Hello my lovelies,

Today I wanted to chat about something different – one of my Crazy Green Dreams. I have a list of amazing eco-friendly projects that I hope to one day complete or attain, but I call them my “Crazy Green Dreams” because they aren’t exactly in the realm of current possibility (usually either due to lack of adequate time, space, skills, or funding). Some are so far out there that they may never be something that I can feasibly complete…. But a girl can dream can’t she?

The first Crazy Green Dream that I wanted to share with you has to do with home ownership. Personally, I have never been drawn to owning a big home or over-the-top mansion. It mostly likely has to do with the fact that I grew up in a suburb outside of Toronto, where I very quickly learned that more space = more junk. A bigger home with more rooms requires you to fill said rooms with stuff – usually items that you never use and don’t actually need. More space also increases the distance between people living inside the home, encouraging separate lives and a lack of togetherness.

My parents’ house was less than 100 metres away from a publicly accessible conservation area. I spent countless hours outside growing up and exploring what nature had to offer, with regular exposure to true wildlife – a lake, dense forests, a beach (albeit man-made), swamps, and all the amazing creatures that live therein. These experiences led to a strong reverence for nature and the passion I have today for environmentalism, sustainability and respect for the world around us.

During my education, I was introduced to the concepts of ecological footprintsurban sprawl, walkability, green buildings, and low/zero-impact homes. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know about this alternative way of designing communities that seemed to align so much more with my values and the type of life that I envision for myself.

So, when I came across this CBC article about a couple in Quebec that built an entire home out of salvaged materials and shipping containers this past June, I was instantly intrigued. I had already seen a number of online articles and posts discussing the small niche trend of the micro-home movement, where people are downsizing and building tiny homes that make the most out of the space in which they live (often under 500 square feet), but this aspect of re-purposing other materials was a new aspect I hadn’t really considered before.

What I love about shipping container homes is that they challenge us to change our perspective and see things in a new light. It is a wonderful combination of the efficiency of micro-home living and upcycling to keep unwanted materials out of our landfills. It’s very essence runs counter to our society’s “throw-away”, speedy obsolescence mindset and pushes us to change, without sacrificing functionality or depriving people from having a truly comfortable home. It is a practical solution to a real problem. And the cherry on top? They are cheap!  It is not only a better choice environmentally, but it can provide a way for people to avoid the trap of taking on massive amounts of debt and becoming “house poor” – especially for would-be new homeowners like me.

And on top of everything else – they look super cool.

Of course, Keith is always quick to bring up concerns about longevity and re-sale value – especially since buying or building a home is a huge monetary investment. My hope is, though, that a shift towards eco-friendly buildings and micro-homes will slowly become more common and the market will continue to grow. Plus – the best part about dreams is that logistics and money don’t matter!

Would you ever consider living in or buying a shipping container or micro-home?

As I said, I have a few other items on my crazy green dream wish list so let me know if you want to see a series on this topic! I would also love to hear from you if there are any eco-friendly projects or items that make you go starry-eyed! What are your crazy (or maybe more do-able!) green dreams?

See you all next week,

-Courtney xoxo


Source for the featured image in this post – this Ottawa citizen article on another Canadian shipping container home!