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APR 2016

Italian Innovators Discover How To Achieve

EVERLASTING LIFE By Reinventing the Coffin

PLUS! INSIGHT ON HUMANITY, HEALTH & WEALTH


LET ORIGINALITY DEFINE YOU WE ARE PURVEYORS OF STYLE. FORGED OF WOOD, STEEL AND A FRESH APPROACH TO CLASSIC TRADITIONS.

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“We hold our timepieces to the highest standards of craftsmanship, authenticity and quality. In doing so, each one of our products is truly an original.”

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Original Grain uses exotic wood from all over the world to handcraft their brilliant watches. All of the hardwood comes from sustainable sources. They focus on using reclaimed wood while rebuilding forests with their partnership with Trees for the Future, keeps their company green. Their watches are stunning, truly original and affordable.

modern day structures. The wood and extreme events; this according from those mature trees is “stronger to whatsyourimapct.org. and less prone to splitting.” “By partnering with Trees for the Original Grains’ blog spotlights Future, we’re striving to plant one some very unique craftsmen as million trees in 2016 – providing well. Most recently is Conner Wood both food and jobs for thousands Bicycles. Bicycles, handcrafted from of people around the globe.” exotic hardwoods with sustainable supply. According to Trees for the Future’s website, they are currently planting With every watch sold, Original trees in sub-Saharan Africa in Kenya, Senegal, Grain vows to plant ten trees! Cameroon, According to conserve-energy- Uganda, and Tanzania. They have future.com Loss of forests helped plant trees everywhere contributes between 12 and from coastal environments to 17 percent of annual global mountains and restored soil that greenhouse gas emissions. (World has been unproductive for up to Resources Institute.) They also hundreds of years. Greenbusinesswatch. mention that if the current rate org states another of deforestation continues, it With your hard earned money, you benefit to using will take less than 100 years to can purchase a new watch and reclaimed wood is destroy all the rainforests on the plant ten new trees in the process. that it is often from earth. Increased greenhouse gas It’s Time for Change! old structures that emissions causes global warming, were, at the time, in turn causing desertification, made from more increased melting of ice and snow, mature wood than sea level rise, and stronger storms VENTREMAGAZINE.COM APR 2016 

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contributors

APR 2016

Jeni Tetamore Jeni Tetamore is a writer, mother of seven, wife and business woman. She has recently made a conscience decision to seize opportunities, grasp the chance of adventures and appreciate the small things. Her new mantra: “Live in the Moment!” Adam Gates Adam Gates is a nature loving, health and happiness advocate. With the creation of Nakedhealthy he is helping people squeeze the most color out of out life.

Kristen Judd Kristen Judd is a speaker, educator and facilitator of good money principles. Enjoys helping people find hope and direction when it comes to their money.

Emily Weng Sex expert, public speaker, blogger, TV & radio personality, owner of Bedroom Discussions and Find Fit Dates. She opens the bedroom door to thought-provoking discussions covering sexuality, relationship advice, dating tips, empowerment, intimacy and much more.

content INTIMATE INVESTMENTS

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JUST BEAN YOURSELF

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THE INSIDE JOB

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BOOK OF THE MONTH

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COVER STORY

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NAKED HEALTHY

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WINE ME DINE ME

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A PLENTIFUL PURSE

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WANDERLUST 60-67 HEART AT WORK

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INTIMATE INVESTMENTS

INTIMATE INVESTMENTS by Emily Weng

ttention Eco Lovers! These days there should be no confusion that we are in an increasingly ecofriendly era. This environmentally conscious way of living and thinking has had plenty of momentum so that it’s now very chic to include them in your decor. This has become a unique household decorating style that is quickly gaining popularity throughout much of the country, Colorado in particular.

and I find ourselves at Lowes or Home Depot multiple times throughout our projects for fasteners, bolts, or that perfect random piece of material to complete our masterpiece. This is just the type of eco-love we both very much enjoy because he loves power tools, and I love decorating, so it’s a win - win! Besides, our times at these stores have become a blast! One of our favorite things to do together has become redecorating and remodeling projects. Our house is being transformed into a sexier Colorado style one room at a time.

As a native to Colorado, I have seen many styles come and thankfully many of them go, but I believe this is a style that will be there for a long time to come. This new decorating method is commonly referred to as “the Colorado style” and we have proudly proclaimed this as our very own.

We have saved several thousands of dollars in labor and have had tons of fun in the process. Another bonus, when he catches me daydreaming while watching him with his tool belt and often without a shirt, it gets me super turned on! I mean come on...the handyman guy thing… always hoping for maybe a little Channing Tatum, power tool scene like the one from Magic Mike XXL. My baby looks SO HOT!!

For those who are unsure of what this Colorado look is comprised of, it’s often an eclectic collection of older reclaimed barn wood, rusted hardware, bright whites, gunmetal greys, industrial style metals with a twist of modern designs, and tying it all together in a very warm and sexy way. For entertaining purposes, a space covered in weathered 100-year-old reclaimed wood creates curiosity and great conversation, much like a fine piece of art. The best part is that this particular green-style can be very inexpensive. These projects will require creativity, so look around as you may already have some recyclable product available that would be a perfect start to a room rehab. My fiancée 10  VENTRE

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Being eco-friendly is also in alignment with Feng Shui. Feng Shui promotes better rest, relaxation, communication, and relationships. Do you know that feeling when you are finished with your spring cleaning and have cleared out all of the clutter? Decorating your love nest is no different and doing it together will play a significant role in accelerating your love life and making your bedroom environment more conducive and sexy.


Being earth friendly is even big for single earthlings. Eco-friendly dating sites are even popping up, focusing on like-minded single eco-enthusiasts who seek a green conscious lover. Visiting your local farmers market can be a great place to meet your green match as well. Whether you’re an environmentalist, a fashionista or you’re just jumping on what’s currently trending in home decor, being green is cool, kind and it’s even sexy!

