Composting / Guides

Disposing of old batteries

Waste management: compost and recycling

...Composting: Composting is relatively simple and requires little investment. Making this minor lifestyle adjustment can reduce your curbside garbage by close to half. Curbside compost collection is becoming more commonplace, but even so, some green-thumbed homeowners forgo that service and instead take advantage of th...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...composting toilets . They don’t use water, they don’t require septic systems, and they don’t pollute waterways. Not necessarily for your downtown condo dweller, but a lot of people on their own wells do see shortages during dry seasons and composting toilets are a way around that. A composting toilet is a great solut...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...composting toilet, open-air shower, large moveable stainless steel bath. Built in outdoor fireplace on the terrace. Entertainment: human powered television, DVD player and sound system. 15 minutes of pedaling earns you an hour and a half of watching. Bathtub on wheels © Le Vertendre ...

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...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...composting and gardening, greening our streets, promoting alternatives to pesticides etc. Check local bulletin boards and community centres for groups in your area, and watch our events page for workshops on everything from rainwater harvesting and urban farming to installing renewable energy sources. 3. Eat local ...

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 ...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...composting hot water heater and hot tub is pretty fun too ! The most common thermal solar system involves a liquid passing through tubing in panels on your roof. The heated liquid is then transferred to a sealed and insulated tank which contains copper coils, through which your water passes before feeding your water ...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel to provide electricity. The class has dubbed the structure OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space). The class of 16 students challenged itself to design and build a living space with enough room for one person, that could be eas...

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...composting kitchen waste - because that goes hand-in-hand with food productiion. The food waste that might previously have been on its way to a landfill has tremendous value and can be used to grow more food in your own home and yard. Learn about the impact of your diet on climate change – find out what foods are not...

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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...composting effort – but our advice? We’d say give lasagna gardening a careful try and judging for ourselves is the best way to go... Now that you know the pros and cons of a lasagna garden , learn more about how to start a garden and growing food at home in the following pages: How to create a Lasgna Ga...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...composting, growing your own food, and collecting rainwater . Small steps to reduce our impact add up when we encourage others to do so. If you have no sun but your neighbour has a huge sunny lawn, offer to help turn it into a garden for half the yield. Less lawn to mow and free healthy food can be pretty enticing. A...