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A Green Christmas: 3 Ways to Help the Environment This Holiday Season

By Deirdre Sullivan The holiday season has a naughty impact on the environment: We accumulate 25 percent more waste this time of year, and much of that can't be recycled. Fortunately, our nice ideas make sure that Christmas is more eco-friendly. 1. Christmas tree alternatives Although cut trees are more earth-friendly... Continue Reading »

Hamptons' First Eco-Container Home on Sale for $1.3 Million

This may not be your typical Hamptons luxury manse, but it's definitely our kind of home. It's made from repurposed steel shipping containers, it's eco-friendly and, best of all, it's right on the beach. And we don't mean that in a vague, broker-babble kind of way. We mean, it's literally built on the sand and is a mere... Continue Reading »

Martha Stewart Homes: Eco-Friendly or Eco-Fraud?

Martha Stewart, who is putting her stamp on a new green home community outside of Windermere, Fla., unveiled a 2,669-square-foot, single-level show home last week at the International Builders Show in Orlando. Dubbed the KB Home GreenHouse: An Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart, it is the Los Angeles-based builder's... Continue Reading »

The Greener the House, the Quicker the Sale

Green living is more popular than ever, and playing up a home's green features can make all the difference when it comes to making a sale. To be competitive and to ensure you get the best price possible for your home, it makes sense to assess its sustainable, energy-saving features right along with traditional highlights... Continue Reading »

Lawn Mowing Takes a Cheap and Tasty Turn -- for Goats

Gas-guzzling weed-whackers and toxic chemicals are so yesterday when it comes to eco-conscious lawn and garden care, especially when homeowners can now use goats to do the dirty, dangerous work. A cottage industry of entrepreneurs is flourishing by renting out goats to home warriors battling weeds, prickly underbrush, and... Continue Reading »

California Dream: Green House for Sale, $3.5M

Just an hour north of Los Angeles, the Ojai Valley is a modern day Shangri-La. With great weather and sunshine year-round, the semi-rural enclave borders the Los Padres National Forest and comes with a real Main Street. At the forefront of many eco-building initiatives, Ojai is also a traditional haven for artists and... Continue Reading »

New York Eco-Shopping Extravaganza

A green pop-up shop in New York City could be the world's largest exhibit space of eco-manufacturers and products of its kind. The Green Up Shop, a boutique and event space, is a joint production by upcycle manufacturer Terracycle, the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and the... Continue Reading »

Bargain Huntress: Exclusive Discount on Eco-Modular Furniture From Way Basics!

Building blocks aren't just math and science toys anymore. Thanks to Way Basics, an Irvine, Calif.-based producer of eco-modular storage and home furnishings, they've become furniture for adults, too. The team at Way Basics uses 99-percent post-consumer recycled paper and turns it into durable zBoard cubes, which then... Continue Reading »

Top Posts Last Week

Earth Day brought out the green in us last week, with posts on homemade cardboard furniture, some eco-friendly cleaning tips, and a roundup of energy monitors. Here's what else was hot last week on RentedSpaces: Rental Roommate Nightmares: Mystery Job, $8 Naps and a Nude Girlfriend RentedSpaces' own Harmon Leon is back... Continue Reading »

Earth Day Tips: How to Green Your Home Today

It's Earth Day and after 40 years of recognizing our lovely planet's needs, there's still plenty of saving to do. The good news is that some of those earth-improving tasks can happen right in your home. The trend of "going green" and living sustainably has resulted in major chain stores from Home Depot and Wal-Mart... Continue Reading »

Forget Moving Boxes: Crates are the Green way to go

Green-certified apartment building: Check. New place located walking distance to work and grocery store: Check. Stocked with Energy Star appliances: Check. Now all you have to do is get there. Thankfully there's an eco-friendly way to move from point A to B without damaging Mother Earth. With companies like Rentacrate... Continue Reading »

Bargain Huntress: Exclusive Discount on Green Personal Care Products from Preserve!

Recycle your yogurt cups, because they could become your family's future toothbrushes--if you buy them from Preserve, at least. The company makes its products from 100 percent recyclable content and finds itself added to Bargain Huntress' list of green online stores helping to promote environmental consciousness.... Continue Reading »

Bargain Huntress: Exclusive Earth Day Discount on Biodegradable Tableware from Branch!

April 22 will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and what does that mean? We need to celebrate--consciously. Last week's unseasonably warm weather that broke records around the United States, including Chicago, Upstate New York and Springfield, Mass. was welcomed with delight. Children played with water guns,... Continue Reading »

Renters Want to go Green

You want them, the government wants you to have them...so why aren't earth-friendly homes standard in this environmentally conscious day and age? A recent study by Rent.com shows that 86 percent of renters prefer "eco-friendly living" and more than half are willing to cough up the cash to do so. The study also reports... Continue Reading »

Bargain Huntress: Exclusive Discount on Modern Home Decor at InhabitLiving!

