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5 Simple Ways to Save the Planet

  1. RECYCLE. REDUCE. RENEW. 
We all know the basics: recycling aluminum cans as well as plastic and glass bottles. But do you reuse your water bottles? What about your hummus tubs? Or the plastic bags you get from the grocery store because you forgot to bring your reusable bag.

 

Reuse containers that previously enclosed hummus, yogurt, etc. You can wash them out and use them as a to-go container for your lunch. Then, recycle them when desired. This is a good go-to if you’re a student, and you need the extra space your fancier to-go containers would be taking up in your schoolbag.
 
If you don’t have reusable grocery bags, you need to go out and buy yourself one. They’re typically only 1 or 2 dollars, and you can reuse them over and over. To prevent forgetting to bring them with you to the grocery store, try to store them in your car right after you unload your groceries.
 
If you forget to bring your reusable grocery bags, use the plastic bags as trash liners. No need to buy liners for your trash cans. You’ll save the planet and save your wallet.

 

  1. HANG DRY YOUR CLOTHES
Hang drying your clothes simply saves energy. You know what else it does? It saves your clothes. The heat from dryers damages the fibers in your clothing and takes away the color. Hang drying preserve your garments’ fibers, color, and fit. Save your clothes; but most importantly, save the planet!

 

  1. SAY BYE-BYE TO JUNK MAIL
We all hate excessive junk emails, and all it takes is a click of a button to unsubscribe. But what about physical junk mail? Think about all of the paper that goes to waste. You don’t need all of that paper piling up…unless you buy a car from the local dealership every week. 
Learn more on how to prevent waste through this WikiHow: How to Get Rid of Junk Mail.

 

  1. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS
Whenever you can, buy locally. Local farmers don’t need to transport their produce far thus reducing pollution and packing materials.
Attending local farmers markets is a great social experience, too! You can talk to the local farmers and ask them about the nutrients within their produce and how they cultivate them. You'll find out of the ordinary produce such as yellow watermelon and purple cauliflower that you wouldn't find at the supermarket.
 
Buying from local farmers helps them support their family. So empower your community and keep the positive vibes flowing!

 

  1. DONATE
Do not just throw away items you want to get rid of. Donate! The saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” can go so far. There are others who are less fortunate that can use those shoes you don’t wear anymore, the mattress you no longer need.
 
Help someone in need. One of the best parts of donating your stuff is that you can choose where you donate it too. You can donate your clothes and other goods to an organization you believe in. You can help a cause close to your heart. You can touch others’ hearts.

Preppy? Preps? Prepsters?

Preppy isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s a lifestyle. Dressed to impress, these fashion icons never leave the house without looking put together. The preps have a universal motto to their style and that is class. From oxford button downs to Sperry shoes, our preppy ladies and gents have a very distinct style. They know exactly what brands to buy: to name a few, Polo, Lacoste and Vineyard Vines are some of the top brands chosen by our preps.  

 

We understand the particular style of our ‘prepsters’ and respect their classy and put together fashion sense. When we say respect, we mean waving our hands back and forth idolizing the effort and thought that is put into each outfit. We all know it’s already hard enough to get out of bed on a Monday morning and when you add putting on a decent looking outfit, we’re playing a whole different ballgame. Hence, this is why we call preppy a lifestyle, rather than just a trend. 

From vacationing to Martha’s Vineyard to just hitting up the driving range, our preps definitely need some sunnies to protect them. Though we might not be a typical brand looked at by our preppy fashionistas, our glasses fit right in with almost any style. Our colored lenses add a slash of color to any look and you can never go wrong with our timeless tortoise and gradient brown lenses. At SOLO, we feel like it is crucial for our brand to appeal to the masses. So, Prepsters, Hipsters, Yogis, Adventurers, we bet there’s a pair of our glasses with your name written all over them, just trust us and go check out our site! 

Outdoor Retailer Recap

After 9 trips to Home Depot, 67 hours sanding, staining, cutting and building things and 4 bloody fingers later, we had designed and constructed our booth for Outdoor Retailer and we were pumped! We were about to head to our first big trade show. On January 20th, Nicole and I hit the road in a cargo van named, Big Lady. The 12 hour trek to Salt Lake City had begun!

The next day we pulled up to the convention center with Big Lady and got straight to work. We assembled the booth and were incredibly proud! Dana flew in from the Bay Area to assist and spread the SOLO word at the show. The next four days flew by - Nicole, Dana and I spoke with all sorts of folks. Over 200 people stopped by our booth to inquire about SOLO and our mission to give. The response was overwhelming. People loved SOLO! We were beaming. 

 

Since the show, we've been following up with dozens of interested retailers from North Carolina, Colorado, California, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, New York... the list goes on and on! We will keep you posted as more develops. Check out our new friend, Daniel, below. Daniel works with GoodonYa Bar, an organic energy bar company. He was at the trade show and paid us a special visit to let us know that he owns 8 pairs of SOLOs! Thanks for the love, Daniel!! 

With such a strong start to 2014, we are more than confident that we'll reach our goal of restoring vision for 18,000 people in need this year. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us!

 

Jenny