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Save Food, Save Energy, Save the Planet

Waste not, want not goes the old adage, but here in the United States, many do not heed this maxim at all. According to the United Nations Environment Program, between 30 and 40 percent of the food in the country winds up being discarded and ends up in landfills. This wastage isn’t caused by poor

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  • Cali Bamboo Cork Alternative
  • Cali Bamboo Cork Alternative

From the Archives: All About Cork

For some people they might have gotten over cork, but I’m still obsessed with this eco-friendly design trend. Whether it’s on the floor, wrapped around by coffee cup, or popping out of a wine bottle, I can’t get enough of it. A couple of years ago we did this interview with Cali Bamboo about The

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  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn
  • Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn

From the Archives: Luxury Composting Toilets

Composting toilets typically don’t sound like an upscale amenity at a hotel, but we learned differently a few years ago. With the holidays coming up, and people looking for a break we thought we would dig up our review on Luxury Composting Toilets at the Black Sheep Inn. While a composting toilet won’t be right for every hotel, for those in more distant regions, or even your local B&B who might be interested in going that route, composting toilets are more manageable than one might think. Recently, we sat down and had an e-chat with Andres from Black Sheep Inn about his internationally acclaimed, award-winning eco-lodge and famous composting toilets. From The Beginning… Andres and his wife Michelle moved to rural Ecuador in 1994 with the intention of building the Black Sheep Inn.  The pair discovered the location of Chugchilan two years earlier while backpacking around South America.  During their previous travels, Andres and Michelle visited what they considered to be one of the pioneers of ecotourism in Ecuador at that time – Hosteria Alandaluz on the Pacific Ocean

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Recycling Paint

I’m a painter, whether it’s on walls, furniture, or canvas, just give me a brush and a can of paint. This job title has turned me into the left over paint can dumping ground for all of my family and friends. I find ways to use up a little bit here and there, and a

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Give the Gift of Solar

In the past around this time of year we usually share a list of our favorite eco-friendly gift ideas. This year we decided to feature a single gift, one that allows you to easily give the gift of solar energy to someone this year, even if it’s a gift for yourself. Subscription to a Community

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From the Archives: Traffic Roundabouts

On my drive home this past weekend I ran into a new traffic roundabout in the town where I grew up. It was a little a stressful with the holiday traffic and the new and unfamiliar traffic pattern, but it reminded me of this great blog we published over a year ago about the Painful

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7 Steps to Going Green When Remodeling Your Kitchen

As you remodel your home, going green is at the top of your list of considerations. You want your home to be eco-friendly as well as beautiful. The kitchen, which is at the heart of many homes, is one of the most important rooms in the eco-friendly remodeling process. If you’re looking to go green

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DIY Recycled Pallet Planter

Recycled Pallet Planter skids have become very popular. Gardeners are changing wood pallets into planters for flowers, herbs or trailing flowers. They fit perfectly in most gardens, and they work well in limited space, such as porches and patios. Well… are you thinking about tackling this project? This project can easily be completed in one

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Building a Net Zero Energy Home

Transportation in the US uses an incredible amount of energy. But it’s our buildings that are the biggest energy users (and wasters) in the USA. It makes sense that focusing on reducing the energy consumption of our homes and other buildings offers the greatest opportunity to reduce our nation’s carbon footprint as well as our energy bills.

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