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The inconvenient truth about convenience

Treehugger / Katherine Martinko / 22 February 2018

Do you throw clothes in the dryer instead of hanging them out? Do you buy takeout coffee on the run because you haven’t got the time to make your own? Do you put your kids in the car and drive them to school because you’re running late? Even when we know what is best, the vast majority of people still do what is easiest.

Ever since I read Wu’s thought-provoking article earlier this week, I’ve been mulling it over. It felt particularly relevant, since I just finished reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Farmer Boy to my kids, which recounts a hard mid-19th-century farming life in upstate New York that is the antithesis of convenience. Everything takes an immense amount of work, and all tasks are interconnected and necessary for survival. I’ve realized that there are a number of ways in which convenience undermines humanity.

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Low-impact options for a more sustainable wedding

Mother Earth News / Marissa Hermanson / 02 February 2018

If you’ve made a vow to reduce your carbon footprint, you and your sweetheart can embrace sustainability on your big day, too. From saying “no” to shipping to cutting back on travel, you easily can throw a low-impact wedding celebration with environmental and social responsibility considered. Here are a few points of entry.

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Greening your holiday

Green Communities Canada / GCNews / December 2017

Our member organizations have oodles of suggestions for greening your holiday.

If you are hosting a party, GreenUP, Peterborough, ON, suggests ways to decorate with nature, reduce food waste, save energy, and otherwise green your event.

EcoSuperior, Thunder Bay, ON, shares the top five ways to reduce holiday waste.

Green Calgary has great gift ideas that are unique and practical – like a clothes drying rack. Stainless steel straws, soap nuts, and the Green Calgary Recipe Book are other possibilities.

The December newsletter of Rideau Environmental Action League, Smiths Falls, ON, offers helpful advice on regifting, including advice on when it’s acceptable to regift a used item.

Rethinking refrigeration: The benefits of a smaller fridge

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy / 28 November 2017

If you’re a family of four or more — or you have teenagers in the house — a big French door refrigerator can be a lifesaver. But there’s room to simplify in even the most bustling households. And for smaller families, empty nesters, singletons, and retirees, opting for a smaller fridge can almost go unnoticed. These “alternative” fridges use less energy, take up less space, and encourage you to waste less food. They’re also a much better fit for small kitchens and can help you add counter space.

Here are the reasons to consider an alternative to a big refrigerator.

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6 tips for a green Christmas

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy / 31 October 2017

Have a green Christmas this holiday season with decorations and celebrations designed to reduce waste while still conveying the spirit of the season.

Skip the Wrapping Paper

Don’t wrap gifts in single-use paper — it’s one of the largest contributors to waste during the holidays. Turn old maps, magazines, and book pages into creative gift wrap. Make reusable wrapping bags out of fabric in a few different sizes or purchase sturdy gift bags that can be used several times before recycling. For gifts that need traditional wrapping paper, opt for gift wrap made with recycled content.

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TLTI thinking tiny (homes)

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 07 October 2017

Council members decided this week to embrace the tiny-house movement that has become the darling of environmental trend-setters in the United States and Europe.

They asked planning director Elaine Mallory to prepare a zoning bylaw amendment that would remove the minimum size requirements for new houses, and include tiny houses in the township’s definition of permissible dwellings.

The township’s building rules now say that new houses should be at least 807 square feet in size, although houses can go as small as 484 square feet in a mobile home park.

Tiny houses, on the other hand, can run as small as 223 square feet, plus a “wash closet” in the bachelor model.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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