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Zem's 5 tips for Super Chic Moms

Zem’s 5 tips for Super Chic Moms

Zem Joaquin is the founder of EcoFabulous, a popular green website geared towards stylish individuals who want to affect environmental change while staying true to their most authentic (and fashionable) selves. In this interview, Zem shares some helpful tips to guide parents in making more ecologically conscientious decisions while gaining much coveted “cool mom” status....
Livin' the One Tonne Life

Livin’ the One Tonne Life

So there’s a good ol’ fashioned social experiment going on in Sweden right now. Sure, we may be aware of this in the shape of beautiful blonde people enjoying all the bounties that a fully functioning social democracy can provide… rich culture, great infrastructure, fully covered programs like healthcare and higher education, extensive ecosystem preservation,...
Flow 2 the Kitchen

Flow 2 the Kitchen

Let’s all set aside a moment and just go with the flow… actually, let’s kick it up a notch and double the flow to a level of Flow 2… Now what in the world is Flow 2, and why in our right mind would we want to go there?  Well friends, it happens to be...
Passive in the Woods

Passive in the Woods

So a couple weeks back on a beautiful sunny midwest afternoon, I had the pleasure of touring one of the most energy efficient homes in the country.  Called the Passive House in the Woods (PHitW), the single-family residence is humbly striving towards carbon neutrality… it will actually produce more energy than it will use when...
Jungle Life

Jungle Life

I had the pleasure of spending my holidays this past year in New Zealand soaking in a whole lotta beauty… fjords, glaciers, monster Kaori trees, gorgeous beaches and believe it or not, some pretty rockin’ architecture!  Scattered throughout both the North and South islands were some really sleek minimalist structures with plenty of glass to...
Check Your H2O Print

Check Your H2O Print

It’s all about the H2O my friends… the clear wet stuff is where it’s at… so yeah, two-thirds of the planet is covered in water, but many of us don’t recognize that potable, usable water is in short supply.  Less than one half of a single percent of the world’s H2O is accessible for human...
Thriving in Theo Wirth

Thriving in Theo Wirth

Greetings Metro Hipstas!.. To date, I’ve had all sorts of fun sharing innovate eco-solutions and ideas with you, but have kept most my posts and updates relatively impersonal.  I realized the other day that it might be beneficial to share a bit more of what I do on a daily basis, which is run Thrive...
Make Your Place

Make Your Place

Nothing beats the nostalgia of a hand written and illustrated zine.  Microcosm Publishing has created a one stop shop for these personalized zines that are not only artistically awesome, but are packed with juicy and helpful content.  These hand-crafted catalogs feature guides on everything from bikes, history, home composting, free speech and bicycle maintenance.  One...
20 Feet in Toronto

20 Feet in Toronto

Check out this eco-gem of an abode in downtown Toronto!  Designed by Levitt Goodman Architects, the Euclid Avenue House squeezed every bit of cool into a 20 foot wide urban infill lot.  The project is a flawless example of how to take life’s lemons (tiny lot) and make some tasty, tasty lemonade (gorgeous home!).  And...
Remington Ammunition

Remington Ammunition

Throwin’ another gorgeous urban infill project at all you beautiful peops out there.  Let’s talk Remington Court in Seattle for a moment, a 4,300 sq ft development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood brought to us by HyBrid Architecture + Assembly.  The project features a trio of 1,500 sq ft townhouses and an attached 1,000 sq...
Dual Flush This!

Dual Flush This!

It’s all about the H2O my friends… we think water is an unlimited resource since the planet is covered in two-thirds of the stuff.  Truth of the matter is less than one half of a single percent (.4%) is accessible for human use… The United Nations claims that 1/6th of the world’s population is already...
More NZE, Plz!

More NZE, Plz!

Microprocessors double their speed every 18 months.  People now carry powerful computers in the palms of their hands, connecting to virtually anyone on the planet through the Internet.  Technologies are advancing rapidly, yet we still build the vast majority of our homes using 19th century methods (stick-built, balloon frame)… Why has residential construction been somewhat...
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