Tiny House Sustainable Living blog documents life in an off-grid tiny home

September 22, 2020 by  
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In her home country of Australia, Jennifer lives with her 20-year-old daughter on a 42-acre farm along with horses, sheep, goats and alpacas. She designed and built her shipping container -turned-tiny-home herself, documenting the whole process on her blog to give everyone a look into her everyday sustainable and off-grid lifestyle. The Tiny House Sustainable Living blog has been live since July 1, gaining over 13,000 reads within the first month to overwhelmingly positive response. The home, which is completely self-sufficient, features an off-grid , ground-mounted solar power system with battery backup, rainwater collection tanks and a full underground septic system. Related: This DIY off-grid home in Hawaii includes a permaculture farm Jennifer says that her decision to go tiny came after a transition from a corporate lifestyle, igniting her desire for a more simple way of living and financial freedom. When she bought her land in 2016, she found herself with a completely blank canvas. Armed with knowledge about animal husbandry, Jennifer’s daughter uses her experience from her job as a wool classer for a major fleece producer to help out with the animals on the farm . Thanks to Jennifer’s touch, no one would ever suspect that this cute farmhouse cottage was once an industrial shipping container. The exterior is complemented with large windows to let the natural light shine through, modern porch lights and a charming stone path that leads up to the front door. There’s a large refrigerator, convection oven and four-burner stove inside the kitchen, with a roll-away island to allow for additional counter space. A wood-burning stove keeps the entire home warm and cozy on cooler days. Additional amenities include a rainwater showerhead and a washer/dryer unit in the bathroom. The blog itself outlines the week-by-week journey of her tiny home construction, highlighting what worked well and what she would have done differently. Readers can follow Jennifer’s articles, photos and videos, learning about everything from budgeting for construction to building a sustainable lifestyle . It doesn’t stop at her tiny home, either; she also discusses farm animal management, beekeeping, agriculture and more. So what’s next for Tiny House Sustainable Living? Jennifer says she is planning on doing step-by-step video blogs about growing her own food so that her fans can come along for the ride and maybe even learn a thing or two themselves. + Tiny House Sustainable Living Images via Tiny House Sustainable Living

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A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for your friends

December 19, 2018 by  
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Are you searching for the perfect gift for your best friend? Or maybe you’re looking for something special for all the friends on your gift list. Either way, here are some of our favorite gifts this season that are beautiful, thoughtful and sustainable. Natural, handmade soaps While the masses swarm big name stores for lotions and bath soaps, find an eco-friendly option that is actually easier on the eyes and the wallet. It’s pretty easy to find local soap makers in your area, but you can also check on Etsy or stores like Lush , which offers soaps made with fruits, veggies, herbs and oils and also come with minimal (if any) packaging. Related: A guide to the best eco-friendly holiday gifts for family Zero-waste wine What better way to show how much you love your friends than with a delicious bottle of wine made from the world’s first certified zero-waste winery? Pick up a bottle of Fetzer for the friends on your gift list, and pair it with some organic cheese or a couple of cute wine glasses. Cozy socks ‘Tis the season of cozy socks, but not just any pair will do. Be sure the fabric of the socks you give this season is eco-friendly, like these snuggly, fair-trade wool sweater socks made from organic wool. Succulents As succulents continue to grow in popularity, now is the perfect time to pick some up for everyone on your list. Coupled with a nice planter, succulents are a thoughtful gift that will brighten up your friends’ homes or desks without requiring too much attention. A succulent subscription box is also a nice present that your friends can receive for many months after the holiday ends. Reusable mugs Whether they prefer coffee, tea or hot chocolate, your friends will love this cute mug made from glass and cork . It’s durable and BPA-free, plus, it will hopefully curb the disposable cups that come from spontaneous coffee runs. Images via Viktor Forgacs , Kym Ellis , Riala , Alex Holyoake , Goran Ivos and Shutterstock

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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

January 16, 2015 by  
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This cute canine has cracked the code  on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black Labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop: the local dog park. Read the rest of Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , bus , CLEVER , cute , dog , dog park , dogs , Metro , public transportation , Seattle , Smart

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Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be real

January 16, 2015 by  
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Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

January 16, 2015 by  
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When Elon Musk originally unveiled plans for the supersonic Hyperloop , he said that he didn’t plan to build it himself. Now the billionaire inventor has announced plans to construct a Hyperloop test track to help bring the next-gen transportation system to life. Musk announced the news on Twitter, as is his habit, saying that the test track will “most likely” be located in Texas. The Hyperloop is akin to a mega high-speed rail system, consisting of huge tubes mounted on tall pylons, with capsules to carry passengers at the speed of sound. The super high-speed transit system may one day provide stiff competition for airlines, because it promises to move people from Point A to Point B in about half the time it takes to fly. Read the rest of Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elon musk , green transportation , high speed , Hyperloop , plans , public transportation , Technology , tesla

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Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

October 1, 2014 by  
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Nico’s Interlocking Leaf Seats are Handmade in the UK Using Sustainable Materials

April 23, 2014 by  
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Design by Nico recently showcased this cute set of interlocking Leaf Seats at Milan Design Week . As many as seven Leaf Seats can be connected together to serve a range of functions – from individual stools to benches and even day beds. Each seat is handmade by by British craftsmen using sustainable materials such as wool and solid oak. + Design by Nico + Milan Design Week Coverage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design by Nico , eco design , green design , handmade , Leaf seat stools , Milan Design Week , Milan Design Week 2014 , sustainable design , Sustainable Materials

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Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

April 23, 2014 by  
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Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to quickly and easily fasten together different parts. The tiny sculptural fitting can be either shipped from their Rotterdam studio, or 3D printed as an open source design. Read the rest of Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , 3d printed , 3D printing , DIY , DIY furniture , furniture connector , Keystones , Studio Minale-Maeda

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The Cabina Clothespin Holder Brings a Little Bit of Whimsy to Laundry Day

July 9, 2013 by  
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While you may typically reach for the dryer after a wash, consider putting your clothes on a line to help cut both your energy bill and your carbon footprint. Designed by Avichai Tadmor , the Cabina Peg Holder is an adorable clothespin container modeled after a suspended cable car. This cute little design will help you keep laundry day a little playful. Get one over at Monkey Business in one of two colors: red or stone. + Avichai Tadmor The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Avichai Tadmor , cabina , clothespin holder , clothespin storage , laundry accessories , line dry pins        

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Design Challenge Winner: Kitchen Command Center

April 2, 2013 by  
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A cookie sheet that needed a new life and my need for a central location in the kitchen for a menu, shopping list, pens and coupons came together in this cute, functional command center.

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