Up Garden Oases
Pop-Up Garden Oases
This Empty Storefront Was Transformed into a Tranquil Temporary Venue
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16
Empathetic Poaching Ads
Empathetic Poaching Ads
The AnimaNaturalis Ad Campaign Aims to Help Endangered Species
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15
Pop-Up Emergency Shelters
Pop-Up Emergency Shelters
These Emergency Shelters Provide Several Amenities for Refugees
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14
Farmers' Market Food Trucks
Farmers' Market Food Trucks
The FoodShare Truck Provides Low-Income Families with Fresh Food
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13
Eco-Friendly Refugee Housing
Eco-Friendly Refugee Housing
The 'Hex House' is Designed to be Sustainable and Low-Cost
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12
Reversible Homeless Shelters
Reversible Homeless Shelters
The WeatherHyde is a Fully Insulated Shelter Built for All Seasons
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11
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
These Eco-Friendly Bags Provide an Alternative to Plastic
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10
Stylish Vegan Bags
Stylish Vegan Bags
The MRKT Bags are Streamlined, Simple and Perfect for Everyday Use
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9
Creativity-Promoting Playgrounds
Creativity-Promoting Playgrounds
This Adventure Playground in New York Promotes Imaginative Play
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8
Grotesque Evolutionary Sculptures
Grotesque Evolutionary Sculptures
Patricia Piccinini's 'Graham' Was Made to Survive a Car Crash
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7
Flatpack Portable Shelters
Flatpack Portable Shelters
These Shelters Were Designed for Emergency Situations
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6
Miniature Homeless Housing Solutions
Miniature Homeless Housing Solutions
This Organizations Designs Tiny Shelters for the Homeless
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5
Affordable Rural Dwellings
Affordable Rural Dwellings
'Rural Studio' Created This Home Design That Can Be Built for $20,000
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4
Disability-Conscious Cookware
Disability-Conscious Cookware
The 'Oneware' Series Makes Cooking a One-Handed Task
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3
Energy-Generating Tents
Energy-Generating Tents
This Outdoor Camping Tent Captures Energy from the Sun for Functionality
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2
Expressive Adult Photography
Expressive Adult Photography
This South African Photographer Captures Jamaica's Male Adult Stars
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1
Female Sexuality Start-Ups
Female Sexuality Start-Ups
OMGYes is a Bay Area Start-Up Aimed at Empowering Female Sexuality
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