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Can’t Afford a Wooden Bike? Then Accessorize...

The concept of a wooden bicycle has captured the imagination of designers; manufacturers, however, aren’t sold yet. So, we’ve generally seen either concepts at this point, or handmade wooden bikes that are well beyond the budgets of most of us. If...

Posted January 11, 2014    

Sustainability Hits the Fan: 15 DIY Projects from Preppers

I’ll be honest: for years, I never considered the survivalist/prepper crowds as target audiences. I mean, we’re on totally different ideological wavelengths, right? I’m not into shooting things, and they likely think I’m a touchy-feely hippie who...

Posted January 4, 2014    

What Happens to Your Car When You Scrap It? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Give much thought to that clunker that you traded in for a new one, or donated to a charity? Probably not: you hand it over, keys and all, and assume that the dealer, charity, and/or stockyard will take care of that old vehicle in a responsible...

Posted December 4, 2013    

The Invisible People Who Take our Trash 'Away' [VIDEO]

Ever gotten stuck behind a garbage truck? Or heard one banging against a dumpster in the middle of the night? I’d guess that for most of us, these inconveniences/disturbances are among the few times we give any thought to the people who deal with...

Posted November 11, 2013    

Is Healthy Soil a Human Right?

It turns out that this year’s Blog Action Day takes place on World Food Day. As the goal of the latter focuses on ending hunger, it seemed like a natural tie-in with this year’s topic for the former: human rights. After all, no one can take...

Posted October 20, 2013    

Hydroponic Gardening Made Easy: Sustainable Microfarms' Automated Controller System

Now that I’ve been sufficiently (but nicely) schooled in the sustainability of hydroponic food production, I’ve become fascinated by the method, and try to keep on top of it. It’s not easy for this English major: an awful lot of the discussion...

Posted October 5, 2013    

5 DIY Plans for Greenhouses Made from Upcycled Materials

A few weeks ago, we cross-published a post from Insteading that showed how to build a greenhouse by digging a (big) hole. I’ve been thinking about greenhouse plans myself over the last few months, and have been collecting up similar DIY plans. I’ve...

Posted September 21, 2013    

Small Aquaponics System for the Home

As I’ve noted on a number of occasions, I totally think that aquaponics – or growing fish and food plants in a symbiotic relationship – makes a ton of sense in terms of concentrated, sustainable food production. But unlike many other fans of the...

Posted August 5, 2013    

How to Save Water This (and Every) Summer [Infographic]

Seeing your water bill go up lately? No doubt, watering the lawn and landscaping is driving that uptick. While the best long-term option involves a drought-resistant landscape, that may not be in the budget right now. So, are you just doomed to...

Posted July 20, 2013    

Green Computing, Beyond Energy Efficient Hardware

Want to hire a firm to build a website for you, and want to make sure their sustainability values align with your own? You’re going to focus on companies that use ENERGY STAR and EPEAT-certified machines, right? What else can you do? Sure, it’d be...

Posted July 15, 2013    

Arkansas Resident Petitions Obama to Reject Keystone Pipeline

Marshland near Mayflower, Arkansas coated in spilled tar sands oilIn a major speech last week on climate change, President Obama reassured the environmental community that the Keystone XL pipeline would only be approved by his administration if it...

Posted July 3, 2013    

Sustainable Fashion Can Create Garments for All

Environmentally-conscious fashionistas, designers and activists should take note of the influence they’re having on big brands and the fashion industry as a whole. Their unified voices have pressured at least thirteen global retailers to ‘detox’...

Posted June 29, 2013