How to choose the healthiest, most sustainable milk alternative

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on How to choose the healthiest, most sustainable milk alternative

Scientists agree that the dairy industry has an overall negative affect on the environment. For starters, it takes a lot of land, fertilizer and water to grow food for the cows. It also takes a lot of energy to process raw milk , package it and deliver the goods to supermarkets around the world. Then, there is the fact that cows generate loads of methane, which is more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide. With the dairy industry disrupting the environment, more people are turning to alternative sources to meet their dietary needs. There are a variety of milk alternatives on the market these days, including almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, soy milk and pea protein milk — each with its pros and cons. If you are considering ditching cow’s milk for something more sustainable, here is a quick guide to the best milk alternatives and how they impact the environment . Related: Vegan diets deliver more environmental benefits than sustainable dairy or meat Almond Milk Almonds feature a plethora of health benefits, including good fats, flavonoids and protein. Almond milk, on the other hand, does not include the same amount of nutrients. In fact, many of the benefits found in almonds are not present in almond milk, because it only contains about 2 percent of almonds. While it might not compare to regular almonds, this milk does not have a lot of calories and is usually fortified with additional calcium and vitamins. That said, you have to be careful when purchasing almond milk, because many products are not fortified and provide little nutritional value. Although almond milk seems like a great milk alternative, its environmental impact is fairly high. The biggest problem with almonds is that they require a lot of water to produce. On average, it takes a little over a gallon of water to grow a single almond. Even worse, many almond growers are located in California , which has suffered extreme droughts over the past few years. Related: DIY vegan almond feta cheese Coconut Milk Like almond milk, coconut milk does not feature as many nutritional benefits as you might think. Aside from being low in calories, coconut milk features little on the vitamin and protein front. It also has a watery texture and does not pair well with other foods. Fortunately, companies fortify coconut milk to make it healthier, making it a viable milk alternative. Another positive aspect of coconut milk is that it has a very low environmental impact. The farms are eco-friendly and use small amounts of water to produce coconuts. Coconut trees can also filter out carbon dioxide, which is great for combating greenhouse gases . The transportation and processing are the only environmental impacts to consider in the production of coconuts. Rice Milk Rice is farmed all over the globe and requires a lot of water to produce. The plus side is that there are new varieties that make farming rice less damaging to the environment. The downside is that a lot of modern varieties are genetically modified, which many countries have deemed unsafe. There is also the risk of arsenic contamination in rice paddies. When it comes to taste and texture, rice milk is about as close as you can get to cow’s milk. It is naturally sweet and pairs well with cereal or cookies. It is a little more watery than traditional milk, but its sweet flavor makes it a good milk alternative. Rice milk is also good for people who suffer from lactose or nut allergies, and it can be fortified to include more vitamins and calcium. It is, however, low in protein. Related: DIY gluten-free flours with a coffee grinder Hemp Milk There are a lot of health benefits associated with hemp milk. This milk contains plenty of protein and important fatty acids. These fats are good for improving the cardiovascular system, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and fortifying skin. The one downside to hemp milk is that a lot of the nutrients are stripped away in the production process, although plenty still remain to make this a healthy milk alternative. As far as the environment is concerned, hemp production is actually quite eco-friendly. This plant is hardy, meaning less pesticides and sprays are needed to combat weeds. Hemp also helps fight global warming by filtering out carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Just about every part of the hemp plant is usable, resulting in less waste than other plants on this list. Oat Milk Oats have long been used to fight bad cholesterol, and these same nutrients are present in oak milk. The only catch is that you have to consume a handful of servings every day to get the benefits. While oat milk also contains B vitamins, it does not have as much protein and minerals as other milk alternatives. There are companies, however, that fortify oat milk, which adds in extra vitamins. Like most plant-based milks, it takes a lot of energy to turn oats into milk. Oats, however, contribute less carbon to the atmosphere than other plants and require less water to grow. For example, it takes six times as much water to grow almonds than it does oats. This lessens the environmental hazards in the oat industry, making it a sustainable milk alternative. Soy Milk The nutritional value of soy milk is close to cow’s milk. It has plenty of macronutrients, carbohydrates and fat. The main difference is that it does not have large concentrations of iodine, B vitamins, calcium or lactose. Soy is a plant product, so sugar is added to make it sweeter (there are unsweetened options on the market). The main downside to soy, however, is its negative environmental impact. Soy requires massive chunks of land and pesticides to produce. This crop is also genetically modified to better withstand various growing conditions and combat pests. There are large areas of the Amazon rainforest that are being destroyed in order to grow soy. If you think soy is a viable alternative to traditional milk in your diet, consider purchasing organic brands that are produced only in the U.S. Pea Protein Milk With the amount of protein per glass matching cow’s milk, pea protein milk is a healthy alternative to dairy. It also boasts enough omega-3s and calcium to rival traditional milk. Unsweetened options contain a fraction of the sugars found in milk, but the chalky, flour-like taste of pea protein milk will leave many choosing a sweetened option. Still, this amount of protein in an alternative milk is hard to come by. Better yet, pea protein milk is a great option for eco-conscious consumers. Peas can often grow without irrigation and are easily rotated by farmers, naturally fixing nitrogen in soil and reducing the need for artificial fertilizers. Growing peas requires up to six times less water than almonds, and this milk alternative has a much smaller carbon footprint than dairy. Via Sierra Club , Grist , Huffington Post  and NPR Images via  Adrienne Leonard , Nathan Dumlao , Vegan Feast Catering , Raw Pixel ,  Nikolai Chernichenko and Shutterstock

