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A look back at early Earth Day activism in Kansas City

Every April since 1970, people around the world have been celebrating Earth Day with parades, festivals, and events to raise awareness for environmental issues and to teach future generations to protect our planet.

From organizing for the inaugural event on April 22, 1970, to the community sculpture events in the early nineties, Kansas City has its own history of Earth Day events.

Here’s a look back at Earth Day events that began in 1989 led by local organization, Heartland All Species Project.

The events combined art and science to raise awareness about ecological issues, and gathered thousands of Kansas Citians in celebration, costume, and activism.

Each event featured a massive community sculpture that repurposed waste to tell a story. Here are photos of those sculptures that were taken over 30 years ago during the month of April. Event organizers Marty Kraft and Stan Slaughter reflect on these impressive community gatherings.

Phantom Forest Sculpture – 1989


The 1989 sculpture raised awareness about trees. At this time, there was no curbside paper recycling in the city and newspapers did not use recycled paper content. They calculated how many 30-year pine trees were needed to produce one issue of the Kansas City Star’s Sunday newspaper, and planned to recreate a forest of the estimated 1,800 trees as the Phantom Forest sculpture. They worked with a survey company to arrange the 1,800 dots in the form of a 430-foot long, 180-foot wide pine tree.

The sculpture was made with newspapers packaged in brown paper sacks that were gathered by community members and local organizations. Volunteers assembled the tree at Theis Park (then Volker Park) over two days. The All Species Parade gathered on a Saturday morning to celebrate the sculpture.

This sculpture project had a big impact on Kraft.

“It took so many people to bring their newspapers to build the sculpture,” Kraft said. “The confusion and necessity to join together to solve the problems, community formed.”

At the end of the event, they were able to sell the 150,000 pounds of newspaper used during the event. The paper was recycled and used for insulation. The proceeds were donated to preserve and expand a cloud forest preserve in Costa Rica. The project was awarded recognition from the U.N. Environmental Project.

Heart of the Heartland Sculpture – 1990

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1990 marked the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, and it was a widely celebrated global event. In Kansas City, the Heartland All Species Project organized the Heart of the Heartland Earth 150-foot diameter sculpture.

A coalition of community groups constructed the sculpture. It was made with newspapers in grocery bags for the outlines and the Rocky Mountains, red Coke cans for the heart, blue laundry detergent bottles for the rivers and lakes, milk jugs for the arctic snow, and blue mesh with aluminum cans for the ocean.

The sculpture was built on a Friday, and the All Species Parade was held on Saturday with 3,000 people parading through the Country Club Plaza in costume. The organizers opened an arts studio in the Crossroads for volunteers to create masks and costumes months before the event.

“People were charged to walk a mile in your favorite animal’s shoes,” Slaughter said. “Some schools came to the parade as an ecosystem. For example, an entire class came as a coral reef. We had a drum band lead the parade and the spirit was exulting.”

The parade concluded in the heart space around the globe, showing love for the earth.

Energy Independence Sculpture – 1991


The 1991 sculpture reflected on the Gulf War, and the discussions about crude oil and energy independence. The Energy Independence sculpture celebrated energy from the sun by recreating a solar collector.

During the celebration, people in costume stood in the sun holding red and yellow paper signs, and also ran through the solar collector wires creating the energy that powered the system.

The event featured a parade and a giant puppet play titled, “We’re off to see the lizard” about how the answers to our problems can be found in nature.

The organizers were inspired to use puppets after witnessing the excitement of other puppet theaters and events in the U.S.

“They instilled awe and awe can open a closed person to something different,” Kraft said. “Something better can be formed in this openness and the support of community can help it persist.”

Turtle Island Sculpture – 1992

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1992 marked the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in North America. The Turtle Island sculpture and a puppet play highlighted “The World on the Turtle’s Back,” the creation story of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy people.

The Heartland All Species Project produced an even bigger puppet play for this event with five 15-foot tall puppets and a cast of 140 volunteer puppeteers.

In reflecting on the committed volunteers, Kraft remarked that joy and passion was their main energy.

“We had a team of people who really got it. They were passionate about shifting our culture that they put in the time. It wasn’t a sacrifice. It was a joyful endeavor.”

