Glass Jars Are Food Perfect and Portable

Glass Jars Are Food Perfect and Portable

People in the U.S. alone toss out the paper and plastic equivalent in cups and utensils to go around the equator 300 times per year. Meals on the go and picnicking can create a lot of packaging and food waste. Canning jars can reduce this waste and are perfect for storing, transporting and serving foods. These reusable glass jars come in a variety of sizes and last for years. Commonly referred to as Mason jars as these were the pioneering product, many other named brands are available. Though glass, they are durable and do not break easily. If properly transferred they… read more

How to Host a Green Dinner Party

Go Green At Dinner

Putting on a dinner party can be a big event. Even if there are only a few people on the invitation list it can take a lot of planning to produce it. From the decorations to the menu, it can be done with an environmental focus. With a little conscious preparation you can throw a party where your appreciation for guests and sustainably are evident in the details. Usually for a dinner event the focus is on the food, but other ways to save economically and on your ecological output are by using digital invitations instead of traditional paper types,… read more

Ways to Naturally Season Foods

Ways to Naturally Season Foods

If you want to cut down on preservatives and salt but still prefer seasoned foods there are simple ways to incorporate natural flavorings. Making your own spices at home is cheaper than buying them and uses what would normally be tossed out from groceries that you already have. Taking this concept and turning it into a functional device, Rianne Koens has created a system for making food enhancers at home. A product designer with an environmental eye, she saw the opportunity for naturally flavoring foods often being thrown in the trash after dinner. She uses the example of a fruit… read more

The Harming Effects of Pesticide Exposure

Pesticides Cause Harm

Research has shown that pesticide exposure increases the risk for a variety of serious health problems. According to Dr. Cathy Vakil (2010) a larg number of studies have found a link between cancer rates and pesticide exposure. Many studies have shown that pesticides may trigger neurological problems ranging from cognitive dysfunction to neurobehavioural issues to depression. Indications from around the world show that pesticide exposure can increase the risk of birth defects and may affect fertility as well. Some studies suggest that the babies of women who are exposed to pesticides while pregnant or even before conception are at increased risk for… read more

Planting in Accordance with the Moon

Moon

Planting in correlation with the moon’s phases is a practice that traces back to the beginning of agriculture, and remains an important part of bio-dynamic agriculture. The process of ascending and descending of the moon lasts approximately 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes. During the waxing phase, the amount of sap in plants increases. This is a sign of activity increase in aerial plants. Fruits with higher juice contents are best harvested at this time. It is also best to cut the lawn while the moon is waxing, as it promotes better growth. As the moon begins to wane,… read more

Garden Pest Control

Garden Pest Control

Pests can be a problem, especially in food gardens. Here are ways to control pests without resorting to toxic chemicals. Companion Planting: Plants such as onions, garlic, mint, oregano, basil, thyme, and chives repel many common garden pests. Ladybugs: Ladybugs are voracious consumers of aphids, spider mites, and other pests. You can purchase them at garden supply stores or attract them by growing plants such as dill and fennel. Birds: Avian visitors, which also eat plenty of garden pests including slugs, can be encouraged to visit by growing native shrubs, trees, flowers, and ivy and providing bird feeders. Natural Insecticide:… read more

The Many Benefits of Green Spaces

Benefits of Green Spaces

Green spaces include parks, urban gardens, woodlands, and wildlife sanctuaries. They provide many environmental benefits, ranging from the promotion of biodiversity to the improvement of air quality. When green spaces include organic urban gardens, people have the opportunity to produce food locally, which reduces carbon emissions associated with food transport as well as the negative environmental impacts of packaging and pesticide use. However, research has shown that green spaces provide benefits that go far beyond environmental sustainability. Social benefits of green spaces include increasing a sense of community, reducing crime, and providing opportunities for public recreation. In addition, green spaces… read more

The Depave Movement Battles Concrete Landscapes

Depave is a movement with a mission. The drive to replace excess concrete to green up city spaces has inspired and fueled their crusade. Located in Portland, Oregon, the nonprofit organization attempts to enrich existing dull pavement plots and to promote more aesthetically pleasing spaces. Their idea is that living in the city does not have to mean giving up green areas. It is against human nature to be constantly disconnected with outdoor surroundings, and bringing life back into urban spaces that are overabundant with concrete backdrops is a valuable way to put unused, stark sections of land to work. With… read more

Small Scale Rooftop Gardens

Small Scale Rooftop Gardens

If you like the idea of a sky garden but don’t necessarily have the space, use what you do have to implement a smaller scale version. To get the benefits of a rooftop design, adhere to applicable building codes and pick a sturdy structure that can hold the weight of a garden. Rooftop gardens can help with rainwater runoff and preliminary research has discovered that water excess is decreased by over half in a roof or structure with a garden incorporated. Also, they can naturally help the indoor temperature remain stable by providing a substantial insulating layer. Good.net shows the… read more

The Slug And The Squirrel Creating New Life

The Slug and the Squirrel’s beautiful tiny green terrariums

American artist Jose Agatep from The Slug and the Squirrel enjoys making tiny green ecosystems inside repurposed glass jars. He gives a new life to old containers while creating a confined space for plants to live inside. The glass containers have various shapes and have been found around local flea markets or repurposed from the artist’s own kitchen. They include old bottles, jars, vases and pots, all made from glass because it’s easy to clean, long lasting and the best material to see through. The incredible terrariums filled with plenty of plants, wild mosses, flowers, small stones, soil, and wood… read more