Articles tagged "Lulu"

Peas Be With You

You may not think of books and compost as the most obvious friends, but when it comes to Lulu and CompostNow, we have a lot more in common than you’d first guess. Our organizations are passionate about sustainability, building community, and always looking for reasons to play in the dirt!

Earlier this year, Lulu partnered with CompostNow to provide composting bins in our Morrisville, NC office. Thanks to that effort, we have diverted approximately 267 lbs of food scraps since Feb. 2017.

Lulu’s scraps will produce 67 lbs of rich compost, and avoid releasing 35 lbs of methane at the landfill.1 That’s enough to offset 1,517 miles driven by a car, or like parking it for 5.2 weeks.2 Even better, the compost can grow 27 tomato plants, yielding 135 delicious tomatoes.

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Earlier this week, we teamed up to meet in the Alliance Medical Ministry’s community garden- an organization that provides healthcare services to uninsured Wake County residents, one of the recipients of compost from CompostNow. We were pretty excited to close the loop and see what good our veggie scraps were up to.

Some may remember Lulu’s volunteer day with Alliance Medical Ministry last July- a productive day described as “roasty toasty”. https://betterthanyesterday.lulu.com/2016/07/19/blog-post-title-2/

Once our group arrived, Alliance’s Garden & Wellness Program Coordinator, Jesse Crouch, lead us through the garden.

We toured each bed and were encouraged along the way to eat various flowers and leaves. “Try it! It’s good!” Jesse exclaimed with an extended hand full of tiny flowers. “These are collard green flowers. That’s an arugula that’s gone to seed. You can still eat it. Those pink flowers are… something you can eat, but I can’t remember what it’s called.” Some of us were a little skeptical, but most gladly put freshly-picked greenery in our mouths.

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Jesse also taught us how to carefully transplant delicate, baby plants. We first mixed up a garden bed with compost and dirt. Then, we made a little well in the dirt to help water run towards the plant. Next, we opened a small hole for the plant, covered it with dirt, and whispered sweet nothings to ensure plant happiness.

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Here’s a QA Engineer, Andrea, in the zone as she pulls weeds from the onion and garlic beds

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Below is a tiny okra plant transplanted by one of our QA Engineers, Matt. It can’t be confirmed, but I’m pretty sure he later gave the okra the tiniest high-five and whispered “You got this!”

 

The Alliance garden also has two new beehives! We weren’t able to get up close and personal, but we did watch from a distance as the tiny bees fluttered to and fro with pollen covered bodies.

To help out the bee friends, we pulled bunches of weeds from their pollinator flower garden. You’re welcome, bees.

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To learn more about Alliance Medical Ministry, check out: http://www.alliancemedicalministry.org/

They’re hosting a Farm to Table fundraiser dinner that is sure to be amazing. You may get to eat the veggies we tended to on our volunteer garden day!

CompostNow services the Morrisville, NC Lulu office. We toss our food scraps and they pick them up every Friday to begin the decomposing process and make that beautiful, dark compost. Easy peasy.

Residents of the Triangle and surrounding area can learn more about CompostNow and get a free two-week trial: https://compostnow.org/offer/lulu/

2017 Lulu E-Games at NC State University

Since 2014, Lulu has proudly sponsored North Carolina State University’s E-Games competition. The event is part of the college’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and this year featured 192 entrants in six categories.

The E-Games are one part of NC State University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, a program of events, challenges, and fellowships designed to focus and encourage the big thinkers of tomorrow. The Initiative also hosts a blog with news and updates about their participants, the state of innovation, and other relevant news for entrepreneurs and students.

This years event featured the largest entrant pool to date, and pitted the teams in two rounds of competition, with a total prize pool over $100,000. The competition ran through the spring semester, and on Thursday April 20th, the winners in each category were selected.

The winners of the 2017 E-Games for each category are:

  • New Venture: ViemetricsThe Viemetrics team developed a low-cost, portable spirometer that can potentially predict asthma attacks.
  • Design & Prototype: ViemetricsThe Viemetrics team developed a low-cost, portable spirometer that can potentially predict asthma attacks.
  • Social Impact: ViemetricsThe Viemetrics team developed a low-cost, portable spirometer that can potentially predict asthma attacks.
  • Arts Venture: AtaristiciansA venture aimed at combining video games with artificial intelligence research and statistical teaching.
  • Built on the Cloud: RipeNowA platform that connects restaurants with crowd-sourced produce from local farms.
  • Daugherty Endowment: Lumeova Developing an ultra-fast wireless communication product to speed up mobile connectivity speeds by 10X.

