Thanks to the internet, housesitters can now travel the world, living in different places for a few days or a few months for free, in exchange for taking care of an absent homeowner's property, pets or errands.
Our mothers taught us (well, some of us) to send thank-you notes and to bring a gift when staying at someone's house or cottage as a guest. But what to bring? You don't know their taste, or you don't like their taste or you know that they don't need
He must have seen my TreeHugger media badge, because the salesman from Element Square called out and said "No trees were harmed in the production of these chairs!" I replied that a lot of fossil fuels were burned and a lot of CO2 released, and he said
David Masters lives in a yurt. But it isn't just a home, he preaches what he practices in an "alternative learning center that provides opportunities for people to develop and reflect on their values and to consider how they might take an active role
They pay so much more attention to design in Europe, particularly when it comes to everyday things. For example, The Torqeedo electric outboard motor from Germany looks like fine industrial design. It has an integrated lithium-manganese battery that just
As John Laumer noted earlier, there is a lot of useful stuff in pee, but we dilute it with gallons of water, send it down big pipes mixed with everything else, and suddenly we have monstrous networks of waste piping, sewage treatment plants and water
We were at the Cottage Life Show in Toronto this weekend, but soon there might be a whole spinoff, "Compost Toilet Life Show" , there were so many new products in the alternative toilet world. One that surprised us was the Finnish Biolan- we are used to