Unplugged: How to Justify a Totally Offline Vacation

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | August 3rd, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: cell phones, e-mail, Eco Travel, facebook, family vacation, Internet, iPods, leave your technology behind, live in the moment, natural beauty, natural world, nature, offline, technology, vacation, wi-fi, wireless


I knew I had a problem with my Facebook addiction when I kept thinking of last weekend’s camping trip as a series of status reports:

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… swore she would not camp in a tent in the rain again, and here she is.

… can’t believe she spent the last two hours trying to get flames out of a smoking fire made with wet wood.

… thinks the finest aroma in the world is the scent of alpine firs.

… is amazed at the lush profusion of wildflowers in the meadow next to Long Lake.

Actually, by the time I went hiking to Long Lake, I had been away from digital technology altogether for 24 hours, and I wasn’t thinking in terms of my Facebook status by that point. But all those moments offered a telling realization: My daily life — my very psyche — is tethered to mobile digital technology.

Is E-Mail Really Greener than Snail Mail?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | August 21st, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: e-mail, eco-friendly mail, green mail, online, snail mail, sustainability, sustainable communication

mailbox-croppedSometimes what seems like the clear eco-winner or loser really isn’t.

My husband just earned a master’s in industrial environmental management and is “pounding the internet” for a green job. The vast majority of jobs are posted online and applied for online. Even the setting up of the interview is usually done online. So we were surprised when, after a completely online application process, one company sent its “thanks, but no thanks” response via snail mail.