How To Build The Perfect Home Library With A Relaxing Twist

Even with the increased popularity of e-books, the home library remains an essential element in decorating for passionate readers, but also for people that are just looking to create a relaxing and educational room in their house.

A house without a library lacks personality, it is like a room without windows, or as Marcus Cicero used to say, like a body without a soul.

On top of that, a house filled with books everywhere in piles, even if it looks unique, it is not the best example of a functional home. It is easy to find a compromise, by creating a home library that reflects your personality, and it offers relaxation at the same time.

 

Where to put the home library

You will probably have a complete room to use it as a library, but even if you don’t, it will probably occupy a large part of your living room. If you are looking for multiple usages for your chair, you can buy a massage chair for health to use both for your home library and for watching TV.

It also depends on how many books you have. If you are the type of person that buys more books than one can read in a lifetime, you will probably need a tall room and many shelves. However, vertical home libraries are a lot more stylish these days. It is a major change compared with the trends some years ago, recommending short but wide libraries that could take up an entire wall.

If you are buying a tall library, you can also think of a tall ladder. This way, you can arrange the books you already read on certain superior shelves, to keep the ones you want to read handy on the inferior ones.

Besides this, the library place in your house also needs a small cupboard, where you can keep your glasses, book signs and every little accessory you need for a perfect reading experience.

The key part of your reading space will be the armchair, for two main reasons: first, it will be in the center of the area, being seen as an important part of the layout, and it must also be comfortable for the long hours in which you submerse in the world of your favorite book characters.

If you are thinking about creating such a space for your parents and you know they like to fall asleep while reading, you can think about buying them a massage chair for health. However, be aware that actual reading might be affected by the comfort given by these modern devices.

If you are looking to give a twist to your home library and make it unique, choose a smart lighting system besides your massager for health. Good lighting is needed not only for reading, but also for highlighting the personality of your little piece of heaven.

Add some organic elements on the shelves such as small flower pots, pine cones and other decorations. Another useful trick is to use special supports for collections of your favorite authors, or for books that you want to highlight in the setup.…

Going Green at Home is Easy Buying Guide

Going green in your home is easier now than ever before. There is a wide selection of recycled, non-polluting or otherwise green products for your home on the market to help you go green.

The Simple Green company has a green cleaning product that works good and smells wonderful. Naturals. Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care is derived of chicory, coconut, corn, palm, naturally occurring minerals, salt, sugar, and water. There is nothing else added. The combination is biodegradable, non-toxic, and has never been tested on animals. The bottle is 100 % recyclable PETE and is made with at least 25 % post recycled content and printed on with soy inks. Naturals Multi-Surface Care is available online at Simple Green for only $3.99 for a 32 ounce bottle.

Garden hoses have a bad reputation for being toxic and adding more trash to the landfills. However, the Gator Hyde is trying to lighten up things a bit. This garden hose is drinking water safe and non-toxic, made with 50 % recycled material. This garden hose is up to two times lighter than leading hoses, and up to three times tougher. There is a nickel plated ends to prevent harmful substances from transferring to the water. Available online at Green Home at $32.50 for 25 feet or at $90 for 100 feet.

Everyone knows that composting is good for the environment, but many people don’t want to do the work of traditional composting. The Tumbleweed Compost Maker is going to change their minds because it is so easy to do. Just thrown in the food scraps and yard clippings, give a daily spin and the compost will be finished in as little as 21 days. The Tumbleweed Compost Maker can produce up to four times the amount of compost in the time it takes to make one by traditional methods. This is available online at Green Home.com for $199.

Dental floss isn’t usually thought of as a polluting product, but it also has a green counterpart. Silk Floss by Radius is a luxurious way to keep your teeth healthy. Dental floss made from pure and natural silk is low abrasive and removes plaque effectively. Silk Floss comes in a six pack and you will receive two packs for $40 at Green Home.com.

Dogs can also go green with a Hemp Dog Harness. Made with Eco-Tech webbing and sturdy side release buckles, the Hemp Dog Harness is a wonderful green dog accessory. The hemp harness is fleece lined, adjustable and comfortable. Comes in Apple Green, Orange and Purple. These are available at Green Home.com and comes in packs of two for $38.

