The Beginner’s Guide to Zen Habits – A Guided Tour ‘Smile, breathe and go slowly.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta While some of you have been following Zen Habits since its early days (beginning of 2007), many of you are fairly new readers. To help you through the fairly overwhelming archives, I’ve compiled a beginner’s guide. PulpWorks: Recycled Paper Will Replace Toxic PVC in Packaging PulpWorks’ PVC-free prototype for a bleach pen replaces the “blister pack” which produces tons of PVC per product line. When it comes to sustainability, consumers care about packaging. They can’t not. It’s the most in-your-face waste in the manufacturing process; it has inspired the plastic-free revolution of Beth Terry and others, and municipal bans on plastic bags. Consumer-products eco-darling Method made thousands of consumers aware of detergent-to-water ratios, and now a former Methodite is taking on one of the most toxic chemical made by humans: PVC.Paul Tasner left Method in 2009. A former supply chain manager for Clorox, he returned to consulting on supply chain management until 2010, when he got fascinated by the idea of closing the loop with recycled newsprint.
No Impact Man Dear friends, I don't say this often but I am scared. Not scared to the point of paralysis. Not scared enough to run away. Not scared enough to stop trying to help. Not scared enough to think we're doomed. How We Tried to Be Plastic-Free Plastic-Free February is over...but keep checking this page as we continue to offer solutions that will keep us all healthy safe from pollutants, contaminants, and toxins. Read our interview with Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). Hey, our plastic-free challenge got mentioned in the New York Times! (No link love from them, unfortunately.) Look for an interview with Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, some time soon on Rodale.com.
Kate Bratskeir: 9 & 1/2 Things I'm Not Stressing Over Anymore Something I find fascinating: You can literally throw away your negative thoughts. In a study done last November, participants were told write down their personal, invalidating beliefs on paper. Those who got to crumple their inner demons and dunk them a la NBA player Terrence Ross into a wastebasket (so maybe it wasn't as dramatic, but I like to imagine) were less likely to be bogged down by their negativity. Could the same be true for stressful thoughts? Tips for Creating Zero Waste, Plastic-Free Events Whenever I give my plastic-free presentation, I’m interested to see what the hosting organization will do to ensure the event itself is as plastic-free as possible. I try to give tips beforehand so I don’t walk in on a table full of plastic cups (which has happened more than once, ironically.) But lately, I’ve discovered some really ingenious ideas, some of which I wouldn’t have thought of myself. Some are about reducing plastic, and some are about reducing waste in general.
Geometry of Thinking for Sustainable Global Governance 24th October 2009 | Draft Cognitive Implication of Synergetics Produced in relation to The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2010, organized by The Buckminster Fuller Institute, in support of the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems. IntroductionSystems as polyhedraChallenge to comprehension"Uprightness" and global geometryMatrix representation of psychological types and their styles of categorizationEpistemological "body odour"Self-reflexivity in global modellingIntegrating disagreement and dissentRequisite variety of perspectivesSelf-reflexivity through a "shadowy" dualKeys to global governance "embedded" in synergetics as a meta-modelImplications for a "meta-model"Cognitive engagement with globalityChallenge of cognitive geometryExistential and experiential engagement with globalityGeometry as a metaphorical magic mirror of thinkingThe secret within "Bucky's Ball"? Conclusion Introduction
Night at the Aquarium on a Plastic-Free Camping Cot - My Plastic-free Life It’s hard to find plastic-free versions of a lot of camping supplies. Plastic makes things lightweight and easy to carry in a backpack. I don’t camp a lot, so usually my strategy to avoid new plastic is to borrow from friends or find things second-hand via Freecycle, Craigslist, yard sales, or thrift stores. At Burning Man last month, I slept in a nylon sleeping bag on a foam pad, both of which I have had for many years. And while the sleeping bag has held up very well and will last me many more years to come, the foam pad was a big fail. To Clear Negative Thoughts, Physically Throw Them Away: Study Bothered by negative thoughts? Clearing your mind of them could be as simple as writing them down and physically throwing them away, according to a new study, published in the journal Psychological Science. "At some level, it can sound silly.
The Green MBA at Dominican University of California A Comprehensive Curriculum The Dominican MBA’s comprehensive curriculum combines an interdisciplinary set of core business courses with forward-looking specializations in leadership, sustainability or global business, and resume-building experiential learning opportunities. The program includes: 31-unit common core that gives you a thorough grounding in accounting, finance, marketing, operations and other business disciplines.Included in the common core, a three-unit strategic management capstone course that integrates all of your previous coursework into a major project.Also included in the common core, a four-unit Global Consulting Practicum during which you will research the strategic needs and concerns of a major international organization. You will then present your consulting recommendations in person during a 10-day in-country visit.A nine-unit concentration that lets you specialize in global business, strategic leadership or sustainable enterprise.
Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead - Modern Homesteading Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Some people like goats; other people cannot keep them out of the garden. Some people will not slaughter animals and have to sell their surplus stock off to people who will kill them; others will not sell surplus stock off at all because they know that the animals will be killed; and still others will slaughter their own animals to provide their family with healthy meat. For myself, on a 1-acre farm of good, well-drained land, I would keep a cow and a goat, a few pigs and maybe a dozen hens.
Trash is for Tossers: Zero Waste Alternatives: The Ultimate List. While the journey towards Zero Waste is never ending, these alternatives will help any step of the way! All of these alternatives have been tried, tested, and approved by me! I would never post anything that I have not researched to the best of my ability and will constantly update this list with new alternatives! Please keep in mind that throwing out an old item for one of the items I have listed is not a good alternative. Use up old products, recycle, donate, give away or sell the rest! The purpose of Zero Waste is to prevent as much matter from heading to the landfill as possible!