Decorating your lovenest together will play a significant role in accelerating your lovelife and make your bedroom environment more conducive and sexy!

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THE ROAD TO BETTER POSTURE

The Lumo Lift is a small, lightweight wearable solution to posture. Worn near your collarbone, it gently vibrates every time you slouch to remind you to sit tall and stand straight. Its unique biomechanic motion sensors have the ability to track your posture and activity levels throughout the day for progress tracking via the Lumo Lift app.

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JUST BEAN YOURSELF

JUST

BEAN YOURSELF COFFEE CONCEPTS by Amanda Barnhart

What do you get when you merge a passion for coffee, cycling, and the environment? A Velopresso! Velopresso is a rear-steering tricycle that uses pedaling to run the espresso machine built into the trike. The Velopresso was designed by Amos Field Reid and Lasse Oiva during their final year at the Royal College of Art. They began this project in 2011 as an alternative energy research project, with their first working prototype coming to life in June 2012.

Since that time they have won the Constructors’ Challenge Award and been the official coffee provider for the Mayor of London’s unveiling ceremony, among many other accomplishments. Lasse has a background in industrial design while Amos worked as a product designer after ten years in film. They both shared a love for cycling.

“We wanted to showcase the potential of human-power when applied to bicycle-based machinery, and for the outcome to work on two distinct levels – as a beautiful, practical and innovative machine, but also as a very visible piece of procycling propaganda.”

“As the project developed, we arrived at a more precise aim – to achieve the lightest and most mobile, pedal-powered, commercial-standard espresso coffee vending tricycle with the lowest possible carbon-footprint in use.”

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Velopresso is made in Britain. They are made to order, constructed by hand the take between six to 16 weeks from the time of order to make. There are 15 Velopresso’s being used worldwide to bring people an eco-friendly cup of coffee. They are currently in Australia, Canada, France, Holland, Luxembourg, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, U.K., and the U.S. The Velopresso contains the world’s first pedal-driven grinder along with a pedal driven water pump. The coffee is made by a gas-powered lever espresso machine that they developed with Fracino of Birmingham.

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“No motors, fumes, or noise, just humanized coffee on the go.” Reid and Lasse hope their extremely environmentally friendly mobile coffee trikes take off around the world. The Velopresso makes it possible for you to have a high-quality espresso on the go, in any place a bike can go. Everything from mobility to making of the coffee itself is powered by pedaling.

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THE INSIDE JOB

t was a beautiful summer morning in June. I decided to take my daughter on a hike near Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, Colorado. It’s a wonderful hike through nature, especially for kids because it’s not too strenuous. We’d made our way to the top of a hill and decided to have a seat on a bench nearby. The bench overlooked the city and you could see for miles around. It was then that the five-year-old wheels in her head started to turn.

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She shouted, “Wow dad, we can see Egypt from here!” I smiled and replied, “No sweetheart, Egypt is much too far to see from here.” In her typical debating manner she said, “Yes you can. There it is right there!” I looked to where her little finger was pointing and it was to a nearby landfill in the shape of a pyramid. At first I laughed and then I thought, “What the hell are we doing to the planet?” I saw not only one landfill, but others as we looked out over neighboring cities. This prompted my interest in environmental science. It’s amazing to think that we now have nearly 7.3 billion people on the planet. Environmental Scientists project that based on current rate of growth, the human population will reach 15 billion in roughly 65 years. If landfills are per capita, I can only imagine what the earth will look like in 65 years...much like a scene from the Disney Pixar movie Wall•E, and it’s not pretty.

*Image Courtesy of Disney Pixar


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Grant it, unless reincarnation is actually a thing, I won’t be here to witness the travesty of a trashinfested planet, but I do recognize the roll I play and I’m committed to doing what I can to make a difference. If I do return, hopefully my efforts will have made a positive difference. If I don’t, then I can rest in peace knowing I did the best I could for my daughter. What can I do to make a difference? That’s a good question. You can start by learning how to reduce, repurpose and recycle. Reduce: Get a reusable grocery bag instead of getting plastic bags every time you visit a store. Repurpose: Give away or sell old clothing items rather than throwing them in the trash. If you can’t reuse or repurpose, then recycle. You may be surprised to learn how many items you can recycle.

I won’t go into detail here on the many ways you can positively impact the environment and the world. However, I highly recommend you visit this site to learn more: www.footprintnetwork.org. This website is extremely insightful and will provide you with ways on how you can minimize your current ecological footprint. The earth is not ours. It’s an inhabitance that we share with many other species. If we protect it, we’ll reap its benefits. If we harm it, we will reap its havoc. If you’ve ever wanted to be a superhero, or change the world for the better, here’s your chance. Reduce! Repurpose! Recycle! As Gandhi said,

“Any change you wish to see in the world, start with yourself and healing will multiply.”

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BOOK OF THE MONTH

“Duhigg uses engaging storytelling to highlight fascinating research and core principles that we can all learn and use in our daily lives. A masterful must-read for anyone who wants to get more (and more creative) stuff done.”

