Sustainable Food Initiatives and How Eco Labels Drive the Consumers (Infographic)

Sustainable Food Initiatives and How Eco Labels Drive the Consumers (Infographic)

Guest post by Hannah Findlay

Food has always been a big part of our lives. In the past it was either an object of constant worry for the poor, or a way for the rich to enjoy life through over-indulgent eating. Only in the past century have people started wondering about the healthfulness of our meals, and how food production is affecting the planet. Initially they were concerned about body image and health, the rising threat of cholesterol-related diseases and obesity, and finally people became aware of the dangers of unsustainable food production for future generations.

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Eco-Friendly Parking Tips

Eco-Friendly Parking Tips

Guest post by Ian Todd

 

“Was this trip really necessary?” Motorists during World War II heard this phrase often because they were encouraged to avoid any unnecessary car trips. This was part of a larger concerted effort to prevent wasting precious resources in support of the war effort. Today, that phrase takes on new relevance. More people are aware of the effect they have on the environment throughout their everyday lives — especially when it comes to their driving habits. Although many people have taken steps such as buying hybrid or electric vehicles, there are some other, more surprising ways to reduce the emissions we contribute to the air. One of the most significant may be changing the way we park.

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How To Create an Eco-Friendly House that Still Feels Like Home

How To Create an Eco-Friendly House that Still Feels Like Home

Guest post by Tony Mers

Living an eco-friendly lifestyle is essential in the modern era. Many people who want to live healthier lives and promote sustainability begin their eco-friendly journey by implementing small changes within their home.

Unfortunately, many people think of two versions of eco-friendly living: a cold, industrial building covered in solar panels, or a home akin to the ground floor of a rainforest (complete with compost piles in the corner of each room).

But this couldn't be further from the truth. In reality, environmentally-friendly living doesn't mean you have to undergo a complete lifestyle change when you want to support our planet and engage in sustainable efforts. Here are just some of the ways you can craft an eco-friendly house without sacrificing the comforts of home.

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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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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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Passive Housing: A Smarter Way of Living (Infographic)

Passive Housing: A Smarter Way of Living (Infographic)

Guest post by Helen O’Keefe

This infographic looks at the trend for eco-friendly and sustainable passive housing design.

These days more and more homeowners are developing a passion for environmentally-friendly design. Smart design allows us to dramatically cut down on our energy consumption, or in an ideal situation avoid it altogether. Consequently, an increasing number of homeowners are opting for passive housing. A fantastic option for those seeking a greener way of life, passive houses are 90% more energy efficient than any normal home.

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5 Tips to Bring Nature Indoors

5 Tips to Bring Nature Indoors

Guest post by Lana Hawkins

It’s common knowledge that nature has a positive impact on people and can help us relax and get in touch with our inner selves. Having this in mind, it’s not surprising that more and more world-famous interior designers are incorporating numerous elements of nature into their projects. So, if you want to follow in their footsteps and decorate your home according to the latest trends, take a look at the list of 5 tips on how to bring nature indoors which we’ve prepared just for you. Enjoy and get inspired!

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6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Maintain Your Yard This Spring

6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Maintain Your Yard This Spring

guest post by Anita Franco

If you own a home, odds are good you have ideas about how your dream lawn should look. Making that vision a reality typically involves landscaping work.

However, you might also want to protect the planet. Some landscaping techniques can be quite harmful to the Earth. Excessively applying pesticides, constantly watering your plants, and even running gas mowers or similar equipment can have a negative impact on the environment.

That doesn’t mean you should give up on your plans – far from it! There are many smart ways to transform your lawn without harming the planet. If you’re interested in green, eco-friendly landscaping, keep these ideas in mind as you maintain your yard this spring and summer.

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Infographic: Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Infographic: Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Guest post by Helen O'Keefe

Green living doesn’t require a large-scale overhaul of our day-to-day habits. By implementing a few minor changes which are quick and inexpensive to activate, we can drastically reduce our carbon footprint, leading to us feeling healthier and happier for knowing that we’ve done a bit to contribute to a greener environment. What small yet significant steps can you take to make your home a more eco-friendly place?

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