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Simple Living

Freedom from cluttered lives and minds.

How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet) How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)
by Ella Jenkins
Photo Essay: Don’t think you know how to build your own house? Neither did 23-year-old Ella Jenkins before she picked up the tools and started.
6 Tips for Green Pet Care 6 Tips for Green Pet Care
by Jennifer Kaye, Lindsay Kucera
Sustainable, low-cost, and natural ways to care for your critters.
Radical Homemaking … In the South of France? Radical Homemaking … In the South of France?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: Do radical homemaking and foreign travel mix?
A DIY Civilization A DIY Civilization
by Colleen Shaddox
Can we create the machines of modern life sustainably, cheaply, and close to home?
Don't Be Stupid, Cupid: How to Show Your Love Responsibly Don't Be Stupid, Cupid: How to Show Your Love Responsibly
by Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard: What classic Valentine's gifts are linked to exploitation—and what can you do about it?
Reclaiming Christmas, Radical Homemaker Style Reclaiming Christmas, Radical Homemaker Style
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: Can you take on consumerism without being a Scrooge?
6 Recipes for Winter Wellness 6 Recipes for Winter Wellness
by Jennifer Kaye, Kate Malongowski
Fight seasonal maladies the natural way.
In China, Bike-Sharing on a Big Scale In China, Bike-Sharing on a Big Scale
by Jennifer Kaye
Hangzhou, China: 7 million people. 50,000 public bikes. 240,000 trips a day. The largest public cycling system on Earth.
Dutch School Bus is a Bicycle Built for Ten Dutch School Bus is a Bicycle Built for Ten
by Kate Malongowski
An eco-friendly bicycle bus harnesses the pedal power of kids.
Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin: Doing the Impossible Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin: Doing the Impossible
by Sarah van Gelder
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner accepted an appointment as U.S. poet laureate so he could offer just one simple warning.
Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy? Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
Corporations aren’t hiring, and Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.
Living Right on the “Wrong” Side of Town Living Right on the “Wrong” Side of Town
by Corbyn Hightower
When Corbyn Hightower’s financial world fell apart, a ragtag community came together to show how lively neighborhoods grow new livelihoods.
The Down and Dirty Movement to Reinvent Farming The Down and Dirty Movement to Reinvent Farming
The Greenhorns documentary follows young farmers who are digging their way to an agricultural revolution.
Cotton With Conscience Cotton With Conscience
by Lily Hicks, Krista Vogel
How to wear cotton without wearing out the planet.
At Home with W.S. Merwin At Home with W.S. Merwin
The U.S. Poet Laureate on learning from Ezra Pound, and why his plot of indigenous Hawaiian rainforest inspires his poetry today.
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