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Just How Eco-Friendly Are Wood Stoves and Pellet Stoves Anyway?

Just How Eco-Friendly Are Wood Stoves and Pellet Stoves Anyway?

In some parts of the world, electric or gas furnaces aren’t always an option for keeping your home warm. Wood and pellet stoves have been used for years, but with many consumers becoming concerned about their carbon footprint, they are turning away from some of them. Can woodburning stoves be eco-friendly? Woodburning Stoves Human beings...

Cleaning Products: Ingredients to Avoid and Natural Alternatives to Choose Instead

Cleaning Products: Ingredients to Avoid and Natural Alternatives to Choose Instead

A simple switch from conventional cleaning products to green alternatives can benefit both the environment and your well-being. Companies don’t make a point to advertise this fact, but the traditional cleaning solutions we use every day contain toxins with the potential to irritate and even harm our bodies. Phthalates in dish soap, triclosan in detergents...

Tips for Starting Your Own Horticulture Business

Tips for Starting Your Own Horticulture Business

Starting a new business, regardless of the industry, is a daunting task. You’ve got market research to consider, purchasing a new storefront in addition to figuring out what to sell and how to make a profit.  One quickly growing field that you might want to consider – especially if you like working with plants –...

These Eco-Friendly Items Should Be In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit At All Times

These Eco-Friendly Items Should Be In Your Emergency Preparedness Kit At All Times

In the case of an emergency, the only thing you’ll be concerned about is survival, but if you plan ahead, your emergency preparedness kit can be packed with eco-friendly supplies and ideas. With natural and human-made catastrophes so prevalent today (ahem, climate change), it’s not a matter of if you’ll need a preparedness kit —...

6 Green Building Ideas For Your Upcoming Renovation

6 Green Building Ideas For Your Upcoming Renovation

Keen to renovate your home? A green renovation is more friendly on your bank account and the planet. By using more energy-efficient, low-tox, biodegradable and recycled materials in your next renovation project, you’ll lessen your impact on the environment. Here are some green building ideas that are as economical as they are environmental. 1. Passive...

How to Design an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

How to Design an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

We’re always looking for new ways to make our homes eco-friendlier. We invest in solar power and double pane windows to reduce our energy consumption, recycle and compost our organic and inorganic waste to reduce the amount of material that ends up in the local landfill, and drive electric cars and hybrid vehicles to reduce...

How Land Degradation Puts Billions at Risk and What We Can Do to Reverse the Process

How Land Degradation Puts Billions at Risk and What We Can Do to Reverse the Process

Human ingenuity and technology have impacted the planet in detrimental ways. What humans have accomplished in the short time we’ve inhabited this planet has been nothing but amazing. We’ve gone from being nomadic groups to huge civilizations to a global community. We have technology to thank for this advancement and the ability to make life...

Quick Tips for Building a Living Wall in Your Home or Office

Quick Tips for Building a Living Wall in Your Home or Office

When back-to-basics meets modern agricultural science, it checks off more boxes than you’d ever imagine. Vertical gardens — or living walls — created as decorative statement pieces are increasingly found in high-end hotels, cutting-edge business and resort lobbies. Vertical gardens offer a powerful visual draw even as they improve air content and acoustic quality. Living...