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Worldwide, communities and initiatives spring up who transition to a culture of strong sustainability and harmony with the natural world. What is it that makes them tick?
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Swap Shuffle Share Website is now active. | Blog | Transition Hobsons Bay | transitionhb.groupsite.com

Swap Shuffle Share Website is now active. | Blog | Transition Hobsons Bay | transitionhb.groupsite.com | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

http://swapshuffleshare.com/ 

An online community of people who are keen on locally grown food. Many of us grow our own food in our backyard, patio or community garden. This site provides a place to connect with other members and share information like recipes, gardening tips and details of local food events.

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January 21 Is World Swap Day!

January 21 Is World Swap Day! | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

Need new clothes, but can't afford them? Pining for a new book, but can't justify the expense when there are dozens gathering dust in your living room? Want to plant a garden this year, but aren't sure if you've got the capital for seeds?

Don't worry: swapping is the new shopping, and Saturday January 21st is World Swap Day!

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Making Do

Making Do | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

In consumer society, stuff goes quick. Whether it's through planned obsolence, changing fashions, or just because it's plain old plastic crap, our things need replacing a lot. This process of constant commodity renewal locks us into a compulsory work-buy-work lifecycle. But it wasn't always quite so, in times of resource scarcity (even in America!) learning to make do with what you already owned was considered a virtue. "Thrift," I think they called it.

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In France, "Resource Stores" Recycle, Repair, Upcycle and Resell "Waste"

In France, "Resource Stores" Recycle, Repair, Upcycle and Resell "Waste" | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
If you ever took high school French, you probably learned (and forgot) words like la patisserie and la boulangerie. But you likely never heard la ressourcerie - and it wasn't your teacher's fault. Joining France's countless pastry shops and bakeries is a new kind of shop, which collects unwanted goods, repairing them if necessary, selling or upcycling them if possible, and, if all else fails, properly recycling them. And their numbers are growing.
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The Swap-O-Matic: A Vending Machine Based On The Barter Economy

The Swap-O-Matic: A Vending Machine Based On The Barter Economy | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
There are about 7 million vending machines in America. And what do the vast majority of them sell? Sodas and sodium- or sugar-heavy snacks (which aren’t good for you), packaged in plastic or PET and shipped around the country (which isn’t good for the planet). We’ve all used vending machines. But despite their convenience, they certainly aren’t a solution to humanity’s problems.

Or are they? The Swap-o-Matic, created by the New York City-based designer Lina Fenequito, is a vending machine that lets you “recycle things you no longer need and get things you want—all for free.”

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iFixit Launches New Website Dedicated to Repair Gurus Around the World

iFixit Launches New Website Dedicated to Repair Gurus Around the World | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

We adore iFixit. The site is dedicated to providing free repair manuals to every gadget on earth, and therefore put the skills and confidence back in consumer to take real ownership of their electronics. This is at the heart of sustainability in technology, and the folks at iFixit do a phenomenal job at making DIY repair of electronics possible for everyone.

http://www.ifixit.com/

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RecycleBank rewards recyclers

RecycleBank rewards recyclers | Transition Culture | Scoop.it
RecycleBank rewards recyclers with points they can redeem at retailers.

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Shareable: Garbage is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How to Reach Zero Waste

Shareable: Garbage is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How to Reach Zero Waste | Transition Culture | Scoop.it

It all started innocently enough. Following the Holidays and New Year of 2007 we emptied out all of our garbage and recycling to clean up for the New Year. Many months later (May 14) it was time to put out our first bag of garbage and it dawned on me that in over four months we had only created a single bag of garbage. I wondered where could we take it to if we really dug in? Well …

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