Bodega Bay – A New Year’s to Honor a New Type of Year

Bodega Bay BeachesNew Year’s is always a time for celebration, time with family and friends, as we recollect the memories made the previous year and plan for the joys of the coming season.  This year for New Year’s eve, we decided to branch out and steer clear of the festive crowds, live music, and bubbly champagne that always seem to accompany the old growth of one year, and the ringing in of another.  We found the most peaceful place we could, Bodega Bay, CA, and fell asleep long before midnight.  We didn’t even pop a cork, and surprisingly it was my favorite New Year’s in memory.

This year, we spent our holiday camped on Wright’s Beach, a few short miles north of Bodega Bay on California’s glorious Coastal Highway 1.  While this was a popular destination New Year’s Day, we had several beaches to ourselves, or shared with a select few who were as quiet and serene as ourselves.  Bodega Bay is famous for the Pacific Ocean’s crashing waves, rock outcroppings, winding roads, and sandy beaches.  It’s about 25 miles north of the more popular Point Reyes National Seashore.  You’re further from the crowds of San Francisco, and there are ample beaches allowing you to find a shore or cove all to yourself.  If you’re ever in California, schedule a day in Bodega Bay.  You’ll be glad you did.  Below are a few of our favorite experiences while we were there.

Camping at Wright’s Beach

Wright's Beach Cooking Bodega BayWright’s Beach is a fairly large campground with a few dozen, private campsites.  You can reserve online, but the trick is to reserve early and choose any of the campsites WB01 through WB09.  These are the only sites with a direct view of the coast.  You can see the ocean through your tent window or while sitting at the picturesque tables.  Bring a few beach chairs, and prepare to enjoy a day with spectacular views, and a night lulled to sleep by the crashing surf.

Explore Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay Black TurnstonesThe Bay is a great site for birders.  While here we watched Brown Pelicans, Coots, Black Turnstones, Buffleheads, and Brandt’s geese.  There are ample restaurants and coffee shops, not to mention salt water taffy and kites!  Each day, we stopped so Joe could enjoy a cup of coffee, while I treated myself to ice cream.

Surfers and Birding at Salmon Creek

Bodega Bay Surfer Many areas of Bodega Bay are not safe for swimming or surfing.  Salmon Creek, however is,  and it’s one of the most popular places for watching surfers, beach combing, and admiring the wildlife.  Here we visited the nesting grounds of the endangered Snowy Plovers and admired Marbled Godwits.  The parking can be tough at Salmon Creek, so it’s best to arrive early.  Don’t worry, the surfers and birds arrive at dawn as well.

Harbor Seals at Goat Rock

Bodega Bay Goat Rock Harbor SealsGoat Rock is a beautiful beach with astonishing views, and a picturesque drive.  It is about nine miles north of Bodega Bay, and well worth the time.  We popped on some Celtic music and pretended we were on the coast of Ireland.  The cliffs did bear some resemblance to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, though each hold their unique beauty.  When you arrive, you’ll notice many signs warning you to stay clear of seals who are very shy and come here to raise their young.

We walked along the beach, to the largest waves we had yet seen, getting very excited when we saw the cresting backs of dolphins and occasional harbor seals and sea lions.  It wasn’t until we came to the end of the beach and rounded the corner, that we saw the reason for all the signs.  Bodega Bay Harbor SealsOn the beach across the river, there were over 50 harbor seals sunning themselves, clear of the rising tide and human interaction.  People watched as massive sea lions played in the swirling surf and the harbor seals humorously scootched out of the water onto shore.  When they look back at you with soulful eyes, you can see why they’ve been coined the dogs of the sea.  Definitely one of my favorite hours spent at Bodega Bay was visiting the seals.

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Bodega Bay Snowy PloversThis year we went a different route for a new years, choosing a New Year that celebrated nature and the preservation of valuable outdoor sanctuaries.  Our time in Bodega Bay showed the value of these parks and preserves that maintain nature for people, animals, and the natural processes of our planet.  It was a memorable way to start the new year by honoring our planet, and those with whom we share it.

