Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Keep Tahoe Blue

Helptoberfest and Keep Tahoe Blue

Helptoberfest rolls on with Aina Clothing donating 15% of sales to Keep Tahoe Blue through Oct. 23rd.
Keep Tahoe Blue is a solutions-based organization, focused on advocating for sensible environmental standards backed by science and monitoring, devoted community engagement, grassroots involvement, and a collective ideology of working together to Keep Tahoe Blue.

"Keep Tahoe Blue" means a crystal clear Lake, protecting watersheds that support native plants and forests and abundant wildlife, an active and informed community of residents and visitors who act as stewards for the Lake, and communities and facilities within longstanding urban boundaries that harmonize with the natural environment, and provide low-impact outdoor recreational opportunities now and into the future.

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Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep

Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep 2017

 Clean Ocean Action will be holding their Fall Beach Sweeps on Saturday, October 21 in New Jersey with a ton of locations to choose from, lend a hand if you can.

About the Beach Sweeps

In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA's Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 5,000 volunteers in 2016.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.

Since 1985, over 115,800 volunteers have participated and removed
over 5.9 million pieces of debris from New Jersey's beaches and waterways.

Clean Ocean Action

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Helptoberfest and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Helptoberfest and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Helptoberfest continues with Aina Clothing donating 15% of sales to Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) through Oct. 16.
VOC works with conservation and land agencies and relies on thousands of people annually to provide a volunteer workforce for outdoor stewardship projects. These projects take place across Colorado – from city parks and open spaces, to grasslands and foothills, to alpine meadows and peaks.
VOC offers projects for the general public as well as customized youth and business group projects in trail construction and maintenance, invasive species management, habitat restoration, gardening and planting, forestry management, flood and fire restoration, recreational improvement, and historic preservation.

Since 1984, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Helptoberfest and Yellowstone Forever

Helptoberfest and Yellowstone Forever

Helptoberfest kicks off with Yellowstone Forever as the first featured organization. Now through October 10th, Aina will donate 15% of sales to Yellowstone Forever.
Yellowstone Forever—formerly the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation—is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park.
We partner with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever.
Our educational programming, products, and services help people enjoy, understand, and appreciate the wildlife, geology, and cultural history of the park. The opportunities Yellowstone Forever provides for volunteerism and community relations develop and engage new stewards for the park. Through thoughtful cultivation and stewardship of people who love the park, Yellowstone Forever is building a broad network of philanthropic supporters dedicated to preserving the park.

Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park.  

Shop now to help support Yellowstone Forever

Tuesday, October 3, 2017



A few years ago I was having a crappy day when I received an email that lifted my spirits. Someone that I know took a minute of their time to do something that probably would seem small and trivial to most, but could result in a positive outcome. It got me thinking about an article that an old high school friend had wrote; “Stand Up For Something, Staying Good At Life”. The major part of the article is “Assistance comes in many forms. Volunteer in your community. Help by giving someone a good referral. Put in a good word for someone. Hold open a door for someone. Make a donation. Be active in your community. Smile at someone.” 

So I came up with this idea, Helptoberfest, and for the month of October I posted about different charities, events and inspirational quotes. Last year I expanded upon this idea. For the month of October I will donate 15% of sales to charities and organizations that are environmentally and/or outdoor focused. I’ll donate to four different groups, one will be highlighted for a seven day period. If you are involved with or know of one that you would like to see featured let me know. Aina is a very small business, it won’t be a lot of coin, but every bit helps. 

Hopefully this reminds you to “Stay Good At Life”.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Great American Road Trip”

Summer of the “Great American Road Trip”

Goodbye summer! As much as I love autumn, it is my favorite season, I am slightly bummed that this summer is over. I am sure I’m not the only one that is not happy with summer coming to an end, but I am positive that for most it has more to do with the end of warm weather and the cold and long dark nights that are on the way.

This summer was a crazy busy one for sure. I had friends and family visiting from mid-June through early August, with the turn over being as quick as four days. It was great seeing everyone and showing them around as the area is still pretty new for me too. Did a short road trip along the Mighty Mississippi, some nice hikes, new and old, also checked out a few breweries and a local winery.

As fun as it was seen everyone, the highlight of the summer was what I’m calling “The Great American Road Trip”. Drove 3415 miles in ten days covering six states and six National Parks, Monuments and Historical Sites plus a few National Forests and one total solar eclipse from Devils Tower. It was a fantastic adventure but only scratched the surface of most places really and that’s okay because now I have a better idea of where to spend more time when I go back.

Hope your summer was a good one!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mid Summer Sale

Mid Summer Sale

Aina Clothing's Mid Summer Sale is going on now! Save up to 60% on all of Aina's eco-friendly goods while supplies last. Save $25 on hoodies, all hats are now $20 and save up to 60% on t-shirts, prices as shown.
Thanks for your support!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

One of my favorite things to do when traveling or going just about anywhere if I have the time is to take the road less traveled. It doesn't have to be a several hundred mile trip, something as close as an hour away will give you the opportunity to explore new roads and see new things. I blame this bug on my Dad who loves to travel and has always said that he'd "go to Hell and back just to see how far it was". Living in a new state and having family in town gave me the chance to do just this sort of thing this past weekend and did not disappoint. Most of the time the journey is just as exciting as the destination. Enjoy what you experience and discover along the way and happy and safe travels this summer.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aina Clothing and Reclaimed Woodworking

Lately I've been trying my hand at some woodworking and in keeping with Aina Clothing's principles of being eco-friendly, have been doing the same with these items as much as possible. The signs, bottle openers and tea light candle holders are all hand made by myself using reclaimed barnwood and trees, reclaimed barbed wire and water based clear satin polycrylic.

These items are available on my Etsy account
Please take a look and let me know what you think. If there is something special that you would like, let me know and I'll see what I can do for you.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jam for Jamaica

Jam for Jamaica

Aina Clothing will be at Jam for Jam on Saturday, May 20 stop on by. Jam For Jam is a four day music and camping festival in Wisconsin with a variety of regional music, rock to blues to reggae to bluegrass to everything in between.

Jam for Jam is a non-profit organization, raising funds through music to teach basic carpentry and music skills to under-educated folks in inner-island Jamaica.

Jam for Jam

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap

The Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap

Have some extra bike gear you need to move, looking for some parts or even a complete bike, you name it, it's probably at the Swap. Check out Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap 2017, one of the largest bike swaps in the country with over a hundred vendors. Aina Clothing will be there with some great deals, Saturday, January 14th in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap Facebook

Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap