Welcome to Georgia, our eighth Northwest territory reader submission to our Green @ Home giveaway. Jump below for pics and details.
Explain your challenge and/or frustration!: First, I wish the garden strip was wider. We rent so cannot expand the strip. There is room on the stoop but it's filled with ornamental plants - beautiful to behold by us and delicious to the hummingbirds.
Second, I wish I could store the winter rainfall in a cistern for use during the dry summer, especially this summer. The East Bay Municipal Utility District has issued water rationing which affects Berkeley.
Explain your inspiration!: I am fascinated with and inspired by nature-made landscapes like the butterfly habitat garden in a traffic circle in my Berkeley neighborhood (butterflies have been documented using the space - to feed and to reproduce); the ecology park based on southern Ontario plant associations in The Annex neighborhood in Toronto, pictured above; and the vacant house lot in New Haven, Conn. that was transformed into a bird habitat - the Ivy Narrow Bird Preserve - and certified by the National Wildlife Federation. Photos of the latter project can be seen here.
Extra Green Move: Several in fact: (1) Green compost bin in the kitchen; (2) Appliances are unplugged when not in use with the exception of the refrigerator; (3) Indoor trash bins are not lined with bags (plastic or otherwise); (4) Jam jars and Pom juice jars reused as storage or drinking glasses (sadly Pom now packages its juices in plastic); and (5) Most of the time, canvas or multi-use bags are used for groceries. The Chico Bag pictured below was distributed at the 2007 California Releaf urban forestry conference.
Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.
Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects - like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.
In exchange for sharing your green@home ideas, Ecover will reward the first 100 ApartmentTherapy readers, who submit photo/essays demonstrating ways in which their lives are green, with their choice of Ecover Liquid Laundry detergent, Ecover Dishwashing Liquid, or Ecover Glass & Surface spray cleaner. Each of the first 100 will also receive Ecover Heavy Duty hand cleanser.
Raksha Bella will reward one lucky sweepstakes winner with a complete bedding set made from all certiefied Indian organic cottons. The set includes a queen-sized duvet cover, quilt, two pillow cases and two European shams in the winner's choice of three designs. The Classic Collection from Raksha Bella features sumptous textiles in traditional Indian prints, handblocked with lowimpact and vegetable dyes. Choose from the Raj Paisley (available in Indigo or Rum Raisin), Tree of Life (in Canton & Mimosa) or Indian Rose (in Dusty Cedar, Cress Green or Indigo). A retail value of $1,165.00.
HOW TO ENTER:
To enter the Green @ Home Giveaway, please submit below. Submissions will be posted from July 7th to August 1 and winners will be notified by August 8th.
Please, only one submission per person. Duplicate submissions will be discarded.
This is not a contest.
The first 100 posted submissions will receive a gift from Ecover.
The winner of the Raksha Bella Sweepstakes will be randomly drawn from all complete entries (even those that aren't posted).
Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries.
To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. Employees, partners and vendors of Apartment Therapy and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. We will disqualify any entries that we believe are generated by scripts and other automated technology. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected.
All prizes will be awarded. No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that Apartment Therapy reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.