Sep

17

Green Tip #27: Put a Value on Nature

Check out this amazing TED talk on all the unseen benefits we get from nature: From ted.com: Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think […]

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Sep

03

Green Tip #26: Small Things with Great Love

After reading Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love, I’ve been studying A Course in Miracles. Part of the power behind these two works is their emphasis on staying in the present – not being stuck in the past or trapped by anxiety over the future. Living in the present moment is something that usually escapes […]

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Aug

13

Green Tip #25: The 90/10 rule

Some people are going to take issue with this, but when it comes to sustainable living I have a 90/10 rule. I feel like American culture is pretty all or nothing, so many people might feel like they have to be perfectly eco-friendly or there is no point in trying. I’m fairly green, but not […]

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Aug

06

Green Tip #24: Plants!

Ever since my friend the Holistic Health Nerd wrote this amazing post, I’ve had houseplants on the brain. I have what you would call a black thumb. Even cacti have failed under my erratic and inconsistent watering habits. But the incredible benefits of living with something green outweigh my fears of yet another yellowed, decaying, […]

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Jul

16

Green Tip #23: Leave It Better

I was walking home today and there was an abandoned towel on the road. I walked past it, thinking that I should pick it up but worrying about what people would think. Then a car pulled away and the street cleared, so I walked back and picked up the towel. I’m going to wash it […]

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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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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

24

Green Tip #16: Picture Food Waste

I’ve mentioned how I absolutely can not stand food waste, and linked to some excellent resources to help you avoid it. But perhaps all the articles and common sense won’t have as much impact as this. I’m starting a new experiment. I will photograph all the food that I waste each month, tally how much […]

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Sep

11

Green Tip # 14: Get Involved With Your Food

Knowing where your food comes from is a complex and worthwhile topic that deserves more smarts and coherence then I can sustain this evening! It’s too humid to do anything but eat pumpkin ice cream sundaes for dinner (oh have I got a recipe for you guys!) and thank the lord you’re not out in […]

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