Hey there! Welcome to the world of Offload Labs. We are super stoked to launch this project. I mean, what’s not to love about figuring out ways to simplify your life and have fun with a healthy concern for environment, economics, and society? Our goal is to create a toolkit of habits, products, and services that people and organizations can use to make deliberate decisions about offloading the unnecessary excess in their lives, in order to create time, space, and money for more important things- like traveling, learning, relaxing, and creating.
There has been so much progress in daily living that it can be sustainable, minimal, and modern on top of comfortable and easy. Thanks to the ELEEP network, my fellow Action Team members Sebastian, Deirdre, Glenn, and I came across some interesting perspectives in the way people live and run businesses while we were on study tours across the United States and Europe. Our main focus was to explore local, regional, and national energy and environmental policy in various contexts like economics and climate change. We met with everyone from policymakers, corporations, NGOs, academics, and everyday people to figure out what’s happening on the ground and what changes need to occur to create positive impact. For example, we traveled to the US Southwest to understand issues between energy, water, and climate change and we uncovered unique solutions from Intel, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and the Arboretum at Flagstaff. Around Europe, we observed renewable energy distribution, passive house energy-efficiency building standards, and the evolution of mobility. All this travel and discussion influenced not only our understanding of policy in relation to our own work, but also in the way we live our lives and how it has a direct impact on the environment.
It was during a study tour on climate adaptation technology in the Netherlands that we decided we needed to do something more beyond writing policy recommendations. We needed to share what we were uncovering with the public so they have access to the same information. But how? Writing a blog is a good step (and if you have read this far, God bless your heart), but we also want to create projects that are engaging, relevant, memorable, and fun.
Our first project is to explore tiny homes (a living space less than 300 sq.ft) as a demo space for living minimally and sustainably without compromising style and comfort. The goal is to use the growing tiny house movement as a discussion piece for sustainable, minimalist, modern, and mobile living. Find out more here.
At the same time, we're producing social events with a purpose. For example, we hosted The Harvest, a potluck party where guests were challenged to make food from 80% local ingredients as a part of Holstee's Potluck Series. And keep an eye out for our upcoming Vertical Garden Party, where we’re getting together to build an indoor garden and have fun.
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Make 2015 the year to Offload!
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