The power grid of any country is inefficient. With constant changes in population, technology, and trying to fuse it all together there are bound to be points all over the place where potential energy is wasted. To compensate for these we produce more power, more carbon, and a more polluted environment. So what’s the solution?
According to a plan by AMO, the solution is to simultaneously harness of the US’ geographic features in a way that will provide more than enough power year round. Breaking up the country into regions of solar, hydro, coal, wind, and biomass, AMO’s proposal uses a fully connected and fully sustainable grid. So sustainable in fact, that by 2050 the US could be fully carbon neutral. Check out the video:
Picture yourself trekking through the luscious Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and stumbling upon an indigenous, self-sustaining town. “Bienvenidos, amigos!” A hospitable woman offers you the age-old Amazonian shade-grown Guayusa tea, harvested in the field just across the way. This tea—with its unique balance of antioxidants, vitamins, amino acids, and caffeine—leaves you feeling revived and refreshed without the jitters and crash associated with most caffeinated drinks. “Aaahhhh,” you say to yourself. “Ain’t this the life?”
Now bring it back to the here and now (although you don’t have to totally “snap out of it”). Established by three inspired students, Runa—Kichwa for “fully living human being”—is bringing this experience right to your living room while simultaneously supporting small organic farmers, promoting Amazonian conservation, and preserving the indigenous tribal cultures that have shaped the Amazon for thousands of years. How’s that for “making a difference”?
While this tea doesn’t come with the screams of howler monkeys and the aromas of the forest’s 40,000 plant species*, it does provide sustainable livelihoods for the 600 Ecuadorian farmers that Runa trains and supports through fair trade practices. Not to mention, their organic practices serve as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the slash and burn practices that contribute to immense Amazonian deforestation. Considering that Brazil alone cleared an area the size of California in a span of just 15 years**, practices like this will be essential in mitigating the effects of global and regional climate change.
Drink tea? Care about stuff? Runa’s your biz. Honestly, these folks are on to something, and we consumers can vote with our wallets for a brighter, more sustainable future for our planet. Spend wisely.
It’s shocking to see what scientific achievements are made outside of the standard scientific channels. These students at DeLaSalle High School outfitted an old Indy Car into a machine operating at the equivalent of over 300 mpg… amazing
In the wake of a ton of Roozt news stories lately we have one more to add. Two of our three founders are USC Graduates and were honored in a recent Alumni Newsletter for Roozt! Check out the article here and you might even find another secret promo code
The more business owners I meet and work with in the realm of Social Enterprise the more I see a list of personality traits that are industry wide. The most obvious, of course, being that the Social Entrepreneurs weigh both profits and purpose on similar levels (in many cases with purpose being the primary focus). But a trait that occurred to me is that Social Entrepreneurs are really just big time problem solvers. They see a problem and they work to fix it. They see an opportunity and they work to create something new. They have a passion for both building and creating so they combine their passions.
This is the case with one of our partners whose story I thought was a perfect example. Jen Darling has been making her own clothing and shoe bags since 2008. It turns out the standard plastic bags were not only bad for the environment, but also for the high end clothes themselves. So what was Jen’s solution? Start producing her own quality bags of course. Bags that were good for both the environment and the clothes. Like a true problem solver she put the pieces together and by the end of the year her bags were being debuted in an event for London Fashion Week. Fast forward some more and you’ll see her bags featured by everyone from TreeHugger to NBC with celebrity fans ranging from Anne Hathaway to the New England Patriots (hey, even Tom Brady needs a fashionable, eco-friendly garment bag sometimes).
Jen Darling is definitely a problem solver. And the best part is her bags are Roozt Approved on all levels: Fair trade approved, eco-friendly textiles, eco-responsible and even made in California. She gives a portion of revenues to Surfrider! Check her out here and look for her bags coming to Roozt soon!
More and more seem to be hopping on the trendy “green” bandwagon, screwing in energy-saving light bulbs and grabbing their canvas bags before entering the grocery store. Guilty? My answer: yes, and proud of it.
Lucky for us, EcoUsable continues to provide fashionable and distinguishable top-notch stainless steel water bottles in all shapes and sizes. Most who know me would call me an environmentalist and, really, I thought I’d seen it all in terms of anti-disposable-water-bottle gear. But Water Wrapz? Ecousable not only sells the bottles…they also sell these stylish images (both pictures and text) that make it darned easy to distinguish your bottle from your roommate’s. What a concept!
So surely Ecousable is keeping up with the times – but do they walk the walk? At first glance, I was a bit of a skeptic as far as Ecousable’s social and environmental practices are concerned. Their products are made in China to “keep prices affordable.” To me, this statement screamed “sweatshops,” until I read further. Ecousable employs a team that inspects the manufacturing facility—which only contains employees over 19 years of age that receive competitive wages—to ensure a safe and hospitable working environment. Socially, I say they’re doing a-okay.
