Become Straw Free and Help the World

Most people don’t realize this but American throw away as many as 500 million plastic straws a day. As Adrian Grenier of the non-profit Lonely Whale points out, “Conservatively, you can guess that Americans will use on average two plastic straws a day, so 500 million is an accurate estimate. But I challenge you to start paying attention to the straws you get in your iced coffee, smoothies, soda, and cocktails. When I’m in New York or LA the number of plastic straws I receive is often closer to 10 a day.”

A number of people and organizations are starting to care, and they are making a difference. Milo Cress started a movement in 2011 called Be Straw Free that encourages restaurants and hotels to only offer straws when people ask for them. Grenier has a Strawless in Seattle campaign which has, so far, helped Seattle to save 2.3 million plastic straws in only three months. They are asking restaurants and businesses to change to biodegradable straws and it’s making all the difference.

It’s certainly a cause worth thinking about and a change that could make all the difference.

Kevin M. Killoren Explains: Make Your Business Travel More Comfortable

Being on the road for work can really become a drag, as you pine away for your New York loft and wonder how you’re going to do another week in Atlanta. There are certainly some ways to make it more enjoyable and comfortable, however, and a location like VIP Corporate Housing with Owner Partner Kevin M. Killoren can definitely make the difference. Their idea is a brilliant one; rather than staying in a hotel or trying to find another option when you’re away on business, you can stay in a beautiful, fully equipped apartment and pay by the day or month.

How does it work? Kevin M. Killoren and VIP Corporate Housing explain that they have fully furnished apartments set up in an array of locations around the United States. The apartments come with everything including a fully equipped kitchen. The apartments are located in regular apartment communities, so they include fitness centers, swimming pools, sports courts and even the ability to bring your pet along.

For the busy executive who still wants to feel at home when he’s away on the road, The VIP Corporation Housing with Kevin M. Killoren is the perfect way to have it all without breaking the bank. They offer one, two and three bedroom options across the Midwest and throughout the country and many of these locations include concierge services, VIP Events and even golfer clubs. It’s nice to know that you have a home away from home, even if you need to go to five different locations in the course of six months (or less) and to know you can curl up with a good book or watch some great TV in the comfort of a fully furnished apartment.

Golf Cart Accessories with Aaron Gouldie

It’s always fun to learn about new and unusual companies and products, and the Golf Cart King with CEO and founder Aaron Gouldie definitely falls under this category. This company was launched for golf-cart owners as a location where they can get their golf carts accessorized and where they can get the golf-cart parts that they need. Their website carries all sorts of brand-specific parts from the major golf cart manufacturers including Yamaha Parts, EZGO Parts and Club Car Parts, to name a few.

Founder Aaron Gouldie is from Austin, Texas and is clearly entrenched in the golf cart world. He has worked for his family’s golf cart business for years, gaining the knowledge and experience to branch out on his own. Now, he is offering a similar idea, but with a twist and he’s trying to branch out beyond Austin with his website. As he says, “After decades in the golf cart industry, I’ve been able to talk to customers and understand what they want and need. I’ve used every one of those interactions to help me create a web site and a business that caters to exactly what my clients have said they need – a fast, friendly and affordable one-stop shop for golf cart accessories and parts.”

Golf cart enthusiasts are quite serious about the golf clubs they use and also the accessories that go with the activity they love. This site from Aaron Gouldie allows them to find all sorts of extras to give them that extra edge on the course and to enjoy adding some pizzazz to their golfing day.

Own Your Own Island in Panama

Have you always dreamed about owning a Caribbean resort and getting away from it all? Now you just might be able to. American couple Dave and Suzanne Smith are selling their business in Central America through a lottery. That’s right. They have spent five years building up Casa Cayuco Eco Adventure Lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama and now they plan to move on.

But instead of listing their retreat they have decided to have a raffle drawing with each ticket costing $10. Their 24 bed resort started in 2013 when Dave and Suzanne arrived with seven suitcases and a desire to get away from corporate American.

As Dave explained, “We started looking all over for something else and eventually we started looking at Panama, which we found has really friendly foreign investment laws and immigration laws. We came across Bocas del Toro, which is this chain of islands in the Caribbean, which we weren’t really aware of at the time. We loved the idea of island life, and after some research, we found Casa Cayuco for sale and I contacted the owner, who lived remotely. We hit it off and I bought it. I guess it was an impulse buy, but it’s turned out to be amazing. We sold everything you would have for a life, house, cars and everything and we ended up moving down here with seven suitcases and just enough to be able to buy this place.”

The competition is being done through WinThis.Life and Art Jenkins said that the new owners won’t be left to sink or swim on their own. As he said, “It’s very important to Dave and Suzanne that the local community are still involved in the resort and they have plenty of advice and tips to give any potential winner. As organisers, we have made sure all the proper contingencies are in place, and there are a wealth of resort managers in the area who can help run things should they be needed. It’s an incredible opportunity for anyone to win this amazing lifestyle and resort, just like Dave and Suzanne did you could leave the rat race behind and be living in your own slice of paradise before you know it, you only live once.’

China’s Toilet Revolution

If you were in charge of the tourism industry in your country, promoting the bathrooms probably wouldn’t be your top priority. But for China, this is actually the angle they are taking. President Xi Jinping actually makes it his business to inspect toilet facilities in rural homes and areas, and he has now announced that he is increasing the campaign for a Chinese “toilet revolution” that he first launched in 2015. A toilet revolution – that’s right.
He wants clean toilets to help to boost travel to China and to improve the hygiene of the people. China has apparently opened about 68,000 new and improved toilets in tourist areas around the country since the campaign started in 2015. The Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve has recently welcomed a series of new eco-toilets. In Yunnan province they held a competition to select the best toilets to attract tourists.