10 Asian American and Pacific Islander businesses to support

May 18, 2022 by  
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With May being Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we specifically want to shed light on businesses owned and operated by members from the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. One opportunity to lift up hard-hit AAPI businesses is to show support with your purchasing dollars. Celebrate the rich history and modern contributions the AAPI community added to the American story by seeking out AAPI-created products. Aerangis Candles These luxury candles are ready to pamper you and the planet with custom-made scents created to match a recipe in your mind. The personalized service works one-on-one with you to recreate special memories through scent. Each candle is also housed in handcrafted ceramic jars. Aerangis Candles are cruelty-free, non-toxic, plant-based and made with natural fragrances. Related: Sustainable Black-owned businesses to buy from this holiday “My obsession with scent began when I was nine in my grandfather’s greenhouse, where he cultivated dozens of rare orchids,” said Founder Alicia Tsai. “I spent many afternoons by his side, learning how to care for those orchids. To reward me for my interest, he gave me one of my own: an aerangis orchid with star-shaped flowers that released a beautiful scent every night during its bloom.” Nguyen Coffee Supply First-generation Vietnamese-American Founder Sahra Nguyen started Nguyen Coffee Supply with the goal of correcting misconceptions about the inferior quality of Vietnamese coffee . Nguyen partnered with Mr. Ton, a Vietnamese fourth-generation farmer producing organic, green coffee beans at his family farm. The company offers specialty arabica and robusta blends that have been recognized in a myriad of major publications. Additionally, the company relies on direct-trade. They are also woman-owned and operated, and is committed to sustainable action throughout the growing, transport and roasting process.  Yobo Soju Yobo Soju stands as a primary example of Asian influence on American culture. Korean Founder Carolyn Kim identifies closely with that combination and said, “Our aim is to represent the ever-evolving modern Korean American identity. We aim to break new ground in soju by creating a range of highly innovative products that prioritize quality and taste above all.” As a result, the bespoke spirit is blended from sustainable, locally-sourced rice and grapes . It is a divergence from the traditional style of soju ubiquitous in Korea. The company is also dedicated to eco-friendly distillation processes. They showed their support of restaurants and food service workers by donating all profits for the first two months of 2021 to COVID-19 affected businesses. Huppy Huppy tablets are completely plastic free and made with natural ingredients. For the month of May, Asian American Cofounders David Phan and Cathy Tran are donating 5% of proceeds to AAPI Women Lead. The company is also committed to directing 2% of revenue towards sustainability initiatives. Linjer The focus of Linjer is affordable and high quality accessories that treat people and the planet kindly. Hong Kong Founders Jenn and Roman Khan rely on eco-friendly materials like recycled gold and lab grown diamonds that will offer a long lifespan. The company contributes to carbon offset projects via CarbonFund to balance out carbon-neutral shipping.  Blueland Blueland was founded when CEO and Cofounder Sarah became a mom. With that, she became frustrated by the options for cleaning supplies that were natural and earth friendly. Wanting to create a better future for her kids, she began creating products like window cleaner, lotion and toothpaste that are housed in reusable packaging. Furthermore, Blueland packaging is all recyclable , compostable or both. Blueland is climate neutral certified and has achieved B Corp status.  Loyale All linens through Loyale are produced by a handful of skilled artisans before being packaged in plastic-free, eco-paper goods. Along the way, they recycle or donate all fabric waste. Loyale believes environmentally-friendly linens is the perfect way to convert people away from wasteful paper towel usage towards a sustainable, waste-free option.  Rooted With origins in lush Hawaii and California, the founders at Rooted deeply missed the greenery of home when they moved to New York. They began Rooted to connect people with nature through plants . With the understanding that plants hold the power to improve health and happiness, the company aims to provide full-circle buying options and ongoing support following plant purchases. Plants are grown in a greenhouse. Then, they are shipped free to customers, along with educational information to aid in successful care within your home.  Esse Clothing is essential, but it should also bring joy without harming the planet. This is the premise behind Esse, a womenswear company founded by Singapore-raised Alicia Tsi. Now based in New Zealand, Alicia’s mission is to create simple designs that are long-lasting and made with attention to organic and natural materials .  Avre Avre shoewear company is owned by Taiwanese sisters Julie Kuo and Connie Kuo. It was created to address the plastic crisis by using recycled plastic bottles in every pair of shoes. Innovative technology also reduces cutoff waste through computerized precision that nearly eliminates scraps. Images via Pexels

