Welcome to Sustainable Kashi, a permaculture program located within a 40-year-old intentional community in Florida. People travel here from around the world to learn simple living and to gain balance with nature.
About one and a half years ago, on August 24th, 2016, I took a big step. I cut up my driver’s license, social security card, debit card, and checks. I canceled my bank account, vowed not to take social security, and made the plan of never having a drivers license again. For me, this was a huge step forward. For others, it would be considered a huge step backward. Some people think of me as on a path to ultimate freedom, others think I’m an idiot. I understand both perspectives.
Earlier in 2017, I released a two-minute video of the day I cut up these items. Since then I’ve intended to write a longer explanation of why, but it slipped by on my list of projects, videos, and blogs to write. Today I’m excited to finally share more with you. I am going to share my philosophy to a much deeper extent than a two minute video can do and answer most of the questions that have been posted over the last year on social media.
Meet the woman stirring up the fashion industry through Conscious Chatter. Fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world- spewing chemicals into our water, dumping billions of pounds of textiles into landfills, and trapping the makers of our clothes into modern-day slavery and poverty.
Think it’s impossible to live more sustainably in a small apartment? Think again! This apartment complex in Stockholm, Sweden is an example for us all. It wasn’t a sustainable place until a few residents decided to change it. 6 years ago they started a small garden in the courtyard to grow food, planted edible landscaping to grow even more food, started composting their food waste to make their own soil, and they got chickens to eat their food scraps and make eggs.
Welcome to the world’s first “recycle mall,” located in Sweden, Almost everything sold here is repurposed or upcycled, and anything else sold in the mall must be environmentally ethical. It’s located right next to a recycling facility so people can easily drop off stuff they don’t want anymore, rather than it being wasted. The staff then repairs and refurbishes the items as needed.
What’s in your condom? That’s a question Meika Hollender wants you to ask yourself. Most condoms contain harmful ingredients including Nitrosamine, a carcinogen. The condom companies don’t want you to know this, so they don’t put it on the labels and make the ingredients hard to find.
My partner, Cheryl Davies, and I have just moved to Orlando and we are incredibly excited to get involved with many of the great movements going on here. I am embarking on a project of growing and foraging 100% of my food for a year to help and inspire people to start growing their own food. I will be helping people turn their lawns into gardens, starting a community composting program, planting 100+ fruit trees in the community, and volunteering with local nonprofits.
While here, we are looking to build a tiny house and set it up in someone’s unused space, such as a backyard. Particularly we are looking to live in the Audubon Park area, as there are organizations in that area that I intend to volunteer with a lot.
Many people have asked me why Cheryl and I chose to make our home in Orlando, Florida. I understand this question considering when most people think of Orlando, they think of Disney. Those that know me, know that I’m not into Disney. It also hosts more business conferences than any other city in the USA. Orlando often tops the list of being the most visited city in the nation and not for reasons I’m very involved in. It’s not thought of as the most environmentally progressive city. Nothing like a San Francisco or Seattle. Orlando is a large urban center, not the most nature-centered place.
And then there’s the state of Florida, one state that makes headlines for politicians that I sit on the opposite side of the spectrum to when it comes to my beliefs on humanity, environment, and the Earth as a whole. The state also makes headlines for making it illegal to live off the grid (not always the most accurate stories), toxic blooms of algae from Big Ag, and schools where it’s against the rules to use the phrase “climate change.”
Announcing my next big project!
For one year I will grow and forage 100% of my food, while living in the urban city of Orlando, Florida. Every single morsel of food, down to the salt, oils, and herbs will come from the land and I will harvest it myself. I will go an entire year without eating food from grocery stores (including the dumpsters), restaurants, or even taking a nibble of chocolate or a sip of tea at a party.
How many miles did your meal travel from the farm to your plate? Chances are, too many! Vinder is an online community marketplace where you can buy and sell fresh produce straight from your neighbors. “It allows you to know who is growing your food and how it’s being grown and where it’s being grown.”