Here’s Looking at Composting Waterless Toilets

For those considering building without a septic tank or access to a sewer line, it might be time to look at composting alternatives, especially if putrid smells can be avoided. Swedish-based BioLet has manufactured waterless toilets for 35 years.

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Solar Waste Recycling: Can the Industry Stay Green?

Editors Note: This is an article from Erica Gies, a print journalist focusing on the Environment and Energy. Reprinted with Permission by Spot.Us In recent years the electronics industry has gained notoriety for creating an endless stream of disposable products that make their way at life’s end to developing countries, where poor people without safety gear cut and burn out valuable materials, spilling contaminants into their water, air and lungs. Solar modules contain some of the same potentially dangerous materials…

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Organic Ruffle Valance from Eden’s Bouquet

I absolutely adore Eden’s Bouquet. It’s a small family owned business where everything is handmade in the US and of heirloom quality. The Stenersens get their design inspiration from the younger members of their family. Although they specialize in childrens’ clothing and toys, Eden’s Bouquet is introducing their home collection with Evangeline Ruffle Valance, a whimsical and Environmentally friendly Organic cotton window cover. Made to order, the wispy organic cotton valance with four ruffles is 40″ wide and 19″ long.…

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IKEA Says Goodbye to Incandescent Light Bulbs

IKEA Takes an Environmental Initiative and Opts for More Green Halogen Light Bulbs Beginning August 1st, 2010; all US IKEA stores will phase out the Incandescent lights bulbs* in their store and switch to halogen bulbs which use 30 percent less energy and last 2-4 times longer than conventional bulbs. IKEA plans to completely eliminate Incandescent light bulbs in all the stores by January 1, 2011. This bold move by the Swedish company is to help consumers live a more…

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Going Green With Your Garage Door

When it comes to home improvement there are many options available for going green, from windows and doors to insulation and paint. The garage door, the biggest door in your home, is no exception. There are a number of ways you can go green with your garage door. Two options that can make the biggest impact are making energy efficient upgrades or entirely replacing your garage door. Upgrade Your Garage Door If your garage feels like an icebox in the…

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EKLA HOME Offers Sustainable and Eco Furniture Option

EKLA HOME created by Emily Kroll in 2007 is a great sustainable minded furniture company that uses reclaimed wood, Organic fabrics, and low VOC binders. Kroll comes from an established line of furniture makers; furniture designer on one side, and an architectural and scrap metal recycler on the other. Kroll uses this knowledge, as well as passion for great design to fuel this Eco company. “EKLA HOME is a company that embraces input, learning and teaching. The company is defined…

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JDi Design Wins IDEA Eco Design Award for Reusable Produce Bags

Have a guilty conscious for using those ubiquitous plastic produce bags to tote your fruits and vegetables? Although our household forgo the bags altogether, for the germ phobes; the TazzyTotes Reusable Produce Bags are an excellent alternative to Eco-conscious as well as the clean conscious. The mesh bags created by JDi Designs won the Eco Design Award, “The TazzyTotes Produce Bag received a Bronze IDEA Eco Design Award for its eco chic solution for instore produce bags. JDi Design’s winning…

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Artefact Reclaimed Furniture are Salvaged Around the World

While doing a story for a company named Artefact; I came across another company with same name that actually makes home furnishing from salvaged items. Artefact Design and Salvage collects anything from old factory lights to reclaimed wood that are re-purposed to high end designer items. As pictured above, the Milk Factory Lights are from a milk factory in Belgium. Started in 1997, owner, Dave Allen trades in his cushy silicon valley job and rents a 24 foot Penske rental…

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