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 suc...

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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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Living the Dream: Bea Johnson, Zero Waste Guru

Bea inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste.

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Living the Dream: Evita Ochel, Consciousness Expansion Teacher

Evita talks about her work to help people optimize their well-being on all levels of the body, mind, and spirit.

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