Plastic Slashing

You’ve likely seen pictures showing mountains of waste and beaches covered with it – mostly plastic waste.  The problem is so immense, I feel helpless to try to solve it.  However, I remember going to amusement parks as a teenager and finding them less fun because they were “dumps.”

Disney was aware of what happens when a place gets that way, and so they have employees constantly walking around and picking up even the smallest pieces of litter.

In the biography, “The Big Mac,” a story of how Ray Krok built the MacDonald’s empire, he noticed that the burger joint run by the MacDonald brothers in San Bernardino, CA, was doing a far better business than similar burger joints along the same road. … Keep reading

H20 = Happiness

Here’s a report, based on an extensive poll that links the amount of water we drink with our feelings of happiness. As “Sustainable Living” includes our quality-of-life experience, the amount of water we drink each day becomes an essential ingredient in sustainability.

In terms of our ability to survive, the long-established phrase is: “Water is destiny.” In history, civilizations have grown and flourished, or shrunk and died out based on their availability of water.  Water shortages have led to famine and wars. … Keep reading

Student Loans & Sustainable Living

 

Student Loans &

Sustainable Living

 

Here’s a break from our usual blogs – which are built on recent articles or research reports. The reason:

A senior who’s worked part-time on our sustainable community site, and just graduated, was an emotional wreck and in turmoil due to student loan repayments he’s now facing. As we inquired, we learned his loan rate is an astounding 8.75% … while home mortgages are now around 2% !

As we asked how he got into this fix, he simply said that as a freshman he was sent – online and coordinated by the university – forms to complete.… Keep reading

5-minute E-car recharge

If you have any interest in sustainability, I’d assume you’re aware that the single biggest source of global warming comes from the burning of fossil fuels. And the biggest contributors to that come from transport … planes and trucks and cars. And the biggest contributor we each control is our car. As electric cars made their entry, to challenge gas and diesel cars, the manufacturers, who are understandably reluctant to change from a product that’s been their source of profitability for a century, cited “range” as the biggest problem.… Keep reading

Covid-19 & Joy

It seems odd to connect concepts of more joyful living with a pandemic. But as the saying goes …

“Necessity is the motherhood of invention.”

A few years ago, as my wife and I were beginning an all-day hike, heavy rain began.  We asked what else we might do that would actually be better then what we’d been planning to do.  And we did come up with a better alternative.  Since then, whenever something arises that forces us to depart from what we were planning, we ask the same question. … Keep reading