Infographic: Living With Less

Living With Less: America's Quest for Simplicity

60 years ago, incredible amounts of people in the U.S. were given the opportunity to live in their own house, outside of traditional centers of populations (cities). A significant complication to this new lifestyle slowly developed, as markets produced more to meet consumer needs. Not only did most living a quiet suburban lifestyle start to buy more items individually, but they bought nearly identical things for their own households — which could be easily shared with a few neighbors. This phenomenon has spread to nearly all ways of living, as dominant culture has come to dictate product consumption as the remedy for social ills.

A highly consumptive lifestyle, focused around maintaining and accumulating stuff, requires much more time and effort to uphold: nearly 66 hours are spent each week by the average person living in the U.S.

Many people find different paths toward happiness, including valuing materialistic practices. A challenging view is Minimalism, which proposes that happiness and healthful living can be found through reducing the amount of possessions one owns/uses. Some make the case that the sentimental value attached to certain ‘stuff’ can be related to experiences and other ways of perceiving one’s surroundings, and are not tethered to the things themselves.

Minimalism may not be a sustainable model for the current world of international trade and finance, but at its core this philosophy can change/challenge a person’s outlook on what’s actually necessary in order to live in a fulfilling fashion.


Image compliments of Masters in Human Resources Degree Guide

Locavores R WE

Walker Engineering believes in spending time as well as money on activities that matter.  One sustainable practice we support at Walker Engineering wherever possible is the locavore movement.

Last year when biking across the country, I was fortunate enough to accidentally run into the Meadowview Farmers’ Guild which is actually the Harvest Table restaurant recently featured in the  NYTimes.

On Saturday we were off to visit the Coast Range’s Tallest Waterfall and watch people who never took statics or dynamics try to master these concepts under duress.  On our return we took time to eat at the Blue Goat Restaurant in Amity, OR to support a wonderful restaurant trying to provide a locavore experience close to Portland.  Beautiful town, especially with all the wineries.

Blue Goat Restaurant

506 S. Trade Street
Amity, OR 97101
(503) 835-5170