Food / Guides

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...food and other organic waste often end up in landfills or open dumps. As it decays, methane gas is released, which contributes to global warming. Animal products, such as meat and dairy, have a much larger carbon footprint than plant-based foods, so discarding those items compounds the effect on our environment. What...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...food in cold climates The climate impact of food production is already very high; we don’t need to find ways to make it higher by trucking a load of soil and a greenhouse around for no apparent reason. See here for more on the impact of our diets on climate change to get a better perspective. This is slightly remin...

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

...food indoors in bottle gardens , or even just starting seeds growing that can be transplanted outside in the spring. Eating food you grew yourself is good for the soul. Read here about growing food in containers and small spaces. The sounds of water and colors of nature It’s a known fact that the sound and sight of...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...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 only healthier for your body, but learn the different impacts ...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...food-safe sealer. Butcher Block $2500-$6000 One of the easier DIY materials choices: wood is a renewable resource, and with a non-toxic finish this can be one of the healthiest and ecologically sensible choices. It's best to use a hardwood like maple for example, though any wood will show scratches and wear o...

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

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...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 being one of the largest environmental problems facing our waterways is absolutely key to makin...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...food. The easiest solution to that, particularly in areas that have far more power interruptions, is a small portable generator. It's not something you'd necessarily need to run all day every day, but powering it up to blast some cold into your fridge and freezer for a half hour once or twice a day can protect your foo...

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...

...food at home in the following pages: Vegetables that Grow Well in the Shade How to create a Lasgna Garden - Step by Step Guide Growing Food at Home in Small Spaces - 7 Top Tips Urban Farming - a Guide to Growing Edible Perennials in Your Yard How to Build a Backyard Greenhouse in Cold Clim...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

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

...food residue will avoid contamination of the material. A recyclable pizza box, which is a large amount of reusable cardboard, should be free of food scraps. Otherwise, it defeats the reason for participating in this necessary activity. Some household items that are recyclable and that you took the time to recycle, an...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...food, gas mileage and medicine, why not homes too?” In the long run, we will all benefit from this in terms of reducing the impact of climate change and energy consumption, but in the short term, no one will benefit more than homebuyers. It is one thing to shop for houses within your price range, but without knowing th...

Flooded streets impervious surfaces - Calgary Alberta
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

...food. When the volume of water maxes out the storage capacity of a green roof, overflow can be directed towards drywells, ponds or towards a rainwater catchment system giving you a supply of water for outdoor use that may come in handy during watering moratoriums that we are increasingly seeing in dense urban areas. ...