As Ryan & I decide on our best choice for transportation to & from our Ripples homestead in the future, we have many factors to consider. The midwest isn’t necessarily the best place to own an electric vehicle, for one thing. This infographic from CarInsurance.org fascinated me, and pushed me further in the direction of starting a car or truck co-operative among friends to share costs and avoid owning a personal vehicle that wouldn’t be used as often. What do you think? View full article »
I’ve decided to start drying clothes outside.
Life is full of choices, and clotheslines are no different. Now there are as many varieties of clotheslines as there are flavors of ice cream. Although we have yet to pick a clothesline model, I do have experience just stringing up a line between two trees and using clothespins to hang wet clothes. This time, I think we may choose a post model, although they can be as expensive as $235! So we won’t go that route if it costs that much; a simple line is fine for us. Check out the variety of clotheslines from the Clothesline Shop!
Not only are clotheslines a great way to enjoy more time outside, but they save a lot of money on the electric bill, too! Here’s a great post on the benefits of clotheslines from An Organic Wife.
As for us, I have inklings of an idea to make use of the space above the dilapidated unused swimming pool…if I could just string a loop line between the two banister railings on both sides of the surrounding deck, and then move the clothes out further as I attach more, it should be easy. Or not, if the clothes fall into the debris in the middle of the pool!
Make Santa’s magic bag sustainable and fair this year!
Check out these great holiday gift guides from organizations we support: View full article »
See a Penny, Pick it Up…Find 43 Cents and You’ve got a Meal!
Finding money on the ground isn’t the path to eating well, but it is interesting that in the past several years, Ryan & I have found $45.00 on the ground in parking lots and sidewalks. No, we don’t rely on the sidewalk for all our meals, haha. Yet we only need to find about 43 cents to cover the cost of a breakfast biscuit for one of us, and 92 cents for a lunch or dinner. And we shop at the local co-op. How the heck is that possible? Some have asked, since organic, fair trade, or local foods are often labeled too expensive to afford (not altogether untrue). View full article »
Loosening the Dollar’s Grip
Amanda and I want to craft our life in such a way that money becomes less and less necessary for requisite expenses (like bills), while also making the most earth-friendly decisions possible. We believe money should enable, not shackle. Here on Ripples, we hope to demonstrate exactly how we’re accomplishing this. This post aims to introduce you to our many (evolving) strategies for reducing our reliance on money. View full article »