Category Archives: Sustainability and Eco-Friendly

Simplifying in Costa Rica: Paper or Plastic….or Neither!

Before moving to Costa Rica from the Texas, I had moment where I felt I “hit bottom” as an American consumer.  It happened at HEB Plus, the massive superstore where I had been doing most of my shopping for 8 … Continue reading

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Simplifying in Costa Rica: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

One of the reasons we moved to Costa Rica out all the many countries we considered is it’s prevalent culture of sustainability and conservation.  You can live in Costa Rica and be enslaved by consumerism, produce a ton of trash, … Continue reading

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The Effect of Purging Our “Stuff” on My Life, Wallet, Soul, and Planet

Once we decided to sell our house and move to Costa Rica, the next step was to do a massive purge of the stuff in the house.  The purpose of this purge was three-fold: 1)  First, our wonderful real estate … Continue reading

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Monteverde Sustainability Projects: Finca La Querencia

I am part of a community-supported agriculture (CSA) here in Monteverde that I love!  Finca La Querencia is a diversified, multiple-family farm in the San Luis Valley.  The farmers integrate alternative energy systems into their production of dairy, coffee, and … Continue reading

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Calculating Our New Carbon Footprint

One of the many reasons I decided to move to Costa Rica with my family was to escape the lifestyle of American consumerism and commercial debauchery.  I wanted to live in a country where we could reduce our carbon footprint. … Continue reading

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The paper towel story

There are many reasons I uprooted my family from our idyllic life in a big city to move to a developing country, including wanderlust, professional catalysts, and the need to reconnect as a family.  The process of deciding to move … Continue reading

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