–David Allen, bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

ABOUT THE AUTHOR My name is Charles Duhigg, and I’m a reporter for The New York Times. I’m also the author of The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies. I’ve worked at the Times since 2006. My latest series focused on Apple and was named “The iEconomy.” It won a Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2013. Before that, I contributed to other series, including “Golden Opportunities,” “The Reckoning,” and “Toxic Waters. I’m also a native of New Mexico. I studied history at Yale and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. I have appeared on This American Life, N.P.R., The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Frontline. Before becoming a journalist, I worked in private equity and – for one terrifying day – was a bike messenger in San Francisco. My introduction to the science of productivity began in the summer of 2011, when I asked a friend of a friend for a favor. At the time, I was finishing a book about the neurology and psychology of habit formation. I was in the final, frantic stages of the writing process—a flurry of phone calls, panicked rewrites, last-minute edits—and felt like I was falling further and further behind. My wife, who worked fulltime, had just given birth to our

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second child. I was an investigative reporter at The New York Times and spent my days chasing stories and my nights rewriting book pages. My life felt like a treadmill of to-do lists, emails requiring immediate replies, rushed meetings, and subsequent apologies for being late. Amid all this hustle and scurry—and under the guise of asking for a little publishing advice—I sent a note to an author I admired, a friend of one of my colleagues at the Times. The author’s name was Atul Gawande, and he appeared to be a paragon of success. He was a fortysix-year-old staff writer at a prestigious magazine, as well as a renowned surgeon at one of the nation’s top hospitals. He was an associate professor at Harvard, an adviser to the World Health Organization, and the founder of a nonprofit that sent surgical supplies to medically underserved parts of the world. He had written three books—all bestsellers—and was married with three children. In 2006, he had been awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant— and had promptly given a substantial portion of the $500,000 prize to charity. There are some people who pretend at productivity, whose résumés appear impressive until you realize their greatest talent is self marketing. Then there are others, like Gawande, who seem to exist on a different plane of getting things done. His articles were smart and engaging, and, by all accounts, he was gifted in the operating room, committed to his patients, and a devoted father. Whenever he was interviewed on television, he appeared relaxed and thoughtful. His accomplishments in medicine, writing, and public health were important and real. I emailed him to ask if he had some time to talk. I wanted to know how he managed to be so

productive. Mainly, what was his secret? And, if I learned it, could I change my own life? “Productivity”, of course, means different things in different settings. One person might spend an hour exercising in the morning before dropping the kids at school and consider the day a success. Another might opt to use that time locked in her office, returning emails and calling a few clients, and feel equally accomplished. A research scientist or artist may see productivity in failed experiments or discarded canvases, since each mistake, they hope, gets them closer to discovery; while an engineer’s measure of productivity might focus on making an assembly line ever faster. A productive weekend might involve walking through the park with your kids, while a productive workday involves rushing them to daycare and getting to the office as early as you can. Productivity, put simply, is the name we give our attempts to figure out the best uses of our energy, intellect, and time as we try to seize the most meaningful rewards with the least wasted effort. It’s a process of learning how to succeed with less stress and struggle. It’s about getting things done without sacrificing everything we care about along the way.

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CUSTOM PHONE COVER $59 & UP You are a rebel, an unapologetic original, a unique snowflake. You need a gadget cover that is 100% your own. Trust us, we get it. If you want to promote your business, give a unique gift, or just show off how badass you are, let your Toast do the talking. Send us your artwork or logo and we’ll hook you up. Prepare to be flooded with compliments. Nice one, you maverick-y maverick, you! Available in four sumptuous, sustainable wood choices: walnut, bamboo, ebony and ash.

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Ladies, imagine a sustainable product that could replace your need for tampons and pads. A stylish and comfortable pair of underwear that works as a double agent to keep you clean and dry during you’re menstrual cycle. THINX does just that! “Every pair of THINX has a top layer that wicks all liquid into a thin absorption layer right beneath, so that you feel super dry. This way you can wear’em all day long.” THINX women’s underwear are designed, by women in New York City, to absorb the liquid while keeping you dry and feeling clean. THINX are made in a family run factory in Sri Lanka that gives back by being committed to empowering the women they employ with education and training. 26  VENTRE

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“By reimagining feminine hygiene products to provide support, comfort, confidence, and peace of mind, we aim to eliminate shame, empowering women around the world.”


THINX can be worn in addition to tampons or pads; and yes, even as an alternative! THINX is also working towards a greater goal. They have partnered with AFRIpads in Uganda, which trains women to work for themselves making and selling reusable pads. Each pair of underwear you purchase helps to fund this cause. This cause in turn give girls access to protection during their cycle to help prevent them from missing school. According to the article, Women can Bleed Green on alternet.org, a woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene products in her lifetime. In addition the Ocean Conservancy found that tampon applicators made up 2.2% of debris on U.S. coastlines.

Consider all the waste that could be avoided by purchasing and wearing THINX.

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COVER STORY

TREE OF LIFE Interview and Article by Jeni Tetamore

The culture of death rites is as numerous as the stars in the sky. The monuments that men have built to their dead are as varied as the creeds, races, and civil bodies that have roamed this earth since time immemorial. From the Egyptian pyramids to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to the Turning Angel to the quiet abandoned churchyard full of mossy forgotten gravestones, humanity has searched for ways to remember and honor their dearly departed.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Francesco D’Angelo e Adriano del Ferro. Property: Capsula Mundi | Rome 2015

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ost cemeteries and memorials have a few key things in common – the need for stone (marble, granite, cement) for the headstone or sculptures, metal (again for headstones or placards), and wood for the coffins – in addition to the land required either for the burials or the monument buildings. It is also time to recognize that none of these resources are unlimited. There is only so much rock and metal in the world – these do not grow back – and that it takes years for a forest to replenish itself. It is a problem that Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel decided to tackle head-on. The two met in 2001 in Milan at the Salon del Mobile, one of the most famous Italian furniture fairs as young designers. Two years later in 2003, they were selected to participate. The challenge placed before them was to design an object that was to define the quality of life and what sort of legacy that the object would leave behind. They were inspired by these reflections to focus on an uncomfortable object – the coffin – an item mostly overlooked by the design the world.

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In their process they developed Capsula Mundi, which expresses an idea of continuity and return. Perhaps Edvard Munch, the brilliant artist behind such works as Starry Night, expresses the concept best when he said almost 100 years before Capsula Mundi’s inception, “From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.”

