VOC Free Paint and Natural Paint Alternatives

That new paint smell may be giving you more than a short-lived headache. Common household paints contain more than 300 known toxic chemicals including gas compounds, especially glycol ethers, which are emitted from wet and dry paint. These gas compounds are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and contribute to … Read more

Paths Towards Self-Reliant Living

What is self-reliant living? Throughout history, indigenous peoples, subsistence farmers, religious groups and back-to-the-land utopians have all demonstrated their definition. Broadly put, self-reliance simply means taking care of the vast majority of one’s basic material needs: food, water, shelter, clothing, medicine. The current wave of self-reliant pioneers in the US … Read more

Shrimp and Prawn Farming Needs to Return to Sustainable Models

Raising prawns is a form of aquaculture where freshwater or saltwater prawn or shrimp are kept in controlled environments. A low-intensive method was practiced in southeast Asia until highly intensive models took hold in the boom years of the industry in the 1980′s and 90′s. This has had far-reaching impacts … Read more

What is Biodiversity and Why is it Important?

Most of the highly developed spaces that human beings create and inhabit are not exhibit biodiversity: large industrial farms, sprawling lawns, concrete-covered city blocks. When we go outside, in nature, we see examples of biodiversity and that is one reason that natural spaces are so valuable; they demonstrate to us … Read more

Causes of Water Pollution

The contamination of our rivers, ponds, lakes and seas is brought about by many different means. Our modern day lifestyles attack the natural, water eco-system from all directions. One of the most highly reported causes of water pollution is probably the washing of waste chemicals from industry straight into rivers … Read more