But alas, reusable water bottles are meant to improve environmental quality—to lessen humanity’s carbon footprint and reduce anthropogenic climate change…you know the rest. Along these lines, Ecousable is definitely talking the talk, packaging with biodegradable bags, shipping bottles in recycled cardboard, recycling wasted materials, and using compact fluorescent lighting in their facility. Oh, and they have a fundraising campaign to eliminate the health risks and environmental hazards of plastic water bottles in schools. Not to mention that an independent consultant is currently running a green audit on the factory. I’ll give them a 9.5 out of 10 (just because nobody’s perfect).
So check them out, give them your own rating, and—if you don’t have one yet—look for awesome deals on Ecousable stainless steel bottles and wraps coming your way super soon! Trust me, when you eliminate disposable bottles from your grocery list, you’ll be saving more than the environment (hint: $$$). I’ll drink (H20) to that.
Check them out here and check Roozt in early September to get your own EcoUsable water bottle!
Today I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Ethan Zohn, Survivor Africa Champion, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, and most recently, Cancer survivor. Ethan may be one of the most inspirational people I have met in a long time. We connected today to talk about collaboration between Roozt and an inspiring non-profit that he founded called Grassroot Soccer, a youth focused organization that uses the power of soccer to teach HIV / AIDS education to children in Africa. We are in talks of partnering with Grassroots Soccer to sell their T-Shirts on Roozt as well as make them a beneficiary of our customer’s donations. I encourage you all to check out the amazing work they are doing in their video and witness how they have harnessed something seemingly unrelated to a massive global epidemic and used its influence to create positive change in the world.
Ethan Zohn is shining example of how one person, even when faced with the biggest challenge of his life, can stand up and make a difference in the world. He is a prime example that harnessing the power of business, entertainment, and sports to make a difference in the world is not only a great idea, but an inspiring reality.
I look forward to the opportunity for Roozt, our team members, and our supporters to be able to collaborate with Ethan, Grassroot Soccer, and the StandUpToCancer initiative. Thank you for your amazing work Ethan!
“I found the most comfortable flip-flop in the world… I tried a pair on, and that was it. LIGHTBULB.”
When I found FeelGoodz, it was a huge learning experience. First off, I learned that Thailand is the leading exporter of all natural rubber. Not only that, but flip flops are so popular there that they say everyone in the country owns at least one pair. From these discoveries, FeelGoodz was born. According to Kyle Berner, FeelGoodz is the fusion of two passions: Thailand and flip flops. He considers himself a flip flop connoisseur and even went so far as to quit his corporate, suit wearing job for something more flexible in the footwear: a hotdog stand. From there, his travels took him to Thailand where he connected the dots to bring us the most comfortable flip flops in the world!
The good story aside, FeelGoodz’ method of giving back is inspiring. For each pair purchased, 5 children in impoverished parts of Thailand are fed for a day. Not only that, FeelGoodz is also B Certified and 1% for the Planet Certified, so they’re a source you can trust. And with their all natural flip flops biodegrading in under 4 years, they have an amazing business setup. Who would’ve thought all of this would come out of a love for flip flops? Goes to show you can bring a passion for change into any industry…
Check them out here! Start picking out your favorites because they’re coming to the ROOZT site soon!
It amazes me on a daily basis to see the inspiring transition to newer and healthier ways of doing business. These businesses are just as competitive with their products as any others on the market but have strong missions behind them. Highlighting these companies is what ROOZT is in the Social Entrepreneurship realm for: to put the spotlight on ethical businesses with social missions and great products , so they can get the attention they deserve.
And no company is more deserving than Cri De Coeur. This company has been on our radar for a while. We recently added them to our vendor list, so we want to give you an intro!
First of all, the style is awesome. From earrings to shoes, everything we’ve come across has been sexy. I’ve been asked by almost every female in my life for hook-ups on Cri De Coeur shoes and told them I’d get them 50-70% off (on the ROOZT site of course ). This amazing style says something about the broader social entrepreneur industry: it is filled with capable professionals. Gone are the days where a sustainable business was only if you ran an alpaca farm in the middle of Oregon (although those efforts aren’t to be overlooked). The next generation of businesses are an upgrade from the previous business practices with ethical dealings built into the core. Cri de Coeur’s shoe line is fully vegan and huge! These girls are professional designers, trained by the best. Both are Parsons graduates in New York and are passionate about their work, which is evident in everything they produce.
Check out their site and drop us a comment on what styles you want to see on ROOZT!
Check out this awesome video on a solar power plant created by MIT students. A single solar plant made from leftover car parts could power “a small to medium business in a developing country.” With 2 billion going without power daily, projects like these can have a huge impact.