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.
Zero Waste Shops are opening all over Europe. Dozens of unique shops have opened and many more are coming. In Zurich, Switzerland, FOIFI launched 2 months ago and is making a huge splash.
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.
Got leftovers, but no friends to share them with? There’s an app for that! With OLIO you can list your surplus food and someone can come pick it up from you.
Hey everyone! I am cycling across the United States right now and I just had to share this incredible tip with you that has given me so many beautiful days.
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.
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.
In Amsterdam, you can go fishing… For plastic! Our waterways are choking with so much trash. Even the birds are building their nests out of it. But Plastic Whale is on a mission to clean up Amsterdam’s canals.
You’ve probably already ditched plastic shopping bags and are bringing reusable bags to the grocery store. You’re awesome! What about plastic produce bags? Those add up too! And can end up in our oceans and forests harming the animals we love.