8 simple Ways to make a difference on Earth Day

Tomorrow (4-22-11) is Earth Day! Here’s a short list of some simple things you can do to help reduce our carbon footprint on our earth.

1. Pledge an act of green at earthday.org.
-They are looking for 1 billion pledges, lets help them out!

2. Bring your own bag to the grocery store.
– Most personal shopping bags hold 3 times the amount of products a conventional plastic bag holds. Hey that’s less for you to carry and less plastic thrown away.

3. Stop buying bottled water.
– If a 20oz bottle of water costs $1.25 = $.16 an ounce. Gasoline costs $3.75 a gal = ~$.03 an ounce. Yes, you read that right, you pay more for bottled water than you do for gasoline.
– Instead, buy several Nalgene or aluminum bottles and keep them in the fridge filled with filtered water. Grab them when you’re in a hurry.
– If you stop using bottled water you will help reduce the amount of plastic/fossil fuels used on our planet.

4. Use cloth napkins at the dinner table. 
– Paper napkins are the most popular way to keep yourself tidy during dinner. Thousands of square feet of paper are used in the US on paper napkins alone.
– Buy enough cloth napkins for everyone in your family for a week. Toss the used ones in with your laundry. Save money, paper and feel fancy at dinner every night!

5. Unplug your cell phone chargers
– Cell phone, laptop and other transformer chargers continue to use electricity even after you unplug the object you were charging. The easiest solution is to put all your chargers on a surge protector and switch all of them off when they are not in use.

6. Purchase a tree or tree sapling and plant it
– plant it in your back yard or at a local lot (with permission of course)
– check out the Arbor Day website, if you become a member they will send you 10 free trees and plant 10 trees at a national park in your honor.
– visit Lowes on the 23rd, they are giving away 1 million free trees to their customers. More information here.

7. Take a break from Facebook.
– This guy figured out that 500 millon Facebook users generate 4.2 Million metric tons of carbon waste every year from spending time on their favorite social networking site. Take a day off from facebook and reduce your footprint.

8. Bring your favorite mug to the coffee shop
– Keeps Starbucks from using another one of their paper cups. Most places offer a discount to customers that bring their own cups.

Check back tomorrow and we’ll have even more simple ways to be earth friendly!

Do you have any awesome ways to make a big green difference? Post a comment and let us know! We’ll spread the word.

"One of the most remarkable moments came when a small child with terrible vision had the chance to see our optometrist. He came in restless and loud, as most any child would who’d been waiting in line all day. The vision contraption looked odd in this primitive setting and looked even odder hooked to his little face, but the moment his sight came into focus he froze. He looked at everything and everyone wide-eyed with his mouth open in absolute amazement. 

He was seeing the world for the first time.”

See more of the Haiti:One Year Later video essay here.

Help out at myheartisinhaiti.com

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One year later: Take a moment to check out the photo essay Kristi put together here  and then experience the video essay at Love In Stereo here  

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One year later: Take a moment to check out the photo essay Kristi put together here  and then experience the video essay at Love In Stereo here  

bradblog:

Today I posted a word of thanks over at the Love In Stereo blog. It’s a thank you to everyone who gave to make our Kickstarter project a success! The above video features two awesome kids: Robbie and Alexia. (my brother and sister in law) They have Osteogenesis Imperfecta, often times referred to as “brittle bone disease.” These kids are just two of the countless who’ve been impacted by Special Needs Athletics in Jackson, TN. Here they says thanks (in their own way) to all the people who gave to help make this happen!

Read the rest here.

bradblog:

We are just hours away from the deadline for the Love In Stereo Kickstarter project.
We hit our goal and people continue to give! Over $2,400 has been donated to this album that will benefit Special Needs Athletics.
A group of students in Texas held a benefit concert on Friday night and raised over $500. They’re sending a check along with photos and video from the event. So moved, excited and encouraged by this.
Just heard from our friends at Gift Card Giver! They are sending us stacks upon stacks of gift cards from Academy Sports to be distributed to the Special Needs Athletes!
A few of the things you can get with your donation: your name in the album as producer!, original song written about you!, baseball card with forged signature and certificate of inauthenticity!, personalized music video!, large check with no value presented to you or person of your choosing!, and, of course, a copy of the album which will release in Feb!
Join in!  http://kck.st/9wDWyj

bradblog:

We are just hours away from the deadline for the Love In Stereo Kickstarter project.

  • We hit our goal and people continue to give! Over $2,400 has been donated to this album that will benefit Special Needs Athletics.

  • A group of students in Texas held a benefit concert on Friday night and raised over $500. They’re sending a check along with photos and video from the event. So moved, excited and encouraged by this.

  • Just heard from our friends at Gift Card Giver! They are sending us stacks upon stacks of gift cards from Academy Sports to be distributed to the Special Needs Athletes!

  • A few of the things you can get with your donation: your name in the album as producer!, original song written about you!, baseball card with forged signature and certificate of inauthenticity!, personalized music video!, large check with no value presented to you or person of your choosing!, and, of course, a copy of the album which will release in Feb!

Join in!  http://kck.st/9wDWyj

Artist Interview: Joe Kwon of the Avett Brothers

Photo By Todd Roeth

The Avett Brothers’ cellist talks with us about finishing a very long tour and blogging away hunger in Part I of our interview.

by Bryson Leach

After a very long tour across the country and a few stops in Europe and Austraila, The Avetts are ready for a break. Bryson Leach caught up with their cellist Joe Kwon after just getting back from their two-night, Halloween, finale at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. 

BL: What’s it like to consistently be on tour since last February and to suddenly stop? What are you doing now?

JK:We started last year in February and consistently toured throughout this November. Ww started out the year on a big push with a 2-week tour in the US, then we went to Europe and Austraila. We’d go out and come home for several days at a time. We were away for a total of 6 weeks at the beginning of the year. It was crazy for sure.

