Packaging / Guides

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

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

...packaging as it would take to ship a 100-load jug of eco laundry soap. It doesn’t take a mathemagenius to know that choosing one product over another means cutting the environmental impact from shipping and packaging by at least 75%, which is a significant achievement by any standard. In addition, the package it comes ...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...packaging. Thankfully worldwide some grocery chains like Coles in Australia have started a zero waste supermarket pilot scheme . What are the 5 Rs of Zero Waste? A zero-waste lifestyle involves five core principles intended to reduce household garbage, which are: Refuse – avoiding products that come in disposab...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

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

...packaging to indicate if it is. Plastic and metal kitchenware items aren’t generally recyclable, nor are broken drinking glasses, to name just a few items. How do you know which materials are recyclable? To know for certain what household packaging materials are recyclable in your region you would need to check wit...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...packaging and household recyclables (e.g., food and beverage containers). Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) *Be sure to refer to the rating system guidelines regarding combustion appliances, venting requirements and ventilation systems. 2.1 Basic combustion venting measures: Meet all of the following requiremen...

UBC's Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
LEED Homes

UBC Lab Exceeds LEED Platinum becoming one of North America's greenest buildings

...packaging onsite. Cost comparison: CIRS cost 25 per cent more than an equivalent LEED Gold building, which is standard at UBC. The university is projected to recoup the extra cost in 25 years or less through reduced operation, maintenance and energy costs –and reap significant cost savings over the building’s project...

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?

...packaging products. Lots of pallets means lots of pallet recycling - but we're on the fence as to whether using pallets as furniture is safe Heavy duty pallets are a form of reusable packaging and are designed to be used many times, while lightweight pallets are designed for single use only - and these are ofte...

Making home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes or horse chestnuts
Lifestyle and environment

How to make Eco-friendly DIY Buckeye / Horse Chestnut laundry soap

...packaging, but for the real enthusiasts, here is how to make your own laundry soap with buckeyes, horse chestnuts or indeed conkers as they are known in the UK! Who knew it was this easy to make your own eco-friendly and effective laundry detergent using ingredients you can pick off the floor?! Horse chestnuts and ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...packaging' and rarely if ever returned to their source. They can be dissasembled and used for the planking, but in their original form they lend themselves to many uses - wood sheds, bed frames, chairs and tables etc. Companies that accumulate them are often relieved if you come take some - but be certain to double che...