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NASA contracts Canoo to design new EV for Artemis astronauts

May 18, 2022 by  
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After a competitive process, NASA chose Canoo to design an electric vehicle to transport its Artemis astronauts to the launchpad on their next mission. It’s a short drive compared to reaching the moon, but the specialized vehicle needs to be able to carry fully-equipped astronauts, support staff and gear to the launch site. “We are honored to transport the Artemis crew to the launch site for the first human lunar landing in more than 50 years. The selection of our innovative technologies by NASA to take a diverse team of American astronauts to the moon showcases a great commitment to sustainable transportation,” said Canoo Investor, Chairman and CEO Tony Aquila. Related: Fresco XL rivals Tesla as an all-purpose electric vehicle Canoo was chosen because the company’s customizable vehicles are modular and upgradable throughout their lifecycle. Basically, it means flexible-use applications. Additionally, Canoo vehicles have a high level of recyclability at the end of its life. They’re made in the U.S. by teams working from California , Michigan, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Furthermore, the new Crew Transportation Vehicle will be based on Canoo’s LV model — an all-electric vehicle designed from the ground up. It will include Canoo’s proprietary multipurpose platform to maximize cabin space, utility and productivity on a compact footprint.  While the contract from NASA is just for one vehicle, it speaks to potential future plans to partner with EV makers on vehicle designs for unique applications. Canoo filed more than 160 patents across all major components for their unique electric vehicles . They are designed in a way similar to space rovers. There are equipped with fully redundant parts and systems, created with secure proprietary software that utilizes over-the-air updates. Meanwhile, serviceability and upgradability help reduce lifetime cost and materials waste from vehicles. Canoo reduced part counts and focused on making parts repairable whenever possible by using a modular approach to design . This makes the vehicles cheaper to fix, more efficient, durable and eco-friendly across their lifetime, not to mention easier to use for organizations such as NASA. Canoo will launch commercial production of its vehicles from its Arkansas factory in late 2022, and deliver on the NASA Artemis vehicle in 2023. Artemis will land the first woman and person of color on the moon and provide learning opportunities for future missions. This mission, the first time humans have landed on the moon in over 50 years, will establish?the first long-term human and robotic presence on?and around?the lunar surface and lay the groundwork for future crew visits to Mars .  + Canoo Images via Canoo

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IKEA launches a beachy collection with World Surf League

May 16, 2022 by  
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Two iconic agencies have come together to launch a product lineup that caters to the outdoor lifestyle and the environment . IKEA, in partnership with the World Surf League, released the KÅSEBERGA collection in early May 2022. With respect to the ocean and the recreational lifestyle surrounding it, the collection is practical and made from eco-friendly materials. At home and on the go, the KÅSEBERGA collection responds to life with products that are adaptable to changing conditions. Related: IKEA purchases forested land in Georgia for conservation “These needs are relevant for many more people than surfers and inspired us to create products that enrich everybody’s lives with similar demands,” said Wiebke Braasch, designer at IKEA of Sweden . “With this collection, we hope to spread the joy of the surfing lifestyle in the home and everyday life of many people.” Products include a beach towel, yoga mat , water bottle, a hand plane for body surfing and a bag uniquely designed to aid in beach clean-ups, among others. The partnership makes sense. The World Surf League’s has a passion for the ocean. Meanwhile, IKEA’s mission to produce quality, affordable and environmentally-friendly products.  Furthermore, the collaboration included input from reputable surfers Kassia Meador and Rob Machado. There was an emphasis on designs that are low-impact for the water , air and planet. However, a high impact in regards to function and fashion.  “It has been an honor and a pleasure to team up with Rob Machado, the WSL and IKEA to create KÅSEBERGA,” said Kassia Meador, surfer and business owner. “A collection of ocean-inspired home goods and on-the-go surf essentials in the most functional high vibe low impact way. For the ever-growing global community of earth-conscious surfers and beach lovers.” The name of the collection, KÅSEBERGA, comes from a small city in Sweden. It’s home to one of the most southern surf breaks in the country. Thereby, many of the products are made from recycled polyester, diverted from the landfill. Other materials are made from renewable materials, such as bamboo and cork.  “Watching the IKEA KÅSEBERGA collaboration come to life and working with their designers on developing these sustainable products has been a truly rewarding experience for us at WSL,” said Cherie Cohen, WSL chief revenue officer. “IKEA’s sustainability initiatives align closely with those of the WSL and our fans. We are confident that these products made using recycled and renewable materials will be hugely popular with surfers, ocean lovers and design enthusiasts.” + IKEA x World Surf League Images via IKEA