This is only a small section of products that you can use in your going green quest. However, this is a great starting point.…

Use of Eco Friendly Goods

Man is aware of the conservation of environment. Conserving our environment is our moral responsibility. We must conserve our biosphere as it is, if not better for our descendants. The future depends on the decision which we take, as individuals, as a society and as a nation. First of all, we have to decide to stop the destruction of earth and its scenic beauty. To achieve this we have to encourage the use of eco friendly goods.

As people understand the necessity to protect the environment the demand for eco friendly goods is increasing. Earth friendly goods are the environment friendly products; they help us to live the green life. They are very useful in our day to day routine. The more the eco friendly goods are used the better. They help us to prevent the increasing pollution and lead us to better living.

Many of the eco friendly products are made from hemp. It is one of the only sustainable or biodegradable products available. It is ultimate eco fiber. Eco friendly goods are made up of many other natural resources like bamboo, organic cotton, soy, flax, wool and many other earth friendly resources. They are biodegradable and do not cause harm to the earth and its environment.

Majority of earth friendly products are created by small business owners, including family businesses. These businesses strive for perfection in the creation of their one of a kind item as their success depends on satisfaction of the consumers. Day by day people are becoming aware of its essentiality to use the eco friendly goods so the small companies are striving to meet the growing demand for environmentally friendly products.

By purchasing products from the earth friendly network we help to support small businesses, families and most essentially the future of mother earth. We should understand that after all saving the planet begins from us. We should take care of every small thing we can. Slowly it will lead to development of the society and environment. There are eco friendly products which meet all our healthy living needs.

For instance the sustainable wood furniture, complete eco friendly bedroom sets are available and even singularly available. Such products must be used and our bedrooms will become eco-bedrooms. Natural latex mattresses are great alternative to the traditional chemical laden bed or popular temurpedic. For individuals with allergies or chemical sensitivities, such eco friendly goods are really useful.

There are many other eco friendly goods like hempseed which is a nutritious food source. Gel cap supplements are substitute to oil. The other widely popular eco friendly products are hemcofee, hemp flour, hemp seed, snacks, various personal care products, eco bags, clothing and much more. It is a never ending list.

Use of eco friendly products saves energy, helps the environment and it does not harm the eco system once flushed down the plughole. Eco friendly products do not contain pesticides, herbicides, solvents or degreasers, SLAs, parabens, phthalates or chlorine bleaches. They do not contain anything which is harmful to the environment. Use of eco friendly products is necessary, important and every helpful for the overall development.…

Finding and Buying a Green Home

About ten years ago we were considering solar panels for our home, but found the price a bit prohibitive for our budget at the time. Looking back, we should have figured out a way to do it. Now being green is so much more expensive.

The good news is because of the current economy housing prices have dropped significantly so purchasing a home that is already green or finding a less expensive home and making green renovations is definitely an option.

If you are thinking of buying a new home and want to take steps to ensure the home you buy is eco-friendly, here are some things to look for as you shop.

Location is an Important Green Consideration

Actually, whenever you purchase a home experts will remind you that location is an important factor in your decision, because while you can change the look of your home, it’s a lot more difficult to change the location. So make sure you put location high on your list when shopping for a green home.

Specifically consider how the home is set on the property in order to take advantage of the sun all year round. If it’s an older home, look for vegetation that offers shade (properly placed trees that protect rooms from the hot summer sun) and noise abatement. Look at the lot for things such as rainwater runoff and possible rodent infestation from nearby fields.

Another green consideration is the home’s location to retail, schools and public transportation. Being able to walk or ride a bus or train to work, school or shopping not only helps the environment, it may reduce your home insurance rates.

Make Sure the Home Was Built Green

While many people think of LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) certification when it comes to commercial buildings, there is actually a LEED for homes, too.

While the certification process for homes is extensive, some of the things required include the use of products which are locally produced (this means extracted, processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the home), fitting the home with ENERGY STAR® lights and a programmable thermostat, and using water resistant flooring in the entryway, kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and spa areas – no carpeting.

You should also be sure the home is properly insulated (i.e. insulation with the appropriate R-factor, a measure of heat loss) and that there is weather-stripping on all doors and windows. And speaking of windows, while they are great for the natural light they offer, look for eco-friendly, energy-efficient windows that are NRFC rated (National Fenestration Rating Council).

