Ethical Choices

The Paris Agreement

I'm staying pretty composed about DT's decision to remove the US from the Paris Agreement for a couple of reasons, but they aren't necessarily good. I'm pessimistic for the US, but not yet so for the planet. I know that this is so, so frustrating for so many Americans. I'm in the sweet spot of… Continue reading The Paris Agreement

Consumption, Ethical Choices

Purchasing Prep : Shoes and Denim

I double checked my bank statement, and the last time I bought any clothing (some undergarments) was on January 13th. So, it has been just over four months since I bought any clothing at all! That's pretty cool, considering my commitment to ethical consumption. For me, that means consuming much, much less, and when I… Continue reading Purchasing Prep : Shoes and Denim

Consumption, Ethical Choices

Minimalism : Proceed with Caution

Does opposing consumerism mean embracing minimalism?   I read an article published in The Guardian about minimalism as another form of conspicuous (non)consumption. The author argues that the "pared down" aesthetic, from clothing, to food, to decor, are not only boring, they're classist. Minimalism as a lifestyle is a way to unlock the 'good parts' of… Continue reading Minimalism : Proceed with Caution

Consumption, Ethical Choices, Life in Paris

Other What?

In my post on our electricity consumption and the great LED switch of 2017, I mentioned that we spend quite a lot of energy (and money) on a mysterious “other” category. But what exactly is “other”? Good question. EDF's "other" category seems to tabulate electricity used by anything that is plugged into a socket that is… Continue reading Other What?

Ethical Choices, Life in Paris

Dreams Come True!

I've put in a request for a lombricomposteur! When I moved to France, an immediate difference between my life in Paris and my life in the US was the lack of composting. I was fortunate enough to live in cities that had great composting programs. Even my university welcomed us to our dorm rooms with… Continue reading Dreams Come True!

Consumption, Ethical Choices, Life in Paris, Reflection

I Read : Green, Greener, Greenest

"A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life" by Lori Bongiorno Bongiorno is a journalist who has written for a number of years on environmental issues. I wanted to read her book because I'm looking for practical applications of environmental awareness, as opposed to just the crushing knowledge that we're doing… Continue reading I Read : Green, Greener, Greenest

Consumption, Ethical Choices, Goals, Life in Paris

Electricity and LED – The Baseline

A day for the little things. I'm working on cutting our electricity consumption and EDF (Électricité de France) makes it easy to get a grip on how much we currently use. I have a monthly electricity allowance that I pay for, and when we use too much at once the electricity box will flip itself… Continue reading Electricity and LED – The Baseline

Consumption, Cosmetics, Ethical Choices

I Tried : Organic-ish Shampoo

Not exactly a blockbuster title, but I switched shampoos with mixed results. As part of my movement to integrate my interest in sustainability into my daily life, I'm working slowly through my cosmetics and personal care products. Once they're gone, I'm either working through the ingredients to see how "safe" they are, or switching to… Continue reading I Tried : Organic-ish Shampoo