As you can see, Viemetrics and their innovative take on the Spirometer stole the show, but that didn’t put a damper on the other exciting ventures and designs all the finalist teams presented. These included the Rhythcor team, winner of the Crowd Favorite award, with their heart attack detection clothing (PulseAware), designed specifically for firefighters, but applicable to a wide range of at risk groups. And Re-Cycle, designers of a cost efficient and highly scalable bike-share system to ease congestion in dense urban areas.  Or Kast Clothing, a data driven maker of jeans using measurement-capture technology to make affordable, custom fitted clothing.

Team Lulu representatives at the E-Games with the NCSU Wolf Mascots

 

The wide range of ideas and initiatives presented by the entrants showcases the role innovation plays in shaping the future. Lulu avidly supports the growth and dissemination of forward thinking ideas, and the E-Games are a perfect way to encourage young designers and entrepreneurs. This is the way into the ever growing knowledge economy, and Lulu stands beside all the thinkers and storytellers on the cusp of shaping our future.

“Lulu is honored to participate in this amazing event that recognizes future entrepreneurs and leaders in the community and business world. We thank the NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative for hosting such a superb event. Congratulations to the winners and all the entrants.”
 – Kathy Hensgen, Lulu Chief Operating Officer

Another successful year of promoting and highlighting up and coming entrepreneurs, and Lulu continues to look to the future through these initiatives. We hope next year to see an even bigger crowd with even more innovative and exciting ideas!

Lulu has a Can-Do Attitude 

Join Team Lulu on a tour of the Sonoco Reclamation Center to celebrate Earth Month and expand our knowledge of the waste stream!

On a crisp, Carolina blue Thursday, we embarked on a journey alongside our LaCroix cans, yogurt cups, and other recyclables. Our eco-excitement electrified the air. Or, it may have been the rumblings of trucks and giant machinery sorting paper from cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals.

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For some of us, the thought of recycling and environmentalism may conjure images of crunchy folks in Birkenstocks asking if you have a minute for the environment as you nervously pick up your pace and avoid all eye contact.

However, there’s another aspect of recycling that many people don’t consider – JOBS!

The Sonoco Reclamation Center in Raleigh, NC processes around 350 tons per day in two 10-hour shifts, with 4 hours for cleaning. At the time of our tour, the Sonoco team was processing items at a rate of 11.9 tons per hour.

A recent article from The News & Observer pointed to statistics showing that recycling plastic bottles employs around 1,700 people in the Carolinas. Likewise, if each household recycled just two additional plastic bottles a week, we could create 300 brand-spankin’ new jobs.

Currently, 3 billion bottles, or about a third of all plastic bottles, are thrown away in North and South Carolina. We’re tossing out jobs left and right!

According to the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council, we currently only produce 25% of the recycled plastic from bottles need to make new products. The other 75% is purchased from other states in the US and abroad. The more Carolinians recycle, the more we can cut costs, create jobs, and keep it local, y’all.

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That said, not all items are accepted by recycling centers. It’s important to keep in mind that plastic grocery bags should not be added to commingled recycling. Facilities like Sonoco are unable to process plastic bags, and when they find them among recycling, the bags end up in a landfill. Instead, consumers should bring back plastic grocery bags to grocers who can properly recycle the bags .

You can find a recycle location near you: http://www.abagslife.com/find-a-recycle-center/

Can’t remember which bin to toss your bottles, food scraps, and other trash? Lulu’s got your back! Download these free recycling and composting infographics.

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Check with your municipality to learn the specifics of what can and cannot be recycled.

Together, we can all be like Jake the trash truck and become recycling heroes.

http://www.lulu.com/shop/yvonne-osborne-and-scott-osborne/jake-the-happy-trash-truck/paperback/product-22765637.html

Go get ‘em, you recycling superstar!

Lulu Team Recycling

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article143301594.html#storylink=cpy

Your bottle means jobs: https://yourbottlemeansjobs.com/pledge/


About the Author

Sheridan is Lulu’s Coordinator of Sustainability and Outreach. She is also an author advocate, a friend to all cats everywhere, a clog aficionado, and an art maker.

