MobilIZE: 6 Simple Ways You Can Help Protect Our Planet This Earth Day

Posted by Taylor Orebaugh on Apr 19, 2021 4:04:19 PM

6 Simple Ways To Help Protect The Planet This Earth Day

With the impacts of climate change becoming ever-present, protecting our planet is more important than ever. But for many of us, that goal seems out of reach, leaving us asking: How can I help? Well, there's no day like Earth Day to get started! Keep reading for 6 easy ways to start thinking more sustainably, locally, and globally this Earth Day.

 

1. Introduce a recycling bin at your home + office

How To Introduce A Recycling Program

The benefits of recycling can’t be overstated. Obviously, recycling means less trash is dumped in landfills every year, but even larger than that, recycling allows our industry to repurpose non-renewable resources, using significantly less energy and raw materials to create our goods.

If your neighborhood or workplace doesn’t already have a recycling program, some ways you can break into it are:

  • Find a local recycling center in your area you can personally return to
  • Talk to your boss about setting up a recycling program at work
  • Read up on which materials are accepted at your local facility to prevent recycling contamination that can do more damage

2. Volunteer for local cleanups in your community

Earth Day Cleanup

If you’re more of the hands-on type, a community cleanup might be just the ticket. Check out what Earth Day cleanups are happening in your local community, and if your area is running low this year, have no fear. One of our Brite Side philanthropic partners, American Rivers, is hosting a year-long Virtual River Cleanup Challenge through the Litterati app. Through the app, you can take pictures of the litter you collect and track it, allowing Litterati to map national litter totals and cleanup efforts.

 

3. Find reusable alternatives for single-waste products

Gear Ties vs. Zip Ties

A simple way to help protect the planet is to reevaluate your shopping choices. Instead of choosing a single-waste product like water bottles, switch to an insulated thermos to reduce your annual waste and ultimately, the emissions created when producing so many products at mass rates.

Taking it a step further, look around your home and see where a single-waste option could be replaced with a reusable one. Gear Ties are a perfect alternative to zip ties or cable ties, providing the reusability, adjustability, and strength you need. Another reusable option to consider is swapping out your battery-powered products for rechargeable ones. Nite Ize proudly produces 25 different rechargeable products and counting, including LED Dog Collars, flashlights, and more.

 

4. Shop local produce or plant a garden

Start Your Own Vegetable Garden

Commercial agriculture takes a toll on our environment with harmful pesticides and fertilizers, excessive waste, and heavy carbon emissions from transit by truck to grocery stores everywhere. To help minimize this impact, seek out a local farm or market in your area for your produce. And for those up to the challenge, planting a garden is a great way to learn more about agriculture, develop self-sufficiency, and control the pesticides and fertilizers used, keeping your community’s soil and waterways clean. Check out our tips on starting your own vegetable garden this spring here!

 

5. Drive less—bike + walk more

Reduce Carbon Emissions by Biking

Transportation alone makes up 14% of our yearly greenhouse gas emissions. Reduce the number of cars on the road by carpooling to work and social events when you can. Around your town, consider investing in a bike for local errands and work commutes—you’ll be surprised by how much you’ll love it! And instead of taking a long drive around the neighborhood after a hard day, take a walk outside instead to enjoy the fresh air and get your body moving.

 

6. Get out there and appreciate it!

Enjoy The Outdoors This Earth Day

Now that you’ve done the work, it’s time to reap all the benefits. Get out there and soak in all the beauty that mother nature has to offer. Take a hike, set up camp, plan a picnic, or hit the beach—wherever you feel most connected to our beautiful planet. Remember to Leave No Trace when enjoying our great outdoors to prevent trail damage, wildlife risk, water pollution, and forest fires.

How are you planning to mobilize for Earth Day? Share your favorite ways to give back to the environment in the comments or on social media. Now what are you waiting for? Go get out there!

