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Converting a Used Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

Going green does not always mean you need to replace your floors with bamboo or buy new energy efficient appliances. It can also mean reusing or repurposing existing items. Reuse old furniture, save money, and turn a bathroom remodel into a fun and creative home improvement project by converting an old dresser into a bathroom…

Are Modular Buildings Sustainable?

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Modular Buildings are often billed as a green alternative to traditional construction methods, but what factors should be considered when choosing a sustainable construction method? Modular buildings are becoming a popular alternative to traditional construction methods. The off-site building process has many benefits including lower costs, quicker build times and lower levels of disruption. They…

Phone Apps for Home DIY and Sustainability

Mother Earth News; Food Gardening Guide.

Starting or maintaining a more sustainable approach to living can be immensely challenging. Many eco-friendly endeavors such as gardening require enormous knowledge and the acquisition of new skills. To that end, I’d like to present a list of smart phone apps I think are helpful for anyone interested in growing her own crops or greening…

US Places Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

In October 2011, SolarWorld and 6 other US manufacturing companies lodged a petition claiming that the dumping of cheap Chinese solar panels onto the market was unfair and prevented them from competing in the manufacture of solar panels. Preliminary investigations suggest that the Chinese government has been providing subsidies to their solar industry to the…

Does Your Building Company Use Green Products?

Green Star -Performance The Green Star Rating Tool for Existing Building Operations

If you are building a home, renovating your current residence or adding on to your house, it is important to find green products. With creativity and a little patience, you can ensure that your home or addition is built from sustainable products. Sustainable Timber Since wood is one of the most common products that builders…

How Graphene Just Got Greener

Graphene and Its Fascinating Attributes; Editors: Swapan K. Pati, Toshiaki Enoki, C. N. R. Rao

A lot of attention has been given to the graphene in recent months. The product of an experiment in a Manchester University laboratory only eight years ago, graphene has quickly risen to be the star of material science. Stronger than any known substance, light and flexible, superconducting, and photoelectric graphene is a material with green…

GuestPost: Save Energy with a Greener Backyard

Backyard Composting: Your Complete Guide to Recycling Yard Clippings, Save Mondy and Water, Stop Landfill Overloading

It seems all my friends are going Green these days in one form or another. I have people in my life who are crusading for a better environment or they’re doing things like moving to a vegetarian diet. For a long time, I was extremely resistant because I had so many people telling me what…

The Pros and Cons of Eco-Friendly Cars

car plugged in to a charging station with the words "zero emissions" visible on the back

Eco-friendly cars have been growing in popularity, as the effects of global warming continue to make headlines all over the world. Manufacturers of green cars are constantly trying to improve the functionality of electric and hybrid cars with the aim of eventually replacing the conventional automobile with zero carbon emission models. There are a variety…

Guest Post: The Present and Future of Sustainable Product Design

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In 1987, the World Commission on the Environment highlighted the need to create sustainable products that would meet the needs of the present world “without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.. Reality check: it’s been almost twenty-five years since this discussion started.  How are we doing?  Is the market regulating…

Will Seattle Folks be able to Kick their Paper Cup Habit?

keep cup with The Wilderness Society logo on the band

The disposable coffee cups that fire today’s convenient coffee culture will soon find a spot in museums together with cave man paintings and dinosaur fossils if Karin de Weille has her way. De Weille started a drive in Seattle that urges people to kick their paper cup usage habit, and rely more on reusing personal…

Save Energy By Using Smaller Appliances For Food Preparation

This Maxi-Matic is a larger toaster oven, that has 4.5 stars on Amazon.

We are always on about trying to save energy here at Sustainable Suburbia, for the sake of both the climate and  reducing our dependence on non-renewable resources. But saving energy for many people is firstly about saving money, and there’s nothing wrong with that either.  Living a sustainable life means living within our means –…

Three Reasons Solar Systems Are Worth the Cost in the US

Pile of solar panels ready to be installed on a roof

Many homeowners in the US are interested in solar power systems for their homes but are unsure if they are worth the upfront investment. The rising cost of electricity has sent a lot of people looking for alternative solutions, and solar energy is usually among the top alternatives that are considered. One problem people have…

Have you heard of cell phone pollution?

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It seems these days that you can’t go anywhere outside your home without seeing someone walking down the street or driving their car without talking on their cell phone. Ever since cell phone technology improved to make cell phones much smaller than when they were first invented, you can literally see them every you look.…

The Benefits and Limitations of Modern Wind Turbines

Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence by Dan Chiras

We’ve recently had articles on a ground source heat pump and on other alternative energy sources. Now here’s a guest post of the benefits of wind power. Wind energy is the process where wind turbines are converting kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical energy, which again is converted into electricity by a generator. Many…

GuestPost: The LED Grow Light Advantage

So you want to start that vegetable garden, but your climate is too cold to get our seedlings going outside in good time? So you need to start your plants inside, or in a green house perhaps. But you don’t have a green house and you don’t have a sunny windowsill to grow them on…

GuestPost: Recycled Cork Flooring

Environmental protection and conservation is among the top concerns in the world today.  It seems that in all facets of living, eco-friendly actions are a priority.  It is natural, then, to expect this importance to drift into the home.  While many homeowners consider solar panels, heat conservation, and earth friendly paints, another great avenue to…

GuestPost: Reusing Hardwood for Flooring

Hardwoods come in a great many varieties. Humans have an affinity with trees; they have been our friends and one of our earliest sources of fuel, shelter and food. Trees play a major role in religious stories and most countries have a tree as their symbol. The most recent twist in the tale of trees…