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Aura Bora sparkling waters give back to the planet

May 12, 2022 by  
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For those who get bored of drinking plain water or prefer to add bubbles without calories, sparkling water is a popular choice. But along with the bubbles, many sparkling waters offer bland flavors or artificial junk. Aura Bora Founders Paul and Maddie Voge set out to change all that with plant-based flavor combinations that are bold, natural and different.  Aura Bora sparkling water is made using recipes infused with herbs, fruits and flowers. The flavor options aren’t your typical lime, berry and mandarin. Instead, there are combinations that jazz up the standard with lime cardamom, elderflower grapefruit, hibiscus passionfruit, ginger Meyer lemon, chai cranberry and more (see review below). Read the ingredient list on any can to see unique offerings like basil, cactus , coconut and lavender. Related: Good Earth Tea celebrates 50th anniversary with tasty blends Aura Bora is dedicated to providing drinks that are free of the bad stuff and full of the good stuff. Inasmuch, their offerings are all zero calorie, zero sugar, non-GMO, plant-based, gluten free, artificial flavor free and vegan. Additionally, the company is equally dedicated to giving back to the environment as members of 1% for the Planet. The story of Paul and Maddie’s entrepreneurial journey starts with the absence of soda in their childhood homes, which guided them towards sparkling water at a young age. After meeting at summer camp in New Hampshire, they continued to share their love of the outdoors ever since. They said, “Both grew up as firm advocates for the environment — practicing ‘Leave No Trace’ on the hiking trails, buying second-hand clothing, avoiding plastic and outfitting their home with solar panels.” Once they entered the tech world , they found an underwhelming assortment of sparkling water options in the corporate break rooms. It inspired them to ask if there was a better sparkling water alternative. As the story often goes, when they couldn’t find it, they made their own. Equipped with a home carbonator and friends willing to taste test, the groundwork for Aura Bora was born. As luck and hard work would have it, Paul was able to anchor Aura Bora in Whole Foods stores in the Boulder, Colorado region following a trade show event in the area. With continued persistence, Paul and Maddie were invited to pitch the brand on the famous “Shark Tank” TV show where Robert Herjavek said, “This might be the best branding we’ve seen in all 12 seasons.” Aura Bora craft flavors can be found in myriad retail locations including Sprouts, Whole Foods, Thrive Market, Amazon and many natural grocery stores . Watch for limited edition flavors where the company donates 20% of profits from the sale of those products.  In explaining the thought process behind the brand name, the company explained, “Paul and Maddie knew that rhymes are memorable. And since their sparkling waters were notably earth-inspired, herbal and colorful, they were drawn to the word ‘Aura’ — and Aura Bora was born, with associations to the beautiful Aurora Borealis and island of Bora Bora. There was an added bonus too: as a lover of design, Maddie was happy to have a symmetrical, stackable eight-letter square.” Review of Aura Bora Sparkling Water I’ll just start by saying I’m not a big fan of sparkling water. Or more precisely, I haven’t been exposed to a lot of sparkling water. I don’t drink soda. I don’t drink juice. I’m just kind of a coffee, tea and water kind of gal. However, I also love to try new things and eagerly accepted the offer for a sample pack of Aura Bora.  The shipment arrived very quickly and was packaged in recyclable cardboard with no plastic or unnecessary waste . Good start.  The variety pack includes a 12 pack with five different flavors. These are notably different flavor combinations. My husband and son are rabid sparkling water drinkers so I brought them in on the tasting. Lemongrass Coconut I love lemongrass, so this was an exciting combination . The lemongrass flavors come through subtly in the front, followed by almost a creamy finish that speaks to the coconut.  Basil Berry This was the first flavor I grabbed because I have a bit of an obsession with basil and, boy howdy, did it deliver. This is a bold basil -forward flavor. In fact, I’m not sure I pulled berry out of it at all, although my son reported tasting it on the back end. The basil may be too punchy for some people, but I found the flavor mellowed after the initial assault on the taste buds.  Lavender Cucumber I have a sensitivity to lavender, so I left this one up to the husband and boys to review. They reported a distinct flavor of lavender that then morphed into the expected cool and smooth finish that makes cucumber a popular addition to drinks.  Peppermint Watermelon This was a favorite with both my boys. They described it as light and refreshing with a nice balance of flavors. The Aura Bora website offers mixology suggestions and I’m eager to try this in the Peppermint Mojito recipe! Cactus Rose The word “ rose ” put me off a little, as I’m not a fan of rose scents. But this is perhaps the mildest of the mixtures we sampled, cactus rose is both the earthy wildness of cactus and the English garden of rose.  Overall, each can we sampled had distinctive notes of the plants and herbs in the title, but none were overly dominant (except perhaps the basil for some). Rather, they offer more of a complex flavor profile that keeps me wondering what other flavors they will come up with in the future.  + Aura Bora Images via Aura Bora When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commissions at no cost to you. Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by Aura Bora. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.

