Easy, Green Kitchen and Bath Makeover Tips

Want a new look for your kitchen, or bath, that won’t break the bank, yet still have a high impact?  The most eco-friendly way to redecorate any room in your home is by working with what you already have, as much as possible.  You don’t need to tear out the old to create a fresh, […]

Top 5 Reasons to Conserve Energy

Energy efficiency and conservation have numerous benefits for both the environment and human health. These include reductions in air pollution, acid rain and global warming; oil spills and water pollution; loss of wilderness areas and biodiversity; construction of new power plants; foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies.  Our actions […]

Clean the Air with House Plants

Not only do plants and flowers around the house or office make the atmosphere more cheery, but plants actually improve indoor air quality by absorbing contaminants in the air.  A two-year study conducted by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) revealed the top house plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide […]

Beautiful Backsplashes

Looking to spruce up your kitchen or bath?  One high-impact, do-it-yourself project is to install glass tiles to your backsplash.  These unique tiles will add sparkle and color to any room.  Of course, you are only limited by your imagination, as these tiles are perfect for indoors and out.  They’ll add instant character to fireplace […]

Save Marine Life by Recycling Bottle Caps

Aveda, a natural beauty products company committed to helping the environment and people worldwide since 1978, recently launched its Recycle Caps with Aveda campaign.  Plastic bottle caps are not typically recycled and end up as litter where many find their way into our rivers and oceans.  There, they do not biodegrade, but float on the […]

Non-toxic, Natural Cleaning Products, Part II

Last week, I began a series of posts about homemade, natural cleaning products.  The first post divulged the many varied uses for vinegar.  Here, I’ll be touting the cleaning power of baking soda.  Its mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a must-have alternative to commercial scouring powders.

Eco-Friendly Storage Solutions

Looking to organize and de-clutter your home or workplace and want to do so with environmentally-sensitive materials?  Well, if you’re handy, or can hire a carpenter, one option is to build your own storage solutions from wheatboard, sunflower board, kirei board, formaldehyde-free MDF, reclaimed wood, or FSC-certified wood. For a variety of pre-built storage options, […]

Clean and Efficient Hydronic Heating

Back in September, I did a post about radiant floor heating, a wonderfully warm and efficient way to heat a home or other building.  Hydronic heating is one type of radiant floor heating that uses water as the heat conductor.  Radiators, baseboards, hydro-air, and mini-duct heat/AC systems are varieties of hydronic heating. It can even […]

Future Smithsonian Museum to be Green

A competition to select the architectural firm who will design the future National Museum of African American History and Culture is underway.  The winning design will incorporate many “green” features, with energy efficiency topping the list of criteria.  Obtaining LEED certification, through the U.S. Green Building Council, is also a priority.

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