Since 1992, husband and wife Wayne Adams and Catherine King have lived completely off-the-grid in a floating home made of 12 platforms in Cypress Bay, British Columbia. The Canadian couple and their two kids are completely self-sustaining, eating whatever King grows in her garden as well as the seafood that Adams catches fresh from the ocean. With electricity powered by solar panels and photovoltaic generators, and water from rainfall and the nearby waterfall, the family has created an utterly unique, green lifestyle.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, their home—called Freedom Cove is an incredible work of architecture, design, and pure fun. Painted turquoise and magenta, the floating abode includes a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, five greenhouses, and a studio where the family lives. During their free time, Adams, 66, carves and sells sculptures, while King, 59, focuses on painting, dancing, music, and writing.
From June to September, the family also welcomes tour groups to their home so that visitors can experience firsthand the beauty and creative energy of sustainable living.
Recently, I’ve decided to take the plunge into becoming more and more environmentally green and sustainable for so many different reasons. But foremost importantly, it’s because we only have one Earth and we only have so much damage we can do before it is irreversible. 🌳🐯🐘🐝🐢
Before my best pal Sydney opened my eyes, I thought the company LUSH only produced fancy smelling and colorful bath bombs (which are awesome). But the company is also so much more than that! LUSH creates a WIDE range of everyday essential beauty/health products that are 100% environmentally friendly (and most are vegan) and NO products are tested on animals. All of their products are based on being sustainable and green for our Earth and also healthy for our own personable bodies. They also have charity items in which all of the money spent on that item is directly sent to that specific organization. I encourage everyone to take a look at their products, ask questions, and support something that is detrimental and important! 🌎🌱
Products featured in the photo:
sexy peel soap bar (+sample chunk), angels on bare skin cleanser, seanik shampoo bar (x2), BIG shampoo sample, herbalism cleanser, love lettuce fresh face mask, #GAYISOK soap bar (proceeds towards LGBTQIA grassroots charities), bb seaweed fresh face mask, sea vegetable soap bar, BIG conditioner bar (x2), dirty soap bar sample, r&b hair treatment (+sample jar), ultrablast toothy tabs, charity pot body cream (this particular one is for the Pacific Wild Alliance)
Growing fresh basil in a planting pot is an easy way to ensure that you have fresh herbs to add in any recipe. Basil makes a great addition on pasta, eggs, quinoa, pizza or most any other food you might be cooking. You can buy started basil at many nurseries and grocers, or plant your own. It takes very little maintenance besides watering once a week. Get out and garden!
was so happy that at one of our hotels had bikes to use for free! besides being such a good way to explore, bikes can seriously reduce the amount of pollution that is damaging the environment. you also get a workout and save money too.so many of us drive such short distances to get places like the supermarket. if you can’t bike to work, maybe try riding one to your train, bus or ferry stop 🚲
Elisabeth Buecher’s eco-themed shower curtains come with a strong green message: Turn off the water … or else. Buecher designed two inflatable curtains as part of her “My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior” project: One slowly inflates, trapping you in plastic, and “Spiky” sends out inflatable spikes if you go over the time limit.
Top tips to make your bathroom environmentally friendly
Becoming more environmentally friendly in the bathroom may be a daunting thought. But, there are actually lots of ways to green your bathroom that are cheap, easy and perhaps even fun to implement! So, before you start imagining 1 minute cold showers in the dark, check out this list of some of our favourite tips!
Cosmetics & Soaps: Sometimes it is hard to know whether or not the products we use on our skin are harmful to ourselves or the environment. Find out more about your current products by visiting Skin Deep (an organisation which classifies products on a scale from 0 to 10, from safe to potentially harmful) and Beauty Without Cruelty (an organisation campaigning against animal testing). Then, if you live in South Africa, why not check out some of the great local companies, such as Faithful to Nature, Allure Cosmetics, Oh Lief, and Cape of Storms Apothecary, that offer organic, cruelty free, environmentally friendly makeup and other cosmetics.
Candles: When you fancy that luxurious bath after a long day, soy candles make for a great eco-treat! Soy candles are made from oil from the skin of soybeans, which is biodegradable. They create less waste than paraffin candles as they burn down evenly, and they burn for 50 – 75% longer – which is better for your wallet!
