Sustainable Living

5 Minimalist Habits I Learned Living In A Van

It’s been over 4 years since Dustin and I sold most of our possessions and moved into our ‘85 Westy. We often laugh about being “accidental minimalists.” It wasn’t our plan, but the road sort of tailored our life in that direction. I mean, it’s hard not to be a minimalist when you live in …

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How To Reduce Amazon Packaging and Live Frustration-Free

There are many good arguments for boycotting Amazon, but let’s be honest, with over 3 million active users, they’re not going anywhere. And truth is, for those of us on a tight budget or individuals who don’t have access to affordable, local sustainable options, Amazon can be a lifesaver. One of our biggest beefs with …

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AIM FOR ZERO WASTE – A SIMPLE GUIDE TO JUMPSTART YOUR WASTE-FREE LIFE

So you have questions on how to get started with a zero waste lifestyle. Where do I start? What products do I need? How much should it cost? Zero waste is not an overnight process. At the same time, it shouldn’t be a complicated one. Before you start purging everything you own, read on for …

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LOW-WASTE BACKPACKING – GOING PLASTIC-FREE IN THE WILDERNESS

Dustin and I just wrapped up three glorious days on our first low waste backpacking trip in Yosemite National Park. This required a lot of planning and prepping – making lists, reevaluating our gear, etc. It also meant obtaining a level of awareness about our waste consumption that we’ve never had before. Though we could …

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HOMESTEADING 101 WITH OFF GRID IN COLOR

Homesteading is the dream for many people. I know we’ve always been curious – simple living, self-sufficiency, a greener lifestyle.Wikipedia defines it as a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and . . . the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. This didn’t …

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MY ZERO WASTE LIFE – A HIPPIE IN A VAN

BY CALLEE ACKLAND Plastic Free July is in the books and we’re halfway through August. We learned a lot over the month about our waste and consumption, and we’re working hard to carry these habits forward. We know minimizing our impact is more than just reducing our plastic waste. We caught up with our friend Callee …

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL WITH TWO WANDERING SOLES

We recently had a chat with globetrotters Ben and Katie of Two Wandering Soles. They’ve been traveling for 4 years spreading awareness of responsible and sustainable travel. In October 2017, the Year of Sustainable Tourism, Katie was chosen as the winner of the Responsible Traveler Competition hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). …

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THE TRUTH ABOUT VANLIFE: SUSTAINABLE LIVING ON THE ROAD

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term ‘vanlife’? You may think of tiny living, minimalism, freedom. A beautiful scene of a van driving through a towering pine forest. A couple laying with their back door open overlooking the ocean. Or you may think, “dirty hippies living in a van …

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LEAVING THE CITY, HITTING THE ROAD: OUR PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING

About two years ago Dustin and I realized we needed to re-evaluate our life’s trajectory. We’ve long been attracted to sustainable living – but as we found out, following this path would require a lot of change. When we met in college, we thought we knew exactly where our lives would take us. We’d graduate, …

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How (and Why) to Conduct a Waste Audit in Your Home

Americans produce an immense amount of waste – estimated at over 250 million tons annually. Most of the waste consists of goods that are used only briefly and tossed in the trash. This takes up landfill space, generates gnarly amounts of greenhouse gases, and wastes energy and non-renewable resources. More than a quarter of the …

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How to Declutter Your Home without Hurting the Environment

Sometimes, embracing the idea of doing something and knowing exactly how to go about it are two very different things. That’s often the case when it comes to decluttering in an earth-friendly way. After all, it’s one thing to be willing to part ways with your “stuff” and another to do it in a manner …

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