World’s Greenest Home, San Francisco: HGTV video

World’s Greenest Home, San Francisco: HGTV video

We visited Robin last fall on our ECO tour and we were amazed at the extent of the green features in her home. The previous post is here: San Francisco Solar and Wind Powered Home. Robin really has to be commended. She installed the first wind turbine in an urban setting. This was to her home in central […]

EcoNest® Straw Clay Home, Santa Fe, NM

EcoNest® Straw Clay Home, Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe is counted as America’s oldest capital city and has an abundance of adobe-styled homes and businesses. These buildings are distinctive, historical representations, that blend Spanish, Native American and other local cultures and are made by combining sand, clay, water and other fibres like sticks or straw. The look combines design elements of Pueblo […]

The Dirty Truth about Recycled Plastics

The Dirty Truth about Recycled Plastics

I was on an island in the middle of the ocean, a few miles outside of Belize, no people for miles, yet there were piles of plastic bottles, bags and other plastic garbage washed up on the shore. This was a few years ago and it really opened my eyes to the amount of “recyclable […]

How to Choose A Sweetener

Just about every low-calorie food or any boxed, can or prepared ones contains some kind of sweetener, one of my personal pet peeves. I don’t understand why most foods contain sugar or other low-calorie sweeteners to disguise the flavours. Well if you must have a sweetener in your foods take a look at this chart […]

Passive Solar using a Water Wall

Passive Solar using a Water Wall

I have blogged before on my friend Jack’s passive solar home. He toured us last fall Bellingham, Washington: Passive Solar, PV and Solar Thermal home. Passive solar, combined with a good heat sink (concrete, stone, masonry, water) creates one of the most cost-effective methods to heat and cool your home. With passive solar you have few […]

Ingredients in Personal Care Products

A short time ago I posted about the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics and the necessity of becoming  more aware of what’s in the products you use. It’s recommended that you switch to products that don’t contain harmful ingredients. Ah, this in only possible when you know what these harmful ingredients are. My friends at the Environmental […]

Campaign for safer cosmetics, shampoos and products

Campaign for safer cosmetics, shampoos and products

This story is also somewhat personal and it is not just about cosmetics, it’s also about shampoos, soaps and everyday products. Yes eco friend, products used by all members of our families. Many of these – off the shelf – body products contain industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, plasticizers, and degreasers. When you […]

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