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My Home Is Filled With Discarded Stuff No One Wanted
Before I buy something new, I like to consider: How to dispose of the item at the end of its (usually short) life The type of material the item is made of—I avoid buying any new plastic The (usually excessive) packaging that accompanies the item The resources that went into manufacturing the item—water, energy, labor […]
How to Organize a Community Swap Meet and Why
Unless you’re like Gandhi and own fewer personal possessions than you can count on two hands, you likely have stuff cluttering your home—perfectly good stuff that someone else wants. Recent graduates, new parents, growing kids—they all have needs, perhaps for the items you no longer want. I belong to a zero-waste meetup group here in […]
Good Thing I Have a Day Job
In addition to offering cooking workshops—this Saturday’s has sold out!—I’ve come up with some new business endeavors. You will understand the title of this post as you read about them. Community Cutlery Collection I stumbled across an article from the CBC about Philippa von Zeigenweidt, a woman who started a cutlery collection that she lends out in […]
Convenience vs Community
I am doomed. I started making homemade pasta regularly and I no longer want to eat store-bought and have created more work for myself. Store-bought simply can’t complete with the hearty, toothy, delicious and filling homemade version. But in addition to pasta, I also make bread, crackers, granola, kombucha (five bucks a bottle in the […]
The Real Sharing Economy: Where to Find Free Food
The 19 food sharing organizations listed in this post not only feed people but also prevent waste and help build community.
5 of the Things I Learned Over a Week of Compulsive Social Media Activity
I stumbled upon many more than five great ideas this past week, but felt I better limit myself. (I should limit my time on social media as well.)
Sharing Resources in an Intentional Community
In 2005, I moved to an intentional community. My best friend’s husband calls it a hippie commune. That’s not quite accurate, but it’s getting warm. The Fellowship for Intentional Community defines this type of community as: An inclusive term for ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, intentional living, alternative communities, cooperative living and other […]