Last week my mom asked me to recycle her old Christmas light strings while I was running errands at Lowe’s. I had never heard of this! I knew that Best Buy takes most electronics, but apparently Lowe’s specifically takes Christmas lights. I just dropped them off at customer service. We need to recycle these for the same reasons we recycle any LED lightbulb.Read More
I recently discovered the hard-to-hear message of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Edward Humes, author of Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash (2012) and Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation (2016). It was his 2016 NPR interview on Door to Door that led me to his equally fascinating and disturbing 2012 NPR interview on Garbology.Read More
In the eternal quest for a home full of only things I find useful and beautiful I had decided months ago that I no longer (and never really) needed 22 square decorative pillowcases that I had made in Bali in 2001. I had posted them in vain on both eBay and Craigslist; apparently no one else needed 22 Balinese pillowcases, until Freecycle!Read More
A few weeks ago when I wrote about the Darshan Karat, the man who generated only two trash bags in one year, I committed to bringing my own containers to restaurants to reduce the trash generated by bringing leftovers home. It breaks my heart when we carry home stacks of styrofoam clamshells that are only a fifth full.Read More
I don’t think I could either, but I’m incredibly humbled that any American can. Last week my client sent me home with the print edition of the Washington Post’s All My Trash For a Year Fit Into Two Plastic Bags: Here’s How I Did It. Author, and ultimate walker of the walk, Darshan Karwat, went to great social and consumer extremes to only fill two plastic bags of trash...Read More
You’re not going to like this. Read New York Times article Where Do Old Cell Phones Go To Die. As of now, seems like the only power we have over the harmful fate of our cell phones is to resist the next upgrade for as long as possible.
Yikes. We all know that most of the things in our homes are made in China, but ever wondered about where in China, by whom in China, and how it's made in China? Did you know that the town of Yiwu produces 60% of the world's Christmas decorations in 600 factories? Click here to read an eye opening article about Santa's Real Workshop: The Town in China That Makes the World's Christmas Decorations. I guarantee you, this short read make you think twice about rushing the stores on the 26th for more green and red. Instead, reuse what you have, shop local, decorate with nature, and buy an Inspired Office gift certificate here. *Recipient must be within a 15mi. radius of Silver Spring, MD 20910.*
By now the original Story of Stuff video has been circling the internet for eight years. This brilliant, graphically clear, easy to watch manifesto against clutter and consumerism has a cousin video, The Story of Electronics. This eye-opening 7 minute watch reveals the dark and harmful destiny of our gadgets. Though disheartening, we should still recycle every little thing we can, but the best way to create a different ending to our gadgets’ stories is simply to buy less & upgrade less.
The Story of Stuff video made its rounds on the internet back when it came out in 2007. I recently came across it again and it's as relevant as ever: a manifesto of sorts against clutter and consumerism, revealing the social and environmental reasons why it's crucial that we all begin to live with less. It's just brilliant. Watch the video below.
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Last week I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond for the first time in years - without a coupon! Someone once asked where I put all of my Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons…..er….I don't get them. What I bought may surprise you…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_IcfNSoUEY
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