12 Easy Steps to a Healthier Home

You’re eating organic foods, exercising more and generally improving how you care for yourself. Well done! Now it’s time to focus on the health of your home. Research shows detoxing your home of harsh chemicals and synthetics can improve the health of you and your family. And, it’s a lot easier than you think. Look

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10 Tips for a Healthier Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to throw open the windows and let the fresh air pour in. So while you’re at it, make sure that the air stays fresh! Think about what you typically use to “clean” your house. The list probably includes things like Windex, toilet bowl cleaners, Endust, Lysol disinfectant, and more

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Green Cleaning

Dimethylbenzylammonium chloride, trisodium nitrilotriacetate chloride, butoxy ethanol. These unpronounceable solvents are some of the ingredients that are common within everyday cleaning products. They are also very harmful to your health and environment. Instead of introducing potentially life harming chemicals into the home in order to clean and disinfect, try using a combination of natural products

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How safe is your plastic water bottle?

How safe is your plastic water bottle?

Among the 827,000 plastic water bottles produced in the U.S. in 2006, over three-quarters were discarded as solid waste according to the Government Accountability Office. While continuously using disposable water bottles, long after first purchased, may sound like a harmless solution to steadily growing landfills, on your body it may be another matter. Storage, cleanliness, along

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Pure Drinking Water from Air

A couple of years ago we reported on a water from air unit we used in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten (http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/2008/06/13/air-water-generators/). This was a compressor based unit, that works like a dehumidifier and extracts the humidity and purifies it for drinking. We recently came across a non compressor unit, which reduces cost, and

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Standing Seam Metal Roof with Solar Panels

Standing Seam Metal Roof with Solar Panels

A metal roof with built-in solar panels is the most energy efficient and longest lasting solar roofing solution. A metal roof will usually last in excess of 50 years, and solar PV panels usually last 30+ years with minimal loss of efficiency or or electric power production. The combination of the two creates a one-time

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Houseplants: Nature’s Air Purifier

Constantly have itchy eyes, nose and throat? Is it hard to concentrate? Experience dizziness or nausea? You might be suffering from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The EPA defines SBS as “situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or

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Residential Green Roof Guide

Residential Green Roof Guide

Residential green roof refers to the space created right on top of the household’s roof for the purpose of vegetation and plants.  These vegetation and plants provide an all natural insulation as well as shield the roof from direct sunlight, thus cutting down the use of air conditioning and ensuring the durability of the roof.

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