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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The other day, a friend of mine noted that there wasn't a recycling bin in the common room for my department and expressed her surprise that I hadn't launched a crusade to get one.

I sighed and shrugged my shoulders. "You pick your battles," I said.

The truth is, I'm a little over recycling. I know, I know. I'm an environmentalist. How can I be over recycling?

Why Do People Enjoy Shopping?

When you think about it, it's actually a weird concept, right?

I understand why owning new and shiny things is fun, but why is shopping in and of itself fun?

Ethical Meat Consumption

I recently became an extremely reluctant vegetarian. I really, really didn't want to become one, but I'm a university student, and I don't cook for myself much. If I'm eating out, and I'm eating meat, I can't control where the meat comes from, which means it is very likely not ethically raised meat.

How Do We Change Society?

One of the things that struck me when I was in Denmark was how much blatant consumerism is frowned upon. My friends told me that in Denmark people look down on you if you own a flashy car, because no one wants to seem "better" than anyone else. As a former Angeleno, where your status is directly related to how nice your car is, this concept was exceedingly strange to me.

Choosing Differently

There is a lot of discussion at climate change seminars about technology. Can it save us? Will it save us? Do we have enough of it?

I'm sort of in the middle here. I think that technology can greatly help us, but only if we use it.

To give you an example, we have the technology for electric cars, but for a variety of reasons, very few people drive them.

How the Ethical Consumer Saves Money

I'm often surprised when I hear claims from people that being environmental is expensive. I mean, I understand the point that organic fruit and vegetables cost more than conventionally grown produce, or that eco-products are often more expensive. But on balance, I think that living sustainably has caused me to save more money.

Investing for Impact in my Own Portfolio

Where are the best places to put your money to good work?

A Cleaner For Every Surface?

Not too long ago, I used to be a girl who never cleaned, but who had a shelf-full of cleaners. Toilet cleaner, bathroom cleaner, kitchen counter cleaner, carpet cleaner, floor cleaner ... you name it, I probably owned it.

Buying Used

I have to admit, sometimes I get a little embarrassed talking about my year of not buying anything new. A lot of people treat my year of non-consumerism as a fairly amazing feat, but the truth is ... not buying new is really not very difficult anymore.


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