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

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden safe paper and cardboard for layering would require a concerted effort for larger areas of food production. Our Conclusion: Lasagna Gardening Drawbacks vs. Benefits Growing lettuce and greens in a lasagna garden There is some work and time involved in successful lasagne gardening, but there would be with...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes? for thought when deciding where to spend your green dollars. To save money and lower your carbon footprint, the first step where possible is to invest in choosing the best insulation , improve air sealing in your home and installing energy recovery ventilation rather than paying for your own personal power gener...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop production. So I’m still glad I did it, but this new Hydraloop technology is light years ahead of what I had to build because there weren't any commercially available options” Says Emmanuel. The original news article all about the EcoHome DIY gray water recycling system is here . How the Hydaloop gray water re...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...production of most particle board, plywood, furniture, drywall, and electronic equipment. Formaldehyde and adhesives in cabinetry materials are a source of pollutants in homes. Image via Wikimedia When new materials are introduced into a home, the odours that accompany them are quite noticeable at first. This c...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

...production of melamine usually employs urea as a starting material. Urea is broken down to cyanuric acid, which then can be reacted to form melamine. Traditionally (and this is where individual manufacturer's processes can make things more or less problematic) its most important reaction is that with formaldehyde, form...

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames
Interior design and furnishing

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...production of PBDEs is about 100,000 tonnes per year, posing a serious and virtually unnecessary risk to human health and the eco-system. The effects of flame retardants on human health: Flame retardant warning label Flame retardants release particles into the environment over the course of their entire life,...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates? Earthships are equiped with a greenhouse for producing food throughout the year. A humid environment like that should be kept separate from living spaces for home durability and the health risks mentioned above, in which case you would be choosing food production over passive heat gain in living spaces. To kn...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...foods and hazardous chemicals. The production of pallets accounts for 43% of hardwood and 15% of softwood usage in the U.S. Some are reused for other shipping purposes, but many are disposed of. Some modern pallet standards are designed to pass through standard doorways, for example the europallet (800 mm x 1...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials production and good absorption of rainwater, reducing your storm water runoff. Cons: A vegetable garden obviously requires a lot of maintenance, an irrigation system, and you'll need structural reinforcement to support the added weight. Creating access to the roof to enjoy the space can be expensive, so factor...

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home? , and how to maintain, weed and manage your garden! Growing greens in a Lasagna Garden Now that you know about converting a backyard lawn into a food producing lasagna garden , learn more about growing food at home in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . Growing Food at Home in Small Spac...

Dog strangling vine invasive species

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...production of chemical fertilisers. To find native plants by region and category you can google ‘indigenous plants’ and your region, but we have also found this native plant database to be an excellent resource that is broken down by province as well as types of plants.