Category: Home And Garden

The Pervasiveness of Toxic Petrochemicals in Household Products and How to Avoid Them

By Anna Hunt It may come as a surprise that your fragrant body wash, baby’s diapers, or lovely scented candles are actually filled with toxic petrochemicals. These include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, phthalates, and countless others. Many are potentially carcinogenic, some disrupt hormone production, and some haven’t been tested to ascertain their safety. The Environmental Protection…

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54-Year-Old Woman Kicked Out Of Her House For Living Off-Grid

By Amelia Kinney Robin Speronis has gained national notoriety for her highly public battle to live off-grid. Although it’s impossible to be certain, it is estimated that between 180,000 and 250,000 people in the United States are living off-grid, disconnected from public utilities and using only self-reliant systems. One highly controversial off-gridder in Cape Coral, Florida, Robin Speronis,…

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Pennsylvania AMI Smart Meter Problems Escalating For Everyone; What To Do Now

By Catherine J. Frompovich The AMI Smart Meter ‘vigoro’ currently is hitting the bureaucratic fan BIG time in Pennsylvania and citizens really are distraught. Since I happen to be the researcher for Pennsylvania Smart Meter Awareness (PASMA) and also have a highly publicized pro se case for refusing an AMI Smart Meter on medical reasons…

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You Can Grow World’s Smallest Garden in Recycled Bottles

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Got zero space? Got zero time? Got wine bottles strewn over the floor after your last drunken fiesta? Good news – you can “grow” from that! Urban Leaf has just introduced the “world’s smallest gardens” on Kickstarter. The idea is for people who like to “upcycle,” grow their own food, but have little…

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This Plant-Based Water Filter Works Like A Mini Amazon Rainforest

By Amanda Froelich Purified water is essential for health, but many of the filters on the market contain toxins which may adversely affect one’s well-being rather than support it. For this reason, we can’t help but celebrate a home filtration system designed by Royal College of Art graduate Pratik Ghosh, which purifies waste water from…

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Composite Wood, Construction: Authorities Close in on Carcinogenic Formaldehyde Emissions

By Christopher Clark The long list of fraud cases which elude national or regional regulations continues. After the global Volkswagen emissions case, the US and Canadian authorities are turning their eyes to the wood import business, with millions of items being sold on national soil, putting consumer health at risk. The extent of the fraud…

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IKEA Releases Indoor Garden Kits For Year Round Veggies – No Skills or Soil Needed

By Melinda Cafferty Winter, spring, summer or fall – you don’t need to garden at all! Because IKEA has really gone and done it now. Heck, you don’t even need any soil to create your own produce. Or a yard. Right on the heels of releasing free urban garden plans that can feed a community,…

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This Floating Off-Grid UFO Home Is Fully Powered By Wind, Water And Sun

By Amanda Froelich The Unidentified Floating Object is completely powered by renewable energy and allows one to thrive at sea for long periods of time. Credit: Jet Capsule Facebook Expect to see UFOs roaming the seas in the near future. Jet Capsule, an Italian boating company, recently unveiled a design for what may be the neatest way…

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