Miscellaneous Category

Children’s Health Magazine : Parents : Your Big Fat House

Children’s Health Magazine : Parents : Your Big Fat House     This is a great article everyone should read (linked above). The title focuses on obesity caused by chemicals in the home, but the content also discusses many of the other harmful effects associated with these commonplace chemicals. Don’t let this information scare you […]

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Don’t Throw Away Your Money!

Recycling not only reduces waste, but can also cut costs. Thanks to the City of Austin’s recent, residential co-mingled recycling program (known here as single stream), along with my family’s commitment to reduce waste; our household was able to go from the standard 60 gallon (grey) trash container down to the smallest option available, the […]

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Join Us for an EcoSafe Information Session and Workshop this Saturday at Austin Baby!

Is your baby’s home EcoSafe? We welcome you to join Doug Cameron of EcoSafe Spaces for a home detox information session and workshop this Saturday at Austin Baby! Topics will include: health-minded, low-toxic options for remodeling, cleaning, and furnishing your home, a Q&A session, and much more. Bring your iPhone if you’ve got one! Additionally, […]

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LEED Green Associate Exam

Image via Wikipedia Today I took and passed the LEED Green Associate Exam. The exam basically measures your overall understanding of the green building process and how it relates to LEED certification. For those of you not familiar with LEED, it is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED was created by […]

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Simple solutions to the BPA problem

You’ve probably heard about this BPA thing that keeps coming up in the news. If you haven’t, let me briefly explain. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, and is commonly found in food and drink containers such as: the liners of canned […]

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Indoor Air Quality & The Story of the Tight House

Energy efficiency is a very real issue in today’s environment. Modern construction codes require a much tighter building envelope than the homes most of us grew up in (though there are minimal ventilation standards determined by ASHRAE). The tighter and more efficient we make our building envelope, the more we are trapped with the “things” […]

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Greening My Home, One Step at a Time Ch.2

Another subject that can be tricky is household cleaning. How do we kill all those pesky germs and bacteria, without turning our homes into a toxic environment? Well the answer is, go natural. Before the 1940’s and 50’s (the start of the so called “chemical age”), people cleaned with simple ingredients like vinegar, lemons/limes, baking […]

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Greening My Home, One Step at a Time…

I always try to tell people that greening your existing home doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Sure there is so much stuff to do and often times not enough resources (time/money) to fix everything in one fell swoop. So rather than get overwhelmed, I treat this process like my workout routine, one day at a […]

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