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Eating alone is 'the most American thing there is'

It's an unfortunate reputation for a nation to have, but sadly it's true that solitary dining is on the rise as being the norm in the United States.

Source: Culture feed | 28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm MSD

Modern 'train-nomad' chooses to live on trains instead of renting (Video)

"It all started with a dispute with the landlord," says this plucky young woman who chose to ditch her apartment in favour of a more liberating and unconventional experience.

Source: Culture feed | 27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm MSD

'Stuffocation: Why We've Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever' (book review)

The definition of a "First World problem," this book touches upon a sensitive and relevant point for our times -- the feeling of being suffocated by too many material possessions.

Source: Culture feed | 24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm MSD

An ode to the skinny dip

A daring nighttime escapade has become a permanent tradition for the women of my family.

Source: Culture feed | 21 Aug 2015 | 6:09 pm MSD

Can a social action campaign help us finally 'Recycle Right'?

The future of recycling is looking grim. What can a TV show and social action campaign do to help get us back on track?

Source: Culture feed | 21 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm MSD

Why reusables are better, even when water is scarce

Large amounts of water are used to produce the very disposables that are supposed to be reducing the amount of water we use. It's important to think "single purchase," not "single use."

Source: Culture feed | 19 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm MSD

How dog-walking turned into plastic waste activism

A woman from California was so distressed by the amount of plastic waste she encounters daily while walking her dogs that she started posting her pictures online to show people where plastic ends up.

Source: Culture feed | 18 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm MSD

Summertime means heading to the shore, in both town and country

Katherine lives in rural Ontario. Margaret lives in New York City. The way they enjoy their summers is bound to be drastically different.

Source: Culture feed | 17 Aug 2015 | 11:15 pm MSD

On MNN: Getting chipped, getting old, getting a neat new way to get around

A roundup of some posts from our sister site.

Source: Culture feed | 15 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm MSD

Why the rush to get back to school?

Summer vacation may not include reading, math, and spelling, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. With long, lazy days comes other opportunities for learning.

Source: Culture feed | 13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm MSD

Oh No Mommy! Will the Greenies Take Fireworks Away From Us?

Obligatory Post About Green Fireworks for the 4th of July Fireworks are fun - who doesn't like explosions? - and a good excuse to get together with family and friends, but they're also not very clean. In Beijing, China, the smoke from fireworks during the new year celebrations tripled pollution levels overnight, and the toxic metals used to get the bright colorful sparks fall back to Earth, contaminating soil and water. Is there something we can do without losing the fireworks?

Source: LivingECHO | 3 Jul 2009 | 12:11 am MSD

Do Roses Stink?

For Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions, giving flowers often seems like a gift from Mother Nature herself.

But when flowers are doused in pesticides and transported long (i.e., energy-intensive) distances, their eco-appeal quickly evaporates.  The health impact conventionally-grown flowers has makes them even less desirable.

Source: LivingECHO | 14 Feb 2008 | 10:19 am MSK

The Natural Collection Supports Peace One Day Today

We're sure that millions of people all around the world have made a commitment to today's International Day of Peace.

Source: LivingECHO | 12 Oct 2007 | 2:07 am MSD

Taking Back the Streets: TreeHugger Tips For Car Free Day

Here are some ideas for World Car Free Day to take back our streets:...

Source: LivingECHO | 12 Oct 2007 | 1:57 am MSD

Seven Easy Pieces for Fall: Women

A new wind is starting to blow and you can almost smell change crackle in the air,...

Source: LivingECHO | 12 Oct 2007 | 1:56 am MSD

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