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HERE IS HOW IT WORKS: Capsula Mundi is made with a biodegradable material that does not impede natural transformation, allowing the cremated ashes or the body placed in the egg-shaped capsule to be converted into minerals. The minerals are then integrated into the soil, becoming nutrients for the tree chosen by the decedent prior to their death so that a new form of life begins, giving oxygen and nutrients for other living species. Citelli and Bretzel hope to help reimagine life, death, and sustainability with Capsula Mundi. The Capsula is shaped like an egg as it recalls to mind the idea of life and rebirth with body inside lying in the fetal position. Once the Capsula is buried and the tree is planted, death takes on a new meaning – it is no longer considered an interruption of the process of life but rather as the beginning of a series of transformations that reintroduce us into the natural cycle. Family and friends of the person who passed away are invited to take care of the tree as it grows and in this way, go into a “sacred forest” and to help a new form of life. All of these elements coalesce into allowing us to think of the dead in a different way, a more acceptable, sustainable way than sitting before a cold gray stone to bring cut, dying flowers housing a coffin made from a tree that was only really used for three days, but will take 10-40 years to regrow to maturity.

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“A tree is cut down to manufacture a traditional coffin: this does not have to happen with our biodegradable Capsula. A tree will be planted over the buried Capsula, so a new form of life starts living and gives back oxygen and nutrients for other living species. ”

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Capsula Mundi is still very much in the conception stage. For instance, “green” burials are not legal in every country (including Italy where Citelli and Bretzel are based). There have been other hurdles as well, as death is often taboo in many cultures, especially in the Occidental ones, and so moving forward requires compassion and tact. Most of the obstacles remain legal in nature, and simply entail further scientific and legal research. They are moving forward immediately with the launch of the Capsula designed for ashes as the restrictions regarding cremation are more liberal. Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel’s mission is to change the perception of death, attempting to construct a more positive, lasting and sustainable impact on loved ones left behind and the world around them. This option would be open to all, regardless of religion or race, as each individual will be able to choose the ceremony that is most appropriate for his or her creed or laic nature.

Within the Capsula Mundi philosophy “Sacred Forests” would be created where families could gather and celebrate the life of their loved one in a tangible way – the growing life of a new thing – that would also certainly be maintained by groundskeepers when they are away. And in this way, we could all have a little slice of eternity.

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OUR VISION designer eyewear that supports animals Fetch is a small company with a big vision. We believe buying things you need should support the things you love. Modern philanthropy is no longer just a check in the mail followed by a tote bag that you never use. Today altruists can effect change by thoughtfully considering the items they bring into their lives and choosing those that give back.

Fetch Eyewear has pledged to donate all profits to the Pixie Project to improve animal welfare through rescue, veterinary care and education. We are extremely fortunate to do what we do and sincerely appreciate the support of those who wear our glasses and share our vision.

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NAKED HEALTHY

NAKED HEALTHY MEAT OVER MATTER

By Adam Gates

Ladies and Gentlemen...step away from the cow.

If YOU could help stop deforestation of the Amazon rain forest, drastically slow melting of the Arctic and polar ice caps, protect all the Earth’s oceans AND reduce the toxicity of our atmosphere with just a small change to your diet, you’d jump in with both feet right? What if with a simple change to your shopping cart you could slow the largest mass extinction of species the world has seen in the last 65 million years? What if, on top of you becoming “Captain Planet” this also assisted you in achieving your weight loss goals AND added years to your life? Sound too good to be true? *squeaky megaphone voice*

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That’s it. Stop using products that come from cows and the planet will begin to heal herself in a head spinning amount of time. We are literally choking her out. Let me explain how all this works. We the consumer, are buying, an off the chart, amount of beef and dairy products (cheese, milk and ice cream). All those damn cows don’t just grow out of thin air either. Each cow requires a ton of water, food and land. Right now, 45% of Earth’s total land is covered by livestock and feed. The cows need room to roam. The water needs to come from somewhere

and go to somewhere. The feed needs land and water to grow. Then transportation to the cattle. Where there is demand, there will always be supply. All that product has to come from somewhere, and I’ll tell you right now it comes from everywhere. They are bulldozing the planet to make room for more and more cattle and their feed. Mostly delicious GMO soy and grain, which you get to absorb when you eat. One to two acres of Amazon is plowed every second and 91% of that is directly linked to agriculture. It just so happens the Amazon is home to 10% of all the known species on the planet. Think they are going door to door to ask the animals to politely

Amazonia Forest burning to open space for pasture (deforestation).


“Hey human! Which do you think is essential for survival? Clean air or a burger with cheese??” -the conscious cow

leave? This is the leading cause of species extinction. Because of this there are now over 500 nitrogen flooded “dead zones” in our oceans around the world. On top of the deforestation, agriculture is responsible for 55% of ALL worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Just a refresher of how great these little things are, from Gaia.greenhouse, greenhouse gas is any gaseous compound in the atmosphere that can trap and absorb infrared radiation. Which then, once trapped, holds heat like a magnifying glass, cranking up the temperature. Ever heard of global warming? Don’t worry, I know what you’re thinking, there has got to be good news. No. We haven’t even gotten to how bad red meat and dairy is for your health. Emissions from agriculture are expected to increase 80% by 2050. I already have plans to live to 2100 and I’m not ok with any of this. Some of you might not give a shit about your imaginary grandchildren and that’s fine, I guess. But this is happening so fast that YOU are going to have to deal with this. We have got to come together as a society to say no. I know burgers taste good, but so does cocaine and I gave that up for good reason. Can you imagine the impact we could have uniting to reject products from cattle and switching to chicken, turkey and fish?? VENTREMAGAZINE.COM APR 2016 