Reflecting on their activism

These volunteer-led events ended, but the organizers are still environmental educators today.

“Be the change. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Slaughter said. “Some tremendous actions and progress happened because people stepped up. We are the best we have and it’s enough.”

Photos used with permission from Marty Kraft and Stan Slaughter. 

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3 Reasons to Try ESNTL LVG Sustainable Cleaning Products



Last Updated on May 17, 2024

Most conventional cleaning products trigger major migraines for me, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Did you know there’s no federal law that requires companies to disclose the ingredients used in their cleaning products? This essentially means cleaning brands don’t have to have an ingredients label, which means there could be potential allergens inside the product and you wouldn’t even know.

This post was sponsored by ESNTL LVG. All thoughts and opinions are my own; for more information see my disclosure policy.

One ingredient conventional cleaning brands tend to use is artificial fragrance. According to EWG, “fragrance” or “parfum” on a product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate.  

EWG further acknowledges fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.

Additionally, most cleaning products come in plastic packaging, designed to be used once. Only 5-6% of plastic actually gets recycled, and many plastic cleaning products cannot be recycled curbside due to the nature of the contents inside them.

Switching up my cleaning products was the first zero waste swap I made because it was effective, inexpensive, and it made me feel a lot better! I do this through simple swaps, like using lemons to clean my microwave, baking soda to polish my sink, and ESNTL LVG cleaning products.

ESNTL LVG uses non-toxic biotechnology to formulate three efficient cleaners: All-purpose cleaner, glass and surface cleaner, and bathroom cleaner. Their versatile and minimalist cleaners don’t take up much space in my cleaning caddy, and can be infinitely refilled.

If you’re thinking about switching to a more sustainable cleaning routine, here are three reasons to try ESNTL LVG for yourself.

plastic-free packaging

Many cleaners come in a big plastic bottle that’s made from crude oil, a non-renewable resource. Crude oil is extracted from the earth via fracking and takes a lot of energy, water and resources to transform into moldable plastic.

Additionally, plastic is hard to recycle due to its many numerous forms (there are seven main types of plastic). Not every recycling facility is equipped with the machinery to process all forms of plastic, which is why there are varying recycling rules from state to state, or even town to town.

While 30% of number 1 and 2 plastics are recycled, numbers 3 through 7 are much more difficult to be repurposed. In fact, numbers 6 and 7 are virtually impossible to recycle. 

Even when plastic is recycled, it is typically downcycled into something of lesser quality: It can rarely be recycled into the same product twice. Recycled plastics are mixed with virgin material to make them usable, and even then they can only be recycled two to three times before their quality becomes too poor to use.

However, it is important to remember that any material being recycled, be it plastic or glass, takes energy. The most sustainable way to use glass is to reuse it as much as possible.

That’s why I love the fact ESNTL LVG packages their cleaners without single-use plastic. Their spray bottles are made from glass with a silicone sleeve to help protect it. The glass spray bottle can be reused indefinitely and the nozzle is durable and built to last.

It also ships to you plastic-free in a cardboard box. This reduces packaging waste and the cardboard can be easily recycled via curbside recycling.

ESNTL LVG have three color coded glass bottles:

  • Green is all-purpose cleaner
  • Purple is restroom cleaner and descaler
  • Blue is glass and surface cleaner

Color coding the glass bottles helps you easily identify them and grab the right one for the job. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, which makes you more likely to enjoy cleaning with them.

Plus, ESNTL LVG’s cleaners are minimalist and less overwhelming. Instead of purchasing a cleaner for every area of your home (toilet, shower, sink, etc.), all you need are three.

ESNTL LVG’s three cleaners are multi-functional and can be used for various spaces around the home. This reduces clutter in your cleaning caddy, gives you peace of mind, saves money and lots of plastic waste all at once.

Their starter pack, which includes three glass bottles and their corresponding concentrate refills. 

refill scheme

On top of being single-use plastic-free, ESNTL LVG also has a refill scheme set in place. This reduces a lot of packaging waste, since the refills are also plastic-free.

Refills promote a circular economy too. We currently live in a linear economy where items are designed for landfill. Raw materials are collected, transformed into products for consumers, then discarded as waste.

