Straw bale homes – the future of sustainable housing

Editor:  The following is a guest post from Elisabeth Winkler, a writer / communications expert and the Publications Coordinator at Low Impact.org.

Straw baleStraw bale housing – the dream abode of the eco-warrior – has gone mainstream. Straw bale homes are scientifically proven to be robust and sustainable and, for the first time in the UK, are now commercially viable.

Continue reading

New online video game makes learning how to recycle fun

Recycleg Sorter Game

The Super Sorter game makes learning about what’s recyclable fun

There’s no national mandatory recycling law so not everyone recycles. Many folks don’t know much about what can be recycled beyond paper or bottles. Now, as part of Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council’s “I Wanted to be Recycled campaign, St. John & Partners have created a new interactive online game called Super Sorter that shows people different ways things can be sorted and recycled.

Continue reading

Effecting Change with Green Construction for a Better Future

The following is a guest post.

Green Construction - remodeling

Greening an existing structure can reduce energy consumption and create a healthier environment. Photo courtesy of Ecolution Renewables

While the new construction trend is to look for sustainable and renewable materials, a commonly overlooked problem is that of existing structures. These homes and commercial buildings from years past will continue to exist for decades to come. Failing to address the impact this has on the environment through increased energy consumption, as well as toxins in the buildings, reducing air quality and causing long-term health effects, is a huge mistake.

Continue reading

Here it comes – Earth Hour!

Help celebrate Earth Hour on March 23rd

Help celebrate Earth Hour on March 23rd

Tomorrow is Earth Hour. This world-wide event, launched in 2008 by the World Wildlife Fund and Leo Burnett, is an effort to encourage households and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

Continue reading