Sustainable Beauty: How You Can Transform Your Beauty Regime to Be More Sustainable

Sustainable Beauty: How You Can Transform Your Beauty Regime to Be More Sustainable

uest post by Poppy Jones

We all know how difficult it can be when it comes to switching up our beauty regime, particularly when we have set products that we know and love and refuse to change. If you’re interested in becoming more eco-conscious, then making small changes to your beauty regime is a great place to start. In recent years, the sustainable beauty movement has gained considerable recognition world-wide as more and more people are realising the importance of engaging more sustainable day-to-day practices, because of the destructive impact that our consumer habits are having has on our planet. Brands have responded to this movement by creating simple solutions to assist you in consuming products in more sustainable ways.

Here are some amazing eco-friendly replacements you can make to your beauty regime so you can make a positive change this year.

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Eco-Housing Design Types

Eco-Housing Design Types

Guest post by Lou Crane of Roof Stores

Private homes are estimated to be responsible for about one-fifth to one-fourth of global carbon dioxide emissions, and for that reason, eco-friendly construction or green building is becoming more and more of a necessity. If you’re looking to move home and want something more eco-friendly, Roof Stores have been investigating some alternative types of housing that will help you cut down your carbon footprint…

Read on for more information, and check out the infographic!

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10 ways to consume less and help the planet

10 ways to consume less and help the planet

Last week I was lecturing in one of my classes about the birth of consumerism in the 1950’s, showing students a couple of popular ads that linked domesticity, femininity, and sexuality and asking them to comment on what they believed the ad was trying to communicate. The class reminded me that I needed to check my own consumption habits once again. It is a practice I have observed since starting Green and Prosperous several years ago.

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How to Reduce Heat Loss in Your Home

How to Reduce Heat Loss in Your Home

Introduction by Kelly P @ Green and Prosperous; infographic by Senator Windows

During the cold months of the year your house loses heat from a number of different places, including the roof, floors, windows, and walls. Preventing heat loss is a major concern for homeowners, who are increasingly demonstrating interest in finding ways to not only heat the home in the cold months, but to do so in environmentally-friendly ways.

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Eco-Friendly Cities of the Future

Eco-Friendly Cities of the Future

Guest Post by Powertools2U

Pneumatic waste systems, pollution sensors, robots, drones, and self-driving cars…it’s what we expect for the far future. But these features could be coming to a town near you. In 2050 the world population is estimated to be 9.7 billion; currently, it stands at 7.53 billion. To tackle this overpopulation crisis, new cities and towns are being built across the world. With cool tech and eco-friendliness high on the agenda, we look at these futuristic cities that are not far from the present:

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Why going green might ultimately be pointless

Why going green might ultimately be pointless

It’s hard to ignore the expanding “green living” industry, even if you don’t particularly follow it or practice any of its tenets. Globally, more and more people – particularly those who are middle to upper-middle class, urban and peri-urban dwelling – are pursuing healthy living options, buying more organic and non-GMO foods, raising awareness about the presence of harmful and toxic chemicals in the water, the air, and the personal care products we consume, and investing in renewable energy sources.

Yet ultimately, going green may be pointless. Here’s why, and what you can do to make sure that your efforts to go green are actually helpful…

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Types of Air Plants for Your Home

Types of Air Plants for Your Home

Guest post by Alexandria Heinz

Air plants are the latest trend in decor, but what are they? If you’ve ever been curious about these tiny, green succulent-like plants, you’ve come to the right place! Air plants, also known by their scientific name Tillandsias, are easily identifiable by their small structure and lack of roots. Similar to most plants, air plants do need a combination of air and water to survive, but unlike most plants, they don’t require soil to grow.

Epiphytes (plants that don’t need soil to grow) can absorb nutrients through their leaves rather than roots. This makes them a popular choice in home decor. They do need to be watered about once a week, but this is done by misting them, which leaves less of a mess in the home.

In their natural state, air plants are found on trees and shrubs. They are common in the warm climates of the southern United States, Central America, and South America. Many of these tropical plants produce a bright neon flower. To help you become familiar with air plants, we’ll show you 5 distinctive types that are unique in shape and color.

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Five Electric Car Myths Busted

Five Electric Car Myths Busted

Guest post by Select Car Leasing

While the electrification of transport is coming, there are many people who are still unlikely to even consider an electric car for their next vehicle. This is often due to preconceptions about electric vehicles that simply aren’t true.

