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    Diatomaceous Earth: 14 Surprising Everyday Uses

    Diatomaceous earth (DE), also known as diatomite, is a soft sedimentary rock made up of the fossils of algae-like organisms called diatoms. Itโ€™s 80-90% silica and usually comes in the form of a fine, white powder, commonly used in things like water filtering, food manufacturing, skin products, and farming practices. You can buy two kinds […] More

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    Making Homemade Soap

    I started making my own soap out of necessity, but eventually it became one of our farm products. Around 2000, I started having severe rashes. I had combination allergies, which made me allergic to soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent and even toothpaste! I started out making my soaps with melt-and-pour glycerin, but that proved to be […] More

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    10 Amazing School Bus Conversions

    Converting a school bus into a permanent residence is a bit like a coming-of-age story. You take a school bus, probably one very similar to the one you rode in elementary school, gut it entirely, and build a tiny home out of it. To me, the whole process just feels very charming, sustainable, and appealing. […] More

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    Quonset Huts

    The Quonset hut, designed for military use, is finding its way into contemporary livingโ€” with some important upgrades. The original huts, developed on Quonset Island, Rhode Island, were cheap, temporary housing for troops on the move. They were easy to put up, easy to take down and pack, and made of inexpensive materialsโ€”corrugated steel and […] More

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    Geodesic Domes

    Geodesic domes are enjoying a resurgence as more people seek out eco-friendly building options . Architect Buckminster Fuller invented the geodesic dome. The American Institute of Architects calls it โ€œthe strongest, lightest and most efficient means of enclosing space known to man.โ€ No doubt youโ€™ve seen geodesic domes before. Some as public structures, some as […] More

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    Wofati

    There’s a charm to underground homes and so-called ‘hobbit homes’, but many former owners of such buildings have moved out due to problems with moisture and related conditions. But, earth might be the best insulator available, and itโ€™s definitely the cheapest. Permaculturalist Paul Wheaton, owner of the forums at permies.com as well as richsoil.com, set […] More

  • Bio-Bean Recycles Coffee Grounds Into Eco-Friendly Pellet Fuel

    Originally published on Gas2. We can’t all be Elon Musk, smashing multiple business paradigms in a single bound. But there are opportunities for innovative thinking all around us. All we have to do is look. That’s what one entrepreneur in England did a few years ago. Arthur Kay is an architect by training. While designing […] More

  • WeCycle Atlanta Teaches Sustainability, Cycling, & Recycling

    Originally published on Ecopreneurist. What do bicycles and sustainability have to do with each other? If you are Shawn Walton of Atlanta, bicycles are a way to teach young people about recycling, growing their own food, and being good stewards of the earth. While an education major at Morehouse College, Walton rode his bicycle six […] More

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