6 Vegan Guitar Straps That Are Simply Badass

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Vegan Guitar StrapsVegan guitar straps. Does it get any better? Yeah, it does. When they’re eco-friendly and upcycled and vegan guitar straps. Here are the best we found.

1. Seatbelt Guitar Straps by Couch

Just as there are guitar gods, so there must be a guitar strap god. If this person exists, he may very well be Dan Perkins of Couch Guitar Straps. Dan upcycles used seatbelts, vintage auto upholstery and vinyl, and other used materials to create truly unique guitar straps. No matter your musical proclivities, you’ll be sure to find the perfect style to suite your needs.

Here’s Dan giving a tour of Couch’s production headquarters in Long Beach, California:

Couch Upcycled Auto Seat Belt Vegan Guitar Strap, multiple colors

Couch strives to use at least 25% recycled materials in their straps. Their guitar straps have vegan, non-leather ends, and they’re all handmade in Long Beach, California. Couch also designs a range of other really cool upcycled accessories, including vegan belts, vegan camera straps, vegan wallets, and more.

Price: $24.00- $26.00

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2. Upcycled Auto Upholstery and Vinyl Guitar Straps by Couch

Couch has so many cool upcycled auto upholstery guitar straps, that you just have to check out their Etsy store to see them all. Some of the vintage materials include:

1960s Furniture Upholstery

Guitar Strap Made with Recycled Heavy Duty Automotive Upholstery in Turquoise with Red Guitar

 

Cadillac Hard Top Vinyl

Eco-Friendly Guitar Strap Made with Recycled Cadillac Hardtop in Midnight Blue by Couch

 

Heavy Duty Auto Upholstery Made into Steve McQueen-esque Racer Stripes

Eco-Friendly Guitar Strap Made with Recycled Automotive Vinyl with Light Blue and White Racer Stripe by Couch

 

1980s VW Golf Upholstery

Guitar Strap Made with Upcycled VW Upholstery by Couch

Prices: $34.00 – $64.00

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3. Hippie Guitar Straps with Upcycled Seatbelt Backing by Couch

This Jimi Hendrix-style guitar strap is made from woven jacquard trim, recycled seat belt webbing, and recycled auto upholstery vinyl.

Hippie Vegan Guitar Strap Made with Recycled Fabric by Couch, yellow, orange, gold, and black

Prices: $48.00 – $58.00

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And lucky for us, there are other cool brands making great vegan guitar straps!

4. Upcycled Vintage Fabric Guitar Straps by Eli Creates

Eli Creates designs a variety of eco-friendly and vegan guitar straps made from re-used fabric and upcycled seat belts.

Vegan Guitar Strap Made with Upcycled Vintage Fabric

Prices: $50.63 – $56.96

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5. Non Leather Guitar Straps by Cowless™ by Onori

We were happy to see Onori, which makes guitar straps out of leather, introduce a vegan, non-leather “cowless” line. This style is dark brown faux suede.

 

Prices: $12.00 – $26.00

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6. Upcycled Tire Guitar Straps by RECYCLED VEGAN and TuC

This unique vegan guitar strap by Recycled Vegan and TuC has an upcycled inner tube backing and cork front. It’s the perfect combination of upcycled materials plus natural, sustainable materials. And the “recycled Vegan” emblem is pretty sweet too. The company makes a number of other cool upcycled accessories that you’ll have to check out in their Etsy store.

Recycled Tired and Cork Vegan Guitar StrapPrice: $29.00

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31 Great Eco-Friendly Board Games

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Great Board Games with an Eco-Friendly Twist

Remember the good ol’ days when families and friends would gather around the coffee table for a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit or Monopoly instead of having their faces stuck to their phone screens? Sure, we all love a little screen time, but if we stop playing board games together, what might befall our civilization? We can’t let that happen! So, get out the organic junk food and call your family and pals. It’s time to engage in  some ultra-high-quality, off-screen face time. The fun is guaranteed when you play these great board games with an eco twist!

Monopoly

Let’s kick things off with a little bit of trivia: The origins of the game Monopoly can be traced as far back as 1902 to a game called “The Landlord’s Game,” which was designed by American Elizabeth Magie, according to Wikipedia. In 1935, on the heels of the Great Depression when people were in strong need of some aspirational horsepower, Parker Brothers bought a version of the game that was the precursor to the Monopoly we all know today. Testament to its longevity, Monopoly has morphed into some educational eco variations that are even more fun than owning a few hotels on Boardwalk or Park Place.

