Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Spooked from Blue to Green? Shake Off the Blues

Feeling scared to death about our economic future? The VIX Index, a "fear gauge" which measures market volatility, hit record highs last week, showing we have more anxiety than we did following the 9/11 attacks. That's pretty spooky. 

Experts tell us the best way to manage fear is to take action, stay productive to stave off failure. My uber eco-mom says, "The best cure for the blues is to stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on being of service. Do something for someone else, you'll feel better."

How about collecting the blues--as in jeans--instead of candy this Halloween? The average American throws away more than 68 pounds of clothing a year. Instead of filling up a landfill, you can turn denim into something far more useful: sustainable and eco-friendly housing insulation.

Fair Indigo’s goal is to collect 500 pairs of jeans by October 31st– enough to make insulation for a Habitat for Humanity home.

How do you do it?  Gather up old jeans or any denim by Oct 31 and ship them to:
Fair Indigo Denim Drive
c/o Green Jeans Insulation Inc.
1109 W. Milwaukee St.
Stoughton, WI 53589

You’ll join young people inspired to change the world one pair of jeans at a time in the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive.  Fair Indigo teams up with them, colleges, and other groups across the country to collect old blue jeans and make eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, super acoustical insulation.  See the ABC, Money Matters video here

Since its inception in 2006 the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive has generated over 100,000 square feet of eco-friendly UltraTouch™ insulation and it has been installed in over 100 new homes in the gulf coast region through Habitat for Humanity.




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Anonymous said...

The true riches of life are not purchased with money. They are living a life balanced in all areas. As our country is transforming the way money is managed it is a good time for us to transform our personal financial management. Give some away, that opens the door to receive in the future, set some aside for the future and spend the rest wisely. There is so much more good in the word than bad, beauty than ugliness--the fall colors, a baby's laugh.

This is a time of change in our country. It is a time to embrace the changes and hold a vision of well being for all.

All is well.
Carole O'Connell