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Simple Living With Wanda Urbanska

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If you are looking for a more environmentally responsible way, watch Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. If you are looking for inspiration to live your life in closer alignment with your values, Simple Living with its delightful stories and useful tips is the show for you. Here s a show that could not be timelier, both for you and for our planet. --Ed Begley, Jr.

Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska presents five episodes of the popular public television series designed to teach the viewer about ways for more cost-effective, conscientious, and sustainable living. The first nationally syndicated series of this kind, Simple Living shows ways ordinary people everywhere can be better stewards of the environment and more informed consumers, while promoting a strong, positive message of fiscal responsibility and community involvement. From reducing one s carbon footprint to doing a green remodel of one s home to enjoying the pastime of gardening, Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska is a wonderful and refreshing show the frugality and energy-saving tips especially are and more valuable than ever during tough economic times. Highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review

Wanda Urbanska is a spokeswoman for the simplicity movement. --The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Wanda Urbanska
  • Directors: Simple Living, LLC
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AT4LUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Casey O. on February 4, 2014
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I was really disappointed, I'm interested in being green, eating clean, and downsizing/rightsizing. This didn't touch on anything other than Chicago constructing green buildings, green garden roofs, and parks. It's all about Chicago city living and being greener.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookmaven on May 11, 2013
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Commercialism confuses simplicity.

I wasn't very inspired by the show or it's content. In fact, it reminds me of all the 'Farm-to-table' efforts around town that welcome welfare recipients to their establishments by offering 50% discounts on food items. So why aren't those people there? Because they are almost always located in places where those people are not welcomed or 'belong'. There seemed to be a similar correlation in this video.

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This video focuses much more on alternative 'green' solutions, but they aren't necessarily simpler. There's very little, if anything, SIMPLE about what has become a conventional flush toilet.

Yes, simple is choosing cloth napkins and diapers over paper. However, in reality, handwashing is simpler than machine washing. Electricity in the home is not essential. And forgoing it is infinitely simpler than even solar panels. What's NOT simple is Commercialism. And much of what's portrayed here is mostly a part of it: Middle-class people, with middle-class university degrees taking a middle-class approach to economic self preservation.

Logically, simpler should also be more affordable and more available, but it's not. I think that part of the message did come across in the video.

In a practical sense, so much of what is covered here, seemed to be class-based. For example, she suggested using a public library, not just reduce the need to buy books (economy and recycling), but to meet people. SO much of the video is with reference to a mega-urban environment, so I'll stick to that demographic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CT Reader on March 9, 2014
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It wasn't so much about simple living as much as it was about green living. Not what I expected, I felt the host talked to the audience as if we didn't speak English, got boring quickly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly A. Steiner on January 7, 2014
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Didn't finish watching this. It was very dull. She was only talking about what some of the cities were doing (back in 2006 or 2007) to be green.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Hammack on September 13, 2013
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It wasn't exactly what I expected. I expected to hear about how to live simply but it wasn't like that. I might try to watch it again at some point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NO CO Bear on January 28, 2014
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There was plenty of preaching about global warming and living simply to "save the planet" but little of use or interesting.
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Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska presents five episodes of the popular public television series designed to teach the viewer about ways for more cost-effective, conscientious, and sustainable living. The first nationally syndicated series of this kind, Simple Living shows ways ordinary people everywhere can be better stewards of the environment and more informed consumers, while promoting a strong, positive message of fiscal responsibility and community involvement. From reducing one's carbon footprint to doing a "green remodel" of one's home to enjoying the pastime of gardening, Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska is a wonderful and refreshing show - the frugality and energy-saving tips especially are and more valuable than ever during tough economic times. Highly recommended. 135 minutes.
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By Cart on August 28, 2014
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This was not a perfect episode, but very helpful and Americans could stand to change their minds on many of the practical examples offered here. I do not agree with the whole idea of "global warming" and don't like the idea of cities, but we currently are stuck in the city and practice many of the things talked about in this short film. There truly are a lot of little things that we can change about our lifestyles, and they are not difficult at all. We have found that our 9 person family can live off a very limited income because we live a simple lifestyle.
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