Green Living and Recycling Go Hand in Hand

January 25th, 2015 by Contributor 2 comments »

Green Living and Recycling Go Hand in Hand1

There are many way to embrace an eco – friendly lifestyle. Recycling remains a cornerstone of the “green “mindset. With the increasing world population, the problem with the waste disposal becomes more severe. Furthermore, recycling is vital for the sustainable living and preserving the planet’s resources.  In order to fully incorporate this practice, people need to know not only the benefits, but also the ways in which they can support the initiative.

Recycling vs. Raw Materials

One of the mains benefits of recycling is that it reduces the need for raw materials. Mining, logging and quarrying as well as the processing of goods produce an enormous amount of pollution. Even the electricity required to fulfil those tasks have a great impact. In the process of getting raw materials, the natural habitats are destroyed, resulting in the death of the local wildlife.

Recycling on the other hand requires less energy. Opponents of the idea argue that transportation of the recycling materials also adds up to the pollution.  This is true, but it is nothing compared to the emissions produced for transferring the raw materials. In most of the cases recycling uses less energy, thus have less influence on the environment. For example, the bags made from reused material, rather than polyethylene decreased the energy consumption by two – thirds.

Some of the materials cannot degrade for hundreds of years.  They will continue to pollute the Earth even when we are no longer here. They will not only flood our planet, but will also poison the soil. Cleaning the ground from these toxic ingredients will become almost impossible.

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ChargeSpot – wireless charging for your phone

January 5th, 2015 by Cathy Rust No comments »

ChargeSpot - Surface

In December I attended Construct Canada, attending seminars and looking for greener building materials and anything else that might stand out. One of the things that grabbed my attention was the ChargeSpot wireless charger. Pat Laureano, Founder and CTO of ChargeSpot, explained to me that it’s as simple as placing your dying phone on top of the logo indicating a charging spot.

Now, if you’re anything like me, when you go to meetings or conferences, you are constantly seeking out electrical outlets in hallways and conference rooms and racing to get there before others, pulling out your cord and adapter to recharge that baby, because, after all, who can live without a phone these days? As a writer my phone also acts as my recorder, camera, agenda and library. So, when it dies, I feel pretty darn useless.

When Pat started to explain the simplicity and ease of the ChargeSpot, I could immediately see the appeal of the product.

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The Top 10 Green Lifestyle Books.. EVER!

December 22nd, 2014 by Contributor No comments »

When it comes to clean and sustainable living, it’s often not as simple as presented on TV or commercials. Becoming a vegetarian or sorting your trash before taking it to the dumpster is one thing, but you have to invest a lot more effort in order to reduce your damaging effects on nature and environment.

Fortunately we live in a world where information is easily accessible and now you can learn how to develop a green lifestyle in the most efficient way.

With no further ado, here is our guide on the top 10 books you need to read when adopting a green lifestyle:

 

  1. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

As the title might suggest, this book explains how an organic farm can be built and run on a quarter acre, or even less. It’s all about organizing space, knowing what and when to plant and how to maximize your harvest while reducing your overall carbon footprint. The kind of farms presented in this book are able to produce most of the products required in a family’s yearly diet. More than that, with half the time invested in a regular office job, it’s suggested you can produce enough to secure a yearly income of about $10.000.

 

  1. The Encyclopedia of Country Living

This title is a classic. It’s actually at its 40th anniversary, and even today it’s a great read.

Some of the content is a little outdated: the niche of organic farming has boomed and now we have more efficient methods and technologies available for sustainable green farming than the ones available when this book was written.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living is also known as The Original Manual of Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself – whichever you pick up you will soon find yourself in ‘farmer mode’. It presents the approach a man or woman should have towards the land and it’s a great motivational literature for starting to live your dream of a green life.

  1. The Backyard Homestead

The third book on our list is another farming guide which explains how to develop a farm when the land is an issue. However, the approaches used in this book can also be put in practice on bigger farms with more land at their disposal. The Backyard Homestead will teach you how to store, preserve, organize and cook the things you produce in your farm on a larger scale than Mini-Farming mentioned above.

 

  1. Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living an Eco-Friendly Life

Generation Green covers the issues touched on in our first three books, but takes it on from the perspective of a teenager.  It’s not the type of book that you can pass to a teenager and it convince them of the merits of green living; it’s a book to supplement an existing green mindset in our teens.  If you’re just starting in the green world, this a great intro for anybody.

 

  1. The Green Beauty Guide

Have you ever thought about what happens with the water of your bathroom sink after you wash your hands? Maybe you know that it goes down the drain and then into the local sewage plant that makes it clean again. However, there are some things that can’t be taken out from the water before releasing it back into a nearby river or lake. Things like the chemicals we use every day as skin care creams, make-up, bath-salts and other toileting products. The Green Beauty Guide is here to help you reduce the chemicals you release into the nature, by teaching you how and from where you can buy organic beauty and self-care products that can be reabsorbed into the nature.

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EuroShield Recycled Rubber Roofing System

December 16th, 2014 by Cathy Rust No comments »

 

Canmore Black Shake

Canmore Black Shake

Euroshield is a rubber roofing product that has been manufactured in Calgary, Alberta for the last 13 years.  It is made from 75% recycled rubber tires and 20% other recycled material for a total of 95% recycled material. Each new roof contains between 250 and 1000 rubber tires, and any scraps produced during installation can be collected and recycled into new product (depending on location).

There are four product lines:

  • EuroSlate, mimics the look of slate. Available in Brownstone, Greystone and Blackstone colours.
  • EuroShake, mimics the look of cedar shakes — available in either the hand split or taper-sawn looks and three colours: weathered brown, grey and black.

Both the EuroSlate and EuroShake are the original products developed by EuroShield. They are about 3/4″ thick at the butt end and interlock using a tongue and groove system. They weigh approximately 3.3lbs/square foot and need no additional truss support.

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7 Ways to Clean with Vinegar

December 10th, 2014 by Contributor No comments »
Vinegar is a great household cleaner

Vinegar is a great household cleaner

 

  1. Vinegar works as an excellent surface cleaner. If you want to work something different in to your house cleaning techniques, then try using a spray bottle of half vinegar and half water as your regular household cleaning fluid. You will find that the acid in the vinegar cuts through the grease and dirt that can accrue on the surfaces in the kitchen very nicely, and won’t be harmful at all, like some stronger chemical cleaners can be. You can use neat vinegar on tougher jobs, like oven cleaning or floor cleaning.

 

Use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for cleaning.

Use a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water for cleaning.

  1. A splash of vinegar in the washing up bowl will mean that you are able to get your dishes cleaner even easier. Using the same grease cutting chemical process, you will find that vinegar makes light work of getting rid of dried on and greasy stains form your dishes, leaving them looking sparkling.

 

  1. As a glass cleaner, vinegar is an excellent product for ensuring that you are able to reduce the amount of streaks that you get, because it dries out a lot more quickly than water, reducing the residue marks as it evaporates. For the best results, you should use a really clean cloth, and go downwards in a zig-zag motion. For even better results, follow the vinegar cleaning process with a rinse of water, and a squeegee dry off!

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