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!
Welcome to the world’s largest soil rooftop farm. It covers 2.5 acres on two rooftops in New York City. That’s about two football fields of space! The farmers harvest 50,000 pounds of food every year and sell the produce locally at farmers markets, restaurants, and through a CSA.
Welcome to Tournevie, the affordable and ecological tool library in Brussels, Belgium. It operates just like a library, but instead of checking out books, you check out tools.
Our fruits and vegetables are being wasted, and you are paying extra for it! The crooked carrot, the curvy cucumber, the under-size apple. Billions of pounds of fruits and veggies are wasted, often for being the “wrong” shape, color, or size.
Community gardens are spreading across the USA! The community garden movement started in the early 1900’s. Today there are over 18,000 community gardens in the USA and Canada! From urban cities to small towns, they are helping the grow-your-own-food movement to flourish.
40% of all food in the USA and Canada is wasted, largely due to cosmetic standards and arbitrary dates. Lupii Cafe is Vancouver’s first zero-waste cafe where you can enjoy a delicious and affordable meal that’s environmentally and socially responsible.
Most clothing today is designed for the dump, resulting in the average American throwing away 70 pounds of clothing per year! The Fábrica is a solution in their community.
My bamboo bike was stolen last night!
Those of you who know me probably know I have just around 100 possessions to my name and this is one of the most important, if not the most important. I don’t have a car and it’s my transportation. I’ve ridden across the United States doing good deeds on this bicycle. Thousands of miles of doing good deeds for others have been done on this bike! And now it’s been stolen in a single bad deed. It’s a little bit soul crushing.