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Sustainable MiniHome For Sale

mini1Today the MiniHome was put up for sale, it is a prototype that I really liked.  The house is made form completely sustainable materials and is already setup to live 100% off the grid.  Its a interesting styling, almost akin to a box car and for some reason it brings images of a 50’s Dinner to mind.  I really like the inside, it is big, bright and well laid out.  The unit is a prefab unit which has many perks to it, but it being sold for $100k which seems a bit steep.

mini2The inside is laid out beautifully.  I really like the use of the stair case as a bookshelf.  The combination of light woods, white walls and windows galore makes for a really nice package.  The house is around 350 square feet and I know for a period of time the designer and his daughter lived in this unit very comfortably.

mini3One aspect I really like is that this house uses a combination of clear, gray and black water.  For some of you out there who don’t know, gray water is partially treated water, black is untreated water.  When I lived in Australia  every house had a solar water heater and two water lines, clear and gray.  The clear water line was hooked up for any source that you consume, while gray went to laundry, toilets and the garden hose.  This is a really brilliant concept that works very well in Australia, but has yet to make its way over here.  Combined this with a dual flush toilet (small flush for “number one” and a larger flush for “number two”) and the impact is so much smaller.

Loyd Alter sums up the house when he says this:

Designed for a 50-year life expectancy, the miniHome offers the possibility for year-round, affordable living on almost any site. It is equally at home in a remote, wilderness setting – completely off-grid – or in an urban trailer park. Its remarkably sustainable combination of energy efficient systems and beautiful finishes usually associated with luxury condominiums results in a home that sings the virtues of simplicity and conservation

source: here

I Swear I’m Not Obsessed With Chairs!

So I just posted some other chairs the other day, I know, but I really liked these and being that I have been lounging on the beach all day, doing nothing, you’re gonna get what you are going to get.  lol!

chaiur

You can find more info here:  Link

Reusable Shopping Bag Pools

I have been using reusable shopping bags for a while now, once every few months I forget to bring them, which is okay unless I am doing a big shopping trip.  I still use plastic bags for various needs that cloth can’t really substitute (think dripping package of raw chicken).    It really sucks when you do forget though, because you feel so guilty, you don’t want to buy any more because you have a ton of them, its just consuming more and its senseless to drive home.  I ran into this idea over at treehugger.

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Reprinted: Trehugger Sammy Grover 8/2009

I went to the co-op the other day, and once again forgot my reusable bags. It’s one of my bad eco-habits – along with dragging my feet over putting up a clothes line. But as I filled my plastic bag in shame (I REALLY don’t need any more reusable bags at home!), I was reminded of a comment on a previous post, where someone (whose comment I can no longer find) informed us that their grocery store has a “bag pool” – where you can bring in your old bags, and exchange them for new ones – free of charge. If you have too many, you simply leave excess for those who forget. Given the resources that go into growing cotton, recycling plastics, or even manufacturing and transporting a bag – it makes total sense to use it to the maximum, rather than each of us having 15 that sit in our closets.

I believe the scheme in question is BagShare in Western Massachusetts – and in addition to reusing existing bags, BagShare volunteers get together to sew new bags from old t-shirts and other preloved items. The project claims that over 10,000 bags have been sewn or donated – and some participating stores now only offer BagShare bags and/or cardboard boxes if you forget your own bags.

It’s the perfect example of a product service system – and we like those! George Monbiot would no doubt still argue that plastic bags are a distraction, and volunteer hours might be better spent elsewhere – but to my mind, if you can build community through the reuse of valuable resources, then you are undoubtedly on to something.

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ryan Hey guys, for those of you who don’t know me I’m Ryan.  I run the site and love doing it.  It also gives me an excuse to spend time gawking at tiny house websites and other such things, but tell anyone I love doing it :)  I was wondering if you would help me out with where this website is going.

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