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The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...compost pile, it was brought from 7 °C to a blistering 62 °C. Not much more needs to be said that the video doesn't say. We love seeing stuff like this, if you come up with your own brilliant backyard inventions or hear of one, by all means tip us off.

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

...composters are a great way to recycle kitchen waste into next years tasty tomato and zucchini crops Some leaves can be added to vegetable compost, but larger quantities can be composted in a pile of their own. As with vegetable compost, occasionally turning leaves over with a garden fork speeds up the decomposition...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

Do house plants clean indoor air? The idea that house plants filter and clean indoor air is at best a mini-truth, and at worst a total myth, and like any pseudo-science health trend, it can have a negative impact as well. Providing false solutions to human health issues gives people a false sense of security. Having...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...compost tower can be filled with anything else you would put into your garden compost, but avoid adding cooked food waste, breads, pastas and oils. Source: Blog Once the outer walls have been marked and the center compost basket is constructed, you can begin to fill the raised bed with the "lasagna" metho...

Why you should Never put Coffee Grounds In the Garden
Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Why to NEVER put coffee grounds on plants or the garden...

...compost?” - Again, no. One particular study compared three different composting methods to measure the effect of adding coffee grounds to your compost. In all three methods, they found an increase in the death-rate of earthworms and soil insects. According to this study, as the coffee grounds break down, they release...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...Compost or manure on top of leaves layers the lasagna Here is where you will need to add a thin layer of compost - sheep, chicken, sea compost, pick whichever kind of poop resonates with you or which smell you can most comfortably tolerate. Some compost is very strong, so if you have spare topsoil, mix them together ...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...compost and soil material to achieve this, and it has many benefits along the way. The ‘cons’ of lasagna gardening on the other hand can include the time spent building and finishing beds, finding safe compostable products, maintaining oxygen levels in the soil and the size in which it can work successfully. The fi...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...composting toilet that turns it's waste into fertilizer, and be used in its own backyard for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the power grid and pre-fab straw bale walls. "The treatment of human waste into useful compost rather than be...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyard lasagna garden How to dispose of construction waste ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...compost blankets, filter socks, or some comparable approach to prevent soil runoff. 2.1 No invasive plants: Introduce no invasive plant species into the landscape. To find out more about invasive plant species, consult the Canadian Botanical Conservation Network. Water Efficiency (WE) 3.1 Fixture efficiencies...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...compost, recycle, everything helps and it takes seconds to be mindful about waste - however be sure that it's fit for purpose, like coffee grounds as a mulch for garden plants and why that's a really bad idea!