 

Simple Pleasures: four ways to make the most of a summer day

by Heather Kallevig

As we say goodbye to spring and transition officially into the heat of summer – it’s important to remember the many things that make this season special – good food and fresh drinks, friends and family, hot days and cool water, green grass and blue sky.  When we think of summer, our minds generate memories perforated with feelings, smells, and sounds. With so many meaningful memories and fun-filled future plans, it is very easy to pack our days tighter than an ice-filled cooler. It’s not until we really start to sweat that we see the mistake of overfilling the lazy days of summer. While the adventures and games are definitely worthwhile and should be a part of your seasonal schedule, remember to take the time to enjoy the sweet simplicity of summer.

Below are four forgotten ways to bring simple pleasures back into summer.  Return to activities of the past, sit back, relax, and enjoy the lazy days of summer.

  1. Dry your clothes outside

Simple pleasures of summer - clotheslinesThis is a practice handed down by our grandmother’s that is quickly coming back into style. As energy prices rise, and we become more conscious of our earthly impact, taking small steps to lower our footprint can make a difference. Hanging your clothes on the line is a great first step. You won’t have to contend with the dryer, and when you bring your clothes back inside they are sweetened, not by fabric softener, but by the fragrance of the natural outdoor air.  Also, it gives you the chance to spend a little extra time outside while completing your household chores, rather than barricading yourself in the laundry room.

  1. Run through a sprinkler

Simple pleasures of summer - sprinklersRemember when you were a kid, and the best entertainment you could find was throwing on your bathing suit and running laps through your dad’s sprinkler? Well, consider revisiting this childhood pastime. If you are ever watering your grass on a hot, dry day, solve two problems at once. Give the ground a drink and cool yourself down. It’s cheaper than a pool, and you’ll get a little exercise while you’re at it!

  1. Read a book

Simple pleasures of summer - readingThroughout the year we are too busy to really bury our nose in a good book. Summer is an excellent time to sit outside, absorb the heat, and pass the time visiting with old literary friends or maybe discovering new ones. I often like to re-read my books and find the idle sun and a cozy chair to be perfect companions. I leave my phone, computer, tv, and all other new-fangled technologies inside, taking only myself, my book, my dogs, and a cold beverage to read outside.

  1. Take a nap in the sun

And if the book, the sprinkler, and the laundry become too much, don’t be afraid to sit back, relax, and take some time to lie in the sun. Whether you’re actually asleep or just lying with your eyes closed, it’s important to reserve moments to be quiet, unwind, and simply listen and observe the sweet tranquility of summer. Watch the flowers nod in the breeze, taste the humidity on your tongue, and watch the beads slide lazily down the side Simple pleasures of summer - hammocksof your iced tea. Small observances, yes, but important ones you miss unless you take the time to slow down. One side note – if you are not lying under an umbrella, make sure you remember the sunscreen.

Summer days are for fun and play, but don’t forget to step back and relax. There are many forgotten simple pleasures we should bring back into our schedule – hanging our clothes on a line, running through the sprinkler, reading a book, and napping in the sun are only a few.  Hans Christian Anderson, made famous for his creative children’s stories, may have expressed the simplicity of summer most effectively:

Just living is not enough…

One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

~ Hans Christian Anderson

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What are some ways you enjoy the sunshine?  Please share in the comments section!

Three Easy Ways to Make a Difference for Birds

by Heather Kallevig

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Birds are everywhere right? It may seem that way, but the truth is, though you may see and hear plenty of birds in your local neighborhood – the avian species are facing troubled times. Due to habitat loss, climate change, pollution, and human encroachment – many birds are in danger of serious population decline. To combat these challenges, we can all offer our support and lend a hand for birds.

Depending on your current situation, there are many different things you can do to help our feathered friends. Below are a few options to choose from, some require time, some space, and others are financial support. Choosing even just one of these contributions can make a difference and create a brighter future for birds.

Part 1: Rethink your Backyard

Cities can be a dangerous place for birds. Glass windows, vehicles, prowling predators, are only a few of the threats to contend with. With a few small changes, we can make the city landscape a more inviting and safe place.

When you step into your backyard, what do you see? What would be most helpful for birds? Do you have plants and trees with lots of foliage? Is there a bird feeder? Maybe some bird houses? How about a water source? These are all valuable and easy things you can provide to create an ideal birding habitat.

