Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Living’

In Progress List3 | #72 of 101 > Get 70 Trees Planted | TenTree | Yes 10 | Spread The Love | Canadian Company | Doing The Right Thing

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

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I recently got two TenTree products.  From the label you get a little code that you can register on the website and it will show you where your 10 trees will be planted.  They were on Dragon’s Den and from that exposure has made it a great new brand on the Canadian marketplace and now it’s starting to branch out world wide.  I have posted a long video below of them on Dragon’s Den as well as a pretty cool video that explains more behind the scenes look at the founders and the company with starting this venture.  It’s pretty cool and recommend.

It’s on my list of 101 Things To Do in 1001 days… so I need a total of 70 trees.  I presently have 30 trees with 3 things purchased.  Very easy goal.

Update:  30!  10 more trees in Madagascar with a new tshirt purchased 16Mar16

Ten trees can have an incredible impact on the ecosystems they plant in. All trees planted are local species, often times in some of the harshest regions.   They use “pioneer” species to ensure survival and often plant more than ten trees per item to guarantee ten trees SURVIVE for every item sold. They aim to plant in areas that have the greatest need.

Madagascar, where mangrove forests have been devastated, leaving locals with infertile farm land and completely wiping out thriving ecosystems.

Here is the first 20 that were planted in Madagascar from my first purchase.

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At tentree, manufacturing is one of the key areas where they pursue social equity and environmental sustainability. It is a widely held belief that the garment manufacturing industry is oppressive and irresponsible. Not only do they believe that we are capable of changing this; they believe that it is their responsibility to do so.  To make a broad sweeping statement that tentree will avoid all international production is to accept that there are issues that cannot be fixed. Instead, we work to change the apparel industry through transparency, dedication, and diligence.

1-nov tumblr 20141-004I think it’s a cool brand that I want to get the kids connected with.  You can’t have enough hoodies and T’s in your rotation.

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From the website you can get it at “Boathouse” locations at different malls and Sporting Life in Toronto carries the line.

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From the 2015 Fall Collection… these are the ones that have caught my eye below:

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Excellent Idea | Should Be 70% Off Tho

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

tumblr_mcr3qjgHOk1r3s59vo1_500Loblaws are you listening…  There should be more of this where stores push this in lower income client friendly stores like NoFrills, Freshco and Food Basics.

Living Small | Documentry | 46min

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Over on my “Living Tiny” blog is this short Doc.

Movie | Living On One Dollar | College Students Learn What It Takes To Live On $1 A Day

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014


1-April 2014 Tumblr4I had the opportunity to watch a great documentary called “Living On One Dollar” which is a 7.2 on IMDb.  I rated it an 8 and loved it.  It mad.e me think about my situation as well as the benefits of KIVA.  I would recommend to anyone to watch it.  You can stream it here on (just close the pop-up’s)

Below is a little article about the project:


An estimated 1.1 billion people in the world survive on just $1 a day.


It’s a figure Claremont McKenna College economics students Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci couldn’t get out of their heads.


“What can I do? That’s the hardest part about it … there is no one answer,” says Temple. “[The U.S.] has poured $2.5 trillion dollars into international development trying to end poverty and a lot of times it just made things worse.”


Together, the pair decided to take their studies outside the classroom, to someplace more practical –– the edge of poverty itself.


Living on $1 a day for two months, they moved to a remote Guatemalan town to study the people’s relationship with money and see firsthand how access to small lines of credit could impact their livelihoods.


They documented their journey in a new film called “Living On One.”


“For all our academic learning, there were some things a textbook just couldn’t answer,” Temple says.


The pair made their way by plane and multiple bumpy bus rides to the village of Peña Blanca (White Pain), along with two videographers. There was nothing luxurious about their living arrangement.


On a budget of $224 for 56 days ($1 per person), they squeezed into a tiny shack on the outskirts of town, with cardboard boxes and a few blankets separating them from the dirt floor.


To make their experiment realistic, they split the $224 into random denominations between 0 and 9. Each morning, they drew a slip of paper out of a hat with how much money they’d “earn” that day.


Their logic was simple: Most people in the town were day laborers and never knew how much they’d earn on a typical day. To see firsthand the benefits of micro-lending, they, like many others in the village, took out a small loan to start a side business to supplement their income.  They settled on a radish farm.


In the ensuing weeks, they dealt with exhaustion, food deprivation, E. Coli, parasites, and a bed bug infestation. Temple dropped 20 pounds by day 56.


“That was the point where I was like, I want to go home,” says Ingrasci, who had fainting spells from fatigue. “I need to get out of here. Why am I doing this? And we were eating better than a lot of people in the community.”


It was Temple who fell ill with E. Coli, and the $25 medicine needed to treat his symptoms would have bankrupted the group. It occurred to them that like low-income consumers in the U.S., people in the village lacked quick access to emergency funds.  Banks often required a host of financial documentation like bills and proof of employment they often couldn’t produce.


Instead, they relied on loans from neighbors, or banks specializing in small loans like Grameen.


“It was so huge to see the potential for what even the simple access to credit could do,” Temple says.


If the name Grameen sounds familiar, it’s likely because it was the brain child of economist Muhammad Yunus that earned him the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.


The Bangladeshi economist pioneered the micro-lending movement and has been widely known as the “banker of the poor.”


For all Yunus’ positive press, critics claim the micro-lending movement is simply a band-aid on the larger issue of widespread poverty.  Once microfinance made waves, large banks began targeting low-income customers in developing nations as a new source of revenue, sparking Business Week to run a piece on the “Ugly Side of Micro-Lending.”


But by Ingrasci and Temple’s account, small loans were already changing the fates of Peña Blanca residents, often meaning the difference between getting an education or dropping out for a paycheck.


“That’s what we’re trying to prove,” Temple says. “So much here is the power of partial solutions.”