Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Vertical Hydroponics – The Great Space Saver

Hydroponics is defined as “the cultivation of plants by placing the roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than in soil”.   Vertical hydroponics is simply put the vertical distribution of water. It takes up wall space instead of floor space and works much like normal hydroponics. Many people opt for...
Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable Packaging: Making A Difference?

Sustainable packaging design is one viable way of providing packaging that is environmentally smart and responsible. Ideally, minimal to no packaging is ideal, but not always practical. So alternatively, choosing carefully choosing packaged products for purchase can make a difference in how we preserve our resources. Sustainable packaging, like the...
Traditional Yurts as Sustainable Homes

Traditional Yurts as Sustainable Homes

It seems that yurts are popping up everywhere – campgrounds, spas, vacation homes, guest quarters, even a home office.  And why not, yurts are low impact and comfortable. Traditional yurts, called a Mongolian Felt Tent or Ger, are designed to be portable, carried by a single pack animal, and set...
The Local Food Movement is More Than Carbon Footprint Reduction

The Local Food Movement is More Than Carbon Footprint Reduction

Locavores are usually defined as people who practice eating foods harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100 mile radius.  Some define the concept as utilizing a concentric circle; utilizing the most local area, such as the backyard garden, for common food items, buying from regional farmers’...
How Can We Recycle Cardboard?

How Can We Recycle Cardboard?

Cardboard comes as the packaging and shipment container from almost all the goods we buy. Your food and all other home and personal products, (unless bout locally or directly) utilizes cardboard to help get the product to you.   At this time, cardboard is considered one of the biggest singular...
Saving Seeds 101

Saving Seeds 101

Seed saving is a sustainable practice and an aspect of the permaculture movement.  Some plant varieties are easy to save the seeds and replant next season but other plants are rather difficult and improperly selecting and saving seeds may result in diseased plants or lack of germination altogether.   First...
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Use Chicken Tractors for Eggs, Fertilizer and Bug Control

Use Chicken Tractors for Eggs, Fertilizer and Bug Control

If you have thought about raising chickens, but were concerned about how to start and where to store them, stop worrying. The chicken “tractor” is an easy tool to help maximize your ability to protect and move your chickens while simultaneously caring for your garden or property. Caring for chickens isn’t so tough- humankind has...
A Ceramic Water Filter – Another Great Way Of Cleaning Your Cooking And Drinking Water

A Ceramic Water Filter – Another Great Way Of Cleaning Your Cooking And Drinking Water

The use for water filters have increased over the past couple of years as users have become more informed about what kind of chemicals and bacteria can be found in the water they so freely drink. There are many water filters available out there today, from UV water purifiers to gravity water filters. As we...
Ocean Acidification, Causes and Environmental Influences

Ocean Acidification, Causes and Environmental Influences

Ocean acidification is, simply put, the change of the pH balance of the waters in our oceans. The pH levels of the ocean’s waters drop and this is because the water absorbs what is called anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.   Anthropogenic carbon dioxide is basically carbon dioxide produced by humans. This is because...
Sustainable Fishing is Catching Up

Sustainable Fishing is Catching Up

Sustainable fishing is the only method of harvesting protein rich aquatic creatures. Other fishing methods put our oceans and health at risk. There are two main factors that affect our ability to sustain oceanic fish populations: a) the health of the population, thus the rate at which they can renew themselves and b) the method...
What is Green Fuel?

What is Green Fuel?

Green fuel technologies are developing world wide to alleviate dependance on fossil fuels.  What is green fuel and what does it mean to a society that relies on fossil fuels? Green fuel is a general term, referring to “environmentally friendly” alternative fuels, specifically biofuels derived from organic materials that can be replenished. Although the word...
What is a Microclimate?

What is a Microclimate?

A microclimate, as the name implies, is a unique and “micro” climate found within a broader area with different climate conditions. A microclimate can be created naturally or purposefully through landscaping and building placement. One example of a microclimate is a small grove of planted trees. The trees retain more moisture and shade than the...
What is Mineral Water?

What is Mineral Water?

Mineral waters, like the name suggests is a potable water that has a high mineral that has either added or is naturally occurring. The specific classification of “mineral water” is water having 250 or more ppm (parts per million) of mineral content. The specific mineral deposits will range, some of the common compounds are zinc,...
What is a Water Tower?

What is a Water Tower?

Those large, round tanks elevated in the sky are water towers. What is a water tower and what are they used for? A water tower is a holding tank, usually for a municipality or even a farm that is used to maintain water pressure. Through the help of gravity, water puts pressure in the pipes...
What is Hard Water?

What is Hard Water?

People who get their water from a well, likely know about hard water. What is hard water? Essentially a water is described as “hard” when it has a lot of minerals. “Soft” water is water that has a low levels of dissolved minerals. Although hard water is potable (or safe to drink) prolonged consumption may...
What is Distilled Water?

What is Distilled Water?

Water, even in its natural form contains trace elements, like minerals. Tap water too contains chemicals and potentially dangerous impurities depending on the municipality. One type of purified water without such impurities is distilled water. What is distilled water and how does the process occur? Distilled water completely lacks anything other than the simple H2O...
Hydroelectricity: How Energy is Made from Water

Hydroelectricity: How Energy is Made from Water

All the energy that most people enjoy so freely is derived at some point from natural resources. Water specifically is one resource that is used to generate electricity. There are two established ways to make hydroelectricity; via a water powered turbine (what the water wheel was to kinetic energy the turbine is to electricity) and...
Green Roofs for Multiple Environmental Benefits

Green Roofs for Multiple Environmental Benefits

Green roofs are also known as living roofs – these two names may give you an idea of what they involve. In essence green roofs are gardens grown on a roof that can take a diversity of forms and functions. The benefits of green roofs are many; they can help insulate a building leading to...
What is Purified Water?

What is Purified Water?

These days there are so many different waters; tap, spring, mineral, distilled, even greywater. What, then is purified water? In general terms, purified water means the water has gone through a process to make it potable, or safe to drink. It is an over-arching category that indicates there was a human hand in making unfit...