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Igloo’s “RECOOL” Box Opening

Igloo Coolers sent Stay Blooming their new RECOOL cooler to try out. This is the first biodegradable cooler on the market and is made entirely of molded pulp in the USA. The intention of this cooler is to replace the styrofoam coolers that have been commonly used to keep food and drinks cold. The RECOOL cooler is water resistant, can hold water for up to 5 days, and can retain ice for up to 12 hours. The company even claims it can carry up to 75 pounds without breaking. After use, let it dry out and reuse. It is that simple.

The best part about this cooler is that it will biodegrade if it is littered or left out in the environment for a long time. Styrofoam is already being banned in many places, so finding a replacement for those picnics and BBQs will now be easier than ever before. We are in no way condoning in the behavior of littering but this is a necessary alternative to styrofoam and plastic.

As shown in the video above, they also sent over a reusable tote bag (of decent size), reusable bamboo cutlery, reusable bamboo plates, and a bamboo USB flash drive (plastic-free!). The reusable cutlery and bamboo plates can also be composted which is something to embrace about bamboo products. This is not a paid ad. Stay Blooming is here to learn and teach about alternatives so that we can truly welcome sustainable living.

The reusable biodegradable RECOOL Igloo cooler filled with goodies.
Image courtesy of Igloo Coolers.

If you are looking for a way to keep your perishables cool during picnics, BBQs, and other warm weather outings, be sure to grab one of these. It is reliable and there is no plastic to feel guilty about later.

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Shop’s Grand Reopening

The wait is over!
We are happy to announce the grand reopening of the Stay Blooming Shop.

The Shop is now stocked with a bunch of new ecofriendly items to choose from. All of these items have been hand selected with special attention to how it returns to the environment. The goods we sell are great alternatives to things we commonly use. Instead of a harsh laundry detergents, try our gentle soapnuts. Instead of disposable razors, try our endlessly reusable shavers. Instead of plastic bags, try our tote bag that spreads a plastic-free message. When our goods are used responsibly, they prevent pollution and enhance your ecoconsciousness. Check out some of the new items below:

Along with the stocking of new goods, we have also updated the customer’s shopping experience. You can now add items to your cart and pay for them altogether. Additionally, there are more options when checking out that makes payment a breeze. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or even a suggestion, please send an email to shop@stayblooming.com.

Visit the Shop now!

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‘Dew’ by Kay Ryan

Image source: Library of Congress

As neatly as peas in their green canoe,
as discreetly as beads strung in a row,
sit drops of dew along a blade of grass.

But unattached and subject to their weight,
they slip if they accumulate.

Down the green tongue out of the morning sun
into the general damp,
they’re gone.

– Kay Ryan (1945)

This is my second time sharing a NYC subway poem and by the looks of it, won’t be my last. Just like the first, ‘A Name’ by Ada Limón, this poem captivated me. It’s easy to get lost in the subway system’s congestion & chaos but this quick read does something rejuvenating to the soul. You can find more subway poetry (past & present) by clicking here for MTA’s Arts & Design poetry page.

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In Tough Times

When the pawn hits the conflict he thinks like a king
What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight
And he’ll win the whole thing ‘fore he enters the ring
There’s nobody to batter when your mind is your might
So when you go solo you hold your own hand
And remember that depth is the greatest of heights
If you know where to stand then you know where to land
And if you fall it won’t matter ‘cuz you’ll know that you’re right

– Fiona Apple (1999)

What looks like a poem at first sight, actually isn’t. This is the title of Fiona Apple’s second album that most people just know as “When the Pawn…” I was and am a really big fan of her songwriting & music… and have even named every Apple iPhone I’ve owned Fiona. I find that all of her music is highly relatable in one way or another, if not many ways all at once. Her word choice is absolutely phenomenal and lucid.

Apart from that is this unique album title. Over the years I have considered it a poem, a mantra, an escape, but never just merely a title. I have found myself saying it out loud, under my breath, during great anxiety, or even writing it over & over when I felt the urge to write for whatever reason. It has broken me out of spells of thinking I am incapable, it has given me confidence when I felt my lowest, and it has motivated me to work against the odds I thought were against me.

All in all. I’m sharing this because everyone deserves to have this kind of outlet. A saying that they know by heart that can ease their brain, take it away from challenge, and rejuvenate your tolerance.

Find one, use this, share what with us what works at alyssablooms@gmail.com for a feature on StayBlooming.com.

Namaskar.

