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Tiny Green Cabins

Posted by deborahmclaren on February 13, 2010

I ran across Tiny Green Cabins while researching ideas for guest cottages designed to reduce their own carbon footprint (and whoever stays in them). Simple, Small, and Sustainable – that’s their motto. Jim Wilkins, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is inspired by Thoreau. There are even photos of the cabin at Walden Pond and Thoreau quotes scattered throughout his website and blog. It seems he wanted to create something simple and green that could multi-task as everything from a fishing house to a cabin in the woods to an extra room on a house.

Jim Wilkins is devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Right now there are 4 models of tiny cabins built using green attributes with the capability of being mobile, moveable cabins as well as starter cabins. Tiny Green Cabins range in size from 65 square feet to 250 square feet with an appeal to customers that enjoy living green and off the “grid.” They range in price from less than $10,000 for the Mini-sota to $40,000 for a larger cabin with a loft. It doesn’t appear that the cabins have toilets. So that might be an additional issue. Although some come with grey water systems.

TGC offer custom services for those that desire new designs along with products that they can incorporate into the tiny cabins, such as denin/cotton insulation, recycled and reclaimed materials, FSC Certified Pure* SW-COC000669 lumber products, solar panels for power off the grid, homemade soaps, organic products and other earth friendly sustainable products.

Green Attributes of Tiny Green Cabins

• Small is Green
• Locally Produced
• Reduced waste (engineered)
• Chain-of-Custody certified
• Third-party certified low-emitting
• Recycled content
• Water conserving
• Energy conserving
• Durable

These seem perfect for farmers and other land owners that would like to add a small guest house on their land without much hassle or investment. Very cool!

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How to avoid “Black Friday” and get good deals for the holidays

Posted by deborahmclaren on November 26, 2009

Yep… I’m really excited to share some anti-Black Friday tips.

“Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year. Consumerism at it’s ugly peak!

If you are interested in avoiding the consumerism and still “contributing to the economy” and getting some good Christmas deals…. read on!

Totally into avoiding consumerism and still having a good time?

Get all revved up and join Reverend Billy on “Buy Nothing Day!” Fabulous Worships, Actions and Online Apparitions!
Come to Church! Wherein we refute, rebuff, and rebuke the mad-dash junkie rush of holiday shopping sin. In the Twin Cities check out the film “What Would Jesus Buy? Buy Nothing Day Screening!” It even includes footage of the Mall Of America…
Friday, November 27, 2009 10:30am.

Want to go green?

Electronics are big now but not everyone can afford them. So we’re heading out to buy refurbished laptops, ipods, etc. I just bought a ThinkPad and Ipod Shuffle today (Wed) at Reboot in Minneapolis for Black Friday prices. Reboot is the online leader in new life, or previously used, electronics. They reclaim, recycle, refurbish and remarket computers, laptops… I called on Monday and Tuesday to check around town for good prices. I was able to check out Reboot’s best prices and the best discounts and get the managers to let me come in today (day before Thanksgiving) and still receive the discount. Not only did I get a great discount, I got great service (not many folks in the store) and the pick of the best technology they offered. I got the tops and not picked-over merchandise!

Eat Green


Other good deals: Bought a Blue Sky Guide so was able to use my coupons at neighborhood co-ops to save over $35 on Thanksgiving dinner! Plus the Blue Sky Guides were offered as part of a fundraiser for my kid who is raising money to go on an environmental learning project next month. AND, they make great Christmas presents at $20 each!

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