Local food / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...food and water: City water systems will remain pressurized during power failures, but for those on a well, they require power to pump water up and fill pressure tanks. If you receive a local extreme weather warning that could lead to a power outage, fill a bathtub for toilet flushing and other emergency water uses. A...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...local ecosystem for optimal survival. They provide food and habitat for local birds, butterflies and bees, ensuring the diversity of species that we all rely on. Native plants have the advantage of thriving in your local soil and climate, requiring little fertilization or care beyond the occasional tidy up. Ask your ...

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

...local or state legislation that further muddies the waters, so do some research about your local area before making a purchase. Electric scooter laws in Canada are even more murky and varied. From our research, it seems that in general they are not allowed on sidewalks or bike lanes, but are allowed on paths and trai...

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

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

...food chain; in particularly high concentration with products that are rich in fats such as fish, meat and milk. They also enter our systems as we breathe particles that have off-gassed from household furnishings. Although the effects on humans are not completely conclusive, comparative studies have shown strong links...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...food: 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...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...food source by being extra diligent with house cleaning and safe storage of food. Depending on what your conscience allows there are a few options: poison works, but that is also dangerous to humans so it needs to be placed in a very safe location, where it is inaccessible to children or pets. Poison should never be ...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...local’, among the reasons for that is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that come from shipping materials around the country and the globe . No matter the product, the less something weighs and the less volume it takes, the less fuel is used in shipping, full stop. Tru Earth Eco-Strip Laundry Soap comes in a r...

Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

...Local plants improve biodiversity and create a local seed pool; They are less likely to consume large swaths of land allowing no other plants to thrive. Disadvantages: You are more limited in plant selection; Some species do have special requirements (soil type, pH, hardiness zone, etc.). In general, in...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...local EV charging stations, and how cold the winters are or indeed how hot the summers (which negatively impacts battery performance and EV range). If you live close to your workplace and don’t do a lot of road trips you can probably get by with one that has a shorter range. And using it less means it will be easier ...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...food, generate energy, and yes, build structures. Although I’d heard most of this before, I sat at the back of the room and felt the weight of this ‘inconvenient truth’ more palpably in my bones. For the first time, I was trying to lift something with my own hands, instead of just making relatively easy lifestyle choic...