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Wear GreenLaces for Earth Day!

Posted By Lizzy Eisenberg on Apr 21, 2010 at 1:40PM

 

My good friend (and professional Women’s Soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars), Natalie Spilger, founded a non-profit called GreenLaces.

 

GreenLaces unites the environmental community with the athletic community by encouraging athletes to make a promise to the planet and show their support by wearing GreenLaces — the green shoelaces are made from 100 percent recycled plastic material.

 

The promise to the planet is easy. It’s simply a pledge to do something for the environment.  I made a pledge (pledge #470) “to live a more eco-friendly life.” Natalie pledged, “to never purchase a non-re-usable plastic water bottle, unless in an emergency situation.”  The promise can be anything at any level. The point is to create environmental awareness and makes changes.

 

Beyond the pledge, you can purchase the GreenLaces.  They are only $5 a pair, are super cute, and the funds generated by the purchase go to established environmental organizations.

 

Not only do I wear GreenLaces but so do a number of professional athletes and Olympians. At the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games there were over 100 Winter Olympians from 5 different countries supporting Team GreenLaces.

 

I couldn’t be more proud of my friend.  Not only is she an incredible athlete, but she is working to create environmental change through athletics.

 

I encourage all athletes to wear GreenLaces and make a pledge. What would your pledge be?

 

The World Cup is Coming!

Posted By Lizzy Eisenberg on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:16AM

 

The World Cup is coming!  I am headed to Africa for the tournament and cannot wait!  Who are you rooting for?

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