But with a circular economy, production leaves less of a footprint because everything gets reduced, reused and/or recycled. End of life is considered and taken into account upon design of a product.

By offering refills in mini glass jars, ESNTL LVG is ensuring there is less overall packaging waste. Their spray bottles are built to last and the empty refill bottles can be upcycled or easily recycled at the end of their life. Each refill comes in a 3 pack packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes.

Once you have the spray bottle, you’ll only have to purchase refills afterwards, which saves you money in the long run.

All you have to do is unscrew the spray nozzle of your glass spray bottle, pour the concentrate refill right in, and add some water. Then you’re ready to clean!

When you’ve emptied each refill glass, you can repurpose them into:

  • Mini flower vases
  • Propagation stations for your plants
  • Travel-size shampoo, conditioner + body wash holders for trips
  • Taper candle holder
  • Storing dried goods
  • DIY extracts, like vanilla extract

Just make sure to clean it out really well before using it to store any edible substances.

efficient & clean ingredients

ESNTL LVG products not only work great, but are also made using clean ingredients, instead of harsh chemicals. They’re completely cruelty-free and never test on animals.

They are transparent about what’s in their products and you can read the full ingredients label for each product on their site. This is important, considering many conventional cleaning brands do not disclose what’s in their products.

They’re made using biotechnology which combines nature, science, and innovation. It uses living organisms to clean, tackling dirt and odors with microorganisms and enzymes.

At ESNTL LVG, their scientists have spent decades perfecting exclusive bioactive ingredients for consistent results. Produced through fermentation, expertly stabilized and formulated, ESNTL LVG products consistently deliver effective cleaning.

I’ve used ESNTL LVG products to clean all areas of my home, from my kitchen counters to my bathroom.

I do still use my own DIY cleaners as well, like my all-purpose cleaner and DIY tub scrub. But ESNTL LVG products are GZW approved and super convenient when I don’t have time to DIY something.

The best part? Since it’s formulated without harmful chemicals, and no artificial fragrances, their cleaning products don’t give me migraines. Most conventional cleaners do!

To reduce waste even further, I avoid paper towels and will use color coded rags designated for specific areas in my home (yes, even the toilet). When I’m done, I just pop them into the wash and reuse them all over again.

Here’s where each ESNTL LVG cleaner can be used in the home, and on what surfaces.

Glass Cleaner:

  • Windows
  • Mirrors
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Wood

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • Stove Tops
  • Counter Tops
  • All Floors
  • Microwaves
  • Desks

Restroom Cleaner and Descaler:

  • Showers
  • Tubs
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Stainless Steel

Pro tip: Once you’ve sprayed them onto the surface that needs cleaning, let them sit for a few minutes before wiping away. This will allow the solution to do its job and make wiping away grime a breeze.

Would you give ESNTL LVG products a try? What are your favorite sustainable cleaners? Let me know in the comments!

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15 Best Affordable Sustainable Swimwear Brands For Your 2024 Adventures (and Beyond)



Searching for affordable sustainable swimwear is not easy! Finding a suit that’s flattering, timeless, made ethically from eco-friendly materials and is also not exorbitantly expensive is challenging, to say the least.

On my search, though, I’ve come across many incredible eco-friendly and ethical swimwear companies with fantastic quality suits at affordable prices.

Now, I will say that “affordable” is relative. I’m not going to show you “cheap” swimsuits but rather brands with great value that sell ethically made, quality swimwear for a fair price. Because let’s be honest—that $5 bikini will likely fall apart after a few wears anyway, if not sooner. (I once bought a cheap suit from Target that literally fell apart before I even wore it out of the house. Lesson learned!)

What is Sustainable Swimwear?

Well, for one, quality is key. Because the longer you keep your suit, the fewer you’ll need to buy in the future! It can be difficult to determine quality when shopping online, but I always look at what fabric is used (ECONYL® is a fantastic sustainable + luxurious material used in swimwear). Then, I try to find as many reviews as possible to figure out if that particular brand has long-lasting swimwear.

