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Vertical Gardens and Living Walls

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Vertical gardens, or living walls, as they are also called, are becoming more popular by the minute! And why wouldn’t they?! What a marvelously green way to spruce up a blank wall, inside or out! Businesses are doing versions of living walls on a large scale, as you can see in this post at Chemically Green.

But how can you get or make your own vertical garden, and get plants on flowers growing on your walls?

There are companies, like Woolly Pocket, who sell modular pockets that attach to your walls, and grow all kinds of fabulous flowers and greenery. Wallys create an instant living wall. Just attach your system, then fill the Pockets with soil and full-sized plants.

Feeling more creative? There’s always a do-it-yourself answer!

Good luck with your new sustainable, eco-friendly vertical garden/living wall!

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This De’Longhi Pinguino Portable Air Conditioner has 12,000 BTU’s for powerful performance. It incorporates an eco-friendly refrigerant gas, R410A, which actually has zero ozone depletion potential and is also denser, allowing for more compact components and units. R410A is a more-efficient refrigerant that allows for better energy-saving technology. And because it’s portable, you can spot cool different rooms as needed, which is a lot more energy-efficient than your central system.

A Closer Look At Eco-Friendly Furniture

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In an effort to increase and prolong the natural life of our environment, many activities of both individuals and business entities are now gearing up towards eco-friendly ideas. Every aspect of our lives is connected to way of how we could save the life of our planet, and choosing eco-friendly furniture is just one way of contributing. This article will further explain the differences and advantages of eco-friendly furniture as compared with other kinds of home furnishings. Through the end of this article, readers will gain some tips on how to find eco-friendly and economical furniture.

Pieces of furniture that are made from organic resources such as wood, timber, grasses and other natural materials are what we refer to as eco-friendly furniture. Wicker furniture such as tables made of flat timber, wooden cabinets and seating furniture such as wicker bar stools are just some of the best samples of eco-friendly items. Eco-friendly products are made from organic materials, meaning, by the end of its service, furniture pieces will just decompose without compromising the environment’s sustainability.

Another method of determining if a furniture is eco-friendly or not is by scrutinizing its production process. Are the processes in manufacturing detrimental to environment? Are there any toxic materials produced during the production process? If your answer to either of the questions is yes, the furniture is not qualified as an eco-friendly furniture.

Simple actions such as using eco-friendly products are great way in which we can contribute to saving the mother Earth. Nature friendly actions are geared towards lifestyle improvements while leaving our natural surroundings untouched and free from any harm. By choosing eco-friendly furniture, you were not only saving environment but also creating a specific style for your home decoration. By opting for wicker furniture, wooden and bamboo based furnishings, you are already one-step closer to a casual and comfortable home living. The choice of furniture to be incorporated within your existing home furnishings can interpret and give personality to your home.

Choosing eco-friendly furniture does not necessarily mean being limited to the nature-loving character. In today’s market, there are many variations of furniture to choose from. Such variety allows people to create contemporary, modern, classical or casual home decoration depending on their preference. Using the colors of nature makes a design that is always pleasing to our eyes, just as nature relaxes everyone.

Since more people are now concerned about sustainability, the market of eco-friendly furniture rises swiftly. Being a market-driven product, eco-friendly furniture can now be found anywhere whether in virtual or physical stores, just like how usual furniture is sold in the market. Buyers can pick their preferred style, construction material and some added features. Some actual furniture shops are providing their customers the opportunity to customize their chosen furniture.

The awareness about eco-friendly furniture still needs some more marketing. For those who are not yet very familiar with this kind of furniture, don’t be confused with wood furniture making as cause of deforestation because responsible manufacturers of eco-friendly furniture do plant and grow their resource materials, then replace those trees with new ones in order to avoid shortage of materials in the future. They plant and grow trees intended for harvesting and manufacture production.

Given all that, it is now up to you to decide when should you begin your contribution to saving our planet. Be eco-friendly in whatever you do. Choose eco-friendly furniture if you have the chance to do so.

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This Whynter GREEN ARC-12S portable air conditioner features the more eco-friendly CFC free GREEN R-410A refrigerant and lead free RoHS compliant components. This particular air conditioning unit features the advance self-evaporating technology, which uses and recycles moisture collected during cooling and heating process to produce cool air. This unit can cool up to a 400 sq. ft. space, so it might be good for you if you live in a small apartment.

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Run your wrists and other pulse points under icy cold water. Repeatedly cooling off the wrists will also cool off the body. Some research suggests that this will reduce your core body temperature by as much as 3 °F (1.5 ºC).

Drink lots, and we mean lots, of ice cold drinks. Water is best. Avoid sugary drinks – yes, even iced tea – unless it is unsweetened.

Put a wet towel on the back of your neck and also the top of your head. This works!

Have a cold shower or bath. Even a tiny bit of water splashed on can help.

Soak a t-shirt, wring it out, put it on and sit in front of a fan.

DIY Eco-Friendly Bug Spray

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Here are a few recipes for homemade, organic pest control sprays! Let us know if you try them and they work!

Chili Bug Spray – Blend 40 fresh chilli peppers in 1 liter of water. Add 5 grams of pure soap flakes to the blended chilli mixture. Apply as required undiluted.

Elder Flower Bug Spray – Boiling up 500 gm of leaves with 1 litre of water can be an effective solution. Strain it then dilute it then spray it.

Molasses Bug Spray – A spray of molasses can be made by mixing a bit of molasses in a liter of water and then adding soap.

Rhubarb Bug Spray – A spray can be made from soaking the poisonous leaves of Rhubarb. A kilogram of leaves to 3 Litres of water for thirty minutes, to this is added 15 grams of pure soap flakes. The mix is then diluted 1:1 for use.

Gus UpCycle Ottoman

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Wow! What a great use of material! I have always loved the look of coffee bean bags, and this piece really showcases them. Designed and manufactured by Gus, this fabulous ottoman is upholstered using repurposed fair trade coffee bags. Each one is totally and completely unique, and features the logos and markings used to identify the original goods. We love it!

Panda Rain Eco-Friendly Showerhead

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Give your shower a modern green update with this amazing showerhead which features a great-looking chrome finish. It has the all the wonderful soothing benefits of a rain showerhead with a more compact form making it the ultimate combination of wide body coverage with a strong jet spray. Additional features include maximum flow rate, an offset ball for maximum extension from shower arm, a powerful rain spray pattern, solid brass fittings and anti-clog nozzles. This eco-friendly, water-saving rain shower head automatically resets after each shower.

Cuisinart Greenware Eco-Friendly Cookware

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Because of the Cuisinart Ceramica ceramic-based non-stick technology, your cookware will be petroleum free and is applied at a temperature one-half that of conventional non-sticks. Non-stick surface is also PTFE- and PFOA-free for healthier cooking. The aluminum pan construction provides superior heat conductivity which requires less energy to achieve desired cooking temperature. The riveted stainless stick handles stay cool on the stovetop and are made of 70% recycled stainless steel.