1. Monopoly: National Parks Edition

Monopoly National Parks EditionThe National Park Edition of Monopoly lets you experience over 60 of the most beautiful and historic sites in America, including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, which you can buy, sell, and trade. (This is a little alarming given the current political climate, but then again, this is a game!) The game also features the animals that call these parks home, including grizzly bears and bald eagles. Of course, the six play pieces are tailored to the game and include a ranger hat, tent, canoe, bison, hiking boot, and camera.

Price at the time of this post: $32.30

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2. Earthopoly

Earthopoly Eco Board Game Version of MonopolyIn Earthopoly, players can buy properties and collect carbon credits, then trade them for clean air. As they travel the board, they learn about the planet and can pick up green tips from each deed card. The game pieces are made of natural materials and are recyclable, and the game is printed with soy-based ink.

Prices at the time of this post: $15.95 – $24.99

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3. Ocean-Opoly

Ocean Opoly Eco Board GameCelebrate your love for the sea with Ocean-Opoly, which features a variety of ocean life, with educational content on the deed cards. Player pieces include a crab, fish, shark fin, lobster, starfish, and seahorse.

Price at the time of this post: $19.91

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4. Wild Animalopoly

Wild Animalopoly Eco Board Game

Wild Animalopoly has a decidedly pro-animal spin. Deeds to properties become caretaker certificates for animals, rents become meal fees, and houses and hotels are elements and habitats. “Go to Jail” has been retooled as “Hide from Predators,” and “Free Parking” is now “The Watering Hole.”

Price at the time of this post: $24.10

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5. Garden-Opoly

Garden-Opoly Eco-Friendly Board GameIn Garden-Opoly, players buy garden favorites that they can trade for greenhouses. Just like any gardener, Garden-Opoly players must deal with the challenges of aphids, weeds, and their water bill. There is an educational aspect to the game, which includes facts on the deed cards, such as soil and watering information and appropriate climate conditions for the plants. The player pieces are garden themed.  This is a fun gift for anyone who like to see things grow.

Price at the time of this post: $19.14

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6. Bug-Opoly

Bug-Opoly Eco Monopoly Board GameBugs everywhere deserve a little more respect for the essential role they play in keeping the world’s ecosystems healthy. In Bug-Opoly, players buy, sell, and trade their favorite bugs. Players pieces are insects, which makes this an especially great game to play with people who suffer from entomophobia, the fear of bugs. :o)

Price at the time of this post: $23.20

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7. Penguin Opoly

Penguin Opoly Eco Board GameJust as there are dog people and cat people, there are also penguin people. Needless to say, Penguin Opoly is the perfect gift for the penguin-obsessed. In Penguin Opoly, players collect their favorite penguins, of which there are over a dozen different species. Players can increase the “rent” on their penguin properties by adding ocean water. The educational aspect to the game includes factoids about penguins on the backs of the deed cards.

Price at the time of this post: $19.16

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Other Great Eco-Friendly Games

8. Fauna

Fauna Eco-Conscious Board Game for Animal Lovers

In Fauna, you don’t have to be an expert on the animal kingdom, but you do have to have your wits about you and the ability to make an educated guess. There’s a little bit of betting, a little bit of education, and a lot of fun in this game.

Price at the time of this post: $29.71

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9. Hit the Habitat Trail

Hit the Habitat Trail Eco Board Game for Animal Lovers

In Hit the Habitat Trail, players collect Habit Cards when they answer a knowledge question correctly. Questions are multiple choice or true and false, which makes it a great educational game that invites lively discussions and debates. Wisdom and Consequence cards provide information about environmental hazards and solutions. This game is fun for both adults and kids.

Price at the time of this post: $26.89

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10. Yahtzee National Parks Edition

Yahtzee National Parks EditionThe Yahtzee National Parks edition is ready to take on your next camping trip as everything fits into the included dice cup. It’s a National Parks twist on the classic game. The dice are park themed with pine trees, deer, a hiker, binoculars, and a canoe. The game comes with a little booklet that includes information on U.S. National Parks, such as the ocean, lake, and river National Parks; natural and scenic National Parks, Civil War battle sites, and the animals of the National Parks. A portion of proceeds go to the National Parks Foundation

Price at the time of this post: $16.99

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11. A Beautiful Place

A Beautiful Place Board GameIn A Beautiful Place, players team up to protect and restore the Earth’s natural beauty. The game rewards team work, as players help each other to climb mountains, form communities, and more. Plus, the game has an educational component, as it presents environmental hazards and solutions.

