Tag: sustainable

Off the Grid Water Pump – Simple Pump

| January 2, 2015 | 5 Comments
simple pump

simple pump

I was at a party describing our off grid dream when one of the men piped up and said “I know a product you just have to check out”. Hence our introduction to “the Simple Pump”.

We’ve read every part of the Simple Pump website and are very excited to have been introduced to this pumping system that will work very well for our off the grid clean water requirements.

Key Reasons We Like It:

  • The pump can operate on a single solar panel (most competitors products require more power and therefore more panels)
  • It has a hand pumping option.
  • There are choices of systems and none are overwhelming to understand.

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Jacque Fresco discusses Earth Sustainability

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sustainability is the only way our world can survive far into the future. Please take a moment to watch this simple explanation by Jacques Fresco, about how we can all be part of that change … we need to go beyond politics, poverty and war before it’s too late.

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Building Green Advice

| October 15, 2012 | 3 Comments
sustainable building advice

sustainable building advice

Here’s an amazing site we have just been made a ware of by Angie from Atlanta, Georgia; Greenbuildingadvisor.com. Considered one of the premier websites for information on building green, it is filled with really useful information supplied by professionals on ways to build sustainably – no matter what part of the process you are in with your project, no matter where you are building and no matter what the climate is.

If sustainable building is something you are exploring, take a moment to look through this site and see how professionals who have done the research and are knowledgeable in the field would build based on the information you give and the research they have done.

One of the best parts of this site is the fact that you can ask questions and receive answers from pros who have already done the research.

This is one of the sites that we will reference when we find the property we want to build on, to help us solve issues and to answer questions we may have. We will cross reference the info we find with other experts and compare notes before we build to make sure we are on the right page before we dig!

GreenBuildingAdvisor.com | Designing, Building and Remodeling Green Homes.

Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – Review

| October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

cradle to cradle book

Rethinking, reinventing, reusing and recycling the stuff that is made to make our lives better is key to living a more sustainable lifestyle. If we want our world to flourish it’s time to change the way we think and the way we do things. Here’s a book that is leading the way in redeveloping sustainable manufacturing.

Recommended by an expert in the field of recycling and waste reduction, it’s an interesting read that can change our world and our perspective of the responsibility we as the people who are using, producing and recycling the stuff we purchase have.


Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.

Eat Cilantro and Live Forever

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Yes that’s what the Chinese believed 2,000 years ago! Don’t know what to do with Cilantro? Here’s a great recipe for Mango Salsa that will start you off.

eat cilantro and live forever

eat cilantro

Herb Storage

| September 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Where you keep your herbs after processing is an important consideration in order to maintain their integrity.

You can learn more about Sustainable Harvesting here or learn about local seed exchanges that support saving and exchanging heritage seeds.

herb storage

herb storage



How to Get Rid of Flies

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
apples and cloves

apples and cloves

Here’s an incredibly simple, natural method of keeping the flies away – it just doesn’t get any easier than this! DIY and no  more complaining!

An apple, cloves and 5 minutes is all you need to get rid of any house flies you don’t want hanging around. Place one of these in any room of the house to keep it fly free!

Thanks for the great post from - How to Get Rid of House Flies with Cloves: 5 Tips – wikiHow.

the Beauty Herbs

| September 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

the beauty herbsMany herbs can help with external beauty such as red clover. You can learn more about the medicinal herbs to help with beauty from health care professionals here in this video.

Build Naturally with Cob – Video

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
love cob

DIY cob

DIY cob, here is a great site that has several videos that show how to work and create with cob and/or straw bale. Several projects and recipes are shared here so it’s a good place to see how it’s done – step by step.

Think building with sand, clay and straw is too much work or just a crazy concept? Well take a moment and check out these how to videos that share everything you need to know.

This is a great resource for us and for anyone considering building or creating with cob, whether you’re curious, serious or just want an interesting sustainable project, this site will give you the tools you need to make decisions before you build.

Very big thank you to the site Build Naturally. for sharing such useful information and on video to boot!


Medicines amongst the Butterflies – Video

| September 9, 2012 | 3 Comments

borage flowerBees and butterflies are important to the plant world and can show us a thing or two by their plant choices. Herbs are an important part of our world as humans who can rely on plants to help support our health in so many ways.

In this video Health Care Professionals describe their choices of herbs that support us and are supported by the birds and the bees.

Medicines amongst the Butterflies – Video


The following Health Care Professionals share their knowledge and choices of herbs that are good for us and attract butterflies:

Brenda Leung, Naturopath (ND)

Betty Norton, Master Herbalist

the late Dr Phillip Chambers, Medical Doctor, Chartered Medical Herbalist

Jillie Spooner, UK Certified Aromatherapy – Essentially Yours Wholistic Services – Victoria {contact info for Jillie? please email us so we may add it}

H.K. (Pinky) Mattu, UK. Certified Medical Herbalist

Dr June Pritchard, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DrTCM) {contact info for June? please email us so we may add it}

Carol McGrath, Folk Herbalist

our thanks to these health care professionals!