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Green roofs are one of the hottest concepts in sustainable living today, but they are not without problems – one of the most serious being, if you try to add one onto a preexisting structure, you run the risk of damaging the building due to all the excess weight. Soil + water = very, very [continue reading…]

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German architect Werner Aisslinger has come up with a revolutionary new concept – a tiny (420 square foot) prefab cubic building that can be delivered anywhere via truck or freight helicopter. This “mobile home for urban nomads”, as its creator describes it, can be set up in just 2 days, and takes half that time [continue reading…]

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Many of you may turn your heads and decide this is gross but the benefits of using human urine to create fertilizers is astounding. Not only does recycling human waste work efficiently but the environmental benefits alone should be plenty to convince you to start being mindful of new re-cycling methods Let’s face it, we [continue reading…]

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With the modern push to eat healthily and avoid processed foods, many have taken to creating small (or large) gardens in order to grow fresh fruits and organic vegetables. The benefits of such a system are countless; however, there can be some serious drawbacks for an average gardener.  Here we address those challenges and want [continue reading…]

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Are you still wearing gloves to protect yourself from chemicals in the kitchen?  Or perhaps worse, are you NOT wearing gloves to protect yourself from chemicals? Either way, you must be hearing about the increasing amount of research on the potential toxicity of common household detergents. What I’d like to offer you today is a [continue reading…]

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The modest Sunnyvale, CA ranch house dated back to 1957 and was causing the owners – Jerry and Charlotte and their two young children not a little discomfort with constant drafts, condensation and problems with mold. Some of the rooms were also outdated and inflexible in terms of layout. It was time for change. Actually, [continue reading…]

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When it comes to water conservation the solutions are not black and white, they’re grey. You will find it (correctly) spelled greywater and graywater but whether you spell it with an ‘e’ or an ‘a’ it is one of the smartest strategies for maximizing your water economy. You see, we in the state of California [continue reading…]

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Wood has always been one of our most precious resources. Unfortunately, with over 7 billion of us relying on trees for survival and comfort, managing forests in a renewable fashion can be challenging! Where and how our hardwood is sourced makes an enormous impact on all of us – economically, politically, and environmentally. In this [continue reading…]

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EPA says Americans generate about 251 million tons (228 million metric tons) of trash per year and this figure is growing. That is about 4.5 pounds of trash per head. This doesn’t even account for industrial waste. So what do we know about our garbage, and what really happens to it when it leaves our [continue reading…]

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6 Hot Trends in LED Lighting Décor

The hottest trend at the moment when it comes to home décor and lighting is LED lights. These eco-friendly types of light bulbs offer a number of advantages – because they last longer than incandescent bulbs, use less energy, don’t get so hot and are 100% non-toxic. Also, they are very versatile and can be used [continue reading…]

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