In our blog, we feature stories, tips, and commentary from contributors around the world on topics ranging from
consumerism and parenting to how to live a fuller life with less. Enjoy!
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by Wen Lee | September 7, 2011
How much do we shop? And what is it doing to us? Photographer Brian Ulrich explores these questions in a new series.
by Lisa Mastny | September 7, 2011
A sustainability consultant talks about the livability challenges facing U.S. communities today and the glimmers of hope he sees around the country.
by Dale S. Brown | September 2, 2011
In today’s society, frugality can lead to accusations of “cheapness.” But there’s an important difference.
by Lisa Mastny | August 19, 2011
One of the root causes of our environmental problems is hyper consumption. We simply buy too much of what we don't really need.
by Lisa Mastny | August 17, 2011
In 2008, Teresa Carey left her job, sold many of her belongings, and moved aboard a 27-foot sailboat to pursue her dream of simpler living.
by Lisa Mastny | August 15, 2011
In the current economic climate, work sharing may be the most effective way to avoid many layoffs and quickly return the economy to full employment.
by Dale S. Brown | August 11, 2011
A D.C. resident describes how she became financially empowered to turn down work that is not in accordance with her values.
by Lisa Mastny | August 10, 2011
A documentary film about a paradigm shift to building healthy homes in ancient ways.
by Amy Curtis | August 8, 2011
Some bands are working hard to lighten the heavy environmental footprint of their performances.
by Dale S. Brown | August 4, 2011
How one D.C. resident changed her relationship to money and gained just a bit of freedom from the endless demands to earn it.
by Lisa Mastny | August 3, 2011
A new film explores the "unhealthy dose of pathos" that links us to our consumer culture.
by Lisa Mastny | July 29, 2011
Psychologist Tim Kasser describes his work on materialism and values, and how he’s tried to resist consumer pressures in his own life.
by Anya Schoolman | July 29, 2011
The inspiring story of one neighborhood that was so frustrated with the national and local government that residents took matters into their own hands.
by Regan McMahon, courtesy of Shareable.net | July 25, 2011
At these friendly social gatherings, one person’s discard is another one’s treasure.