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House Hunting is No “Small” Feat

For the past several weeks I’ve been occupied with finding a new place to stay; my lease is up and it’s time to move to the city – exciting, I know.  My roommates and I aren’t looking for anything too fancy, although it’s got to be near a subway station, it needs to be clean, and on-site laundry is a must.  So far, the hunt for housing has been promising, but recently I stumbled across the perfect home: the M-CH.

The M-CH stands for Micro Compact Home – it is an ergonomically designed, 2.2 tonne, solar paneled cube.  It measures 2.6m x 2.6m x 2.6m, and comes with everything I need – shower, toilet, microwave, fridge, stove top, sink, and bed.  With space set aside for a flatscreen TV, and a slide-out table, the M-CH is the perfect bachelor pad.  Check it out for yourself at microcompacthome.com!

In all seriousness, I won’t be moving into a micro compact home anytime soon, although I won’t rule it out for the future – it would especially make a great lakeside pad for summer weekends.  However, I don’t just think the M-CH is cool because of the novelty of the idea, but for several other reasons as well.  I really dig the idea of efficiency, and the compact home is definitely that.  Its solar panels are especially handy in that regard, but imagine how little heating or air conditioning it would require for a space so small? Not very much, as you can imagine.  There are even models of the home that are made to have even lower carbon emissions than the current model.

The environmental friendliness factors aside, the M-CH also forces the inhabitant to do something that is becoming less and less common – take a hike, literally. In a decent sized apartment, condo, or house, it’s harder to feel cramped up – especially with our iPads, laptops, and video games easily at hand.  With such a small space, however, we’re forced to consider: Hmmm, I could probably go for some fresh air right now…   I don’t know about you, but anything that forces me to get some fresh air can not be a bad thing.

So the apartment hunting continues for now, and I cross my fingers I’ll come across a place I even get half as excited for as the micro compact home. Come to think of it though, I’m sure my roommates will be happy about the extra space a normal apartment provides.

-Phil

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Pilot’s Top Four Toxic Troublemakers Tips For Earth Month

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Have you checked out our newest video? It’s jam-packed full of tips on how you can live more environmentally friendly!

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The Lorax

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What’s nicer than a night out at the movies?  It was just me and the guys, out enjoying the good ol’ cinéma…  And, well, while it’s probable that we were the only people in the theatre over the age of 20 not accompanying their young child, it was a free movie coupon well spent.

What movie could attract audiences of such diverse demographics, you say? The answer to that question is The Lorax.  If you’re asking, “what’s a Lorax?” then you probably have never read the book – the Dr. Seuss book – as a child, but that’s okay.

The Lorax, published in 1971, was a tale about capitalism, consumerism, and environmentalism, all wrapped up in a children’s story. In a futuristic town where nature no longer exists, we follow a young boy who encounters a mysterious figure named the “Once-ler” in his quest to find a tree.  The Once-ler recounts his story: as an eager young man he sought to create a product that everyone would want, and in turn began to cut down trees to gather resources. Despite the warning from the Lorax – the creature who speaks for the trees –  the Once-ler continued his work until not a single tree remained in the entire land. All the animals were forced to leave, his factory was shut down, and the Lorax had disappeared. Back in the present, the Once-ler expresses his regret, but offers a glimmer of hope – he gives a single seed to the boy to plant.

While the movie expands upon this simple story, I felt it did a decent job of delivering the message Dr. Seuss intended: that we all live in balance with nature, and that greed can be a dangerous thing.  It’s possible the flashiness of Hollywood storytelling (the numerous songs or chase scenes, for example) may have distracted youngsters a bit from that message, but in any case, it is really nice to see movies out there that are entertaining as well as thought-provoking – for any age.

I think it says a lot for a kids movie when a grown male can leave the theatre thinking critically about what he just saw. One line that really stuck with me, and spoken in good old Seussical style, is: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

How true that line rings — especially in rhyme.

-Phil

Nail Polish for the Chemically Informed


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Like many women I use nail polish. Starting two years ago I made a new years resolution to always have my nails done as a stepping stone to what I consider “beauty”. I love done up nails and have followed through with my resolution ever since. I can’t remember the last time I went out in public with naked nails. Over time I’ve collected more then a few colours and brands.

I’ve always known that nail polish and it’s removers were toxic. When my mother did my nails as a child after removing the nail polish she would stand over me as I washed my hands 5 times to make sure everything was gone. If that wasn’t a tell tale sign the smell definitely would be.

It’s easy to say that it’s just one small thing, but after watch Chemerical it has turned into a huge no-no. The chemicals in our bodies just add up over time. It’s a distressing toss up between health and beauty, but hasn’t this always been a choice with the many beauty products available?

I turned over to one of the new beauty boxes I received from Julep and looked up the company. I was pleasantly surprised to realize they had a firm stance on making toxin free products. Julep Nail polished are all fre from DPT, toluene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. Even the hairspray included in the box says it is paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, all being chemical buzz words.

Although I still doubt nail polish a bit, I definitely will be looking more into toxic free products and companies like Julep. Every little bit counts as I move towards a toxic free me.

-Heather

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