Right now, I am living with 4 plates, 1 mug, 7 spoons, 2 books, 1 sofa, 4 folding chairs and a folding table, a mattress on the floor and the rest of the basics to get me, my husband and our almost-3-year-old through January in our temporary apartment.
All the rest of our stuff is on a ship crossing the Atlantic from Sweden.
For as long as I’ve been an adult, I’ve had my own car. That must be why, at 40 years old, it’s hard to part with the one I have now. The decision has been made in my head — on paper it makes so much sense. But my heart is dragging its feet a little.
I don’t know about you, but I love doing the laundry when it involves line drying the load outside instead of using the dryer. It’s part pure eco-satisfaction, and I love how fresh the clothes seem as a result. It also appeals to my frugal side, since line drying can save $135 annually.
Other reasons why I love line drying clothes:
Perhaps it’s because I spent 10 years in Colorado, where the dry climate means every drop of water really counts, but I always conserved water just to conserve water. It recently occurred to me that water conservation is about saving energy too.
Yes, there is a compost bin under there!
Here in Sweden, we haven’t had temperatures above freezing since Christmas, and our compost bin is frozen shut and buried in snow. So much for winter composting this year. I feel incredibly guilty every time I put an avocado skin or banana peel in the trash. And that’s not even the half of it.
I am no wine snob. Most of the time, I pick the bottle that has the best label and isn’t shipped from another continent (to reduce carbon miles).
Still, I was a little surprised when I went to a small dinner party a couple of weeks ago and watched my host fill my glass of red wine from a box.
Web conferences have replaced unnecessary business travel as companies cut costs and go greener. And now it looks like Skype video meetings have started to replace in-office interviews as well.
Yay for zero carbon miles! Boo for pixelated faces and lag time. I Skype a lot with my family, and most of the time I’m staring up my nose. Or moving in slow mo when my network connection gets congested. I don’t think either one would make the best impression on a potential employer.
The reusable Wrapsack uses the Track-a-Sack system, so you can see how your gift bag keeps giving and giving.
Growing up, my mom kept every gift box we ever received in the attic so we could reuse them. Now I do the same, but I don’t have an attic. Instead, piles of salvaged boxes, ribbon and tissue paper have taken over an entire closet. It’s one of the ways I try to wrap a little greener.
Artek's 10-Unit System Chair raises the cool factor (and wow factor) of sustainable design.
Think of sustainable home furnishings, and the words bamboo, recycled soda bottles and FSC-certified probably come to mind.
Makes sense. I mean, the material of a product is the easiest eco-criteria to evaluate. But lately I’ve been curious about the not-so-obvious qualities of a product that could make it a more sustainable choice — things like function, transport and recyclability.
My foray into the world of being crafty was much appreciated by our four-legged family member.
Having lived most of my life in metropolitan areas — with just about every mega chain store in easy reach — I had never made anything for myself and almost never bought anything used.