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We could, without exaggeration of the phrase, change the world. Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane every single day. That methane speeds the melting of the Arctic and releases stored methane within the permafrost. Do you see the problem in this self-perpetuating cycle? We are so far into this that if every fossil fuel we have; every industry, car, bus, airplane, scooter, appliance, stopped today, we would still exceed our CO2 limit by 2030. You remember last year when everyone started attacking almond milk because it takes a gallon of water to grow an almond. Put your 2% milk down. You ready? It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce ONE pound of beef. 55% of the United States water goes towards crops to feed livestock. If you are wondering, “well how much do I use?” Private water usage is about 5%. So all those conserve your water ads directed at making us feel like that’s how we make a difference, are way off target. Meanwhile the things that go “Mooo” drink 45 billion gallons a day. People are about 5 billion. Alright, the health. We all know red meat probably isn’t that good for us, but can it be that bad? Well in a metaanalysis, which is where they pool data from other studies to form larger conclusions, in this case 13 studies, 10 years and 1.6 million people, ages 50-71. Researchers found that 11% of men and 16% of women’s deaths were preventable. Red meat is directly linked to the number one cause of death, heart disease. And, also, the number two cause of death being cancer. The fat in the meat builds up plaque in your arteries and heart like garbage in pipes. The more you eat the more you increase risk. Stroke, heart attack

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and cardio vascular disease are all direct effects of red meat intake. 75% of people are lactose intolerant. Most likely you. It raises the acidity of your body, causing mucus. Give it up for a week and see if that brain fog and stuffy head goes away. I won’t get into the graphic details of what is actually in the milk, just know it’s not all milk. In addition, they add 8-14 grams of sugar per cup of milk. Go look. Keeping in mind a gram is a packet of sugar. That’s gross. There are billions of dollars at stake here and big corporations will stop at literally nothing...unless demand falls. In the past 20 years over 1,100 land activists, priests, nuns and rural workers have been killed attempting to protect the jungle. I didn’t even go into the massive amount of waste this all produces. Ok, it’s 116,000 lbs per second. This is not a game and it all

starts with our purchasing power. Most food products in the grocery store are morphing into healthier options because big corporations know that’s what we want, or we’ll stop buying it. The same goes for cattle products. Life is about progressing. The data is in. I know burgers are delicious, but so is not living on Mars and that’s quickly how it’s going to look around here. Use your powerful voice, its contained in your wallet.

“This is not a game and it all starts with our purchasing power.”

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“Do as I do – have 3 Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar drinks daily. Mix 2 tsps Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and raw honey in an 8 oz. glass of distilled water.” – Julian Whitaker, M.D., Health & Healing Newsletter

WHY BRAGG APC? Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is the best and highest quality available in the world today. It was voted and awarded for its best quality. It is made only from the finest, delicious, healthy grown USDA Certified Organic Apples. Leading environmental experts advise eating only organic apples and apple products, because conventional apples have been listed as one of the top 12 foods most contaminated by pesticides.

• USDA Certified Organic

organically grown apples and exacting scientific standards used to meet organic certified food product standards.

• Unfiltered

contains the valuable apple peel which is rich in important polyphenol antioxidants.

• Raw

Not Pasteurized, recognized as a “live food”, rich in enzymes and made the best natural way.

• Contains the amazing “Mother” of Vinegar

a natural cloudy substance found only in raw, unfiltered organic vinegar formed from naturally occurring strand-like chains of protein enzyme molecules. It is highly regarded for it’s nutritional and health benefits.

• Non-GMO • Kosher Certified • Best Tasting!

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Natural, Healthy Beauty Aids The Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is not only valuable for your personal health and wellness, but also is a natural beauty aid. Patricia Bragg, ND, PhD. • Helps your skin look healthy, vibrant and youthful • Effective skin cleanser, toner and soothes sunburns • Rich in natural organic acids (alpha-hydroxy acids) used by dermatologists and estheticians (skin care specialists) to help the skin have a more youthful and glowing healthy appearance • To cleanse & refresh your skin, add a cup to bath water • Wonderful hair rinse when used after shampooing


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HEALTH, WELLNESS & BEAUTY BENEFITS OF BRAGG ORGANIC ACV AT bragg.com Ingredients: Certified Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. Contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules.

Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines, it is Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth; and is Kosher Certified. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty Apple Cider Vinegarnatural goodness. Non-GMO Certified. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn. Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities. NO REFRIGERATION REQUIRED.

“I lost 102 lbs. using Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar and have kept it off for over 15 years.”

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VeggieHotels P U R E LY V E G E TA R I A N

“VeggieHotels are taking on a pioneer role.” Founders Thomas and Karen Klein, both travel journalists, and Peter Haunert, IT specialist; have been vegetarians since childhood. According to the Vegetarian Times 7.3 million Americans are vegetarians, with 1 million of those individuals being vegan. A 2008 study showed that 47% said Environmental concerns were a factor in choosing a vegetarian diet. An even larger number claim to follow a mostly “vegetarianinclined diet.” The Kleins and Haunert have tapped into that base to make it easier for those vegetarians and vegans to find accommodations that fit their lifestyle. It’s a simple as visiting their website and clicking, “find a VeggieHotel.” According to chooseveg.com, vegetarianism reduces your impact on climate change, rainforest destruction, and pollution. “Nearly 80% of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture.” With VeggieHotels you can use your R & R time as activism for the environment. Not just staying somewhere that will accommodate your vegetarian or vegan diet; but a place that is actively using their platform to fight climate change and stand up for sustainability in their industry. VeggieHotels do not just cater to vegetarian and vegan individuals but in addition offer gluten and lactose free dishes.