Price at the time of this post: $13.94

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12. Xeko

Xeko Trading Cards Game

Xeko is a card game that includes a few different editions, which are referred to as missions, including Mission: Indonesia, Mission: Madagascar, Mission: Costa Rica, and others. The different versions showcase animals and plants that are endangered in the various regions. The game focuses on the importance of biodiversity as the objective for players is to create a balanced, diverse ecosystem. Players get Species Cards that they must link with other Species Cards as they battle other players for Eco Points.

Prices at the time of this post: $52.75 – $143.30

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13. National Parks Trivial Pursuit

National Parks Trivial PursuitThe National Parks edition of the classic game Trivial Pursuit is ready to take on your next backroads or car camping adventure. It comes with its own portable carrying case and carabiner. Questions revolve around the U.S. National Parks, with categories that include Battlefields and Historic Sites, Natural Wonders, Cultural Heritage, Science and Nature, and Wildlife. And of course, there’s also a Wild Card for those Park-loving geeks who have an expertise in a particular area.

Price at the time of this post: $19.97

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14. Bug Bingo

Bug Bingo GameBug Bingo artfully depicts the natural beauty of the oft-misunderstood insect kingdom. The colorful illustrated game has 64 insect species, which will make playing Bingo with numbers pale in comparison. The tokens are illustrated to match the boards, and the game includes 12 Bingo cards and a brochure with educational information about the various bugs included in the game. Bingo fans everywhere will get a kick out of Bug Bingo!

Price at the time of this post: $19.08

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15. Endango

Engando Eco GameIn Endango, each player is responsible for a different environment, including ocean, ice, safari, or forest, and each environment has three endangered animals. Players take actions around the game board, which help or harm the animals. The ultimate objective is for each player to protect the animals in their environment. The game itself is made with recycled materials and soy-based inks.

Price at the time of this post: $29.99

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16. Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Wild Craft Herbal Adventure GameWildcraft! is a cooperative board game that teaches players about herbs and edible and medicinal plants. There’s no reading required, so even kids as young as four can enjoying playing. The game itself is made with eco-friendly materials in the U.S.A.

Price at the time of this post: $29.99

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17. Bioviva

Bioviva Eco-Friendly Board Game

Bioviva was named the Best Trivia Game by Games Magazine in 2000, and players have enjoyed playing it ever since. Players start by drawing a destination card. Throughout the game, they must answer multiple choice questions related to environmental issues, such as animal behavior, renewable energy, and evolution. The game itself is made with recycled materials and vegetable-based inks, and the wooden player pieces are carved from sustainably-harvested beech trees.

Prices at the time of this post: $14.98 – $34.50

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Eco-Friendly Card Games

Playing card games will never go out of style, and their portability makes them great for plane rides, camping trips, and other adventures. Here are some with an eco-friendly twist.

18. Bicycle Eco Edition Playing Cards

bicycle-playing-cards-eco-editionThese Bicycle Eco Edition playing cards are printed with vegetable-based inks and laminated with a starch-based glue. They can be recycled, and they’re made in the U.S.A.

Price at the time of this post: $8.23

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19. Eco Squad Card Game

Eco Squad Card Game

In the Eco Squad Card Game, players race against each other as they try to match green solutions to the environmental threats facing cities, factories, and homes. The game challenges players to go green in a playful way, as the player who solves the most problems wins.

Price at the time of this post: $14.99

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20. Uno Wilderness

Uno Wilderness EditionUno Wilderness brings an outdoorsy twist to this classic card game. Designed for 2-10 players, Uno Wilderness  has the same objective as classic Uno, which is to end up with only one card. The colorful illustrations keep the great outdoors top of mind, which is a good thing for all of us!

Price at the time of this post: $5.97

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21. Living Earth Games

Living Earth Eco Games

Living Earth Games designs cooperative eco- and nature-themed card and board games. The beautiful water colored illustrations make these nature games pretty enough to put on display.

Prices at the time of this post: $4.08 – $9.80

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Classic Games Made of Wood

As a society, it’s vitally important that we reduce our use of petrol-plastic, so it’s fun to see these classic games made with wood and Earth-friendly bamboo.

22. Jenga

JengaJenga is a fun game for people of all ages that never goes out of style. This version has a convenient “put away” container, that make it easy to pick up and store all those pieces once they inevitably come crashing down.

Price at the time of this post: $16.99

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Wood Games by Maple Landmark

Maple Landmark is a small company base in Middlebury, Vermont that produces classic games made from wood that is sourced locally in Vermont, which is 80% forested. Comprised of just 40 people, the Landmark team makes all of their products in Middlebury, and they do their best to source their other materials locally as well.

