In the times we live in today, it can be extremely daunting and challenging just to stand up for basic human and environmental rights. Standing up to giant corporations can seem like an almost impossible task. It’s easy to get really down about the state of the world.
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.
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.
Meet Craig Calfee, the genius bamboo bicycle builder. Craig was the first modern bamboo bicycle builder, starting in the 1990’s. Every bamboo bike is made by hand by him and his staff, and every single one is unique. From racing and off-road bikes to double-decker-tall bikes to heavy duty frames that can carry loads of over 400 pounds! And electric bikes that go over 30 mph with pedal assist.
This is Chris Scott, a humble man with a big plan. In 1975, Chris brought the first Ikea to North America. Now he’s taken the Ikea idea to tiny houses! To house the houseless and provide affordable housing options. With his genius I-Wood design, he’s created a system that allows people with minimal building experience to build simple tiny houses, in as little as one day! His I-Wood fits together, sort of like Lego’s or Ikea furniture, making it easy to assemble and extremely stable and strong. The kits include instructions on how to build the tiny house.
Meet Mr. Eco, the environmental rap hero for kids. Children are exposed to thousands of ads per day, trying to convince them to consume, consume, consume. Mr. Eco uses hip-hop to teach children to respect and protect the world. He has performed at over 400 schools, to over 210,000 students. And the kids go wild!
I-Wood International has developed a super sustainable way of milling lumber that could save up to a third of the trees used for housing. Ideal for shipping as flat-pack tiny home kits anyone can assemble themselves, along the lines of Ikea furniture. A licensing association is being developed for people and organizations around the world to produce these types of kits with small portable or industrial size machines. See details at www.IWoodInternational.com and sign up for their newsletter on the contact page there. If you are interested in bringing these tiny homes to your community contact Chris Scott at [email protected]
Every major city has garbage pickup and streets cleaners, but what about for the oceans, lakes, and rivers? Meet the man who wants every city to have a trash skimmer.
Meet Hillary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey, a local hero for the struggling honeybees across the USA. Bee populations have been on the decline for decades due to pesticides, loss of habitat, and climate change. Hilary is working to raise San Diego’s bee population and spread awareness among her community. After rescuing the bees, she photographs them, teaches her community about them, and manages over 90 honeybee colonies!
Meet Nita Kurmins Gilson, the woman bringing fresh fruit to thousands of San Diegans in need. In 2009, Nita learned that 1 in 6 people in her county were going to bed hungry. She also saw an abundance of fresh produce going to waste all over the city. So she connected the dots to be part of the solution for both food waste and hunger.