I have been absent from this site for a while, all of 2018 to be exact, and I have missed posting. I will be active throughout 2019 and hope that those of you who follow this site will return to check it out again and I look forward to new people finding their way to the site. My ultimate goal has not changed – to highlight positive news, information, trends, and ideas in the area of sustainability, spiritual ecology, Fair Trade, social justice, and living in alignment with the natural world for a healthy planet and all species.
My goal for 2019 though is to follow Brene Brown’s very inspiring words above to ensure that I keep my values as the guiding principle of all my actions. When we follow our values, the ones that are true to us and in alignment with our deepest self, we will always make the correct choice for ourselves and bring our best to the situation. Regret occurs when we have acted out of alignment with who we are, is not present or aware, and does not bring harmony. As noted it takes Courage to have Integrity but life is small when we do not act with courage and integrity. Another favourite quote for me is “Life expands or contracts in proportion to one’s courage” by Anais Nin. Both of these women provide words of wisdom for what we need to do and what the world needs in 2019. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
This article was in the Make Change newsletter I subscribe to and I wanted to re-post it here. This supermarket, NU in Ottawa, is an excellent example of how Zero Waste can be incorporated into our daily life in a way that is accessible to many people. Here is the link to the Zero Waste Home website of Bea Johnson, who wrote the book of the same name that resulted in Valerie Leloup’s brilliant supermarket idea. Read more ›
Yesterday was Earth Overshoot day, the day where we humans have used up all of the Earth’s resources for this year and are now moving into a resource deficit to meet our consumption needs. As everyone knows you cannot continue to run into a deficit position without consequences. Below is a great video explaining Earth Overshoot from Sustainability Illustrated Read more ›
Feetz.com provides custom fitting shoes made on a 3D printer with a flat sole, which is better for your feet, and they are sustainable. This is the kind of innovative and well designed products we need in the world. Read more ›
From Triple Pundit’s Newsletter, some good news in the apparel industry. VF Corp’s new anti-deforestation policy will have a big impact on the fashion industry’s effect on global forests. Actions like these by large multi-national corporations are positive steps in the direction of sustainability and remedying the damage humanity’s consumption of clothing has on the planet. Read more ›
Here is a great video explaining biomimicry. We would do well to learn from nature and design more of what we build to mimic what the natural world has perfected.
Another great article from The Natural Step Canada’s December Newsletter on how Canada’s beer industry has been maximizing resource use since prohibition. I am a big fan of the circular economy and believe every industry can do much more to get closer to this reality with cooperation and a true desire to consider minimizing waste at every opportunity.
The Economics of the Circular Economy
The Natural Step Canada’s December newsletter included a link to this article by Vince Deschamps on Natural Capital. It’s food for thought on the things we need to consider about Natural Capital and a way we can go about doing this properly.
Vince Deschamps: Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted