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3/14/2011
While giving her small home a deep green retrofit, designer Tracy Parker finds that reclaimed wood flooring is grounding and gorgeous.
10/30/2009
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
8/21/2009
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
5/23/2011
'Green' cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
4/21/2010
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson takes a step-by-step look at her daily activities to see just how environmentally friendly she really is.
5/14/2012
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
2/25/2009
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
7/19/2011
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
2/24/2011
Location near public transportation and walkability are as important as green materials and design in creating a green home, study finds.
5/4/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson discovers the Apple Recycling Program, which is perfect for her aging PowerBook G4 Apple laptop.  
3/4/2009
Brand views her work, process and personal philosophy as the product of a mini ecosystem.
11/8/2011
The Windfall reclaimed wood engineered panels are Douglas Fir and Hemlock Fir raw material harvested from demolition sites in the Pacific Northwest, and given new life as decorative panels for interior design.
7/29/2009
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
2/23/2011
Last year saw the biggest jump in CO2 emissions from power plants ever. Texas, Florida and Ohio lead the pack.
5/23/2011
The $300 House Project challenges student and professional designers to create housing that shelters the poorest of the poor with safety and dignity. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to see their $300 houses built and reproduced.
2/27/2014
Consider the environment when choosing deck materials. Here’s a breakdown of your options.
9/9/2010
Green builder Fred Koch explains his unique strategy for green building in southern California.
10/5/2010
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
2/21/2011
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
2/15/2011
British scientists have found that many pesticides--including those commonly found in food and 16 that were previously considered safe--disrupt male hormones.
7/18/2011
Taking into account production, processing, consumption and disposal, the Environmental Working Group found that if everyone in the U.S. gave up meat or cheese one day a week for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
1/13/2010
For part two in our 2010 Predictions series, Natural Home forecasts warm, vibrant colors and more natural light as the top interior design trends
1/13/2012
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of many other vegetables. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
4/27/2010
The effect on our environment from discarded dry cell batteries can be catastrophic over time, polluting our world’s ground soil and water supply, resulting in health hazards to humans, plants, and animals; switching to rechargeable batteries has vast environmental benefits.
10/28/2009
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
1/13/2012
The health benefits of kale are greater than those of any other vegetable. Kale provides nutrients that fight off sickness and diseases and has a low environmental impact.
12/9/2009
In an effort to inspire others to participate in environmental and social activism, The Timberland Company named Wyclef Jean, a Grammy-award winning musician and humanitarian, one of its seven Earthkeepers Heroes.  
2/9/2011
During national bedbug summit, health experts urge thorough cleaning and heat as the best prevention and cure for the nasty pests.
3/9/2011
While federal regulators fiddle, Wal-Mart bans controversial flame retardants from its shelves. Will more retailers follow suit?
1/18/2011
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
2/2/2011
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
1/6/2011
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
2/15/2011
A man’s room, or “man cave” is a private dwelling that a man can use to hang out with his buddies, watch tv, play games, etc. It can be decorated in a masculine fashion. There are some great natural products for this room. 
11/23/2010
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
3/23/2011
Organic Architect's Eric Corey Freed shows designers what green really means during Dining by Design, a charity event featuring tabletop installations in New York.
3/25/2011
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
6/16/2011
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
7/10/2009
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
11/9/2011
Adding houseplants to your home’s décor is an easy, affordable way to enliven your home.
7/27/2010
Brighten up your bathroom with lively organic cotton shower curtains from Amy Butler, VivaTerra and West Elm. Say goodbye to plain white curtains!
3/10/2008
Blogging about beginner gardening.
4/11/2012
Bored with your headboard? Freshen up your bedroom’s look with one of these DIY headboard ideas.
4/20/2010
Americans are tired of cheap, built-to-fail products made overseas. We want products we can pass down through generations. Slow Consumption, with its call for a return to “heirloom design,” could be our ticket out.
8/27/2010
We can create eco-friendly clothing without producing waste. Find out more about zero-waste design and its effect on the fashion industry.
6/29/2011
Salt glaze pottery, primitive colonial furnishings and pewter bring wabi-sabi into your home—while honoring our American traditions.
8/9/2011
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice’s 2011 Back to School Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies helps parents find safer and affordable school supplies for their children.
6/11/2009
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
9/30/2011
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.  
