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Cycle Dog Leashes and Collars

My dog Cooper is not a cycle dog per se. He will not go near my bike, cause in his eyes, my bike is some sort of dog eating monster. Same goes for roller-blading. Tried that once and he tripped me and ran away before we even left the driveway. But he sure does like to run with me and watch me drink beer at least, which happens to be a perfect combination for him to wear Cycle Dog instead.

Cycle Dog makes dog collars and leashes, and now belts for humans, out of recycled bike tubes. As if that is not awesome enough, the collars and belts come with a bottle opener. The only thing you need to work on is training your dog to fetch you a beer. Then, you can officially be best friends. Regardless, Cycle Dog is making a difference by helping us and our pets reduce our carbon prints.

There are over 60 million bike riders in the US. Just because they lost their training wheels doesn’t mean they don’t get flat tires. I got a flat once and unfortunately, my tube most likely ended up in a landfill. Lanette Fidrych, founder of Cycle Dog, is collecting these tubes so they don’t harm the earth more than it already is. Nowadays, bike shops and individuals send her their tubes, helping her grow her business and customer loyalty base further. Below is what she sorts in an average day. I know what you’re thinking. It must be like Christmas! Crazy isn’t it?

To learn more about Cycle Dog, check out Motto Agency‘s Behind the Brand Interview.

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Wine for Trees

Trinity Oaks plants a tree for every bottle of wine sold. I’ll drink to that. There’s my good deed for the day and I get to enjoy a buzz. Cheers!

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Woman, 26, beats up Brawny Man

Some may say I went a little nuts. And yes, I did. But I can’t help it. It’s how I react when I find out companies like Kimberly Clark are making paper towel dispensers for houses. However, perhaps the problem is not the dispenser manufacturers, but our habit of being dependent on paper towels. If the average person uses 3,000 paper towels/year in public facilities, then try and imagine how many you use at home each year. I’ll bet you Justin Bieber’s soul it’s a hell of a lot more. Even though PeopleTowels are mainly for public B.Y.O.T (bring your own towel) purposes, home paper towel usage is still an issue. So I had a little chat with Brawny Man about it, which turned out to be quite the scuffle.

Even I took out my dramatized frustration on Brawny, the beat down is general to all paper towel manufacturers who do not make an effort to be more environmentally conscious. Granted, I could have found a Kimberly Clark (dispenser, not a person from the phonebook) and beat it Office Space style, or even a roll of Bounty, but the Brawny Man was an easier target since he lost his mustache years ago. Yes, I’m still upset.

Moral of the story, go reusable and bring your own personal hand towel. While you are at it, become a fan of PeopleTowels on Facebook too. No objections. You saw what I did to Brawny…

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Bathroom Break with PeopleTowels

Using a public restroom can be a dreadful process. Some people have fears and turn on the faucet so people can’t hear their stream. Like it matters anyway. It’s not like people will say, “Oh my god, Becky. Can you hear the way she pees?” Others think washing and drying their hands, even though it’s necessary, can be a pain. Will there be soap? Will there be a hand dryer or an automatic or manual paper towel dispenser? You may complain because you don’t feel like waving hello to the dispenser, waiting for it to give you one paper towel. You’d rather grab one yourself. But you rarely take just one. You may pull enough that it seems like you’re performing a magic trick like the guy pulling a scarf out of his mouth. As such, we don’t think about the environmental consequences of our actions; we focus more on the inconveniences. Luckily, there’s PeopleTowels to change that and they’re on a mission to put change in our hands. Literally.

PeopleTowels is a reusable personal hand towel company encouraging people to B.Y.O.T. out in the world. It’s a pretty simple concept. Bring your own towel. People will only be jealous. Especially if you have someone follow you to the bathroom with your towel draped over their arm like a butler. A little intrigue goes a long way. The towels are eco-chic and cool. So they will only do wonders for those first impressions. More importantly, PeopleTowels are made of 100% organic cotton and help reduce your environmental impact. Besides the fact that the average person uses 3,000 paper towels outside of their home a year, the below image should put the benefits of switching to PeopleTowels in perspective for you.

Imagine the difference you could make. Everyone plays a part in this world, whether you realize it or not. Since you are reading this, I feel like we’re cool. We’re cool, aren’t we? So please, use my ambassador code to receive discounts on PeopleTowels. Enter ambassadortwhk2 in the promo code field and get 10% off 2 or more PeopleTowels. Just visit www.peopletowels.com If you act within the next 30 minutes, I throw in a high five for free. So help spread the word and take matters into your own hands.

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So long, plastic. Hello, Boxed Water

Move over Franzia. People found a new substitute to chug. Boxed Water. It may not have the same effects, but hey, it’s good for you and the earth.

You may wonder, why hasn’t anyone thought of this sooner? Well because people get too comfortable with one idea, which just so happens to suck. It’s not like plastic bottles have been an issue for years or anything since only 14% are recycled. A change was needed. So along came Boxed Water.

It would be nice for people to start toting reusable bottles, but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. So until then, Boxed Water makes for a lovely alternative to plastic. It’s made with 76% of renewable resources, trees to be in fact and is shipped flat to the filler, accounting for further efficient, sustainable practices. If that’s not enough, they donate 20% of their profits to the environment; 10% to reforestation foundations and 10% to world water relief foundations. Look for them on the shelf in Southern California, Michigan, and Chicago and get Boxed. You can’t miss them.

Become a fan of Boxed Water on Facebook!

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Lay off the jugs and get Method

Sometimes you just need to take a load off. Depending on how much you accumulate, it could be 3 or 4 loads before you know it. Laundry does build up fast doesn’t it? As if your dirty clothes from lord knows where you’ve been weren’t enough, there are also harmful chemicals and toxins in most laundry detergents. Now you might think, well if they clean my clothes, they’ll clean the earth! If that is the case, you deserve to be squirted in the eye with detergent, because that’s what we imagine it feels like when toxins permeate the oceans and soils. So what do we do about this? We buy Method Laundry Detergent.

What’s rad about Method is it’s not your average scoop or pour laundry detergent. It is in fact a liquid pump. So no more messy blue bottles that makes it look like a smurf was murdered every time you do a load of wash. Poor Papa Smurf. You use only what you need. 4 pumps and you’re done. Just a warning, you might catch yourself wanting to keep pumping, but that’s just the jugs talking. Thanks to Method, less detergent = cleaner clothes, happier earth.

It is 2x smaller than regular detergents, using 36% less plastic and 33% less energy, thus making your feet smaller by providing you with 35% less of a carbon footprint. As for the detergent itself, it is nontoxic, biodegradable and made from 95% natural and renewable resources like plants. You’re smart. You’re clean. You’re green. So what are you waiting for? Roll in the mud and get dirty so you can get Method!

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Minute Maid, Animals, and You

Minute Maid really seems to enjoy using animals in their commercials. They love them so much, that they are either dead or are going to die. At least in one, the rabbit is resuscitated and comes back to life. However, no one from Baywatch later saved the shark that swallowed Minute Maid’s plastic bottle in this one…

Animals in commercials are always fun to watch. Minute Maid’s commercial with the bunny is hilarious. It gives me a good chuckle every time I watch it. But the shark is a tough one to laugh about, especially since in reality, plastic bottles pollute the ocean and kill species when consumed. Granted the guy did say, “who’s going to get the empties?” But those kids were probably loaded, so who knows if they would have actually scooped them up. All I know is, Minute Maid’s shark commercial walks a fine line and is either entertaining or environmentally offensive. What do you think?

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