Article: ‘Pokemon Go’ Sets Goal for Biggest Organized Cleanup on Earth Day

How many of you remember when Pokemon Go first came out two years ago? Looking at today, it is not as popular anymore, but still has over 20 million active daily users. About four weeks ago, developer Niantic announced that they not only will add story missions and daily tasks to the game, but also events relating to being eco-friendly. It is called “Pokemon Go Earth Day Cleanup.” Even though Earth Day has already went by, users can request NGOs in their area to host the event.

For more details, click on this link: ‘Pokemon Go’ Sets Goal for Biggest Organized Cleanup on Earth Day

Backpack Status – 3D Printed Strap Adjuster

Not too long ago, I came up with the idea of using 3D printed strap adjusters for prototype bags rather than constantly buying a new pack. A student workshop called the Alley, which I coach at, owns two Lulzbot Taz 6 printers. I used one of them to print off two strap adjusters that I found on Thingiverse.com. I used black PLA filament, and it took the printer about 30 minutes to print them both. Below are photos that I took of the printing and installment of the 3D printed strap adjusters.

Until Pick’n Run purchase its own 3D printer, the Alley’s 3D printer will be used in the meantime to print additional strap adjusters for future prototype bags.

 

Plogging – The New Type of Exercise

Recently, people in America have been partaking in “the Swedish fitness craze” called plogging. For those who have not heard what it is, it is a type of exercise that involves jogging and picking up trash. All a jogger needs is their running shoes and a bag (or just their hands) to plog. What plogging does not only promotes on cleaning the environment, but also gets people to exercise at the same time.

To read more into plogging, click on the link below.

Article: ‘Ploggin’ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It’s making its way to the U.S.

When comparing plogging to Pick’n Run’s motto (cleaning the world one run at a time), they are exactly the same.

A Financial Move for the Environment

Starting a family is a big step for new parents, but what is the environmental and financial cost of having one or more children? Is it best to have no children or one fewer than planned? There is a benefit to not having a child in both costs in the long run, in the carbon footprint. This is one of the items talked about in the article below:

Article: Your best financial move is also best for the environment

 

Trash at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Race

Running a 5 miler race (the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot) in the morning and having turkey for lunch on Thanksgiving in Texas is such an enjoyable day. I flew from Houghton, Michigan to Austin, Texas to spend my Thanksgiving with my family. During my stay in Texas, I ran a race with one of our prototype backpacks — the first prototype, which I had not tested in awhile. Continue Reading →