Finally, make sure the home was built with a good plumbing system. An ENERGY STAR ® tankless water heater which eliminates the need for a 40-gallon hot water tank and heats the water immediately (no wait time), plus you’ll want low flow toilets, showerheads and faucets. And check to see if there is a graywater (also spelled greywater) disposal and recycling system for reuse of irrigation and laundry water.

Select Green Flooring, Appliances and Landscaping

If you’re moving into a new home, you may have the opportunity to select many of your own amenities such as flooring, appliances and landscaping.

When we were recently shopping for new flooring for the dining room, they steered us toward bamboo and cork because they are natural, non-toxic, and durable. They are also quite beautiful. In addition to reclaimed wood, linoleum, and stone tile, they are considered the top eco-friendly flooring choices.

As for appliances, keep the ENERGY STAR ® label in mind for your refrigerator, ceiling fans, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer.

On the outside of your home, look for non-invasive, drought-tolerant, native plants with low irrigation needs. Use mulch to retain moisture in the soil and plant trees along sidewalks, patios and driveways to offer shade. Also consider landscaping which discourages invasive species to minimize demand for synthetic chemicals.

There are a lot of ways to make your home more eco-friendly and these are just a few of the things to mull over as you look for you new green home.…

How to Make Your Home Greener?

There are so many people in this world who really likes their home to be green. But, it happens that they won’t be able to make out, how they can make their home greener. There are people who make the efforts to keep their home greener but they struggle to keep the home greener because they don’t know how to maintain it. Here are some ways that can help you to make your home greener and will help to maintain it.

First of all let us consider the people who want to make their home greener and there is nothing at their home. Some people believe that making their home greener means planting trees and plants. But, that is their misunderstanding. There are so many other things apart from planting trees that can make your home greener. But, yes planting trees is also an important option. When you are thing to make your home greener, that is the first option to be used.

Let us talk about the plants you can plant in your home to make your home greener. The first plant you can think of in your house is one of your favorite plants, a Christmas tree. Yes, Christmas tree is one of the best trees that is easy to plant in the house because normal home temperature conditions are best suitable for it. Place a Christmas tree at a place in your house that is safe from direct sun light because direct sun light is not suitable to this plant. The biggest advantage of planting this tree in your house is that it gives your house a fascinating look.

Another plant you can think of planting in your house is the money plant. Yes, it is known as money plant that gives the beautiful looks to your house. It is a plant that takes the support of straight bar (or any other support) to grow on. Probably, you might think that why it is called as money plant? Because, it is said in the history that by growing these plant in the house, people can grow richer in terms of wealth.

The above shown examples are most favorite ones that people likes to have in their house otherwise there are so many other plants that you can consider to plant in your home that can give an attractive look to your home and can make your home greener.

Another considerable option with growing trees is to paint the walls of your house with the greenish color. This will certainly help you to feel greener house. There are so many options available in the green color, it always depends on you what color you want to have to have your house greener.

Another option with planting tree is to tie green nets in the windows from where direct sun light is coming in a day time. Because of this, direct sun light coming into your house will be converted into the green color that will help you to make your home greener. Go for dark green option while you think of tie a net on the windows.…

Green Life After Death

Many of us do our best to live an environmentally green lifestyle, making changes in our routines that include everything from adjusting the thermostat to putting bricks in our toilet tanks. But what about continuing that green commitment into our deaths and even beyond? The preparation of our bodies and subsequent rituals upon our deaths can be environmentally destructive. From carcinogenic embalming fluids to hardwood caskets, following traditional funeral and burial protocols take their toll on the environmental health of those we leave behind. We do have options, however, that allow us to leave this world in the same manner we occupied it – eternally green.

Embalming – One of the major components in traditional embalming fluid is formaldehyde, which is a proven carcinogen. A study released in 2009 by the National Cancer Institute reported a link between exposure to formaldehyde and a higher incidence of death from myeloid leukemia. There are eco-friendly options for embalming, however, including one substance that is formulated from nontoxic and biodegradable essential oils. In addition, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), no US state actually requires embalming. So unless a body is being transported in between states or on an airplane, it may not even be necessary.

