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Jun 26 2008

Learn how to fix your bicycle!

by Jimmy L

Peopleinshop1 This weekend I bought a bicycle at a yard sale for cheap.  It was nearly in perfect condition, but the handlebars were uncomfortable.  I could replace the handlebars, but that would be pricey and I didn’t have the right tools or the know-how to do it.

Fortunately, there is an organization in town that is perfect for what I needed.  It’s called The Sopo Bicycle Co-op and it’s in East Atlanta, pretty close to DeKalb county!  Sopo is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to teach you how to fix up your bicycle.  If you have a broken bike or even if you don’t have one at all, show up and learn how to fix it up (or build one from scratch).  They have a staff of volunteers ready to help you learn, but be prepared to do the actual wrench-turning yourself!

The shop accepts (very reasonable) suggested donations for parts and time spent using their tools, but nobody is ever turned away for lack of funds!  Their shop hours are 7pm to 10pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Check out their website for more information!


Apr 16 2008

Better World Books

by Laura H

An interesting phenomena is the growing number of websites that tie social good with making money.  One such site is BetterWorldBooks.com which sells new and used books to profit and promote literacy programs such as Room to Read, Books for Africa , Worldfund, and National Center for Family Literacy.  What a “novel” idea.

The multi-tiered library also gives public libraries a chance to profit-share in the sale of their older weeded or donated books.  On top of that, the folks who started this business saw an opportunity to plan smart for minimal negative environmental effect.  Here’s what they say on their website: “we got in touch with a very smart engineer from Carnegie Mellon who has studied the environmental impacts of that other e-commerce bookstore. We asked him, how can we do it better? That led to the invention of an e-commerce first: the Carbon Neutral Shopping Cart. No more global warming emissions weighing down our operations! Working with Carbonfund.org, the leading non-profit provider of carbon offsets, we collect a few cents from every customer at checkout. The proceeds from this carbon offset are enough to purchase renewable energy credits and support reforestation. We not only offset our shipping, but also the shipping of our literacy partners. And since we sell a lot of books, that is enough to keep tons of carbon out of the atmosphere.”

If you go to their about page, you’ll see that these are real people operating out of Middle American to make a difference.  Go to the bottom of that page to learn more about their “Triple Bottom Line” and to buy or sell books to help literacy causes in an environmentally conscious way.