“Nothing is beautiful that causes ugliness in any other place or at any other time in the world.” – David Orr

Designing for Waste Reduction

The saying goes that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but what about kitchens in the office? Is the office kitchen an afterthought because it’s not “the money-making room”? How do building designers, owners, and executives really view these spaces? Have you ever thought about the sheer volume of stuff that goes through office kitchens?

Briefly put, we need to bring our mentality of the home kitchen into the office. Easily accessible, adequately sized  office kitchens (plural) with extensive storage will not only yield significant cost savings but also exponentially encourage the wide use of sustainable waste reduction and recycling practices. Here’s how: Continue reading “Designing for Waste Reduction”

As an entry point, start with the things people love…Then engage them in how the things they love can be simpler, smarter and better. Tom’s, Tesla, AirBnB…have simply designed great products and services that people love and intuitively know are better for the world, without having it laboriously spelled out.

-Will Gardner, CEO of Collectively

A new transparency database I am thrilled about:

Project JUST

Check it out! It’s just what the fashion industry needs to keep (start?) moving towards sustainability, social equity, and better knowledge of their sourcing and supply chain impacts.

Sustainable Holiday Quiz

I love how the holidays bring our collective attention to reconnecting with family and friends, celebrating the year that’s just gone by too fast. This time of year, after Halloween through Jan 1, is always an uplifting, exciting time, what with Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, holiday parties and customs, and the glitter-filled New Years Eve. It’s unfortunate but true that all the holiday to-do’s and festivities can cause even the most dedicated green living person to slip, so here are some strategies to keep sustainability a centerpiece of your holidays now to 2016! Continue reading “Sustainable Holiday Quiz”

If you look to things that speak your values and deliver long-term returns, you can always create a business case. You can almost always do it, and if you can’t you keep trying until you succeed.

– Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA

Book Review: The Upcycle

Repost. Written July 2013.

The Upcycle; Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

The Upcycle Book

The Upcycle  is a must-read for anyone interested in sustainability AND for all those who doubt sustainability.

The goal of The Upcycle is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy, and just world with clean air, water, soil, and power– economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed. Continue reading “Book Review: The Upcycle”

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