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Homes Across America Have Been Recycling Incorrectly, and Here Are Some Tips

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Believe it or not recycling has been around for almost 1000 years!  In Japan, paper was collected and re-pulped into new paper and resold as early as 1031AD.  However, it took another 600 years for the process to make its way to what would become the United States when a mill in Philadelphia started manufacturing paper from recycled cotton and linen rags. Continue reading

What NOT to Plant Around the Home

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AnnahMarie of Organic Gurlz Gardens Fort Wayne, IndianaHi There, Fellow Gardeners! This is AnnahMarie. Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Indiana will be sharing information on What NOT to Plant Around the Home. It is important to be aware of what should *not* be planted around the home. Today, we will share some plants not to put around the perimeter of the home, along with a few that are perfect for outdoor decor. Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts

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AnnahMarie of Organic Gurlz Gardens Fort Wayne, IndianaHi There, Fellow Gardeners! This is AnnahMarie. Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Indiana will be sharing information on Eco-friendly Arts and Crafts for the Home. Arts and Crafts are fun – but what if they could be eco-friendly? Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens is here to share some ways you can enjoy eco-friendly entertainment. Continue reading

The Eco-Friendly Home

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U Factor for Windows by the Design Build PlannersHi There, Fellow Gardeners! This is AnnahMarie. Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Indiana will be sharing information on The Eco-Friendly Home. Many are looking to be eco-friendly, but they may forget taking care of the Earth goes way beyond the garden! We at Organic Gurlz Gardens are here to share few ways to have a cool home, while benefiting the world (and your wallet). Continue reading

Green Onyx for Tile and Countertops

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Green Onyx for Tile and Countertops green onyx for tile and countertops - Design Build Planners (1)Onyx is a beautiful stone that most people associate with jewelry, however, when managed correctly it can be used for tile and countertops. Onyx is a great alternative to other types of materials that are usually used in bathroom remodeling. Typically onyx is not seen on countertops and this is a bit of a rarity for those who actually have used this beautiful material to showcase their home. Some are a bit mistaken in thinking that onyx only comes in one shade—black. Naturally, that’s the color were used to seeing, however, onyx comes in a beautiful assortment of different colors. Continue reading

Water Filter for Your Kitchen

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Water Filter for Your Kitchen water filter system for your home - Design Build PlannersAdequate supply of safe drinking water is one of the major prerequisites for a healthy life. Consuming enough water is taken for granted, but keeping hydrated can have a huge impact on overall health. Drinking water is derived from two basic services, source water- rivers and reservoirs and ground water. Tap water contains dirt, minerals, chemicals and other impurities that make it smell and taste bad. Bottled water is an alternative to tap water but the effects of bottled water on the environment is damaging. According to a 2001 report from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWFN), approximately 1.5 million tons of plastic are expected in the bottling of 89 billion liters of water each year. Continue reading

Structural Insulated Panel Wall System

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Structural Insulated Panel Wall System Structural Insulated Panel - Design Build PlannersStructural insulated panels or SIPs are used in building commercial and residential construction. SIPs consist of panels that encase insulating foam, pretty much like a sandwich. SIPs have become extremely popular in last few years because they can be made to fit into any building design. SIPs are definitely for people who are environment friendly. Continue reading

History of St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 and is a religious and cultural holiday originating in Ireland to recognize the country’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, who lived from 385 to 461 CE. The day became an official Christian feast day in the early 1600s and is observed primarily among the Catholic Church, particularly the Church of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known for bringing Christianity into Ireland, with over 60 churches in the country dedicated to him, and the holiday celebrates this as well as Irish culture and heritage. Happy St Patrick's Day from the Design Build Planners teamParades and festivals are common, and people wear green clothing, as well as the Irish Celtic Cross and shamrock imagery. It is said that Saint Patrick used the shamrock, also known as a clover or trefoil, to explain the Holy Trinity to the native pagans when he came to Ireland. Three was a sacred number in the pagan religion, and this helped Patrick in his effort to convert them. Leprechauns are also common symbols of the day, which are a type mythological creatures from Irish folklore that are known for hoarding gold and storing it at the end of rainbows. The holiday falls during Lent, but the church lifts the restrictions of the Lent season on St. Patrick’s Day for people to partake in drinking and eating otherwise banned foods. Because of this exception to the rule, alcohol has become a staple of every St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Continue reading

Fall Landscaping for Your NJ Home

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Fall Landscaping for Your NJ Home Landscaping for Your NJ Home (7)With fall comes a furry of home improvement activity for all home owners who take great pride in their homes. This includes their landscapes. Fall is ideal for outdoor home improvement projects. From creating a new patio, to setting up a new raised veggie garden for spring planting, there’s no limit to what you should do this fall in the landscape. Here are some ideas you can do this fall for your New Jersey fall landscaping project. Continue reading