First Home Certified Emerald Under Green Building Standard

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RGB Custom Builders of East Stroudsburg, Pa., has built the first home to be certified to the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard rating system. Builder Bob Brown’s home scored a total of 724 points in the six categories of the standard, which include energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development […]

Raising an Eco-cat: Green tips and Earth-friendly products for kitties

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We spend a lot of time focusing on how to make our families, our homes and our lifestyle more “green.” But, what about our pets? Even small animals can leave a heavy environmental footprint if, as pet owners, we don’t take the initiative to make green choices. While some eco-friendly options for pet ownership will […]

What Are Corn Starch Biocompostables aka PLA Plastics?

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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 biodegrade and they are made with a non-renewable resource: petroleum. There are just lots of environmental and health […]

8 Tips to Make Your Historical Restoration Project Green

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Restoring a historical home is a labor of love. But just because you’re taking your home back in time, doesn’t mean you can’t use some modern know-how. In fact, sustainable restoration can actually honor the intent of the original builders. Here are 8 tips for going green when restoring a historic home. 1. Whether your […]

Save Planet Blue Teaches Kids about the Environment with Gameplay

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Children are more aware of the importance of recycling and other environmental issues than at any other time before. Protecting our environment is becoming more and more crucial every day, and children know that they will inherit a planet that needs special care and creative solutions. SavePlanetBlue.com is a new interactive online game site where […]

Are Compressed Earth Blocks the Sustainable Building Material We’ve Been Looking for?

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Compressed earth blocks are an ancient building material and technique. Buildings made with compressed earth blocks have stood for centuries—millennia even—there’s no question that these structures are durable. But, why are they making a come back? Could compressed earth blocks be the sustainable building material that we’ve been looking for all along? As people are […]

6 Eco-friendly Options for a New Roof

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When it’s time to replace the roof on your house, know your options. There have been many improvements in eco-friendly roofing materials and other sustainable roof styles are coming back into vogue among green builders. On the flip side, the asphalt shingle roofs found on many homes now may be leaching chemicals into rainwater run-off […]

6 DIY Projects to Make Your Home an Efficient, Eco-Macine

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Saving money is great, and helping the environment by conserving our precious resources is even better. There are many simple repairs that you can make around your house to help save money on your energy bill. Sometimes, all it takes is a few little repairs that you can do yourself to get your home going in […]

Skoy Cloths: Replace Paper Towels with Greener Alternative

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According to ALighterFootprint.com, Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day. We really need a greener solution. Some folks opt for sponges or dish cloths that, while fine for specific tasks, doesn’t completely fill my need for paper towels. Sponges are too small to absorb large spills, and dish cloths take so […]

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. Urban chicken keeping has become a growing trend, and The Nogg is designed to house 2-4 chickens in an aesthetically pleasing coop to compliment any garden.