Also essential: eco-minded fabrics. You’ll see that most of the suits from these brands use regenerated and recycled synthetic fabrics. This is because though natural fibers are generally preferable, synthetics like polyester and nylon are sometimes required for performance, given where material innovation is at right now.

There are a few natural solutions on the market, though! I have an organic cotton and hemp suit from Natasha Tonic, for example. There are only 3 brands I know that create natural swimwear at a decent-sized scale but we are still seeing progress on this front which is great!

Just be sure to use a Guppyfriend Washing Bag so that microfibers don’t get released when washing your synthetic fabric suits!

And then bonus points if a brand has other sustainability initiatives. See if they use renewable energy at their factories, purchase carbon offsets for their energy use, or donate regularly to environmental nonprofits.

Where to Find Affordable Sustainable Swimwear

Check out these brands making sustainable affordable swimwear, from sporty one-pieces to beach-ready bikinis. Note that this guide includes partners and affiliates. As always, we only include brands that meet rigorous standards for sustainability we love — and that we think you’ll love too!

1. Do Good Swimwear

Do Good Swimwear creates colorful or neutral suits in classic, comfy cuts. The sustainable affordable swimwear brand uses ECONYL, regenerated nylon made from ocean waste like discarded fishing nets, and each suit is designed with timeless shapes, making them easy to mix, match, and love for many summers to come. Adopting a slow fashion mindset, Do Good Swimwear’s pieces are made in a local manufacturer for maximum transparency and minimal waste.

Do Good Swimwear also has quite a few give-back projects: they donate to Trees for the Future (plants trees and focuses on enriching soil), Surfrider Foundation (ocean conservation organization), and Tahanan (women’s crisis center in the Philippines), and Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (micro finance loans for women and education for girls).

Separates: $34+ | One-Pieces: $54+

Size Range: XS – L

woman wearing a white sustainable bikini on the beach

2. Kitty and Vibe

Kitty and Vibe is a sustainable swimwear brand that went viral for being the first company to make bikini bottoms based on your butt size, not just your hip size. For every size they offer there’s an option for a smaller (choose the 1 option) or larger (choose the 2 option) booty so you don’t have to worry about having too much or too little fabric.

Their suits are made from 82% Recycled Poly and 18% X-Life Lycra and are ethically made in a woman-run factory in Bogota, Colombia.

Separates: $46 | One-Pieces: $88

Size Range: S – 5XL

colorful printed sustainable swimwear

3. Londre

Londre has high-quality and flattering separates and one-pieces made from recycled materials.

Not only are Londre’s affordable and sustainable swimwear pieces versatile (they can also be worn under bottoms as bodysuits!) and durable, but they are also designed to be fully recyclable at the end of their life.

Separates: $49+ | One-pieces: $98+

Size Range: XS – 5XL

Sustainable light green swimsuit from Londre

4. Sensi Graves

Founded by a professional kiteboarder, Sensi Graves has high-performance sustainable swimwear designed for long-lasting comfort. The swimwear brand’s suits are designed to empower women in sports and are made with consideration of our planet.

Sensi Graves uses fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets and donates 1% of each purchase to environmental nonprofits.

Separates: $50+ | One-pieces: $88+

Size Range: S – XL

model wearing coral sustainable affordable swimsuit from Sensi Graves

5. Wolven

Wolven creates eco-friendly swimsuits with fun, colorful geometric-inspired designs that will transport you to faraway tropical destinations without the carbon footprint. Each of the brand’s bold swimsuits is made with OEKO-TEX certified recycled P.E.T. fabric crafted from recycled plastic bottles.

The sustainable affordable swimsuits from Wolven are also versatile — many of their suits are reversible and/or can be flipped front to back for a different take on the same suit! This one-piece can even be worn eight (!) different ways.

Separates: $52+ | One-pieces: $128+

Size Range: XS – XL

model with printed pink and blue eco friendly bikini

6. Patagonia

Sustainably-minded outdoor clothing and adventure gear brand Patagonia also has a great collection of affordable eco-friendly swimwear. Their style leans athletic, but the fun prints and colors make their suits great for lounging at the pool as well.