The last remnants of winter have melted, the delicate blossoms of Lily-of-the-Valley are peeking their heads from the undergrowth, and the Bargain Huntress is back from hibernation to reveal sales and exclusive discounts on luxe accessories, furniture and décor for your home.This week, an urge to redecorate my... Continue Reading »

Oprah Eco-Expert Simran Sethi Moves to...Kansas?

Simran Sethi is one laid-back warrior (eco-warrior, that is). Sethi offers smart tips for greener living in a way that's both effortless and efficient, which is the likely reason she was chosen as Oprah's very own sustainable living expert. Once a week, Sethi blogs for the world's most influential woman on the topic of... Continue Reading »

A 3-D Wallpaper Amps up Your 2-D Flat

If you ever followed the love-hate relationship brewing between Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy on NBC's "30 Rock" or if your heed to greed caused you to sit through a predictable episode of "Let's Make a Deal," then you've become well acquainted with InhabitLiving's Wall Flats, designed by Mike and Jennifer Tuttle--you just... Continue Reading »

Your Waste Makes This Trash Bin

Potato chip and cookie wrappers are usually crunched up and tossed away in our haste to devour our snack of choice. But as waste material, those wrappers can really add up. A company known for their waste-material-turned-product, TerraCycle, has found a clever way to convert that material into new trashcans -- all from... Continue Reading »

Vancouver's Olympic-Sized Billion Dollar Burden

In Vancouver, as in other Pacific Northwest cities like Seattle and Portland, sustainability is an overriding principal for architecture and urban planning. So it was with pride that the city's Olympic organizing officials crafted a public-private partnership in which an inner-city, former industrial zone became not only... Continue Reading »

Renovate and Live Like a Kennedy

Robin Wilson, a designer known for her green homes expertise, will add this spring's release of her latest book "Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from the Foundation to the Furniture" to her impressive resume. The book documents the eco-friendly renovation and redecoration she helped to carry out on the... Continue Reading »

California Adopts Greenest Building Codes in the Country

Calgreen, which goes into effect next January, will make California buildings (newly constructed hospitals, schools, shopping malls, homes) the greenest in the the U.S of A. In an unanimous vote, the state commission voted across the board for California to have the most stringent, environmentally friendly building codes... Continue Reading »

Top 10 Eco-Home Trends for 2010

Remember when ideas to conserve energy and save the environment seemed like the fastest growing trend in housing? Back before the recession when people still had money to spend on often expensive "green" improvements for their homes? Well you ain't seen nothing yet. Despite the recession, the market share for certified... Continue Reading »

Bright Future for Glowing Wallpaper

As the New Year begins, it's out with the old and in with the new. Top of the list for your home: energy-inefficient incandescent bulbs -- gone! Screw in those newly improved CFLs to save energy and stop global warming. But just as you're doing that, brace yourself for another technology switcheroo: out with the CFLs and... Continue Reading »

Copenhagen Summit Should Focus on Building Sector

Some say the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Cop15, should concentrate on the building sector, if delegates want to drastically reduce carbon emissions and add jobs. "The existing real estate sector is typically overlooked at the climate change table," says Leanne Tobias, founder of Malachite, a green real... Continue Reading »

Composting Gets Easier for City-Dwellers

Americans waste 40 percent of the country's annual food supply, according to a study published by the Public Library of Science Journal last month. This figure accounts for waste in the entire food supply – from fields and factories to the moldy leftovers in your fridge. But looking strictly at the food we buy, the... Continue Reading »

Apartment Earth: Organic Bedding

Don't lose sleep over the potential toxicity of your apartment, particularly in the bedroom. Put chemical sensitivities and allergies to bed by investing in organic bedding. It is a small step with great impact when you consider you spend an average of 6-8 hours every night counting sheep or sawing logs. Here are some... Continue Reading »

Hey Man, Is That Shag Green?

Not everything recycled is, well, shall we say well-designed. I mean, rubber-tire frame anyone? Need go that far? That almost comes under the category of eco-bragging. Seriously people, I'm all for green livin' but I don't need to know your glasses were made from Corona bottles and I think your keyboard purse is ugly. OK.... Continue Reading »

Are You Being Poisoned by Radon Gas?

Take a drag and inhale the news ... starting in 2012 Maine will be the first state to require that landlords test for radon, a dangerous gas that causes lung cancer. The hotly contested law was passed earlier this summer. If you've ever given up smoking you know it sucks: you gain weight, you get cranky, and suddenly you... Continue Reading »

Pet (and People) Friendly Pest Control

Unfortunately, you may have limited control over the kinds of chemicals sprayed in your apartment building to reduce or eliminate insects, rodents, and other common pests. However, within your unit you can choose your own plan of attack. Here are some pet (and people) friendly pest control methods: Continue Reading »

How to Evaluate Your Environmental Footprint

Don't have a baseline measurement, how can you improve your environmental footprint? The good news for apartment dwellers is that they're already using less energy than the average homeowner. Still, there's always room for improvement. Here's how to measure. Continue Reading »

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