My friend (and all around uber green blogger) Chris Baskind, the brains behind Lighter Footstep and EcoTechDaily (before he sold it to the Twilight Earth guys), just relaunched one of his early blogs More Minimal, a site dedicated to "Making More of Less".
In his first post back, Chris writes:
To be honest, when I first began batting around the term “minimalism” in the autumn of 2006, I wasn’t very precise. Minimalism meant everything from efficient industrial design to running a low-energy household, with quite a few stops in between. But the more I thought about keeping things lean and aesthetically pleasing, the more neatly they began to dovetail with my love of the environment, and Lighter Footstep was born. I retired More Minimal and moved on.
Today, we’re coming full circle, because I believe — more passionately than ever — that the root of our environmental ills is our society’s love affair with stuff. The cure to what ails us isn’t just climate legislation, hybrid cars, or buying smarter, more eco-friendly products. It’s learning to find happiness beyond the constant urge to do more, accumulate more, and consume more. We must collectively become More Minimal.
I've been on a big kick to simplify my life over the last year. I traded my car for an electric bike and moved into the small city of Portland, Maine. I've given a lot of things away to Goodwill and generally try to live with as small an environmental impact as possible. I have a long way to go but am enjoying the heck out of the journey.
I'm really excited about the re-launch of More Minimal, Chris is one of my favorite green bloggers and will be a great voice for broadcasting the beauty of simple living. If you're the RSS subscribing type, you should add More Minimal to your subscription list.