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Visit these websites for some inspiration
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reuse


Green Uses for Waste
Environmentally friendly ways to re-use all your waste.

www.greenusesforwaste.com


Choose2reuse gives useful tips about reusing: www.choose2reuse.org.uk

Reuse guide
inspires ideas for reusing almost everything! www.recycling-guide.org.uk/reuse.html

ReadItSwapIt facilitates direct swapping of books among its members in the UK: www.readitswapit.co.uk

Don’t dump that helps communities reuse www.dontdumpthat.com

Composting – a handy guide with all you need to know www.recyclenow.com/home_composting/composting

Local Exchange and Trading Systems, find out how these systems work and how you can join them around the world at www.transaction.net/money/lets/



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second hand


ebay - The world's online (second hand) marketplace: www.ebay.com

Charity shops help you to support both charity and the environment (UK) www.charityshops.org.uk

Thrift Stores - you buy second hand goods and support charities (USA) www.americasthrift.com

Freecycle - get 2nd hand goods for FREE: www.freecycle.org




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buying ethically


Slow Food is the antithesis of fast food and fast living. The movement celebrates local food traditions, seasonal produce and the origins of food.
www.slowfood.com

Good Gifts. Give a gift that won't be forgotten, such as funding a travelling library, clearing a minefield or investing in ‘peace oil’, made by a cooperative of Palestinian and Israeli farmers.
www.goodgifts.org

Caring consumer offers cruelty-free companies and products: search.caringconsumer.com

Thread is the BBC's guide to eco-fabulous fashion: www.bbc.co.uk/thread

Ethics girls for ethical fashion and ideas; www.ethicsgirls.co.uk/

Ethical Consumer digs out the dirt on your favourite companies: www.ethicalconsumer.org/

Fair Trade shops – find out where your nearest one is (Europe): www.worldshops.org

Ethical Junction is a directory of ethical companies: www.ethical-junction.org

Oh Big Box Mart, Your every day low prices have a price! In this funny cartoon a factory worker learns the truth about his favorite department store. http://www.jibjab.com/originals/big_box_mart




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music


These are some of our favourite Live More songs!

Bob Marley- Rat Race

Rage Against the Machine- Wake Up

Sex Pistols- Holiday in the Sun

Tom Waits- Step Right Up

Talking HeadsLove for Sale

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campaigns & movements


Adbusters is a global network of culture jammers and creatives who are working to change the way information flows and meaning is produced in society. www.adbusters.org/

International Buy Nothing Day
is an annual day of creative and inspiring protest against consumerism: www.ecoplan.org/ibnd

Never enough - How much is enough? Visit the still very resource-ful web site of this dissolved campaign www.enough.org.uk

Bookcrossing - finished your book? Leave it on a park bench, at a coffee shop, at a hotel on vacation to find a new reader! www.bookcrossing.com

The Church of Stop Shopping – you’ve never seen anything like it! Featuring Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir at www.revbilly.com/

Free Hugs are such a joy. Watch huggers embracing shoppers in Peru, China, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Africa and Hollywood! Smiles guaranteed.



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ideas


Guide to living – Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland has a beautiful online guide to other lifestyle choices www.foe.co.uk/living

The Story of Stuff is a film that shows you what it takes to produce the items we buy, a must see! www.storyofstuff.com


Polyp is the wonderful creator of our rat race animation. This radical political cartoonist has a unique talent for exposing the painfully funny truths of our 'big bad world' . Experience him at www.polyp.org.uk

 

Happiness in cans. We know you're gonna love it!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4SzhFQfzlM


Stick with what you got is a video cartoon about brands and identity at www.dothegreenthing.com/videos/101 and here's a page with other games relating to the same idea www.dothegreenthing.com/

Instructables gives tips for making things (instead of buying them) as they specialize in do-it-yourself projects, www.instructables.com
 
Money won´t make you happy is the conclusion of a research review you can find at www.webmd.com

How to cook a planet – where it all went wrong, and how you can become the solution: www.howtocookaplanet.net

Why money doesn´t buy happiness is explained in this article: www.newsweek.com

Wedding List Giving – got everything you need already? Why not ask friends to donate to charity as a gift? www.weddinglistgiving.com

Freegan – the most sustainable lifestyle ever? www.freegan.info

Affluenza - are you suffering from it too? www.telegraph.co.uk/

Why smiles are better than Prozac - Want to feel happier? www.guardian.co.uk/

 

New Internationalist Magazine is a communications collective for people, ideas and action on global justice: www.newint.org

Pope hits out at consumer culture, says a BBC article at news.bbc.co.uk

 
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