#EnoughStuff Episode 1: Angelo, Ryan & Kelauni
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoUrgLRxBDM We hit the streets in Pittsburgh to ask neighbors to ask themselves one question: "Do I have #EnoughStuff for now?" We met up with Angelo, Ryan, and Kelauni. Their answers were all unique, and at the end of the day, we don't give a hoot, a darn, or even a fig about what their answers were, as long as they asked themselves our question, if only one time! Follow along [...]
Serenity or Scarcity? The Potential Stress of Simplicity.
We hear a lot about the virtues and values of simple, less, and minimal. While living in a tiny house or liquidating most possessions in order to go cross-country backpacking may be exciting for some, these scenarios don’t work for most Americans. In fact, paring down is nearly impossible for mainstream consideration, let alone maintaining the stringent requirements sometimes associated with specific movements. As it turns out, having less doesn’t automatically yield more [...]
Mainstream & upscale-friendly, but how exactly?
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo da Vinci What Do We Mean by "Upscale-Friendly?" Most people usually feel somewhat defensive about their consumption choices, as though they’re going to be judged or calibrated, and worry some aspects may not measure up. Perhaps they’ve felt excluded previously from other philosophies that include absolutes. Some movements exist in silos, while others seem too extreme to be accessible - let alone manageable - for everyday [...]
Transforming the Paradigm: The New Postconsumers
“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” - Henry David Thoreau For many of us, the month of September marks new beginnings. The crisp air and return of school bells usher in the excitement of seeing old friends, freshening up routines, and anticipating the work ahead. By experiencing the satisfaction of enough, we’re able to do more with less. Preparing for change [...]
When Buying a New Dining Room Table Means Buying Everything Else New
Today we thought we’d write an article that addresses one of our favorite quotes from a mother of a Postconsumers team member. One day, pensively, the mother said, “You know, it used to be that if you needed to replace your dining room table, you bought one that matched the rest of the dining room. Now, people just buy a dining room table that they like on a whim and then they [...]
The Consumerism of Silicon Valley: Is the Future Being Built on “Stuff?”
Silicon Valley. It’s the Los Angeles of the new generation, where tech stars are the new rock stars. And it’s the area of the country that prides itself on saying that it’s shaping the future of not only America but also the world. We can’t deny that the brightest of the bright are spearheading innovations out of Silicon Valley that really will change the way that the world operates. We’re blown away [...]
Favorite Biodiversity Quotes: Meaning to Humanity
“We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.” E. O. Wilson Get More Inspirational Quotes Like This on the Social Media Channels Below: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Pinterest | Google+ | Medium
When Did Shopping Become a Leisure Activity? And More Importantly, Why Is That Dangerous?
“What are you doing this weekend?” It’s a question asked across the globe just about every lunch hour on Friday. The answer, of course, will fall into one of two categories: work or leisure. Perhaps you have a weekend of labors ahead, like cleaning your house and doing laundry (though for many we know that those are labors of love). Or perhaps you have a weekend of leisure ahead, including reading, napping and [...]
Favorite Biodiversity Quotes: The Things That Keep Us Alive
“I can't imagine anything more important than air,water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive.” David Suzuki Get More Inspirational Quotes Like This on the Social Media Channels Below: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Pinterest | Google+ | Medium
Favorite Biodiversity Quotes: The Past and the Future
“Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future.” Frans Lanting Get More Inspirational Quotes Like This on the Social Media Channels Below: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Pinterest | Google+ | Medium Photo Credit: Mohamed Malik via Flickr