10 Gardening Hacks for the Newbie Gardener


Guest post by Michael Hill The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 has brought many tragedies to people’s lives. This battle still rages on, as scientists race to get the vaccine that can stop its spread distributed to everyone around the world. While we waited at home for the development of vaccines that would allow us to gradually resume our normal lives, a lot of people discovered new hobbies or activities to combat the boredom and anxiety brought on by the lockdowns.

How Your Shopping Choices Affect the Environment


Guest post by Green Rabbit Are you aware of the impact your shopping choices may have on the environment? Many people don’t realize the tremendous impact that agriculture and the production of food have on the environment, or that they can help lessen that impact with their purchasing decisions. Here’s a closer look at this issue.

8 Ways to Do Sustainable Gardening


Guest post by Penny Roussis Tending a garden is beneficial not only to the overall aesthetic of your house but also to the environment. It can cut down CO2 in the atmosphere and it also provides shelter to birds, butterflies, and bees, which all take part in beautifying the space by pollinating flowering plants. But did you know that gardening, if done right, can help Mother Nature even more?

Understanding the Impact of Recycled Glass on the Environment


Guest post by Jessica Ellen Glass is omnipresent. From cookware to buildings to packaging, its applications are manifold. While the hard, brittle substance has many benefits, it also has its fair share of drawbacks. For example, it takes energy as well as natural resources like sand and lime to produce glass. If you have ever wondered whether glass is really biodegradable, well the answer is no. That's why you need to recycle it as much as possible. This article shares information about the impact of recycled glass on the environment.

How to make organic pest control sprays for your garden


One of the more frustrating aspects of food gardening is having to share your crops with herbivore insects. When insects become a problem in the garden, most growers reach for insecticide-pesticides. Insecticide-pesticides are either synthetic, using human-made substances derived from chemical compounds, or organic, using human-made substances derived from plants with little or no chemical altering involved. In the US, commercially used synthetic pesticides are considered safe for humans by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in part because of the belief that the harmful effects of these pesticides degenerate rapidly, so that by the time produce makes it to your home, their effects are negligible. And yet a large body of research has demonstrated that besides acting as skin and eye irritants, synthetic pesticides can harm the nervous system, endocrine system, and hormone system, even with relatively light exposure, over time. This means that the bioaccumulation of pesticides in your body over time can cause many problems in even healthy people, particularly as we age.

How to Turn Cardboard into Useful Items for the Home


Guest post by Cassandra Rosas Almost everyone has gone through a period of time in their lives when they had a cumulous of cardboard boxes that they didn’t know what to do with. Instead of throwing in them in the trash, recycle or upcycle them! There are numerous ways to upcycle cardboard into actually useful items for the home, the kids, your pets and even your office.

The Best Fruit Trees to Plant in Your Dry Climate Yard


Guest post by Reggie Moore When looking for which fruit trees to plant in a dry or desert climate, there are several unique choices that thrive in drought. Having a fruit tree in the yard in a dry climate is a wonderful experience because annually there is new life and sustenance in a place that is typically thought of as dry and lifeless.

5 Low-Prep Activities That Kids Can Do in Their Own Backyards


Guest post by Heather Neves The pandemic has forced many kids and adults indoors. Too much time indoors increases the incidence of asthma and allergies in kids, especially those whose homes have poor air quality. Nowadays, parents are coming up with many ideas for activities and entertainment that will keep their children preoccupied indoors. But no matter how much a parent tries, it is not always possible to come up with new, fresh, and fun ideas. It is also not good for children to be constantly stuck in front of the television or playing video games on mobile phones, as too much screen time can lead to vision problems, attention disorders, and weight gain. Most of the time, it is good for children to get outside and play in the backyard so that they can get some fresh air. But a big question for parents these days is what their children will do if they need to spend a long time in the backyard. This post suggests several activities that kids can do in their own backyards.

5 Things to Do with Recyclable Metal after a Home Remodel


Guest post by Kara Masterson Even modest home improvement projects can generate a surprising amount of waste. Knowing what to do with recyclable metals can allow you to shrink your carbon footprint, reclaim some of the costs of your renovation, and help to ensure a quick and easy cleanup following your next remodel. Follow these tips to make sure that your home remodel does not negatively impact your carbon footprint. Before embarking upon any home remodeling project, it's also important to check local area codes and make sure all of your permits are up to date.

How to Turn Broken China into a Stylish Keychain


Guest post by Rae Steinbach In today’s world, our waste consumption seems to be out of control. In the Western world, we consume more and own more material possessions than any society throughout history. All this stuff that we buy also gets thrown away at record rates. Perhaps this is why researchers have warned that we’re on the verge of creating a “plastic planet”. In the midst of all this bad news, we as a society are learning to adapt and make positive changes that will benefit us – and the planet -- in the long term. One of these adaptations is “upcycling”. Upcycling refers to the process whereby something old, broken, or no longer of use is reused and turned into something new. Usually a few changes need to be made to the product to make it something else. These can occur large scale at a recycling plant or small scale at home with just some simple crafting tools and DIY knowledge.

