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Simply Straws-photo credit DUKE BURCHELL
Image credit: Duke Burchell Simply Straws launched in 2012 with a mission to create the best straw possible while helping reduce pollution caused by plastic straws. They have since won awards for their social activation and light footprint on the environment. Parvati Magazine spoke with Simply Straws co-founder and X Games medalist snowboarder Chanelle Sladics, and Simply Straws Awesome Ambassador, pro snowboarder and four time Olympian Kjersti Buaas. Parvati Magazine: What inspires Simply Straws to be so engaged with education to protect the environment? Chanelle Sladics: As we started onRead More
business-spread love-ILOVEYOUPASSITON
Shawn Jason is being the only person he knows how to be and keeps finding new ways to share love with the world. Parvati Magazine had the pleasure of connecting with him to learn more about his new business, ILOVEYOUPASSITON, which sells gear with a positive attitude – t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and cards saying “I Love You, Pass It On” – to to spread love around the globe while raising funds to help the homeless and hungry. Parvati Magazine: Is ILOVEYOUPASSITON your main income or a side gig? How didRead More
Bona-eco flooring-green business
In 1979, long before sustainability was a buzzword, the flooring industry leader Bona introduced waterborne hardwood floor finishes, providing an alternative to the typical toxic urethane-based finishes. Recently, Bona achieved zero waste manufacturing at their North Carolina, USA facility. Parvati Magazine spoke with Randy Kostick, director of supply chain and operations at Bona US. We explore the roots of Bona’s commitment to green business, eco flooring and ongoing environmental sustainability. Parvati Magazine: Why are waterborne finishes important? What are the core values inspiring your sustainability and how have those valuesRead More
Zero waste lifestyle? Is that really a thing? A few years ago I would have said impossible, at least for those of us living a western city lifestyle. Today I would be wrong, as more and more businesses are offering real options to reduce waste and live more lightly on the earth. Lauren Singer, author of the Trash is for Tossers blog, is a champion for the zero waste, package free lifestyle, and famous for fitting four years of her trash into a single mason jar. Lauren’s blog and YouTubeRead More
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CuriosityStream is the world’s first streaming service dedicated to quality, factual television programming. It was created by the founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications, John Hendricks. This month Parvati Magazine sat down with CuriosityStream President and CEO Elizabeth Hendricks North. Parvati Magazine: Less than three years after launching, CuriosityStream is now in 96 countries with a near-term target of growth to one million subscribers. What has fueled this exceptional growth and what challenges has it brought to you as President and CEO? Elizabeth Hendricks North: CuriosityStream has grown competitivelyRead More
SportsArt Eco-Powr
This month Parvati Magazine connected with Ivo Grossi, CEO of the Americas with SportsArt, an innovative world leader in sustainable gym equipment. Their new ECO-POWR™ treadmill and cross-trainer line take sustainability to a new level by harvesting energy generated by the user and feeding it back into the grid. Parvati Magazine: Congratulations on your appointment as CEO of the Americas with SportsArt. As a yogi and student of meditation, what attracted you to the firm? Ivo Grossi: The initial draw was the sustainable technology they were developing, which allows fitnessRead More
This month Parvati Magazine connected with Ian Rosenberger, Founder & CEO of Thread and Team Tassy, created in 2012 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. To date, Team Tassy has helped prepare almost 500 Haitians for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 30,000,000 plastic bottles out of Haiti and Honduras to be turned into high-performance materials. So far the network supports nearly 4000 jobs. This interview has been edited and condensed. Parvati Magazine: What was the inspiration for Thread and how does Team Tassy fit in? Ian Rosenberger: I wentRead More
This month our Business Editor, Pam Bryan, spoke with Sandra Capponi, Co-Founder of Good On You, an Australia-based company on a mission to transform the way we shop by giving us tools to enable buying decisions aligned with our values. They have started out in the fashion world, with plans to expand across a full range of consumer products worldwide. Parvati Magazine: The modern shopper has a dilemma. We know our choices have a huge impact on the planet, for better or for worse. And yet we have limited informationRead More
This month, our Business Editor Pam Bryan spoke with Daniel Pink, author of several provocative, bestselling books about business, work and human behavior. Pink’s TED Talk on motivation is one of the ten most-watched TED Talks of all time. We find out how he started writing and why he remains committed to helping us live our lives more fully through deepening our understanding of human behavior. Parvati Magazine: You have spent the last 20 years writing and speaking about motivating ourselves and others, informing the world and impacting business practices.Read More
This month we spoke with Michael Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s. His family has been making soap since 1858. His grandfather, Emanuel Bronner, founded Dr. Bronner’s in California in 1948, selling ecological soaps and sharing the message “We are All-One or None!” Parvati Magazine: How has being a Bronner shaped your views and inspired the company’s strong social and environmental activism and business practices? Michael Bronner: I was raised a normal American kid, not concerned about the legacy of the soap business. Dad and Mother instilled concrete values in me,Read More