It's no secret that here at Basic Projects, the ever present issue of global warming is something that we hold dear to our hearts. But as easy as it is to preach about something you believe in, living it out can be challenging at times.  After going down the YouTube rabbit hole (We know you've done it too) we stubbled upon a video about the Zero Waste Lifestyle. Inspired particularly by this MSNBC video of Lauren Singer and this TedTalk from Bea Johnson, we decided to try to produce as little trash as we could during the month of October. This meant no to-go coffee cups, no single-use plastic bags, no single-use anything for that matter, and no trash that couldn't be reused, recycled, or composted. 

Here is how we made it work:

  • Reusable canvas bags are life. 
  • We tried to purchase as many groceries as we would from the Charleston Farmers Market since most goods from there are package free. 
  • Grocery items that we couldn't find at the farmers market, we just bought them in the bulk section of the grocery store. This was a double whammy because not only is it sustainable but it's also cheap!
  • We brought our own cups to the coffee shop.  
  • Compost. Compost. Compost. We found that we reduced our trash production by 70 percent from composting alone. 
  • Buy your own water bottle. Again, cheap! If you want to feel terrible about using plastic water bottles, check out Plastic Paradise on Netflix.
  • Tried our very, very best not to take the samples that Trader Joes and Costco gives you- that's a tough one. 



Here at Basic Projects we love any excuse to gather around a meal. And what better way to meet, encourage, and inspire women than around the dinner table. A month ago, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels, along with Basic Projects, invited twenty-two creative women from Charleston for the fifth Creative Women's Dinner, started by Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato two years ago (read about it in Elle here). What started as a neighborhood meal with close friends to talk small business shop has grown into a  bi-annual meeting of the minds. In the words of Beyonce, "Who runs the world? Girls. Who runs the world? Girls."  

Special thanks goes out to Feast Charleston for the heavenly meal and Olivia Rae James for capturing the night's beautiful moments.


Last weekend, we threw two fun pop-up dinner parties in Savannah, GA with La Morra Pizzeria and Seaborn Oyster Company - it was a weekend of thanks and celebration. Before the construction phase begins on a project, we like to take a moment to thank everyone from our architect to the banker to the contractor for their hard work in getting the project to where it needs to be. Creating a thoughtful space takes lots of hands, and when we are a six months into construction and everything is delayed (as it always does), we can remember the delicious meal we shared together. 


In March, we travelled to the most southerly continent on earth, Antarctica. We were on an expedition lead by our dear friend, Robert Swan, founder of the 2041 Foundation. Rob, among many extraordinary achievements, was the first person on earth to walk to the North and South Pole. The 2041 Foundation is dedicated to bringing awareness of the Antarctic Treaty, which is up for renewal in the year 2041. We were joined by 140 people from 30 different nations. The journey to the bottom of the world, the scale and color of the icebergs and spectacular animals were certainly unforgettable - but even more powerful were the people and the relationships we made. What an incredible opportunity to be on a boat with so many people from so many parts of the world, with no walls or borders - just there with a passion for our earth and having real conversations about the reality of climate change and what can be done. Learn more on the 2041 & our expedition websites, and you should really take 16  minutes to watch Rob's incredible TedTalk.

Obviously we weren't going to travel a million miles without a bit of adventure along the way. Here are a few snaps of the journey getting down there... flea markets & football Buenos Aires, hiking & wild horses in Ushuaia ...then we packed our parkas and boarded the boat. It would be two days until we saw land again.