When I think of the type of home that might be a "zero waste" home — where occupants strive to eliminate the everyday disposables that seem sometimes to be inseparable from living — I guess I think of a home far from civilization. Maybe something handbuilt. The zero waste home in my imagination looks a lot like the permaculture-loving straw bale home we featured in April 2011. It's woodsy, it's cozy, it's clearly inhabited by hippies.
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We haven't taken a day to hang out in the forest for a while, and since it's just good medicine, let's do that. I'd like to introduce you to Romero Studios, a treehouse-building husband and wife team which has traveled around the world, spreading treehouses, gardens, and sculptures using 98% reclaimed materials.
More than half of all Americans drink bottled water; about a third of the public consumes it regularly. Sales have tripled in the past 10 years, to about $4 billion a year. This sales bonanza has been fueled by ubiquitous ads picturing towering mountains, pristine glaciers, and crystal-clear springs nestled in untouched forests yielding absolutely pure water.
But does bottled water live up to the hype and, more importantly, is it worth the waste?
Wasting food is a bummer. It's a waste of money, it's a disappointment, and it can be prevented. Here are eight ways to waste less of your precious, tasty, delicioso food.
I just recently became interested in where my food comes from. I am willing to be more responsible about what I buy, but from what I've read, grass-fed beef does not always mean humane, Dole bananas are picked by slaves, tomatoes are killing the earth with pesticides, and milk is made by abusing dairy cows.
So what I'm asking is: what's fact and what's fiction, and what can I do!? I feel like I can't eat anything without feeling guilty about it! Can someone love food and love the earth?
How do you conserve water in your houses/apartments? Specifically, I'm most interested in the eco-friendliest, most water conservation-minded way to wash dishes without a dishwasher?
We took the dive into a CSA, and it is so fun. However, this influx of new produce has us racing through paper towels — lots of items call for wrapping in damp paper towels for storage.
We've started talking about cutting disposables out — but it seems daunting to lose such a convenient product! How do I get started?