Topics: Gear Ties, take action, outdoors, Bike, gardening, Surprize

MobilIZE For Spring Adventures: Favorite Accessories For Life On-The-Go

Posted by Katie S on Mar 31, 2021 4:49:22 PM

Mobilize For Spring Adventures

Spring has sprung and the smell of summer barbeques is so close we can almost taste them. Meanwhile, thoughts of springtime adventures stir in our minds. Whether your spirit of adventure leads you to explore new local parks or faraway destinations, we have a few tips and tricks for adventuring safer and smarter with your smartphone. For better or worse, smartphones and technology have generally changed the way we explore and experience the world around us. Rather than packing up maps, a camera, a video camera, a GPS, and relying on the kindness of strangers to lend directions, we bring along one trusty, compact smartphone.  So, here are a few ways we recommend keeping your device protected and accessible on your next adventure, as well as a few ways your phone can keep you safe and enhance the experience.

 

Make It Snug with a Little Steelie Hug

Steelie Squeeze Windshield Kit

If your next adventure starts with hitting the road, make sure you’ve got Steelie as your co-pilot. Steelie is a strong magnetic device holder that secures your phone at easy viewing angles in the car so you can view what’s really important: the road. I personally like the Steelie Squeeze Windshield Kit because it seriously suctions to your windshield, and the Squeeze bracket can hold your phone or anyone else’s who may be riding shotgun on your adventure. (And, it kind of looks like it’s giving your phone a snug little hug, and that makes me smile!)

Squeeze Smartphone Bar Mount

If your road trip happens to end at an amazing biking destination, you can move your phone from the Steelie Squeeze Mount in your car, to the Squeeze Smartphone Bar Mount on your bike and hit the trail without missing a beat (or dropping a phone).

 

Protect from the Big Three: Water, Sand, and Drops

RunOff Waterproof Medium Travel Pouch

Every generation of smartphone seems to get a little more durable and water-resistant, but they haven’t reached perfection yet. There is very little that drops your stomach as quickly as watching your favorite device dropping to the bottom of a river, and nothing more frustrating than trying to pick granules of sand out of the charging port. Pack your phone and other small essentials in a RunOff Waterproof Travel Pouch, and clip on an S-Biner to instantly make it waterproof, dirt-proof, and drop-proof.

 

Apps To Help You Adventure Smarter

Apps To Help Adventure Smarter

You know that tagline, “there’s an app for that”? Well, it really does apply to just about everything these days. Research what will be most helpful to your specific activities before you leave, since you may not have service for downloads where you’re headed. Here are a few of my favorites for outdoor exploration and travel:

FEMA – In general, I recommend that everyone have the FEMA app downloaded and set to send notifications for your area. If you plan to travel outside your hometown, update your notifications so you will be pinged if any major storms or other emergencies occur in the area so you can prepare/react appropriately.

Red Cross First Aid App – If your adventures take you more than an hour away from medical facilities, it’s a good idea to have some medical knowhow yourself. This app provides step by step instructions on how to identify and treat many common injuries and ailments. And always be sure to bring along a first aid kit too.

The Dyrt – This site is amazing for finding and getting in depth info on camp sites all over the U.S.

SEEK iNaturalist – Identify and keep track of plants, animals, and insects as you go. It’s fun to learn more about the world around you, and it could be useful if you find yourself in a survival situation (but hopefully just for fun!).

 

Where will your next adventure take you? We’d love to hear about your explorations with any Nite Ize products you bring along. Drop us a line in the comments section below, or share your photos on social media with the tag #NiteIze – you just might win a SurprIZE gift! For more products that keep you mobile, check out our April MobilIZE collection, full of top-rated gear for your phone and beyond.

Happy Adventuring!

Topics: Mobile Device Accessories, Bike, "travel", runoff, waterproof bags, Steelie, Surprize

OrganIZE: 10 Foolproof Closet Organization Tips

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Mar 1, 2021 9:41:01 AM

10 Closet Organization Tips

If there is one area of the house that can too easily get out of control, it's the closet. If you're anything like me, you may have the tendency to acquire more clothes, shoes, bags and accessories without getting rid of anything you already have, and before you know it, your closet is jam-packed. On top of it being over-stuffed, you probably haven't taken the time to re-organize your closet in a while, so things start getting haphazardly thrown in without much consideration. In the spirit of OrganIZE – our Big Idea this month – and the start of spring cleaning season, I'm going to share a few tips on how I keep my closet organization game in check.

