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December 15th, 2011

10:12 pm - Supporting Sustainable Companies
I try to buy products from companies that use organic/sustainable materials to support the organic industry. Aside from food, I also use organic facial products and sustainable CLOTHING!

It didn't occur to me until it was staring me in the face that there's clothing out there that uses organic cotton and recycled polyester. I came across ThreadsForThought as I was shopping one day at Whole Foods and I'm totally in love with their products.

I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but every little bit helps. To support companies that are doing it right, I have a running blog that does product reviews and company promotions - threads4thought.blogspot.com. Here's a section from it:

ThreadsForThought uses sustainable materials to make many of their clothing, including organic cotton and recycled polyester. Organic cotton uses 90% less toxins than regular cotton, saving our environment from completely unnecessarily poisoning. Growing organic cotton means there are no GMO's used at all. Genetically Modified Organisms are used in conventional farming techniques to force crop output and pest resilience, at the expense of crop diversity (which is healthy for the environment) and naturally occurring selection. GMOs upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and replace a healthy diversity with susceptible homogeneousness.

The only real way of eliminating the use of GMO crops and other toxic farming practices is supporting companies that are doing it the right way. ThreadsForThought not only uses organic cotton wherever they can, they also use recycled water bottles to make some of their clothing. That's right, T4T uses recycled polyester, which is made through the breaking down and further refinement of water bottles that would have otherwise ended up in a dump somewhere. You can find out more about this awesome process on their website www.ThreadsForThought.com.

Thanks and would love to hear your thoughts!

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May 2nd, 2011

02:23 pm - disposing of nylon fabric

I have a few items made of nylon, if I put them in the garbage they'll just clot up the landfill.

Can anybody make some suggestions about environmentally friendly ways dispose of the nylon?


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March 28th, 2010

03:08 pm - safety of plastic for rain barrels
hello all, i hope this is an appropriate community to post this question...

i have a heavy duty plastic trash can that i would like to use for a rainwater barrel. (i've been doing rainwater catchment for many years now but i accidentally broke our barrel last fall.)

i do not want a bunch of nasties to leach into the rainwater, so i was reading the bottom of the plastic trash can. this is what i found:

-a recycle logo with no number inside

can someone help me to decipher this? i did some research on the NSF (national sanitation foundation) website and cannot figure out what the "white, gray, yellow" means.

any guidance on how "safe" this plastic is would be much appreciated.

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November 11th, 2009

08:52 am - Tiny Homes!
I'm not sure if I've posted this link here before.  For those of you who are interested in small living spaces, check out http://tinyhouseblog.com/

I love this blog because it shows all sorts of creative living situations, usually eco-friendly, that range from rural to urban.  Today's entry is about a little cabin in the woods of Missouri.  Another one I enjoyed was from a couple in San Francisco who knew they'd never be able to afford a real house there, so they raised a tiny home on a friend's property.  I like the tree houses, Airstream trailer conversions, yurts, and modern "gypsy wagons."  Small homes usuallly use less resources, cost less to heat or cool, and --depending on your property--leave more room for gardens.  I imagine that people probably spend less to buy or build them, so they have less debt and more money to spend on the features that really matter to them.

yarrowkat has posted about her yurt, which is on a larger property and shows how a tiny home can be incorporated into an existing living arrangement.  Do any of you live in a tiny home?  In particular, I wonder how those with children manage.   The smallest home I ever lived in was a 500 sq ft mobile home, which isn't that small in the grand scheme of things.  I shared it with another person and it worked out, but I remember being frustrated that all our things were jammed together.  I now know about space-saving furniture and such, and I also simply got rid of a lot of crap I didn't need.

One risk is probably stability during bad weather.  It's scary as hell to live in a trailer during tornado season. 

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July 23rd, 2009

05:14 pm - Would you like to moderate Urban Sustain?
Would you like to moderate Urban Sustain?

I want to hand this community over to someone who is active in sustainable living, understands the community focus, and who will encourage discussion via regular posts. You don't have to be an expert, but you do need to be actively learning, working on projects, etc. so that you can regularly share what you're doing with the community and thereby encourage others to do the same. I originally started the community for that purpose, but I'm no longer able to keep up.

Ideally, your journal will have lots posts about your sustainability projects and musings. Please leave a comment here or message me via LJ if you want to be considered.

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June 25th, 2009

09:18 am - Dumpster Diving 101
I thought I’d share my dumpster diving experiences and tips since I recently posted to this community with a question about dumpster diving.

If any thing, you may get a chuckle from reading about the awkwardness of a novice…Collapse )

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June 24th, 2009

10:37 am - Urban Farm magazine
I just learned about a new publication that will be coming out this August, called Urban Farm.

Here's the page: http://www.hobbyfarms.com/urban-farm/urban-farm.aspx

and here's the post where i discovered it, on Cold Antler Farm: http://coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com/2009/06/hey-all-you-city-kids.html
Current Mood: working
Current Music: capercaillie, hebridean hale-bop

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June 10th, 2009

02:32 pm - Soil Food Web Books
The concept of the Soil Food Web is one that fascinates me. Here are three major books on the topic that look very interesting.

Teaming with Microbes is written for more of a lay audience.

Soil Biology Primer seems an intermediate text.

And The Compost Tea Brewing Manual makes itself look a bit more in depth and technical.

I think I'm answering my own question here before even asking it. I'll get more out of the more technical text.

Anyway for folks interested in re-vivifying the Earth these books should all have something to offer

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June 9th, 2009

03:45 pm - Dumpster Diving Tips
Does anybody have any good weblinks about dumpster diving or any personal experiences/tips to share? I'm going to be blogging about my experiences with dumpster diving and want to supplement it with additional resources.

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June 1st, 2009

11:33 am - Tomato Inversion Step 1
I was at the office, where the buckets lids and compost was, so I filled the buckets, put on the lids and took them home. That's where the drill and the hole cutter blades were located.

I had lids with caps, so I removed the caps, and put a piece of landscape cloth on top of the compost, then replaced the lids. Below is a stock photo, but my lids look like this if you filter out the blue. It's properly called, in the industry, a lid with spout.

I drilled the holes:

Then poured in some water, and tucked in a Brandywine tomato start.

They'll hang out in the greenhouse or out in the sun till the starts get established. By which time I'll have gotten around to setting things up at the office so I can suspend them, and add a drip line to each bucket.

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