Nothing New for a Year – Spring Update

My last Nothing New for a Year blog came out on February 12, 2017 and was the journal of my first month of buying nothing new for an entire year. Here it is September 1st, and 6 months have passed without a new blog. I was planning on doing a monthly blog about this experience, but that completely got away from me. It’s safe to say I have been overly busy for a good portion of this year.
I am going to catch you up to date in a series of two blogs. This one will include February through May, including three weeks in Florida, six weeks in Costa Rica, and a seven-week speaking tour in Europe. The next blog will document my bicycle ride across the United States. A lot happened in both, so I could easily have split this up into more blogs, but I’ll go with that for the sake of finally catching up.

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School with No Blackboards, Teachers or Homework

Welcome to Casa Sula, an alternative school in Costa Rica. It was founded by parents in a nearby Ecovillage along with the Orion Group from Ecuador. There are no blackboards, teachers, or homework, yet there are unlimited materials to learn from. The space is designed to work with children’s natural curiosity. 

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Stephen Brooks: The Botanical Explorer Obsessed with Finding Plants that Make Life Better

Meet Stephen Brooks, the botanical explorer obsessed with finding plants that make life better. In 1995, he watched a playground full of indigenous children get sprayed by a Chiquita banana crop duster. Ever since then, his life has never been the same. Stephen is on a mission to redesign where our food comes from, how it affects the people that grow it, and ultimately the planet.

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Empowering Women in India Through Upcycled Fashion

Meet Carla, founder of Project Três. Since 2015, she has been empowering women in India where many women lack basic human rights and litter is a massive problem. She empowers women by teaching them how to create accessories out of recycled materials.

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