I’ve been reading a lot about spring cleaning lately. Maybe in part because Marie Kondo has become so popular in the main stream? It’s great that she has really encouraged people to downsize and get rid of all the stuff they have purchased that no longer brings them joy. However, it recently came to my […]

Everybody has an opinion and not everyone’s opinion is the same. I have the opinion that plastic is an amazingly versatile and useful substance. It is ubiquitous in our lives; but I am also under the opinion that we do not need to use it nearly as much as we do. I’m speaking specifically to […]

Prepare for Christmas morning, or whenever you are exchanging gifts, with a few handy containers to avoid things from all heading to the trash. (And if you stuff this all into a big black garbage bag, then trust me, it’s all headed to the trash). Our handy guide keeps it simple: Reuse Set up a […]

As mentioned in an earlier post, we create an additional 25% more waste over the holiday period, and a part of that can be attributed to the increase in holiday parties this time of year.  Food waste in America is actually a big problem – some statistics say that 40% of food is wasted between […]

Lisa Marie Sipe's encaustic work at The Workhouse.

Do It Yourself   My husband is awesome with a sewing machine. He’s made upcycled bike pannier bags, tote bags, mittens, and more for holiday gifts. Together we’ve made chalkboard mugs and home made dog biscuits for friends and I often give people upcycled jewelry I’ve made.  Of course if you plan on making stuff […]

The holidays – a time to get together with friends and family, share laughs and spread joy, give and receive gifts, and create a ton of waste in the process.  Sorry, TONS of waste. Across the country, an average of 25% more waste is brought to the curb between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Here […]

With America’s biggest shopping day of the year creeping into Thanksgiving, it seems like a good time to step back and think about how we want to spend our holidays. Before we get caught up in holiday shopping it’s a good time to remember that as consumers when we shop is when we have the […]

There were quite a few reasons to go shopping last weekend: Labor Day sales, end of summer sales, and back to school sales. Maybe you took advantage of some and got good deals while supporting local businesses, or maybe you just felt compelled to buy new stuff because, and let’s be honest here, it feels […]

Hopefully you’ve chosen gifts well suited for the recipient, bought them an experience, or made them something yourself. Whatever you chose for your gifts, here’s a guide to dealing with the inevitable waste from your gift exchange this year. Before your party – set up a quick station using any kind of container to separate […]

How to Adapt When What You’re Selling Is Stuff  More and more people are shifting the way they celebrate the holidays, including simplifying and focusing less on stuff and more on joy. People want a holiday wrapped in meaning, not just more stuff. How can your business adapt – especially if you sell stuff? Think […]