It’s the season of fresh produce! Time to head outdoors to your local farmers market and purchase a healthy basket of green beans, some glossy eggplants, a dozen fresh eggs, and other fresh produce items. Do a quick Internet search or check local papers or postings about weekly or monthly open-air and indoor markets that [...]
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Not only will this blow your mind but it might save you some bucks. Vinegar is an all purpose cleaning option for your apartment The miracle cleaning solution! Vinegar can be used for almost everything. It’s an incredible disinfectant; for example, some vinegar and hot water can clean a floor perfectly. Well, not alone: you have [...]
Maybe you just moved into your new rental and you have too many boxes that you can either a) recycle or b) turn into lasting storage containers. Here’s our round-up of good DIY storage container ideas: Shoebox → cord organizer I’m not the world’s most organized person, but I especially hate the tangle of cords [...]
Is your thumb very, very far from green? You can still improve the air quality and overall aesthetic of your apartment, provided you choose the right plant. Here are just a few ideas of many—for more, ask your local nursery staff! And always check whether a new plant might be poisonous to dogs or children. [...]
What makes a paint “green”? In general, low- or zero-VOC (volatile organic compounds), all-natural pigments, and/or low biocides/carcinogenic components. Don’t feel like figuring this out for yourself? Here are some great options: Safecoat AFM has been making safer building products since the 1970s, and has environmental certifications up the wazoo. In addition to their [...]
I’m often on this blog encouraging readers to use non-toxic, “green” cleaning supplies. All well and good, but what if you don’t want to shell out for premium eco-friendly products? You can make your very own solutions, very easily and very cheaply. The following “recipes” come from a green cleaning workshop I once attended, and [...]
If you’ve got an apartment remodel on the books, here are some tips for how you can replace wood (or granite or marble) with cheaper and/or more sustainable materials. Note: wood IS a renewable material, but it’s increasingly costly, and often isn’t harvested sustainably. If you care about how forests are managed (and you should, [...]
And now, dear people whose heating bills are so high they can’t afford to order takeout, we continue our ideas for ways to cut down on your energy consumption this winter: Clean furnace filters Sexy, right? Okay, not so much. But your furnace filters need to be cleaned or replaced every month during the cold season. Alternatively, [...]
You might have noticed: the cost of energy is rising. And we’re headed into the cold season. Try some of these ideas, to save yourself and the planet: Seal holes around doors and windows Air leaks: an excellent way to waste your heat and money. Thoroughly check all your windows and doors, and plug holes [...]
There are many reasons you might not be gardening outdoors. Many apartment dwellers don’t have access to enough yard space to allow them to get their green on. Or you might live in the, shall we say, more temperate parts of the country. (90 day growing season anyone?) Or you may just not like your [...]
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