5 Tips for Reinventing Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

December 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on 5 Tips for Reinventing Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Scientific studies consistently show that indoor air quality is at … The post 5 Tips for Reinventing Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter appeared first on Earth911.com.

View post:
5 Tips for Reinventing Your Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Mother Nature’s Medicine: 4 Natural Remedies For Healthy Kids

December 25, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco

Comments Off on Mother Nature’s Medicine: 4 Natural Remedies For Healthy Kids

Some of you might have an encyclopedic knowledge of natural … The post Mother Nature’s Medicine: 4 Natural Remedies For Healthy Kids appeared first on Earth911.com.

Excerpt from:
Mother Nature’s Medicine: 4 Natural Remedies For Healthy Kids

Technology, the Universe and Everything — A Living Systems View of Spaceship Earth

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Business, Eco, Green

Comments Off on Technology, the Universe and Everything — A Living Systems View of Spaceship Earth

Half a century ago, the first images of Earth from space were broadcast around the world. These catalyzed awareness that, for better or worse, Earth is a dynamic, interconnected system. For tech companies pursuing “sustainability,” this awareness presents a paradox of cosmic proportions. On the one hand, we hope that new innovations will improve the quality of life for billions of people. Yet we’re accelerating the transformation of ecological commons into expendable commodities.

Here is the original post:
Technology, the Universe and Everything — A Living Systems View of Spaceship Earth

9 reasons 2016 wasn’t as bad as you think

December 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on 9 reasons 2016 wasn’t as bad as you think

It’s been a turbulent year for people everywhere, but we are determined to keep sharing stories that highlight what is good and right with the world. From the 105-year-old woman from India who started planting trees because she couldn’t have children, to two teens in Bali who convinced their government plastic bags simply aren’t worth the harm they cause, and the the man who turned an ordinary van into a slick mobile film-making studio, drastically improving his quality of life, we’ve published several inspiring stories this year. Here are nine that seemed to strike a particular chord with our readers – let us know which one moved you the most. [poll id=120]

Read more from the original source:
9 reasons 2016 wasn’t as bad as you think

6 sustainably crafted cocktails for New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on 6 sustainably crafted cocktails for New Year’s Eve

Start 2017 off right by serving up one of these sustainably-made cocktails on New Year’s Eve . We’ve got drinks perfect for dinner, hot beverages to keep you toasty, and even cocktails for the morning after to help you recover. Whatever your flavor, check out these 6 great cocktail recipes and make them with organic and local ingredients for a more sustainable New Year’s Eve. HOT SPICED WHISKEY CIDER Stay nice and toasty with some hot spiced cider mixed with whiskey. Choose organic apple juice and whiskey or pick your favorite batch made nearby. This recipe from Joy of Kosher takes you through the steps to make your own spiced cider, but no one would judge you if you used pre-made cider. Image © Ralph Daily COWGIRL KISS The Cowgirl Kiss is a signature cocktail at the Highwest Distillery in Park City, Utah made with their locally produced Vodka 7000. See the cocktail made on etté studios using vodka, pomegranate juice and sparkling wine for a super classy drink perfect for NYE. WATERMELON-SHAPED JELLO SHOTS Who doesn’t enjoy a good shot at the year’s best party? Clossette gives a great DIY tutorial for how to make jello shots that look like little watermelons using fresh limes. For a vegan version, check out this recipe at Vegan Baking . ROSEMARY GIN FIZZ A sophisticated take on a slow gin fizz, the rosemary gin fizz has a clean, crisp and wintery taste. This recipe by Sassy Radish mixes gin with a rosemary simple syrup that is sure to be the belle of the ball. WHITE SANGRIA WITH POMEGRANATE Make a bubbly and fruity white sangria with a dry organic wine and in-season pomegranates. Replace the Sprite/7-up with the same amount of club soda plus 1/4 cup of organic cane sugar. Recipe by I’ll Have What She’s Having . MORNING AFTER BLOODY MARY On New Year’s Day, you might need some hair of the dog to get you through the effects of your end-of-year celebrations. Bloody Marys, like this one from Over the Hill and on a Roll , provide that kick and sustenance in the way of veggies and tomato juice. Pick organic veggies and vodka for a healthier remedy. Lead image via Shutterstock

Here is the original post:
6 sustainably crafted cocktails for New Year’s Eve

How one family thrives in the Arctic with a cob house inside a solar geodesic dome

December 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on How one family thrives in the Arctic with a cob house inside a solar geodesic dome

