I recently emailed Hill's Pet Nutrition headquarters to ask if they had any future plans of making the packaging for their pet products recyclable anytime in the near future. The best way to get the answers you need is to reach out and ask. It's important that we hold businesses accountable for the things we feel are important. I feel like responsible manufacturing, production, and distribution is imperative to our future. The same goes with honest business practices and concerns for their customer-base. This goes beyond the satisfaction of the product itself; it extends to the source of their resources, how the extraction of these resources effects local communities, how the disposal of wastes effects environment health for you and your future. These are extremely important ideas and we deserve to demand them. Here is my original email:
I have been a customer with Hills for a long time, purchasing dog/cat food for my pets. I was disappointed to see that your pac…
Running can sometimes seem like a chore or a second job. Get up before daybreak each morning and go through the routine: get on gear, wash face, throw hair in hat, eat something light, coffeecoffeecoffe, then hit the road by sun up. To the athlete, though, it's anything but misery. Of course, there may be some tough parts, but those are the parts that we love the most--the challenge, give it to us raw. Activity refreshes our bodies and our minds. To me, it feels more like the calm of the ocean once you find that rhythm. Peaceful waves washing over your being and forgetting what you're even doing out there. Your mind and body in sync, but without thought and you're just catching that wave in some moment of bliss that you can't even remember how you got there. That's what it's like to do what you love.
My racing season is done, complete back in November. It was a good run this year, focusing most of my energy on trail racing and finding a new love for di…
Top: Shea and Ester, beginning our journey through the lava field on the Keauhou Trail.
Bottom: Ester, Shea, and Yomar hiking through non-native grasses.
Keauhou Trail via Chain of Craters Road to Halape
Distance: 8.4 miles
Time: 4.5 hours
Keauhou Trail via Puna Coast Trail to Chain of Craters Road
Distance: 9.5 miles
Time: 5 hours
Rating: moderate and difficult
Our journey began at the grocery store, because some of us are less prepared than others. I was actually quite happy that we stopped. This was my first time visiting a KTA grocery store and it felt so much like I was back in Japan. Taro ro…