Sustainable Living — Learning From My Past

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That was the first time I ever heard anyone passionately speak on the environment.

As a teenager growing up in the seventies, I lost count of the number of times I heard my parents say “ Go back into your room and turn out the lights.” Or “set the thermostat back to 68 degrees and put on a sweater if you’re cold.” When I would ask why, I’d get that age-old parental answer, “Because I said so.” I always thought they were just trying to cut cost but as I look back I realize it wasn’t about cost it was about waste. They were essentially living sustainable lives incorporating green, eco-friendly habits before we knew what it was. [Continue reading]

Discussing the Pros and Cons of Using Vegetable Oil as Fuel

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A few weeks ago we talked about biodiesel, a promising energy source that is often cleaner burning and more efficient to create. One of the most popular uses for biodiesel fuel is as an alternative to gasoline for use in combustible engines like … [Continue reading]

Where to Recycle Computer Monitors For Cheap, For Free or For Cash

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Upgrading computer monitors is one of the easiest ways to improve to your computer setup. This is especially true if you're replacing one of the old CRT monitors. Unfortunately, new computer equipment also creates a dilemma. What to do with the old … [Continue reading]

Greenwashing

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Public awareness of humanity's impact on the global environment is at an all time high.  Organizations like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club are no longer fringe organizations run by 'hippies'.  The Natural Resources Defense Council has an $87 million w … [Continue reading]

The Green House: a new building revolution

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We only have one world to live in. Everywhere we go, people are more aware of their carbon footprint, choosing not to deplete natural resources without a thought about how they will be replenished. This awareness is leading to lifestyle changes that c … [Continue reading]

The Nogg Chicken Coop: A Hip Design for the Urban Chicken

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The nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. The coop, which can house between 2-4 chickens, adds a touch of playful elegance to domestic farming and looks beautiful in any garden environment—urban or rural. The n … [Continue reading]

How to Make Your Own Napkins Using Old Fabric

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Cloth napkins are being recognized as the eco-friendly, less wasteful choice for our tables. And they are not hard to make from old material you may have around your house. Here are some ideas on how to make your own cloth napkins. Start with … [Continue reading]

Save More, Spend Less with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 c … [Continue reading]

What Are Corn Starch Biocompostables aka PLA Plastics?

pla plastics, made from corn

Traditional plastic is made from petroleum products. The production of petroleum-based plastics involves all kinds of chemicals, some of which have raised health concerns among consumers. The other problem is that these type of plastics do not … [Continue reading]

Worm Composting: Pound for pound nature’s most efficient compost system

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Recycling household waste into compost allows the return of organic matter to the soil. It's an easy and fruitful way to reduce the amount of garbage going into our landfills. At the same time, we can reap the benefits of making our own fertilizer to … [Continue reading]