Threadless + NPR
These two awesome organizations have teamed up to host a contest inspired by sound. Open now through August 26th, the winning design (chosen by your community in typically awesome Threadless fashion) will receive an amazing prize: $2,000 cash, limited-edition NPR Peter Max iSongBook, an autographed copy of the book ‘This is NPR’, a $500 Threadless gift code and a private tour of NPR’s new headquarters in Washington, D.C.”
And, of course, the winning design will also be sold in the Threadless online shop. But wait, there’s more: a portion of all sales from the winning design will be contributed to NPR as well as other public radio stations chosen by the artist. Win-win!
For the complete rule and details, go here. Good luck!
Kickstart Your Passion!
In preparation for the launch of our own Kickstarter, here at Holstee, we did some research into other Kickstarter projects that have been successful: industries, their campaigns, the types of products/rewards offered, and so forth. And it has been absolutely amazing to see everything that can be accomplished when passion, an idea, and funding (of course) come together! When the public decides it likes an idea, it LIKES it.
Here are some of the most interesting Kickstarters we stumbled upon, and HERE you can see Holstee’s new Reframe Kickstarter that launched TODAY! We would love for you to check it out, as we are HUGE fans of The Reframe! (We are only slightly biased.)
Mollie West’s Manifesto
Eating “green” may be the latest opportunity available to reduce one’s carbon footprint. Focus has been previously placed on living green and buying eco-friendly household products, furniture, clothing, and even homes, but now the movement is reaching out to wider appeal. Everyone dines out every once in a while, and now there are green restaurants to cater to those who would like to extend their lifestyle choices to their extracurriculars. Depending on location, the availability of green food carriers may vary, but here is a list of top green restaurants available in one city foodies love to explore: Chicago.
Participating restaurants must meet a list of requirements that include:
- Achievieving significant standards in energy, water and waste reduction
- Making an effort to purchase environmentally preferable food
- Using eco-friendly disposables, cleaning products, and furnishings
Nelson Mandela Day
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
A quote from Nelson Mandela, an activist for freedom, equality and greater good for all. July 18th is globally known as Mandela Day to reflect on his vision and spend 67 minutes (each one representing a year of his service) improving the world around you.
For 67 suggestions on what you can do to celebrate and do good, go here.
Guest post written by Omead Kohanteb, friend of Holstee and recent UC Berkeley Graduate. Omead is currently pursuing a career in Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience and is interested in finding ways to use technology to sustain our planet.
“I was pushing my two kids in a double-stroller through the Oakland hills, and as we rolled alongside a winding creek, my daughter noticed a plastic tub of kitty litter in the water. ’Daddeeeeee,’ she said in a puzzled voice. ‘That doesn’t go there.’”
Of course Jeff Kirschner had seen litter before, but this time, after seeing it through his child’s eyes, he started seeing it everywhere. And then he thought: Why not crowd source litter clean up and awareness?
Then, Litterati was born. This is how it works:
1. Find a piece of litter.
2. Photograph it with Instagram.
3. Add the hashtag “#litterati”.
4. Throw away the litter.
In his article Why I Started Litterati, Jeff very aptly says:
“It’s powerful information that could lead to change. After all, people don’t want their community littered. A solution could be as simple as a well-placed trash can. Certainly businesses don’t want their brands synonymous with litter – maybe there are changes they could make.”
Looking forward to seeing all of your posts in the Digital Landfill!
MOFAD + Kickstarter
Home to many museums and cultural institutions on art, science, history and even sex, New York City is the place for abundant learning. What they haven’t had until now, however, is a center solely for the appreciation of and traditions behind food and drink. Enter the Museum of Food and Drink, or MOFAD, which is the early creation stages to become an “educational institution that enables people of all ages and backgrounds to make better, more informed choices for themselves, their communities, and the environment.”
You can back the MOFAD’s Kickstarter for their first exhibit, a puffing gun: a whirling 3,200-pound machine that explosively puffs food, or a machine that was used to make the first air-puffed cereals.
Watch their video to see how this amazing piece of machinery works and participate in this project for food learning that’s fun: 5 days and counting!
Zero-Waste Pop-Up Diner
Jamie Oliver has done it again. Despite careful planning, restaurants are often the biggest culprits when it comes to tossed food. However, on his admirable campaign to change the way we think about food, Oliver has just opened a pop-up restaurant in London that will employ a zero-waste policy.
“All produce at Jamie Oliver’s Diner will be eaten, composted, recycled or upcycled. Some menu items will even be made using discarded ingredients from other restaurants and shops, reports trade publication BigHospitality.”
The restaurant, which will feature classic diner fare such as burgers, shakes and pancakes will be simple but honest. “Enjoying food is about balance so we’ll be making sure it’s really clear whether you’re choosing something saintly or a bit of a treat,” said the chef.
Sleek and Sustainable
It’s summer time and vacation spots abound. Travel is at its peak and there are an array of options to choose from when considering places to visit. Would you like luxury or efficiency? With this list of the top 30 gorgeous eco-friendly hotels around the world, you no longer have to choose.
This megalist includes hotels offering “solar-powered electricity, structural elements made from natural materials, and downright beautiful scenery.” Traveling at its finest, and possibly, its most responsible. Eco-efficiency is emerging in all aspects of life and the travel industry is the latest to jump on the sustainability bandwagon.
Check out the full list of hotels here.
They’ve Got Your Backside
I’m always looking for products and accessories to enhance my riding experience without adding unnecessary parts that can make cycling a hassle. One thing I have been searching for is a super simple fender that keeps my backside clean and is easily removable to keep it safe. Two products have come up in my search for an ultra-minimalist, cost effective solution.
First is a Kickstarter product known as the Musguard, a product of Jurij Lozic from Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Musguard is a removable and rollable bicycle fender. Jurij and the Musguard have surpassed their goal 4 times over, which is an awesome accomplishment and shows the cycling market’s interest in innovative solutions to common problems. The Musguard is awesome because it’s simple to install and remove for when that quick summer shower rolls through, and when not in use, it can be rolled up and attached right to the top tube. Head over to their Kickstarter and show your support.
Second is another similar product known lovingly as the Ass Saver, created by 5 designers from Gothenburg, Sweden. These polypropylene fenders are compact and extremely minimalist. The don’t include any unnecessary packaging and they do their best to minimize their environmental impact. 70% of their production is from recycled PP (polypropylene) and their goal is to eventually be 100% recycled. The coolest part about this fender is that it attaches right to the rails of your bike saddle and conveniently hides beneath the seat when not in use.
Both of these products keep your behind clean and give you that little bit of encouragement if you’re hesitant about riding in the rain. The key is to be prepared and it’s safe to say these products have definitely got you covered.