Choose a tree, shrub, or section of grass you don’t mind becoming a tad overgrown, and let it bush out. This is a great habitat for birds to hide, rest, or even build a nest. If you have grass clippings or branches from your gardening, leave them in areas of the yard for nest building in the spring. Bird feeders offer valuable food sources. Bird boxes and houses provide a home or shelter. One thing we often forget is the dire need for a water source, especially in dry climates. If you don’t have a birdbath, a pie pan full of water works just as well. Just make sure you clean it regularly so you’re not harboring parasites or other illnesses that can negatively impact the birds you’re trying to help.

Finally, consider the potential threats in your yard. Do you have a cat? Using a belled collar gives birds fair warning when a hungry feline is on the prowl. If your house has many large windows, consider using bird stickers and other signals to help birds realize they cannot fly through. Addressing these two major threats can make a big difference for birds in your area.

Part 2: Donate to a Birding Organization

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There is a plethora of organizations committed to the protection of birds, habitat, and conservation. Many of these programs, by addressing the needs of birds, target many other issues threatening our planet. Conservation and habitat protection are key for birds, but the protection of these swaths of land also create new areas, safe from pollution, development, and industry. These conservation efforts help stem the tide of climate change and protect natural regions for our children and their children.

There are many options for donating. You can become a one-time donor, contributing only when it’s financially feasible, or you can choose to become a regular donor, with a scheduled gift. You may choose to contribute to only one organization, or you may prefer to share the love. Another choice to consider is whether you prefer to support local, national, or international organizations. Research local organizations in your area.

Below are a few popular national and international organizations to consider.

Bird Specific Organizations:

The American Birding Association
The Audubon Society
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Conservation and Wildlife Organizations:

National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy
World Wildlife Fund

Part 3: Participate in Citizen Science

Several prominent birding groups depend on the contribution of people just like you to help them track the health and populations of birds. They use nest observation cameras, birding festivals, and organized counting events where supporters are encouraged to record and share their findings.

You may have heard of a Big Year or seen the 2012 movie. This is a major, yearlong event for dedicated birding enthusiasts. Spending an entire year crossing the continent counting birds is not a realistic option for most people. Fortunately, you do have ways to participate. This weekend, May 9th, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Audubon Society, and the American Birding Association are teaming up to sponsor a Global Big Day. Participants take to the woods, streets, fields, and waters to count as many different birds as possible in a single day. These numbers are then reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for compilation and study. Many participants also contribute valued donations to the cause. You don’t need to be a birding expert to participate – even the recording of two birds in a day is helpful. By recruiting friends or family, you improve your odds of seeing more birds and make a fun, social event of the day. You will learn something new, get some exercise, and spend your Saturday outside.

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Imagine a city where every yard is a bird sanctuary, members contribute to birding protection and conservation efforts through donations, and family and friends participate in citizen research, tracking current bird populations and habits. This is an example of a brighter future for the people, the birds, and the land. Each member who takes a step toward avian protection is giving our winged friends one more chance to flourish for future generations.

Steps for a waste free BBQ

by Heather Kallevig

If you’ve taken a walk through your neighborhood lately, you’ve probably noticed spring has sprung. Flowers are on the trees, the grass is green, birds are in full song, and there’s a new scent on the air – the smell of grills and BBQ. That’s right, with the passing of the seasons comes a time-honored event, the year’s first outdoor get togethers.   As you’re planning your upcoming events, think about the ways you can make an impression, by lessening your footprint and increasing the fun.

The common go-to for outdoor events is disposable consumer products including paper plates, napkins, plastic cups and cutlery. While these may save you time the day of the event, think about the years it requires for these convenience products to decompose. For this year’s BBQs, consider a little earlier preparation, so you can throw away these bad habits and throw a WASTE FREE BBQ.

Step 1: Buy reusable plastic goods

A new plastic set, especially for a larger party can be expensive at the store. No worries, there’s a secret to overcoming this quandary. Your local goodwill is likely filled with many different plastic sets of cups, plates, pitchers, and serving platters. I was able to buy 12 plates for $.99 and they’re still in good shape.

If you can’t find a matching set in the numbers you need, consider picking and choose different and fun, unmatching sets. Your guests will enjoy picking their own goods, and they’ll have no problem remembering whose is whose.

As for cutlery, goodwill usually has trays and trays of utensil sets, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for don’t worry! We use our own silverware and spend the 10 minutes washing them at the end of the evening rather than throwing away mounds of plastic utensils.

To keep these goods from taking up space in your kitchen, consider storing a BBQ tote with your reusable goods. If this is not an option, return the items to good will – at $10 a set, you’re spending little more than you would have on disposable plasticware.

