A "green roof," simply put, is a roof that has been turned into a garden. Unlike a simple "rooftop garden," where the garden is in containers or only takes up a small patch of the roof, with a green roof, the garden covers the entire roof. The roof gets sealed and covered with a waterproof membrane, something that facilitates vegetation (like soil) is spread and vegetation gets planted. Some people choose to build rooftop ponds to help them treat their grey water. This is another type of green roof.
The greenest part of your household is your garden, but sometimes this may not be the case, as lighting up your garden in the evening can come with a cost, as it is becoming more and more popular for lights to be installed into features in your garden or just simply to light up an area with a spot light.... read more
When it comes to cooking and preparing food you might be surprised at how much you waste. There is a lot of wasted food in meal preparation but much of that can be redeemed or avoided with just some simple steps. Here are some tips to keep green in your kitchen:
Less trash – The first step to going green in your kitchen is to reduce your waste. How much food do you throw away? What do you do with leftovers and scraps? How much packaging do you toss? These are all important questions to ask yourself.... read more
First of all, when you buy your produce and other items for cooking from the grocery store are you careful about what packing you buy? Plastic and foam containers can stay in landfills for a long time and are not good for the environment. Instead try to buy loose produce and recycle the plastic bags. You can also buy produce that is packaged in recycled cardboard and paper.
Next is the leftovers. Many of us make too much food when we prepare a meal and have some leftover. Those leftovers either get tossed right away or stored in the refrigerator until they go bad and are then tossed out. Instead of these wasteful habits there are several other options. One is to make less food. The portion sizes of a typical family meal are too large. You do not have to be stuffed to be satisfied. Try to cut down in the amount of food you prepare and serve to also cut down on the leftover you have and the extra weight your family has.
As the temperatures of summer continue to climb, many people are looking for budget-saving green ways to cool their homes. There are some natural ways to create a cooler environment, and they don't have to cost a lot of money.
The reality is, there are things you can do inside and outside of your home that will help keep it cool in a green way. For instance, you should focus on the sunlight that heats your home and on ways to shade the house from the sun during the hot summer months. Airflow is another huge concern.
Let the cool morning air in, and keep the hot midday air out.
While you may choose to use air conditioning units, strategic placement and maintenance of the units can add to the concept of going green. In addition, some units are much more energy efficient than others. Doing research upfront can help ensure a wise investment.... read more
My cat loves Zuke's G-Zees cat treats and now it's your chance to WIN three bags of the pet treats of your choice! Zuke's offers a variety of dog and cat treats, so no matter which furry friend you have, you can choose the appropriate treats! Zuke's is a green company and Keen For Green is happy to partner with them for this giveaway.... read more
If you’re thinking of insulating your loft, then it may have crossed your mind about the materials you will use. It may surprise you to find out that insulating materials aren’t necessarily environmentally friendly, and this is probably part of the reason that you’re insulating your loft in the first place. All types of insulation will benefit the environment by helping you keep your heat in, but the materials that are used to create the insulation may not be so beneficial.
Fibreglass is a material widely used for loft insulation in particular. It has great insulating properties, but it has a negative side to it too. Fibreglass requires a lot of energy to manufacture and the process may produce harmful emissions. It is also non-biodegradable, and will emit toxic fumes when burnt. It is very irritable to skin, eyes and throat and on installation protective clothing is advised.
Mineral wool is made from a combination of recycled steel slag and basalt rock. Mineral wool is recyclable, but often non-biodegradable and emits toxic fumes when burnt. They are durable and resistant to rot, but also requires protective clothing to install. ... read more
Self storage can be a Godsend for many people looking to move house, improve their existing home or just give themselves more space in the house. Many people are finding that they are running out of space at home, with cupboards and attics filled to the max, and self storage offers a better way to make their homes work for them, whilst still keeping hold of the things that they love.
However, with so many storage companies to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is best. If you are generally an environmentally conscious human being, the green credentials of your home and business will be high on the list of priorities for you, but what makes them truly eco-friendly? Here are some key elements to watch out for when you are looking for environmentally friendly storage services.
1. Insulation Insulated containers or storage rooms have dual benefits for you and for the storage company. Better insulation means the temperature is more easily regulated, leading to fewer requirements for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer for the maintenance of an even temperature for your good. Units with no insulation are more prone to dampness and condensation, and could end up damaging your belongings, so look for well insulated storage offers to find the best for you and for the planet.... read more
With all of life’s little distractions, most people do not have the time to think about “going green.” Yet, you don’t necessarily have to make your home environmentally-friendly in one day. You would be surprised how much of a difference little changes here and there could make.
One of the easiest ways to save money on bills and to be more efficient is to conserve water. One change you can make throughout your home is investing in low flow shower and faucet heads. They range from about $10 to $20 apiece and can save 25%-60% of your normal water usage. This small investment could benefit your pockets within no time.
Believe it or not, appliances can make all the difference in your monthly utility bills. Replacing each appliance in your house with an energy efficient one can save 10%-20% of energy use which amounts to hundreds of dollars per year. So although these replacements might be costly upfront, it could be more than worth it in the long haul. ... read more
You're an arts-and-crafts-y individual with some old tires laying around the garage. That rubber is pretty—no, really—old.
Why not turn those tires into something fun and functional? An old Nexen tire makes a great planter or swing, and you'll feel good about your repurposing efforts. These simple tips will help you give those old tires a second lease on life:
Turn an old tire on its side, fill it with dirt and voilà: It's a planter. Don't like the urban graveyard look? Try painting your homemade planter with bright colors and designs. Make a taller planter by stacking two or more tires on top of each other.... read more
It's summertime and we've been spending a lot of time in our backyard. Especially with a toddler running everywhere, I've been thinking about ways to make our backyard a more eco-friendly place to spend time. Here are some ideas:
- Use grass sparingly. We do like to have some grass in our yard as it serves as a nice open playspace for our toddler, but we never use pesticides, we rarely water it (which, depending on your climate, may or may not be appropriate for you), and we mow it with a push mower. Instead, plant gardens with native flowers and food you can eat. When planning out your lawn, look into the different types of grass to see which is appropriate for you.
- Look for used backyard supplies. You can often find great patio sets used (i.e. craigslist and Freecycle) and many of our backyard toys came from my favorite consignment shop: Kid to Kid. Want something new? Look for patio furniture made of eco-friendly materials. ... read more