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Eco Real Estate of the Week: Savonnerie Heymans, Belgium

The modern eco-friendly building preserves all of the original historical structure, which has been renovated with an eye to energy savings.

“Savonnerie” is pronounced to rhyme with “gluten-free.” It’s French for “soap factory.” Savonnerie Heymans in Brussels, Belgium, used to be just that–an old abandoned soap factory– but has since been transformed into eco real estate by the green designers at MDW Architecture. The old structure is now a new housing complex that sparkles with glass and is complemented by green ... Read More »

Evolution of Green Technologies

Green Technologies

Technology has always been meant to improve humanity and the world we live in, and in large part, it has succeeded. However, the road to achieving the desired results of technology often ends up having adverse effects on our ecological system. Although the damage to our ecosystems is being documented and reported to us on a daily basis, we have ... Read More »

Sequel: Environmental Impact Of Printing Inks

environmental impact

Previously I wrote on impact of hazardous chemicals found in printing inks and decided that I didn’t say everything i had so here’s another post in series to, hopefully, make previous piece a bit more complete.   Introduction 2 Printer inks leave a carbon footprint because these inks may be made up of solvents that are highly toxic in nature. ... Read More »

How An Industry Actually Shifts to Green

Shifts to Green

We hear a lot these days about how many companies are making changes to appear environmentally friendly, to the point where “green” becomes a buzz word that loses some of its specifics. Apple is a good example of a company with a consumer-friendly clean face and a darker side. Nothing about the company is outwardly evil, however the labor practices ... Read More »

Recycling and Reusing Electric Car Batteries: It’s Impact on Environment and Production

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  Surely, everyone who has his or her own car, especially those that are electricity-operated would think of how would they dispose their car batteries when they consider getting a new one. Although the option of selling it for others to consume and make use of, knowing how to properly dispose them should be the owner’s responsibility. A lot of ... Read More »

Toronto Bird Photo Booth Business Challenge 2014

Birdwatchers will delight at how the Birds of Toronto website tracks the 2014 Bird Photo Booth Business Challenge.  This is the original bird ‘selfie’ portrait contest gaining attention in Canada.  Birds visiting the bird feeder at this booth get their picture taken! Toronto businesses hosting the Bird Photo Booth can enter those pictures into a contest for prizes. SMOJoe digital ... Read More »

Would We Benefit From The Continued Growth Of Green And Sustainable Building Construction?

The words sustainable and green in the context of responsible building planning has become a controversial topic which typically elicits two responses. First, some people believe that the initial cost of constructing buildings that are green and sustainable will have a profound, negative effect on the economy for a problem that does not yet have a tangible effect. There is ... Read More »