Montag, 1. Februar 2010

As seen on Oprah!

One of Gaiam's premier Celebrity fitness trainers, Bob Greene, was featured on Good Morning America today. We've already seen a spike in search traffic and conversions for this DVD across all marketing channels. Please follow the link below to keep up with today's press, which reached millions of TV viewers and is also on the Good Morning America homepage:

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Freitag, 26. Juni 2009

Natural Toys to Love

"Why natural materials?? The rich of experience of wood, silk and wool feeds the child's senses and opens them gently to the world around them through their senses.The warmth and wholesomeness of natural materials provide a rich experience for your little one's senses. I believe in creative play as a foundation for future learning and to this end I encourage parents to look to beautiful wooden toys and playthings to enhance their child's play." Deborah E Blau

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Dienstag, 19. Mai 2009

Twelve Reasons to Start Using a Bicycle for Transportation

It's Bike to Work Week, and thousands of commuters are heading to their jobs on two wheels. Thinking of joining them? Here are a dozen reasons you should.

By Chris Baskind of Lighter Footstep

It’s Bike to Work Week, and we’re continuing our look at smart ways to start saddling up and using bicycles for real transportation.

At Lighter Footstep, we’ve always taken the greenness of bike transport as a given. But if you’re just getting started — or perhaps trying to convince an employer that bicycle commuting is a good thing — we’re rounded up a dozen reasons to leave that car in the driveway and start covering pavement on two wheels. Let’s ride!

1. It’s easier to finance a new bicycle than a new car. Thanks to the recession, auto loans are hard to find these days — even if you have good credit. But for the price of a single car payment, you can buy a well-made bicycle that should outlast most cars. Add a few hundred dollars more for rain gear, lights, and accessories, and you have all-weather, anytime transportation.

2. A bicycle has a tiny manufacturing footprint when compared to a car. All manufactured goods have environmental impact, but bicycles can be produced for a fraction of the materials, energy, and shipping costs of a car.

3. Bicycles produce no meaningful pollution when in operation. Bikes don’t have tailpipes belching poisonous fumes into the atmosphere. They also eliminate the oil, fuel, and hydraulic fluids dripped by automobiles onto the road surface — which means less toxic runoff into local waterways.

4. Bikes save taxpayers money by reducing road wear. A twenty pound bicycle is a lot less rough on the pavement than a two-ton sedan. Every bicycle on the road amounts to money saved patching potholes and resurfacing city streets.

5. Bicycles are an effective alternative to a second car. Perhaps you’re not in a position to adopt a bicycle as primary transportation. But bikes make great second vehicles. You can literally save thousands of dollars per year using a bicycle for workday commuting and weekend errands in households which might otherwise be forced to maintain two cars.

6. Using a bike for transportation can help you lose weight and improve your overall health. The health benefits of regular aerobic exercise are well known. Depending on your riding style and local road conditions, you could easily burn 600 calories an hour through brisk cycling. Most bike commuters report losing 15 to 20 pounds during their first year in the saddle without changing their eating habits.

7. You can store a dozen bicycles in a single automobile-sized parking place. Parking lots have enormous environmental and financial impact, particularly in urbanized areas. The more bikes you can get on the road, the fewer parking spaces you need to build.

8. Bicycles don’t burn gasoline. Fuel is cheap compared to last year, and the economic downturn is likely to keep a lid on petroleum demand for a while. But we’re not producing any more oil today than we were when it was more than $100 a barrel. A healthy bike culture will help ease pressure on supply once demand returns.

9. Bicycling may be faster and more efficient than taking a car. We’re not talking about the crazy — and illegal — antics of New York bicycle messengers. But bikes are often faster than cars in urban areas, especially when city designers have set aside proper bike lanes. There’s nothing more satisfying as a bicycle commuter than breezing past a long line of gridlocked traffic.

10. Bikes cost much less to maintain and operate than automobiles. You’ll never throw a rod on a bicycle, and dropping a transmission on a bike usually means replacing a bent derailleur hanger or worn-out chain. Bicycles do require service, but you can learn to perform most of it yourself. Even if you have a shop do things for you, costs will be trivial compared to a car.

11. Bicycles provide mobility for those who may not qualify or afford to drive. Not everyone can get a driver’s license (or wants one), and the cost of purchasing, insuring, and maintaining a car is out of reach for a lot of people. Almost everyone can afford some sort of bike. Other than walking, bicycles are the most cost effective transportation on the planet.

12. Studies show that bicycle commuters are healthier, more productive, and require less time-off at work. This is why most enlightened employers are eager to accommodate commuting cyclists. Healthy workers are better workers — and that’s good for the bottom line. Bikes are smart business.

So there are twelve reasons to dust-off that bicycle in your garage in time for Bike to Work Day. Can you think of others? Leave a comment below, or
talk to us on Twitter.

Other Articles You Might Enjoy:
A Quick Primer on How to Ride Your Bike to Work
But Won’t I Stink if I Ride My Bike to Work?
How to Live with Insufferable Cyclist Syndrome

Mittwoch, 29. April 2009

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Vitya The Recycling Man Here in the states we have curbside recycling. Have you ever wondered how people in other countries participate in the recycling process? In rural India, take a look at a simple and friendly approach. Meet Vitya who lives off the grid and uses a bicycle to make collections. You’ll also find out why folks are truly pleased to see him as he gathers the neighborhood’s recyclables!
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Mittwoch, 4. März 2009

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Donnerstag, 19. Februar 2009

Natural Healing Recipes

I just got a new cooking book you might be interested in. It’s filled with tasty dishes that allow you to lose weight, gain more energy, and help end nagging health problems. Best of all, the recipes are quick and easy to make – most only take 30 minutes! It’s called Natural Healing Recipes.

Mittwoch, 5. November 2008

End of Summer Contest - all through November!

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