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Had a dream last night that I gave away all my clothes, and then didn’t have anything to wear to work. The psychology of downsizing is complicated.  

Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.

Reusable Sanitary Pads

3 Reusable Products (Almost) Everyone Should Get Today

Do you like trees? Would you like to see a few old growth forests survive the decade? And how do you feel about landfill? Smelly, depressing mountains of the discarded spoils of capitalism, right? There are three things you can order today that will save trees, reduce that pile of smelly old landfill, and make […]

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Tiny House

Our Little House Is Way Too Big

Two years ago, we were shopping for a house. We had a short list of absolute must-haves that included three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a big outdoor space. We looked at about a million houses before we found The One. High up off the road, big beautiful yard, huge deck with a view, three bedrooms, […]

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Apple Blossoms

An Open Letter To Apple CEO Tim Cook on May Day

Dear Tim, As I sit here writing this on my MacBook Pro, I’m reflecting on the ways Apple has changed my life. During the last decade, barely a day has gone by when I didn’t create or communicate using an Apple product. There’s no doubt that Steve Jobs changed the world. But did he change […]

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Why Environmentalism Is Not A Religion

I have a confession. It really bugs me when people say environmentalism is “just a religion”. I mean, it really really bugs me. The veins pop out on my neck and my teeth clench so tight my jaw hurts and I have to try really hard not to scream. So I guess it’s about time […]

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Leaves On Patio

How A $40 Gadget Costs A Whole Lot More

Right now I’m working on a post about environmentalism as religion (and why it isn’t). It’s turning into a monster two-parter that I’m just not happy with yet. And next week is the first installment of Should I Eat This? A Guide To Food In The 21st Century. So this week I thought it best […]

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Bulldozer by blprnt_van

Why Are Environmentalists So Terrifying?

Have you heard? There’s a new extremist faction on the loose. One so scary governments are issuing warnings, concerned citizens are cowering behind their SUVs, and business leaders quake in their real leather boots. Who are these hideous creatures who’ll stop at nothing to destroy our very way of life? Environmentalists of course. This week, […]

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Solar Panels

Your Best Excuses For Not Going Solar, Busted

Since we got our solar panels installed, I’ve been talking them up big time to any and all who’ll listen. I love them. I love waking up in the morning knowing that my house is going to generate more electricity than I’ll use all day. I love that I’m no longer burning coal to power […]

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Beauty Products

Say Goodbye To Beauty Products (Not To Beauty)

I’m running out of shampoo. And conditioner. And daily SPF moisturizer, night cream, toothpaste, hand soap, deodorant, mascara, mouthwash… I think you can see where I’m going with this, right? What products are in your bathroom right now? Go ahead and look. I’ll wait. Take a long hard look in your shower, your medicine cabinet, […]

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Lysamata Debelius by Haplochromis

Latest Green News: January 13

Photo by Haplochromis This week’s green news has been big on alternative dwellings, of which I am a mad crazy fan. There was a minor frenzy surrounding this video of a 30-story Chinese prefab hotel going up in just 15 days. I wonder if this is going to end up just another empty shell in […]

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