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Like so many of you, my family's on a never-ending mission to reduce our overall carbon footprint and live as harmoniously as possible with the earth. Enter camping!
Fuelled by nostalgic childhood memories of cooking over an open fire, playing from sunrise to sunset and swimming in glacier-fed lakes, we purchased a second-hand tent trailer — swore off jet-setting vacations — and set out to create our own family memories.
Spending night and day in nature is intrinsically green! But with a little planning and forethought, it's simple to make your camping trip super-green.Continue reading »
If you're two weeks into the 30×30 Nature Challenge, you're probably starting to feel the benefits of increased time in the great outdoors! How did you ever get through your day with such a nature deficit? (Actually, it was with about 20 per cent less concentration and 20 per cent more stress — but that's a post for another day).Continue reading »
You detoxified your cleaning closet, rid your home of triclosan and filled it with air-cleansing plants. Your garden boasts an assortment of veggies and bee-friendly flowers and you never use pesticides. Your home is on its way to becoming a green haven!
But sometimes, you might sit on grass you don't maintain. Maybe you'll take off your shoes and dig in your toes. Your dog or kids might roll on it.
And it may have been treated with pesticides.
I'm wrestling with the intersection of minimalist and green lifestyles — attracted by minimalisms promise of a clutter free home and mind, but rooted in the packrat mentality of a reusing green junkie.
If minimalists can be green, what do I do with all this stuff?
My green cleaning habits and cosmetic drawer provide inspiration. Homemade household cleaners and DIY cosmetics live up to the minimalist promise of fulfillment in the face of hyper-consumerist culture: a few ingredients combined the right way beautifully meet all my needs.
If you're among the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who spent part of the weekend celebrating Earth Day in nature, you're likely feeling relaxed, refreshed and re-energized.
I am. But my hypothesis about your state is based on more than personal experience. It's based on sound science.Continue reading »