Waste / Guides

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...waste - because that goes hand-in-hand with 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...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...waste and labour on site Lighter materials (20 to 30% less wood) reduces transportation costs over CLT and other structural materials Excellent resistance to fire. According to Freres Lumber, MPPs have the potential to transform the construction industry and make greater use of wood as supporting structures bec...

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...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 is delivered alongside nutrient...

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

...waste. Aluminum is usually less scratch-resistant than stainless steel, but with this one we have heard you won’t see a difference. The counter is very healthy as it has no VOCs, it is stain resistant, and it is entirely recyclable at the end of life. As an added bonus, you can mold the sink, the countertop and backs...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...waste than site-built homes, and they can be of higher quality with better energy-efficiency and performance for the same cost as a site-built house. And Le Refuge was designed and optimized to arrive on a flatbed truck fully-finished and almost ready to move in - oozing practicality and high-end finishes and specifica...

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?

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...waste from landfill. Using fly-ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed in the building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of construction materials from within 800 km of Bluewat...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...waste, and shipping. Maybe the solution is to have laundry balls for general use with lightly soiled items, but also an eco-friendly laundry soap with a bit more bite in it for dirtier loads. In the long run, it is left up to the consumer's own values, and balancing the appearance of our clothes and household fabrics...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...waste water from the sink, but it is really only a matter of time before they start showing up on the market. If your fixtures are getting old, consider installing low-flow showerheads , and aerators on your taps. Not a lot of thought was put into water conservation in the days of old, and fixtures reflected that. It...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...waste from landfills. What is synthetic gypsum board? Synthetic gypsum board, with up to 96% recycled content (or 'drywall' to use its common street name), is manufactured using waste sulphur dioxide from combustion gases in industrial chimneys. There are many advantages to choosing synthetic drywall; namely, any...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...waste will be sent to landfills. In-house product testing and approval! Emmanuel Cosgrove, a co-founder of Ecohome and the Director of our French counterpart in Quebec, Ecohabitation, says: "we always recommend window repair rather than replacement due to a poor return on the ecological and financial cost, and this...