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UpCycled Lighter Sleeves from Landfill-Destined Jeans!

Did you know that in 2015, according to the EPA, Americans discarded 16.03 million TONS of textiles into the municipal solid waste system? Did you know that 10.53 MILLION of those TONS ended up in landfills? We didn’t either, until we did, which got us thinking and…

So – without further ado… We’re super stoked to introduce a new line of SEEKJOY merch into the community marketplace! These little sleeves, designed to slip snuggly over a standard BIC™-style lighter, are upcycled from remnants of landfill-destined jeans that we have begun to intercept, seam-rip and re-purpose for various merch & goods.

Why lighter sleeves? Well, because many times when a lighter is pulled out of a pocket it is being used in a social setting – smoke breaks at work, candle-lighting, maybe even (dare we say) smoking a joint where it is not illegal…

What better of a time could there be to talk about what we must do, as two-leggeds, to bring about radical social change and transform how we interact with each other and our natural environment?

Okay, okay, okay…. We get it. Yes, we understand that lighters contain gas, a fossil fuel, and that seems to contradict our #SYLFFIRE (Support Your Local Fossil Fuel Industry Resistance Effort) initiative. But hey, maybe this is one of those things that can be talked about when someone sees your awesome, SEEKJOY-afied lighter and asks you “hey, what is SEEKJOY?” and you say something like, “well, it’s a small community-based project calling for radical social change pledging to catalyze immediate efforts towards the long-term, sustainable cohabitation of all people, nations and cultures.”

If, after looking into all this, that person you were speaking with brings to light this paradox it’s another chance for open dialogue and conversation, which is one of the first steps we believe is necessary in bringing about this radical social change.

Anywho – back to these little lighter sleeves. As with most all of our merch, they’re manufactured using alternative energy. Yes, the embroidery and sewing machines are running completely off-grid on solar. As we come across and intercept denim fabric from being buried in landfills, we’ll be making these Lighter Sleeves in small, unique batches and adding them to the SEEKJOY Community Marketplace. We’ve listed the sleeves for $12 each, but if you enter the discount code “keeptalking” (without the quotation marks) you’ll get $2 off each one so they’re really $10 each!

The sun’s currently shining so we’re going to follow the age-old adage, “Make hay while the sun shines” and keep on sewing.

Sending love to everyone out there supporting our work! Click the link below to view the current selection of SEEKJOY lighter sleeves from our pilot batch!

Link to View Current Style: https://seekjoy.myshopify.com/collections/merch/lighter-sleeve

Source on EPA MSW Facts & Figures: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-07/documents/2015_smm_msw_factsheet_07242018_fnl_508_002.pdf


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The SEEKJOY CommunityUpCycled Lighter Sleeves from Landfill-Destined Jeans!

Winter. Is. Here.

It’s October 11th, 2018 and snow has fallen on the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota.

If you haven’t heard about the Enbridge Energy Proposed “Line 3 Pipeline” we’re encouraging you to get up to speed. Long story short, we as Minnesotans, Midwesterners & Mississippi River’ers have the choice to let a Tar Sands Oil Pipeline cross our headwaters or not. This pipeline is a 50-year investment in wrong direction.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityWinter. Is. Here.
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Camp Turtle Island hosts a “Day of Resistance”

Camp Turtle Island, an Anishinaabe Cultural Camp inside the White Earth Nation, held a beautiful “Day of Resistance” Saturday, July 21st featuring live music from Sarah Cav-Cedars and Annie Humphrey as well as others who joined in throughout the afternoon during the open mic!

SEEKJOY helped assemble

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The SEEKJOY CommunityCamp Turtle Island hosts a “Day of Resistance”
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Water Droplets – Spread the Love!

SEEKJOY has officially shipped the first round of Water Droplets! For those who placed orders as part of the first batch – please accept our apology – it’s been a busy month!

For those who are just tuning in… We’ve been working to establish a mechanism for

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The SEEKJOY CommunityWater Droplets – Spread the Love!
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Portage to the PUC

The SEEKJOY Community collaborated on an event to raise awareness about the final four dates of questioning and deliberation by the Public Utilities Commission to determine whether the Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project should be approved or denied.

The action, “Portage to the PUC” involved participants setting boats in the water at Harriet Island, paddling across the Mississippi River to the concrete landing where Sibley Street meets the river from the downtown side and portaging the canoes with banners & signs to the Metro Square building where the PUC offices are located.

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#BringBackTheHanky – A SEEKJOY Community Initiative

Imagine: You just used a public restroom facility. You’ve finished your business, washed your hands with soap and water, and you turn to look for a way to dry them. What’s on the wall? A paper towel dispenser. You reach forward to grab a towel and then you… don’t!

Think about it… If every time a human in today’s world washed their hands in a restroom facility and chose NOT to use one of the disposable paper towels from the dispenser, what would happen?

Would the paper/pulp manufacturers continue manufacturing disposable paper towels? Would the trees needed for the demand we currently generate be cut down? Remember – one tree provides the oxygen for three people to breathe*. One less tree … You see where we’re going with this.

Now, there was a time before tissues. There was a time before disposable paper towels and their dispensers. Yes, indeed, we’re bringing hankies back.

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The SEEKJOY Community#BringBackTheHanky – A SEEKJOY Community Initiative
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Press Release: #ForgetFastFood – A Community Initiative

We are in the early stages of launching an initiative to combat the rampant destruction caused by factory farming and the fast food industry. We’re looking for your help!

This most recent community initiative, #ForgetFastFood, is simply a declaration to avoid consuming any and all products from the Fast Food industry indefinitely, no matter what.

We’ve setup a “group” on Facebook to allow for discussion about this topic, and we’re hoping you will take the time to share an experience (or two) which could inspire/motivate others to join the Pledge to stop consuming fast food.

The vision behind this initiative is to disrupt an industry and force the major corporations behind Fast Food to adopt new, alternative and sustainable means of providing industrial-scale food offerings to budget-conscious consumers.

To explore the initiative post, CLICK HERE.

To view and/or join the public group on Facebook, CLICK HERE.

Thank you all for your support. We look forward to hearing your feedback & stories – together we can take the first steps to #ForgetFastFood.

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The SEEKJOY CommunityPress Release: #ForgetFastFood – A Community Initiative