Glasstree: The Evolution of Academic Publishing

Everything evolves – even academic publishing.
Glasstree is the next step in the evolution of publishing.

Launched by Lulu in 2016, Glasstree boasts the industry’s lowest publishing and processing fees for academics, researchers and educators to publish and distribute print, ebooks and Open Access content.

We believe the world benefits when knowledge is shared, access to it is democratized, and authors are equitably rewarded for their effort.

Take the next step.
Take control.
Publish and prosper with Glasstree Academic Publishing

Like, Follow, Share: What’s in it for me?

Every day we are asked by friends, acquaintances, and companies to Like, Follow or Share their page or post. It’s simple enough. It requires only a click. Lulu is no different. Like you, we are always happy to see new Likes, but what’s in it for you when you Like Lulu?

If you are a fan of innovative, independent authors, liking Lulu on Facebook will keep you in the know about new authors and daily discounts. But readers shouldn’t stop there. You should also Like your favorite author’s Facebook page and stay informed about their upcoming events and new releases. By creating a relationship with an author, you may get sneak peaks at future titles, covers or early chapters. Surely that’s worth the investment of a click.

If you are an author who published with Lulu, we recommend you not only Like our page, but also consider Following us as well. When you follow Lulu, you are assured of receiving the daily discount and other news, which you can then Share with your Facebook fans.

Periodically sharing Lulu discounts on Facebook gives you an excuse to reach out to your readers with a personalized message in addition to savings. If you are feeling especially generous, you can further entice new readers by supersizing the daily discount. You can easily change a 20% discount to 30% or offer 15% off your book when Lulu is offering free shipping. Click here to learn how.

 

Your target audience already loves books, discounts and Facebook. However, if you are trying to attract new readers, remember the “Rule of Seven” – on average, a person must see or hear your marketing message seven times before it actually registers. The more a person sees your book mentioned online, the more likely they are to take the next step – clicking to learn more which leads to purchases. So don’t be shy about sharing your story, your book, or those Lulu discounts.

Likewise, don’t be afraid to ask your fans to share with their friends. Word-of-mouth and social media are the two most popular means of discovering new books.

So, Like us today and Share us regularly. It only takes a few clicks to reach a worldwide audience.

I told three friends and they told three friends and so on….

Author Anita Riley: Pints, Publishing and Pink Boots

A few months ago, I received an email from a friend asking if I had time to talk to someone about publishing a book. I always enjoy talking with authors and there was the promise of a free pint, so how could I refuse?

A few nights later, on possibly the coldest night of the year, I met Anita. She told me about her project highlighting women in the North Carolina brewing industry. Her book would include home brewing recipes contributed by the women featured in the book. I was intrigued.

Mystery Brewing: Where the magic happens

Anita had a lot of questions.

  • She asked me about the cost of publishing. I told her it was free for DIY authors.
  • She asked about minimum print runs. I told her about print-on-demand and that we could print one or 1 million books.
  • She asked about manufacturing costs. We talked about paper quality, distribution options, and binding types.
  • She asked about manufacturing times. I told her that the books would print in 3-5 business days.

Anita needed the books printed and delivered for a fundraising event scheduled in March. She would launch the book at the event and all proceeds would go to the Pink Boots Society to fund scholarships to help women advance their careers in the brewing industry.

Another pint (or two) and we had a plan.

 

Fast forward a month or so and I received an email from Anita. She was published!

After a few edits, she was ready to place an order. The books arrived on time and the event was a huge success.

Last week, we visited Anita at Mystery Brewing. She took some time from her busy morning to talk to us about her book Brewing Ambition, the Pink Boots Society and her Lulu publishing experience.


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Brewing Ambition

Home brew recipes by the women of North Carolina’s Craft Beer Industry and the stories behind them. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Pink Boots Society’s scholarship fund, which seeks to assist, encourage, and inspire women in the beer industry to further their careers through education.

 

 

What’s New at Lulu? Everything Is About to Change

Prior to the launch of Glasstree, our academic and educational publishing brand, we asked CEO Nigel Lee what changes Lulu authors can expect in the coming months.

Since this interview was recorded, we have moved into our new space, Glasstree was successfully launched, and our focus has returned to refining the new publishing tools, opening new distribution options, and redesigning Lulu.com.

As Nigel says, “Watch this space. Everything is about to change.”

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