— My attitude and understanding of sustainable living have shifted drastically since I began this project, in a way that could only be provided by a direct experience. Ideology clashes with reality, and in the heat of that conflict, a new identity may be forged. The experts are continually skeptical whether what I am doing […]
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Picture this. It’s the first day of trying to live 100% environmentally sustainably. You are in a constant hyper-alert state about what you choose to do. You bike to work… doing good. You eat only from sustainable venues… doing great! And then… catastrophe. The porcelain gods are angry with you. This is the story of my hard lesson about […]
There is one thing Pittsburghers can agree upon, besides the greatness of the Penguins or Steelers. That is: “there’s way more bikes on the road this year, aren’t there?” Indeed there are. Whether it’s for economic reasons, or the result of a growing green consciousness, I am one of hundreds of Pittsburgh bicyclists taking to […]
There’s several mulberry trees growing nearby my tent, where I am camping for three months in an effort to approach 100% environmental sustainability for myself. I was wonderfully relieved to discover that the trees near me are in fact Red Mulberry trees, a native species! This is in contrast to Paper Mulberry trees, which are […]
I will author a life that causes as little harm as possible, and provides as much usefulness to humanity as I can. This involves using my skills (as a filmmaker), but it also involves using my unskilled self: I must be willing to learn how to implement many practices from different sources, and be willing […]
Since I began trying to live sustainably, making sure I have sufficient water has been a significant challenge. I still mostly rely on municipal water (faucet water) from neighbors’ houses for my water needs, but that is soon to change. Rain Water Rainwater is an obvious solution for dish and clothes washing water, and bathing […]
Lose ten pounds in just three weeks! What does it take to get results like that? Trying to live in harmony with the Earth! Today marks the 24th day I have attempted to live environmentally sustainably. I sleep in a used tent, bike anywhere I want to go, volunteer biweekly at Landslide Community Farm, and […]
Day 19 of attempting 100% environmental sustainability in urban Pittsburgh.
Part 2 of 2 In many realms, like gasoline and clothing, simply reducing how much we consume can have a big impact on our environmental footprint. Food, on the other hand, is not a consumable that can be comfortably reduced to half or less! We all need calories to stay alive, plus nutrition to keep […]
Part 1 of 2 Someone needs to come up with a name for “perfectly-good-quality, yet discarded food.” When I say “food from a dumpster,” the immediate reaction tends to be a wrinkled nose. Folks picture rancid meat, moldy bread, and melting veggies in a smelly, unfriendly metal dumpster. While this can be the case, it […]
You know what isn’t sustainable, at least for me? Successfully treating a poison ivy outbreak.