Waste / Guides

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

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...waste from ending up in a landfill and easily get a quick start to growing your own food at home. It's also one of the best ways to convert an area of high-maintenance lawn into an eco-friendly, productive and possibly organic garden - without having to go out and buy soil, especially if the underlying conditions are...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...waste of money. What we set out to find were the exact design parameters where all the heat required to keep a home at a comfortable temperature would come in through the windows". While the Kenogami house does need a minor injection of heat at the coldest moments of winter, for the most part on sunny days it produce...

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...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...waste-wood products, grain, seed or corn. One major difference with a pellet stove over a wood stove, is that they have a hopper which loads fuel automatically. This can allow you to set and maintain a temperature for a couple of days in your absence before having to reload the hopper. Interior diagram of a pelle...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...waste of resources that plagues the globe. What defines an Earthship? It should be noted that "Earthship" is a registered trademark. You can build one and tell your friends it's an Earthship, but a home whose construction was not authorized by Earthship trademark-holder Michael Reynolds cannot officially bear that ...

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...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...wastewater from washing machines, showers, bathtubs and bathroom sinks are recycled and purified for use with toilets. With no municipal hookup, the only source of water is from rain and snow melt; this is recovered and stored in a 20,000 litre concrete tank buried in the backyard of the house. In addition to mechanica...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

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

...waste. Quoting the Tru-Earth website again, they've apparently done some more extensive calculations and concluded: "There are 30 billion loads of laundry done each year. If everyone switched to Eco-Strips we could eliminate 1 billion plastic jugs, and save truck fuel and CO2 equivalent to taking 27 million cars of...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...waste factored for cutting) and take a crew of 3 workers (one cutter, two installers) approximately 1.5 to 2 days to complete. If you calculate that with a labour figure of $40 per hour, you’re looking at an approximate installed cost of $3,600. Finishing a ceiling with drywall would cost about $500 in materials for ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...waste, it would need to be disposed of. In each case, one way or another the carbon in the plant fibers would be returned to the atmosphere. But instead, with Gramitherm insulation batts for example, the carbon absorbed by the plants ends up contained in your walls. It is estimated that an average-sized house completel...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...waste. Any solution needs to be scalable, and EPS foam insulation may well be such a solution if we continue to work to reduce its climate impact. In conclusion – this is in no way a recommendation for you to choose foam insulation products over bio-based natural insulation, it's more as a nudge to the foam insulatio...