Food / Guides

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

Waste management: compost and recycling

...food containers to deter vermin, don’t over fill your bins, and keep them covered from the elements. The worker’s job is tough enough already, having garbage water run down your legs when you pick up a bin wouldn’t make it any more enjoyable. Composting kitchen waste: If you are designing or remodelling a kitchen, ...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...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. And involve the local kids in ...

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...food , 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...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...food choices can affect climate change , learn how to grow your own food in the Ecohome green home guide pages - how to build a greenhouse in a cold climate , how to grow food in small spaces , food that grows well in the shade and much more.

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...food production. By contributing to the crowdfunding campaign, backers will help make the Elegant Farm widely available. Born out of a desire to grow food indoors in his Montreal home, Jesse Herbert of Oopsmark developed the Elegant Farm vertical hydroponic system. It's easy to operate, takes up less than 1 square ...

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

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...food, fuel, and shelter systems that operate on current solar energy. These are homesteads, farms and schools fit for a challenging future of peak oil, climate change and economic transition." By running water through a giant compost pile, it was brought from 7 °C to a blistering 62 °C. Not much more needs to be said...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tastes better, and is better for you. The agricultural industry is a huge consumer of fossil fuels, not just transportation but through pesticide use, fertilizers, planting and harvesting. Planting your own garden is a great use of outdoor s...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...food we produce at our homes is food that isn't part of the agricultural industry , which is a huge consumer of natural resources. If you have a bit of space, urban farming is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and your food costs. Not only that, it's often healthier and even tastes better. Any would-be gard...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...food. If you have the space, there is little that tastes better than food you grew yourself. In most rural communities you will be able to find local farmers offering vegetables, meats and eggs. In certain ways rural living can’t help but increase your personal emissions, food production and buying local is one way t...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...food because they eliminate the wasted space created by paths found in both traditional row gardening and raised bed gardens. They also create a healthy, rich soil that delivers maximum nutrients to your plants. The efficiency of the keyhole garden is also supported by their natural resistance to drought, as moisture...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...food acts as thermal mass by holding the cold. If you don't have enough food to fill your freezer, sticking some jugs of water in it will actually reduce the energy consumption. Try to keep freezers away from hot water heaters, furnaces, and any other heat source so they don't work harder for no reason. Efficient...