Refreshingly Simple Tips for Making More Sustainable Clothing Choices


Guest post by Jennifer Hahn Masterson In times of global climate crisis, one topic keeps coming up – making our clothing more sustainable. At first, it may sound insignificant compared to the harmful effects of fossil fuels, but the clothing industry is among the biggest polluters today.

Effective Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Factory


Guest post by Kaishan USA You usually can’t build something without breaking a sweat, and that’s why the manufacturing sector consumes more power than most other industries. According to the US Energy Information Administration, in 2019 manufacturing accounted for 32% of total energy consumption in the country. Heavy equipment and complex systems require a lot of juice to keep products moving along the supply chain. However, that doesn’t mean all of what’s used is necessary, and there are numerous ways that factories can reduce their energy use and improve the efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

The Impact of Black Mold Exposure on Your Health


Guest post by Claire Zimmerman Black mold can grow on different surfaces around your house and it might be the cause of certain health concerns without you realizing it. Therefore, you must understand what mold is and what it can do to your health and that of your loved ones. By learning about this, you can identify the signs and symptoms of mold exposure and make sure you tackle the issue before it compromises your health.

The Philippines Goes Green, Announces Moratorium on New Coal Power Projects


by Gerelyn Terzo of Sharemoney Coal is the most common fossil fuel used to generate electricity. In the Philippines, it represents 40% of power production capacity, outpacing all other sources of energy - but it is also the dirtiest. That’s why the Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) in November 2020 drew a line in the sand and placed a moratorium on any applications for projects on “undeveloped greenfield sites” that rely on coal. Take the Calaca power station, a 900MW coal-fired power plant located in the City of Batangas. It was on course to bolster capacity by some 700MW, plans that were subsequently nixed as a result of last year’s ban.

Environmental Benefits of Living in a Studio Apartment


Guest post by Chloe Taylor More than ever before, people are moving away from the countryside and into the cities. But, with the population growing rapidly every day, housing has become a real challenge, especially since most people want to live in urban areas. This rise in costs has led many city dwellers to exchange their standard homes for studio apartments, which allow them to adapt to changes, ensure affordable prices and stay at their desired location. Having less space has its cons, but it also has a lot of perks for consumers and the environment. How can living in studio apartments benefit the world around us?

How Is the Hemp Industry Changing Agriculture?


Guest post by Jeffery Thompson The world has experienced a lot of change in recent years, and many countries allowing the sale and use of hemp are one of them. The demand for hemp has dramatically increased since the U.S legalized this herb in 2018. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group Vote Hemp reports that in 2018, American farmers grew 78,176 acres of hemp which represented an increase of 68,406 acres since 2016. Vote Hemp also estimated that from 2018-2019, the amount of hemp planted by American farmers increased by 455%. Many analysts have predicted that this herb’s development, and the steadily increasing opportunities in the hemp industry will enable the farming sector to continue growing for a long time. How is hemp transforming the agriculture industry? This article explains the effects of the hemp industry on farming.

10 Tips for Physical Activity at Home


Guest post by Kevin Nelson (all images from Pixabay) A home is a place where people love eating, sleeping, and doing all other lazy activities that they cannot do in the outside world. If you, too, believe in this notion, then it’s high time you change your thoughts. For every individual, being active at home is equally important for health. Keep reading for the best tips for physical activity at home! Physical fitness has always been an integral part of healthy living. With the recent pandemic situation, building up a fit body and strong immune system has become more vital. Regular physical activity at home is very important. In this post, we have shared 10 tips on how you can stay physically active at home. Read on to know more about physical activity at home!

6 Ways in Which Cannabis Can Improve the Quality of Life for Seniors


Guest post by Taylor Hill Do you know how the average life expectancy in the US was increased by almost 30 years between 1900 and 2000? Although these figures are about the quantity, it doesn't mean we're going to skip the quality. There's a miserable cycle of life. You grow up, get married, have children, they grow up, get married, and move out, what then? What happens after that? How we perceive elderly people at home and how they perceive themselves is something that can make a significant difference in their physiological and psychological health. According to many experts, elderly people with a healthy conscience, a sense of purpose, and work-related responsibilities are less likely to suffer from geriatric end-stage ailments such as strokes, heart attacks, cognitive disabilities, and more.

3 Reasons Why Calico Bags Are Kinder to the Environment


Guest post by Hilary Wilkinson If you haven’t heard about calico bags before, they serve as the ideal environment-friendly alternative to disposable plastic bags. Calico bags are made of plain-woven cotton fabric. Since it’s a natural material, it’s an eco-friendly and versatile product that continues to gain popularity worldwide. These bags have half-processed and unbleached cotton fibers, achieved by weaving natural cotton. The process provides the calico bags with a cream-like, raw appearance suitable for printing.

7 Green Home Improvements to Make for a Healthier Lifestyle


Guest post by Kelsey Luvisa The beginning of a new year is a time to think about home improvement. With people across the United States spending more time at home due to COVID-19, making your space a comfortable place to spend a lot of time is important now more than ever. When you care about the environment, making improvements that are green and support a healthy lifestyle might also be on your mind. The real estate experts at HomeLight interviewed more than 1,000 agents across the United States to reveal home upgrade trends, offering some insights about updates that you should consider.