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5 Minute Changemaker: Track Every Penny (for at Least a Month)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw $300 on meals out. $50 for your caffeine buzz. A new shirt. The book you have to have (and then never read). In our super-sonic consumer culture focused on instant gratification and… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Take Just Enough

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not think about the amount of stuff we’re consuming each morning — the soap and shampoo in… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Simple Questions to Ask Ourselves Before We Buy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Despite the rise of minimalism and conscious consumerism and the possibility of “peak stuff,” we humans still buy a lot. Grist recently reported on a new study in the Journal of Industrial… More

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So Long, Joneses! I’m Buying Nothing New Next Year

Written by Lexie Greer | 1 Comment | Published on December 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Lexie Greer I don’t know who the Joneses are, but I’m breaking up with them. I am tired of trying to keep up, of being made to feel inadequate, of being told that… More

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Resources for Humane(r) Holidays

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 1, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Celebrations are an important part of our culture and can add true meaning and joy to our lives. With corporate media and marketing inundating us with messages to consume and spend, those of us wanting… More

Ethical Consumerism Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 30, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Global Issues Guides, Health, Human Rights, Humane Living, Media & Culture, Resources

When we buy things, how can we do so in ways that do the most good and least harm? Use resources and articles/essays like these to help you think about what you buy and to… More

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Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

by Steven Kroll

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources

When the neighborhood has a tag sale, Pinch the pack rat doesn’t want to give up any of his stuff. But when he sees how much money he can make from selling his stuff (and… More

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A New Kind of Gift Giving and Getting: So Kind Gift Registry

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 24, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Several years ago my husband and I were struggling with the clash between wanting to live a simpler, more humane life, and the issue of getting and giving gifts. After much contemplation, we decided we… More

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Solutionary Ideas You Can DIY: New Dream’s Guide to Going Local

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 29, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently, after more than 12 years without a dishwasher, my husband and I decided to buy one. We knew that using dishwashers is supposed to use less water and energy overall, and frankly I was… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Hanging on Longer to Our Stuff

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 20, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

No, I’m not talking about the stuff that we don’t need or want. We should definitely chuck that out the first chance we get (to a thrift store or a friend or the recycle bin,… More