Patagonia uses recycled nylon for their swimwear and some suits are made in Fair Trade Certified factories as well. I have a Patagonia bikini that I bought a couple of years ago and I’m definitely a fan—the fabric is comfy and the suit stays in place when swimming.

Separates: $49+ | One-pieces: $129+

Size Range: XXS – XXL

colorful sustainable swimsuit from Patagonia

7. Saturday Swimwear

Saturday Swimwear has suits in colorful and neutral hues made from ECONYL regenerated nylon sourced from waste like discarded fishing nets. Each suit is thoughtfully handmade by owner Emily Laplume as she travels across the United States in her van!

The affordable sustainable swimwear brand packages their suits in completely biodegradable and compostable materials and uses recycled paper hang tags with soy-based inks.

Separates: $55 – $60

Size Range: S – L

Eco-friendly swimwear in neutral heus from Saturday Swimwear

8. Arrow + Phoenix

Arrow + Phoenix has sexy, sustainable swimwear all made in the U.S. using recycled fabrics like ECONYL®, an Italian eco-luxe fiber made from regenerated nylon. Every suit is shipped in recycled packaging, too!

The Arrow + Phoenix team sent me their Dauphine Top and Kali High Waist Bottoms to test out and I’m obsessed — the set provides just the right amount of coverage while also being flattering and the ECONYL® fabric makes it the most comfortable swimsuit I’ve owned to date.

Separates: $62+ | One-pieces: $110+

Size Range: XS – 3XL

Sustainable beige swimwear from Arrow + Phoenix

9. Ohoy Swim

Inspired by the beauty of the ocean — and the need to protect it — Ohoy Swim is an eco-friendly swimwear brand prioritizing recycled materials, durability, and ethical production.

Their bikinis, rashguards, one-pieces and other sustainable swimwear is made from recycled nylon sourced from ocean waste like discarded fishing nets.

The European brand has recently switched to manufacturing in Portugal to further reduce their carbon footprint and increase transparency into their supply chain.

Separates: €30+ | One-pieces: €70+

Size Range: XS – XL

woman waring sage green sustainable bikini


With combined experience of over 60 years in lingerie manufacturing, LIVELY understands how to make high quality bras, underwear, and swimwear.

The brand’s affordable eco-friendly swimwear — which is available in bright colors or classic colorways — is made from 80-85% recycled nylon. Another sustainability highlight is that LIVELY has a manufacturing factory entirely dedicated to them. So they’re able to avoid overproduction while also having better transparency and control to ensure good working conditions for their makers.

Separates: $45 | One-pieces: $75

Size Range: XS – XL

Ethical blue and white stripey bikini

11. Carve Designs

Every single suit from Carve Designs swimwear collection — from rashguards to one-pieces and bikinis to tankinis — is made using recycled materials. The brand has recycled swimwear is solid colors and a range of prints, like floral and nautical. They also have reversible options if you want to maximize wear out of your suit. (Or in case you just can’t decide!)

Many of their designs offer full coverage, making Carve Designs a good option for more modest eco-friendly swimwear or for getting active in the water.

Separates: $52+ | One-pieces: $84+

Size Range: XS – XL

Sustainable black swimsuit shirt

12. ColieCo

Ethically made in Europe using reclaimed Italian knit lycra, ColieCo is able to offer responsible and eco-friendly swimwear at affordable prices. The suits also come in recycled packaging and every order is carbon-offset.

Plus, each piece is handmade to order, which helps the brand not only to avoid overproduction and minimize textile waste but enables them to offer custom sizes.

Separates: $26+

Size Range: 2XS – 3XL

Sustainable Red Bikini


Made in Portugal from recycled nylon or recycled polyamide, ALOHAS has eco-friendly bikinis and one-pieces in comfortable and flattering fits.

What’s unique about ALOHAS is that they operate with an on-demand production model, taking pre-orders before they start manufacturing. ALOHAS offers 30% off at launch before they start production, which means that you can find quality affordable eco-friendly swimwear (and other products) on their site, and ALOHAS can avoid overproduction. That’s a win-win we can get behind!

Separates: €29+ | One-pieces: €52+

Size Range: XS – L

Sustainable purple and black eco-friendly bikini

14. Underprotection

With unique prints, chic cuts, and subtle feminine details Underprotection’s eco-friendly swimwear is far from ordinary. Each suit is made from 85% recycled PET bottles — the fabric is Global Recycling Standard certified too.

