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Shipping Container Architecture: Contain your excitement

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Architecture re-imagines shipping containers to create modern, sustainable, and affordable housing. Shipping containers have been designed to stack, last a long time, and are built with hardy materials. Shipping containers come in several standard sizes, but most buildings typically use 9'-5" H x 8' W x 20' L or 40' L.


Converting shipping containers into buildings ideally utilizes those w...

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Junk the Junk Mail

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)


I hate junk mail! Credit card approvals, coupons, leaflets, catalogues, menus, and for some reason I need to insure everything. Aside from never needing earthquake insurance in Charlotte, the environmentalist in me cringles every time I pull down the squeaky mailbox flap.


The internet provides us with all of the solutions, inquiries, and deals we could ever want or need. Thankfully, the internet...

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Greening Your Green Thumb

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)


It's that time of year again. The temperature is rising and so are your allergies. But the good news is that it's time to get back into the yard and exercise your green thumb. 


It feels as if the market is saturated with tips and how-to ideas that will make your garden greener. Sustainability has endured internationally to prove it is not a trend, but rather a lifestyle integrating i...

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Being Green Is Eco-logical + Eco-nomical

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Once upon a time… being green conjured up images of unshaven face, soiled shirts, and twig nibbling. Today, sustainability is a streamlined word at the forefront of the economy as well as the environment. Sustainability for small and medium businesses offers an opportunity to cut costs as well as reduce their environmental impact.

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