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Why You Should Carbon Offset Your Flight

carbon offsetting flightsWe all love to travel to broaden our horizons, our experiences and our cultural boundaries, but planes consume fuel, generate carbon emissions and pollute the planet. In fact, air travel is the fastest growing source of the greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change. If you dream of heading off to a far flung and exotic part of the world but you’re worried about the damage you’re doing to our planet, you should think about carbon offsetting your flight.

 What is carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting scheme providers, such as Carbon Footprint, Carbon Neutral Company and Climate Care agree that while everyone inadvertently produces carbon dioxide emissions (some more than others of course!), there are ways that you can help to reduce the earth's total emissions to balance it out. By making a small contribution to one of these offsetting scheme providers, you can render the carbon emissions produced by your flight neutral. This is usually a tiny percentage of the cost of your flight and can be simply done online after making your purchase.... read more

Frugal gardening tips for a small backyard

small backyard gardeningIf you enjoy gardening but have only a small backyard, do not despair for you can still come up with some great ways of making it bountiful. You can make your backyard come alive with a neat lawn, plants, vegetables and flowers. Apart from the beauty of the garden you will also benefit from growing your own vegetables for the kitchen. This will save you a lot of money in the long run, although the initial cost may strain your pocket a bit. Here are some frugal gardening tips which will help you to maintain a small backyard garden throughout the year.

Make your own compost

Start collecting all your kitchen waste items like coffee grounds, vegetable peelings, tea leaves and eggshells to make your own compost. If you have no space in the corner of your garden to make compost pile then bury the waste right inside the soil. This organic compost will enrich your soil and will save you a lot of money on readymade compost.

Trade with a neighbor

If you have excess seeds and seedlings, trade seeds and cuttings with neighbor. It takes a little longer to start a plant from seeds but works out cheaper in the process. Look out for seed sales and stock them up and grow them indoors before the gardening season. You need not buy expensive containers for the seeds as you can use recycled containers which you might have at home. If you are starting from scratch, then invest in heirloom seeds for the first year so you can harvest and keep your own seed supplies for the next season.... read more

Go Green, Go Alternative, Help Save the Planet

image from sxc.huEvery day, people around the world do, deliberately or unconsciously, some activities that would affect the environment. No matter how big or small these activities are, they would still create an impact. Some of those effects would create an irreversible damage that also build ripples affecting humanity and all life forms. 



While it is true that scientists, environmentalists, enthusiasts, and advocates are working hard to protect and help the planet recover from the tremendous problems, the real truth is, the earth is everyone’s responsibility. We think it is a very difficult job to help, but there are actually a lot of simple things we can do to take part on this environmental rehabilitation and protection program.... read more

How to Start Gardening in the Spring Season

With the first warm seconds of spring, some additional gardening works are lying ahead to be carried out. Those falling branches and rough, dead leaves need to be cleaned off the ground and garden lawn. However, wait until the wetness of soil starts to disappear. However, don’t wait for too long or else the old weeds all get tangled for new growth. Cutting and cleaning the old plants is easier as long the new growth doesn't take place. So, be quick in your approach. Let's have a clear discussion on the cleaning process.

To start with gardening during the spring season, the very first task is to remove all the remains of dead annual plants. These plants will never return to their original state. So, their presence is not needed. They need to be removed and cleaned off properly. If this step is not taken, then the garden will showcase a very ugly outlook. The perennials of last fall need to be pruned back. There are a whole lot of different perennials that need to be left standing all through the winter season. This is primarily an additional protective measure. However, there is no reason to keep them for the spring. They will die back to the ground during the winter season. With the growth of new perennials, the old winter mulch needs to be removed. This ensure better plant growth and a much finer outlook/appearance to the garden.... read more

How To Make Your Swimming Pool More Eco-Friendly

For homeowners, the family pool is a great source of enjoyment – who doesn’t get pleasure out of watching the kids playing Marco Polo in the pool, or some other game they have devised. At the same time, energy costs and being friendly to the environment are also on the minds of consumers these days. There are a number of ways to make the pool more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

Energy efficient pool pump. To use less energy, consider installing a variable speed motor on the pool pump, so it doesn’t just run at high speed all the time. When the pool is not in use, the pump can still circulate the water, but not have to use as much energy. Check with experts to see if a smaller pump will work for the size of your pool.

