November, 2014

Green Cleaning & Preventing Indoor Air Pollution

Green Cleaning & Preventing Indoor Air Pollution

Cleaning products that we use and keep under our sink or in our garage may not always be the best choices of cleaning products for our health or the environment. Some of these products contain harmful chemicals that may cause many of the health issue in the short term and also may give rise to long term health concerns. Today, there are many different types of products available on the market. The cleaning products that we grew up with contained harsh chemicals, but as more and more people are becoming aware of the harmful effects of toxic chemicals, there are a wide range of products available today that are all natural and eco-friendly and do not contain any of the harsh chemicals.

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Plight of the Salmon and Steelhead

Plight of the Salmon and Steelhead

Salmon and Steelheads are two of the oldest species of fish know to fishermen in the United States. They are commonly found in the waters of the Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans and in the surrounding coastal areas. Some species of salmon have also been introduced in non-native waters, such as the Great Lakes of North America and Patagonia in South America. Both salt water and fresh water species of salmon are intensively produced in aquaculture in many parts of the world. (WikipediA)

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Top 7 Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving

Top 7 Tips for a Greener Thanksgiving

The holidays are here again. The holidays from Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, and even Valentine’s Day are filled with magical moments when our hearts open up and we celebrate our lives, relationships and family. This also gives us a great opportunity to focus on our lifestyle and see what we can do to make our lives more eco-friendly, sustainable and greener.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of those all American celebration days which means dinners, football and family time for most American families. Families are most likely to gather around and enjoy a turkey with some other traditional menus commonly served at dinner on this day. There are several advantages of cooking your own dinner for holidays. It only takes some of your free time and your holiday spirit to cook a perfect dinner for your family that not only gets your family together, but also helps you bond and become healthy. Cooking your dinner yourself is also economical and environmentally friendly when you don’t get out and burn fuel.

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Urban Farming for a Great Green Future

Urban Farming for a Great Green Future

Growing your own food has its benefits. Feeding your family from your own garden not only ensures that you have a steady supply of fresh-grown food for your family but also improves the quality of the city, improves air quality, and reduces pollution. It can also address hunger issues and obesity problems around the world. When you eat fresh fruits and vegetables from your own roof garden, indoor garden, backyard garden or vertical tower gardens, you can easily feed your family. If you want to take it a step further, you could even produce enough food to supply to your local market and generate a steady income.

Indoor gardens and aquaponic systems are easy to setup at home, and they don’t need a whole lot of space for producing fresh home-grown food. There are ways you can grow herbs and vegetables and raise fish at the same time in your own home, in your basement, living room, kitchen, or anywhere, where you have some additional space, and setup your indoor vertical garden. Designing your small backyard vegetable garden or indoor garden isn’t that difficult. You can grow a variety of herbs and vegetables in flower pots or small containers and keep them anywhere you like.

Benefits of vertical tower gardens

vertical-gardenA vertical soilless aquaponic system is easier than a soil based system and can be used all year round to grow herbs and vegetables. A vertical tower can also have fish in a fish tank with a re-circulation aquaponic system, that uses waste from the fish to feed the plants and so, it reduces the need for additional fertilizers for the plants. You can have this system indoors or outdoors and reduce the need for pesticides to control soil borne insects.

You can use all natural organic methods for growing your crops. Because it’s a soilless system, there is no weeding, tilling and no need to get dirty. A vertical garden can fit almost anywhere in your home and looks gorgeous anywhere, whether you decide to put it in your kitchen, living room, or bedroom. A tower garden grows crop quicker than regular soil based gardening and uses less resources. It’s also easier than soil based gardening to maintain.

Green roof benefits

With the demand for food increasing around the globe, human agriculture is having a huge impact on natural resources. It is also causing greenhouse emissions and habitat losses for wild animals. Roof gardening can increase greenery in cities significantly. As we know, there are many benefits of having plants in cities. Some of the benefits of plants are supply of food, control of carbon emission, supply of oxygen and filtering out harmful carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

800px-Urban_salad_growing-LondonWith green roofs, water is stored by the substrate or the drainage systems of the building and then taken up by the plants from where it is returned to the atmosphere. This tends to utilize water more efficiently and also keeps the air cool through evaporation.

Therefore, growing more plants in cities not only makes the surrounding beautiful, but growing plants wherever possible may also help to reduce unpleasant city heat and pollution that is often associated with urban living – the concrete, paved roads and smoke from automobile emission and industries of the urban areas that add to greenhouse effects. Plants are essential for improving the air quality and adding more oxygen to the atmosphere; they act as natural filters.

When you grow your own food, you are also saving on trips to the grocery store, which means less carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. Urban farming also makes food as local as possible. Most people don’t realize that when they buy food at the grocery store, it has to travel hundreds of miles, 1,500 miles on average, before it can reach your table. Growing and buying local food will eliminate all the energy wastage and carbon emissions associated with packaging, transporting, and storing food.

When you grow your own food in your backyard kitchen garden, your roof garden or in vertical towers, you are able to use your kitchen waste as fertilizers. By doing so, you are able to utilize resources more efficiently. You are minimizing food waste and also saving valuable landfill space.

Indoor_gardenThe popularity of growing food with alternative methods, such as using a tower garden, a roof garden or using indoor pots for growing herbs and vegetables, is growing in popularity. Apart from making our homes beautiful, plants also supply us with many added benefits.

Eating fresh and good nutritious food has many health benefits and it also reduces pollution and filters out greenhouse gasses form the atmosphere. With increasing demand for food around the world, growing your own food can ease some of the pressure from global agriculture.

When it comes to grocery shopping, growing your food gets you as close to being local as possible. You may be able to save on groceries, energy and reduce pollution, all from your home-based garden. If you grow your garden at a larger scale, you may even be able to generate a steady source of income right form your home.

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Sources: Nourish the Planet

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