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Home Secure-A-Tree: Compost for the Earth & Your Health

Composting is good for your health and good for the Earth

By Erica Fernandez It’s no secret the world has a finite number of resources left on the Earth. The World Wildlife Fund estimates we will need two earth-sized planets by the year 2050. It might be a bit too dramatic a forecast, but there is a need for the world to consider more than convenience and instant gratification when planning, shopping and commuting. Although the buzz and efforts surrounding carbon offsetting has been growing, Bloomberg reports that the UN’s compliance deadline to cut and offset emissions still has not been met. The Environmental Protection Agency reports over 1,300 sites on the National Priorities List, places too toxic for inhabitation, and the devastation caused by greenhouse gases needs no introduction. It …

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Infographic: 10 Ways to Improve Our Green Cities

While often times we associate the environmental movement with open landscapes and vast swaths of rural land, a tremendous amount of environmental change is taking place right here in our cities. Cities offer many opportunities for testing out sustainable living practices because the close proximity of so many individuals makes innovative transportation and housing solutions possible. While new progress is happening all the time, many have looked at existing city structures designed for one purpose, and devised ways in which they can be retrofitted to be environmentally friendly. What was formerly just blacktop on top of a building has the potential to become a green roof. The concrete divider in between two parking spaces can be recast as a charging …

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Infographic: Hacker Scouts – Building the DIY Movement

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Throwing a Birthday Party: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Bash

throw a green birthday party

Parties don’t have to be expensive, wasteful affairs. By following a few simple tips, you can host a green event to be proud of.

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Recycle, Reduce, Reuse — Driving Clean & Living Green

Reduce, reuse, and recycle: three steps to a cleaner and greener world

Guest post by Brad Long Three years ago, Americans tossed out 250 million tons of trash. One third of it was composted and recycled and the rest was left to rot in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Drastic changes need to be made and habits need to be broken for this problem to be solved, but as one person you can only do so much. Part of living a sustainable and green lifestyle is knowing what you can do and doing it. Here are five ways to incorporate planet-saving activities into your life: Green Gardening Growing a garden keeps you from having to pay extra for organic products at the grocery store. Plus, it’s fun. Avoid using chemicals …

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Getting Off to a Great Start: Green Living in 2013

Green living starts with a few simple steps

Making a few simple changes in your home can improve its “green” factor and help you live a healthier life.

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5 Tips for Greening Your Trade Show Experience

Leave the schwag alone! Reduce your trade show footprint

At some point in our careers, most of us have the opportunity (if not the desire) to attend a convention or trade show. These events can be learning experiences, but the truth is what results from trade shows is mostly garbage. The convention and trade show industry is second only to construction in the amount of waste produced. Industry research done for Smash Hit Displays says that 60,000,000 people attend trade shows, industry events or consumer shows every year. Each person at one of these shows produce an estimated 20 pounds of waste, totaling over 1 billion pounds of waste!  So what can you do the next time you’re sent off to attend the latest industry or trade show to lessen …

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Organic Gardening: Kid Tested, Mother (Nature) Approved

Now is the time to get the garden ready for spring!

Guest Post by Tiffany Graham Fall is settling in and winter will soon follow with its chilly days and snowfall, so gardening isn’t this first thing on your mind. After winter travels, Holiday parties, and Christmas gifts, those new roses you’re wanting to put in are on the back burner for now. Keeping the kids occupied during winter break, like any time off, is a tough task. Plan ahead for the spring and get them involved in greenthumbing their way to a colorful garden. Adding these gorgeous flowers to any garden will bring pleasure while watching them grow and mature into brightness during the spring and summer months. African Daisy Want an extra splash of sunlight? Then planting African Daisies …

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Creating an Urban Garden in a Container: Give Life to Small Spaces

Give more life to small indoor or backyard urban spaces

By Kyle Martin Apartment balconies and tiny backyards seem to be unlikely spots for a lush garden, but more and more people are using their windows, fire escapes and rooftops to grow herbs and vegetables. That’s right, vegetables, herbs or flowers can grow in any small space, if you plant strategically. In three simple steps, you too can successfully grow container gardens. Containers Wooden wine or ammunition boxes are the perfect size for an urban garden. Hanging baskets, terra-cotta pots and other containers also work well as planters. Fern from Apartment Therapy advocates container gardening in her DIY urban garden. In wooden wine boxes from her grandfather, she plants lettuce and parsley. The greenery colors her outdoor living space, and …

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Saving Green by Going Green at Home

Tips for greening your home and saving money and resources

Guest post by Jared Diamond The philosophy behind green energy is very basic: leave as small a carbon footprint behind as possible. Green energy strategies are not just the use of alternative sources, but also practical use of what is already there. It will be some time before fossil fuel is totally replaced and carbon emissions will still occur. At the same time, it is doubtful that the cost of using fossil fuel is going to go down in the years ahead. A cost-conscious homeowner is willing to look at means of using as little fossil fuel based energy in the home as possible, if for no other reason than to maintain a sensible family budget. Homeowners may cringe at the thought of installing green …

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