Whenever we speak, my brother John talks excitedly about the solar energy industry, so I asked him to write a guest post for me about some of the change he's seeing on the horizon through his new job in the field. Renewable energy is happening, y'all!
One of the most common places to find packaging is at the supermarket. Almost every item in most supermarkets is wrapped in a package these days, sometimes even fruits and vegetables. We all need to buy food, so how are we to avoid it?
In recent years I’ve become more and more conscious of people’s (including my own) tendency to focus on the negative at the expense of the positive. We seem hard wired to latch on to, talk about, and internalize bad news. Why is it so easy amid the chaos of our modern existence to take the good things for granted and to give more mental and emotional space to the bad?
The only downside to buying second-hand is that you aren’t necessarily guaranteed of the condition of the various components (parts) of the bicycle. However, by asking a few questions and giving the bike a good once-over, you can ensure that you’re buying a quality machine.
I now have half a decade of bike commuting under my belt, but there are a few things I've figured out over the years that I wish someone had explained to me when I first began. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cycling, and a lot of options when it comes to gear and clothing, but for today I’ll just talk about the most essential element of bike commuting: the bicycle itself.
So you've decided that you want to start transforming your lifestyle. You want less clutter, less waste, and more beauty in your day-to-day. You feel awesome for having arrived at this decision, and excited to begin. But you're also overwhelmed by the amount of work and conscious effort it's going to take to achieve it. Where do you even start?
For many years of my adult life, I was really into the idea of camping, but I never actually went camping, likely because the thought of gathering all the necessary gear and planning for a camping trip was too overwhelming. What will I do about food? How do you even pitch a tent anyway? Will bears eat me in my sleep? Do I have to poop in the woods?
Are these villagers less happy than we are? Do they feel their relative poverty or their lack of modern conveniences? Do they feel disconnected with the world? Or is their world simply comprised of their surroundings?
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I find that sometimes the beauty of perfectly curated Instagram accounts can make it tempting to throw out all our ugly stuff and replace it immediately, which can actually be contradictory to the goal of going zero waste.
If I visit the loo four times in a work day (usually more because I drink so much water and coffee all day), that's 12 paper towels. 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, that's over 3000 paper towels that are going to a landfill, all so I can avoid the discomfort of some damp hands for a minute or two.