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Your Starting Point Matters – Generational Differences on the Journey to Wellness and Sustainability

When discussing journeys, literal or metaphoric, it’s important not to overlook the significance of the starting point. Our point of departure often influences our journey as much as any barriers or twists and turns along the way. As the Great Lakes GrowthWorks team has explored the various paths to health and sustainability consciousness, the stories we shared drew out one crucially influential factor: age or more specifically, timing. I hate to reduce things to Millennials’ upbringing, but there’s no avoiding the fact that after 1980 children were born into a world with starkly different messages about health and the environment. Dangers to health or the environment may have been known, bu

The Beauty (and Innovative Power) of Simplicity

Lately it seems like one day a month my mailbox (and I am talking about the traditional, old-school one that physically sits outside of my home) gets completely overloaded with catalogs. While I hate to admit it, these catalogs often go directly into the recycling bin. However, there is one catalog that I am always eager to receive. The catalog is for Cuyana, which means “to love” in Quechua. Cuyana has been around since June 2013 and has a philosophy that deeply resonated with me the first time I read about it. Cuyana, “designs essential pieces…with the most premium materials and finest craftsmanship” and operates with the philosophy that “fewer, better things lead to a fuller, better life.

3 Areas of Innovation Disrupting Grocery Shopping

Books, music, movies…dinner? Just as online shopping brought other retail giants to their knees, these three trends in grocery retail will chew out traditional retailers unless they evolve quickly. As a young, urban consumer, I shop for groceries and household supplies quite differently from my mother did when I was a student. Growing up in a rural area, before farmer’s markets and food coops became the norm, there was no access to organic food except for the blueberries we would pick every August. A trip to the local grocery store involved a thirty minute drive each way, usually forgetting the grocery list on the kitchen counter. Today, many grocery shoppers don’t even have to get out of be


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