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We have searched the globe for inspiring action heroes that are changing how we live for the positive!  We also highlight bold action. Learn more about TraX at: http://traxapp.co
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UP for a Challenge? Check out "Adopt Reusables" with EcoSuperHero!

TraX has partnered up with EcoSuperHero for the Adopt Reusables 30-Day Challenge, as part of the Eco2020 mission to live a more sustainable lifestyle...on-th...
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Feeling like a challenge?  We have partnered up with EcoSuperhero for the AdoptReusables... 30-Day Challenge!  Get traX cash rewards for sharing actions, starting Tues. 9/2/14!

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Ohh Sh*t! Carbon Dioxide levels jump Up from El Nino

Ohh Sh*t! Carbon Dioxide levels jump Up from El Nino | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped by the biggest amount on record last month, a rise amplified by El Nino, scientists say.

Via SustainOurEarth
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Another reason to take actions today... Be the Solution! 

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Make in Impact at Sustainatopia in Boston Nov 15-18th

Make in Impact at Sustainatopia in Boston Nov 15-18th | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
LIFESTYLES OF HEALTH & SUSTAINABILITY (LOHAS)

Top Health, Beauty, Wellness & Food Brands Along with Consciousness + Yoga Lifestyle Companies: Best Practices, Investment Capital & Celebration of the LOHAS Lifestyle.
In its 17th Year!

MILLENNIALS 100

Sustainatopia Curates A Special Program for Companies & Investment Capital Seeking To Connect With 100 Leading Millennials Within Social, Financial & Environmental Impact & Sustainability

SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES & INNOVATION

Fortune 500 Companies: Leading Executives For Latest Trends in Strategic Branding & Sustainable Innovations. More than 100 Speakers. Including Public- Private Partnerships.

EMPOWERING WOMEN THRU INVESTMENT 
HEALTH & IMPACT TECH 

Focus on gender lens investing. Innovation and reform within health care systems, alternative medicines and new practices Creative financing models + culture and society related to wellness.

ECOSYSTEM OF IMPACT + SRI INVESTING

Leading Impact + SRI Investors, Funds, Social Entrepreneurs, Foundations, Non Profits, B Corporations, State/Local/Federal Government Agencies.

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY & 
SMART CITIES '15

Clean Tech includes leading investors, companies in renewable energy, recycling, info tech, green transport, green chemistry, buildings. Smart Cities includes building liveable communities & shareable economy.

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Join over +300 speakers from 5 continents to inspire you on what is possible to help impact our planet!

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Mat Goodman - Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Mat Goodman graduated from CPIT with a Bachelor of Sustainability and Outdoor Education. Find out how Mat turned his passion into a professional career.
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With so many new sustainability education programs offered now is the time to learn!
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S'well Bottle Supports MOvember NO Shaving!

S'well Bottle Supports MOvember NO Shaving! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

S'well Bottles has partnered up with No-Shave November and will donate 10% of the sales to the cause!  Pick out your mustache reusable bottle today!

http://www.swellbottle.com/shop/limited-edition/

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We are bigs fans of both November to benefit men's health and also reusable water bottles from S'well, perfect match!

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Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops

Organic foods found to have less toxic cadmium than conventional crops | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
Fertilizers used in conventional farming are exposing us to higher levels of this heavy metal.
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We intuitively know already the benefits of eating organic, but it's always great when nutritional science backs it up too! 

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Grab Your Own Utensils!

Grab Your Own Utensils! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
As we are nearing the end of the second week of the Eco2020 challenge, it is becoming increasingly easier to be minimize our impact on the environment.This week, eco super...
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Day 11 of the Adopt Reusables Challenge - grab a reUSEable towel and skip all the paper waste! Need one check out: @peopletowels @ecosuperhero
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DAY #1 - Break out those REUSABLE bags at any US store for rewards!

DAY #1 - Break out those REUSABLE bags at any US store for rewards! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

DAY 1 of the ADOPT REUSABLES Challenge! 

Bring your reusable bags to any US store, Instagram photos with of them after any purchase, tag #eco2020 and #traXactions for CA$H rewards!

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Today is DAY 1 of the 30-day Adopt Reusables Challenge with EcoSuperHero and traX. For the next five days be sure to break out those reusable bags for all shopping trips! Sign-up at: ecosuperhero.com/eco2020

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ACTION Heroes: A Pep Talk From Kid President!

This one goes out to all the heroes - the kids and the grownups who are doing extraordinary things to make the world more awesome. Who is your hero? Share th...
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Action Heroes are people that stand up for what they believe in and take action for the greater good of us all! That hero is you... let's do this!

#traXactions #actionheroes

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Cups: Which reusable coffee cup do you prefer?

Cups: Which reusable coffee cup do you prefer? | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
Coincidentally we show two alternatives to disposable cups. One is all natural, the other high tech.
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Here at @traxactions we are really fans of more sanitary stainless steel, like the @REI cups and @Steelys line, that have flown from the roof of our car and been dropped many times. These new designs seem 'fun' but maybe somewhat less functional over time. 