6/2/2010
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Badger Sunscreen. This natural sunscreen protects from UVA and UVB rays using zinc oxide and an array of organic ingredients.
11/13/2009
Find out who won Project Green Search’s eco-modeling competition.
10/25/2011
Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
6/1/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Lavera Baby and Children Sun Milk.
2/18/2011
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
2/4/2011
While corporate progress toward sustainability may seem agonizingly slow, GreenBiz editors found plenty to cheer about in 2010--and believe 2011 will be a banner year for green initiatives.
6/11/2010
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Purple Prairie Botanicals SunStuff natural sunscreen lotion. SunStuff uses zinc oxide to provide SPF 30 protection against UVA and UVB rays.
7/13/2010
The sunscreens you use may not offer the amount of protection you need.
6/14/2011
The EWG's 2011 Shopper's Guide tells grocery shoppers which produce items are lowest in pesticides, and which are highest.
2/21/2011
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
3/3/2011
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
11/1/2012
In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.
3/2/2011
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
2/7/2011
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
4/7/2011
Terrariums are beautiful in any room setting and they are a great activity to share with children. In honor of Earth Day, build your own!
8/17/2011
Gone are the days when I longed to present my home to guests filled with everything bright, shiny and new. My taste is now an eclectic blend of vintage and new.
1/18/2011
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
2/11/2011
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
1/21/2011
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
5/30/2013
Architect and land planner Helena van Vliet incorporates biophilic design principles into her renovated house to create a home connected to nature.
9/16/2009
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews green home decor from MIO.
4/21/2009
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
6/24/2010
Add a pop of color to a dull decorating scheme with these brightly colored recycled glass vases from Z Gallerie.
7/12/2010
With more than 32 designs to choose from, you’re sure to find an organic cotton throw pillow for your home’s décor from Wabisabi Green’s EcoArt pillow collections.
7/19/2010
Mod Green Pod’s vinyl-free wallpaper is printed on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper using water-based inks and glazes. Check out the 12 funky, colorful designs.
5/30/2012
Individual reactions to color vary, but choosing color for your home’s rooms can have a strong effect on how you feel when you’re in them.
8/4/2009
Finish your walls with clay plaster for a natural look that will last for years.
8/24/2011
Decorating with mirrors is an easy way to increase your home’s natural light, make small rooms feel bigger, and improve your home’s interior without spending a fortune.
1/26/2009
The 2009 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, displayed innovative and beautiful eco-friendly sculptures.
6/16/2010
This week green building author, architect and Natural Home columnist Carol Venolia dispenses advice on green remodeling during workshops sponsored by Design~Build~Live in Austin, Texas.
1/25/2011
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
6/8/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her thoughts on humanitarian organization Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit group which creates sustainable design for communities in need.
6/23/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Yes To Carrots natural sunscreen, which contains 10 percent zinc oxide and is free of parabens, petroleum and SLS.
10/21/2010
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller offers an introduction to the Passive House standard, including what makes Passive Houses energy-efficient and how they differ from passive solar homes.
12/21/2010
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
10/20/2010
Follow along as architect Mark Miller takes his energy-efficient design skills to the next level with the Passive House standard.
3/11/2011
From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, Forbes rates the ten most toxic cities in the United States.
3/30/2011
Forbes releases its list of the least toxic cities in America, from Texas to Pennsylvania.
6/18/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
4/29/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reveals what sunscreen active ingredients are safe and unsafe and recommends resources to find natural sunscreens.
12/9/2009
In accordance with this meeting of world leaders making decisions about climate change, The Timberland Company, has launched its global campaign, “Don’t Tell Us it Can’t Be Done.” The campaign is designed as a public forum encouraging people from all over the globe to participate in environmental activism by challenging government leaders attending the conference to reduce emissions.
7/7/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a convenient natural sunscreen stick from Environmental Working Group-rated company California Baby.
11/4/2010
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller details plans for a National Passive House Alliance in the U.S. and shares the activities of current regional Passive House alliances.
1/3/2011
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
11/18/2010
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller explores high-performance windows, a key element in reaching the Passive House standard.
10/22/2010
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller continues his introduction to the Passive House standard.
11/15/2010
With a little do-it-yourself effort, wooden shutters found at flea markets and antique stores can turn into shelves, room dividers and other home décor.
