Wanderlite Daypack : An Exceptional Alternative

Including rest days while on a long distance bike tour are an important part of extended travel. So, out on the road, when we’re not on our bikes but still somewhere we want to explore on foot, both of us will require a bag of some sort to carry our essential belongings around with us.

Although we’ve considered the simple option of slinging a shoulder-strapped front pannier over each [Read More…]

Our Web Host: Recipient of Green Business Leader Award

Canvas Dreams, our web host, just received the 2010 Green Business Leader Award!

Members of Green America voted for the accredited business member and Portland-based sustainable Web hosting provider, in recognition of the “the extraordinary leadership efforts of one business that has used its position in the marketplace to organize consumers and businesses together to build a more sustainable economy.”

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Fair Trade Month: Power in Purchasing

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October is Fair Trade Month. Good timing too. As we head into fall, we will soon hear the holiday season’s call: consume, consume, consume! This is a good time to pause and reflect upon how we want to spend our hard earned cash this season, before we’re reeled in by the sparkle of “bargains” (a.k.a. [Read More…]

Cycling Rainwear in North America

J&G Cyclegear Rain Jacket

There are several great manufacturers producing high quality, sweatshop-free, cycling rainwear in North America. I’ll review the choices I made for rain gear and what I found while researching options for our upcoming cycling tour in this post.

 

Cutter Cyclical eVent Jacket

For our trip, I ended up choosing a jacket manufactured in Canada from locally produced eVent material and sold under [Read More…]

Good Old Fashioned Tent-Off

A short time ago, two worthy and stalwart opponents dropped by to participate in a much heralded ‘tent-off’, organized to showcase a head-to-head competition between our home-team’s Hilleberg Staika and the away-team’s “Moss Stardome II“. The tension was palpable as the rivals rapidly erected their tents, each striving for victory!

Actually, the two ‘shelter-athletes’ were none other than our friends [Read More…]

Ethical Sourcing

“My mother always wore khadi (Indian homespun cotton fabric). When we wanted nylon she said: ‘I’ll buy you nylon. But you know, if you buy nylon, some industrialist will get another Mercedes, and if you buy khadi, some woman’s chulha (kitchen fire) will get lit. You decide.’ That was a profound lesson in simple living.” ~Vandana Shiva

Detail of “What the World needs now is [Read More…]