Is Recycling Enough? Cradle-to-Cradle vs. Cradle-to-Grave

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

I'm Not as Cool as I Thought I Was Last Week

It’s true — my coolness has been completely botched.

I’ve always loved shopping at thrift stores. I’ve purchased a few new things in my life, however the main focus has always been on second-hand. I love finding that diamond in the rough, and you can’t beat the price. Most importantly though, I’ve always seen it as an under-acknowledged form of recycling and I feel good knowing I’m not contributing to new clothes being made.

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"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

Create Inspiring New Art Using Old Magazines

Do you have a giant collection of magazines or catalogues that you are likely never going to open again? Thinking about tossing them all into the trash? Well, what if I told you that within these magazines lies the potential to create something new, meaningful, and artistic?

I went to my friends' house the other day for some beer and board games. While waiting for my turn to play, I took a gander around the living room and noticed that my friends were hoarding a stacks of magazines by the front door. I asked them, “What are you guys doing with all those magazines?”

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Armando Torres is an aspiring filmmaker, photographer, and blogger. As part of the evox team, he is dedicated to sharing the stories of individuals, organizations, and communities who are changing the world. When he’s not working, Armando spends his free time creating found footage videos, taking photos, going to concerts, collecting vinyl records, and lounging around with his cat, Pablo Escobar.

How to Get Rid of Junk Mail

Just as I was finishing up this blog, I went out to my mailbox and there was my mailman. I told him I was writing a blog about how to get rid of junk mail and he invited me to take a photo of the inside of his truck.  As he drove off, he stopped the truck and said, “One last thing. We aren’t allowed to call it ‘junk mail.’ We call it ‘bulk business mail.’”

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Got a Bottle? Ride the Subway. Reverse Vending Machines

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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