Step 2: Reusable Linens

Napkins:

Paper napkins are also very wasteful, so replace these items with sturdy, reusable cloth napkins. They work better than cheap paper napkins, and there are several options. Choose which works best for you!

Go to your local fabric store – “Fat Quarters” are large square pieces of material for $.99 a square. You can pick 12 different colors so each person has their own napkin and remembers whose is whose.

Handkerchiefs also make great napkins. You can find these cheaply online, or you can look at your local Walmart, goodwill, etc.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in a store, 12 packs of napkins can be as cheap as $10-$15 for a set. You can order these on Amazon and have them delivered to your home w/in a few days.

Tablecloth:

Tablecloths are also something to consider for your BBQ. There are a few good options for these too.

The best choice for reusable tablecloths are bed sheets. Believe it or not, these can be pretty, light, and recycled! For a large picnic table, fitted bed sheets are fantastic. My mom has been using them for years. They band around the table edges, stay in place, don’t blow away, and are a sustainable option for sheets you may no longer use as bedding.

If you do not have any sheets to use, find a set on clearance at the store. It’s ok if they’re a bit scratchy because you’re not sleeping in them.  Also, if the décor is a bit unusual – it will only add to your fun picnic set.

When the BBQ is done, throw your napkins and sheets in the washer and fold them up for future outdoor get togethers. You’ll never have to buy paper napkins or vinyl tablecloths again.

Step 3: Décor

For your BBQ décor, it can be fun to have unique outdoor décor. However, once the BBQ is over, there’s often no use for these items and they end up in storage or the trash. Save your money and choose reusable, outdoor friendly décor. Goodwill is packed with extremely cheap glass vases and canning jars – fill these with wildflowers, fallen tree branches, or rocks and sand. You can return the old vases to goodwill when you’re done and save your storage space. Your choice of décor will accentuate the outdoor beauty and save you money and energy for enjoying your time outdoors rather than messing with decorations.

Step 4: Enjoy – Eat, Drink, and be Merry

Once you’ve developed your waste free BBQ consider other ways you can make a difference – fill your grill with fresh, local vegetables, sustainably produced grass-fed beef, and make sure it’s only as much as you can eat. Make your waste-free BBQ, food waste free too.

Happy Spring!!

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How to choose an earth friendly day

by Heather Kallevig

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Today is Earth Day, thirty-five years since the first national event. 20 million people took to the streets, environmental awareness was raised, and valuable legislation was later established. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, and the Endangered Species Act have all had a major impact in the years since. Today Earth Day is a global observance. Whether you’re able to join a large-scale celebration, or are simply honoring Earth Day at home, it’s important to recognize this day. Here’s a list of options for recognizing Earth Day by making small changes to your daily routine. Whether you choose all or only a few, these options help you make some healthy earth choices and begin making an impact today.

  1. Don’t buy anything unnecessary

Our society has become gradually more and more materialistic, creating many residual issues – we work harder, longer, and spend more time indoors shopping than outside enjoying. Choose today to lay off materialism, avoid unneeded shopping, and enjoy the things you have, the people who are with you, and the fresh air outside.

  1. Eat earth friendly

As a society, our eating choices heavily impact our planet, whether its pollution, deforestation, or transportation costs. You can make earthy-friendly eating choices by being conscientious about what you eat– lower your intake of meat, avoid palm oil, and choose local goods.

  1. Pick up loose garbage

Litter can be found anywhere. Today rather than simply passing by, bring a spare set of gloves and a plastic bag and pick up the garbage you might usually pass. If everyone made this concerted effort it would make a great impact!

  1. Choose a clean form of transportation

If you have the option, choose a cleaner form of transportation today. The optimal choice is to go motor free – walk, bike, roller blade, or longboard. If these options aren’t available to you, choose public transportation, carpool, share a ride. You’ll contribute to cleaner air and lower traffic.

  1. End your day outside and electronic free

At the end of the day, often it feels the only energy we have is for vegging out in front of the TV. Choose instead to spend the evening outside – have a picnic, sit out in the yard, or go for a walk. It’s amazing the rejuvenating affect these activities can have. You’ll be surprised how much energy you possess!