Uncovered by our recent independent national research study, we found that a significant three out of five UK residents (60%) were unlikely to consider an electric vehicle for their next car.

 Select Car Leasing dug a little deeper into what this group saw as the limitations of electric vehicles, compiling this report to bust the 5 biggest myths and misconceptions people have about electric vehicles.

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5 Sustainable Steps You Can Take to Create a More Eco-Friendly Christmas This Season

5 Sustainable Steps You Can Take to Create a More Eco-Friendly Christmas This Season

Guest post by Hannah Bullimore

With Christmas fast approaching there are plenty of details to consider. From planning a busy schedule to buying gifts and keeping your guests happy, you may be feeling the stress and strain of the season.

So how do you manage all of this and have a stylish and elegant home throughout the holidays without being overwhelmed by all the stuff that goes with them?

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How to Build an Eco-Friendly Tiny House

How to Build an Eco-Friendly Tiny House

Guest post by Molli McGee

Overconsumption and waste is not uncommon to see in today’s world. Take houses, for instance. A quick drive through any typical neighborhood in the United States and you’ll notice some pretty sizeable houses. Now, the chances that each family efficiently uses the space in their large home is pretty unlikely. According to the census from first quarter 2018 data, the average square footage of single-family American homes has increased to 2,641 square feet. Larger spaces not only take more energy to heat and cool, but they also produce more waste.

For those of you who haven’t heard about tiny houses, these pint-sized abodes could be the (sustainable) answer to the growing world we live in. At no more than 500 square feet, tiny homes focus on simple living without sacrificing on quality. While there are many ways to build a tiny home, there are certainly ways that are kinder to the environment than others. Let’s take a look at some tips for how to make a tiny house eco-friendly.

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The Five Steps to an Eco-Friendly Garden

The Five Steps to an Eco-Friendly Garden

Guest post by Katie Myers

Did you know that 44% of young people are unhappy with the current state of the environment? There are many ways that we can help to improve the state of the environment, and many of these we try to practise daily such as recycling and leaving the car at home when we can. However, whilst many of us often try so hard to make our homes eco-friendly, we often forget about our gardens.

Becoming an eco-friendly gardener is not nearly as hard as it sounds. There are just five easy changes that you can make to transform your outdoor space into an eco-friendly one. The right gardening techniques will not only help you to achieve your eco-friendly status, but will also attract a wider range of wildlife into your garden, help you save money on your water bills and can even help you to lose weight.

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Green Home Activities That Will Increase Your Property Value

Green Home Activities That Will Increase Your Property Value

Guest post by Will Sandford

It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking of selling your home in the next couple of months or years, or the idea is still far away in the future for you: knowing ways to increase your property’s value is always good. Seeing as how spring is always an appropriate season to get some remodeling done and it’s drawing near in Australia, we think that this is the perfect opportunity to give you a few tips. Read on to discover which green activities can boost the value of your home.

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7 Ways to Lower Energy Bills in Your Rented Apartment

7 Ways to Lower Energy Bills in Your Rented Apartment

Guest post by Lana Hawkins

Being mindful of your energy consumption will not only help you save money on your electricity bill, it will also have a positive impact on the environment. However, when renting an apartment, you can’t make any major changes before discussing them with your landlord. What you can do is implement some simple everyday practices and make some minor updates that can help you reduce your energy consumption and make your apartment a bit greener.

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Helping Kids Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Helping Kids Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Guest post by Bob Roberts

By reducing the amount of natural resources you consume, reusing items that would otherwise go to waste, and recycling trash so it can be repurposed, you’re helping ensure a brighter future for children today. However, planning for the future includes not only taking steps in the present, but also preparing for tomorrow. By teaching children good conservation practices today, you’ll contribute to a cleaner future. Children who learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle now will gain the foundation they need to pass those practices on to their children and continue preserving natural resources.

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Preparing Your Bee-Attracting Garden for Winter

Preparing Your Bee-Attracting Garden for Winter

Guest post by Clara Beaufort

Bees, unfortunately, are disappearing at a rapid rate. Those of us who are already gardeners are doing their part to sole the problem by setting up a bee-friendly series of plants. The Honey Bee Conservancy offers some tips for those who are not aware of what makes a garden attractive to pollinators like bees. Bee-friendly gardening is a year-round task, and with fall approaching it’s important to prepare. Winterizing your garden and planting cool weather-blooming species that will keep the bees coming back are crucial steps in making fall adjustments.

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