Does anyone else have a really, really hard time getting rid of books? They’re like old friends; even if I know I’ll never read one again, it’s so hard to part with. Plus, you fall down the rabbit hole of opening them as you sort and getting sucked into the story again. Although I finally decluttered the bookshelf in my room a few months ago, my mom still has boxes upon boxes of my old kids’ and teens’ books in her basement that I need to go through at some point. Progress, not perfection, right? … Read More »
Want to know more about the food industry and its environmental impact, but don’t know where to start? There’s a mind-boggling array of literature out there right now that purports to be giving you the straight story about the stuff in your grocery cart–but that literature isn’t all created equal. From diet books to documentaries, from Instagrammers to independent studies, where’s a food industry newbie to start?
Well, literature about the food industry–and really just about food in general–is my genre of choice. It started my sophomore year of high school, when I picked up a copy of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle to read for a class project. But that book totally hooked me. What I learned about the food industry, and about how far removed I was from the food I ate, from those three hundred-some pages ignited a passion inside of me that I didn’t know existed. I had to know more.… Read More »
Happy Tuesday! Long time, no chat. I had a couple of blog posts planned for last week, but this one had to be postponed to deal with more pressing technical blog issues. My absolute least favorite part of blogging, to be quite honest with you. Thankfully, those are (mostly) resolved and I can get back to posting!… Read More »
What do you think of when someone says the word minimalism? A year ago, I thought that minimalism meant wearing a capsule wardrobe made of clothes that weren’t my style, only owning some arbitrary number of possessions, or living in a tiny house with blank white walls, no furniture and three succulents. If you had asked me if I considered myself a minimalist, I would have answered no.
However, after watching Minimalism: A Documentary last winter (which I highly recommend!), I changed my mind. And if you currently think that minimalism is simply about capsule wardrobes and empty rooms, then this post is for you. It’s the first in a series about the what, why, and how of minimalism to encourage those at any point along their minimalist journey. In this first post, we’ll talk about what minimalism really is, why Eric and I became minimalists, and why it might be a good choice for you, too. … Read More »
We all know that plastic is bad for the environment and for us. Different kinds of plastic take anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years to break down. Plastic that makes its way into the ocean kills millions of sea animals every year. It contains dozens of harmful chemicals that leach into the ground and our water supplies. And it’s extremely dirty energy-intensive to produce.
Yet eliminating plastics from our everyday lives can be extremely challenging. It often feels like just about everything we buy comes boxed, bagged, or wrapped in some form of plastic, from toys to makeup to power tools. And don’t even get me started on grocery stores! Even if you follow the advice to “shop around the store’s perimeter” for healthy eating, meat, berries, and salad greens alike can usually be found packaged in styrofoam and hard plastic containers.… Read More »