From toothpaste tubes to soap bottles, much of the packaging for our home and food products is unnecessarily, utterly wasteful. The husk of the problem is used once until it’s empty, then discarded into the rubbish bin. What a waste. There is a better alternative to this consumer conundrum: buying bulk. And Taylor Stirling, the Sustainability Lead for Kirkland, WA’s Scoop Marketplace and its educational branch Scoop Intelligence, is helping consumers and businesses alike pivot toward more sustainable practices.
No more waiting at the bus stop or rushing out the door to get your kid to school on time. Homeschooling starts every morning right where your child dreams every night. Before 2020, many parents thought of homeschooling as an impossibility. But after kids were sent home for remote learning and parents became more directly involved with their education, that mindset has shifted some. When Community Advocate Cindy Sersig saw how her older children struggled to focus in the large classrooms, she personally took on the task to educate her youngest children (now 7 and 10) at home with fun hands-on activities and one-on-one attention. While state laws vary and finding the right curriculum can be a challenge, if you have the time, energy, and tools recommended by Cindy below, you can have a direct and impactful firsthand role in overseeing your children’s education.
"My grandmother would have died of shame if she’d thrown away the juice from a pickle jar," says Laura Butler. "My ancestry is Scots-Irish and Polish. Thriftiness is in my blood. " As co-founder of UpLift Group, a data and analysis startup for condos and townhomes, Laura's thriftiness comes in handy a great deal of the time. "Startups are all about thrift," she says. "Thriftiness isn’t cheapness, it’s maximizing the bang for your buck. Saving a nickel at the cost of hours of your time is not thrifty." Today Laura is sharing her best budget-friendly and time saving tips for a productive home office so you can save your pennies, and your effort, and get back to work.