Our Sewing Machine is Broken

When we first moved to Thailand, we relied heavily on the moving sales of other expats and the market near our house to get established since we came over with just a suitcase and backpack each. We also had no car, so anytime there was a sale within walking distance, we were on it. This is how we ended up buying a random assortment of kitchen and home goods from an interesting Russian couple down the street. Tory walked home with a bag of miscellaneous kitchen utensils (including a freaky vintage can opener that we still use if we have to) while I slowly drove the scooter back loaded with two end tables and yes, a sewing machine! Continue reading “Our Sewing Machine is Broken”

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The Future of Recycling and Reuse is Here

On Hornby Island, British Columbia, we were introduced to The Free Store – more than just a free thrift store it’s actually a massive systematic recycling and reuse operation. Started in 1978, the island now diverts 70% of the trash that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Take a look at the video to see the free store and next level recycling in action along with our reflections.

There are only about 1000 residents on Hornby during low season while we were there but as the sun peeked out more and more, the bustle of “downtown” increased dramatically. Still, The Free Store is open on weekends during non-peak season and since we arrived just before the weekend and stayed ten days, we were able to participate in a full recycling and reuse cycle and benefitted greatly. Continue reading “The Future of Recycling and Reuse is Here”