Posts Tagged Green And Eco Friendly

Why “The Tiny Life”?

So why embark on “the tiny life”?

The answer is found in stewardship– the wise use of one’s time, energy, fiscal and other resources.

Are you wisely using the space in which you live?  Which room or rooms do you live in the most?  What happens to the others?  Are you bothered by all the space within your dwelling that is least occupied?Tiny House image

“Tiny” is the efficient use of space.  Admittedly, there is much less space to “expand” one’s life—one’s possessions and one’s decorative sense are two examples.  Where do we really live, though—in our dwellings or in our hearts and relationship space?

But “tiny” also means less money expended to maintain a larger space that has become for many of us an idol.  In 1963, my parents took on a 25-year mortgage on a new, two-story house with four bedrooms that cost $17,500.  That same home today can sell for close to $300,000.

How scales of economy have changed!  “Tiny” addresses the buying power of present dollars as much as it reflects  the desire not to buy into the myth that bigger is better.

Bigger is not necessarily better.  For most of us fascinated by tiny living, the exploration of all things tiny imparts hope.

-Greg

Solar Tent Structure

For those of you who haven’t caught on, I am a very big fan of ultra modern architecture.  I love the minimalist approach when it comes to many things, houses included.  One trend I have noticed over the years is designers fascination with “tent houses.”  While these are tents, they are designed to be permanent or semi-permanent, often focus on bringing the outdoors in and are designed with a modern flair to them.

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Today we are looking at the Orange Solar Tent designed by ‘Orange’.  This design has a very unique feature as the entire canopy structure has several layers of cloth so that it can generate electricity and provide a vapor barrier.   The entire shell of this is a woven solar array, which admitedly is a few years out, but is coming soon, just not soon enough.

The idea is to later integrate wifi into the cloth as well as pockets inside the structure for magnetic induction charging of small electronics like cell phones.

Check out more over at Treehugger

How Tiny isn’t just smart, its ethical

There is obviously a strong case for having small house, little houseits affordable, its simple, its well…allot of things.  But one thing that hadn’t occurred to me as of yet was that a Tiny home is ethical.  How so?  In a world of finite resources, we are using more and more of natural resources, well beyond our fair share and not accounting for generations to come.  In the past 10 years, Americans have consumed conservatively 25%  of the world’s natural resources!  Now do that math which means in 30 more years, we will be out of wood, coal, oil, minerals and folks, that’s something we are going to see in our lifetime.

So living Tiny means we use much less resources, thus reducing our impact on the world.  While I don’t expect so many people to selling off their mansions and living in 100 square feet, I foresee a strong trend to downsizing.

Tree Huger has a great article on this saying

When I hear the question, “Can large homes be green?,” I think the questioner is really asking, “Is it right for some people use more resources live in big homes  when they could live in smaller homes like the rest of us?” That question is not really about green building; it’s more about moral or social equity