Cleaning Products: Some cleaning products can make a real mess. By choosing natural and biodegradable products you will be avoiding the use of toxic chemicals which can harm both your health and the environment. In South Africa, we love products from Better Earth and Beyond Green. And sometimes, we like to get our DIY on and make our own!
There are lots of great products out there: this list contains just a few. In general, it is good to try and source products that are biodegradable,locally made, and with recyclable packing.
Some of these devices cost a little bit more than the products above. However, in the long run, it is possible to actually save money by reducing your water and electricity usage. And, of course, this is also great for the environment!
Low Flow Shower Heads: These innovative devices reduce the amount of water your shower uses. An average shower head flows at 2.5gpm (gallons per minute) but water-saving shower heads use at most 2.0gpm. This has the potential to save around 5 gallons of water per 10 minute shower, which over a year contributes towards a huge saving in water, electricity and money! Also, extensive consumer testing has shown that these shower heads give a pressure that is as good, if not better, than conventional shower heads. All you have to do is look for shower heads with the WaterSense label.
Dual- Flush Cistern: Another device you can install to greatly reduce water usage is a dual-flush cistern for your toilet. These work by having 2 buttons to flush different levels of water, and reduces water usage by around 27%. Plus, it is possible to retrofit this double button system on your existing toilet, greatly decreasing the installation cost.
Toilet Hippo: A free alternative to a water saving cistern is to make a Hippo – a simple device that saves up to 3.5 litres per flush! All you have to do is get some sort of cup or container, weight it down (for example, with a rock), and place it in the cistern. Whenever you flush, some of the water will remain in the cup, so will not be used up.
Green Extreme: Finally, for those who are really committed to the cause, you can build a compost toilet! They require absolutely no water, and you will be creating rich compost to use in your garden.
We definitely want you to enjoy your time in the bathroom, but there are some simple changes that you can make that will greatly reduce your impact on the environment:
Shorter Showers: We know that these are 2 words that people do not want to hear together, but it is an unavoidable fact that shorter showers use less water. And there are some easy ways to shorten your showers, without it feeling rushed!
Make a shower playlist of some of your favourite songs can be a great way to reduce shower time, as you are much more aware of how long you are taking. Plus grooving in the shower is one of life’s great pleasures – and will help with those early morning wake-ups!
Use a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner to spend less time and water washing your hair. You will also be using half the amount of product: both saving money and reducing waste – what’s not to like?
Try switching the water off halfway through your shower. This saves water while you lather up your soap and shampoo, before turning the water on again to rinse it out. This method is actually called a ‘navy shower’ due to its usage on ships where water is scarce!
Green Extreme: Have a cold shower. You will save energy in not needing to heat the water, and you will also inevitably use less water as you will want to get out sooner rather than later!
Turn off the water while you are shaving or brushing your teeth to reduce water consumption.
Baths vs. Showers: Baths use up significantly more water than showers (on average, 10 – 25 more gallons) so try and stick to showers, with baths as more of an occasional treat.
Green, well… Greenery!
Putting plants in your bathroom is not only possible, but there are some plants that can actually remove pollutants from the air in your home – and look good doing it! Here are some things to consider when growing in your bathroom:
Humidity: Firstly, your bathroom is an area of general high humidity. Some plants really love this kind of environment, but it will kill others. Be careful to choose plants such as tropical houseplants that will thrive, rather than succulents that won’t.
Light: Many bathrooms have small, or even no, windows. This means that it is important to choose plants that do well in low light conditions. You can also make sure that your bathroom fixtures use fluorescent light bulbs as they provide the same wavelengths of light that the plants would get from the sun.
Space: Often space is at a premium, so consider plants that can be placed on a shelf or windowsill, or hung from the ceiling.
Type: Here are some plants that will do well in your bathroom:
To sum it up…
There are so many ways to become more environmentally friendly in the bathroom. In general, remember when you are buying new products to check whether it has been shipped from abroad, whether the manufacturer condones animal testing, and if it comes in recyclable packing. Consider your daily routine and think about whether you could reduce the amount of water or electricity you use up. Also, think about whether you could add some plants to your bathroom. And, above all, enjoy greening your bathroom!