Transportation is such an integral part of our lives. It is how our world moves. Whether it is getting to work, how our goods get to the store, or how we travel to new places. While important, transportation produces greenhouse gasses and air pollution that …
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a sudden transition to remote work for many in Jacksonville. With this, people quickly came to the realization that a workweek spent sprawled out on the couch with their laptop was simply not going to be sustainable. This is because of how easy it is for “living space” and “working space” to become one in the same. With our days now being spent at home, this is especially true. So, it is important …
Minimalism is a powerful tool used to help individuals reflect on the importance of living a complete and meaningful life based on personal values. These values can be work or family life, or hobbies like disc golf and cricket. One universal value that is positively impacted by the incorporation of …
Warmer weather leads to people spending more time outdoors. Our built environment, especially here in Jacksonville is peri-urban; meaning we have altered our landscape to have rural characteristics. These rural characteristics include building residential areas around natural parks, having fragmented forests in public, and more …
What is Minimalism? Some perceive it as a dogmatic practice for monks or an analogous pious religious role. Some think of minimalism as a tool to save money, or a conscious effort to reduce consumption for the environment. The truth is minimalism is a matter of lifestyle and preference that drives oneself into finding what the word means. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have traversed the continent to help others find “their own” answer to minimalism. The pair are known as The Minimalists, and their definition of minimalism is:
“a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”– The Minimalists
The definition may resemble that of a Gautama Buddha quote. Thoughts of mindfulness and self-identity can be traced to what minimalism is. To live a meaningful life, is to live a life full of lasting happiness and growth. It is the ability to know what quality values you encompass. Having actions aligned with one’s values can lead to a more fulfilled and intentional life in which you are able to contribute to yourself and to others. Aligning one’s actions with their value’s can eliminate distractions, the superfluous, and disparities that affect quality of life. The minimalism life is a life full of joy and experiences, disregarding the tangible.
Picture this: you walk into your doctor’s office or clinic and you check in at the front window. You are told to have a seat and wait to get called back when the doctor is ready for you. You start to look around the waiting room and you notice they have recycling bins out, an automatic …
One of the most interactive and cost effective ways to switch out products in your home with more environmentally and health friendly alternatives is to make them yourself. DIYs give you control over what environmental exposures you put on your body and in your home as they allow you to control the ingredients, cost, and packaging of the product.
Some easy and common DIYs are listed below.
- Turn an old pasta jar into a drinking glass
- Need a cleaner free of environmental toxins? Try a vinegar-based cleaner for all-purpose cleaning
- Get free vegetable broth out of your foods scraps
- Stay fresh with this DIY deodorant
- Dry skin? Soften up with this DIY body butter. Omit coconut oil if you’re afraid of staining clothes and leather
- Make your own plastic free reusable tea bags
- Need a plastic wrap alternative? Try beeswax wraps
- Try out the Japanese art of Furoshiki
- Need dry shampoo? Try this chemical free alternative
- Shave? Try this shaving cream DIY
- Have wood counters or cooking utensils that need conditioning? Try this DIY
- Have a bunch of left over candles? Melt them together, put in some essential oils, and add a new wick for a new candle!
- Try a tooth powder for a once a week deep clean
Composting can be a fantastically frugal way to reduce your waste and your impact on the planet. Compost diverts waste from landfills and creates a highly valuable and nutrient-rich product that can be used in your own garden, or gifted and sold to neighbors, friends, family, etc. There are endless ways to compost, and although most of them are outdoors, composting can be possible indoors as well. Learn how to compost yourself, or check out the cool resources available to you on the Green Jax Project blog!