23. Chinese Checkers

Chinese CheckersPrice at the time of this post: $31.62

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24. Backyard Bird Dominoes

Backyard DominoesPrice at the time of this post: $23.90

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25. Mancala

MancalaPrice at the time of this post: $18.44

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Classic Games Made of Bamboo

26. Bamboo Chess and Checkers Set

Bamboo Chess and Checkers Set

Price at the time of this post: $26.95

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27. Bamboo Backgammon SetBamboo Backgammon Set

Price at the time of this post: $15.50

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28. Tic Tac Toe by DinDinToys

 

TicTacToeDin Din Toys is a company based in Latvia that makes toys and party favors out of wood. Their Tic Tac Toe game comes with a linen carrying sac that doubles as the game board.

Price at the time of this post: $11.03

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29. Crane Pick-Up Sticks

World Wildlife Fund Crane Pick Up Sticks Game

Pick up sticks is another classic game that people of all ages enjoy. This special World Wildlife Fund edition feature endangered species and their habitats. It includes 30 colored wooden sticks and a crane-themed wooden storage case. All the components are made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) sustainably-harvested wood.

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30. Wood Scrabble Set

Wooden Scrabble SetThis wooden Scrabble set is made by BSIRIBIZ, which also sells replacements pieces, making it convenient if you want to play this classic came with a large group.

Price at the time of this post: $20.00

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31. Vintage Board Games

Vintage Board GamesAs a company that promotes eco-friendly products, we’ll always encourage our visitors to buy used things when they have the option. Etsy has a great selection of vintage board games for those who want to take a stroll down memory lane, or for those who want to try something new that just so happens to be vintage

Prices at the time of this post: $7.99 – $94.00
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8 Grueling Cycling Movies that Are Sure to Inspire

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

People who take up road cycling and mountain biking become was amazed at all the things they see that they completely missed while driving in a car. So whether mountain biking, road cycling, or beach cruising is your thing, here are eight great films to inspire you to get out of the car seat and into the bike saddle.

1. Emmanuel’s Gift

Emmanuel’s Gift is the story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young man born in Ghana with a deformed right leg. Being born into a society with a belief system that considered people with disabilities to be useless, Emmanuel set out to change a useless ideology, turning it into a mind-opening triumph for himself, his nation, and people all over the world. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, this is one of those films that everyone should see.

2. Ride the Divide

Ride the Divide is about an epic mountain bike race that traverses over 2,700 miles along the Rocky Mountains’ Continental Divide, from Banff, Canada to the U.S.–Mexico border. Focusing on three racers’ trials and observations, the film intertwines beautiful mountain scenery with small-town culture and the personal growth of its heroes along the way.

3. Where the Trail Ends

There’s a little travel adventure / adrenalin junky in everyone and Where the Trail Ends speaks to those human instincts. The Endless Summer of extreme mountain biking, “Where the Trail Ends” follows some of the worlds’ top free-ride mountain bikers as they seek out some of the wildest, untamed mountain biking terrain around the world, pushing the envelope on what a human can do with their own muscle power, guts, and two wheels.

4. Half the Road

Half the Road is a documentary filled with inspiring race footage and interviews with some of the greatest athletes in the world who are unwaveringly dedicated to their sport. But what makes “Half the Road” different is that its athletes have to deal with the added challenge of the outdated gender inequalities that still exist in the world of professional cycling. The film shows how female cyclists train just as hard, compete as fiercely, and wipe out as painfully as their male counterparts, putting passion and dedication into their sport in equal measures.

5. The Day I Became a Woman

If being a competitive female cyclist isn’t hard enough, being a competitive female cyclist competing in a race in Iran is even more challenging. Not only will you have to forgo your streamlined Lycra in favor of a bulky long black gown, you may need to do so with a husband who is chasing you down on horse back because he is anything but supportive of your athletic endeavors. Linking three different stories, The Day I Became a Woman is the kind of film that reminds us just how lucky we are to have the simplest of freedoms and how the human spirit will always transcend societal norms.

6. Bicycle Dreams and Race Across America

We bundled Bicycle Dreams and Race Across America together because both are noted, award-winning films by Director Stephen Auerbach about the Race Across America, a 3,000-mile bike race that cyclists must complete within 10 days. These films are about mind over matter and triumphing in the face of tragedy and hardship.

7. Breaking Away

The one thing that all movie lists about cycling seem to have in common is the all-time favorite Breaking Away. We had to include it here because there are still actually people who haven’t seen this film! It’s a story about dreaming big, even if you’re a small town boy or girl, about friendship, love, growing up, and of course–speeding down the road on two wheels in a streak of unadulterated bliss.

Enjoy!

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