Best-selling “minimalist living’’ author coming to Halifax

Truro, NS -- A de-cluttered house lends to a de-cluttered mind.  At least, that is what Joshua Becker, a best-selling Wall Street Journal and USA Today author and keynote speaker says.  As part of the Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence, hosted by Divert NS, Becker will be sharing about living a minimalist lifestyle – how to do it, the benefits of having less (there are many), buying less, and how such a life is good for our mental health.

It is all part of a movement that Divert NS has been championing for many years.  "The concept of ‘reducing,’ which also happens to be the theme of this year’s event, and the idea of living with less, buying less, and living and working to reduce our waste is an incredibly timely topic, and one that we can all participate in," says CEO, Jeff MacCallum. "Reducing, reusing and recycling, and continuing to find ways to keep that exciting and engaging for business and individuals is what the Mobius Awards, and truly, what Divert NS is all about.  Awareness is key."

For over two decades, Divert NS has been supporting and promoting innovative Nova Scotians who have helped make our province a leader in recycling and waste diversion. Held annually by Divert NS, the Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence recognize and celebrate Nova Scotia's environmental champions from businesses, government, academics, and communities across the province. This year’s event will take place at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market on October 25.  For information about the Mobius Awards, visit:

Tickets are $75 and include access to the event, emceed by Nancy Regan, reception at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, and keynote address by Joshua Becker.  Tickets are now on sale at


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Joshua Becker is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, and will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence on October 25th.

Media Contact:
Amy Totten, Communications Officer
Divert NS

About Joshua Becker:
Joshua Becker is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Simplify, The More of Less, and Clutterfree with Kids and the co-creator of Simplify Magazine. Joshua and his young family were introduced to minimalism nine years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor. Since then, Joshua’s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find more life by owning fewer possessions. Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching over 1 million readers every month.

Joshua is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites on the Internet. He has contributed to TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is a featured contributor to Forbes Magazine and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the CBS Evening News.

About Divert NS:
Divert NS is not-for-profit corporation promoting recycling in Nova Scotia - but we are also much more than that.

For over 20 years, we have helped grow a culture of recycling in our province. Today, recycling is second nature to Nova Scotians and our province is recognized as a leader in waste diversion. Divert NS administers two core programs: beverage container and tire recycling. We work with government, industry and academia to divert waste from landfill; deliver education and awareness programs; work collaboratively to implement stewardship agreements; fund research and development; and promote innovation through value-added manufacturing. Over 70% of net revenue goes back to municipalities around the province to support curbside collections and help Nova Scotians reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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