 

1. Donate or Toss Anything You Don't Love

Donate Old Clothing

Does it "spark joy?" The phrase made famous by celebrity organization expert Marie Kondo has caught on for a reason. If you don't love a pair of shoes, you probably don't need them gathering dust in your closet. I usually judge what to put in my donation pile based on the last time I wore something. Can I even remember the last time I wore this sweater? If I have to rack my brain on it, it's probably not a keeper. Don't be afraid to part ways with socks or undergarments that are starting to fall apart either – toss them at the sign of the first hole.

A good method to keep your wardrobe in check is every time you buy a new piece, donate something old. This can be a difficult and emotional decision, but it will absolutely keep your closet from getting out of hand. Always have a donation bin handy. If you don't have room in your closet for a designated bin, consider keeping one in your garage or storage space, so it's always on stand by when you come across something that is past its prime in your rotation.

 

2. Buy Uniform Hangers

No Slip Hangers

Although this tip is primarily for aesthetic purposes, I promise that it does bring the look of your closet to the next level. Get rid of all your misfit garment hangers and acquire matching ones. I personally prefer the slim velvet no-slip hangers that you can find just about anywhere these days. I tend to find good deals on them at discount stores such as TJ Maxx, so you don't have to break the bank investing in an entire new set of hangers.

 

3. Start Fresh

Organizing Your Closet

Okay, this might seem a little extreme at first, but hear me out. I always found that I did my best organization right when I moved into a new place. Now that I live somewhere more permanent, I have to remind myself to actively keep things organized (instead of just waiting until my next move like I did throughout my 20s). So, I decided to apply the same method and take everything out of my closet to start fresh before re-organizing. I also apply this method when it comes to re-organizing drawers or bathroom cabinets. You're guaranteed to find even more stuff for your donate pile this way, and you can better re-think your space and how you can make improvements to your existing organization system.

 

4. Organize Clothes by Style and Color

Organize Your Clothes

Properly categorizing your clothing is a closet game-changer. Not only does it look better, it also helps me choose outfits faster in the morning. I group everything by style, then, by color. For example, I put all of my sweaters in the same section, then organize the sweaters from lightest to darkest in each color. Then, the next section over might be button-up blouses, and those will be organized by color in the same way.

 

5. Maximize Vertical Space

Closet Organizing Tips

Make sure you're utilizing all of your available space wisely. If you're short on room in your closet, consider adding a lower rod underneath the top rod. Then, when you rotate your wardrobe from winter to summer, you can keep the pieces you'll be wearing more frequently at eye-level. Or, you could use that floor space for drawers, shelving, a shoe rack, laundry basket, or donation bin. 

 

6. Try Unexpected Solutions

Closet Organizing Hacks

Let me introduce you to some of my favorite closet hacks that you may not have ever thought about or heard of:

GearLine Organization System:

GearLine Organization System

I first bought one of of these for my camping tent to organize gear, which I loved. Then, I bought a second one, to keep around the campsite. Then, I started thinking outside the box – where else might these come in handy? After searching around for solutions to organize my purses, it clicked. I affixed the integrated Gear Ties at either end of the line to my closet bar, then clipped my purses, clutches, and hats to the S-Biners. 

S-Biner Hook 'N Hold:

S-Biner Hook 'N Hold

I replaced one of the plastic S-Biners on the GearLine with an S-Biner Hook 'N Hold to hang one of my favorite hats I usually grab for hiking or other outdoor activities. I liked this particular option because I can grab the hat off of the hook quickly without opening an S-Biner gate, and the other side stays clipped and secured to the loop on the GearLine.

Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook:

Gear Tie Bendable S-Hook

You could say that I'm already "hooked" on this brand new Nite Ize product! I snagged a few of these puppies to hang scarves and bags in my closet and I already want more. The gentle yet grippy rubber coating of the Gear Tie is soft on fabrics while preventing slipping, and the flexible shape gives you options for size and shape. You could, for instance, keep the top part of the "S" hooked onto the bar and bend the lower part to rotate in. You can also squeeze to close up either side of the "S" for a more secure hold.

