Home Projects that make your Life Greener

When summer rolls around each year, it’s easy to get caught up in the desire to clean, fix, and replace things around your home. After all, you’ve spent the long, cold winter months cooped up inside, noticing everything that needs work. Now that the warm weather is here, it’s only natural to want to address some of those glaring issues you’ve been staring down for ages.

However, before you dive in, it’s worth taking the time to consider which home projects are going to benefit both yourself as well as the environment we all share. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for summer home projects that will be good for both you and the planet.

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Anatomy of an Agrihood [Infographic]

An agrihood is a mixed development that combines food and real estate. These neighborhood villages offer residential living with a farm-to-table focus for young, active families seeking a lifestyle centered around simplicity and sustainability.

While these communities are still somewhat of a novelty, demand is expected to grow now that millennials are the largest share of homebuyers on the market today. Agrihoods are part of a larger movement known as “new urbanism” to create walkable, mixed-use communities that prioritize healthful living and strong connections.

Living in an agrihood doesn’t mean you’ve suddenly become a working farmer. Residents are encouraged to volunteer at the farm, but the actual work is done by professionals who tend to the land and then sell the produce to residents and retailers, such as nearby restaurants and grocery stores.

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Ways to Construct an Eco-Friendly Balcony Garden [Visual]

It’s important to realize that our consumption patterns impact the environment. Consider the fact that each day 80,000 acres of forests disappear from the earth and more than 20,000 tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean. Furthermore, a significant portion of the food that many of us eat travels long distances before ending up in our supermarkets that we then need to drive our cars to in order to purchase. By constructing an eco-friendly balcony garden we can actually begin to remedy some of these issues. For tips on how to construct an eco-friendly balcony garden check out the visual from Apartment Guide below.

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Beat Bedroom Toxins on a Budget [Visual]

The key to a good night’s sleep starts with a happy and healthy bedroom. Mattress Online compared 60 products to show you how to transform your sleep on the cheap and beat bedroom toxins for good.

From improving your breathing, to calming your body clock, to helping you wind down at night, here are the top products to give you a better night’s sleep – without breaking the bank.

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How to Live a more Eco-Friendly Life

Many people today were brought up in homes that weren’t focused on making environment and health-focused decisions, so the transition to eco-friendly habits may seem like a great sacrifice in terms of convenience. But it’s all about steady transition, a process during which your consciousness and life satisfaction will grow as your eco-footprint decreases.

There’s no need to start with big things. The best approach is to take smaller steps and build your way up. Nevertheless, it can be hard to determine where to begin so we’ve put together a guide that’ll make the first steps easier.

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