The Anatomy of Earth-Sheltered Homes [Visual]

Homeowners today have many more options available to them than ever before. Due to a combination of new construction technology and advanced architectural designs, coupled with a new passion for eco-friendly living, homeowners across the country have the option of living comfortably and sustainably without sacrificing anything.

One such method of eco-friendly living is through the construction of earth-sheltered homes. These homes offer many benefits that a typical and modern house may not. For example, as they naturally incorporate the earth into their design, they are already more eco-friendly. Likewise, these types of homes can be implemented almost anywhere, including urban areas.

BigRentz compiled an easy-to-read list of the different types of earth-sheltered homes and their unique benefits. Check it out and learn about their benefits, such as the incorporation of local fauna and flora:

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Sustainable Ideas for your Landscape Makeover

There are many factors to consider to create environmentally friendly landscape designs. But the basic principle is that you should let climate determine what plants to grow to prevent the use of too many fertilizers, pesticides, and water. So, if you are looking for some eco-friendly ways to improve your garden, these sustainable ideas will give you a landscape makeover that will work hand-in-hand with nature.

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Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring

Numerous detrimental influences on nature and human health have been linked to conventional construction methods. With growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of people are taking steps in order to minimize their carbon footprint, as well as to invest in homes and structures that will be able to last and perform their function well into the future. From creating floating houses to homes that adapt to the weather, environmentally conscious architects are changing the way we build.

But green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably.

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Best Eco-friendly Rug materials for your Home

What eco-friendly materials are best for your rug?

As pollution indoors can be higher than pollution outdoors due to toxic gases emitted from the furniture and floor coverings, we should consider carefully what materials are used in the production of our furniture as well as rugs. Rugs that are made of natural fibers are not synthetic or chemically treated and they are derived from plants. Many of them are also made with renewable resources. Some of the most environmentally friendly rug materials are wool, cotton, hemp, jute, bamboo and a few others.

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Host an Eco-Friendly Wedding Celebration [Visual]

The average U.S. wedding produces more than 400 pounds of waste. Annually, more than 63 tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere from U.S. weddings alone.

The wedding market has a reputation for being wasteful–and after reading the stats above, it’s not hard to see why. So many features of a wedding day are single-use, such as the decorations, the food, and even the fashion (ahem: wedding dresses).

While the above statistics can be disheartening, the good news is that more and more couples are taking note of the impact their special day is having on the world around them, and they’re taking steps to change that.

There are multiple benefits to hosting a green wedding day celebration. First and foremost, it’s good for the environment–but did you know that it’s also good for your wallet? Many of the eco-friendly wedding hacks you’ll find below will help save the planet, and your wallet.

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