Articles Tagged “Sustainability”

Being Efficient

How do you make your home sustainable?

Becoming sustainable starts with becoming efficient – how do you do it?

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Food, Farming, and Health

Earthbound Farms has put together a great webisode detailing the power of organic. It provides us with the freshest ingredients; it helps us prevent filling our environment with chemicals; it teaches us how to respect the environment. If you’re looking for a quick briefing on organic farming, check out the video above! Text from the video: “Of all the different green options before you, the most important choice is what you eat. Not everyone can drive a hybrid or ride public transportation, but everyone can make choices about their food. Organic farming means farming with Mother Nature and the more people know about the benefits of organic, the better our […]

Trees for the Future

50 Million Trees and Counting: Trees for the Future

Here’s a great video from Trees for the Future, one of the non-profit organizations Organic Soul will be donating to. In the video, you’ll hear from Dave Deppner, the founder of Trees for the Future. He describes the journey of the organization and the work they do today. Also, hear about their unique idea of garden-forests – sustainably grown forests that also provide locals with resources needed to make sure they can can sustain themselves and generations to come. Check out Trees for the Future online and also see their Charity Profile on Organic Soul! Here’s the description on the video: “Communities around the world turn to Trees for the […]

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Guide to Home Sustainability: The Indoors, Pt. 1

There always seems to be something in our homes that needs repairing and replacing. That drippy faucet, the window that always seems to…

Bokashi Composting

Bokashi Composting – Using the Power of Microorganisms

We’re often told not to compost meat and dairy. Pathogens are likely to form, the smell can be atrocious, and it can attract new, unwanted critters to your pile. End of story, right? Not quite. Enter Bokashi, a unique and effective Japanese method of composting. What is it? Bokashi can be simply defined as intensive, anaerobic composting. Essentially, this means waste is placed in an air tight container where a bran that has been inoculated with effective microorganisms (EM) works at breaking down organic matter. The process of usually quick – sometimes providing nutrient-rich soil in as little as two weeks to a month, depending on the size of the […]

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5 ‘Musts’ for the Green, Healthy Home

There are many things we can do in life to help protect our health and homes. From focus on air and water quality to commitments to the reduction of energy use, we can all help ensure the longevity of our bodies and our planet. Here are the top four ‘must haves’ for every home looking for an eco-safe and healthy environment. 1. Be Your Own Farmer Worried about GMOs, pesticides, waxes, preservatives, or cross contamination? The sure-fire way around these health risks is a simple one: be your own farmer. Don’t worry, this isn’t as hard as it sounds. First, take a small plot of your land and turn it […]

Carbon Footprint

Greenhouse Gases – The Biggest Contributors of Carbon Dioxide

Last week, the Republican-controlled House blocked the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, which, to scientists, are part of the root cause for global warming. The main supporter of the block, Texas Republican Ted Poe, aimed at curbing funding for EPA’s implementation of greenhouse gas regulations for the fiscal year of 2011. With this in the news, it’s important to identify the areas that are the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases; are they industry, transportation, or what? First, just to be clear, greenhouse gases are any atmospheric gases that “can absorb and emit longwave (infrared) radiation in a planetary atmosphere”, according to The Encyclopedia of Earth. These contribute to what is […]

Energy in Abu Dhabi

Tackling Energy in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi isn’t just the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates; it is also the federation’s capital, one of the richest cities in the world, and now more than ever, a unique model for implementing green energy and green energy policies. Despite sitting atop nearly 10 percent of the world’s oil reserves, Abu Dhabi is ferociously attacking the current system of fossil fuel dependence. From modeling a new city with a zero carbon footprint to preparing the world for renewable energy, Abu Dhabi is poised to remain a hub for energy research and development, fossil fuel and renewable alike. With the focused capital and ambition of Abu Dhabi, […]

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7 Reasons You Should Start Composting

Composting offers a number of benefits – some of them economical, some of them environmental – but above all, it offers an easy way to turn that tiny vegetable garden into a cornucopia of delicious and healthy food. There are a number of ways to start composting, as well as a few things you’ll want to avoid. Just remember: the sooner you start, the sooner you can put that compost to work! So, why compost? Number 1. Composting Enriches the Soil When you toss your food waste into a pile, add some worms, and allow those flies to get at it, you’re essentially creating dirt. This isn’t any normal dirt, […]

Plastic or Glass bottles

The Line Up: Plastic, Aluminum, Glass – Which is the best choice?

As the population of the world grows, the output of trash steadily increases. The oceans are already polluted with dense fields of waste, most of it being non-biodegradable plastics. The first step to combating this epidemic is changing our behavior, specifically our purchasing power. Next time you reach for a drink, what will you choose: plastic, aluminum, or glass? It’s important to realize there is no one perfect solution; every option comes with its own set of pros and cons. That said, let’s see how our options stack up. Perhaps we can come up with some kind of conclusion! Plastic Plastic is an unbelievably useful material in the world today. […]