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Good Vibrations Celebrates Spring With Environmental Non-Profit Partnerships in its Six Retail Stores
San Francisco, CA -- (April 1st, 2012): Good Vibrations, the trusted San Francisco-based company that takes pride in providing accurate information on sexuality and toys for grown-ups, is delighted to announce new partnerships with four regional nonprofits united in their efforts to help the environment. In the spirit of Spring, Earth Day, and all things ecorotic®, Good Vibrations’ corporate giving initiative, GiVe, will be benefiting SaveNature.Org in San Francisco, Earthworks in Berkeley, People’s Grocery in Oakland, and Bikes Not Bombs in Boston.
From April 1st to May 31st Good Vibrations’ customers can support these regional nonprofits in Good Vibrations retail locations: San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Boston and online. Shoppers can make a financial gift at the time of their Good Vibrations purchase and 100% of your contribution goes to the nonprofit of your choice.
SaveNature.Org (San Francisco) is dedicated to creating global partnerships to inspire broad based participation to save wildlife and wild places worldwide. They do so through global conservation, education, field research and sound science. SaveNature.Org works in partnership with schools, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife in nature. Together these activities change attitudes towards saving life on earth. To achieve this goal SaveNature.Org has created an award-winning dynamic traveling educational outreach effort designed to inspire people to participate in saving rainforests, coral reefs and deserts.
Earthworks (Berkeley) protects communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Founded in 1988, they reform government policies, improve corporate practices and influence investment decisions. Campaigns include their No Dirty Gold campaign which uses consumer power to reform the mining industry, and the Recycle My Cell Phone program, which uses the highest environmental standards to keep electronic waste out of landfills. In California, Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project is working to require oil and gas companies to publicly reveal the chemicals they use to drill using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking).
The mission of People’s Grocery is to improve the health and economy of West Oakland through the local food system. They pursue positive community change and address social determinants of health through a food lens and work to ensure that community self-determination plays a large part in the revitalization of low-income neighborhoods. They piloted two food retail programs: the Mobile Market, a traveling produce store, and the Grub Box, a modified Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Their nutrition education programs introduced culturally appropriate components to cooking classes, workshops, and events, creating an ongoing demand for healthy, local food. Over the last nine years, People’s Grocery’s urban agriculture, nutrition, and enterprise programs provided healthy food access and raised the profile of food issues within movements addressing health, the environment, economic development, and cultural competency.
Bikes Not Bombs (Boston) uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change, reclaiming thousands of bicycles each year and creating local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation. Each year Bikes Not Bombs collects roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from their supporters around Greater Boston and New England. Bikes Not Bombs ships most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through their International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Their retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop's profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding their domestic and international work.
“GiVe” is Good Vibrations' extensive donation and sponsorship program. For 35 years Good Vibrations has partnered with hundreds of local and national non-profit organizations donating products, advertising and sponsorship for fundraisers and has provided much needed support for women’s shelters, HIV/AIDS research, art programs, LGBT benefits, breast cancer awareness and much more. Additionally, every several months Good Vibrations partners with different nonprofits and encourages their customers to contribute directly to them at check-out, online and in the stores.
The adult industry has not always focused on green issues, but times are changing, and Good Vibrations now has more access to better products than ever before. Now, when it comes to sexual pleasure and health, Good Vibrations’ ecorotic® collection offers products that feel good and that you can feel good about. While opinions may vary regarding a given item’s eco-friendliness, Good Vibrations’ Ecorotic® Rating System breaks down the categories of importance and simplifies your choices. Catch Spring fever and feel great about it at Good Vibrations.
In 2001, Good Vibrations was the first company in the United States to research the issue of items containing phthalates (the chemical softeners that raised concerns about toxicity in plastics) and look for safer alternatives. In 2007, they became the first multi-channel retail company to discontinue these products and encouraged their manufacturers to do the same. Good Vibrations is proud of their role as leaders in helping our industry begin to question and change its practices regarding materials, packaging, and other issues impacting sustainability.
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