Hosted by collaborators just
like you, these small potlucks are intended for neighbors to get to
know neighbors while sharing their skills, ideas and interests in
urban sustainability. Neighbors are encouraged to include fresh,
local ingredients in their dishes, & bring recipes to share!
Each season's Supper Clubs are accompanied by themed workshops
Download How to Host a Supper Club, a guide to get you started.
Instructions on how to use
your Neighborhood Supper Club group page:
* Join a group by clicking "Join This Group"
* Click "Follow" to receive updates and emails about group postings
* Use "Discussion Forum" to plan and communicate about events
We shop, we purchase, we consume. Whatever way you look at it, we are consumers. This season, Green Edge Collaborative looks at our role as consumers and how our spending habits affect the way we live. How can we, as conscious consumers, use our dollar power to save the environment? From reducing to reusing, organic to fair trade, we’ve provided some resources on how you can get started on becoming a conscious consumer.
Before you make a purchase, www.ConsciousConsuming.org recommends asking yourself four questions:
REDUCE: Do you really need it? An old New England adage says, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without." Folks who join The Compact have opted to do without buying anything new for a year but food, gas, and underwear.
RECYCLE: Can you find a use for the old one without contributing to the waste stream? Donate to area charities or post the item to Freecycle. Many of the bigger charities will even pick up donations off of your front porch.
REDOUBLE: Redouble your efforts to find items in line with your values. If you are going to buy new, is the item environmentally preferable? Try to find out whether it's locally produced, organic, fairly traded, sold at a co-operative, cruelty-free, pesticide-free, made of natural materials, sustainably-produced…the list could go on, but the take-home message is to really examine what's important to you, and consciously and with intention support those values with your precious dollar.
If you have to purchase something new, take the time to research the product that will become part of you and your home. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before buying that new blender, sweater, or children’s toy.
1. What company makes this product?
Is the company local? Who do they employ and how do they treat their employees? Does the company create any byproducts that affect the environment or the company’s local community?
2. What kind of packaging is used?Is the packaging necessary? Is it recyclable? Can I buy this product in bulk?
3. Where does this product come from?
How far did this travel to get to my store? What type of transportation was used?
4. What is the product made of?
Is the product made with organic, local materials? Is there anything that could possibly affect my health or the health of the environment, animals, or the ocean?
Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things by Alan Thein Durning, John C. Ryan
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by Williams McDonough, Michael Braungart
The Consumer’s Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Bower, Warren Leon