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THE FARM at San Benito Philippines, Lipa City VEGGIE-HOTELS.COM

The Farm at San Benito is a center for holistic healing and wellness where people balance their mind, body and spirit with nourishing live foods in an ecofriendly place. Located a 90 minute drive south of Manila, in Batangas, Philippines, The Farm at San Benito is nestled amidst

lush green jungle and boasts stunning views of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and strong energy radiating around the property. With only 24 suites and villas, personalized service and the Filipinos caring hearts & nurturing touch, The Farm offers guests an unparalleled holistic holiday experience. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM APR 2016 

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FIVELEMENTS, PURI AHIMSA Banjar Baturning, Bali Nestled alongside the Ayung River, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa is Bali’s award-winning eco-conscious wellness destination deeply rooted in the island’s ancient traditions, nurturing harmony among spirit, human and nature. At Fivelements, we recognise that optimal wellness comes from embracing and respecting the body, mind and spirit, where health and self-realisation are reflections of the love, authenticity and harmony within.

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Fivelements’ integrative wellness retreats, stays and exclusive day programmes combine: • Balinese healing rituals for purification, balancing and regeneration • Plant-based, living foods cuisine for health, beauty and longevity • Sacred arts practices for inner strength, alignment and dedication At Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, healing is inspired by the Balinese way of life, which encourages us to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. Similarly, our holistic approach is designed to tunein on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, allowing an organic healing process to naturally unfold. We collaborate with our guests to activate, facilitate and nurture a new healing path, and this begins by honouring our highest potential. VEGGIE-HOTELS.COM

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YOGA & PILATES RETREAT Canarias, Fuerteventura Spain

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Welcome to Azul Yoga and Pilates retreat on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura. Relax and rejuvenate on empty white-sand beaches and drink in the dramatic volcanic sunsets. This is more than just a holiday, this is the Azul experience. A chance to awaken the spark present within you.

Eat well, move mindfully, open your heart. Your wellbeing starts here.

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Feel at ease and know that you matter here. This is your wellbeing journey. Discover your path at your pace, guided by our warm, passionate team of experts.

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ALMODÓVAR HOTEL Berlin, Berlin

The Almodóvar Hotel is not only Berlin’s first vegetarian organic hotel, but also a design Hotel with a distinctive style. Centrally located on Boxhagener Straße, the hotel has excellent links to all districts. The 60 rooms are individually decorated in a modern style using natural materials. BISTRO BARDOT Enjoy delicious dishes from the vegetarian organic kitchen that will excite your senses. All our meals and beverages are sourced from controlled organic farming.

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SHREYAS RETREAT Bangalore, Karnataka INDIA Shreyas, rated as one of the finest Yoga retreats in the world, is an exclusive boutique retreat offering the authentic practice of Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda without sacrificing worldly comforts. Guests can participate in Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Chanting, Deep-relaxation sessions, Community Service exercises, Nature farming, Ayurveda therapies, Spa treatments and more. This is complemented by gourmet organic vegetarian cuisine and a no-alcohol policy, ensuring that guests leave refreshed in body, mind and spirit.

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offers organic clothing for men, women and baby. Not only are they an upstanding and sustainable business; they are also working with a greater cause in mind. “We make clothes that don’t hurt people.” From the planting of the cotton seed to the seamstress, they are ethically made, environmentally friendly, and created by workers who are paid well. No sweatshops, No child labor, No harmful chemicals. This is a great accomplishment in a world where, according to dosomething. org, 168 million children between the ages of five and 14 are forced to work. 59% of those children are working in agriculture. In Sub-Saharan Africa one in five children are in child labor. Pact is standing up to the unethical, hazardous working conditions, and slave wages that so many people across the world are subjected to. All the while creating a high quality product that changes lives from the field to the consumers. “Child labor is an epidemic in the clothing and textile industry, and we believe that children should be getting grass on their shirts, not manufacturing it.” Pact uses Non-GMO organic cotton. According to theworldcounts.org, cotton is one of the dirtiest industries in the world with very large pesticide use. Child labors often apply the pesticides with no protection. The chemicals used can cause health issues from spontaneous abortion to cancer. Pact partners with OCS (Organic Content Standard), GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), and Fair Trade USA to ensure all clothing is produced ethically and sustainable. 54  VENTRE

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GOsave GREEN green

A PLENTIFUL PURSE

by Kristen Judd Owner/CEO of Money Secrets

Going Green could be worth $139,000 to you and your family. Yes! It’s true. It could also be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much going green could be worth to you and your family. It depends on how far you want to go to help the environment and yourself! Going green can pay off in big ways, especially if you engage with some universal truths when it comes to Money. You can feel good about preserving the earth’s resources, and still make some big bucks. It will essentially PAY you for being environmentally conscious. I will show you how much you can save and if you apply three simple Money Principles to those savings, what it could net you in the end. The principles that I like to use are: Time Value of Money, Compound Interest and Tax Deferral. The net effect examples will include a modest 7% return, 20 year time frame and because we understand that our money will grow faster in a nontaxable environment – all examples will not experience a taxable consequence during growth. These are additional bonus factors that can be added to the savings that follow.

FUEL EFFICIENCY –

A couple of years ago, I traded my gas guzzling suburban for a more fuel efficient Ford Fusion. My suburban was probably getting around 16 mpg. My fusion is getting a little over 30 mpg. If you can make the change from 20 mpg to 30 mpg you could save $888 a year! Net Effect: $888 a year will turn into $42,360!

CARPOOL – You can save

between $650 - $1,000 a year by carpooling with co-workers. Under this category you can also include public transportation and working from home. More and more companies are getting on board with working from home. If you happen to work for a company that allows for this, the savings can increase from there. Net effect: $650 a year would grow to $30,919 providing you started at age 18 and stopped at age 65, You can adjust based on your current age. 56  VENTRE

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GOURMET COFFEE –

I love my coffee just like everyone else, but all those coffee cups add up when taken to our landfills. I am certainly not suggesting that you give it up all together. But let’s say you give up your $4/ day cup of coffee from Monday thru Friday. This will save you a minimum of $720 a year. Net Effect: $720 a year will turn into $34,345!


