4 Small Steps to a Self-Sustaining Home

4 Small Steps to a Self-Sustaining Home

August 17, 2017 0 Comments

What exactly is a self-sustaining home, and how you can you start taking steps in the right direction? Without breaking your bank account, or completely gutting your home and starting from scratch? It’s easier than you think. We compiled a list of a few key features autonomous homeowners strive for. For each, we give you the ultimate version (not for the faint of heart). And for the rest of us, there are baby steps.

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The Return of Craft

The Return of Craft

August 03, 2017 0 Comments

In the ethical lifestyle movement, people are moving away from the production line to the artisan, favoring human hands over machines. It’s not so surprising; multiple studies have shown the strong links between being creative and general well-being. Fortunately, what's good for us is also good for the planet: many artisan crafters use more sustainable materials, and generate less waste.

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Going zero-waste will change your life...but perhaps not in the ways you thought.

Going zero-waste will change your life...but perhaps not in the ways you thought.

July 20, 2017 0 Comments

Think going zero-waste is a certain death sentence to your social life? (*sheepishly raises hand*). To find out, we nabbed some face time with the zero-waste maven herself. And we asked her those “surface-level” questions about the lifestyle that we’ve all been wondering, but perhaps hesitate to ask. And her answers did not disappoint!

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How half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could be gone in 5 years

How half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could be gone in 5 years

June 22, 2017 0 Comments

The Ocean Cleanup is a project centered around a brand new technology, invented by young Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat. It uses the same natural currents that consolidate garbage into large patches to find and collect the debris, where it's later picked up by barges and recycled. This technology could greatly reduce the amount of pollution that eventually breaks down into microplastics, which have harmful effects that cascade up the food chain.

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The U.S. is Largely Going Green—Paris Agreement Notwithstanding

The U.S. is Largely Going Green—Paris Agreement Notwithstanding

June 08, 2017 0 Comments

For Americans who have set intentions and personal goals around reducing impact—by buying eco-friendly products or cutting energy use—the news of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement may be disappointing. But this change has actually inspired many powerful entities to kick their current planet-cleaning efforts into high gear. The trajectory doesn't have to change simply because of a formality. The movement starts with everyday people: buyers and consumers.

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Don’t scorch your green track record this Memorial Day; picnic eco-style.

Don’t scorch your green track record this Memorial Day; picnic eco-style.

May 25, 2017 0 Comments

Memorial Day is special on its own, and it also famously kicks off the summer season with pool parties and barbecues! In keeping with our tradition of helping you coast through the most special times of year while keeping your green reputation intact, we’ve gathered a couple tips for cooking out eco-style.

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Sustainable Living on a Budget: Learn from a Master

Sustainable Living on a Budget: Learn from a Master

May 16, 2017 0 Comments

Cassidy is the co-founder of ethical clothing company Wakened Apparel, and popular eco-conscious product reviewer at @life_simplified. We had the privilege of hearing in her own words what simple living has done for her, and all the surprising ways she’s learned to go green and actually save money doing it! Cassidy explains why she loves what she does, and busts the myth that eco-friendly living is too expensive.

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The Strengths of Seasonal Eating, And How to Get Started

The Strengths of Seasonal Eating, And How to Get Started

April 27, 2017 0 Comments

You’ve probably heard that eating seasonally is a good idea. But do you know all the reasons why? Francesca Willow, creator of the ethical lifestyle blog “Ethical Unicorn”, shares some surprising insights into why syncing your eating to the season is great for the environment, and even better for your body.

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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!

April 13, 2017 0 Comments

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.

March 31, 2017 0 Comments

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

March 16, 2017 0 Comments

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

February 23, 2017 0 Comments

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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