S-Biner Plastic #8:

S-Biner #8

I absolutely love this size S-Biner for hanging backpacks. For bulkier loads, you can also use a #10, but after testing both, I prefer the #8 for my closet and the type of bags I need to hang. 

 

7. Utilize Wall Space

How to organize jewelry

In keeping with the goal of using all your available space, don't forget about the walls. Installing some hooks can be a good use of that dead space – I use mine for necklaces whereas my husband uses his for hats and hoodies. For a simple option with no drills or nails required, I also recommend using 3M Command Hooks. If you have extra space on the wall or back of the door, you can stick some of those on to hang hats, jackets, and more.

 

8. Organize Your Shoes

How to organize shoes

One thing you definitely need is a good shoe organizing solution (especially if you're like me and have a bit of a shoe adduction). My favorite space-saving method is an over-the-door shoe caddy. I use the pocket variety, but you can also find them in wire rack form. Why use an over-the-door shoe organizer? Because again, it's a great use of dead, vertical space. This way you can free up room on your closet rack or on the floor that you might need for more clothing or accessories.

 

9. Stack Jeans and Pants

Closet organizing tips

I like to fold and stack my pants and store them on shelving in my closet. It makes them more accessible, easier to see, and saves space on my rack and in my dresser drawers (which I reserve for T-shirts, casual sweatshirts, socks/undergarments, and pajamas).

 

10. Consolidate What You Don't Frequently Use

RunOff Waterproof Packing Cubes

I have a full set of RunOff Waterproof Bags for travel, but even when I'm not traveling, I like to store certain items in the large and medium size Packing Cubes because you can fill them with bulkier items, compress out air, and zip them up. I usually throw some of my ski gear like heavy gloves, neck gaiters, and thick socks into the medium cube, and my base layers into the large cube. This way, I always know where my ski essentials are, and when I need the cubes for packing a suitcase, I just empty out the contents and place them temporarily on the shelf.

Finally, I absolutely recommend rotating your wardrobe based on season. I usually do this twice a year – once in late spring and once in fall. In late spring I stow heavy sweaters and coats out of the way, and rotate my warm weather clothing to the front. Then in fall when the weather decides to turn, I change it back.

 

Now stand back, take a breath, and look upon your newly organized wardrobe. Is it just me, or do you feel a renewed sense of mental clarity when your storage spaces are in order? What are your personal closet organization techniques? I'm certainly no professional organizer, so I'm always looking for additional advice. Let us know in the comments below, and check out our March OrganIZE collection for products to inspire your inner neat freak. Be sure to tag your Nite Ize organization hacks on social media with #NiteIze for a chance to win a SurprIZE giveaway!

Topics: DIY, Organization, Surprize

AccessorIZE: For The Love Of EDC

Posted by Brenda Isaac on Feb 10, 2021 10:06:32 AM

Accessorize: For the Love of EDC

“An accessory is only as useful as it is conveniently accessible.”

- Rick Case, Nite Ize Founder + CEO

This idea was the foundation of our company’s inception, and a motto that continues to guide our way as we launch dozens of new products each year. From the beginning, we’ve always created products that help you keep your gear where you need it, when you need it, and how you want to use it. So, it was only natural that the Everyday Carry community would find us, and we would be inspired by their love for our gear. It’s a beautiful relationship that keeps driving us to make new products that they’ll love.

What is Everyday Carry, or EDC? It’s the collection of items that you carry with you every day, either on your keys, in your pockets, or in your bag or purse. They’re the items you can’t live without as you move through your day. Enthusiasts love to take pictures of their own unique EDC set-up and share them online. A quick #EDC search on Instagram yields thousands of carefully crafted images, calling out brands and products that people rely on to get through their day. And, every time we spot an S-Biner, an INKA Pen, an INOVA flashlight, DoohicKey Key Tool, or one of our many other key accessories, it feels pretty good to know that we’re a part of someone’s trusted daily essentials kit.

The king of EDC at the Nite Ize office is most certainly our CEO & Founder, Rick Case. He’s truly an EDC inspiration, and proof that he embodies the idea of convenient accessibility. I’m dead serious when I say that he carries this keychain with him every day:

Rick Case Keychain

Sometimes, there’s even more attached to it than today. I often see him clipping his gloves, a headlamp, or one of our Runoff Waterproof Bags to it as he’s walking through the building. It’s the size of a small melon, and weighs about that much too!  So, I had to do the traditional laydown photo to show what’s in Rick’s EDC:

Rick Case EDC

A grand total of 37 items – and that’s just the Nite Ize products!