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5-Minute City Clean-up Challenge

Last summer, I featured the 5-Minute Beach Clean-up Challenge to push the environmental agenda while we had free time on the beach. Respectively, there’s now an Instagram to get the same volunteer effort into our cities. An effort that is StayBlooming.com worthy and I want to challenge you guys to get in on it. The 5-Minute City Clean-up Instagram is a project with the very same goal of being green: to encourage social media users to volunteer 5 minutes of their time to clean up their city. Users then post the image and tag @5minutecitycleanup on Instagram for a chance at being featured on their page.

The incentive to be featured is a great way to get people interested. Five minutes goes by quickly too, so it’s easy to devote that time to cleaning up. But the goal is what this challenge (as a whole) can accomplish for the environment.

Share your images with us at alyssablooms@gmail.com if you decide to get involved and we’ll give them a definite feature.

Here are some images that they have inspired from around the world:

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🌞 Schools 🌞 . Where everything was born. Places where we gather together to learn for the better. A second home, if not the first one for so many. Schools were key, are key and mostly within the future should be as key as possible 🙏 . 🌎 Dallas • Texas • The United States • 2017 🔵 @oakclifflove ⚫️#00058 🔴#everymomentcounts 🔴#5minutecitycleanup ⚪️#ipickeditup ⚪️#bettertogether ⚪️#zerowaste ⚪️#solutionsnotpollution . #Repost @oakclifflove (@get_repost) ・・・ ♻️4️⃣♻️ #oakclifflove #keepoakcliffbeautiful #keepoakcliffclean #keepdallasclean #keepdallasbeautiful #5minutecitycleanup #take3forthesea #grabbits #justgrabbits #litterless #litterati #5pieces_a_day #1peaceaday #pickup1million

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By talking with Linda Pierce, she said "oh my son is in Chile so as you". She invited me to his new coffee shop @capsulasantiago inauguration on Saturday and sent tons of love (hey Niles!) 🙌The account from Baltimore says "broad" and I couldn"t help but notice the rhyme with abroad 🌎 . Being abroad means to raise awareness about what belongs to you, what belongs to me and what belongs to us. In order to respect the locals, you merge youself with them. You are respectful and approach the place with kindness. 🎉 . Then you travel somewhere else and you go on and on, keep going. Then you realize you belong to everywhere. And everyplace deserves maximum respect, both socially and absolutely environmentaly 🌍 . Let's get greener guys but greener greener! 🌏 . Baltimore • Maryland • United States • 2017 🔵@baltimore_broad ⚫️#00036 🔴#everymomentcounts 🔴#5minutecitycleanup ⚪️#ipickeditup ⚪️#bettertogether ⚪️#zerowaste ⚪️#SolutionsNotPollution . #Repost @baltimore_broad (@get_repost) ・・・ #5minutecitycleanup #trash #trashwalk #nightlyendeavor #keepyourneighborhoodclean #itsyourbaltimoredonttrashit Been cleaning this neighborhood for many years. Decided to join this instagram share.

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Plastkill. . Kills. Easy as that. It kills. . 🌎 The Netherlands• 2018 🔵 @zwerfinator ⚫️#00104 🔴#everymomentcounts 🔴#5minutecitycleanup ⚪️#ipickeditup ⚪️#zerowaste ⚪️#solutionsnotpollution . . . #Repost @zwerfinator with @get_repost ・・・ Tie wraps. Or tie rips. Whatever. Keep finding them everywhere. And there are better alternatives. . . . . #zwerfie #litterati #plasticsoup #justoneperday #grabbits #pickitup #aquickpick #LeaveItCleanerThanYouFoundIt #LeaveNoTrace #1pieceofrubbish #sidewalksweep #binit #pickabag #exposingtrash #plasticpollutes #alitterwalk #packyourtrash #TrashFreeEarth #BeTheChange #MakeItFun #PowerOfFun #trashhunting #yeswetrash

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🔵 Because teachers 🔵 . Sia and 8 pupils from the Atthe School Playground are constantly into the same goal 👏🏼 Kids you rock! . Education and Environment are fundamentals for the kind of world we are in need of. Learning by doing, getting involved within the process turns to be key point. Most of us had the chance to learn by repetition, equation that we must break up in order to take care of our planet 🎓 . Unlearn to learn for the better 🎩 . 🌎 Mecklenburg • Germany • 2017 🔵 @sia.frieda ⚫️#00049 🔴#everymomentcounts 🔴#5minutecitycleanup ⚪️#ipickeditup ⚪️#bettertogether ⚪️#zerowaste ⚪️#solutionsnotpollution .

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