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15 of the Best Online Second Hand Furniture Stores (2022 List)

Buying used furniture can be awesome or not so awesome. IMO, some folks think their used couch is worth way more than it is. There’s a big difference between buying cool vintage furniture or antique furniture and buying some used “cheap-in-the-first-place” items. Regardless, if you put some time into and go to the right places, …

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12 Principles of Permaculture Practices

More and more, the masses are becoming curious about topics like homesteading, Earthships, food preservation, and permaculture. The earth cries with joy any time another person googles “what are sustainability practices?” When it comes to permaculture, the literature can be rather dense. Permaculture encompasses so much more than just sustainable food production practices, which is …

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Near-Net Zero Energy Modern Home in Boulder, CO by Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction

Architecture and Interior Design: Rodwin Architecture Contractor/Builder: Skycastle Construction Based in: Boulder, CO Contact: Scott Rodwin, AIA (mailto:scott@rodwinarch.com) Head of Construction: Brandon David, LEED AP Project Manager/Designer: Cecelia Daniels and Jocelyn Parlapiano Landscape Architect/Design: Green Landscape Solutions Kitchen and Bath: The Artisan Shop HERS Rating by: Scott Home Inspection Mechanician: Perfect Temp Sustainability Coordinator: Sustainably …

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Imperfect Zero Waste Practices (30 Tasks You Can Do Every Day!)

I get kind of overwhelmed when I go to the grocery store. It’s baffling to think about all of the industries and processes that are in place that can so successfully fill such a giant warehouse. It’s especially overwhelming to walk into the cereal aisle — dozens of options, huge cardboard boxes filled with plastic …

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What is an Earthship? (Sustainable Living Explained)

If you’ve ever driven through New Mexico or Arizona, you may have journeyed through neighborhoods that are reminiscent of the planet Tatooine from Star Wars. Not only due to the desolate and striking desert biome, but because of the unique structures that are seemingly built into the landscape. I myself experienced this when road-tripping from …

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12 of the Best All-Natural, Eco-Friendly Granite Cleaners

Builders, interior designers, and homeowners all gush over granite. It resists scratches and handles heat, and it looks great. Granite is a favorite material for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, and other surfaces throughout the home. But granite has a porous surface that can gunk up with grease, grime, dirt, and bacteria that can dull …

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11 Top Natural All-Purpose Cleaners (Eco-Friendly)

Cleaning products often fall into one of two categories; they’re either highly effective but incredibly toxic, or they’re great for safety but bad at cleaning. Eco-friendly cleaners are becoming increasingly more effective and far easier to find, but now the trouble is sifting through which ones are worth buying. I personally invested in a whole …

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Two Intertwined Homes (Efficient, Sustainable and Healthy Urban Living) by baukultur/ca

Toronto-based design and development company baukultur/ca recently completed the construction of two new build contemporary, highly sustainable homes. Strictly modern in its design, the building complements the existing neighbourhood, yet provides two-family homes on an infill lot and footprint which would be conventionally occupied by a sole single-family house. The building, with two 4-level residences, …

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11 Top Natural Glass Cleaners for Your Home

Cleaning products have come a long way in the last thirty years, and that’s particularly evident in the “all-natural” category. People have begun to shy away from harsh chemicals, strong detergents, and caustic solvents, opting for more non-toxic cleaners. While your best bet for a “natural” cleaner was just vinegar and soap for a long …

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13 of the Best Natural Stainless Steel Cleaner Options on the Market

Stainless steel abounds in our homes these days. Our kitchen is loaded with stainless steel – large appliances, small appliances, pans and then our Weber grill on the patio. We also have young kids who simply cannot help themselves from touching and smearing their dirty hands on everything all the time. While we don’t clean …

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Shipping Container Guest House with Garden Roof by Poteet Architects

A container guest house is a brilliant idea. One 40′ container is the perfect size to squeeze in a living area, small kitchen and small bathroom. Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects did it right. The one he designed and built offers plenty of windows, colorful color scheme, rooftop garden and it really looks great on …

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17 Different Types of Solar Lights

Solar lights use solar cells which converts sunlight into electricity. The first photovoltaic cell was developed in 1839 when French scientist Edmond Becquerel recognized the potential of harnessing solar energy for generating electricity. He and his French compatriot Augustin Mouchet proceeded to create the first solar-powered generators in the 1860s which were able to power small …

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5 Eco-Friendly Humidifier Alternatives

You know that winter’s at hand when dry air becomes an issue. The winter season brings with it low humidity as well as a string of problems from worsening allergies, parched nasal membranes, dry skin to nosebleeds and static electricity. The humidifier fixes these issues by regulating the moisture in your home. On the other …

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6 Energy-Efficient Alternatives to Fluorescent Lights

About 60 percent of areas are still using fluorescent lights on the high bay or low bay ceiling, according to a US study. This does not mean, however, that there is a scarcity of options when you want to use a more energy-efficient light. There are plenty of lighting sources in the market today that …

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14 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Plastic Wrap

It’s about time we break our reliance to plastic wrap for food storage and opt for sustainable alternatives. They’re undeniably convenient to use but each usage leads to serious and long-lasting consequences for our health and the environment. A recent study revealed that out of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste, only 9 percent …

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