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AM Inspiration: Midweek Simplicity - The Particular Dignity of Soap

Wednesday--the middle of the hectic workweek--seems like a good day to regularly honor the virtue of simplicity. Today's post is about a pet cause of mine: soap. Not that I'm against soap, by any means, but in my lifetime I've witnessed such growth in the personal care products industry that the ...

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Tags: Consumer, Green products, Luxury, Personal care, Shampoo, Shopping, Soap, Thrift
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Living a year without spending

How often do you buy presents for your loved ones? Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, winter holidays...and the list goes on and on. As each year passes by, doesn't it get more difficult to buy practical gifts for your friends and family members? Gift-giving holidays are just one kind of ...

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Tags: Cheap, Consumer, Frugal, Shopping, Simple green living
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Survey Results II: Conscious Consumers and Activism

By Margaret Willis - PhD candidate, Boston College We have seen that respondents to the 2008 survey were not only conscious consumers, they also tended to be actively involved in various forms of political activities in support of conscious consumption causes. On a more local level, respondents...

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Tags: Activism, Activist, Consumer, Data, Politics, Survey
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Why We Have a Coke and a Smile

An article in Civil Eats today brought up a subject I've been trying to avoid: soda addiction. It's a subject covered in this blog before: why is it so hard to kick the soda habit? In my own case, soda addiction is something I really do struggle with. Since dietary restrictions keep me from drink...

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Tags: Beverage, Consumer, Consumption, Diet, Health, Recycle, Soda
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Creating Rather Than Consuming: A Vision for the Young

In his speech on Monday, President Obama said, that our era needed to empower young people β€œto create, build and invent β€” to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” It's an exciting idea. Maybe in the near future we'll have more teen lab rats rather than mall rats. So much money is s...

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Tags: Consumer, Create, Creative, Policy. science, President, Teen, Young, Youth
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