Anyone who has ever tried to declutter their home can tell you the bitter truth: decluttering isn’t as easy as collecting things. On the contrary, it’s hard work, with lots of annoyance and headaches.
And that’s only the process itself.
When it comes to deciding what to do with things we no longer need as environmentally-minded people, we find ourselves in a difficult situation: how can we actually get rid of stuff without harming the environment even further? Here are a few useful tips: Continue reading →
Developers have long built neighborhoods, especially high-end neighborhoods, around a pool or tennis courts, or a golf course. Lately, urban and suburban neighborhoods, dubbed agrihoods, are being built around a community farm.
Or a community farm comes to an urban neighborhood.
Why do people establish agrihoods? Often because suburban sprawl threatens once-rural areas. If development will happen anyway, why not try to direct its course? Continue reading →
What would you think of a house with no furnace or air conditioning? It sounds very primitive, very uncomfortable. Some of us can remember when few buildings had air conditioning. But recent decades have seen the development of passive buildings.
Passive buildings have no furnace or air conditioning, but they remain comfortable without them. Some people who have lived in passive houses find conventional buildings uncomfortable.
Passive building techniques make a furnace and air conditioner unnecessary. Therefore, they require much less energy to operate. Continue reading →
Contributed by Emily Folk
You make eco-friendly choices in the car you drive, how often you drive, and in your food. Why would you neglect furnishings in your home? One of its most important furnishings is also a structure: your flooring.
Indoor pollution can be two to five times greater than outdoor pollution, chiefly because of chemicals and pollutants in the home. Some of them can come from the floor.
You have to choose flooring for every area of your home. How do you choose what’s most environmentally conscious and sustainable?
Just consider these top 10 choices for eco-friendly flooring. Continue reading →
Contributed by Leslie J. Shearer
Hydroponic gardening is gardening in water, without soil. With hydroponic gardening, you put your plants in an ideal condition for growing. It offers all the nutrients directly to their roots.
At first, you may feel surprised when hearing that plants do not need soil to grow, but sometimes, soil can be an inefficient culture medium.
Plants use up a lot of energy to develop their root systems until they are able to search the soil for nutrients and water for their survival. By offering readily available and constant nutrition, hydroponic gardening allows your plants to grow 50% faster than they usually do in soil. Besides, this system also brings about a great deal of benefits. Continue reading →
Too many people put too many wrong items in recycle bins. Recycling problems create expensive headaches.
The cost of convenience in careless recycling will grow significantly in the near future. It will hit household budgets like never before.
The seeds of recycling wrong started years before recycling started at all.
In my childhood, for example, we separated wet garbage from dry trash. My mother wrapped the day’s garbage in a newspaper, and I carried it out and put it in the very stinky can. My parents payed two separate companies to carry the two kinds of trash away.
In fact, our trash didn’t include paper, except the papers Mom used to wrap the garbage. I burned it in our backyard incinerator. It also didn’t include beverage containers. Milk and sodas came in glass bottles. Stores charged a deposit, so we returned the bottles to get our money back.
Then a big city politician won election by promising more convenient trash collection. Continue reading →