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Cleaning Up a Himalayan Village

By Liesl Clark The village of Samdzong is so small it took us only 25 minutes to walk around with sacks to pick up the garbage thrown outside people’s homes. Why is this trash found throughout the village? Until recently, all garbage was organic: Shoes were (and many still are) handmade from leather and wool, […]

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Popcorn: The 5,000 Year Old No Waste Snack

By Liesl Clark Almost every culture in the world pops its corn. Zea maize, or corn as we know it, is a New World domesticate that spread worldwide over thousands of years. “The origins of maize can be traced to a grass called teosinte, the grass ancestor of Zea maize, to Meso-America some 6,000 – […]

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No Impact Trekking

By Mr. Everest In most parts of the world, the higher we journey, the more rarified the air and pristine the environment. But in Nepal, that truth is changing. Twenty thousand visitors per year travel to the Mount Everest region, and thousands climb the 20,000 foot trekking peaks to catch glimpses of the world’s highest […]

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DIY Kettle Corn

DIY Kettle Corn Snack Hack This County Fair Favorite – Make Your Own at Home, Plastic-Free and Frugal  by Rebecca Rockefeller Yes, you can make your own kettle corn at home, no special equipment necessary, no heroic clean-up measures required. Buy your popcorn, oil, sugar, and salt in bulk and you’ll avoid all plastic packaging […]

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Top Gifts for Teachers

Frugal and Plastic-Free Ways to Thank Teachers  by Rebecca Rockefeller The end of the school year is approaching quickly and it’s the perfect time to put together thoughtful gifts for your children’s teachers. Fortunately, the gifts most highly rated and appreciated by teachers are both frugal and plastic-free. Based on extensive online and personal research, […]

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20 Free Crafts Not Plastic

By Liesl Clark When my children reached elementary school age and we enrolled them in programs that had art classes, we were amazed at how few natural materials were used for art supplies and just how much of it was plastic: glitter glue, colorful plastics for mosaics, acrylic-coated feathers, various items to be “recycled” through […]

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Frugal Freedom: DIY Hummingbird Nectar

by Rebecca Rockefeller Mix Up Your Own Nectar for Happy Hummingbirds If you’ve never put out a hummingbird feeder, this might be a perfect year to start. There’s no need to buy nectar or nectar mix from a store – Making your own is easy and inexpensive. Hummingbirds can be found in North, Central, and […]

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How To Do Bathtub Laundry

By Liesl Clark If you ever have a power outage and need to do an important load of laundry, consider the bathtub! We’ve done bathtub laundry all over the world, mostly because you can do it in any location that has a tub and this simple practice saves a bundle of money if you’re traveling. […]

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Food Less Plastic: DIY Electrolyte Replacement Drink

  DIY Electrolyte Replacement Drink Perfect Whenever You’d Otherwise Drink Gatorade or Pedialyte by Rebecca Rockefeller We’ve had a few new reasons to re-hydrate ourselves here recently, both good and bad. Good: We’ve had unusually warm spring weather, perfect for long days of work and play outside. Bad: A fierce but short-lived gastrointestinal virus has […]

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Lamenting Airplane Plastics

By Liesl Clark We were being encroached upon by hundreds of clear plastic bags. They were on our laps, around our sleepy heads, stuffed under our feet, indeed engulfing our food and toiletries. Somehow, we had become unsuspecting plassengers on an 11-hour plastic-sealed adventure across the Pacific. How had we fallen head-first into this sea […]

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