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Cool trash experiment

Hi, me again.

NPR's Marketplace has a host carrying around (almost) all her non-recyclable trash for two weeks, with the goal of zero waste by the end of the challenge.

http://www.publicradio.org/columns/marketplace/trash/

It's been going on for four or five days, but I decided just now that I'm going to try it too. It should be interesting.

*cough*

Hello? Hello? Anyone here?

I really like the posts I've read in this community, even if they are infrequent. I think it would be wonderful to pick it up a little. I am very much into simplicity, and I don't have anyone I can talk to about it (late-night re-googling of old search words is not as good as conversation!). Even my most alternative friend, a vegetarian pagan environmentalist farmer, does not get excited about simplicity. I would love to share this with someone. A few points to mention for your enjoyment.

1. Quakers. If you don't know about them, find out. Simplicity has long been part of Quaker tradition, as evidenced by the almost-extinct plain dress. Which, by the way, does not require black or old-fashioned cut. For Quaker simplicity, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testimony_of_Simplicity. For plain dress, http://quakerjane.com/index.php?fuseaction=plain_dress. and also the "About plain modern" link.

2. The Little Brown Dress Project. http://www.littlebrowndress.com/ This woman wore the same dress, accessorized, every day for a year to give a little FU to fashion. The next year, she wore only clothes that she made or altered herself. Including underwear.

I noticed a while back members listed items they brought into their homes. Last year I also had a habit of listing in my journal the things I bought or brought. Unfortunately, I really enjoy getting things that are neat/attractive/cool/perfect for my personality, and getting them for a steal at Goodwill. At the same time, I have frequently uttered the phrase "I hate possessions." I try very hard to send out of my home an amount comparable to what I brought in. Belongings, even if well-organized and not actually physically clutter, clutter my mind. They frustrate me. I need simplicity. In Feng Shui terms, belongings screw up my Chi, I suppose.

Things I would like to try:
Something akin to the little brown dress project.
Making my own unders and cut-and-seamed socks.
Bathroom wipes in place of TP.
No microwave/TV (alas, they belong to my roommate).

All I can think of for now.

The Leaping Bunny!

In case people don’t know about it already.

http://www.leapingbunny.org/shopping_guide.htm

Yay for animal free testing!

New American Dream

Found this site last night and thought others might be interested in it as well.