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    Environment

    The Solastalgia Project

    Solastalgia describes the grief felt by those of us who care about human-caused, catastrophic environmental damage. Don’t waste your time arguing with global warming deniers and waiting for politicians to pass clean and renewable energy legislation. It is better to put your energy into changing your lightbulbs or planing a garden.  If building a house is beyond the scope of what you can or want to do, please consider taking some action in your own life. If everyone reading this takes responsibility for one small piece of the planet, your own house and yard, your community and your own lives, together we have the collective power to create the positive change…

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    Recycle Blog

    Our Papercrete Recipe

    When we were researching papercrete, we found many different recipes and mixer-types. After trying various recipies and because we have a clay-based soil on our land, we settled on the following papercrete recipe: 5 parts drained paper mulch 5 parts sifted clay 1 part Portland Cement 1 shake of Borax Soak newspaper and magazines in water for at least 24 hours (the longer the better). Sift dry clay (or other soil) on a screen of 1/4 inch hardware cloth to remove the larger lumps and rocks. After it has soaked in water for at least 48 hours, place the newspaper in mixer, add water and mix well until paper pulp is…