Eco-Friendly Homes

Eco-Friendly Homes

Eco-Friendly Homes is for sustainably minded folk who want to reduce their carbon foot print on a large scale. In each episode, I share tangible steps to reduce your home's emissions, live healthier, save money and build community!

Episodes

September 22, 2021 37 min

Welcome to the eco-friendly home world of biophilic, sustainable, and holistic interior design! Andi Lawlor is the Founder of her own mindful, Boulder based interior design and design consulting studio, Interiors Aligned. Everything Andi does is inspired by nature, incorporates natures (biophilic or biophilia), and brings her clients closer to nature!

Interiors Aligned focuses on creating spaces that support the occupant's healt...

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Thank you Fujitsu General America for teaching us ways to customize our homes through smart home technology, energy efficiency, and eco-conscious home cooling choices. 

Home cooling accounts for nearly half of home energy use and is responsible for nearly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

Additionally, air conditioner energy expenses cost homeowners more than $11 billion a year, so even small steps can go a lon...

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Ever needed to start a home renovation project like update your kitchen or bathroom, have an electrician install wall sconces through your dry wall, or have your flooring replaced? When you did that, was it an easy process to find the right person to hire? And once you did, was communicating your wants and needs a breeze?

BEYREP is a home construction management platform that allows you to do all of that in one place! You can use BE...

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Architect, Aryo Falakrou includes the psychology of place when designing a home! Creating a place and a space is not just about what color the room is and where things go. According to Aryo, it's about indulging your senses to inspire imagination and creating a space that incorporates room for your interests to grow and change!

Creating your eco-friendly home is a well rounded endeavor that needs to consider your body's well...

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July 14, 2021 12 min

Find out what home buyers really want (and don't)! When it comes to selling your house, making upgrades, or remodels how do you know you're making the right ones?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, buyers want laundry rooms, ceiling fans, patios and decks, Energy Start appliances, hardwood floors, and energy efficient lighting!

Learn along with me as I review the article "What Home Buyers Really Want&...

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Time to learn about avoiding mold! Whether you’re learning for mold prevention or mold remediation, Cheryl Ciecko is the mold master. She is overflowing with information and we’ve only just turned the water on! But don’t fret, if the water spills over Cheryl knows how to clean it up prevent mold from growing :)

You can certainly get more from this fountain of knowledge by taking Cheryl’s MOISTURE BASICS class (mentioned in the podca...

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June 10, 2021 50 min

A combination of my own podcast review and exploring the 7 Petals of the Living Building Challenge! Here I place each of my podcast episodes into one of the seven Petals to explore why they fit there and how they are achieving the goals of each petal.

The seven Petals of the Living Building Challenge are created and categorized by the International Living Future Institute. I am currently enrolled in the introductory course of this c...

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May 26, 2021 41 min

At first glace, False Ego is a modern and thoughtful eco-friendly clothing brand. Upon second look, False Ego holds so much more!

Found, Jevon Taylor, quickly dives into the ways he uses his sustainable apparel brand, and fantastic storefront location (on the same block as Denver Central Market, Patagonia, and Burton), as a "customer empowerment" tool! Through False Ego, he is able to enhance his community, build new communi...

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May 12, 2021 25 min

Archipelago Clubs of Denver, Colorado is a low cost ($125 a month) social club! Born out of unused spaces and great ideas, Archipelago holds event every weekend for their members to join and bring a guest to! I have been to one of their events in their Attic location - it was bright, fun, had so much space, character, and I met great people. That's what this social club is all about -  helping people meet people in unique envir...

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Welcome to my Eco-Friendly Home! Today we meet up with Michelle Ifversen of Design Well Studios (DWS) based in Portland, OR!

Michelle is a biophilic designer and environmental wellness coach all wrapped into one person! And yes, she is that impressive!

Come learn from Michelle all about testing your home environment for chemicals like formaldehyde, toxic mold, and electro magnetic frequencies (EMFs). At DWS, testing is the key compon...

