Carbon Farming: An Introduction

As we struggle to find ways to deal with the excess amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, much attention has been given to high-tech solutions and cutting fossil fuel use. While these are good and worthy discussions to have, carbon farming offers an opportunity to revolutionize the agricultural sector to improve soil and store excess atmospheric carbon where it belongs: in the ground. Can We Store Carbon in the […]

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Permaculture and Diet: Can Permaculture Help Us to Decide What to Eat?

Permaculture, as a design lens, can be looked through to apply to all manner of things. Whether it is a piece of land or a social structure at your place of work, your child’s education or your own personal finances, there are ways you can utilise permaculture to help you with your organisation of a diverse range of activities. After all, permaculture is holistic so it makes sense that you […]

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The Benefits of a Hand Crank Dishwasher

People are always really excited about the idea of an alternative energy dishwasher, and why wouldn’t they be? Washing dishes is by far one of the most loathed chores that has to be done around the house. Luckily, more and more electric-free dishwasher designs seem to be popping up all over the place. Available models include the Circo Dishwasher that washes all of your dishes while only taking up a […]

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What to do With Your Plastic Once You’ve Become Waste-Free

You’ve finally made the commitment to a zero-waste lifestyle but you’re facing a few dilemmas. Your house is filled with plastic bins for your kid’s off-season clothing, containers for your cereal, and plastic soap pumps in every bathroom. What do you do with all the plastic you previously put to use? While you may think you have to immediately recycle all your plastic products and replace them with their non-plastic, […]

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Passive Solar Design with Earthen Homes

During a long and cold winter, many of us might wonder if it is possible to stay warm without the benefit of a fossil fuel powered central heating system. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that close to 50% of all the energy used in American homes is for heating and cooling purposes. While it is nice to be able to walk barefoot in one’s home during the dead of […]

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The Benefits of Using a Manual Washing Machine

When people start picturing washing their clothes without electricity they imagine of bringing their clothes down to the river or creek start popping up in their mind, taking out the washboard, and vigorously scrubbing their clothes until they are clean. It sounds time-consuming, tiring, and just down right awful. Luckily it doesn’t have to be that way anymore, there are plenty of washing machines on the market now that do […]

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Urban Sprawls to Sustainable Communities

Urban sprawl is another name for suburbanization or suburban sprawl. It is basically the movement of human population from densely populated metropolitan urban towns and cities to low density, monofunctional and car dependent communities. This kind of movement results in encroachment of farmlands, the geographic expansion and spreading of a town or a city, eating up the biodiversity and threatening the earth’s sustainability. Migration and urban sprawl is not something […]

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Avoid City Pollution by Taking Side Streets

A new study has revealed that simply taking side streets while walking through a city can cut an individual’s exposure to air pollution by half – and providing pedestrians with specific guidelines to avoid high-traffic routes could significantly benefit public health. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution is now the “world’s largest single environmental health risk” – especially since 80 percent of the global urban population residing in […]

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Soil Cover Systems Help to Grow Native Species on a Waste Rock Pile

Mining operations lead to considerable land disturbance and the accumulation of large amounts of by-products such as waste rock and tailings. Open storage of waste rock on the ground surface is associated with a number of negative environmental impacts because waste rock often contains contaminants such as radioactive material, heavy metals, etc. The main impacts are physical and chemical weathering of contaminants from waste rock by wind and water, which […]

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Common Environmental Issues That Can Create Financial Loss to Farmers

Agricultural supply chains are global in nature. Many farmers (especially those situated in developing nations) do not operate in commercial quantities and run on low budgets. As many farmers operate on a small-scale basis, it has become very important for them to be environmentally conscious of environmental challenges faced around the world. The negative impacts associated with climate change are enormous. They can range from sea-level rise, storms, extreme temperatures, […]

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How Realistic is Going Waste-Free?

When people say they have gone completely waste-free, they’re inaccurate. That’s not to say they’re “lying”; they probably avoid garbage like the plague, carrying totes, eating food with compostable scraps, the whole to-do! They may think they live a zero-waste lifestyle, but the truth of the matter is that the way our world currently works, that statement is just not feasible. While the effort is humbling, there’s so much happening […]

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8 Ways of Using Old Firewood for Something New

Our keen permaculture minds are too sharp to ever believe that something so precious as firewood, past its prime or not, could be of no use. We, of course, can always simply toss it back into the forest and let it do as it would have done anyway, cycling nutrients through the ecosystem. However, after all the work of harvesting, chopping, and storing it, most of us would rather find […]

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