Just For Fun

"No one likes to be told how to live their life."  I've often overheard this comment in reference to the abundance of unsolicited advice to which we're exposed.

There is a balance, however, between outright refusal to consider new ideas and blind acceptance.  It's easier to find this balance point when we've done the work to know ourselves, shining the light of awareness on our conditioned responses, values, and patterns of behavior.  

 

Maybe you'll consider these practices with an attitude of curiosity and a heart of compassion for those who come after us; those who will seek the fulfillment of our same human desires for health, safety, beauty, and authenticity; those who will live with the consequences of our choices today.

Tread light and feel light.  Check back for more from the community.

Grab these on your way out.
Grab these on your way out.

These have lasted months. An old Trader Joe's bag keeps them folded up and ready to go. More plastic bags blowing into ditches and fence lines? No thank you.

We can all get along.
We can all get along.

Okay, you have a few (hundred) of these. Brilliant wastebasket liners and reusable produce bags. They're made to last a millennium. Put them to work instead of grabbing for more.

Everyone likes a sturdy fork.
Everyone likes a sturdy fork.

I dare say. It's possible to find stainless flatware for around $20-$30 for 12 place settings, and can be used for decades. How many times can you buy new plastic utensils before you've spent way more than your investment in stainless? You'll save a lot of money.... and a sturdy fork makes your guests feel good.

No use for this.
No use for this.

Our great grandkids will have enough challenges of their own. Why make them wrestle with how to share space with burgeoning landfills and oceans of plastic?

Can Earth recognize this material?
Can Earth recognize this material?

I try to answer this easy question when shopping for household items as mundane as this laundry basket. Yes? Done. Leave behind no residue.

This basket is from 1994.
This basket is from 1994.

A blip in the infinity of time. Mom bought it for me when I went away to college. I venture it will show no signs of alteration in 2094. Enough said?

These are good travelers.
These are good travelers.

Sturdy produce usually doesn't require an extra sheath of protection during the car ride home. And if you're grabbing berries or tender greens, how about those saved bags from home?

Set the crisper on high humidity...
Set the crisper on high humidity...

And there's no need to store most fresh food in produce bags.

Go back to the bar.
Go back to the bar.

Bar soap comes in wax coated paper or lightweight paper boxes, sometimes multiple bars per wrap. A little goes a long way and can be a reason to showcase a favorite dish.