See the original post:
How to choose the healthiest, most sustainable milk alternative

A couple converts an old prison bus into a criminally beautiful tiny home

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on A couple converts an old prison bus into a criminally beautiful tiny home

Riding on a prison bus is probably not something most people would like to do for an extended period of time, but when Ben and Meag Poirier saw a retired 1989 Chevy B6P for sale, they knew they could turn it into their dream home. The ambitious couple worked on the 31-foot-long, retired prison bus for two years, resulting in an ultra cozy, solar-powered tiny home on wheels lovingly named The Wild Drive . When the Poiriers purchased the prison bus , its dilapidated state clearly demonstrated its past as a prison vehicle. Complete with three locking prison cage doors and bars on the windows, the bus even had a 12-gauge shotgun shell hidden in one of the walls when the couple purchased it. After gutting much of the interior, they turned to Ben’s experience as a former manager of a reclaimed lumber company for design guidance. Using as many repurposed materials as possible, they began to renovate the space from top to bottom. Most of the flooring, paneling, countertops and furnishings were made out of reclaimed wood. Related: Family of five moves from a 2,100-square-foot-house to a beautifully renovated school bus According to the couple, their proudest DIY project was the bathtub/shower installation made from a single reclaimed southern yellow pine floor joist found in an old shipyard. Ben removed all of the metal from the joist, cut it into two lengths and used a wood mizer to split it into boards. The panels were then kiln dried and put together using pocket screws and waterproof adhesive epoxy. The interior design shows the couple’s love of DIY projects, but their favorite feature of the tiny home is the miniature wood-burning stove. At the heart of the living space, the stove warms up the entire bus, creating a cozy atmosphere during the winter months. Although they managed to save on the renovation by using reclaimed materials wherever possible, they did allow for a few practical indulgences. They spent more than $3,000 on an off-grid system, which is comprised of solar panels , an inverter and a battery. The lights, refrigerator, fans, charging station and kitchen appliances all run on solar power. The couple knew that they would be living on the road for extended periods of time in remote areas, so having energy independence was an invaluable investment. Ben and Meag Poirier are currently traveling in their solar-powered bus, and they post updates of their adventures on their Instagram page . + The Wild Drive Via Apartment Therapy Photography by Rachel Halsey Photography and Meagan Poirier

See the original post here:
A couple converts an old prison bus into a criminally beautiful tiny home

Celebrate Kwanzaa With This Coconut-Frosted Sweet Potato Cake!

December 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Celebrate Kwanzaa With This Coconut-Frosted Sweet Potato Cake!

Many different holidays converge around the end of the year, and each comes with its own set of special traditional foods. This year, incorporate Kwanzaa into your holiday celebration with this scrumptious sweet potato cake complete with two layers of creamy coconut frosting! The heavy use of spices like nutmeg and allspice gives it a unique fragrance that will almost make you forget that it’s made with a healthy pureed vegetable. Wow you friends with our easy step-by-step recipe! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cake recipes , Celebrate Kwanzaa , coconut frosting , DIY cake recipes , holiday cake recipes , Kwanzaa cake , Kwanzaa cake recipe , sweet potato cake        

Read more here:
Celebrate Kwanzaa With This Coconut-Frosted Sweet Potato Cake!

