Happy Earth Day from StrawBale.com

Planet earthHappy Earth Day from StrawBale.com! Take this time to find within you that which is grateful for all you have, no matter how big or small. Find a moment to thank the Earth for everything that is provided to you. Everything around you: your food, your clothes, your house, everything comes from the Earth.

What can you do to say thank you?

tree in field-Plant a tree.
-Prune a tree in need.
-Work in your garden to grow vegetables.
-Cultivate flowers to support honey bees.
-Commit to produce less garbage this year than you did last year. Imagine this: you weigh every bag of garbage you produce this year and keep records. You’ll likely be surprised how much trash you throw away each year.
-Don’t limit Earth Day to one day. Make it a year round commitment.
-Use less water.
-Don’t use your dryer, hang your clothes.
-Drive less.
-The list goes on and on. You know what you can do, the next step is actually doing it!

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3 Responses to Happy Earth Day from StrawBale.com

  1. Dimitri Thu, May 13, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Great tips, thanks Andrew!
    Recently heard in one video with Brendan Brazier (triathlon) that if one substitute morning breakfast eggs+bacon with green smoothie it will make one much healthier. Also 365 breakfasts like this will be energy (i.e. carbon print) equivalent to driving midsized car for hundreds of miles. Looks like a deal to me.

  2. chad huddleston Mon, June 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    How do u protect strawbale houses from moisture and insects? im very interested in strawbale construction but moisture and insect intrusion concern me.

  3. Andrew Morrison Tue, June 22, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    Hi Chad. It’s actually very easy. Proper design with large overhangs and rain splash protection are the basics of what’s needed to manage moisture. In addition, the right plaster is very important. I’m a firm believer in using lime plaster as it is strong, allows moisture to escape and is beautiful. Bugs are not a concern at all as straw has no nutritional value to them. The same is true for rodents and the bales are packed so tightly that no pests are able to find a comfortable spot to take up residence.

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