My Green Cottage

Living Small

Mother Earth News on living in a really small house:

Remember the game of Twister? You put your feet and hands on different colored circles, which sometimes ties the players up in knots, and if you fall off of the space, you lose.
Often when I’m getting up for a bowl of ice cream in the evening, […]

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Pat Foreman on Backyard Chickens

Pat’s a good friend and a great advocate chickens and sustainable agriculture systems. Read on and see videos at the Times Dispatch and on Virginia This Morning:

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Scientist and author Pat Foreman raises about 40 chickens on her small farm near Buena Vista.

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Florida energy rebates on hold; Gov. Crist blames Legislature

Simply appalling. The money to help move us toward a sustainable world is sitting in the state bank account, but citizens can’t access it. Use your vote to create the government that reflects your values.
“Thousands of Florida homeowners who have installed – or who are planning to install – solar power and/or new, energy-efficient heating […]

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Toxic-free cleaning tips

Getting rid of odors the non-toxic way
Trish Riley is the author of the award-winning Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living (Penguin/Alpha Books 2007) and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business (with Heather Gadonniex, Penguin/Alpha Books 2009). Trish was gracious enough to talk about how we can take care of getting rid of odors […]

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West Park girl gets room makeover after winning Asthma Awareness Day Poster Contest – Sun Sentinel

Denise Robinette, owner of Healthy Living Interiors, designed this room and is helping me with the green renovation of my little cottage! Kudos, Denise!
“Merkiyah Jones can now breathe easier thanks to a Healthy-N-Green Bedroom Makeover.Jones, a fourth-grader at Watkins Elementary School in West Park, was treated to the makeover after she won the Asthma Awareness […]

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New Study Asks: Is Your Home Trying to Kill You?

A new study that measures levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in homes in two cities  found similar levels of the chemicals in both settings. These results indicate that exposure to the compounds is widespread.
The health impacts of endocrine disruptors, which mimic naturally occurring human hormones, are still being studied. But concern is mounting that these chemicals […]

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Water Footprint Calculator – National Geographic

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What Is Your Water Footprint?
Take a water tour with [The Green Guide] through your home, garden, diet, energy use, and your stuff! Then, pledge to cut your water footprint by 20%.
via Water Footprint Calculator – National Geographic.

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Extreme close-ups of the creepy crawlies that infest our homes

These stunning detailed pictures magnified by over a million times reveal the true face of the hidden horrors in your home.
Seen through an ultra-powerful Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), these tiny creatures are some of several types of insect living undetected right under our noses.
One of the images taken using the […]

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Kennedy: Ride-Along: GoGreenNation.org

Riley recently co-directed the First Annual Gainesville Environmental Film and Arts Festival, which was in collaboration with GoGreenNation.org. She admits she was so overwhelmed with festival-related tasks that promoting her site fell by the wayside. But the festival embodied the greater mission of GoGreenNation.org: to build a community of concerned citizens with a heart and […]

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Why are flame retardants required in furniture, anyway? – Slate Magazine

I slashed the plastic wrap around the mattress. I was soon overcome by a sweet and pungent chemical smell.
…Because flame retardants don’t break down easily, they remain for years in the tissues of birds, aquatic organisms and mammals, including us, albeit in small quantities. An endocrine disruptor and neurotoxin, the retardants are […]

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Formaldehyde

So Teddi’s cough was really getting bad and I had always known that our home had a potential danger from the laminate floors. Ever since I’d moved in, I was often bothered by a sickeningly sweet smell in the mornings – after the house had been closed up all night – and I suspected that […]

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The Greenest House – The Atlantic

Paul Holland and Linda Yates thought it only natural, when they set out to build a luxury home six years ago, that theirs would be the world’s greenest. In Silicon Valley—where Holland works as a venture capitalist and Yates as a management consultant—even competition is environmentally conscious.
The couple’s 5,600-square-foot home will be outfitted with a […]

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My Green Cottage

My knees hurt.
I’m creating an environmentally healthy and efficient home out of my cute little 34-year-old cottage.
I realized I needed to do this because my sweet little dog, Teddi, has exhibited some health concerns over the three years that we’ve lived here. I love my little house, but i don’t want to sacrifice her health […]

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