Green Riders Doing Good Deeds Across Europe- Week 1

This is a guest blog by Gray Harrison from the Green Riders.

Hello dear readers! 

Lexi here, writing to you from Champvert, France. I thought I would give an introduction to what we plan to do with these blog posts. We are going to aim to have one Green Rider write a new blog post every week. These posts will give an overall summary of what our week has looked like while also evoking the personal experience of the rider who is writing the blog. They will touch on where we have biked through, where we have volunteered, and what the overall feel of the trip and group has been. Additionally we will share separate posts that will be short biographies of all of our Green Riders as well as highlights of some of our hosts and projects. 

Our first blog post is written by a first-generation Green Rider, Gray Harrison. A retired teacher, Gray hails from Fort Collins, Colorado where he volunteers his time to working on bicycles for their homeless population. He takes his bicycle skills and knowledge to the Green Riders tour where he always finds the time to help our riders with all of their bike ailments even after riding all day and doing other good deeds like picking up litter. Here is what he has to say:

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Green Riders Visit and Volunteer at the Community of Troglobal

This is a guest blog by Maya Madjar from the Green Riders.

On June 3, 2019, the Green Riders arrived to our very first project location near Grezille, France. After being received and treated so well by our first two hosts, we were all in good spirits for our third day of riding. I was in the group of the first Green Riders to arrive thanks to a sneaky shortcut we scoped out after lunch. Manoocha, a woman of boundless energy, welcomed us warmly and gave us a tour of the community that would soon catch everyone by surprise; the entire commune consisted of caves. Each varied in its color, shape, and size, yet they all carried the central theme of a dreamy and eclectic multi-cave house. Included in the layout was a library, communal kitchen, shower, and several hostel-like sleeping rooms alongside a private room with a greenhouse at the top. This may seem like a first-draft introduction to a fantasy book about a family living in caves with stained glass windows surrounded by fields of poppies. However, I am not here to fool you, and this is an actual place called “Troglobal.”

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Florida Herbal Conference

Seeking better health? It’s growing in your own backyard! Nature provides us with medicine through thousands of plants, but many of us just don’t know how to see it. That’s what the Florida Herbal Conference is for! It’s a weekend surrounded by nature to empower the herbalist community.

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Kestrel Jenkins: Conscious Chatter

Meet the woman stirring up the fashion industry through Conscious Chatter. Fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world- spewing chemicals into our water, dumping billions of pounds of textiles into landfills, and trapping the makers of our clothes into modern-day slavery and poverty.

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Sustainable Living in a Small Apartment

Think it’s impossible to live more sustainably in a small apartment? Think again! This apartment complex in Stockholm, Sweden is an example for us all. It wasn’t a sustainable place until a few residents decided to change it. 6 years ago they started a small garden in the courtyard to grow food, planted edible landscaping to grow even more food, started composting their food waste to make their own soil, and they got chickens to eat their food scraps and make eggs.

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World’s First Recycle Mall- ReTuna in Sweden

Welcome to the world’s first “recycle mall,” located in Sweden, Almost everything sold here is repurposed or upcycled, and anything else sold in the mall must be environmentally ethical. It’s located right next to a recycling facility so people can easily drop off stuff they don’t want anymore, rather than it being wasted. The staff then repairs and refurbishes the items as needed.

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What’s in Your Condoms?

What’s in your condom? That’s a question Meika Hollender wants you to ask yourself. Most condoms contain harmful ingredients including Nitrosamine, a carcinogen. The condom companies don’t want you to know this, so they don’t put it on the labels and make the ingredients hard to find.

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Buying Backyard Veggies From your Neighbor

How many miles did your meal travel from the farm to your plate? Chances are, too many! Vinder is an online community marketplace where you can buy and sell fresh produce straight from your neighbors. “It allows you to know who is growing your food and how it’s being grown and where it’s being grown.”

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Summer Rayne Oakes’ Urban Jungle Apartment

Meet Summer Rayne Oakes. She has over 600 plants in her Brooklyn apartment and a rescued foster chicken! She started with one plant 7 years ago and now has created an urban jungle in her own apartment.

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