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual , I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big industry. It’s a problem that comes up in nature all the time. Think about it: we have to dust to keep our home surfaces clean, but a plant can’t do that. But they need to let in maximum sunlight. They just can’t afford to be grungy! Lots of creatures deal with this same issue for all kinds of reasons. How do they do it? Can we learn better ways to stay clean from them? Read on to find out! Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotic resistant bacteria , biomimicry , Butterfly Wing biomimicry , butterfly wings , cargo ship , cleaning boat hull , Coconut , green shipping , hospitals , lotus leaf , lotusan , morpho butterfly , nanosphere , pitcher plant technology , self-cleaning , self-cleaning cars , self-cleaning solar panels , self-cleaning windows , sharklet , sharkskin , Slippery Liquid Infused Porous Surface (SLIPS) , SLIPS        

The rest is here: 
The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

Giant LED Sun Travels Around the World to Light Up the Dark Winter Sky

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Giant LED Sun Travels Around the World to Light Up the Dark Winter Sky

Two Norwegian artists are on a mission to bring sunlight to some of the darkest parts of the globe. Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad have created a huge LED sun sculpture that is 3 meters in diameter and oscillates between a wide range of warm hues. Since November 2012, the duo has been traveling to northern European cities that get little sunlight throughout the autumn and winter months with their artificial “Sun” in tow. Read the rest of Giant LED Sun Travels Around the World to Light Up the Dark Winter Sky Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art exhibit , art installation , artificial sunlight , LED sun , Light Fixture , norwegian design , traveling sculpture        

Read the original:
Giant LED Sun Travels Around the World to Light Up the Dark Winter Sky

UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has released a report that reveals the world’s children are most at risk from the effects of global warming . More than 600 million children who live in the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change are at increased risk from malaria, diarrhea, malnutrition, hunger and displacement. A child born this year will be 17 in 2030 and 37 in 2050 when the worst effects of climate change are expected in the form of more extreme and frequent droughts, floods, storms, heat waves and wildfires. Read the rest of UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Children , Climate Change , Drought , extreme weather , floods , food , global warming , hunger , Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , malnutrition , Oxfam , storms , unicef , young people        

Read more: 
UNICEF Study Warns Children Will be Hit Hardest by Climate Change

Ed Chew’s CORE is a Quirky Lamp Made From Recycled Coconut and Tetrapaks

April 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on Ed Chew’s CORE is a Quirky Lamp Made From Recycled Coconut and Tetrapaks

Last year Ed Chew won our Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition with a brilliant geometric Tetrapak lamp made of hundreds of strips of recycled packaging linked together with absolutely no adhesives. We liked the LED lamp so much that we ordered a couple. Now he has designed CORE which is comprised of both the original Tetrapak lamp and an additional layer of recycled coconut spheres! Read the rest of Ed Chew’s CORE is a Quirky Lamp Made From Recycled Coconut and Tetrapaks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bright ideas lighting design , Coconut , Core , eco design , Ed Chew , green design , green interiors , green lighting , LED , Malaysia , Phillips , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , Tetrapak Lamp

Read more here: 
Ed Chew’s CORE is a Quirky Lamp Made From Recycled Coconut and Tetrapaks

The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials

February 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Eco, Green, Recycle

Comments Off on The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials

When Clayton Tugonon set about creating his classy Una Cebu Car from locally sourced natural and recycled materials, he wanted to demonstrate to other Filipino designers the potential beauty and utility of their local resources. Modeled after a 1959 Porsche 356, Una Cebu Car’s dashboard is fashioned from a blend of sea shells, while the spiraling exterior is crafted from the stalks of coconut flowers — an abundant material in a country that produces 19,500,000 tonnes of coconuts each year. The car took roughly nine months to complete, and was debuted at least year’s Fame Exhibit in Manila. Read the rest of The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , car exterior , clayton tugonon , coconut flower stalks , eco design , filipino furniture , green transportation , movement-8 design , porsche 356 , Recycled Materials , Termite Mounds

Read the original here: 
The Una Cebu Car’s Swirling Exterior is Crafted from Coconut Flower Stalks and Other Local Materials

Bad Behavior has blocked 1293 access attempts in the last 7 days.