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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Host an Alternative Gift Fair

It's never too early to start planning! Many of our readers have told us that would like to host Alternative Gift Fairs in their communities, but that they often face a time crunch around the end-of-year holidays. It can be helpful to start as early as May to get things really organized and be su...

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Living the Dream: Kim Knuppel, Community Volunteer

Kim is very active in her local time bank as a way to support her community and create a more meaningful life outside of the consumer culture.

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Five Meaningful Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

It’s not always easy to come up with a meaningful gift to show our moms how much they mean to us. Here are five gift ideas they're sure to love.

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My Year of Buying Nothing New: 4-Month Update

Colorado mom Julie Fathy has found joy in a different kind of life—one with less stuff.

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Living the Dream: Brooke Moore, Minimalist and No-Regrets Purger of "Stuff"

A few trips to drop off stuff at her local thrift store became the first steps in what would become a beautiful journey to minimalist living.

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In Defense of Screen-Free Week

Some have called it "unrealistic," but Screen-Free Week can serve as an important opportunity for families to kick-start new habits.

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How a Group of Kids Bagged the Disposable Bag in Boulder, Colorado

What decades of education and outreach couldn’t accomplish, a group of high school students could.

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Why the Toys You Choose Matter: Six Tips for Limiting Exposure to Commercialism and Encouraging Creative Play

Choosing toys and accessories carefully for your children can help them grow up to become smart consumers.

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WEBINAR RECORDING: Starting a Toy Lending Library

The webinar covers topics such as how to get started and how to build local support—with a special look at successful toy lending libraries in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Cleveland, Ohio.

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Building a More Connected Community, One Hour at a Time

At just one year old, the Silver Spring Timebank is already a proven leader in organizing community sharing events.

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