Watch 200 average citizens re-build their life off-grid to own a house, not a mortgage

BY: ROB HOFFMAN Photo by: Eric Valli for original photo series called “Off The Grid” Where off-grid living once called to mind visions of reclusiveness, loners and dirty hermits, its reputation has since settled in to the golden throne of…

Here is what a modern Scottish island powered almost entirely by renewable energy looks like

BY: MATTHEW CHIN On the western coast of northern Scotland, just 16 kilometres away from the mainland, lies Eigg Island, an island that runs almost entirely on renewable resources. The nine kilometres long and five kilometres wide island was bought…

A woman quit the NYC fashion scene to build these epic sustainable bamboo homes in Bali

There is a sustainable material that could be used to build houses that has the compressive force of concrete, the strength-to-weight ratio of steel, could be produced quickly, and lasts a lifetime. It’s not some sort of advanced artificial substance,…

NASA’s guide to the best air-filtering plants to have in your home

Maybe you’ve heard that having plants in your home is proven to increase happiness, and improve your attention span and even reduce fatigue at work. Even with these psychological benefits aside, there’s no denying the peaceful aesthetic of houseplants. One scarcely…

This city is using tiny house villages to fight homelessness

BY: TYLER FYFE It’s 5:30pm on a Friday and on the sidewalk a line is starting to build outside of the Good Shepherd Centre. Frayed blue tarps clipped to backpacks, and calloused hands clutch soggy cardboard with bleeding marker ink.…

8 reasons why living in a small space is the key to having a big life

An emerging movement of tiny house enthusiasts are working to reconcile the mistakes of generations past, where giant houses were once embraced as the ultimate symbol of achievement only to leave their owners as empty as the spaces they occupied.…

Ecocapsule is a portable, completely self-sustaining home that lets you live anywhere in the world

BY: JESSICA BEUKER Maybe your job requires you to travel or move around a lot, and you’re sick of living in hotel rooms with views of concrete parking lots. Maybe the pencil-pushing desk job has you thinking that you’re on…

The DIY greenhouse of the future offers a year-round private oasis

BY: ROB HOFFMAN Francis Gendron recently launched a DIY sustainable greenhouse guide that makes it possible for anyone to construct their own indoor garden-house, built entirely out of recycled and natural materials, and powered entirely by renewable sources. Gendron’s guide…

Architects design an eco-house that’s the environmental equivalent of planting over 6,000 trees

BY: DEXTER BROWN Australian prefabricated building company ArchiBlox has built what they call “the world’s first carbon-positive prefabricated house,” according to Dezeen Magazine.  The Carbon Positive House, as it’s known, was designed to make more energy than it uses, and it drew international attention…

Family ditches urban society to live in the pristine nature of Italy (Video)

PHOTOGRAPHER: Simone Donati Away from the grip of oppressive cubicles and 9 to 5 grind of urban society, Angelo and Angela live a simple life. The chose to live deliberately— choosing the food they consume, and the way they educate…

This 47-year-old man will swim 5,500 miles across the shark-infested Pacific Ocean

BY: ZOE MELNYK Ben Lecomte, 47, will attempt to be the first man to swim 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean in hopes to raise awareness about water pollution and the importance of living sustainably. This will not be Lecomte’s…

If you’re sick of suburbia and paying heating bills, Earthships might be your way out

BY: DANIEL KORN Earthships, created by architect Mike Reynolds, are houses constructed with a combination of natural and recycled material that have been built for minimal reliance on public utilities or fossil fuels. Structural walls are typically made of recycled…

Sitka Clothing Company protects the planet before profits

BY: VANESSA NIGRO Founded on Canada’s beautiful West Coast in 2002, Sitka Clothing Company promotes a life lived through sustainability and finding balance between industrialization and nature. “We decided to name the company Sitka after the Sitka spruce tree that…

Vertical gardens are the key to self-sufficiency in the city

BY: KATY WILLIS For many, the term “urban living” or “city living” means cramped living environments, no urban gardens, pollution, grim, grey, ugly exteriors, and concrete and glass as far as the eye can see. These people assume – including…