Category: Home And Garden

Student-Made Tiny House Represents New American Dream

By Brianna Acuesta College students created this beautiful tiny home. Every year, students from California State University, Sacramento’s STORC school get to work on projects that pave a way to a more sustainable and technological future. Most years, students working in the the Sustainable Technology Optimization Research Center (STORC) build a tiny house from scratch, which is an incredible feat….

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How to Build a Fold-Down Greenhouse on The Cheap

  If you’re renting your property, don’t have enough space for a full size greenhouse, or just don’t feel like breaking the bank then this is for you! This simple yet phenomenally functional fold-down greenhouse quickly and easily folds down to protect your plants during early frosts and cold snaps. When it’s a bit warmer…

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Food Forests: The Perfect Match for Reluctant Gardeners

Don’t have a green thumb? Try out this low-maintenance and high-yield technique. The number of Americans producing their own fruits and vegetables has increased more than 25 percent since 2008, growing to 44 million of our friends and neighbors. Yet, many reject growing their own food, worried that home gardening is too large a time,…

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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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