Sonali Ranaweera was a young girl when her parents gave her $100 and told her, "Use it to make a difference."
Because she was currently learning about recycling in her school science class, Sonali decided to use her $100 to launch a recycling-focused charity organization. Part of the recycling lesson in her school was about how people can get money in exchange for recycling bottles and cans, and this inspired Sonali to create Recycling4Smiles, and begin raising money for charity by collecting and turning in recyclables.
Imagination is a magical thing. And when people put imagination to work in service of others, that magic produces real results—and can change lives. A beautiful example of the power of imagination to make a difference in the real world comes to us from Gregory Kloehn of Oakland, California.
Our favorite frog says, "It isn't easy being green." But we beg to differ. With new fads about being organic to stay healthy, the ways we clean are changing too. Organizational Expert, Barbara Reich is back with a new Life Organized episode to give you all her tips on being green! From reusable shopping bags to non-toxic cleaners, you will be making the Earth beautiful... just like your home!
Did you know bamboo is the newest must have?
Is your grocery list growing as quickly as your trash bin? Save yourself time, money and an extra trip to the recycling bin with the expert casual luxury lifestyle advice from Mar Jennings on this brand new episode of Mission Repurpose, a HooplaHa Original series. Let Mar, author of Life on Mar's: A Four Season Garden and Life on Mar's: Creating Casual Luxury, help you think out side the box and rediscover the multiple uses for your common household items so can spend less time running errands and more time doing what you love.
Searching for more time saving life tips? Visit the Infotainment channel, part of the HooplaHa Network...and don't forget to smile!
One person's trash is another's "Home Sweet Home." Oakland artist Gregory Kloehn makes pint sized homes on wheels from discarded materials he finds on the street. Inspired by the small home environmental movement, Kloehn started making his homeless architecture of fully functioning houses out of shipping containers, dumpsters and discarded street trash. Greg gives his handmade homes away to the needy and thus far has built 10 unique living environments. They may be small, but they have a big impact on the lives of the people he helps. He's a one man affordable housing project.
This HooplaHa Original was edited and produced by Chad Morris. For more HooplaHa Originals, check out our YouTube channel!
Derek Gores is a Florida-based artist who does not let boundaries and rules hold him back. He creates intricate collages from recycled magazine scraps, Internet photos, data, and maps, an aesthetic approach that led to him being named "one of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement!"
Gores combines the natural beauty of the human figure, the aesthetic of fashion, the angular design of machinery, and a fearless sense of play into his creations. "I like my pictures to barely come together with teasing little details," he says. "In the collages, some of the little bits I use are deliberate, but in most I'm trusting randomness to help build an end result more interesting than I could have planned."
He also teaches workshops to younger students, encouraging them to using the materials around them to break the boundaries of what they see everyday. Keep on inspiring us, Derek!