Green/Self-Sustainable Lifestyle Forum Brainstorming thread
Some of you have expressed the interest in having a new section on self-sufficiency and that sort of thing. It's totally in the realm of possibilities, we just need your help as to how we could set it up. Any ideas about sub-sections this forum could be divided up into? Ex: Organic gardening, Alternative building technology, etc.
I think it's a great idea. I know I've got lots of material in many different areas that I've built upon for years, but I am always looking for new info and experiences from others too. Why not add Green issues as well. Golly, if our self sufficiency isn't green, we're doing it all wrong. LOL!
Alternative Energy/power (home or general? not sure..)
-Pro's and con's of different methods
Alternative/Earth friendly transportation
-public transportation, buses, trolly's, sky trains, monorails
-electric vehicles; cars, trucks, personal vehicles (like golf-cart size stuff), mopeds, bicycles, public trans like monorails here?
-man power; walking, biking
-pro's and con's of different used and proposed methods (corn ethonal? is BAD news!!)
Natural medicine/healing and hygiene
-Traditional Chinese Medicine
-Foods, supplements, "super foods"
-natural body care; toothpaste, make-up, soaps, shampoo
-alternative practitioners (low chemical dentist's)
-personal stories of healing
-plants that help/hinder each other (basil + tomatoes)
-what works best in what zone
-how to extend growing seasons
-where to get supplies, seeds etc
-earth friendly building supplies and sources (new homes, renovations)
-How to/do it yourself -clay paint, eg.
-energy efficient appliances
-how to reduce your energy consumption (from solar to thermal curtains)
-reduce your water consumption
-healthy home furnishings
-home health hazards to be aware of?
-post and beam (I don't think this is what it is called but I don't remember the real term )
All about Animals
-Inhumane treatment and how to help stop it
-I think Erica's input here would be best
Pollution and what you can do
-all about plastics
-buy second hand! (resources; freecycle etc)
-clean air (minimize car trips to buying an air purifier)
Make your voice heard!
-Pollution; air, water, earth,
-International practices; fair trade, child labor, pesticides/industrial pollution,
-Land; parks, mines, dams
What an incredible job you've done! I've only looked at it briefly, and I'm not very knowledgeable about Environment, etc. but a couple of ideas came up for alternative building. We could add stackwood and fidobe (fibrous adobe) to your list. Don and I were gonna make a home using these techniques but the project got side-tracked...
Woo-Hoo, you guys! This sub-forum is starting to cook (or uncook rather! )
Alright folks, I put all of our ideas (rothamerica, danny-banany, Carmella & me) in an outline form, much like we did when creating the kids section. It is totally a work in progress, meant to be changed, moved around, added to, and deleted from! (This is why it is brainstorming! )
I tried to think of this in terms of a working board, and tried to think of where would I look to find certain topics. I also tried to condense into section as much as possible. Sometimes too many areas ends up being too confusing! Or, maybe I am just blonde! LOL!
Put your 2-cents in & let's make this section ROCK!!!!
The Green, Self Sustainable Lifestyle Forum
-The Trading Post (Including: DIY, Bartering, Trading, Freecycling, Foraging, Salvaging, Sharing Trades & Skills, Reclaimed Lumber)
-Growing Your Own Organic Food (Including: Composting, All things gardening, Etc.)
Green Energy: From Solar Energy to Radiant Heat, Discuss it Here (Including: Solar & Passive Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Radiant Heat, Hydro Electric)
Green Transportation: From Electric Cars to Biodiesel, Discuss it Here (Including: Electric Cars, Biodiesel/Clean Diesel, Hybrid & Plug-In Hybrids Cars, Man Power & Public Transit)
Green Dwellings: From Straw Bale to Envelope Homes, Discuss it Here (Including: Log Homes, Straw Bale Homes, Abode Homes, Rammed Earth Homes, Cement Homes, Post and Beam/Barn Homes, StackWood Homes, Fidobe (Fibrous Adobe) Homes, Envelope Homes)
Green Households: All things for Living a Greener Life (including: Energy Efficient Appliances, Green Cleaning Options, Healthy Home Furnishings, Home Health Hazards, Greening Your Home Resources, Recycling, Reusing & Reducing Your Footprint)
Green Activism: Being the Change in the World
-Human Rights (Including:Pollution, International Practices, FOOD, Land)
-Animal Rights (Including Intro to Veganism)
-Volunteering Your Time & Community Gatherings
-Green Activism Resources
Holistic Living: A Natural Approach
-Natural Medicine, Healing & Hygiene (Including: Herbs, Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage, Etc.)
-Natural Living for Pets (Including: Food & Diet -Raw, BARF Diet, etc., Health & Grooming)
Green Forum Resources: Books, Magazines, Links, Forums and more
Last edited by Raw Vegan Mama : 07-18-2007 at 05:32 AM.
Reason: Updating Ideas from Erica - Simplifying!!!! & danny