Category: stuff (how to buy)
|December 7, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)||
Holiday time is a big deal. This time of year we’ve go really crazy. People want to go bigger and better. They stress out. Many spend tons of money. That leads to debt and stress in the new year. All that consumption comes at another cost too…our relationships and the relationship with the planet. Sound […]
|August 31, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)||
A simple office complements a simple life. The productivity in your office is a conduit for time and prosperity. Without distraction you are much more likely to achieve your goals. less clutter – less stuff – more productivity That’s good for the environment, your mind and wallet. There are three main proponents in keeping a […]
|March 17, 2011||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)||
Have you ever difficulty figuring out how to simplify? Here’s a little trick. Reduce anything you have multiples of to one item. One pen. One winter jacket. One spring coat. One drawer of files. One swimsuit. One television. One stereo. One guitar. One car. One storage device. One shelf of books. One toolbox. One computer […]
|December 15, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)||
As a non consumer it is hard for me to encourage people to consume at Christmas but I still encourage everyone to enjoy the season with friends, family and co-workers. Instead of creating a new Christmas post and “cashing in” on the season, I decided to recap some simple and green previously written articles. A […]
|February 12, 2010||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)|
I’ll cut right to the chase, I’m not going to look at the commercial aspects of eco friendly packaging but rather what individual consumers and small business can do to create a greener impact. traditional methods of packaging Everything we buy has to come in some form of packaging to protect it from damage, deliver […]
|December 21, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)|
For those of you that have left Christmas to the last minute, here’s a few simple green last minute Christmas ideas. Green, clean, inexpensive, easy, thoughtful and fun. pay it forward and make a donation on someone’s behalf bake some cookies, breads, treats or cakes better yet do cookies in a jar offer your time […]
|December 15, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)|
Christmas is a time of sharing, celebrating and giving form many. The commercial aspects of Christmas have turned in to a frenzy of purchasing that defeats the purpose. Think of all the things you have and consider pay it forward Christmas gifts this year. For the person that has everything, perhaps it time to look […]
|October 27, 2009||Posted by simply stephen under stuff (how to buy)|
I don’t often write holiday themes on simply stephen but thought a little note on how to green your Halloween would be refreshing. For this consumer holiday it is easy to overlook some simple steps you can take to a greener Halloween. Green Costume – try to make your costume or find a costume exchange. […]
I don’t often write holiday themes on simply stephen but thought a little note on how to green your Halloween would be refreshing. For this consumer holiday it is easy to overlook some simple steps you can take to a greener Halloween.
Green Costume – try to make your costume or find a costume exchange. If you have a group of friends with kids, see what you can swap. Going to your local store and buying a costume is not a good option (many of those costumes have lots of plastic and toxins) unless you are going to a used clothing store. Donating your costumes to a charity or community group after is a good idea or saving it for child number 2 to wear next year.
Halloween Parties – try sending your invite by email, twitter or an eVite online service. Think about how you will decorate and use dishes and cutlery that can be washed and put away, not the throw away kind. Just give it some thought about getting there, can you car pool and have one designated driver.
Green Halloween Treats – consider treats that are a little more healthy and not maybe even organic if you can afford it. Some treats like lolipops, snack bars and dried/rolled fruit are a good choice from the health standpoint and especially dark chocolate. You could get creative and substitute with a toy instead of candy – make sure you have a good selection or the kids might give you a trick! You can find organic treats for a bargain at your local organic health food store. Sweet potato cookies made with stevia or a variety of healthy but delicious snacks like granola bars could also do the trick. Use a recyclable bag to collect the treats or even a pillow case.
Decorations – try decorating with recycled items. Cutting out recycled cardboard into Halloween shapes. You can pile up leaves and fill sacks to make scarecrows or other items of fear. Pass on the pumpkin if you don’t have kids that want to carve, or you can simply draw the face on and use the pumpkin to make pie. If you do carve the pumpkin, use it all and make sure you compost the rest.
As an added note you don’t have to follow the kids around in the car or drive them – try walking. Hope that gave you some fodder for your Halloween Haunt. Please add your two cents in the comment fields so we can generate some more ideas for next year. Thanks for reading and have a safe and happy Green Halloween.