Street graffiti from one of the first "Buy Nothing" days in 2005. (Photo from Flickr by Resa & Krister)

What I learned from a month of buying nothing: It’s surprisingly easy

We are emotional — and often defensive — about our consumption. But an experiment in buying nothing proves more liberating than challenging.
Aug 19, 2016
(Photo from Flickr by Brave New Films)

My personal challenge to buy nothing for a month

We’re drowning in needless products and waste in the US, so I’m trying to buy noting for a whole month except for food and toiletries. Join my challenge.
Jul 21, 2016
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Seattle, you have had your share!

A former slum-resident from Kenya thinks his hometown can teach Seattle a thing or two about consumption and green-living. 
Apr 3, 2013
Kenyan children play with a donated soccer ball in part of the World Vision display at Northgate Mall. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

‘Sick of stuff’ Seattleites seek more meaningful holiday gifts (like goats)

On a Sunday afternoon a week before Christmas, Northgate Mall is a mosh pit of shoppers. It’s a familiar scene. Our cheerful, if harried, consumerism is as much a holiday ritual as any traditional meal or family gathering. But by the Victoria’s Secret, between the kiosk advertising the new Fiat and the one selling massaging […]
Dec 21, 2012