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Radical De-Cluttering

January 23rd, 2013 · 13 Comments

The new year is a traditional time for cleaning out closets and drawers, clearing out the old, and making way for the new.  I want to make sure that the “new” for me is not new stuff, but a new level of simplicity, new avenues for happiness in daily life.  Some time ago I began […]

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Tags: garbage, Simplicity, waste reduction

The Rebirth of Death: Natural Burial (and Build Your Own Coffin Plans)

November 1st, 2011 · 241 Comments

01 November 2011: In honor of Dia de los Muertos, I offer this post, one of my favorites, from the archives (originally posted 27 July 2010). Hello, dear readers.  Natural burial is a subject that has been on my mind for years, and I have been pondering how best to introduce the theme on The […]

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Tags: green burial, waste reduction

Fountain Pens for Everyday: Join Me in a Writing Revolution

March 7th, 2011 · 65 Comments

Last year I was carrying around a couple of gift cards for the University of Washington Bookstore I’d received after doing authorly engagements there.  Instead of adding to the pile of books in my study that constantly threatens to swallow me whole, I decided to do something I’d always wanted to do:  take myself down […]

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Tags: waste reduction, writing

Grow With the Flow–Pee On Earth Day is June 21st

June 15th, 2010 · 13 Comments

Start drinking water, friends–Pee-On-Earth Day  is coming fast!  On June 21st (also the Solstice, of course) people across the hemisphere will be celebrating the clean, phosphorous and nitrogen rich liquid we produce every day.   Green design theorist, William McDonough (coauthor of the iconic Cradle to Cradle:  Remaking the Way We Make Things), likes to say, […]

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Tags: activism, waste reduction

Tinfoil Balls, A Plastic Cup, Sin City, and Napoleon

June 11th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Tom‘s got a guest post to share: Claire came home from school today with a backpack full of tinfoil balls. Apparently at lunch all year she has been collecting tinfoil from her classmates’ sandwich wrappings, and making a ball each day. She had ninety two balls of various sizes, which she showed off with pride. […]

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Tags: waste reduction

Coffee Chaff Chicken Coop Litter: Creative Upcycling for the Urban Farmer

January 2nd, 2010 · 37 Comments

My friend David Ruggiero is working on a new project called “Upcycling Northwest.”  Upcycling, of course, is the in-word for smarter/better recycling, making use of the energy in the initial production of something, rather than using more energy to break it down into raw materials–or, as David puts it, finding “the highest and best re-use […]

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Tags: chickens, garden, upcycling, urban farming, waste reduction

Art from Garbage–More Transformational Refuse

May 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Some of the most astonishing art we encounter when traveling is made from garbage.  In Kenya and Tanzania, where artistic spirit runs deep and money is tight, many artists gather refuse for their materials, and the results can be stunning.  I could prattle on about how encountering such resourcefulness makes me rethink everything I throw […]

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Tags: art, garbage, waste reduction

Simple Drawstring Gift Bag, and Sewing Encouragement

April 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Tom was raised in a little tiny town called Sackville, in the eastern maritime province of New Brunswick, Canada, where his father taught English at a small liberal arts college.  His mother frequented a shop there called “The Craft Gallery,” that featured local, handmade goods.  She’s given me several gifts from the shop over the […]

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Tags: craft, sewing, waste reduction

Transforming Refuse: Sister Monika’s Amazing Market Bag

March 24th, 2009 · 7 Comments

St. Placid Priory is a women’s Benedictine monastery in Lacey, about an hour south of Seattle.  The hallmark of Benedictine communities is a radical hospitality that extends to all people, and even beyond–to the more-than-human world of nature, and wildness.  St. Placid’s has a lovely, quiet guest house, where I sometimes spend a few days […]

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Tags: craft, waste reduction

Tangled Nest Granola Recipe–Just say “NO” to Cereal Boxes

March 21st, 2009 · 7 Comments

Lately, I find it hard to shell out for boxed cereal.  It’s so expensive, not particularly nutritious, and there isn’t even that much cereal in the box.  The best boxed cereal–the organic, unsugary kind, is exorbitant!  And no matter what kind of cereal we buy in a box, ounce for ounce, we are paying a […]

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Tags: breakfast, recipes, waste reduction