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Elena M. Michel, Msc.


GIY™ is the official Second Eden Studio blog that empowers you to green it yourself! We strive to inspire and enrich your life both at work and home. GIY offers exclusive stories from green collar professionals, sustainability trends, and green building inspirations near and afar.

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Can Dating Be Green?

Posted on June 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (7)


Yes, dating can be green. As a single mom, dating can be somewhat of a chore, bore, snore... and more rhyming words. Below are five sustainability steps to save your time and the planet!

1. Save your time. First, join an online dating site. The club and bar scene is still a viable meeting place, but online dating c...

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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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Keeping Kids Busy in Summer

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The clock in your house is ticking down to summer vacation. If you're like me, you're dreading the inevitable mantra, "I'm bored!" Here is a list of national websites that can guide you to a greener and less boring summer for you and your children:

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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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