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How To Build An Underground House Starting At $50

“In this video author, Mike Oehler, takes us on a tour of his partially completed earth-integrated Ridge House. The house originally cost only $50 to build. However it has since developed into a solid three story mini mansion built to withstand 200 mph winds. It should spark some interesting ideas of your own, that’s for sure…

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How Do Composting Toilets Work?

“Composting toilets use the natural processes of decomposition and evaporation to recycle human waste. Waste entering the toilets is over 90% water, which is evaporated and carried back to the atmosphere through the vent system. The small amount of remaining solid material is converted to useful fertilizing soil by natural decomposition. This natural process, essentially […]

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Building An Underground Cistern

“In this example a DIY brick cistern is used to store filtered water. This one holds about 9450 Litres of water (about 2500 gallons plus or minus 20 gallons). The blocks are filled with concrete and re-enforced with 1/2 inch rebar. They sit on a 5 inch concrete pad re-enforced with 1/2 inch rebar. The […]

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How To Build An Outhouse With A Composting Bucket Toilet

“The sprawling tentacles that constitute the water infrastructure in the United States spill about 860 million gallons (3.3 billion liters) of untreated water — along with all the raw waste that involves — each year. If you add in all the clean water lost, that amount soars to about 6 billion gallons (22.7 billion liters) […]

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Building A Parabolic Solar Hot-Water Heater

“For this project I set out to create the solar equivalent of the hot-water tap on a coffee machine: a solar on-demand hot-water heater. I was inspired by the functionality of a new software called 123D-Make that makes it easy to build large, geometrically precise forms. My goal was to build a device using 123D-Make that illustrates […]

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How To Get Rid Of Wasps Naturally

“I truly enjoy being out in the garden, so I can’t let those yellow jackets keep chasing me indoors! So this involves taking matters into my own hands. But everyone has an opinion on how to remove them. My neighbor suggested trying the traditional bug spray, and my buddy recommended the aerosol that turns into […]

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How To Clean Up Damaged Land With Sun Flowers

“Phytoremediation is the use of green plants to remove pollutants from the environment or render them harmless. Plants are truly amazing, when we find a problem in our bodies or our land, it is often that a remedy is found in nature. After the industrial revolution, there are large patches of land all across the […]

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Hemlocks: Nature’s Pharmacy

“Food supplies were sometimes meagre when the first Europeans settled along Nova Scotia bays and rivers. Inland, a boundless nearly unbroken forest canopy greeted them, much of it comprised of old growth eastern hemlock. Settlers generally regarded the enormous trees of the Acadian forest as an impediment to homesteading and growing food. They hurriedly cleared […]

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Step-by-Step Earthbag Building

“This Instructable explains each main step of construction for building vertical earthbag walls. For those who don’t know, earthbag building uses polypropylene rice bags or feed bags filled with soil or insulation that are stacked like masonry and tamped flat. Barbed wire between courses keeps bags from slipping and adds tensile strength. The final plastered […]

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Edible City: Grow the Revolution Documentary

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world. Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative […]

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