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Spanish housing project is simple but sustainable

May 3, 2022 by  
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In a changing world, the people in it have also evolved. That’s why the housing solutions of the past no longer work in today’s world. El Refugio, designed by Álvaro Sánchez de Miguel, is a housing project that’s based on real-world lifestyle trends. Fewer and fewer people want to live surrounded by concrete and human-made objects. This is a common situation in Spain , where El Refugio is located. As a result, the home is all about elegant, simple design. It’s also sustainable, budget-friendly and surrounded not by concrete, but by nature. Related: Crash after hitting the waves at this surfers refuge El Refugio is in the Cuatro Calzadas area of Buenavista, Salamanca, Spain. And it can house 84 residents. Local construction materials from Salamanca were used to create the project, including steel, wood and ceramics. The furniture was designed on-site to reduce carbon emissions . A little background: Project Architect Alvaro Sanchez de Miguel was born in Salmanca. He has received international awards and knows firsthand what kind of housing will suit the people of his homeland the best. Therefore, he wanted to create housing that provides spaces for rest, play and work. Simple a warm and welcoming environment . Furthermore, El Refugio is tucked into the natural landscape. It is a short distance from the world-famous Plaza Mayor, a historic attraction. It’s only about 90 minutes away from Madrid where there is the food, culture and natural beauty of Spain. Moreover, the project is made with a rounded geometry that mimics the nearby Castilian Plateau. The preserved existing vegetation sits surrounded by oak trees. The existing trees were left in place and the project was built around and between them, rather than forcing their removal. The entrance to the building is accessed through a natural lateral path. The porch is designed with latticework to create a lovely private outdoor area. The home is spacious and open inside. There are no doors, no partitions, just wide-open areas and panoramic views of the landscape beyond. The house is situated so that it is protected from the western sun, preventing heat that would make the home harder to keep cool. The final design is a simple, elegant building that sits beautifully tucked into nature. Huge windows and open spaces bring the outside world in. It’s constructed with local materials and designed by a local architect to be the ideal housing solution for its location. Because great housing design doesn’t take away from nature, it adds to it. + Álvaro Sánchez de Miguel arquitectos Images via Álvaro Sánchez de Miguel arquitectos

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KEU is a mobile home packed with green technology

April 29, 2022 by  
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Have you ever thought about a tiny home ? How about a modern style mobile home you can place on any property? There’s now a modern style sustainable option called KEU that is packed with the latest in green tech to minimize environmental impact. KEU, a 37-square-meter mobile home , systematized the construction process to create an efficient home you can order to try. There are four “collections,” or models, named after the seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. KEU homes all have steel structures, ventilated aluminum facades and 100 millimeters of insulation. The structure, built on a double-axle with four wheels, can be moved to various sites. Windows are all aluminum with safe glass. Related: Ecocapsule launches SPACE for semi off-grid living Furthermore, each KEU home come with multiple amenities, including a ducted air conditioner, 55-inch Samsung Smart TV, LED lighting , ventilation system and sofa bed. It costs from 69,500 to 83,000 Euros. Additionally, you can add in-floor heating, smart house automation systems, Wi-Fi and Sonos One sound system, among other amenities. The upper-range models run from 80,500 to 99,000 Euros, not including tax. Transport is a separate charge, so buyers will want to do their research before ordering. It costs estimated to come in around 2.5 Euros per kilometer shipped with a minimum of 700 Euros each direction, paying for round-trip miles on the delivery. A crane is needed to lift the home into place. A foundation is strongly recommended, though this can be a simple concrete slab. Prefab modular housing reduces the materials waste, energy used and the weather conditions for building homes. KEU’s first models made the most of this trend in construction by creating homes made with 100% recyclable materials. It also takes advantage of the efficiencies of modular construction. The KEU houses are assembled from panels on-site. It means quick construction without the weather getting in the way. It also allows the pieces to be shipped in a sort of flat-pack manner to reduce carbon in shipping. The chassis is aluminum instead of iron, with high-grade finishes used to maximize the life of the structure for full-time use. Electric vehicle charging stations can be added outside. While customers who don’t have electrical supply nearby, electricity and water pump can be powered by solar panels. + Formas y Lineas Images via Formas y Lineas