Underprotection’s recycled swimwear is made at a BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) and WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) certified factory.

Separates: $17+ | One-pieces: $49+ (sale prices)

Size Range: XS – XL

black and white sustainable one-piece swimsuit

15. Cleobella

A bit on the higher end of the price range in this guide, Cleobella’s flirty suits — from ruffled bikini tops and puff sleeves to cut-out one-pieces — are almost guaranteed to become your new favorite sustainable swimwear.

Each suit is ethically made in Sri Lanka from OEKO-TEX® and Global Recycled Standard certified fabric.

Separates: $98+ | One-Pieces: $198+

Size Range: XS – XL

blue and white paisley sustainable bikini from ethical swimwear collection by Cleobella

More Guides For Sunny Beach Days:

Organic & Recycled Beach Towels for Sustainable Summer Fun

20 Eco-Friendly & Ethical Dresses for Any Aesthetic

15 Sustainable Sandals for Carefree Sunny Days

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Navigating parenthood in the bike lane



By Ellen Schwartze, Founder of KC Family Bike Ride

I became a parent in June of 2020 (which now feels synonymous to “the day the world changed”), and I quickly discovered how parenting comes with a lot of mental gymnastics.

There are the surface-level logistics of child care, family meals, and healthcare. But underneath those are bigger, more nuanced questions. Is my kid fulfilled? Are they kind when I’m not around? Am I raising a climate-conscious kid?

I’ve been cycling for most of my adult life. What started as training for a 150-mile bike ride morphed into what I call functional cycling; I’m not riding for exercise or recreation or tracking progress or saving maps. I’m riding for utility: to the grocery store, to work, to the library. Any trip under a couple of miles my default mindset is, “bike.”

Realizing that bikes can significantly lower my carbon footprint was also very motivating. Being pregnant (and now, being the parent of a 40-lb 4-year-old) amplified that motivation. Like I was eating—and saving the planet—for two.

So I made a commitment to cycling in Kansas City. And yes, that commitment came with a few new accessories and investing in an e-bike, but it also impacted my parenting for the better.

Plus, it opened my eyes to the role that parent advocates had in transforming cycling cities like Amsterdam, which is what led to starting KC Family Bike Ride as a gentle introduction to cycling as a family.

Ellen is the founder of KC Family Bike Ride that hosts inclusive weekly family bike rides across the metro.

Four ways cycling changed my parenting for the better

1. Better connection with my kid

My kid rode on a front handlebar seat when he was a year old, and it might have been my favorite stage. When riding, I could constantly point things out, explain what things are, teach directions and rules of the road, and encourage him to wave at passers-by who were not expecting an adorable bebe on a bike.

2. Increased patience, better time management, and reduced anxiety

Fun fact, kids aren’t prompt, efficient, or good at telling time. After the third time of preparing the bike, adding helmets, and negotiating which stuffed animal would come with us, it dawned on me to just take a breath. Now, I start the process much earlier and allow for patience and grace. And, if all of my plans do go sideways, the riding itself provides an outlet for my anxious energy. By the time we arrive at our destination, I’m much happier.

3. Reduced dependence on our car (and fewer car seat battles)

But replacing short car trips has also reduced our gas use (and therefore spending). Plus, how many times have you avoided an errand because the car seat battle loomed large in your mind? Riding there lets you advertise the errand as a fun activity from start to finish. My kid is far more enthusiastic to ride the bike than to get in the car.

4. More time spent outside and active

I won’t lie to you, I do not work out. I prefer to find a way to move my body that matches my interests and is easy to incorporate into my schedule and mental space. Cycling is that for me.

Along with all of these things is pride in teaching my kid about the impact we have on the planet, and how we can be contributing to the solutions. I hope you can join me (and my kid!) for a family bike ride this summer! 

Ellen is a KC native, cycling advocate, and avid traveler. She founded KC Family Bike Ride in 2023 as a way to build community and encourage more families to ride no matter their ages or abilities. Her professional background is in nonprofit and SaaS marketing. 

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