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Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese


Reusing Old Shoes


SHOE planterI recently came upon this awesome article about reusing shoes as planters, pretty much the best idea since literal flower beds. As someone who often takes the dirtier, messier, less sensible path to wherever I’m walking, I’m skilled at speeding up the process of wearing out shoes. When they finally become too broken to use for foot housing, it’s easy to just buy a new pair, move on and forget about them. But the truth is, not wearing shoes anymore doesn’t have to mean goodbye. Turning them into planters sounds like one of the most fun and creative sustainable ideas I’ve ever come across. To give it a shot, there are a few steps (sorry) you can take to prepare. Continue reading

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Creative and Fun ways to Holiday Sustainably


ron swanson marshThe other day I wrote about sustainable gift-giving, but of course, a lot more goes into holiday prep than presents. Decorations are something that we look forward to throughout the year; nutcrackers, lights, tinsel, scented pinecones, all that jazz. Going to the store for holiday supplies seems like the automatic action, the given, the call of consumerism. But if we get a little creative, we can make our own decor, saving money and reusing what we might have otherwise thrown out. Below are a few tips that might jump start your holiday innovation. Continue reading


Lazy Indoor Activities


5339_futurama_hd_wallpapers_fry1Well, my fellow SPU students, school is…..another month away? Of course it is. I would never write an article reminding you of the impending return of essays, textbooks, and increased obligations unless said return was at least 30 days away. Not to be a downer. There are plenty of awesome things about college. The stress is just rarely one of them. But there’s still plenty of time to fit in those lazy summer activities before school starts and your mind won’t let you do them anymore without constant reminders of what needs to be done. So in the spirit of being unproductive, I thought I’d go over some lazy indoor shenanigans that can keep you away from the car as well as any shred of responsibility. Continue reading