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Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska

2.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Product Description

Five episodes of the popular, public televison series, Simple Living with
Wanda Urbanska, are offered here to introduce you to a new, more satisfying
way of life: frugal, conscious, sustainable living. Simple Living - which
made its debut in 2004 as the first nationally syndicated television series of
its kind - offers thoughtful ideas and actionable tips for viewers to become:

* Better environmental stewards;
* More thoughtful consumers;
* Fiscally responsible;
* Involved with community;

These five programs take you from Chicago to San Diego to America’s
“small town” of Mount Airy, NC to show you how to live simply in the
city or country, to reduce your carbon footprint and fight global warming,
to connect with nature and gardening, and to do a “green remodel” of your
own home, as Wanda does with her 1956 brick rancher. This sampler will
inspire you to reclaim the good life through simple living.

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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: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2016
  • 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: #480,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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I see a strong connection between being more green and living simply/frugally so what some other reviewers complained about didn't deter me from checking this out, in fact, it piqued my interest. But seeing in the opening credits that this program was sponsored by a polyurethane company was a total turn off. It kept nagging at me so much that I stopped watching after a few minutes. Too hypocritical for my taste :(
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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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The movie was well meaning, but much of it came across as government regulators forcing cities and communities to go "green" at the expense of the hardworking taxpayers. Goodbye freedom. What ever happened to the idea of just being thrifty? Perhaps many government agencies should practice that when using other people's money. Slave labor is alive and well, it's called non-profits and volunteerism. There is good money in non-profits. Ask those that run them!
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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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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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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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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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