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Kids help grab plastic trash... with grabber!

Kids help grab plastic trash... with grabber! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

An unintended use for this product is as a kid trash collector!  My son loves to grab trash in our neighborhood with it, and it is safer too!  


Use one and teach your children respect for the environment and their community!


$4.99 Imaginarium Robot Claw, a Toys 'R' Us exclusive. This classic toy is made from colorful plastic and features a rubber-padded claw that you control by pulling the handle. It lets you grab objects up to 20" away!


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Get your kid an Imaginarium Robot Claw to help clean up their local environment, and develop eco-stewardship skills, just $4.99

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Eco2020 | EcoSuperhero

Eco2020 | EcoSuperhero | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
What is it? Welcome to Eco2020, a social movement offering solutions to become carbon neutral by the year 2020. How do we do it? Eco2020 is a new forward thinking movement where we all take an individual responsibility to be self reliant on what we use every day. Every person has a social...
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Take the Eco2020 Challenge with our friends @EcoSuperHero... prove to yourself and the world you give a dam!  #EcoSuperHero #eco2020 

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This Reusable Coffee Cup-Share Program Plans To Take Over New York

This Reusable Coffee Cup-Share Program Plans To Take Over New York | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

CongrAfter a successful pilot at the Brooklyn Roasting Company, this company thinks it can get people to finally stop creating piles of trash along with...

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Congrats to our friends @GoodToGoCup in NYC!  Their pilot program was successful and now expanding into Manhattan, are you Goodtogo too! @adele_peters

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Watch the full movie "Before the Flood" from National Geographic!

Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on ou
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Leonardo DiCaprio is back with more explorations into the real impacts of climate change and what can we do! Watch + Share the full movie...

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10 Hacks to Survive Without an Air Conditioner

10 Hacks to Survive Without an Air Conditioner | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
No AC? No problem! With these hacks, you can keep cool this summer — and keep your electric bill down.

When the temperature creeps past 90 degrees on a hot summer day, it’s natural to regret the decision to rent a place without air conditioning. But don’t despair — with these tips for living without an air conditioner, you can stave off the sweltering heat, without the sky-high utility bill (or putting in a noisy, energy-sucking window unit).

1. Change the rotation on your ceiling fan to counterclockwise

It’s easier than you think to make this fix (usually your fan will have a little switch on the motor housing that alters its rotation), and doing so will allow the blades to circulate faster, creating a cooler breeze. If you have box fans, turn them around so that they blow hot air out the window.

2. Don’t let the light in

Keeping shades, curtains, or blinds closed can lower the temperature inside your house by up to 20 degrees.

3. Channel your inner MacGyver

Create a misting effect by placing a metal mixing bowl full of ice in front of a fan. Tilt the bowl so that the fan blows directly onto the ice. When the air hits the cubes, it will release a cool, misty breeze that chills the whole room.

4. Don’t close yourself off

By shutting doors, that is. Keep inside doors open throughout the day, which allows the cool air to circulate throughout your house.

5. Revamp your bedding

Pack away the flannel sheets (duh) and opt for percale instead, which is more breathable. Mist your sheets with cool water before bedding down for the night (or stick them in the freezer for a few minutes), and invest in a buckwheat pillow, which won’t trap heat the way traditional pillows do.

6. And then sleep solo

Your partner may balk, until he or she realizes how much body heat cuddling creates.

7. Hit up your hot water bottle

Only this time, stick it in the freezer first and then position it near your feet, which contain many pulse points. If you don’t have a hot water bottle, dunk your feet in ice water before turning in.

8. Unplug

Appliances that are plugged in radiate heat — even when they’re not in use. So unplug what you can. Now is also the time to embrace your grill; turning on the oven on a 100-degree day is only going to make things hotter. But you knew that.

9. Turn off the lights

Even the most energy-efficient light bulbs give off some heat, so make do with natural light on superhot days. But still swap out incandescent bulbs for CFLs, which will also lower your energy bill.

10. Lie low

Literally. Hot air rises, so putting your mattress on the floor can help you stay cool while you slumber. Or if you’re feeling outdoorsy but like sleeping with a roof over your head, rig up an indoor hammock, which will increase airflow. Bonus: It may even lull you to sleep, which will make you forget how hot you are.

- See more at: http://www.trulia.com/blog/10-hacks-to-survive-without-an-air-conditioner/?ecampaign=con_wek_rentals_lifestyle_mk&eurl=www.trulia.com%2Fblog%2F10-hacks-to-survive-without-an-air-conditioner%2F#sthash.ItMv9wsN.dpuf

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Check out these Top 10 tips for NOT using your AC in the summer and warmer months!

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Action Hero Kid Uses Reusable Mug - Saves Waste!

Action Hero Kid Uses Reusable Mug - Saves Waste! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

TraX is a social action platform to encourage reusables and to reduce single-use disposable waste! Simply share a photo of you taking action in your community relating to reducing waste, saving water, remembering to use reusable's or other eco-actions. Share your actions on Instagram using this tag #traXactions or if in Oakland, CA #traXOakland

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Action Hero kid in Berkeley fights waste with a reusable "for here" mug from TraX!

