How to do your spring cleaning naturally

A long time ago, when Verda Vivo’s author was still writing her awesome blog, I discovered that you could clean up with natural products. Ever since, I have been using vinegar for some of my cleaning. So if you are new to natural cleaning products, you can check Verda Vivo’s articles or this new one,… Continue reading How to do your spring cleaning naturally

Composting matters

Within my current involvement with the local JCI, I have been collecting information about biodegradable waste and composting. This is a question of importance as more than 30 percent of French waste could be biodegradable. Meanwhile, recyclable waste – paper, cartons, glasses – represent just one percent more and are sorted out and recycled. I… Continue reading Composting matters

” Plant, baby, plant ” Episode 3 : Plant for the Planet

This is the third and final part of my ” Plant, baby, plant “.  After delving on agroforestry and urban forestry and their respective merits, I am finishing with the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign and its successor. After reading the first two articles, you might be more than willing to plant trees. It is time… Continue reading ” Plant, baby, plant ” Episode 3 : Plant for the Planet

How to save money on your commute

My current job – which I have been doing for almost a year now – makes that for the first time in my life, I have to commute by car. In my previous jobs I was indeed commuting by using public transportation or simply walking. This current situation is quite embarrassing as I have been… Continue reading How to save money on your commute

Two tips for more sustainable vacation

Hello all ! I took a few days off – but not by the sea as the illustration might suggest – and this the occasion for me to share with you two ideas that will make your vacation a bit more sustainable. First thing first, when leaving for a week or two, don’t hesitate to … Continue reading Two tips for more sustainable vacation

Towards sustainability, reloaded

Back to 2009, I had started – but not finished – a series due to help you going towards sustainability. I am proposing you to re-publish it this year and finish it. This series’ goal is to help you cut your carbon and environmental footprint. I must have four times more subscribers, so hopefully this… Continue reading Towards sustainability, reloaded

Why dual flush toilets should be ubiquitous

Using clean drinkable water to flush isn’t making much sense economically and environmentally. Yet this is the most practical one. (I don’t really see how people living in huge cities could all use dry or composting toilets) This is why I believe that each and everyone of us should install dual flush toilets to minimize… Continue reading Why dual flush toilets should be ubiquitous

8 great tips to keep warm during winter

We might be led to thinking that with global warming, we won’t be freezing anymore during winters. Counter-intuitively, this won’t be the case as I wrote in December as global warming may mean colder winters… So we should better learn how to keep warm while still not touching the thermostat or insulating our houses and… Continue reading 8 great tips to keep warm during winter

Green lifestyle tips from our grandparents

To the Mother Nature Network : ” Our grandparents (or great-grandparents) — children of the Great Depression — could teach us a thing or two about going green on a budget. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without, (…) “ Their carbon footprint was uber-small — they used less water, less fuel,… Continue reading Green lifestyle tips from our grandparents

Would you buy a $10,000 sandwich ?

The most probable answer is no. Then today’s post should help you reconsidering buying bottled water. Indeed, according to Annie Leonard’s latest short video the price of a bottle of water is 2,000 times the price of tap water. I stopped drinking bottled water when I bought a Brita water filter. I could have went straight… Continue reading Would you buy a $10,000 sandwich ?

Going further in reducing our amounts of waste

You may remember my article in June on waste in my Towards sustainability series. I was there mentioning the three Rs : Reducing, Recycling and Reusing. which are the basis of a more sustainable management of waste Now TreeHugger presents us with 7 Rs adding Rot (as nearly 40 percent of the world’s garbage is… Continue reading Going further in reducing our amounts of waste

Towards sustainability: going solar

For the seventh part of this series – and after having tackled heating, electricity, water, transport, food and waste – I guess it is time for us to see how solar energies can benefit our lives. I mention solar energies as there are three possibilities : passive solar applications, which are the most basic, solar… Continue reading Towards sustainability: going solar