6 Eco-Friendly Reasons to Build Your Home From Scratch

 

Just How Green Is It to Build Your Own Home?

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Old homes have loads of character and charming architectural details that are hard to find in newly constructed houses. When it’s time to buy a home, many people scoff at the idea of building from scratch, insisting that older homes are not only more appealing than new construction, but are more environmentally friendly because they’re not using resources to build a home from scratch.

But what these individuals don’t realize is that building a new home can, when done properly, be the most green, environmentally sound decision that a home buyer can make.

New, eco-friendly homes have a number of advantages over older homes. Read on for six of the biggest. Continue reading

What Does an Eco-Savvy Individual Look Like?

 

Profile of An On-the-Go Eco-Savvy Person

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This article should present a step-by-step alternative to life’s daily routines and rituals, including some eco-friendly ideas and options that you may not have thought twice about before now.

For most of us, workday mornings usually involve a scramble to get out of the door, just to be on time to the office. During the few precious minutes you have in the morning, you may skip over the eco-friendly alternatives that lie hidden within your daily routine.

Here are a few suggestions that will allow you to quickly decrease your carbon footprint, while giving you and your family an opportunity to learn more about the environment. In the process, you just may help to improve things, too! Continue reading

Five Signs Your City Has Gone Green

 

How Can You Tell If You’re Living in an Eco-Friendly Area?

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Every city is unique, and contains a quality that makes it unlike anywhere else. These days, there’s a term that many of us have grown accustomed to hearing: the use of the word “green” as it relates to the environment, and efforts to improve the way we live in cities everywhere.

And there are many ways to go green, no matter what city you find yourself in, or where you find yourself on the spectrum of environmental concern. Going green could mean that you refrain from using aerosol cans or skip eating meat once a week, but how do you know if your entire city is on the green train?

Here are five signs that can give you insight as to whether or not the city where you live has made the effort to be more green. Continue reading

Eco Friendly Travel Tips

 

How to Travel the Globe With a Mind Towards the Environment

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You have a sense of adventure. You’re not the type to let a television screen be your only connection to fascinating places, people, and cultures. You’d rather be there for real, experiencing the world firsthand. Putting yourself outside your comfort zone and seeing what you’re made of. You’re an adventurer; a citizen of the world.

The thing is, traveling comes at a cost. Not just a monetary one, but an environmental one as well. That last-minute flight from LA to Tokyo, Japan will release 2224 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere, and that’s just your share. That’s more than two months of driving! Per passenger mile, commercial airliners produce 6.5 oz of CO2. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.

Aviation manufacturers have been creating ever-more efficient engines, but the rapidly growing popularity or air travel has meant an increase in carbon emissions over the years. Of course, air travel isn’t the only way to get from A to B, but whether you’re flying, driving, or going by cruise ship, your vacation is bound to have an environmental impact.

Don’t get us wrong; we’re not suggesting that you stay home and dream about faraway destinations. We’re all for pursuing your wanderlust wherever it leads. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to reduce or offset the environmental impacts of your adventures. Continue reading

3 Things Capable of Saving Thousands of Gallons of Water

 

And They All Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

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Despite the Earth being covered predominantly by water … fresh water is a finite resource. Add in that our population continues to climb each passing year and it’s becoming apparent that one day we may find it difficult to access clean, fresh water.

It’s our job to take a proactive approach to water conservation. This comes through many different starting points, whether it’s a lifestyle change or purchasing a product from a store. The following are three little things that are capable of saving thousands of gallons of water (that also happen to fit in the palm of your hand). Continue reading

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

 

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Most of us recycle on a regular basis: we put our paper in the green bin, recycle our aluminum, drop our bottles at the bottle bank. When we clear out our wardrobes we drop black bags full of clothes at charity shops. When our linens become tattered or threadbare we scoop up those towels, sheets and blankets and drop them at the local animal shelter.

What most of us don’t know is that there are a multitude of other products we use in our day-to-day lives that can also be recycled. Some of the most surprising are listed below:

Pet Fur and Human Hair

Pet fur, along with dryer lint, can be recycled in one or two ways in your home – by making fire starters for your fireplace, or by placing the fur in your compost heap. Human hair is also compostable and recyclable, as both human and animal hair is full of useful nitrogen that can be thrown in the compost pile. Hair from any species can also be used to make the mats and containment booms that companies use after an oil spill, so donating your hair could help to clean up a future leak. San Francisco non-profit Matter of Trust uses donations of clean human and pet hair stuffed inside recycled tights to effectively soak up oil without requiring the use of new resources. Continue reading