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March 24, 2021 43 min

Part of having an eco-friendly home is having a clean home! Marjee and Marquise Wise co-own their own house cleaning business based in Boulder, CO. I worked on their team for six months and learned A LOT including best house keeping practices, places and spaces frequently forgotten (that actually make a drastic difference), and WHY Wise Cleaners uses nontoxic, green cleaning products.

Marquise has a history of asthma and allergies s...

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March 10, 2021 43 min

Peyton’s Potion is an all natural, nontoxic household cleaner made with the highest quality essential oils, Colorado local, safe for children, pets, and even those with compromised immune systems! In fact, Peyton’s Potion was created by a dedicated mother, Jess Armstrong, with her son, Peyton Armstrong, while he was battling with acute lymphocytic leukemia, mixed lineage leukemia, and an infection.


Jess learned from a book she was r...

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Cute and quick bonus content from our first conversation together. Elizabeth Boulos, The Ingredient Insider, and I chat about sugar alternatives and our favorite low-sugar bands!

Links:

Swerve - from New Orleans, LA and made from erythritol.

https://swervesweet.com/about


Simple Mills - my favorite premade cookies!

https://www.simplemills.com/


Lakanto - brownies sweetened with monk fruit and keto friendly. 

https://www.lakanto.com/products...

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February 24, 2021 65 min

Find yourself diving deep into food labels, the food packaging process, food costs, grocery store economics, and more unique topics like second class produce, suicide rates with coffee farmers, and monkey labor for coconut water!

Elizabeth Boulos is "The Ingredient Insider" for a reason. She has experience marketing for global sustainability labels focusing on cost savings, ethics, and ingredients. Elizabeth is also the Mark...

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February 10, 2021 51 min

Cohousing allows people to own their own units while consciously sharing common space, items, meals, and time together. It provides people with a sense of belonging, connection, and purpose while also meeting the needs of sustainability or regeneration by not taking up too much space, sharing resources, and building a tribe.

Intentional communities come in many shapes and sizes, cohousing is just one of them. Others include eco-vill...

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January 27, 2021 48 min

Repurpose your mascara wand to rehabilitate wounded animals! Wands For Wildlife is a nonprofit dedicated to collecting and distributing mascara wands to aid in animal rehabilitation. The wand is the applicator end that has bristles to apply product to your eyelashes. The wands are an ideal tool as the bristles are supple, don't break easily, and come in so many shapes. Usually, these are a one time time use plastic and are thro...

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January 13, 2021 34 min

What happens to all of our recyclable materials?
Step 1: collection & delivery
Step 2: sorting
Step 3: sell to become raw materials

The raw materials are then made into something new. This is "true recycling."
Aluminum and steel are infinitely recyclable, meaning they can be made into something new over and over and over again, making them part of a closed loop system.

"Dead end" recyclables are materials like plastic...

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December 9, 2020 16 min

Eco-Friendly Homes are built on Eco-Friendly Gifts! Check out these indoor air enhancers and other quick easy gifts!

1) Bamboo Charcoal Purifying Bags

2) Indoor Plants - studies show greenery relaxes and uplifts people 

3) Tower Garden
Order from my friend's Juice Plus!

4) Plant Wall / Green Wall / Living Wall / Vertical Garden
41 DIY Plant Walls via plantdwell.com

5) Moss Wall
The Fat Plant Society's article on Medium.com

6) HEPA ...

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Let's debunk the 5 Myths of Green Homes! Guest speaker is Marla Esser Cloos who has also given us permission to Click here and download her entire guide at Greenhomecoach.com

Myth 1: Green only matters to certain clients, like millennials. 
Myth 2: No one is asking for green homes.
Myth 3: Green is expensive.
Myth 4: Solar panels are the hallmark of a green home.
Myth 5: Green is just the latest trend.

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Sustainability in the eyes of real estate comes in many forms - solar panels, eco-loans, community building, gardening. But what about financially? Absolutely!

In this spur of the moment episode, I got to meet with Diego Corzo, founder of Rat Race to FI!

Diego introduces the mentality and actions necessary to gain financial freedom and live sustainably free through real estate investing, or as he calls in house hacking.

If you're...

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