4/28/2011
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
8/24/2010
Baskets make great storage, helping you to reduce clutter around the house. Add a touch of character and culture to your home’s décor with a fair trade storage basket.
8/3/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the designs for the new Bibliosphere in Germany.
8/3/2010
From August 4 to 6, Plover Organic will discount its non-sale items to 50 percent off. Plover sells organic cotton quilts, duvets, sheets and crib bedding.
5/3/2011
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
5/26/2011
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
1/31/2011
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design. 
9/14/2010
I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the
6/22/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the Marrakesh House, the new sustainable home of filmmaker Chris Paine.
10/5/2009
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
8/10/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the Sprouting Building of Montpellier and its living green facade.
10/6/2011
West Paw Design adds two new patterns to its line of Bumper Beds, filled with a material created from reclaimed plastic soda bottles and turned into a soft, durable fill.
2/8/2011
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
6/1/2011
Alabama Chanin makes sumptuous fabrics from scraps, Mona Hoffman imagines the people she's crafting each lamp for as she makes it, and potter Shiho Kanzaki believes that attitude is everything. These are a few of my favorite wabi-sabi artists.
7/6/2011
Wabi-sabi is sinewy, flecked browns and yellowed greens, the myriad stone and moss shades, a slate-gray cloud’s washed violet underside. Like nature, wabi-sabi paints in multidimensional swatches that are never what they appear to be.
7/13/2007
Jessica Kellner's recent trip to three green conferences in San Francisco yielded some great conversations and fun lessons.
9/24/2009
Patters and personality galore, Plover Organic’s organic cotton bedding and kitchen textiles add just the right amount of spice to your green home decor.
1/7/2011
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller pinpoints areas where unconditioned air could be leaking into or out of homes.
8/13/2009
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
3/9/2012
Although each home is different, these five keys to good entryway design will help you create a personalized, functional space.
4/26/2011
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
2/29/2012
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
8/30/2010
When you are overwhelmed by the big picture or aggressive herbs take over, focus on smaller herbal vignettes.
6/29/2011
Wabi-sabi has infused Western design for centuries—though its advocates rarely knew it. It’s in the plain, efficient homes built by the Shakers, the unsentimental Arts and Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses and midcentury furniture.
11/25/2009
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
7/6/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the successes and failures of the Beddington Zero-Energy Development.
5/7/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Good For You Girls, a new line of natural beauty products specially formulated for teen girls.
7/14/2010
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Johnson’s Natural Head-To-Toe Foaming Baby Wash.
6/17/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment. 
4/27/2009
Transforming Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson’s space started with an empty living room, and now it slowly resembles a livable space with seating. After buying a used love seat and ottoman, she recovers both so they match the room’s theme.
11/22/2010
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
4/20/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
12/23/2010
The Yube modular furniture system makes organizing simple and stylish for every room in the home.
1/24/2011
Keep your storage off the floor and decorate your home using birdcages.
5/13/2011
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
12/7/2010
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
12/5/2012
When seeking out natural flooring materials such as hardwood, bamboo, cork and natural stone for your home, consider the pros and cons of each option.
3/16/2011
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller offers solutions to thermal bridging.
11/30/2010
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
12/13/2010
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
10/29/2010
Get a creative nightstand without spending a lot of money by repurposing thrift store finds and old items around the house into functional but cheap bedside tables.
7/11/2011
The American Institute of Architects' most recent housing trends survey shows housing sizes inching back up again after the first declines in decades. Will people still want smaller houses in better economic times?
5/15/2011
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
4/15/2013
Join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she visits some community gardens in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to get you ready for this year's gardening season.
1/27/2011
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller shares discusses the lack of energy-efficient, insulated doors in the U.S.
5/28/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
3/28/2011
Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.
11/24/2010
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
4/13/2009
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
11/30/2010
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
2/10/2010
Light up the night on Valentine’s Day with eco-friendly soy and beeswax candles. These candles have fewer toxins and less soot, making them a healthier option for a green Valentine’s Day.
5/18/2009
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organization that is supposed to evaluate what’s good for you and not good for you, does not evaluate ingredients in beauty products. If the FDA isn’t going to monitor beauty products, who will? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews two organizations that campaign for safer beauty products.


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