Week 16

I have talked about buying, selling, borrowing and donating stuff on Facebook here before. Between Marketplace and local buy/sell/trade groups, there is so much quality clothing, toys, furniture, home decor, you name it, that it seems crazy to buy something new without at least looking there first. But the group I want to talk aboutContinue reading “Week 16”

Week 15

85 percent of textile waste in America becomes trash Due to their synthetic makeup, clothing that is disposed of does not decay Americans are buying five times as much clothes as we did in the 1980s, due to fast fashion’s constant churn of new, low-quality clothing One pair of jeans requires up to 2,000 poundsContinue reading “Week 15”

Week 14

This week was my birthday, and I got the No. 1 thing on my list: a membership to our local co-op! Mississippi Market has three locations in St. Paul, and is the place to get organic, local and bulk foods. A lifetime membership is only $90, and comes with quarterly coupons, special member pricing onContinue reading “Week 14”

Week 12 Recap: Mending

I am giving myself a 75% on successfully completing this one. After committing to the challenge, I realized I lacked even the most basic equipment to make it happen. Yes, I really and truly did not own a needle and thread. How embarrassing! I finally made it to the fabric store on Sunday, and wasContinue reading “Week 12 Recap: Mending”

Week 11

An addition 1 million tons of trash are thrown out every week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Merry Christmas! Our holiday was spread out over a week this year due to family travels, so today we opened our gifts from Santa and immediate family. The kids got everything they wantedContinue reading “Week 11”

Week 10 Recap: Being the Change

I may not subscribe to the cultish way of life known by millions as The Secret, but there is something to be said about putting your intentions out in the universe and feeling like someone is listening. That idea did, in a way, play into some of the things that happened this week. Others mightContinue reading “Week 10 Recap: Being the Change”

Week 9 Recap: Food Waste

I’ll admit, I did not give this week’s challenge my best effort. It was a combination of work stress, holiday stress, being sick, and having so many things on my never-ending to-do list that some days, it’s hard to even know where to start. But you know what else is hard? Trying to reduce yourContinue reading “Week 9 Recap: Food Waste”

Week 8

The average washing machine uses over 40 gallons of water per load (nps.gov) The dryer uses over 4 times as much energy as the washer (energy.gov) Scented laundry detergents and dryer sheets contain carcinogens that get into the air through laundry vents (washington.edu) This week is going to be a challenge and recap in one,Continue reading “Week 8”

Week 7 Recap: Opt Outside

This four-day weekend was an eventful one. Between unexpectedly hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house, multiple snowstorms, cutting cable and a big college football game, we packed what felt like a week’s worth of activity into one long weekend. One thing we didn’t do? Shop! Well, mostly. On Black Friday, the boys and I madeContinue reading “Week 7 Recap: Opt Outside”

Week 6 Recap: Plastic-Free Periods

Another pain-free challenge in the books, and I’m starting to feel like a broken record. This wasn’t supposed to be easy. Am I not picking hard enough challenges? In a lot of cases, I am enhancing a habit I already have, or paying closer attention to it in an effort to be more deliberate. ButContinue reading “Week 6 Recap: Plastic-Free Periods”