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The Van Life: Minimalism to the Extreme...but nothing this couple can’t handle!

The Van Life: Minimalism to the Extreme...but nothing this couple can’t handle!

by Shelley Davis April 13, 2017

In 2012 Mat and Danielle quit their nine-to-fives, sold their house (and virtually everything else), and began to call their van home sweet home. Since then, they’ve been living the “van life” all over Canada and the U.S., and chronicling the entire journey through their social media project “Exploring Alternatives”. In their years on the road, they’ve learned there’s a lot to love (and some stuff that’s not so great) about this extreme minimalist lifestyle.

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Meet the blogger who proves that “sustainable fashion” isn’t an oxymoron.

Meet the blogger who proves that “sustainable fashion” isn’t an oxymoron.

by Shelley Davis March 31, 2017

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Natalie Smith! She’s the creator of Sustainably Chic, a conscious consumer blog and community. With her simple mantra of “shop positive, shop small, shop sustainably”, her work inspires and guides her readers to make the best ethical and eco-friendly buying choices...while looking smashing at the same time.

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5 Ways to Spring Clean the Green Way

5 Ways to Spring Clean the Green Way

by Shelley Davis March 16, 2017

Spring cleaning: you either love it or hate it. But if you use it as an opportunity to make your life and home more eco-friendly, it just might make it easily worth your time. Here are five ways to do just that.

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Trading Tupperware for Terracotta: the “More Clay, Less Plastic” Movement

Trading Tupperware for Terracotta: the “More Clay, Less Plastic” Movement

by Shelley Davis February 23, 2017

The “More Clay, Less Plastic” movement began as a Facebook group where ceramic artists could come together. Now, it’s gaining momentum as it inspires people all over the world with a simple message: if it was made of clay before, it can be made of clay again. Their mission is to encourage people to reduce plastic waste by replacing kitchen items with the sturdy, natural and ancient art of earthenware.

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What we can learn from our ancestors about eating “green”.

What we can learn from our ancestors about eating “green”.

by Shelley Davis February 09, 2017

How can we eat a more sustainable diet?  We talked to a raw foods chef about how the so-called “living foods” diet not only improves personal health, but drastically reduces food-related waste at the same time.  Whether you want to try going 100% raw, “meatless Mondays”, or something else, there are ways you can make a huge impact by making small changes to your eating habits.  

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How to Live a Good Life the Simple Way: A Minimalist Perspective

How to Live a Good Life the Simple Way: A Minimalist Perspective

by Shelley Davis January 26, 2017

We’re becoming more and more fascinated with the minimalist lifestyle; the idea of living with less stuff, and creating more space physically, mentally, and emotionally for fuller, happier lives.  For this post, we interviewed a team member of “The Minimalists”, a new and popular documentary, to learn about the ways minimalism lines up with our values of sustainability, community, and convenience.  

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7 Things Eco-conscious Hikers Always Do

7 Things Eco-conscious Hikers Always Do

by Shelley Davis January 11, 2017

The concept of “leave no trace” usually refers to travelling or visiting natural areas, and for eco-conscious hikers and campers, it influences their actions every time they hit the trails.  Since 2017 was declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this is the year to up your game on “no trace” travel.  Your outdoor excursions are a great place to start the habit!  

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How to Have Yourself a Merry Little "Green" Christmas

How to Have Yourself a Merry Little "Green" Christmas

by Shelley Davis December 15, 2016

The holiday hustle demands sacrifices; being mindful of your environmental impact is often one of them. But there are plenty of ways you can have an eco-friendly Christmas without forking over any extra money, time, or trips to the store.  

Check out some of our ideas!

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The Clean, Strong, Sustainable Wood...That Isn’t Even Wood

The Clean, Strong, Sustainable Wood...That Isn’t Even Wood

by Shelley Davis November 16, 2016

Bamboo is a woody grass, but it’s easy to mistake for a tree.  And that’s exactly why it’s becoming a game-changer for forest conservation and healthy, sustainable living: it doesn’t just look like wood...it outperforms it.

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