Author Archive: Simon

Simon Ussher is the founder of SimpleSunflower.com, a co-founder of the Simplicity Institute, and a practicing medical specialist.

He's passionate about the holistic benefits of simple living, and making simple living an easy and viable lifestyle option.

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Reduce Waste This Christmas

Reduce Waste This Christmas

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is a stunning infographic highlighting the waste associated with our most popular celebrations. The information is specific to Britain, but is easily applicable to the rest of the developed world. Waste is a huge side-effect of the consumer oriented Christmas, Easter and other holidays we’ve become used to.  Here some ideas on how to [...]

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What Does the Green Movement Mean for You?

What Does the Green Movement Mean for You?

| October 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Perhaps the greatest impediment to widespread acceptance of the green movement and the energy conservation initiative is confusion over terms and ecological processes. What’s key to understand is that both the green movement and energy conservation initiative are rooted in curbing the greenhouse effect as well as minimizing waste. And both of those start in [...]

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How To Start A Solar Coop

How To Start A Solar Coop

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is an excellent video on the power of local communities to make a real and lasting impact on the world around them, both locally and globally.  The Mt. Pleasant Solar Cooperative in Washington, DC helps shine a light on how to bring affordable and convenient solar power to a community, and how you can [...]

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Clothing Swaps: Green and Glamourous?

Clothing Swaps: Green and Glamourous?

| June 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Clothing swaps are a great way to trade clutter (i.e. old clothes you no longer wear), for some new clothes, all without spending a penny. Clothing Swap®, founded by Suzanne Agasi, has been pushing what it calles ‘green glamour’, gathering fashionable individuals together in a fun environment where they relax, mingle, get pampered and then [...]

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The ecoPerch

The ecoPerch

| June 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Blueforest, a UK based company, have come up with a beautiful new small house design, albeit with bedding for four – the ecoPerch. Based on a tree house, the ecoPerch is a highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly option for accomodation.  With bedding for up to four people, and an internal floor area of 36.5 m², [...]

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The High Price Of Materialism

The High Price Of Materialism

| June 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

This is an excellent video produced by the Center for a New American Dream, and read by Tim Kasser.  Kasser explains how America’s consumer oriented culture undermines our well-being. When people buy into the ever-present marketing messages that “the good life” is “the goods life,” they not only use up Earth’s limited resources, but they [...]

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The Story Of Stuff

The Story Of Stuff

| July 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is a great video by Annie Leonard on how our system of production and consumption actually works. It discusses an important aspect of our consumption, which is ‘the real cost’.  The idea that you can buy a t-shirt for $5.95 may reflect the economic costs, but if a river is polluted in the process, [...]

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Colony Collapse Disorder – Honey Bees Are Disappearing

Colony Collapse Disorder – Honey Bees Are Disappearing

| May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Einstein is reputed to have said, “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left“. Whether he was right or not we don’t know, but the bees have started disappearing, and scientists are rightly worried. Bees are disappearing by the millions and without a [...]

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Hatching An Egg House In Beijing

Hatching An Egg House In Beijing

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Life can be financially tough on new graduates, particularly if you live in a city with out of control rents such as Beijing.  If you’re 24 year architecture graduate, Dai Haifei however, there is a solution… Introducing the ‘Egg Pod’. Dai built the 2 meter high shelther at a cost of 6,427 yuan ($964 USD).  [...]

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Peak Oil: An Introduction

Peak Oil: An Introduction

| May 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

‘Peak Oil’ is one of the greatest issues of our time.  Much like climate change, it is no longer a distant threat that our grandchildren may face – it is here and happening now. People have been debating the timing of peak oil – the time when oil production stops increasing and starts dropping – [...]

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