Life inside the Arctic Circle is by no means easy, unless you’re a Hjertefølger. We first heard about Benjamin and Ingrid Hjertefølger four years ago when they began building Nature House , a three-story cob house wrapped in a solar geodesic dome . Located on the island of Sandhornøya in northern Norway , the ultra-green home was designed to enable the family of six to eek out a sustainable existence despite challenging climatic conditions – they even grow most of their own food. Inhabitat recently caught up with the Hjertefølgers, who have now lived in their home for three years, to learn about their challenges and victories. The Hjertefølgers, which translates to Heartfollowers, live in Nature House with their four children – they’ve added one to their number since Inhabitat last wrote about them . After constructing their cob home topped with one of Solardome’s single-glazed geodesic domes with the help of friends and neighbors, the family moved in on December 8, 2013. Related: Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle “The house works as we intended and planned. We love the house; it has a soul of its own and it feels very personal. What surprises us is the fact that we built ourselves anew as we built the house,” Ingrid Hjertefølger told Inhabitat. “The process changed us, shaped us.” The family had to design their home with extreme temperatures and wind in mind. It’s impossible to grow food in the dome in winter – Hjertefølger said there are three months without sun at Nature House – but the design does enable the family to grow food five months longer than they could outside. They grow apples, cherries, plums, apricots, kiwis, grapes, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, squash, and melons. Growing their own food is just the beginning of sustainable living at Nature House. Hjertefølger said all of their grey and black water is reused for fertilizing and watering the plants they grow. The family composts food scraps. They make sure to use clean, biodegradable household products, as elements in those products could end up in the food they eat. The home will have a long lifespan too – Hjertefølger said cob “lasts forever if you keep it dry,” and as their dwelling is always covered with the glass dome, it hasn’t been worn down by weather. She also said there’s no need to paint or even maintain the cob structure’s walls. Improvements could be made to the house, but for the most part the family seems incredibly satisfied with the design. “If we were to build a new Nature House, the ideal thing would be double glass on the green house so that we could have a tropical garden and no dripping in the winter,” said Hjertefølger. “But that is a bit unrealistic because it is very expensive with all that glass.” She also said they’d like to make a few changes to how the plant beds are set up “to get more usable space and better placement for different plants.” Overall, though, the family says they thrive inside Nature House. “The feeling we get as we walk into this house is something different from walking in to any other house,” Hjertefølger told Inhabitat. “The atmosphere is unique. The house has a calmness; I can almost hear the stillness. It is hard to explain. But it would have been impossible getting this feeling from a house someone else has planned and built for us, or a house with corners and straight lines.” + Nature House Images courtesy of Ingrid Hjertefølger

See the rest here: 
How one family thrives in the Arctic with a cob house inside a solar geodesic dome

Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

When the designers from Practice of Everyday Design were looking for a unique seating option for a client, they threw out the conventional design process and turned to a professional lumberjill to carve out seats on a reclaimed felled log . Hacked out of pure brute strength and surgical precision, the deep notches on the log were then covered in beautiful red upholstery hand-sewn by a local motorcycle seat maker. Now that’s what we call true artisanal furniture. The bench was a one-off concept piece that the designers had in mind for a specific client. Without relying on drawings or measurements, designers David Long & Antoine Morris came up with an abstract idea to turn a simple log into a physical and functional sculpture . Related: Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture They began their material search by contacting the City of Toronto to find out the best places to find local felled wood . After checking out the options at the various tree graveyards and tree nurseries, the team went with a rough log that matched the general dimensions they were looking for. Enter the professional lumberjill, who, working on little-to-no specifics, instinctively used her axe (at competition speed, no less) to strip off the tree bark and hack out three seating spaces. The carved spaces were then covered with a hand-sewn upholstery by a local motorcycle saddle maker, essentially creating a truly one-of-a-kind, reclaimed wooden bench . + Practice of Everyday Design Via Yanko Design

See original here: 
Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

June 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

World Cup fever is in the air – but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during World Cup soccer games because all the smoke from grilling is worsening air conditions in the capital city. Reuters reports that pollution levels in Santiago reached a five-year high last weekend, after Chile played its first match against Australia in neighboring Brazil. Read the rest of Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air , barbecue , braai , Chile , football , grilling , Pollution , quality , santiago , Soccer , World Cup

View original post here:
Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

Crowdsourced FLOAT Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

June 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Crowdsourced FLOAT Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

Beijing has some of the worst air quality in the world; conditions were so bad earlier this year that  levels were beyond the range of the US embassy’s air quality index . In an effort to more accurately record the air conditions in the Chinese capital, a pair of students launched FLOAT, an open-source project that invites Beijing residents to use kites equipped with air quality sensors to measure the amount of pollution in the air. The results can then be mapped, producing a better understanding of what’s in the air at any given time. Read the rest of Crowdsourced FLOAT Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , air quality monitoring , Beijing , china , Deren Guler , environmental health , FLOAT , kites , Xiaowei Wang        

View original here: 
Crowdsourced FLOAT Project Uses Kites to Monitor Air Quality in Beijing

GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower wins ASQ Hutchens Medal

May 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Business, Green

Comments Off on GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower wins ASQ Hutchens Medal

The same week as the American Society for Quality meets in Anaheim, Calif., for its annual conference, it awards the Hutchens Medal to GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower.

Go here to read the rest:
GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower wins ASQ Hutchens Medal

Next Page »

Bad Behavior has blocked 4099 access attempts in the last 7 days.