Category Archives: Environmentalism

Simplicity Parenting for Yourself

Simplicity Parenting is a movement that is gaining traction all over the world in places as diverse as India and Iceland, says Kim John Payne.  It’s easy to understand why: like the appeal of minimalism, simplicity in child-rearing is a pendulum swing away from … Continue reading

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For the Love of Walking

Since a friend sent me Walking Towards Peace, I’ve thought about the contentment of walking.  Of letting my eyes and mind wander, with no agenda but to move. Shannon points out that many writers have been walkers.  Walking has a long … Continue reading

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I bought 2 new things

You may recall my minimalist method for conscious consumption from this post about buying bras: 1) Don’t get it.  You probably don’t need it 2) Find it second-hand: hand-me-down, consignment, thrift 3) Buy new only if organic/fair trade/ethical I went with #3. … Continue reading

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The Story of Stuff

This short film changed my views on consuming, our culture, and our place in nature: Learn more at The Story of Stuff.  Does this video change how you think about shopping and buying?  About keeping up with the Joneses?

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What do minimalism, the environment, and finances have in common?

Has it ever happened to you that a bunch of ideas come into your life, one after the other, and they all tie together? That’s what happened to me with minimalism, my job, and finances.  Here’s a timeline: November 5, 2011: … Continue reading

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New Bra Methodology

My minimalist method for conscious consumption: 1) Don’t get it.  You probably don’t need it 2) Find it second-hand: hand-me-down, consignment, thrift 3) Buy new only if organic/fair trade/ethical Conscious consumption means consuming less and consuming thoughtfully.  So when it … Continue reading

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Tiny, mini, micro houses

Ever seen on of these?  The tiny house movement is in some ways a return to our roots.  Think of Little House in the Big Woods.  One-room cabins were a way of life then, and that was less than 150 years … Continue reading

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