May

14

Green Tip #20: Simple Clean

Nothing is more satisfying than the easy, one-two bunch of homemade cleaners. Sustainable, safe, and effective, I don’t have to worry about recycling tons of plastic bottles or harming humans, animals, or earth with chemicals. I clean my entire apartment with baking soda, vinegar, lemons, essential oils, hydrogen peroxide, and sometimes (intentionally or otherwise): tea. […]

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Apr

23

How Shame is Hurting the Eco-movement

I’m not a big fan of Earth day. All the problems our world faces don’t occur only on April 22nd. So why we focus on all the solutions for a mere 24 hours is beyond me. But I think about big part of how people respond to the so-called “environmental crisis” has to do with […]

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Apr

09

Green Tip #19: Stop that Junk!

Sadly, all the junk in my life is not in my trunk, but in my mailbox. BUT there are two solutions I can take to resolve this problem – more squats and taking a few minutes to declutter my mailbox and save some paper. I’ll be talking about the latter in today’s Green Tip. I […]

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Apr

02

Food Waste Roundup: December, January, February, & March

Picture Food Waste is my monthly initiative to bring my food waste down to zero. I keep myself accountable and aware of my food waste by photographing whatever I have wasted for the month and tallying the loss in terms of dollars and sense. I’ll also post simple and innovative ways to save food from the trash […]

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Mar

12

No Spend Month: Did it actually happen?

Yes, it did. I failed once. I bought a mechanical pencil because I wanted it. Before I would have said I “needed” it for new kanji study, but that just isn’t true. One thing about this experiment is that it helped me recognize my true wants and needs, and also the reasons, justifications, or excuses […]

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Mar

06

Green Tip #17: Put on a Sweater

Throughout most of Japan, houses do not have central air conditioning or central heat. The same goes for schools. While this isn’t always the MOST comfortable, I’ve learned that we can tolerate a lot more than we think. Actually, the idea of convenience is SO prevalent in our culture, most of the time we don’t […]

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Dec

05

Picture Food Waste: November 2012

Picture Food Waste is my monthly initiative to bring my food waste down to zero. I keep myself accountable and aware of my food waste by photographing whatever I have wasted for the month and tallying the loss in terms of dollars and sense. I’ll also post simple and innovative ways to save food from the trash […]

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Nov

13

Tuesday Green Tip: Holstee “Block” Friday

Let me get this out of the way first – I have a bias against Black Friday. I don’t like crowds; I don’t like stress; I don’t like competive jostling for junk just because it is on sale; and I really don’t enjoy shopping all that much unless it is of the grocery variety. But […]

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Oct

30

October Food Waste

Ok, as promised last week, here is what I have wasted in October: I count the herbs because, even though I didn’t buy them, I didn’t take care of them for quite some time and neglect = waste in my world. Last week’s tip to avoid food waste? FREEZE IT. This weeks tip? If you […]

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Oct

26

Crockpot Magic

I’m not a recipe developer. If I had endless time and an army to feed (also known as living with my immediate family again), then I could spend weeks creating the same recipe and tweaking it to my needs. The reality is that I live alone and I have a day job. So I only […]

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