Burial Vessels – The UCS reports that, ” Caskets, grave liners, and vaults in U.S. cemeteries use more than 30 million board feet of hardwood, 100,000 tons of steel, and 1.6 million tons of concrete each year.” Green alternatives include sustainable soft woods, or even biodegradable cardboard. You will need to shop around for an accommodating cemetery, however, as many have their own requirements, including some that are mandated by state law.

Cremation – The process used in traditional cremation produces significant amounts of carbon dioxide, and with about one-third of Americans choosing this option, that’s a lot of greenhouse gas. A more environmentally-friendly option is called resomation. This process “uses water, heat, pressure, and potassium hydroxide to decompose bodies; the bones that remain are processed into a fine powder.”

The Eternal Gift of Green – If cremation is your decision, you may want to take the ultimate green step and consider having your cremated remains mixed with concrete and fashioned into part of a memorial reef to provide valuable habitat for hundreds of aquatic species of both flora and fauna. Family members can even be involved in the casting of the reef, and choose their loved one’s final resting place from a list of reefs in progress. See Eternal Reefs for more details.

Sources: 

“Formaldehyde: Understanding the Newest Study On Cancer and Exposure in Funeral Service,” National Funeral Directors Association

“FAQs and Fictions,” Green Burial Council

“When It’s Time to Leave, Go Green,” Union of Concerned Scientists

“The Memorial Reef Process,” Eternal Reefs…

Five of the World’s Most Unusual, Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings

With all this talk about taking care of the Earth, and learning to efficiently use the world’s resources, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some inventions that are little known to the rest of the world. There are plenty of us who religiously and meticulously separate our waste materials. But it seems that there are organizations who are taking the “green” movement a little bit farther than the average consumer. In my quest for life’s most interesting conversation pieces, I lucked up on a several different mind-blowing home decorating options (most of which are made of recycleable materials). Mind you, each and every one of these are fully-functional, and in most cases, some of the most beautiful pieces of home art you’ll ever find…

 

  1. A FIREPLACE IN YOUR TABLE – Those not fortunate enough to have a cozy spot in the house for gathering around a toasty fire are finally in luck. Schulte Design is marketing a line of furniture called “Fire Furniture”, with one of the more popular pieces being a small coffee table which has a fireplace integrated into the center of its structure. In case you’re worried about pollutants, do not be. The fire is created with a liquid that is emission and smoke free.
  2. BOOKSHELF…OR COFFIN? – The Shelves for Life, which made their debut at the [Re]Design 06 exhibition in London, are perhaps the most functional bookshelves ever invented. After you’re finished using the shelves to hold your most precious literary items, you can use them to hold your most recently deceased. Yes, the contemporary, multi-slat shelves can be dismantled and re-assembled into a fully functioning coffin.
  3. THE KITCHEN CHAIR– I know what you’re thinking. There isn’t any thing strange about a chair being in the kitchen. But what about a chair that actually doubles as a kitchen? Vestal Design has developed a home décor solution for those with extremely limited space. The DoubleSpace Kitchenette is essentially a chair which can be flipped over (via an internal swivel mechanism) and used as a fully functioning stove.

    The “kitchenette” contains a countertop and two stove burners. It was also designed with a safety feature which will not allow the stove to be operable when the unit is used as a chair. Furthermore, the device is mobile, and can be rolled around at your leisure. Under the assumption that one will never cook and sit at the same time, this unit was developed to conserve both space and energy.

  4. DINING ROOM IN A BOX– This isn’t a reference to a bucket of chicken, or any variation of “boxable” fast food. The MealBox, created by Igland Design is actually a complete dining room set which fits neatly into a cube measuring almost a 1 ½ feet high.

    The furniture itself consists of several jigsaw puzzle-like slats which fit snugly together to form a low coffee table or mini-dining table. The six “chairs” are simply stackable seats which closely resemble foot stools covered in “tush-sensitive” Neoprene rubber seating. This dining room can be taken literally anywhere.

  5. AN IV FOR YOUR HOUSEPLANTS – Green thumb? What’s that? Everyone who has attempted to grow houseplants and failed understands that these lovely greenies need water, sunlight, and lots of happy conversation. Sometimes, we forget to supply the first ingredient.

