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Do Something – Is Doing Great Good

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Do Something – Is Doing Great Good

  “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world” – Anne Frank. Marc Skid’s founder, Dan Barry, took this observation so closely to heart that he has included it on the packaging of Marc Skid underwear. The simply but profound statement of the famous teenaged diarist resembles an ancient truism: "Don't just stand there, do something!" Today's young people have made it a reality through a new organization bearing the beautifully appropriate title Do Something. The website of this group proudly describes itself as “a digital platform powering offline action.”      Those actions...

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A Grieving Man Gets the Goods on Used Goods

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A Grieving Man Gets the Goods on Used Goods

                    The death of a loved one is among the hardest realities we all must face. Writer Adam Minter’s mother died in 2015. As he and his sister grieved the loss, they were confronted with the need to sort out “the material legacy of her life.” Journalist Terry Gross reports that the siblings “worked through their mother’s possessions until only her beloved china was left.” Neither wanted it but neither wanted to discard the lovely items their mother had treasured.                   Standing in a line at Goodwill with the china in hand, Minter began wondering “what happened beyond the...

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Chris says, “If I Can . . .” I say, “Could I?"

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Chris says, “If I Can . . .” I say, “Could I?"

              On a flight to California, I watched a short film about Chris Koch. His story inspired me and touched me deeply. I don’t think Chris would mind me saying this since he enjoys a good sense of humor but the quote “Never judge another person until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes” would not be applicable in Chris’ case. With regards to people who inspire us, it is human nature to ask: How would I respond in similar circumstances? In Chris’ situation, it is almost impossible to understand his immense verve and appreciation for life and giving back. One...

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Up-cycling ideas are built one Brick at a time, Literally!

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Up-cycling ideas are built one Brick at a time, Literally!

Plastic into Bricks – Plastic Into Marc Skid Waistbands. You never know when inspiration will strike. It struck Abhishek Banerjee on a 2016 field trip to a brick kiln. “We saw that the workers there were being treated very inhumanely,” he recalled. He saw working conditions he thought “improper” like people “digging clay with their bare hands.”A college student at India’s Jadavpur University, he wanted to do something not only to address bad working conditions at kilns but alleviate environmental damage they cause. As Anna Fletcher noted in the CNN World piece, “One study estimated that India’s brick kilns burn 15-20...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & REPAIR?

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & REPAIR?

    We all hear about how we should be helping the planet more. We hear the phrase “REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” so often, you probably only had to read that first word to know the next two that came after it. But let’s introduce a new word to that. REPAIR. It goes nicely don’t you think? You may think, “But I’m not handy, or a craftsperson, so how am I supposed to repair?” Here are 3 easy ways to repair items and keep them out of landfills.   Patches Patches are in -- and the perfect way to give your...

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