What Happens When You Take Responsibility for Your Own Garbage

One of the catalysts to shifting our thinking about our consumerism was an eye-opening tour of our local waste transfer facility. Since then, we've been working toward zero waste to varying degrees. By setting up some simple systems and without a whole lot of effort other than some habit changes, we were able to reduce … Continue reading What Happens When You Take Responsibility for Your Own Garbage

How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

The following has been rated PG, Pretty Gross, by the Mainstream Potty Association of America. You've been forewarned. The kids and I slept in sleeping bags in the dome for the first few nights, while Mauricio chose to stay nice and warm in the RV, thank you. From the bay window, the night sky without … Continue reading How to Make a Simple Composting Toilet

All Systems Go. Kinda, Sorta.

Nobody said this was going to be easy. Our first week on the land was all about getting our systems up and running. Shelter, check. Water: We have running water from our 10,000 gallon water tanks that were left by the previous owners. They contain water from the seasonal spring up above, which was routed … Continue reading All Systems Go. Kinda, Sorta.

What to Do with a Spare Sock and a Spare Afternoon

What do I love about these little guys? Not that they're zero-waste and made with recycled materials. Not that I didn't have to buy a single thing to make 'em, thanks to odds and ends from my craft drawer and dryer. Not that I found something useful to do with a couple of mismatched lone … Continue reading What to Do with a Spare Sock and a Spare Afternoon

Darn. The Lost Art of Mending and Hemming.

I hemmed a pair of Giovanni's pants today. First time. How I managed to get through nine years and three kids without hemming a single pair of pants, I don't know. Actually, I do know. My time-starved life combined with a throw-away culture led to just getting rid of a pair of pants with a … Continue reading Darn. The Lost Art of Mending and Hemming.

How to De-Clutter the Mailbox

Have you noticed that when you go to the store or open a catalog, you suddenly see all kinds of things you want? Things that you never knew you wanted? De-cluttering the mailbox, both real-life and online, is more than just part of my Post-Consumer Life to approach zero waste (According to 41pounds.org, each US … Continue reading How to De-Clutter the Mailbox