April 4, 2007

Kitchen Compost Pails

If you're thinking about composting, you should also consider a kitchen compost pail so you can keep kitchen scraps for your compost pile. Here, the key is finding one that will fit on your countertop or underneath, store your scraps, and not smell up your kitchen.

I like this stainless steel compost pail from Nor Pro. It's small and sturdy, and traps odors with a small charcoal filter disk that fits in the lid. Moreover, it's easy to clean and won't chip as you transport it out to your compost pile or clean it in the sink.

I don't think I'd fill it the way they have in this picture, though. When you squish the top down, you're headed for some yuck.

Buy a Nor Pro Stainless Steel Compost Pail.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

March 19, 2007

Eco-Friendly Toilets: Waste Not, Want Not

18green.1901.jpgAmerican flush away nearly 4.8 billion gallons of water every day, accounting for nearly 40% of our total indoor water consumption. Turns out toilets are "a big player" for homeowners interested in going green, according to author Florence Williams.

Writing in this Sunday's New York Times, Williams describes "the latest in eco-friendly elimination" -- from waterless urinals to superlow-flush toilets. She discusses her own experience with the Sun-Mar nonelectric composting toilet.

I didn’t want anything to do with it at first. The idea of human waste sitting in one spot — right next to you — for months at a time is difficult to stomach, but I had little choice. Our solar-powered summer cabin has limited running water and soils that are too shallow for a septic system.
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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 22, 2007

Treehugger: Vegetarianism is the New Prius

veg prius-thumb.jpgHe's not the only one to notice, but Lloyd Alter, writing for Treehugger, says it best, referring to Kathy Freston's article on Alternet about new UN reports on livestock and the environment:

With warnings about global warming reaching feverish levels, many are having second thoughts about all those cars. It seems they should instead be worrying about the chickens.

Read Alter's blurb at Treehugger.

Read Freston's article on Alternet.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

February 4, 2007

Ed Begley vs. Bill Nye the Science Guy

edbegley_HLWED_bioimage_d.jpgGot any post-Super Bowl TV viewing plans? Don' t miss the final episode of "Living with Ed" on HGTV.

In this episode, Ed drops by to visit his environmentally conscious neighbor, none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy! (I LOVE that guy!) Evidently, the two get a little competitive over who lives a greener life.

Also in this episode, Ed and his wife Rachelle head to Sundance for the eponymous film festival.

Living with Ed airs on HGTV at 10 p.m. EST tonight, Sunday, February 4th. It'll re-air on Feb 5th and Feb 17th. Check HGTV for TV listing.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

January 31, 2007

Which Firewood Burns Cleanest

umbra.gifAfter our article a couple weeks ago on True Fuel's new renewable, eco-friendly firewood made from sawdust, we were intrigued to read Grist's Ask Umbra column on "Which Wood to Burn."

In response to a reader's question re: how to reduce smoke and pollutants coming from chimney's and woodburning stoves:

The short answer is: buy a dense wood, buy it split or split it yourself, and give it six months to a year to dry. Mayhap what you see in one chimney vs. another is smoldering, or wet wood, or variation caused by weather and stove type. What you want is a hot, efficient fire followed by well banked coals.

Read the whole story at Ask Umbra.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

January 11, 2007

Fire Starter: Eco-friendly, Renewable Firewood

20031110.jpgGot to love the Dirt Works newsletter. Last fall, it featured a story on how to renovate your lawn. (Rototiller, anyone?) This winter, it's all about eco-friendly, fuel-efficient firewood.

They explain:

Heating our homes these days has become very expensive and those of us who burn wood have probably noticed the price of firewood going up right along with price of oil and gas. Not only that, as more people turn to wood as a home grown renewable source of heat the air pollution levels in our villages and urban areas has increased as a result. In response, we are introducing a firewood product that makes very little smoke and green house gases, little ash and you almost never need to clean the chimney.

This new firewood contains 30% more heat per pound than regular cord wood too and takes up a lot less space. One pallet is equal to about 2 cords of standard cord wood and fits nicely into the corner of you garage or driveway. Even if you don't burn wood full time, you can find uses for this wood product. When purchased in individual packaging it can be used for nearly smokeless barbecues, camp outs, tailgate parties and the like while providing all the benefits of firewood. It's clean, efficient and renewable.

Eco-wood-single.pngThe sawdust logs, from True Fuel are made using heat compression from 100% recycled hard wood fiber from sawmill residue, so no new trees are cut down to make them. Feel good about saving the forest while you're feeling warm and cozy.

Available by the pallet or the pound at Dirt Works.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

December 1, 2006

Weekend Reading: Self-Sufficient-ish

flowerlogo.gifThis week's weekend reading isn't a book. It's a website - selfsufficientish.com - a self-described "urban guide to almost self-sufficiency." The site is the brainchild of twins Dave and Andy Hamilton of the UK, who were inspired by books and articles about self-sufficiency to write something for those of us who are interested in becoming self-sufficient but don't have the time, means or inclination to do it whole hog. They explain:

Although total self-sufficiency is appealing the thought of giving up the little luxuries in life may not be. I grow a lot of my own food eat wild foods and when I have the money buy organic fruit and vegetables but I still enjoy beer in a pub and like to go to the cinema or eat out occasionally.

Self Sufficientish-ism (w)as created for these reasons. It is for all those who have limited time, space or money but would like to have a go at growing their own food or brewing their own alcohol or want to know which wild foods are good to eat. We also aim to offer advice on a whole host of other subjects from a low-ecological impact perspective.

The site offers simple, easy to understand and easy to implement suggestions for lower-impact living, interspersed with self-effacing humor. I like their segment on creating a self-sufficient-ish office, a "short guide to not only create a greener office and help the environment, but also to cement all the other workers idea that you are certainly the office hippy." Rock on, guys.

At Selfsuffientish. (Via Hugg)

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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