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Clemson Recycles’ Facebook page has found an intriguing blog about living simply – Discardia! With its three key principles and numerous practical tips, Discardia—a new holiday—helps you carve away the nonsense of physical objects, habits, or emotional baggage, and uncover what brings you joy.

Their motto: Make room for awesomeness!

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Discardia founder Dinah in a “Stop not being Awesome” hoodie. Photo by Robin Andersen.

The top article promotes cleaning up after the holidays and includes some great tips. Check it out! Follow their blog, their tweets or read the book!





New Year’s Resolution

New Years resolutions have a tendency to be self-centered… lose 10 lbs, limit visits to the local yogurt shop to once a month, cut down on your seasonal lattes at $5 a pop… This year, MantraMeds Sustainable Medical Apparel is encouraging you to make a resolution to get involved in the positive movements in your community! Thanks to the power of social media, it has never been easier to find out about wellness groups, cycling clubs, green teams, garden clubs, big brother programs, etc. in your area. You don’ thave to spend big dollars on a gym membership for this resolution! All most of these groups ask for is your time. We know time is money, but we believe giving back to your community is invaluble.

How do you find these groups? Start with Facebook! Most cities or towns have at least one page for official events. One of the MantraMeds offices is located in Greenville, SC. Downtown Greenville, SC has its own Facebook page. To find related sites, scroll down to this page’s “Likes” column on the left hand side. These are facebook pages of companies or groups that Downtown Greenville (or your hometown page) supports. See if you are interested in any of these groups. Ours links us to cycling clubs, hiking groups, wellness initiatives, teams that clean up our local trails, etc.

This week, we’ll be posting about some of the groups in our local community who are giving back. Use social media to your advantage and search for the initiative that fits YOU!

One of the offices for MantraMeds Sustainable Medical Apparel is in Greenville, SC. Here’s an excerpt from Downtown Greenville’s Facebook Page with some fun ideas to brighten up your post-holiday Monday blues.

I know it’s Monday…but it’s the FIRST Monday of 2012! Some of you may be taking the day off & others are at work, but where ever you are today, take a little time to head Downtown for a little Monday Music & Mayhem! Have Fun, Be Safe!

Downtown Greenville, SC

Monday for Your Brainiacs, Art Lovers & Sports Fans…

■Capital One Bowl: Carolina vs Nebraska@ Sky Sports Bar,Sharkey’s Pub, Carolina Ale House, Ford’s Oyster House, On The Roxx, City Tavern, Corner Pocket, Park Avenue Pub, Wild Wing Café

■Name That Tune Trivia@City Tavern, 8:30PM

■Trivia w/ Blake@Wild Wing Cafe

■Select works by Regional Artists@ Village Artist Gallery &Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville

Monday Mischief, Music & Mayhem……

■Monday Night Revival@Horizon Records, 8PM

■Musicians’ Open Mic Nite@Smiley’s Acoustic Cafe (6:30PM) & The Channel (7PM)

■No Expectations Comedy Open Mic@Coffee Underground, 8PM Events may be changed, delayed, rescheduled or cancelled without notice – contact venue for details. For more Monday Mania, check the “Notes” section for a list of Downtown Happy Hours, Ladies Nights & More. If you’ve had too much of a Monday Funday, please take a cab home.

Here’s to the start of a Great Week! Have Fun & Be Safe!

5 Ways to Throw a Bumpin’ DIY New Year’s Eve Party

Written by Abbie Stutzer

NYE party

Perhaps 2011 was filled with a lot of ho-hums and not so many ho, ho, hos. However, one brilliantly bright spot of 2011 was the increasing popularity of DIY culture. Making do with odds and ends has – and will most likely continue to be – a fine, emerging art. Celebrate the resurgence (and help the movement gain popularity) of the do-it-yourself atmosphere and celebrate 2012 at home with your best buds and loved ones at a DIY New Year’s Eve Party. After all, who really wants to drive to an overblown, booze-infused party that’s way overpriced (and probably has a carbon footprint the size of Montana)?

Drink up Sustainably

Toast to a healthy and sustainable New Year by serving eco wine, beer and herb-infused cocktails. The following articles contain information about sustainable wine and winter cocktails. Also, learn about the joys of champagne, the beverage that pretty much owns New Year’s Eve.

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A merry and modern Christmas

Environmentalism, digital world give traditions a tweak

Christmas is steeped in tradition, but that doesn’t mean the merry season can’t feel modern.
With the digital revolution, green sensibilities and ever-evolving styles of the 21st century, traditions take on a new vibe.
“We live in a different world,” says Gerald Smith, professor of religion and environmental studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. “We can sing ‘Over the river and through the woods’ all we want, but most of us live in a digital world; high-tech things are a part of our life, and what we are doing is pulling Christmas traditions in that direction.

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Green Tips: Green Bedding For an Unusual Holiday Gift

Need an unusual and green holiday gift idea? Consider giving organic or natural fiber sheets and blankets.

Introduce your family and friends to a healthier, cozier night’s sleep with natural fiber sheets and blankets.  While you are at it, get some for yourself – you won’t believe the difference!


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Information compiled from, and Green Living by the editors of The Environmental Magazine.

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A Minimalist’s Guide to Holiday Gifting

Written by Jill Ettinger

a minimalist can still find holiday gifts

You think tchotchke is a Russian novelist. You’ve never bought a souvenir, a bauble or a trinket. Clutter makes you hyperventilate. There’s something to be said for the Zen-like state of living without encumbering things all around us. Even studies have shown that a de-cluttered living environment can be more conducive to creativity, focus and happiness. But being anti-thing can make the holidays a little rough and confusing.

Whether getting a gift for a minimalist or you happen to be one yourself struggling with holiday gift ideas, perhaps some of these will work for you.

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