So, if you’re looking to add to your own EDC Kit, check out our full collection of products here, and visit our friends at www.everydaycarry.com to learn more about this community of enthusiasts. We’re positive you’ll find a new addition to your EDC kit that you’ll absolutely love. Nite Ize is celebrating 32 years in business this month, and with a Worry-Free Guarantee on every product we make, you know that we aren’t afraid of a long term relationship! You can also find an assortment of our EDC gear at many hardware stores or outdoor retailers, so you still have time to pick up an S-Biner for that special someone before Valentine's Day.

What’s in your EDC? Let us know in the comments below, or tag #NiteIze on Instagram. We’re giving away SurprIZE packages to the best Nite Ize EDC during the month of February! And be sure to check out February's AccessorIZE collection – a curated array of some of our favorite gear for everyday carry.

Topics: Tech and Gadget, EDC, multi tools, doohickey, Surprize, key accessories

Big Ideas For The Year Ahead: VisualIZE Your 2021 Goals

Posted by Cassie Ryan on Dec 30, 2020 9:50:18 AM

New Year's Resolutions 2021 – Visualize Your Goals

If we’ve learned anything from this heck of a year, it’s that making plans doesn’t always work out, well, as planned. There may have been certain holiday traditions you had to forgo this year, but one that you should still make an effort to uphold is making your New Year’s resolutions for 2021. Even those might look a little different this year after taking time to reflect on all that was 2020. After a year nearly stuck on pause, there’s no time like the present to tackle your goals and focus on self-improvement, one resolution at a time.

Each month of 2021, we will reveal a Big Idea word designed to help you get motivated and make the most out of your year. This month’s Big Idea is VisualIZE – our way to help you dream up your aspirations for the coming year, and rise to meet them. If this year has you feeling a little less inspired to set some exciting goals for the next year, we’re here to help with some suggestions.

 

Get Fit + Don’t Quit

Fitness New Year's Resolutions

Likely the most basic and fundamental resolution is health and fitness related. Perhaps this past year has you thinking about making healthier life choices, or maybe you need to get back into the swing of an exercise routine after spending too much time in comfy pants. Whatever your reason may be, set your sights on a goal that is personally attainable. If you’re new to a fitness routine of any kind, an Ironman triathlon might be a bit too ambitious. Maybe aim for a 10K or half marathon instead this year, and work up from there. 

If you’re training for running or cycling, you might have to spend some early mornings or evening hours in the dark. Some new light-up gear to help you stay seen and safe at night might actually help motivate you to get out there too! Try a SlapLit LED Slap Wrap or a rechargeable TagLit Magnetic Marker to keep yourself seen and safe while you run, and a headlamp to light your path. If you’re getting into cycling, make sure your bike is outfitted with front and rear lights (for both day and night safety), and a rechargeable SpokeLit for side visibility.

Utilizing a fitness tracker or smart watch can be a big help in keeping you motivated and meeting your goals. If you’re currently missing classroom-style workouts, try a virtual one! If joining a membership-based program is out of your price range, there are great workouts you can find for free on YouTube. Even a half hour of yoga three times a week is a simple enough resolution that is fairly easy to keep, but can make a big difference in how you feel.

 

Tackle the To-Do List

Home Project New Year's Resolutions

Do you have a home project you’d like to accomplish but have been putting off? This might be the year to make it happen. Again, make your goals realistic. If you’re looking at a busy year already with work and/or family commitments, now might not be the right time for a complete remodel, but maybe you can start small with a bathroom, or a simple room repaint. Check out this list of 50 DIY projects that you could even complete in a weekend. This could also be a good year to finally plant a vegetable garden. Check out our tips for how to get started on one here

However big or small your aspirations are, get yourself the right gear to tackle the task. Once you’re fully invested, taking the next steps to complete your project will come easier.