For right now we’ve been laying low and spending time with the family. Getting strength back for the next big push for next year. We’re working on new songs for our new album soon, not sure when that will be but we’ve been working on new material. We’re just trying to do the things normal people do because the things we have been doing aren’t too normal for our girlfriends and wives. Our routine is immediately thrown out the window. Now it’s just time to get into a different routine. It will be nice to relax for a while, but really that feeling will last maybe all of 2 weeks. Then I’ll be ready to start doing something again.

READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW HERE

One week after launching our project through Kickstarter and we’re more than halfway there.

As you might’ve heard, we’re trying to put out an album to help Special Needs Baseball in Jackson, TN. They need a new field. This album will help tell their story and help them raise funds to make this field of dreams a reality.

You guys are so awesome! We think it’s totally possible for us to surpass our goal and really do some good. Will you help us? Click here!

Please share! In only 3 days we are already 1/2 way to our goal on our Kickstarter project! At this rate we might surpass our goal which means we can give even more money to the baseball team! Help us help special needs kids play ball! 

Have you taken time to contribute?

Playing baseball is something every kid should be able to do. Being part of a team is an experience ever kid deserves. Michael Richerson believes this. It’s clear from the quote on the back of his shirt: 

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." - Lou Gehrig

It’s clear from what he’s doing, too. He and I met while he was getting a game underway. The stands were filling up with parents and other supporters as the dugout and field became full of kids and volunteers. He had a big smile on his face and said, “I think I get more out of this than the kids sometimes.” 

A few years ago, he had a vision for providing kids and adults with special needs the opportunity to play ball. He created Special Needs Baseball. It’s now grown to Special Needs Athletics - offering the chance for bowling, basketball and more. It’s powerful, too, because it’s about so much more than just sports. It’s about team. It’s about cheering each other on. It’s about uniting their families. It’s about healing. It’s about fun.
To experience a Special Needs Baseball game is to see the world as it should be.
They’ve seen incredible growth over the past few seasons, but it hasn’t all been easy. Just this past season they had several games cancelled due to rain, some major field issues - even having a large portion of their equipment stolen. Michael is trying to raise funds to develop their own synthetic rubber field. It’s an ambitious project, but it’s not impossible. They need our help. They need a field to call their own.
Help us release a special kids album. It’s called ‘One For The Team’. All proceeds from the album will go to Special Needs Baseball in Jackson, TN.  Artists include: They Might Be Giants, Katie Herzig, Jason Trachtenburg, Snowglobe, Lauren Zettler, Jess Penner, Shaky Voices, Bess Rogers, Supercute and more!

You can become a ‘One For The Team’ producer.
1. Go to our Kickstarter page. 
2. Pledge anywhere from $5, $10, $15, $25, or $75. 
3. Get something cool with each pledge.
4. Tell everyone you know.
We have just over 30 days to get this done, so let’s get moving! Help bring this album to life. We need you and everyone you know to play a part in helping the amazing kids of Special Needs Baseball! 
CLICK HERE!

Playing baseball is something every kid should be able to do. Being part of a team is an experience ever kid deserves. Michael Richerson believes this. It’s clear from the quote on the back of his shirt: 

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." - Lou Gehrig

It’s clear from what he’s doing, too. He and I met while he was getting a game underway. The stands were filling up with parents and other supporters as the dugout and field became full of kids and volunteers. He had a big smile on his face and said, “I think I get more out of this than the kids sometimes.” 

A few years ago, he had a vision for providing kids and adults with special needs the opportunity to play ball. He created Special Needs Baseball. It’s now grown to Special Needs Athletics - offering the chance for bowling, basketball and more. It’s powerful, too, because it’s about so much more than just sports. It’s about team. It’s about cheering each other on. It’s about uniting their families. It’s about healing. It’s about fun.

To experience a Special Needs Baseball game is to see the world as it should be.

They’ve seen incredible growth over the past few seasons, but it hasn’t all been easy. Just this past season they had several games cancelled due to rain, some major field issues - even having a large portion of their equipment stolen. Michael is trying to raise funds to develop their own synthetic rubber field. It’s an ambitious project, but it’s not impossible. They need our help. They need a field to call their own.

Help us release a special kids album. It’s called ‘One For The Team’. All proceeds from the album will go to Special Needs Baseball in Jackson, TN.  Artists include: They Might Be Giants, Katie Herzig, Jason Trachtenburg, Snowglobe, Lauren Zettler, Jess Penner, Shaky Voices, Bess Rogers, Supercute and more!

You can become a ‘One For The Team’ producer.

1. Go to our Kickstarter page. 

2. Pledge anywhere from $5, $10, $15, $25, or $75. 

3. Get something cool with each pledge.

4. Tell everyone you know.

We have just over 30 days to get this done, so let’s get moving! Help bring this album to life. We need you and everyone you know to play a part in helping the amazing kids of Special Needs Baseball! 

CLICK HERE!

Fair Trade Friday: Trade As One


We hit the jackpot on this one. It’s not just one gift, it’s an entire store devoted to sustainable and fair trade products. They have everything from jewelry and cosmetics to food, housewares,and apparel. Stuff so good, you could get your Christmas shopping done way early.

From Trade As One’s website: Our mission is to use fair trade to promote sustainable business and break cycles of poverty and dependency in the developing world. We all have a conscience. We want to make sure people get the chance to use it when they shop.

Check out their vast catalog of goods here

Not only can you browse their site and buy their products, you can find one of theirtrading posts at cafes, churches and bookstores across the country.

In the corporate world, they have corporate gift options for your employees and/or clients

Check out this video that can explain more than we could in a few words.

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