Small Living : How Small is Too Small?

April 20th, 2011
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Sometimes I forget how much it costs to live in most cities.  Take New York City for example.  A reader named Anita directed me to this woman lives in a 90 square foot (8.36 square meter) apartment. She pays $700 a month:

(on youtube)

All I could think as I heard her story was, “She doesn’t know about Berlin.”

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How We’re All Reducing Plastic Garbage (and a Winner!)

February 18th, 2011
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Lots of little AMAZING bits to share with you today.  (Not to mention a big cheer for the weekend!)

First up : the winner of five handmade produce bags from Flourish Pets & Home is Aimee.  She says, “I’ve been trying to figure out how to make reusable gift bags, but I’m not much of a seamstress!”  These bags should be just the ticket.

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Menstrual Cups : Greener, Cheaper, + More Comfortable

February 2nd, 2011
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The problem is that products like tampons and sanitary pads create a lot of trash.  Even when you choose more environmentally friendly products that are 100% unbleached cotton or don’t have plastic attachments, those products still wind up in the garbage can.

Can you believe it?  We’re each throwing away 16,800 pads or tampons.  Over 12 million pads and 7 million tampons are heading to the US landfills alone.*  Ouch.  That’s killing our environment, and if you think about it, it’s not exactly cool for the wallet, either.

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