ELECTRONICS – Did you know

SWITCHING OUT YOUR LIGHTBULBS

that if you plug in your electronics directly into the wall, they slowly suck electricity even if they are off?

– We have heard this one for a long time. But if you even change out the five most used lights in your home, you could save $70 a year. Net Effect: $3,322

A simple way to save $100 a year is to plug all of your electronics into a power strip instead of the wall. Net Effect: $4,753

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT –

Installing one of these can save you 10% off of your bill each year. Plus adding one or two degrees in the summer or dropping one or two degrees in the winter will save you another 1% per degree you change up or down. An average of $250 a year. Net Effect: $12,013

REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

– On average people will spend around $240 a year buying water in a bottle. Does that blow your mind? Making a conscious effort to get your water at home or in other public areas can save you huge! Net Effect: $11,449

I challenge you to turn these savings into working dollars rather than spending dollars. This year, practice being a little more green and by doing so, you’ll see your purse, and the earth, become more plentiful!

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So this is where the rubber meets the road, and we hope you’ll join us in building something great.

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feed your sense of @wanderlust... Bee Cave Austin

By Sam Russell

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estled 20 minutes away from everything in Austin (the airport, downtown, Hippie Hollow) is the picturesque community of Bee Cave, Texas. What didn’t exist 20 years ago is now an oasis unto itself. If you’re lucky enough to venture to this part of the South, highly consider Sonesta Bee Cave Austin as the softest landing in town, where good music and fine food soothes the soul. The modern and trendy Sonesta Bee Cave Austin overlooks the rolling terrain of Texas hill country. What a perfect excuse to rent

a nice car, put the top down, avoid the congested roads at rush hour and indulge during the spring months. Guests are invited to pamper themselves in the outdoor swimming pool and sun deck before jumping on the complimentary local trolley to take in over 100 stores and restaurants of the Hill Country Galleria. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Explore the hike and bike trails that neighbor the hotel property and connects to the City of Bee Cave trail system. All of this at your disposal the moment that swanky elevator door closes behind you and transports you into a creative world of leisure you most likely don’t have at home. But first it’s time to check in …

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THE LOUNGE

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Going above and beyond is in the DNA at Sonesta Bee Cave- Austin. The service is warm and inviting and the space is large and upscale casual. The beauty here is rather disarming, and I don’t’ mean just the décor. Tell your single gal pals to meet up in Meridian 98 on the 6th floor, Bee Cave’s hottest upscale rooftop lounge. The creative palate serves the space well, and the courtyard pool & sundeck experience would be incomplete without you.

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THE ROOFTOP Meridian 98

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin | 12525 Bee Cave Parkway | Bee Cave, TX 78738

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“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” - Vladimir Nabokov, Mary

Only savvy travellers and wellheeled locals know about this scenic escape. The visual stimuli and lounge décor will have you feeling like you’re at the Ritz Carlton and the menu proudly showcases locally grown seasonal dishes. Start the day with the thoughtfully prepared all-you-can-eat buffet and save room for seconds. Meet a client for dinner on the veranda while taking in some fresh air. The West Pole Margarita will have you loose-lipped and flirty with the wait staff. Something about this space is hypnotic. If not bound to your iPhone or personal assistant, it’s safe to say you may never want to resurface or venture too far from this idyllic resting place.

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THE SUITE Bee Cave is extremely safe and walkable, so step away from the convertible and discover these surroundings by foot when you can. Sonesta Bee Cave Austin is again the perfect anchor for those weary feet, but don’t just take our word for it, there is a warm and welcoming voice on the other side of that reservations line to win you over.

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Cyclone Winston currently has this resort shut down while they assess damages. They have an Employee Emergency Fund set up for those employees that lost their homes in Tropical Cyclone Winston. 100% of all donations will be given to the employees and their families. According to UNCEF, in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, UNICEF’s main concern is for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers across Fiji. The Fijian Government has declared a state of natural disaster. “If we are talking about a worst case scenario, in addition to injuries and loss of life, you have a situation where peoples entire lives, top to bottom, have been turned upside down.” – Alice Clements, Communications Specialist with UNICEF Pacific. Much of their staff lives in Nukubalavu Village, two miles south of the resort. Visits to the village are arranged for guests of the resort each week. “Meeting the people of Fijian will be one of your fondest memories.”

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“The Fijian people play guitar and sing at every opportunity. Music seems to be everywhere.”

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he Fijian people have flourished for over three thousand years by living off the natural bounty that surrounds them. Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of conservationists believe our modern society can learn a lot about achieving a sustainable environment from the Fijian’s agricultural and fishing practices. The resort is dedicated to the preservation of a pristine environment where physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation come naturally. Since its inception, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has dedicated itself to taking care of the environment. We are proud to demonstrate that we can use what Mother Nature has to offer in a sustainable way. Following the example set long ago by Jean-Michel Cousteau around the world, it is our sincere believe that the experience our guests’ (adults and

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children) and the memories they take home are meaningfully enhanced by the knowledge that the resort has highly developed sustainability programs in place, coupled with extensive ecological preservation and educational programs provided by the staff to the local community. The staff is justly proud that they are continuing the legacy. Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau, Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work. Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education

organization, serves as a “Voice for the Ocean” by communicating in all media the critical bond between people and the sea and the importance of wise environmental policy. Jean-Michel serves as an impassioned diplomat for the environment, reaching out to the public through a variety of media. He has produced over 80 films, received the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d’Or, and the Cable Ace Award. In 1989, he became a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times where his articles appeared in over sixty newspapers worldwide. Reaching millions of people globally through Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel continues to produce environmentally oriented adventure programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, magazine articles, newspaper columns, and public lectures. In 2006, Jean-Michel’s initiative to protect the Northwest Hawaiian Islands took him to The White House where he screened his PBS-KQED documentary, Voyage to Kure, for President George W. Bush. The President was inspired and in June 2006, he declared the 1,200-mile


