Zero Waste Lifestyle, No Longer a “Hippie Thing”

If you haven’t heard of the intense concept of a zero waste lifestyle, then you better start paying attention to the world around you. Unless you are one of those who have taken on the challenge, you contribute to the world’s landfill headache each and every day, possibly without even knowing it. Waste adds up quicker than you think and society is beginning to recognize the situation and possible solutions. […]

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Easy Gray Water Harvesting Techniques

One of the defining aspects of permaculture which contrasts so radically from our industrial ways of dealing with the land is in how we deal with water. Our modern-day society most often simply looks at water as a resource that magically appears from faucets. Very few people have any understanding of where their household water comes from, and the amount of energy that is needed in order to pump that […]

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Why Homesteading is an Ideal Lifestyle

There are many, many reasons why homesteading is truly the ideal, simplistic lifestyle. It may not be for everyone, but it’s no lie that this kind of lifestyle creates an intimate relationship between you and your life and the work you do. For those still on the fence about it, here are just a small few reasons why you should consider stripping off those conveniences and getting back to nature, […]

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The Future of Zero Waste Packaging

Waste-conscious consumers are signs of the times. Nowadays, it’s extremely common to see shoppers at a grocery market carrying around canvas totes rather than the thin plastic bags that cannot be recycled. Sustainability practices have grown in popularity and suppliers and retailers are beginning to respond to the trend. Some companies are making the effort to include recycled materials in their actual products, some are creating packaging with minimal or […]

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Are Chemicals Disrupting Our Hormones?

With health concerns like obesity, cancer, and diabetes on the rise and declining sperm counts and fertility rates, scientists are starting to take a hard look at the environmental factors that may be contributing to these issues. One theory is that otherwise “safe” chemicals are disrupting our endocrine systems – impacting normal functions regulated by hormones, including reproduction, metabolism, puberty, and more. While humans are exposed to hundreds of chemicals […]

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Plant-Based Sources of Protein

Any time I mention veganism, I feel the need to precursor the discussion with the fact that in no way am I suggesting that anyone is wrong for not practicing a plant-based diet or that it is necessarily healthier than an omnivorous one. Without a doubt, circumstances of food availability are different around the world, and regardless of our whereabouts, we all have personal versions of what we will and […]

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Composting – A Solution to the Burning Problem of Solid Waste Management

There exists a humongous problem of solid waste management being faced by the entire world. Garbage generated and gathered in our houses, offices, businesses and industrial establishments is essentially what is called as solid waste. And with growing population, urbanisation and industrialisation, more trash is being produced which is a constant threat to environment and health safety. Every day waste is a mix of organic and inorganic stuff and if […]

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A Question of Chemistry part 2

In part 1 of this article (1), I looked a little bit at which chemicals are generally present in soils around the world as well as what is being done to mitigate the harmful effects of such chemicals. Knowing what chemicals are where, how they affect the human body and the wider environment, and how we can lessen these effects if they seem detrimental or out of balance, are all […]

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Four DIY Projects to do at Home

There are many things you can do around the house to be more self-reliant. This is a list of just a few of them, that will help achieve that homesteading lifestyle. Grow Your Own Garden Growing and caring for your own garden at home is a simple and fun hobby, delicious too! There’s nothing better than a freshly grown vegetable. There are a few different methods of gardening available, such […]

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Respecting the Limits of Place

Limitations of any sort are most often considered to be something to be avoided. From the time that we enter elementary school, the majority of us are taught that we can be whatever we want to be, do whatever we want to do, and go wherever we want to go. In essence, we are lead to believe that any sort of limitation to the vast desires and possibilities of the […]

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Moving Towards a Zero-Waste Life: the Basics

Zero-waste living can be a challenging and frustrating journey. The goal is not as simple as separating your garbage from your recyclable materials properly, but rather eliminating your garbage collection altogether. For an average person or family, shifting from a normal lifestyle to zero-waste living will require tremendous adjustments along with patience and creativity. The cycle of your household trash starts with what you’re purchasing in the store. Before buying […]

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Sweet Butterhead Lettuce

So, we just discussed the Crisphead variety in our last article on lettuce. There is still another head lettuce within the five distinct lettuce varieties known as Butterhead lettuce (Lactuca sativa var. capitate). The Butterhead lettuce has a slightly sweet buttery taste and forms a looser leafed head than that of the Crisphead. This lettuce is also known as Butter, Boston, or Bibb. While Butter and Boston are just other […]

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