    But if you happen to have Vitamin Living‘s I.V. Plant Pot, then you shall fear no more the imminent death of your beloved household plants. This contraption is a real I.V. which continually provides your plant with its necessary nutrients. When the clear I.V. bag goes a bit flat, you’ll know that it’s time to fill up your plant’s water supply once more.

As I combed the internet and browsed various sites, I was amazed at exactly how many different kinds of companies there are which are solely dedicated to providing innovative solutions to space and energy conservation. By taking a closer look at how we use our square footage and energy, it’s possible to discover brand new ways of conserving the earth’s resources.…

How to Live a Green Life: Four Books to Help You Get Started

As the call goes out for industries, businesses and the all important consumer to become more eco-conscious and live green lives you may find yourself wondering, “What Can I Do?”. In fact it’s a very good question I am surprised to hear more and more often from those interested in going green. If you did not have the advantage of say, growing up in a huge scouting family where the organization’s appreciation for nature and conservation practices trickled into everyday family life then you might need some help getting started.

Just changing a few ways we do things each year really does make a difference. Some of my friends start small, making a couple changes that do not fit into their everyday lives, and when they cannot directly see the results they stop. Other friends of mine have noticed big changes right away and gone completely fanatical annoying even me, a self proclaimed flower lover and occasional tree hugger. So, rather than starting your new green life by adopting a panda (which is admirable if this is your passion) or by installing a new roof entirely made from solar panels try changing fours to six ways you live and I guarantee you will notice the results while your new habits become second nature.

To help you decide what changes are right for you and your lifestyle check out some new great reads, all available from amazon, that offer more than the usual recycle/reuse story. A couple books offer new innovative ways to go green and clean up your act while others are full of inspiring stories to make this planet of ours cleaner, safer and better off.

 

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide To The 21st Century

At first glance I thought the only types that would enjoy this book were the fanatical friends of mine installing solar panels that I mentioned earlier. After thoroughly reading through the many sections of this book I have found that there are simple as well as huge ideas for helping you live a green life. In fact using this book you could design an entire house from the ground up using eco friendly materials in eco friendly ways. Along tith the more ambitious projects are simple everyday things we can do in our lives to help curb our impact on the planet.

365 Ways To Change The World: How to Make a Difference One Day at a Time

I like this book for the variety it has giving the reader tasks to do every day of the year allowing you to directly notice change or inspire you to create your own changes. Not every day calls for a new project or a change in the goods and services we use. There are days you simply meditate and others asking you to talk to others about a global crisis.

The Rough Guide to Shopping With a Conscience

The information presented in this book will change the way you as a consumer shop forever. At times thinking back on the way we have shopped in the past may lead to feelings of guilt, do not let it! Put that energy and thought into positive change that the author helps you achieve.

The Business of Changing the World

The stories offered in this read are not so much ways to change how you life but stories of how others have changed the lives of others or the world around them. This book describes big businesses at their best, detailing the ideas and actions taken by company leaders and employees. Some of the stories are truly inspirational and give you a new appreciation for the companies and the fundraising efforts they support.…

How to Make Your Kids Environmentally Conscious

What better way is there to create more environmental activists than by educating them from a young and tender age. However if you haven’t done this yet, it is never too late to start. There are many ways in which to do this. Here are some ideas.

 

The first and most important step is to lead by example. Show your children how you separate your trash and recycle, avoid littering, save electricity by not leaving unnecessary lights on, support green efforts and generally care for the environment. Let them see how you make your own green cleaning products. Get them a pet or pets like goldfish, which should be their responsibility to take care of.

Make environmental activities fun. Plant your own organic vegetable garden and let your kids help you with this. Involve them by getting their input on what to plant, let them plant the actual seeds and encourage them to care for the garden by watering it everyday.

Go on nature outings. Take them to nature reserves and game parks if you can, where they can see animals in their natural habitat. If you don’t have one near you, take them to the zoo, as well as aquariums, bird parks and aviaries. Take them for nature walks, pointing out interesting plants and birds en route. Give them disposable cameras and encourage them to take pictures of the interesting things they see.

