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Environmentally conscious living leads to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Learn to keep your home and laundry chemical free, and spruce up your front yard by learning how to garden. Look to us for easy to use guides and a green thumb to help. From advice on recycling, to CFL lights and composting, there are endless things we can do in our everyday lives to protect our earth and keep ourselves healthy, fit, and happy.

Bottled Water Facts & Stats

Bottle of water and shadow: Bottled Water Facts & Stats

Drinking bottled water isn’t only bad for the environment, it’s potentially hazardous for your body too. We’ll take a look at some shocking but important truths about bottled water and the industry that manufactures it. Although the bottles are transparent, bottled water companies are not so much. Let’s save the planet one less bottle at a time!

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What Do the Different Plastic Recycle Codes Mean?

Guide to plastic recycle codes on top of bag

If you are new to recycling then the whole process may seem completely overwhelming. Certainly there is glass, paper and plastic to recycle…but what about those numbers on the bottom of the plastic containers? What do they mean and how do they affect your recycling efforts? Below we will take a look at what each of these numbers means…

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How To Grow A Garden In Your Apartment

Garden inside a laundry room

Apartment gardening is not limited to those who live in an apartment and wish to create a garden. It includes anyone who lives in limited space and has to get creative about how they create their garden. You can have a garden anywhere you live. You just have to make your own space and get creative about your containers. It also helps if you are interested in re-purposing items you might otherwise think of as trash…

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Tiny House Floor Plans: Think Big, Live Small

Tiny House Floor Plans: Think Big, Live Small

Do you feel stressed out about your bills, mortgage, home upkeep, carbon footprint and more? The point of a Tiny House is to eliminate the stress in your life so you can spend time living your life and doing the things you love. The Tiny House Movement is meant to bring people together and give them the freedom to live as they wish. Read further to see what floor plans are available, pricing and more, so you can start on your journey in the Tiny House Movement…

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3 Reasons Homemade Composting Is Awesome

Composting bin

If you have been thinking about making compost but think that it may be too difficult, complicated, or time-consuming, you have come to the right place. We aim to make it clear and simple. While composting can be an exact science, it certainly doesn’t need to be. After all, Mother Nature does composting all the time without the help of human effort. We can join her efforts without making it a big deal. We’re going to discuss composting methods and then show you how to make your own homemade composting bin…

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The Ultimate Guide to Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Picking lettuce from garden

There are many different types of gardening that draw people in but one of the most common, aside from herb gardening, is vegetable gardening. Vegetable gardening is one of the more popular types of gardening particularly because the fruits of labor can be consumed after their growth. In fact, many individuals who vegetable garden on a large scale, do so in order to save money as well as ensure that their vegetable products remain pesticide free. Certainly as a beginning vegetable gardener it is unlikely that you will be producing enough vegetable stock to supply your family without depending upon the grocery store; however, you will be able to cut down on the grocery bill as well as the amount of pesticides that your family consumes on an annual basis. Whether you choose to grow your vegetable garden for fun, to cut costs or to try to eliminate the consumption of pesticides and other chemicals by your family, vegetable gardening is a fun and relatively easy way to begin gardening.

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Tiny House Expedition Interview

Christian and Aexis of Tiny House Expedition jumping

Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons are living the dream. And while the house might be tiny, their project is nothing but! Learn more about these trailblazers and their exciting documentary project in our exclusive interview with Alexis in March 2015…

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Kleenex Hand Towels – an Enviornmental Waste!

Box of tissues

For years now, we have been trying to make a move away from disposables. While some things, like diapers, are more difficult to make the transition to than say, using a cloth napkin instead of a paper towel, this move to use disposable towels in place of our usual cotton hand towels is definitely a backwards move.

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Why is Eco-Friendly Living Important?

Handful of blueberries

Eco-friendly living isn’t a new trend, in fact over the years it is the concept of what comprises eco-friendly living that has changed. As time marches onward and researchers are able to identify items within our everyday lives that are actually contributing to the degradation of our planet it is our responsibility as the “top …

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Best Low Flush Toilet

Toilet bowl

Think about how many times during a day you go to pee. The average person pees about 9 times each day. That’s 9 toilet flushes, not counting the occasional #2 😉 What does that mean in terms of water used per person per day just for going to the bathroom? If you take a look at your toilet, you may see behind the lid an indication of how many gallons per flush it uses. Toilets from the 1950s and earlier averaged 7 plus gallons per flush. Those from the 1960s were built to use 5.5 gallons, and the new 1980s toilets brought the water used in a single flush down to 3.5 gallons. Today, a new toilet is designed to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. Therefore, if you’re using an old toilet you may be flushing as much as 63 (7 gallons per flush times 9 flushes per day) gallons of water per day!

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