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Today’s Earth Day can be marked by a large-scale concerted celebration, or it can be by simply making mindful choices at home. If every person made an effort to follow these few choices, imagine the change we would see! Whatever works best for you, please get out, enjoy the day, and honor the planet – it’s the only one we call home.

Happy Earth Day!

Quote of the Day – John Muir

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

~John Muir

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So many ways to celebrate Earth Day

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by Heather Kallevig

Earth day this year falls on a Wednesday, which for some people may mean more time for celebrating, while for others it may be more difficult. Either way, it’s important to commemorate this special day and all that it represents – unity for a cause, history and environmental wellness, caring for animals, and leaving a healthy planet for future generations.

Today’s post offers a list of ideas to celebrate Earth Day. You may choose one or several. Either way, I hope it encourages you to get out and participate!

Home

  • Go through the house and look for things you no longer need, give them to good will for those who may need it more.
  • Make your own, toxin-free household cleaners. Here’s a link to some great recipes.
  • Purchase compostable or recycled material garbage bags.
  • Thermostat impact – if it’s hot outside let your house be a few degrees warmer, it’s if it’s cold turn it down and put on a sweater.
  • Check for energy suckers – make sure unnecessary appliances are unplugged.
  • Rethink your fridge – are you overpurchasing each week? How much food is going to waste? Take an inventory of the amount of food you own and eat, determine if you’re purchasing the right amount.

Yard

  • Choose plants for your garden that are indigenous to the area.
  • If you live in a dry environment avoid high-water plants. Choose ornate grasses requiring less care.
  • Let parts of your yard grow long, the birds and wildlife in the area will appreciate it. IMG_7593This also means you’ll have far less to mow and keep up.
  • Feed a hungry bee. Bees are at risk today, so if you come across a bee that looks like it’s sleepy or near death – it may be in need of sugar water, bring it a spoon with water and sugar and send it on its way.
  • Put up a bird feeder and bath. Whether the squirrels or the birds love it more, you’ll have some appreciative wildlife to enjoy and observe.
  • Consider bird houses and bat boxes for your yard – this will keep the birds around longer, and the bats are great for maintaining the insect population.

Community

  • Most communities have Earth day events including educational fairs, spring clean ups, etc. Check your community calendar and get involved.
  • Volunteer at a local school, teachers are often in need of assistance with fun Earth day projects. Help out and make this day memorable for future generations.
  • Start your own Earth day celebration. Get a group together to pick up garbage in an area you know is in need, plant trees or flowers, or hang up bird feeders, bird houses, or bat boxes in your local area.

Global

  • If you have a long workday ahead of you and won’t be able to schedule time to get outside, you can still celebrate Earth day. There are people all over the world who work to make our planet a better place every day. Offer your long-distance support, starting on Earth day.
  • Donate to a favorite charity.
  • Find a new charity and offer your financial aid.
  • Let each member of your family research their own organization, explain why they chose it, and donate $10 each.
  • Donate to an Indiegogo or Grommet campaign .
  • Sign a petition – there are many organizations trying to change public policy and petitions are very important. Check your favorite organizations or try web-based sites like Care2.

There are many different ways to celebrate Earth day, and no contribution is too small. By making a concerted effort this one day, it raises the chance that small habits begun will continue. So pick an activity that interests you, get outdoors, and

Happy Earth Day!!

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Three Ways to Make the Most of Spring

By Heather Kallevig

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In case you’ve missed the not-so-subtle signs – flowering trees, warming temperatures, and twitterpated birds and squirrels, spring is in the air. Though its official welcome date is the March 20th equinox, it’s not until mid-April when you really feel the unmistakable sensations of spring. This is a busy time of year, schools are winding down, taxes are winding up, businesses are ending the first quarter, the garden needs tending and the house is calling for its yearly clean sweep.

It is easy to get so bogged down with our many responsibilities that we forget to take the time to truly appreciate the changing of the seasons. That’s why today’s blog post offers 3 simple steps to make sure you welcome spring properly: slow down, look around, and take a breath of fresh air.

Step 1: Slow down

With so many tasks on your plate, it’s very easy to spend the day going from one item on your to-do list to the next. It’s important to remember, however, that these seemingly pressing engagements are not the only important things in life – you need to add “sit back and enjoy the day” to your list of goals. Slowing down means you take the time to rest, relax, and absorb. Moments of mindfulness are a valuable part of enjoying the rejuvenation of spring while also offering renewal of your spirit.

