our favorite way to visualize…
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Every now and then we have to just shout about our Pinterest boards. We love the visual medium, the ability to gather images of things we love and sort them into categories – it’s like a design inspiration book that doesn’t require cutting pages out of magazines! Here’s how we’ve been using Pinterest lately: Continue reading

eco FAQs

sip of green

Green Puzzle

Just the facts, ma’am… random eco-facts that make us think…

  • The average life of a 100-watt incandescent bulb consumes enough energy to drive a Toyota Prius from New York to San Francisco.
  • Only 1% of China’s 560 million city residents breathe air that is considered safe by the European Union.
  • Around 2 billion people in the world are currently without electricity.
  • A 1-kilowatt home solar system will prevent approximately 170 pounds of coal from being burned, 300 pounds of CO2 from being released and 105 gallons of water from being consumed – each month!
  • The amount of sunlight that falls to the earth’s surface in one minute is sufficient to meet world energy demands for an entire year.
  • The average American throws away nearly 65 pounds of textiles each yar.
  • 500,000 – the number of trees it takes to produce each week’s Sunday newspapers.
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can in 500 years.
  • The average American family throws away about 88 pounds of plastic each year.
  • 1 billion people in the world do not have access to clean water.
  • It takes 12 pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of hamburger.

the anywhere garden…
planting in containers

Container Garden

In yesterday’s post, we looked at rooftop agriculture, but what can you do if your roof is just not an option? This is where container gardening comes in. Planting in containers offers flexibility, ultimate control over soil composition and allows you to easily grow a variety of plants with different soil and watering needs, all in a small space. It’s a handy answer for those with small spaces, a tiny window box can support a healthy kitchen herb garden and with just a little bit of space, you could add peppers, tomatoes and other small plants to the mix. For those with yards, container gardening can be a terrific option for seasonal produce, or plants that need to come indoors during harsh winters. Continue reading

taking it to the roofs…
rooftop agriculture

From a few personal plants that might include some herbs to full on community agricultural plots, people are using their rooftops in bold new ways. Well, maybe not so new. City dwellers have long turned to their rooftops to bring a little peaceful green space into their lives, only now, it’s becoming a trend.

Limited square footage and a lack of personal space in city apartment housing means people have gotten creative with their urge to grow. A rooftop garden gives a whole new meaning to the idea of a living roof. They’re green powerhouses, keeping the spaces below warm in winter and cool in summer. They also absorb rainfall, which means less stormwater down the drain, and less erosion. Add in the healthy habitat for birds and insects and you’ve got a reason to climb up and get planting. Continue reading

carpet…
green friend or evil planetary enemy?

Carpet

Once upon a time, wall-to-wall carpet was unheard of and no one needed to answer the question of which is greener, carpeting, or hard surfaces. Then came the advent of wider looms and mass production and suddenly, every floor was covered in carpet. Current trends go back and forth on the subject, but let’s set aside aesthetics and look at the eco-friendly side of the room. Continue reading