How Harley Davidson Riders Are Making Kids Smile

How are you recovering from all the food, spirits and family from yesterday?   Will you be continuing festivities with shopping today?   If so, check out my interview with m+a naturals first and consider supporting a small, organic skincare company.

If something more luxury is on your list, maybe check out Prada.  Keep reading to understand why they are making today’s high-five list later in the episode. 

This Black Friday I do encourage you try to shop small, local and sustainable brands.  You can find some of my favorite brands here

For me, Thanksgiving tradition includes exercise, both the day of and especially the day after.  I love to sweat, eat healthy and press the reset button.  Time and festivities only speed up from here so I try to take extra care of my body and mental health between festivities!

Lucky for us, our Friday celebrations are calorie free!  We just pass out virtual high-fives to people, companies and in today’s list geographical places doing eco-fabulous things. 

Happy Trees in Michigan

Picture of Bob Ross painting.

I’m kicking off this first high-five to Michigan!  This story just makes me smile. Michigan state parks have partnered with the Bob Ross’s estate and planted 1000 “Happy Trees” in his honor.  If you don’t know Bob Ross, I beg you to go to YouTube and search The Joy of Painting.  You’ll be hypnotized by the calm instruction and seemingly effortless talent of the happy painter.  And just when you think the painting is complete, he’ll add a tree like it was always supposed to be there.  It’s just soo good.. 

Back to today’s high-five, because it gets even better.  The trees were grown by prisoners!  Each year, Michigan prisoners from 3 correctional facilities grow 1000 trees as part of an educational rehabilitation program where they learn horticultural skills.  Once the trees are ready for planting hundreds of volunteers plant the trees in Michigan state parks to replace trees that have been damaged or diseased.

High-five to Michigan State Parks and Happy Little Trees!

This Chicken Farm Now Grow Industrial Hemp

Silhouette of a farmer on a hemp field. High-five for turning his chicken farm into hemp farm.

Our next high-five goes to former chicken farmer, Mike Weaver, who started growing Hemp instead of killing chickens!  The West Virginia farmer is a member of Mercy for Animals Transformation Project and is using his chicken farm to grow industrial hemp.  The transformation project enables farmers to do just this – transform their animal agriculture into farms to grow sustainable crops. 

Hemp is an incredibly sustainable crop because it can be used to make everything from fabric to building products and is biodegradable. 

High Five to Mike Weaver and other farmers turning their farms vegan!

Luxury Brand Prada is Making History

Prada sign hanging in window

Today’s third high-five goes to Prada for being the first luxury brand to sign a sustainability deal.  The deal comes in the form of a 42.9 million Euros loan from the French banking group Credit Agricole.  To stay in compliance with the loan, Prada must ensure that a certain percentage of their stores receive either a golden or platinum green building rating.  Prada must also increase training hours for employees and reduce the amount of nylon used by 2021.  This last stipulation is significant because nylon is widely used in luxury Italian brands, but the nylon Prada has successfully been using in non-biodegradable. 

I have some research to do about Prada to better understand their sustainability roadmap, but this agreement is a step in the right direction. I hope it encourages other luxury brands to put aggressive goals in sustainability in place. 

High-Five Prada!

Costa Rica to Become First Plastic & Carbon-Free Country

Picture of 2 howler monkeys on a tree in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the recipient of our next high-five because his tiny country is making huge strides to become the first plastic-free and carbon-free country.  Over the last 14 years, Costa Rica has been hard at work converting their energy dependency on carbon to renewable resources. Today, 99% of the country’s energy comes from renewable resources.  Then, just last year Costa Rica set the lofty goal to remove single-use plastic by 2021. 

This is a great example of a country that values its most precious asset – its land. They have gone to great lengths to protect the nature and people of costa rica.

Howler monkey High Five Costa Rica!

Harley Riders and Teddies

Cute teddy bears make kids smile at children hospitals

Our final high-five goes to The Cowboy Harley-Davidson Hog Chapter of Beaumont, not because of any eco-fabulous effort, but because this story is just too sweet not to share.  And I’m in the holiday spirit. 

Bikers in Houston, Texas delivered 1000 teddy bears to children in hospitals in Southeast Texas.  Petsmart donated 600 teddy bears and the biker purchased another 400.  Then surprised children at 3 different hospitals with the teddies.  I just think about big, macho Harley bikers delivering teddy bears to sick kids and the smiles and their faces, and it makes my heart happy. 

High Five to Petsmart and the cowboy Harley-davidson hog chapter of Beaumont! 

That will do it for today’s high-fives.  Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe out there.  This time of year gets hectic so pack you patience and take your time.  Next week is December!  Holy Cow!

If you’re also a lister to the podcast, here’s what’s coming up next week. We are going to examine 10 more ways to live a more sustainable life by Whimsey in Her Wardrobe and Some useful vegan travel hacks by My Travel Scrapbook.  Have a wonderful weekend!


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