 

Clean Space, Clear Mind

Organizing New Year's Resolutions

Do you feel slightly more anxious or stressed when your space is a mess? You’re not alone. Living with clutter can sometimes take a mental toll. Make a plan to organize your home (or even just a part of your home) in 2021. Kick the year off on the right foot by organizing your holiday decorations before storing them away. Buy some plastic tubs or drawers if you don’t already have some, and label them so you know exactly what’s in each. Use Gear Ties to wrangle your strings of lights – you’ll thank yourself next year!

If setting a goal of organizing your entire home is too daunting, maybe resolve to organize your garage, home office, closet, or even just the junk drawer. Just knocking out one of these tasks can help you clear your mind, and feel more accomplished. To get the ball rolling, check out these seven unique products to help organize your life here.

In this technological modern world we live in, we have to deal with all sorts of digital clutter in addition to the physical. Consider making a tech goal for yourself, such as regular hard drive backups, organizing and storing your files, or upping your online password game. If you have older but important files laying around on outdated external hard drives, consider investing in a brand new drive and migrating your files. Nowadays, solid state hard drives are more reliable, durable and have longer life expectancy than the older versions. For the more physical tech clutter, commit to keeping your charging cables tangle-free and fray-free. Preserve your cord ends with CordCollars and wrangle your cables with Gear Tie Cordables.

Does it seem like doing anything on the internet these days has you in a constant state of password hell? Either you fall into the trap of using the same password over and over (not recommended), or you are constantly clicking that “forgot password” button. Make a goal to organize your passwords – you can even consider a password management system. There are many out there, so read some reviews before you commit to one. It might take a day to set everything up, but it will save you time and headaches in the long run.

 

Dream Up a Getaway

Travel New Year's Resolutions

It might be finally safe to travel later on this year (hooray!), so now is a good time to start thinking about where you would like to go. Research has shown that even thinking about an upcoming trip can boost your mood. Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a getaway for when you think you will be safe and comfortable to venture out. You can certainly plan a camping trip now, and the sooner the better. Campgrounds have been booking up faster than ever before, so make your reservations as early as possible. If you’re planning to visit a National Park, you will also need a reservation these days, so don’t put that off either. If you’d prefer to use wheels than wings to travel, check out our 10 tips for planning the perfect road trip.

 

Try Something New

New Hobby New Year's Resolutions

Research has shown that people who regularly learn new things are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Keep your brain synapses firing full throttle by teaching yourself something new in 2021. This could be anything from taking a painting course, learning a new language, or cooking your way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. If you’ve been meaning to get into journaling for a while, make this your year. If you’ve never held knitting needles in your life, maybe set a goal to learn and craft yourself a piece of clothing by the end of the year (or give some as gifts next holiday season). You could even go big and treat yourself to a Masterclass subscription and learn loads of new skills this year! These virtual classes allow you to learn directly from the experts you trust in a wide variety of categories. For instance, you can learn photography from Annie Leibovitz, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, basketball from Steph Curry, or dog training from Lucky Dog’s Brandon McMillan.

 

Include Rover

New Year's Resolutions For Pets

Speaking of dog training, maybe make a New Year’s resolution that includes your best four-legged friend, too! If you feel like you’ve been slacking in the walk department, shoot for daily walks, which will benefit both of you. It’s easy to blow them off during the winter months when it’s always dark and cold (do we really have to get out?), so help motivate yourself with a NiteDog light-up collar and leash! Not only will this make you visible to oncoming cars or bikes, you’ll be surprised how many compliments you receive for looking so cool. Check out our other ideas for New Year’s resolutions you can share with your dog here!

 

So what do you visualIZE for 2021? Once you’ve landed on a resolution (or maybe a few, if you’re ambitious), take a moment to write it down. You might start a new journal for the new year and put your resolution(s) on the first page, write them on a notecard and stick it to your fridge, or even a sticky note on your computer screen to help remind you throughout the year what you are working toward. And don’t forget to check out our VisualIZE collection of curated products to help you reach your 2021 goals, and check back next month for February’s Big Idea! We’ll be here to help you realIZE your goals all year long.

Topics: Visibility and Safety, Run Safety, "travel", DIY, Home, Fitness, Pets, dogs, Surprize

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