If you’ve read our previous posts, you know we have been greatly inspired this summer to scale back. We’ve tried to get rid of unnecessary ‘stuff’ in order to live with less, and anything we do consume, we do so very consciously (think organic, fair trade, local, upcycled). We know many of you are trying to do the same. We wanted to bring folks in the community together by organizing two unique events in August at the store, with the hope of inspiring discussion on Living Consciously. We invite you to join us as we take a look at ways to live a more conscious lifestyle, live intentionally, live with less, and also ask more of the companies who make our products to do the same.
FREE Film Screening
TINY: A Story About Living Small
Thursday, August 7th at 6pm
Featuring directors Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith, “TINY is a documentary about home, and how we find it. The film follows this couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.”
I recently watched this movie and just loved it. Although I may not see a tiny house in my future it certainly is a good reminder that we truly don’t need much and that home is really the people that you share your life with, wherever you may live!
We will provide some fair trade snacks and beverages. Plus take 10% any purchases that evening! Film lasts one hour with short discussion to follow. All ages welcome.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
Thursday, August 28th at 6-7:30pm
My first comment- wow- just pick up this book and feel it in your hands! It is not made of paper but something totally different (that’s all I will say- you will just have to go pick it up yourself!)
We just love this book for its completely unique take on the environmental movement, which often says we need to reduce, reuse, recycle. However, in this book by Michael Braungart and William McDonough, we learn about new ways to actually make or manufacture things so that they have a purpose even after their original use. It is a new way forward for our planet; one that is intentional and produces much less waste overall. This call to action explores not only what companies can do differently but how we play an integral part in pushing for change. When we shift our societal paradigm, we can explore alternatives that go beyond simply recycling. Read more about the book. Come ready to discuss the book- your thoughts, points of inspirations, and challenges. Snacks and good company provided!
Both events take place at the store, 5401 W. Vliet Street. Call us at 414-443-9606 with any questions!