What's a girl to do? Today on, "Buy Nothing or Buy Better" aka my constant struggle, I'm trying to figure out what it means to buy some stuff from Ikea and whether or not it's ethically sound. After a bit of digging and quite a few puff pieces from the "2016 highlights" section of Ikea's… Continue reading Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption
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
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
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
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?
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!
"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
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