Making environmentally-friendly choices for your family and your home can also translate into healthy choices. From eating local to getting indoor plants, there are many ways that you can be happy and comfortable in your home year round.
1. Eat local, or plant your own food.
Eating local is great for your health and the planet’s health. Local food tends to have more nutrients since it ripens naturally, and food that travels long distances is often picked before it’s ripe. Local food means less greenhouse gas emissions, as it travels shorter distances and is often farmed in a more sustainable way. Similarly, you can consider starting your own at-home garden to plant your own food.Read More»
Summer is right around the corner, which means you’re probably starting to plan a fun summer vacation! While traveling, keep these 6 environmentally friendly tips in mind:
1. Bring Reusable Items
Bringing a water bottle, reusable utensils, coffee cup, or foldable bags on your trip will reduce the need to buy single use products that are oftentimes more harmful towards the environment.
2. Support Local Stores
Supporting local entities maximizes both social and economic benefits of nearby communities while additionally supporting the culture and environment of the places you are visiting.Read More»
Thank you to everyone who showed up to our annual EcoBuilding Bash this past Saturday! We had a great turnout with over 200 guests in attendance. This event is our way of celebrating reuse and our customers, while also providing home improvement tips from industry experts.
We loved meeting our guests in the lumber yard where the grill was going all day, plus Powder Hollow Brewery provided excellent local craft beer.Read More»
For over 40 years, the Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. Our mission is to research, develop, and promote those technologies with the least disruptive impact on the natural ecology of the earth. CET is a resource for objective information and guidance when it comes to navigating the world of energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, recycling, and composting.
One of the ways we accomplish our goals is to work with people of all ages and from all walks of life to educate and promote sustainable actions.
We can finally look forward to warm temperatures because spring is here! For many, the blossoming of flowers and the budding of trees renew our dedication to cleanse our homes of all the dirt, dust, and any other debris we’ve accumulated during the winter.
There are several cheap and sustainable alternatives for household cleaning, which allow us to get away from chemically driven cleaning products. Dirt and dust aren’t the only culprits for indoor air pollution, the off-gassing of chemicals in cleaning products are also to blame. Time to make the switch!
Look at what you have on hand, and what you use it for. This will help you find eco-friendly substitutes for any harsh chemicals you may have.
Baking soda effectively cleans, deodorizes, and cuts through grime.
- For a heavy-duty toilet and shower cleaner mix ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse after applying the solution.
Lemon juice annihilates bacteria, mildew, and mold.
- Tired of bleaching your cutting boards? Lemons are a great alternative to disinfecting wood or plastic cutting boards. All you need is to cut a lemon in half, scrub over the desired surface, and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing. Talk about a non-toxic solution!