BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer has been living and building green for over 35 years. Nan’s emphasis on the BuildDirect blog is about how to make your dollar stretch further, while also moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as upcoming and existing technology to help us live in an ecologically-friendly way. Nan also authors posts on the website of her seed business, sweetly seeds.

bright hemp cloth
  Cotton and synthetic fabrics are not environmentally friendly. There are alternatives with smaller carbon footprints. Here are 3 of them. *** It’s important to consider the environmental impact of the fabrics you use. Energy, water and chemicals to...
dried flowers chrysanthemum
Growing flowers to dry is easy, inexpensive and rewarding. Here are some tips on what to grow and how to dry what you grow later. *** Have you inadvertently left a bouquet of flowers in a vase and forgotten...
glass of water
Water is our planet’s most important resource. Here are some ways to keep water conservation a down-to-earth activity. *** As World Water Day approached on March 22nd, this tidbit came across my desk. I didn’t think much of it,...
butterfly and pink flower
Pollinator populations are in decline. What can we do? Creating a landscape to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Here’s how to start. *** It is no secret that the world’s pollinators are in decline. Monarch butterfly populations are...
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  Inspiration for the 2015 colors come from nature – earth, plants and flowers. What are the colors in question? Read on! *** I am not trendy. I don’t follow the latest incarnation of anything. My one-of-a-kind mother taught...
American flag tomato salad plate
Boomers and Millennials drive the trends, and high tech seriously moves into the food industry. Here are some food trends for 2015 and beyond. *** For several months, food analysts, and restaurant and grocery store owners have been looking...
indoor herb garden window winter
Don’t let snow and 0º temperatures stop you from gardening! It is possible to grow herbs and vegetables inside for yummy, nutritious organic food all winter. The price of produce always shoots up in cold weather, but you can...