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Step 2: Look around

As you make your day through the spring-kissed world, make sure you are dedicating time to look around and enjoy it. This means more than a glance; it’s a committed look. Pay attention to details. Try and pick out minutia other people might not notice – unique colors, animals, shapes. Take pictures so you can learn the names of new plants and animals. By witnessing the rebirth of nature in the spring, you will indelibly witness your own rejuvenation.

Step 3: Take a breath of fresh air

Whether it’s the falling rain, freshly mowed grass, or new budding flowers, spring is certainly a treat for the senses. Leave the windows open and let the cool, outside air cleanse your home. Whenever you step aside take the time to inhale deeply and appreciate the mingling scents. They’re likely to be different every time and will have a cleansing effect on you as well.

Spring is a short and busy season, which means you must be mindful of its passing and appreciate its splendors. The heat of summer is just around the corner, so appreciate these days of calm and don’t forget to

slow down, look around, and take a breath of fresh air.

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If you need additional inspiration to appreciate your spring day, here’s an old country song, My List, that always reminds me to slow down and enjoy the sweet moments of life.

Patagonia’s Worn-Wear Campaign “If it’s broke – fix it!”

by Heather Kallevig

Patagonia's Worn-Wear CampaignImagine a simpler world, not so long ago, when everyone was capable of wielding a needle and thread. A tear was repaired, shoes were “gooed”, and consumers sought products that were built to last. Today, we see a slightly different culture. Modern society is a consumer driven, materialistic world, in which a clothing company’s main goal is to encourage shoppers to buy. Clothes go out of style, fall apart, or lose their owner’s interest. For a company dependent on a steady stream of sales, these are desirables.

What if, however, we saw yet another shift, using our modern technology and innovation to build better products, market longer-lasting, livable styles, and encouraged consumers to develop a healthy relationship with their “stuff?”

Patagonia's Worn-Wear CampaignThis spring, Patagonia is taking a momentous step in making this clothing possibility a future reality. Patagonia, a company known for their commitment to social responsibility, has introduced a pioneering approach to marketing using conscious capitalism. Rather than encouraging people to buy more goods, they are advocating effective use, regular repair, and bonding relationships with our high quality goods.   This is the start of a clothing movement. They’re calling it the Spring 2015 Worn-Wear Tour, and it rests on the back of a wood-repaired biodiesel truck. Their mission states:

“Out to change our relationship with stuff, this spring Patagonia’s biodiesel repair wagon will travel coast to coast repairing clothing for free, teaching folks how to fix things themselves and selling used Patagonia® clothing. Bring us your tired, well-loved clothing for repair. If you don’t have any, we’ll supply it. Fix it and you can keep it. Join us for local food and drink, and celebrate the stories we wear.”

Patagonia proposes a commendable mission, to change our relationship with clothes. Moving from a culture where we own innumerable items that are expendable, to one where we possess a simpler closet of well-loved goods.

To join the movement, visit Patagonia’s website and watch their “Worn-Wear Stories.” All see their summer schedule and consider getting involved. Finally, consider a few steps you can take in your own life and use your purchasing power to enhance the movement.

Step 1: Purchase quality

Patagonia's Worn-Wear CampaignAvoid goods that are cheap and likely to fall apart after a few wears. Instead of buying four $10 shirts with a short life, save your money for one $40 shirt that will last years.  It may cost more in the long-run, but you’ll have the chance to wear that shirt and develop a relationship with your clothes rather than throwing it out.  Think of your favorite shoes when you were a kid – didn’t you wear them through the soles?

Step 2: Limit your number of outfits

Patagonia's Worn-Wear Campaign - Live SimplyWhile the many different clothes combos on Pinterest are cute and fun, it does not mean you need each of them in your closet. Pick your favorite clothes, items that are versatile with a few fun favorites thrown in.

Step 3: Choose activities that don’t include shopping

Even if you don’t plan on buying, time spent in stores or malls inevitably leads to acquiring new stuff. Rather than spending your time at stores or the mall, get outdoors and make some memories.  Outdoor activities not only encourage us to step away from consumerism, they also encourage a healthier lifestyle based on sustainability and minimalism.  So get out and discover!

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To learn more about Patagonia’s Worn-Wear Campaign, check out this link or share your stories at Patagonia’s Worn-Wear Stories