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Community resiliency, kindness, and collaborative consumption come together in the Buy Nothing Project – an international movement that supports volunteers in creating locally-based networks for sharing not only items but kindness, too! Designed to promote a gift economy, the project is a perfect fit for communities across western Massachusetts.

More and more, communities across western Massachusetts – and around the world! – are working together to create opportunities for pooling knowledge, sharing skills, and increasing each others’ access to useful resources. In creating systems and channels through which to access shared information and materials, communities are building resourceful, resilient foundations upon which to grow…The power of collaborative consumption not only supports sustainable efforts, but is a great source for community-based education too!

“For our family it really boils down to 6 things that we do with a little extra effort to reduce our trash,” writes Angie this month in her column, “Parenting Green: Earth Friendly Ideas for Raising a Family.” Check out what her family does to reduce their consumption and recycle their waste, and post your ideas to in the comment field…

“I am always amazed at how the kids tend to be the ones to notice the pulse of our natural world through their curiosity,” writes Angie this month in ‘Parenting Green.’ What are some of the ways your family stays connected to nature when the winter wind and snow makes you feel like it’s not worth the fight to get bundled up?

Does holiday consumerism & consumption eat at you? This month in “Parenting Green,” Angie shares ideas for gift wrapping alternative that are reuseable and creative. With over 4 million extra tons of waste being disposed of in the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years, finding sustainable ways to wrap your gifts is one easy way to put a dent into that number…

“In our house, it’s hard to remember how we made it from the days of paper towels by the roll and paper napkins by the stack to the cloth napkins that prevail in our home now,” writes Angie this month in “Parenting Green.”

Angie’s earth friendly idea this month for raising a family is about repairing that which is broken, rotted, torn or cracked– and how it helps her feel aligned with the simplicity of being human…

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