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Got e-waste in your closet? Best Buy has a service for that

April 29, 2022 by  
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The retailer is meeting old electronics where they’re at — in your home.

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Largest design fair in Milan explores the future of cities

April 25, 2022 by  
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Italian architect and designer Mario Cucinella revealed a sustainable installation called Design with Nature. It is for the 2022 Salone del Mobile in Italy, the world’s largest trade and design fair in Milan . The installation is an auditorium, seating area, bar, library and so much more. It is meant to explore how recycling and upcycling could help future circular economies become the norm to leave a lighter footprint on the planet. To start, Design with Nature focuses on ethics, circular economies, domestic and public use spaces and urban regeneration. It’s an interactive 1,400-square-meter set of risers that creates spaces for participants’ interaction, reflection and rest. Related: Womb building reflects nature in the middle of Milan Furthermore, Cucinella’s project is labeled as “an emotive exercise in pursuit of recycling and upcycling.” It focuses on the optimistic possibility that humans and nature could live in balance and harmony. Sustainable living is the mechanism explores in a variety of ways where humans’ relationship with nature can be supported by sustainable design. Additionally, the installation will be on display at Salone del Mobile from June 7 to 12 at project pavilion 15. Cucinella wants the conversation to surround the possibility that future cities could be potential “reserves” of the future, in which “most of the raw materials used in construction could be sourced.” This vision would have urban areas become opportunities to cut environmental impact, rather than a drag on the climate. On the other hand, the installation explores three themes: ecological transition, the home as the prime urban element and the city as a mine. The project is quite large. It turns the design of the space into a landscape unto itself. The designer hopes it will offer chances for people to have conversations, reflect and work within the space while looking at new ways to interact and work in the future. Moreover, the materials used to construct the installation were derived from natural supply chains . This is to show that ecological transition is already ongoing and that businesses can be catalysts of change. Cities are an abundant source of recyclable building materials. Therefore, the installation demonstrates the ways in which cities can learn to harvest their own waste materials to become climate positive. “Design with Nature will show, therefore, that we can find a different way of building and creating products in conjunction with nature, without continuing to consume raw materials, but by triggering virtuous ecological behaviors,” said in a statement from the designers. + Mario Cucinella Architects Images via Mario Cucinella

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Audubon Day is here, try these fun ways to get involved

