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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


Strawberry Mood Boost


Hands Holding a Seedling and SoilImagine opening your medicine cabinet and finding a pile of dirt sitting peacefully next to your advil, hair gel, shaving cream, what have you. Now imagine that you find this to be completely normal, and you even take a pinch of it in your fingers and rub it on your arm at the start of every day. It seems doubtful that this will become a regular routine across the globe, but did you know that soil has a neuro-chemical effect on the brain similar to Prozac? I certainly didn’t. Apparently, soil contains a bacteria that activates brain cells into producing the brain chemical serotonin, a mood booster also stimulated by antidepressants. If you were thinking about breaking into gardening and/or food growing this summer, consider this some extra motivation. And if I might focus in on one delicious option, let’s talk strawberries. Continue reading