Feel Good Fridays – Sea Bags

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material Summer is wrapping up but we can be reminded of our salty sailing expeditions all year round when we tote around bags from Sea Bags. The company has been creating bags and accessories from reclaimed sailcloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine since 1999. Today they have a wide assortment of not just duffles and tote bags but wine totes (hello!), iPad cases, dog bowls and shaving cases. All the sails have been used in the past so markings, weathering and various stamps and stripes are part of their charm.Seabags has collaborated with many different companies but recently they worked with a great charity, Gulf of Maine Research Institute to create a limited edition tote bag and bucket bag. Fifty percent of every bag purchased will benefit GMRI’s scientific research around the sustainability of our natural resources and working waterfronts.“Commitment to community has always been a cornerstone to our business model,” said Beth Shissler, President of Sea Bags. “This project underscores the broad sense of community around our largest natural resource and our traditional working waterfronts. And GMRI’s mission nicely complements our company’s commitment to sustainable practices.”The special design features interconnecting bright green and vibrant blue waves – made from recycled spinnaker – wrapped around the white Dacron bag. Each bag is unique. Inside the large tote (14″ h x 18″) there is a hanging zip pocket in additional to the typical slip pocket located between the rope handles. The bucket bag is 9.5″h x 7″w and hangs by a rope handle knotted through grommets.Even though beach days are over, these are great weekend bags, grocery bags (eco-shopping bro!) or even a laundry bag at school. And take note all you boat owners, send in your sails and they will make you a bag. Now that’s sailing sustainability! Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Hardworking Gentlemen Offers American-Made Grooming Goods for the Everyday Manlast_img read more

Shaw Communications Inc gets back into music business with Rdio streaming partnership

Shaw Communications Inc. is getting into the streaming music business through a partnership with digital service Rdio.The Calgary-based telecommunications company said Thursday that it has launched a marketing, content and promotion partnership designed to boost the presence of Rdio in Canada.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though part of the agreement includes an unspecified financial investment by Shaw Ventures in Rdio’s holding company, Pulser Media.The partnership puts Shaw back into the music business after its radio stations were spun off into Corus Entertainment nearly 15 years ago.Traditional radio station groups are facing an onslaught of competition from digital services, which are still relatively new in Canada but quickly gaining traction, particularly with younger listeners.The presence of legal on-demand streaming music in Canada has been limited until recently.Last year, free streaming music service Songza opened an office in Toronto with the goal of getting a head start against its competitors like Spotify and Pandora, two popular international streaming services that aren’t available in Canada yet.Rdio has a library of more than 20 million songs that can be streamed on various platforms, including through its website and mobile phone apps. The service is advertiser supported, but a monthly subscription fee lets users listen without commercial breaks. The company says Canada is its second-largest market.“Rdio is the best available digital streaming music experience and a great complement to our leading broadband and Shaw Go Wi-Fi services,” Shaw chief executive Brad Shaw said in a release.“Our partnership with Rdio will develop great offers that will enable Shaw customers and everyone across the country to enjoy this service.”Other investors have recently secured similar deals with Rdio, including Brazilian media conglomerate Grupo Bandeirantes and U.S. radio station owner Cumulus Media. read more