So here is a surprising list of plants you can grow in container. Some of the notable one are the apples, citrus and avocados. I have talked about apple growing in small areas, it involves espaliering which I talk about here.
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Here is a Tiny House that comes from the Designers at Ecospace. They design a full range of building from small office pods and bigger. Using SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) these houses can be put together fairly quickly. At only a few hundred feet, they pack a ton into this thing. At around $55,000 this is a premium house, but I feel it serves to provide good inspirations for your own design.
Made from sustainable cedar wood with an optional plant covered roof, low-energy heating, lighting and insulation, it’s right at home with the environment as well as your garden. Use it as your office and the garden commute will do wonders for your carbon footprint too.
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At a presentation at its Arkansas headquarters, mega-retailer Walmart announced a significant new sustainability goal for its supply chain: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from the life cycle of its products by 20 million metric tons (22 million US tons) by 2015–a figure roughly equal to the company’s current annual emissions, and about one and a half times the company’s projected carbon footprint growth in the same time period. This is similar to 2.3 million cars worth of pollution.
In doing so it has collaborated with the Environmental Defense Fund, and with ClearCarbon Inc., the Carbon Disclosure Project, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the University of Arkansas’ Applied Sustainability Center to verify GHG reduction claims.
In determining which product categories to focus on first, Walmart SVP of Sustainability Matt Kistler said:
Over the next five years we’re going to be focusing on certain categories, certain businesses where the biggest opportunity exists, where it’s the most efficient, and most cost-effective to remove that greenhouse gas from that supply chain. Whether it be in apparel, whether it be in food, whether it be in home line products, we’re looking at the category of products where there’s great opportunity, but where its at a low cost to remove.
If you asked me a year ago if I would ever be blogging about toilets, well I most likely would have laughed at you.
I have seen these before, but they are most often conversion kits and a never looked quite as nice. The Caroma Profile Smart is a Small profile toilet that has an integrated sink that uses the water before it goes into the toilet. I have told folks about these before and often get this disgusted look, if you have never had to fix one you might not know how they work. First the water fills a reservoir tank, that tank empties down into the bow through small holes at the top, the water collects in the bowl and well you know the rest. The water that goes into the reservoir is 100% clean water, same stuff you drink from the tap.
If you are in another country this may not be the case as they sometimes use grey water, which I hope catches on here, but here in the US of A we use the regular water to fill the bowl. What is more many folks put what are essentially chlorine tablets in the reservoir which creates a barrier if you will. In fact if you read any disaster preparedness guide they talk about if push comes to shove, you can drink from the reservoir (best to boil).
So what’s so great about this toilet first it actually looks somewhat attractive, the second is that it is a very narrow profile, perfect for tiny houses.
- High efficiency dual flush toilet – 1.28/0.8 gallons (4.8/3 liters) per flush
- Integrated sink for enhanced water savings
- After flushing, fresh cold water is directed through the faucet for hand washing and drains into the tank to be used for the next flush
- Unique water and space saving design
- Chrome buttons built-in to tapware design
- Easy installation
- Large trapway virtually eliminates blockages
- 12″ rough-in