Category Archives: Environment

The ethics of cheap

I’ve been thinking about the ethics of cheap goods since I read that last book, Cheap. She pointed out some truths that I hadn’t wanted to think about. Cheap goods are often made in China or the developing world where … Continue reading

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Sustainability

Yesterday I wondered how to decide what to dedicate my time and money to once I am financially independent. I’m still years away from that, but it makes sense to me to think about it now because there are things … Continue reading

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Human testing

So, my husband is my guinea pig. He’s normal in that he doesn’t mind doing what’s eco-friendly as long as it’s not too much of a pain. Composting isn’t too bad because it’s just throwing food away in a different … Continue reading

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Back in the swing of things

Hanging laundry again for the first time in a while. Unplugging appliances, turning off power strips. Throwing open doors and windows to keep the house comfortable. Using sunlight instead of lamps. Spring is a good time to get back in … Continue reading

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Maybe this is the year…

Maybe this year I’ll finally become the outdoorsy type. I loved getting dirty planting. My boys loved playing in the dirt pile, and my husband loved building the raised bed box for me. It was a win all around. I … Continue reading

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Nature is personal

I see the beauty in the natural world around me. Usually I see it through a window, from my comfy perch inside. I wish I were a more lyrical writer. A better wordsmith. I could make you see the wonder … Continue reading

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Manifesto?

One of the challenges of the environmental movement is blending a concern for the great problems of global warming and scarce natural resources with the appreciation of the nature that’s personal. Of course we all want to save the planet, … Continue reading

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Something better

I’ve been feeling guilty because I couldn’t do all I wanted, and all I felt I should do, to be green. I’ve been trying to live up to an almost impossible standard: living totally sustainably. Not going to happen any … Continue reading

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Wants

This is a big one. Having been a spendthrift, I have stuff. So now, trying to become frugal, I don’t feel the need for anything much except food, the occasional book, and whatever new Marvel movie is out on Blu … Continue reading

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Greening a business

Happy Pi Day! 3.14! Ok, so I’m a nerd. My son is one, too. He knows Pi to ten digits. Yeah, I’m raising him right. Employment has been on my mind lately. I am in a bad position to get … Continue reading

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