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15 OCTOBER, 2010

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

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What conversationality has to do with dirt-digging and twenty years of good life.

Okay, here’s the deal. Today is Blog Action Day 2010 — an annual effort to start a global conversation around a specific issue that affects us all, focusing on water this year — and we’re in. Are you? We hope so. Because, at this very moment, a nearly billion people on the planet can’t do what you can: Get up and get a glass of clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us. Add to that the 38 million children that die from waterborne disease every week, and it becomes apparent a mere “conversation” won’t solve the problem.

So what can you do? We suggest three main courses of action: Building awareness, supporting the right causes, and changing your personal habits. So let’s tackle these one by one.

VIRTUAL WATER

Virtual Water will tell you the footprint of water. (Did you know that it takes 24 liters of water to produce a single hamburger?).

It comes as a gorgeous poster and an iPhone app.

CHARITY: WATER

Here are three smart water-related projects we stand behind. Topping our list is charity:water, which brings clean drinking water to people in the developing world by building freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. You can support them by making a donation ($20 can buy one person clean drinking water for 20 years — think about that for a moment) or getting involved by volunteering or fundraising.

GET OFF THE BOTTLE

Last but not least, walk the walk. We’ve been off the bottle since 2003 and we strongly encourage you to try the plastic-free life.

Our weapons of choice: A sleek, colorful Klean Kanteen steel bottle and a space-saving PUR water pitcher, complete with an LED lamp that tells you when to change the filter.

So go ahead and have that conversation about water with someone today, but don’t stop there.

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06 OCTOBER, 2010

PICKED: Hello Rewind

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Social enterprise Hello Rewind is the beautiful marriage of sustainability and human rights activism, addressing two eco-social challenges — the 16,000 tons of textiles thrown away each day in the U.S. and the 100,000 women being sex-trafficked — with one brilliant proposition: Recycle your old t-shirts into custom laptop sleeves, supporting sex-trafficking survivors.

Starting a self-sustaining business supporting sex trafficking survivors is almost unheard of in the United States. In fact, many people don’t even understand the extent of sex trafficking taking place.” ~ co-founder Jess Lin

Here’s how it works: You order a laptop sleeve in your desired size and they mail you a prepaid-postage envelope in which to send your used t-shirt. Hello Rewind then sews your custom sleeve and ships it back to you in 2-4 weeks.

What’s not to love?

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22 SEPTEMBER, 2010

PICKED: The Girl Effect, The Sequel

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More than two years ago, the first Girl Effect video swept the web, making a powerful case for the importance of girls’ education in solving global poverty. This week, The Girl Effect is back with an even more powerful sequel, which premiered at the Clinton Global Initiative summit in New York City. Watch, internalize and pass along — it’s important.

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