April 25, 2022 by  
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Audubon Day (April 26) spreads the wings of opportunity to enjoy nature and learn more about birds. Audubon Day is named after the widely-recognized National Audubon Society, an organization dedicated to protecting birds and their habitats. Make plans to see, hear or better understand these animals, starting with the ideas here.  Go for a walk Birds are everywhere. From the beach to the mountains , from coast to coast, and even on islands. This Audubon Day, take the opportunity not only to find them but to really watch them. Each species of bird has its own characteristics and behaviors. There is much to observe and learn from these creatures. Related: 8 boxes that explore the effects of habitat destruction on birds Whether in the city, on a forest trail or with your feet in the sand, take a friend, family member or child on your adventure with you. Also, bring along a sketchbook, journal or camera to memorialize and deepen the experience. Read a book There are likely as many books about birds as species themselves. If you enjoy research or recreational reading, head to the library or the used book store. Hit up libraries around town or stop into a thrift shop. Find books for all ages and share them with your family. You can pick a specific type of bird, have each family member dig up some stats on a different feathered friend or simply pick whatever appeals to you.  Take a drawing class Birds are beautiful and interesting animals. You can capture that appeal by learning how to draw their likeness. Learn the basics of drawing. Then use your skills to memorialize birds flying, drinking  water  or feeding their young. Find information about drawing birds from the Audubon Society  here . Learn bird calls Whether you plan to make long treks that involve bird watching or are curious about the sounds in the woods around you, learning bird calls is a way to both identify birds and potentially draw their attention. Head to the internet for videos on how to make the sounds. Record yourself to see if your efforts match those in the teachings. Alternatively, learn directly from a guide or fellow bird hunter who’s had success mirroring the calls from nature.  Watch a documentary As an integral part of nature, birds are at the center of the  food  chain. Therefore, many documentaries explore their characteristics and practices. Learn about habitats, mating, parenting and more. Check out “Attenborough’s Paradise Birds,” “Birders: The Central Park Effect,” “Earthflight,” “March of the Penguins” or “Winged Migration” to get you started.  Make bird treats While feeding wild animals is normally discouraged, giving the local bird population a bit of a treat provides them with energy to build nests and care for their young. As a bonus, it draws them in close enough for you to enjoy.  If you have hummingbirds in your area, make some nectar from one part white sugar and four parts boiling water. Allow the sugar to dissolve and cool completely before filling your feeder.  Suet is another natural and healthy treat for our feathered friends. Find a recipe and video on how to make it on the Audubon website  here . Build a birdhouse and/or bird feeder Birdhouses are easy to build. Prop up the bird population around your home by giving them places to perch, eat, drink and rest. You can build a bird feeder out of just about anything flat enough to hold food. The Audubon society suggests carving out a pumpkin and hanging it from a chain. You can similarly use a container from the  recycling .  For a birdhouse,  wood  is the best natural choice. Here are some pointers for “ Building a Birdhouse That Will Attract Birds All Year Long ,” from our friends at DoitYourself.com. Join an Audubon Day event In addition to learning more about birds or trying to spot them in action, there are many ways to benefit the winged wonders. The Audubon organization makes it easy to jump into an organized event.  Find an Audubon branch near you , where you’ll be able to participate in presentations from around the world, work parties to enhance habitats, direct contact opportunities with birds, birding classes or community field trips.  Plant native The best food for animals and humans is the food that comes directly from nature. For birds and other species, relying on food that’s native to the region is the healthiest choice. You can provide this food by landscaping with  plants  native to your area. Check with the local extension office or do some research online to find out what plants are native and where to find them.  Take a stand The Audubon Society is also involved in some political initiatives that affect birds. It encourages citizens to take action by participating in one of its many campaigns. Learn more about these initiatives here on the Audubon website. Via Audubon and LiveSavvy   Images via Pexels and Pixabay

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Rice Love gives rice to families in need with each purchase

April 22, 2022 by  
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Rice Love strives to help end world hunger, increase education about poverty and recycle readily-available materials into beautiful and usable statement pieces.  Rice Love makes bags , backpacks, clothing and accessories. For each purchase, the company delivers one kilo (2.2 pounds) of rice to a family in India, the primary food in the country.  Related: This backpack is made from locally sourced cork and recycled materials The company was born out of a passion to do good for people and the environment . Founders Coney and Corbin came from strikingly different backgrounds, yet found a common desire after meeting in 2013. Coney was born into an extremely poor family in an area of India with few opportunities. After his father managed to send him to America for school, Coney felt an unquestionable draw to help his native countrymen upon his return to India.  On the other hand, Corbin was born in California . After some travel and work with the poor in South America, he ended up in Hawaii. From his home on the islands, he is passionate about helping those less fortunate. Now living in separate parts of the world, Coney and Corbin run their business on a global level. Meanwhile, each purchase provides a positive impact for families and workers in India.  Furthermore, the company organizes trips that include tours of India. There is an opportunity to meet the families and deliver the rice personally. Even without catching a flight, customers can connect with the families who benefit from their purchase. Each bag is adorned with an identifying tag. Thereby, customers enter the tag number on the website to see pictures and find out more about the family who received the rice. Providing this staple allows families in India to divert money away from food for things like medical care or education. In addition, Rice Love prioritizes Fair Trade material selections and employee treatment. For the bags, they buy burlap rice bags locally from India. The material is then recycled into unique handmade bags, each different from the next. The bags in the Recycled Collection are made from plant-based fibers, biodegradable and eco-friendly. “We have given over 50,000 kilos of rice,” Rice Love said. “There are an equal number of wanderers wearing our bags and sharing our story around the world . Our goal is to give 1 million kilos of rice by the end of 2024. We invite you to join the movement. Buy a bag. Feed a family.” + Rice Love  Images via Rice Love

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