Have a Houseplant

Houseplants

Houseplants have been around for many ages. Historically grown for consumption and medicinals, plants have also branched out into everyday adornments. As creatures of the indoors and out, considering what we place in our spaces as decoration is important. Houseplants are a great dual duty décor, providing functionality and aesthetics. This old staple is pretty, and pretty good for you, too. They have long been known for their use as natural air filters. Research has shown that common houseplants do help purify indoor air. A 2009 study of three common houseplants, the snake (Sansevieria trifasciata) and spider (Chlorophytum comosum) plants,… read more

Alien Plants

Water hyacinth a major environmental problem

Travelling to different parts of the globe can be an exhilarating experience, so much that when our travels near an end we wish we could take every beautiful thing we have seen back home with us. People with an affinity to plants and vegetation may encounter a new species of plant they reckon would look good in their farm or garden and they obtain seeds of such plant not knowing that they may have sentenced their environment to a fierce attack. The invasion of an alien plant. Alien plants are plants that have found a way into an environment in… read more

Not Just A Caffeine Hit

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Since its discovery, coffee has been thought of as a miracle drink. With origins in Ethiopia and domestication in Arabia, coffee is now consumed and produced globally. Many consider coffee a household staple and it is easy to see why. It’s a delicious way to start each morning and provides a necessary jolt any time throughout your day. Drinking coffee daily is shown to have desirable health effects. Including a higher metabolism, improved memory, and a longer lifespan. But did you know coffee’s value surpasses its use as a stimulating beverage? Due to its level of acidity, coffee is proficient… read more

Vegetable Composting

Vegetable composting

Vegetable composting is a vital to reduce wasting at our landfills. It is just that simple. Why send it off to a landfill when it can be planted in the front yard for composting. When cooking, use an additional bowl to collect food waste such as vegetable and fruit tops, peels, and ends. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, and egg shells are likewise useful in composting.  It is best not to use meats or greasy food as it can attract animals and cause a bad odor. Simply blend your compost into the garden about 12 inches deep. One method is to… read more

Hidden Toxins in our Homes

Houseplants reduce toxins in the home

Home. As popular comedian George Carlin once said, “Home is just a place for your stuff.” This is true in a sense. But home is also, as the common saying goes “a person’s castle”. A place to eat, sleep, and dance about looking ridiculous. If home is a castle, and a place for our stuff, it should be safe and comfortable. And while locks on the doors might make it feel safe, most of us don’t know that inside our castles the air is most likely to contain four to five times the legal limit for outdoor pollutants and toxic… read more

Self-Sufficiency

Growing vegetables at home

Modern technology has revolutionized our lifestyles. Many necessities are mass-produced and you can eliminate almost any task by switching on an appliance. But like any great invention technology is a tool that can be used appropriately or abused. A struggle of modern life is to remain self-sufficient. But doing so can help you save money, energy, and better your sense of accomplishment. This doesn’t mean taking drastic measures. Just by sewing a ripped pair of pants you’ve saved time and money by not buying a replacement pair. These are a few suggestions to get you started. When buying fresh produces… read more

Buy Local = Buy Better

Local produce helping the economy and environment

Chances are, if you’re here, you already have taken or might plan to take environmental action to reduce the effects of pollution and urbanization on the planet. It could be as simple as turning off the lights and unplugging the toaster when not in use, or you could be living without plastic and installing solar panels. Either way, the little things we do every day can add up to help preserve our environment. Out of ideas? Well, if turning off the lights isn’t enough, here are some other ways to reduce your footprint in one of the lesser known ways…. read more

Natural Bug Repellents

Natural bug repellents

I am a self confessed hater of bugs.  Any kind, big or small.  I have a total aversion.  My flatmate, however, hates it when I use a repellent spray.  I do too actually, however, no bugs is better than being bitten (or scared to death)! I have found some alternatives to spraying the air with toxic pollutants when invaded by the little creatures. Apparently eating more garlic is a natural way to repel bugs, however I eat lots of garlic and I seem to still see them buzzing or crawling about. You can apparently place bits of garlic around a… read more

Urban Farming

Urban farming

Would it ever be possible for people to walk down their own street and instead of seeing bare land in the landscape visualize urban farms filled with fresh vegetables grown by a community and shared by that same community? Regardless of whether it is a small cluster of herbs or a larger space covered in fruits and vegetables, it creates the idea of food sustainability within a community. Not only does it spread the ideology of food sustainability, it composes the thought that community collaboration is essential. Urban farming can have a major impact on climate change as well. If… read more

Apartment Compost Bins

Bokashi bins

Apartment dwelling has dramatically increased in the past 50 years; however, this convenience should not deter you from the joy of composting! There are many positives to starting a compost bin, one of which is that you will always have a rich source of food for your plants and herbs. Another is that you can prevent your food scraps entering landfill which when broken down releases methane into the atmosphere that is more harmful than CO2 emissions. Bokashi bins are a great way of disposing of food scraps and creating compost in an apartment. The bins sit in your kitchen and… read more