The resort has made it a priority to take care of the environment. They take great pride in the sustainability programs, ecological preservation and educational programs they have in place. “...an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort.” Jean-Michel Cousteau

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himself, has among many accomplishments, has produced 80 films, won an Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7 d’Or, and Cable Ace Award. He is a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999, and in 2002 Jean-Michel became the first person to represent the Environment during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

chain of islands a Marine National Monument—at the time; the largest marine protected areas in the world. As Chairman of the Board and President of Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel travels the world, meeting with leaders and policymakers at the grassroots level and at the highest echelons of government and business. He is dedicated to educating young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his reputation and support to energize alliances for positive change.Jean-Michel Cousteau has both created and been recognized for many “firsts” in a variety of endeavors. In February 2002, he became the first person to represent the Environment in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Jean-Michel was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Athens Environmental Foundation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, mandated to design and support projects that will improve the environment in Greece and beyond. In the first attempt ever to return a captive orca to the wild, in 1999 Jean-Michel merged three non-profit

organizations to form Ocean Futures Society to continue research and care for Keiko, the captive killer whale of “Free Willy” film fame. In working with Keiko, Jean-Michel and his team pioneered both husbandry techniques and scientific research on wild orcas. In 2002, Keiko was returned to the wild and entrusted to the Humane Society for continued long-term care and monitoring. In another “first,” on Earth Day 1997 Jean-Michel led the first undersea live, interactive, video chat on Microsoft Internet, from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International Year of the Reef and answering questions from “armchair divers” throughout the world. In 1998, Jean-Michel participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to CNN to highlight the International Year of the Ocean, discussing NASA’s contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut and marine biologist, Rick Linnehan. cont...

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Jean-Michel has been honored with the Environmental Hero Award, presented to him by then-Vice President Gore at the White House National Oceans Conference in 1998. Jean-Michel also has a long history of innovative design in the field of architecture and the ocean. Acting on a childhood dream to build cities under the sea, he pursued a degree in architecture from the Paris School of Architecture and remains a member of the Ordre National des Architectes. Artificial floating islands, schools, and an advanced marine studies center in Marseilles, France, are among his projects. In 1969, he led the transformation of a 100,000 square foot section of the Queen Mary into the Living Sea Museum in Long Beach, California. He also directed the design and development of the Parc Oceanique Cousteau in Paris, an innovative public attraction to teach visitors about the ocean without displaying any captive animals. More recently, Jean-Michel has been involved with the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji, an environmentally and culturally oriented family resort, conceived as a model to prove to the business community the economic benefits of environmental concern and design. In order to expand the impact of ecological tourism, he created the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre, a flagship dive operation at the resort in Fiji. He is currently forming an action partnership to expand this ecologically responsible model to other sites.

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In recognition of his many and diverse contributions to learning, Pepperdine University awarded JeanMichel an Honorary Doctor’s Degree in Humane Letters in 1976. He has received DEMA’s 1994 Reaching Out Award and the 1995 NOGI Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. In 1996, Jean-Michel was awarded the SeaKeepers Award from Showboats International, and the John M. Olguin Marine Environment Award from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame and became a Trustee of the British Virgin Islands National Parks as well as being the first recipient of the Ocean Hero Award from Oceana. He has also received the Poseidon/Lifetime Achievement Award from Reef Check and been elected to the Global Green Board of Directors. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jules Verne Adventures and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

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HEART AT WORK the business of giving back

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REDUCING LANDFILL As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, we never, ever throw away a book. Any book we cannot find a proper home for is recycled. We’re not just “greenwashing” our message, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it. We have re-used or recycled over 250 thousand tons of books We have reclaimed more than 900,000 pounds of metal shelving from libraries across the United States.

CARBON OFFSETS

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HEART AT WORK

Mission

Better World Books is a global bookstore that harnesses the power of capitalism to bring literacy and opportunity to people around the world.

Customer Focus

We are driven to provide customers with a highlyvalued experience, and one that allows them to align their actions with their values. We want to be their favorite marketplace and their favorite partner, so we incorporate their input into everything we do.

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People Matter

We seek out talented people who work hard and invest in them. We respect each individual, reward achievement, and celebrate team success.

Do The Right Thing

We strive to do the right thing at all times, with all people and all issues.

Core Values Foster Innovation

We look for new ideas and bold moves while we embrace and create change.

Passion for Literacy

We are committed to the cause of literacy. Every person should have the chance to achieve their potential and participate fully in society.


Our Impact

It’s simple:

Every time you purchase a book from

People, Planet, Profit

We’re more than just a business. We equally consider our shareholders, our customers, our employees, our community, our planet, and the lives changed by our common cause. Through our business we strive to enable people to make sustainable positive changes in this world. Thanks to you, we’re well on our way.

BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need. The books we donate go through hundreds of non-profit organizations - you can see them on our Impact Map. In particular, Books for Africa and Feed the Children partner with us to take large numbers of donated books and get them to people who need them. Books donated as of July 2015: over 17 Million

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““The impact of National Center for Families Learning has grown thanks to the more than $740,000 investment from Better World Books. The ever-changing and ever-challenging economy requires a new commitment to lifelong learning for everyone – from the more than 30 million adults who lack basic literacy to college graduates who showed a decline in reading proficiency compared to their peers a decade before.”” - Emily Kirkpatrick VICE PRESIDENT NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILIES LEARNING

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The Sustainable Business Issue - How To Live More Sustainably in Life & in Death.