Education is paramount. Read stories to your kids about Earth Day and saving animals and the environment. Let them see documentaries on saving the environment. Talk to them about environmental issues, like oil spills and endangered animals, and mention extinct animals like dinosaurs and dodos by way of example. Ask them for their ideas on how to save the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

On rainy days, get your kids to make items by using recycling discarded items like egg cartons, plastic bottles, corks, bottle caps, toilet roll holders, grocery bags and popsicle sticks. They can even make a bird feeder or bird house. There are lots of ideas on the Internet on how to make these things.

Celebrate environmental days like Earth Day by going to a public park and picking up litter. 

Spend some environmentally conscious quality time together. Have an outdoor picnic (weather permitting) with healthy, green foods. If the weather permits, have a night party. Gather everyone, get some warm blankets, lie on the lawn and look up at the stars! You can play a game of Spot the Stars. This way they learn about astronomy too.

Together, we can save the planet, by making a difference, one by one.

Source: National Geographic Kids…

Green Methods for Removing Paint

Removing your old paint can be a messy and time consuming process-especially when chemical paint strippers are involved. But besides being a pain in the neck, chemical paint strippers and removers can pollute our land, air and water. No matter what type of painting removers you plan on using for your next home improvement project, be careful. Paint that was applied prior to 1978 can contain lead. You may need to hire a lead abatement service to prevent exposure to this deadly toxin.

Isopropanol Alcohol

This is one of the best paint removers for soft woods and other delicate materials because it doesn’t leave stains. This ecofriendly paint remover evaporates quickly, so any residue that’s left behind is only old paint-and not the stripper itself. Typical rubbing alcohol that is bought at the store for medicinal supplies might not be strong enough to use to remove more stubborn paints. Higher concentrations of rubbing alcohol can be bought when stronger and tougher paints don’t come off with conventional isopropanol alcohol.

Canola Oil

When latex paints or other light water based paints are being used, canola oil can help to remove them quickly, safely and eco consciously. To remove paint using canola oil, spread a small amount onto a terry cloth towel or wash cloth. Rub the paint vigorously to begin the process of cleaning up the old paint. Canola oil shouldn’t be used on clear stained wood products as the heavy oils will permanently stain the wood. Older oil based paints have a hard time coming clean with canola oils.

Adhesive Backed Stripper

Exterior paint products that are stuck on difficult-to-clean material like stone, brick or stucco can be super tough to remove. That’s where adhesive backed paint strippers come into play. They help keep the messy paint chips and other paint materials from scattering all over the ground. By adhering to the paint with its super adhesive backing, it bonds permanently with paint-but not the materials underneath. Once hardened, peel it away and toss it in the trash.

Electric Heat Guns

These blow dryer looking devices work excellent for removing paint without any dangerous chemicals. These will peel even the most stubborn of paints away from their base material for easy and safe disposal. Electric heat guns should never be used on plastic materials that may melt under the extreme heat.

Citric Acid

This fruit based paint remover uses citric acid-typically found in oranges-to safely remove paint in an environmental friendly way. These materials are safe for all household cleaning as well as removing many paints from their substrate. Be careful not to use any citric acid-based cleaners that have dyes or scents as these can easily stain wood materials for good.

However, when I picked up the bottle of the new formula of Windex at the store last week, and it was simply labeled “vinegar,” I realized that all these years, I have been duped. I was about to pay over $3 for a small spray bottle of chemically enhanced vinegar and water! I promptly determined to go home and make my own green cleaners. So after some quick research online, I began using my trusty vinegar cleaner on everything, my glass tabletop, doors and windows, mirrors, kitchen countertops, stove top, and more! You would not believe my sparklin’ house, ya’ll! Even Juan was pleasantly surprised, it does not smudge, smear, or streak!

Here are a couple of quick tips for any first-timers out there wondering how to get started on making your own green cleaners. (I know I wasn’t the only one still buying those chemical cleaners, cuz the products are still on the store shelves!)

1. To make the vinegar and water cleaner, simply put half water, half vinegar into a spray bottle ‘” Voila! No really, it’s that easy ‘”

2. When I first start wiping the vinegar with newspaper, paper towel, rag (your choice ‘” you already know what’s greener!) it looks as if it is going to smear ‘” keep wiping, and you will see the shine!

3. There is a great green bathroom cleaner you can use ‘” hydrogen peroxide and water ‘” see http://www.using-hydrogen-peroxide.com/ for valuable information on this green product, as …