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6 reasons to shop secondhand (book feature "waste not")

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6 reasons to shop secondhand (book feature "waste not")

the protocol for making good shopping decisions can be tricky when it comes to buying clothes. my first rule of thumb is always: stop buying $h!t! (even secondhand industries can compromise local textiles economies in countries lower on the GDP, check out this guardian article titled "The hidden trade in our second-hand clothes given to charity") but we never listen and end up 'needing' something. my second rule would be: if you need something, can you borrow it? but we all like possessions, so we even weasel pass this rule. my third and magical rule is if your must purchase,...

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sustainable design: self sustaining shipping container

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sustainable design: self sustaining shipping container

this is for all of us making tiny home vision boards.  if you know me, you know i’m am a back country, out of pocket, river as my backyard kind of woman. the v1, a proof of concept home designed by joseph dupuis. the home is heated by a wood stove and an in-floor heating system, which is ideal as heat travels upward and will be utilized before reaching the ceiling. the v1 consists of three insulated shipping containers that can be dismantled for moving.  learn more here: working title (photo: @drekisath, courtesy of working title)

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28 times black people were effortlessly environmentalists

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28 times black people were effortlessly environmentalists

this is 28 things commonly known in the black community that we take for granted, but are very much so actions of environmentalism. 

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Dying of Thirst: Let’s talk about Water

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Dying of Thirst: Let’s talk about Water

As cool, calming and tranquil as water can be, the universal solvent has been the hot subject of many discussions since the summer. Dakota Access Pipeline, that’s a water problem. The Southeast’s record breaking drought since the 1960s, that’s a water problem. Flint, Michigan’s water scandal, that’s a water problem. Even 2016 being the hottest year on record, that’s a water problem. SIDEBAR: I'm also sharing photos from my trip to Joshua Tree, with my beloved 'community.'OK Ree, why do you keep talking about water?We can thank our entire existence on two things: the water and the sun. Water is...

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10 Photos and Many Opinions about Austin

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10 Photos and Many Opinions about Austin

(Click here for photo album.) Traveling to Austin for SXSWEco was one of the highlights of my year. What I didn't realize until after attending the conference was that some of the biggest impressions on my life including: watching Bill Nye the Science Guy as a child, reading The Upcycle three years ago and my forever relationship with hip hop all shaped my role as an environmentalist. MEETING PEOPLE One of the best things about conferences is the people that you get to meet. In the average 27k days a human lives we only have a couple to meet with...

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