Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8:30pm marks Earth Hour. The simple idea to switch off your lights for an hour has become the world’s fastest growing global environmental movement. From 8:30pm-9:30pm people all over the world will be switching off their lights to support sustainable environmental practices.
“Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch off their lights for one hour as a demonstration of concern for the greater environment.” For more information on Earth Hour 2013 and how you can take part please visit http://earthhour.org/ and don’t forget to hit the lights tomorrow night!
Whether you live alone or have a large family, creating a healthy environment is an important step to well being and living a longer, happier life. Making a healthy home does not mean you need to change your whole lifestyle but starting with a few small steps can lead to bigger ones in the long run.
The Center for Disease Control provides a comprehensive list on their website of things you can do around the house to make it a healthier place for everyone. It gives you tips by each individual room such as things you can do in the kitchen, garage etc. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes/byroom/index.html
Better Homes and Gardens offers over 20 suggestions to create a healthy home including using low VOC paint and replacing carpet with easy to care for wood. They also suggest saving electricity and water through changing not only fixtures but also the way in which you use them. You can read all of their helpful ideas at http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/advice/expert-advice/25-tips-for-a-healthier-home/
Some easy first steps include adding more energy efficient products to your household, using natural cleaners, drying your clothes on the clothesline, and installing a whole home water purification system.
Categories: Eco-friendly, Green Living, Home, House Renovations, Uncategorized
Tags: clothesline, energy efficient, green, healthy, healthy home tips, home, natural
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Clotheslines are an amazing way to save money and energy for laundry purposes and contribute to a greener lifestyle. If you have your clothesline at home and use it to dry laundry, why not use it and the accompanying accessories for other creative purposes? Now you can incorporate your old clotheslines and clothespins into your Valentine’s Day Festivities and present ideas.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by using your clothesline and clothespins to decorate the house. When your kids bring home all of their valentines from school or you collect Valentine’s cards from friends and family, they can be showcased by hanging them on a clothesline. If its nice outside, you can even use a clothesline as the center of the party and hang Valentines or cut out hearts from the lines.
These adorable Valentine’s Day cards with clothespin candy holders can be made in any colour or for any holiday http://simplykierste.com/2010/01/clothespin-valentines.html
Decorate clothespins with hearts to close treat bags with this Martha Stewart tutorial http://www.marthastewart.com/271608/clothespin-valentine
Using clotheslines and clothespins for holiday crafts can help introduce family and friends to the idea of clotheslines while saving money through crafting.
Categories: Clotheslines, Crafts, Eco-friendly, Green Living, Home Decor, Uncategorized
Tags: clothesline, clothespins, crafts, decorate, holidays, valentine, Valentine's Day
Today is National Sweater Day. If you don’t know what that is, it is a day created by the WWF to help gain awareness on climate change and help conserve energy. For more information on today visit http://www.sweaterday.ca/ to see how you can help or take part.
Just because today is national sweater day does not mean that you can’t conserve energy this winter by dialing down the thermostat and putting on a sweater. A great way to help save energy and heat only the room you spend the most time in is an electric fireplace or stove.
Electric fireplaces and stoves are very fashionable and compliment any room of the house, while providing up to 400 sq feet of heat. Electric fireplace media stands provide the same warmth of a fireplace while holding your TV, which is perfect since most people spend their time at home in the living room.
So turn down your thermostat, put on a sweater, and switch on your electric fireplace to save money and energy!
Categories: Fireplace Mantels, GHP, Green Living, Home, Home Decor, Uncategorized
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Turn green this Valentines Day, and not with jealousy. Saving money and the environment by choosing homemade and Eco-friendly gifts will leave you feeling and having more green in a holiday dominated by red. The following websites have provided some amazing ideas to make or recycle gifts for anyone in your family.
The Daily Green offers an extensive list of green and Eco Valentines Day ideas such as Fair Trade items (with proceeds going to charities around the globe) and where to find organic flowers.
Casa Diseno provides DIY Valentines Day gift ideas on a budget. Some of the ideas and tutorials include homemade tea bags, sharpie mugs and themed pillows.
Martha Stewart seems to always come up with current Valentines Day crafts and this year is no different. Browse the 33 suggestions she gives for homemade gifts including felt coffee cup sleeves, heart shaped pot holders, and homemade candy wrappers.
If you are looking for ideas that help the community and others, why not adopt an animal? Name a tree in an arboretum, or donate to a community cause. Next week at Greenway Home Products we will be having a bake sale with proceeds going to local charity organizations..stay tuned for pictures.
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Tags: crafts, Eco-friendly, gifts, green, homemade, recycle, Valentine's Day, valentines
This past weekend we had the pleasure of visiting the Toronto Interior Design Show, better known to the web world as the IDS Toronto 2013.
The show was a great way to see upcoming trends in the marketplace and to check out some amazing art. There were talks from celebrities in the interior design business, including Linda Reeves, Suzanne Dimma, Brian Gluckstein, and Hudson’s Bay Company president Bonnie Brooks among many others.
Some trends continuing throughout 2013 from the show were copper accessories and bathroom fixtures, studded furniture, bold colours, and unique wall coverings (including the up and coming reclaimed wood wall panels). Reclaimed wood tables were also a popular choice for exhibitors at the show.
Surface Innovation Exhibitor IDS Toronto 2013, http://www.surfaceinnovation.ca/products/barnwood/
Overall it was a great show, and we are looking forward to taking part in Toronto IDS 2014, whether it be another year of visiting or taking part as a business.
Categories: Design, Green Living, Home, Home Decor, House Renovations, Uncategorized
Tags: copper, home interior, house, interior design, reclaimed wood, Toronto, tradeshow, trends
We have all heard of green roofs, but one has to wonder if it would work in the cold winter months. According to a study done by the University of Toronto, the green roof increased conservation of heat by reducing wind speeds and modifying the micro-climate above the roof. It also found that the potential heating energy savings were roughly between 5.63 percent and 5.95 percent, with savings up to 61 percent for upper-level floors. Read the full article about the study at http://greenlivingonline.com/article/green-roofs-winter
Another article written on the subject from Science Daily reinforces information gained from the University study http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051126141309.htm
If you have ever wondered how much water you use in a year and how it compares to the consumption of others, there are some great resources for finding out!
The Water Footprint Calculator from National Geographic offers a water calculator along with tips and tricks for reduction and an option for you to pledge to reduce water use. This calculator is for U.S. residents. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/
The water footprint calculator from Zero Footprint takes only one minute to complete and can be changed based upon whether you reside in Canada or the U.S. http://goblue.zerofootprint.net/
Another calculator from Waterfootprint.org provides both a quick and extended version to gain insight into your water consumption. This calculator also takes into account diet and coffee/tea intake. http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator
If you are going to be, or want to renovate your kitchen, green countertops are a great way to add something new and environmentally friendly into the house. Eco kitchen counters can be a bold focal point or a minimalistic accent thanks to the many different options now available for use. The following articles provide more information on the many types and styles of green kitchen countertops,
Green Living offers narrative on 4 of the most used green recycled countertops:
This article from The Kitchen Designer provides over 15 examples of resources that are used as green countertops and is a great read if you are looking for something beyond the normal Eco kitchen materials:
The last article from the Reliable Remodeler website outlines materials used for kitchen countertops that make a statement:
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Tags: countertop, Eco-friendly, green, home renovation, house, kitchen, recycle