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#BringYourOwn NY Cafe... No To-Go, drops disposable cups!

Klean Kanteen created the #BringYourOwn project to inspire a new conversation around eliminating single use and waste in the environment. Typically, the dialogue…
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This is the type of cafe we love, refusing single-use disposable cups for every customer! #BringYourOwn #160Million

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How To Choose A Safe Reusable Water Bottle.

How To Choose A Safe Reusable Water Bottle. | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

A much better option than either of the above two would be an aluminum reusable water bottle. A big manufacturer of aluminum water bottles is Sigg (which you can get at Reuseit.com, where I got mine), and they are available in all sorts of sizes, colors, and designs. They even have special-sized models for kids, too.

The best way to get your daily dose of water on the go, in my opinion, is a stainless steel reusable water bottle.  Klean Kanteen is a large manufacturer of these type of bottles, and you can get them from Reuseit.com. They are made entirely out of stainless steel, which does not leach, is difficult to break or crack, and does not easily stain or interact with whatever product you are consuming. The water always tastes good out of it and it keeps it reasonably cold for a little while when I go hiking or out in the sun. They don’t recommend using them for hot beverages, which is understandable – that’s what a thermos is for.

Ideally, the best way to drink water on the go would be an aluminum or stainless steel reusable water bottle, as they seem to exhibit the least amount of health concerns out of all the choices. Add in the fact that they can be used over and over again with no degradation and do not need to be recycled each time you use one, they really are the “green” choice. And since upwards of 40% of bottled water is just tap water in disguise, buying it seems like not only a health risk due to the plastic leaching possibilities, but also a wallet risk due to wasting money on something you already have at home!

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"The best way to drink water on the go would be an aluminum or stainless steel reusable water bottle, as they seem to exhibit the least amount of health concerns out of all the choices."

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Kwik-E-Mart Reusable Bag 'The Simpsons' Convenience Store

Kwik-E-Mart Reusable Bag 'The Simpsons' Convenience Store | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
Feel free to shop around with the 'Kwik-E-Mart' reusable bag
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Yup we love it.

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Earth Guardians - Kids BEing the Change!

Earth Guardians - Kids BEing the Change! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
The Earth Guardians are committed to standing up and defending the Earth, the Water, the Air and the Atmosphere so that our generation, and those to follow, ...
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Check out one of the many inspiring videos from Earth Guardians, a youth music movement for eco-change, @TEDx speaker!  earthguardians.org 

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Skip the Styrene, Skip the Cancer

Skip the Styrene, Skip the Cancer | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
If you're still getting coffee in a styrene foam cup, or getting take-out food or doggie bags in foam cartons, I have one word for you. STOP. The
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Styrofoam usage has been linked to cancers... avoid it all by bringing your own #reusable cup to cafes, meetings and on the plane!

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TraXactions - EcoSuperhero Spotlight- @EcoSuperhero

TraXactions - EcoSuperhero Spotlight-  @EcoSuperhero | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
What are you doing everyday to make a positive impact on the planet? Positive impact to me is about real world action, so I choose to bike to work, eat organic foods, buy a local farm box, shop locally, reduce my family’s waste and support reuse, as much as possible. I take time to consider...
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Thanks to our friends @EcoSuperHero for nominating us in their Spotlight and among some other great Action Heroes... onwards!

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Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash 

Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash  | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it
The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day. That’s more than double the amount produced in 1960, and it’s 50 percent more than the amount produced by Western Europeans. In January, photographer Gregg Segal decided to put...
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Great photo depictions of how 7 days of our trash can really display our American waste mentality and also that we all have room for change! Photography by @GreggSegal

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Campaigns

Campaigns | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal care products sold in The United States and around the world contain micro-plastic particle abrasives employed as an exfoliant? We think this is one of the most egregious sources of plastic pollution because this plastic is actually designed to be washed down the drain.


WHAT ARE WE ASKING?

  • Retailers to STOP selling consumer products that contain micro-plastics and micro-beads.
  • Manufactures to STOP using micro-plastics and micro-beads in consumer products worldwide and switch to organic materials that have the same performance attributes, but do not pollute the environment.
  • Consumers to check their products for plastic content and REFUSE to purchase them.
  • Legislators to execute a ban on micro-plastics and micro-beads in consumer products.


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Are you using products with MicroBeads... or PlasticBalls that are going down your drain into the ecosystem? Uhhh.. don't! @5Gyers

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Simpy Straws 20% off Summer Deals!

Simpy Straws 20% off Summer Deals! | Eco Action Heroes | Scoop.it

Deal of the Summer!  20% off any party pack with SUMMER14 code!  #SuckUpSummer

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@SimplyStraws is back with a great deal for you this summer... and all summer!  Save 20% off and get free shipping with code: SUMMER14  #SuckUpSummer!

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