A pump timer. In addition to an efficient pool pump, a timer can be a great investment to save energy. The pump can be set to run less when the pool is not in use, or even to run when there are price differentials for energy use. A timer is a relatively inexpensive one time expense that can lead to substantial energy savings over time. As well, a timer, which you can find here, helps lengthen the life of the pump itself.

Consider a pool cover. Experts indicate that the primary energy conservation tool for a home swimming pool is a pool cover. Water lost through evaporation is significant for a pool exposed to the open. There are a variety of choices for a pool cover – from a simple sheet of plastic that spreads out over the water, to electrically controlled covers which deploy at the push of a button. Installing a pool cover can save hundreds of gallons of water a month. As well, the cover retains heat generated by the sun, greatly reducing heating bills.... read more

Walking the talk: How to demonstrate green credentials

green credentialsResearch over the last few years has uncovered something of paradox – people want to buy ‘green’, yet are increasingly distrustful of businesses, so are sceptical of associated marketing messages. In this article, Rob Fenn at the British Assessment Bureau shows how businesses can demonstrate how they can walk the talk with a little help from an internationally recognised framework. 

The challenge 

A 2009 Edelman study covering more than 20 countries showed that only 13% of respondents trusted advertising, whilst a mere 21% trusted what they saw on websites. In the same year, the Cone Environmental Survey found that, despite the weak economy, attitudes toward environmentally responsible products remain strong. Later in 2012, Edelman conducted their own ‘Good Purpose’ study which read well for ethical businesses - 73% said they would switch brands if a different brand of similar quality supported a good cause. ... read more

Pepper Guide

Earlier this week I posted about beginning to prepare your garden for the spring.  One thing you can do - even if temperatures are still freezing and there's still snow on the ground! - is to start deciding what to plant and order your seeds.

Right now, I've got peppers on the brain.  Last year we grew jalapenos, and it was awesome.  We canned salsa galore, threw the peppers into all sorts of yummy food we were making, and we even did pickled peppers.  This year, I'd like to grow even MORE peppers!  But, sometimes it's kind of confusing.  Which peppers would best suit our needs?  Spicy?  Sweet?  There are so many kinds!... read more

Different Uses for Hemp

hemp usesHemp is a versatile, eco-friendly plant with many uses.  Some of them you might be familiar with, others maybe not.   Interestingly enough, hemp was used throughout history for a lot of these uses.  It's used less often now, but who knows?  Maybe with its eco-friendliness, it will continue to make a comeback.  

Here are some things that can be used with hemp.

1.  Clothing

My favorite sweatshirt is made from hemp.  It's warm, durable, and pretty much awesome.  And hemp has been used in textiles for a very long time.  Samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8000 BC!  Hemp is also gaining popularity as a material in eco-friendly shoe brands.  Hemp jewelry is another popular use of hemp.

2.  Food and Drink

I'm sure you've seen hemp in food in your local grocery stores over the last ten years or so, since it began gaining in popularity.  A whole hemp seed is about 25% protein and is also a good source of calcium, iron, and omega-3.  ... read more

Message in a Bottle - How to Use Sea Glass as a Decorative Accent

sea glassSea glass - also known as beach glass or mermaid tears - is nature's way of turning something discarded by human beings into a thing of beauty. If you are looking for a creative way to accent your home with repurposed materials, sea glass can help you achieve this. Using sea glass is the perfect opportunity to put a touch of nature into your household or your office - and it is more earth friendly than buying man-made decorative accents.

What is sea glass?

If you aren't certain what sea glass is - or what the difference is between sea glass and ordinary glass - here are a few characteristics unique to sea glass:... read more

Knowing When It's Time to Remove a Tree

<p>&nbsp;</p><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; font-family: verdana, arial; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong id="textpreview_title">Knowing When it's Time to Remove a Tree</strong></span><p class="m12" style="margin-top: 12px; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #333333; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p><div id="textpreview" style="box-sizing: border-box;">As the springtime approaches, you may be able to distinguish the dying trees... read more