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3/14/2013
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
6/14/2011
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
2/17/2011
Jessica discusses the many challenges she faced in attempting to choose eco-friendly wedding dresses and suits.
3/1/2010
Money may be tight, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your spring break vacation. Hostelworld.com’s Eco-Friendly hostels offer an affordable option that allows you to maintain green habits even while traveling.
11/26/2013
America's Best Organics introduces American-made gift box.
11/1/2012
Upcycled clothing company Looptwork abandons the traditional clothing-manufacturing model to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories repurposing abandoned materials .
8/14/2009
Jessica begins planning an eco-friendly wedding ceremony and reception. She will be writing about finding green wedding supplies, carbon-conscious wedding food and eco-friendly wedding clothing.
7/24/2012
American weddings can be some of the most extravagant, wasteful events in the world. I’ll post to this blog over the next year as I search for fabric flowers, recycled paper stationery, fabric for my wedding gown and more. Suggestions appreciated!
6/10/2009
Natural Home editorial Intern Samantha Schwartz reveals her top three stylish, eco-friendly suitcases under $200. 
7/2/2009
EcoLogo, North America’s largest environmental standard and certification mark, is initiating standards for eco-friendly pool and spa chemicals.
4/16/2010
Jessica searches for eco-friendly soy wedding candles and offers sources.
7/29/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares resources, tips and essential eco-friendly items for a college dorm room.
6/2/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
11/9/2011
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
7/9/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds runway-inspired eco-clothing for $50 and less.
12/13/2013
Be inspired by these eco-friendly Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are fun, easy, and decorative ways to wrap your holiday gifts this season.
8/1/2014
Discover the true meaning behind ecotourism and how the industry has evolved over the years.
11/12/2012
Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for silk flowers and local music for her eco-friendly wedding.
10/14/2008
Jessica discusses the features eco-readers might like to see on websites.
9/12/2008
Gina gives her dog a chance to try out some eco-friendly pet products from Olive Green Dog.
12/30/2009
Jessica posts the photos of the Adele Wechsler "Flora" sustainable wedding dress she tried on for her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
8/10/2010
Editorial intern Andrea Olsen finds environmentally friendly, recycled-paper notebooks that don’t scrimp on style.
8/5/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz searches for the greenest school supplies.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Sunshine" sustainable wedding gown from her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
11/10/2008
Assistant editor Kim Wallace learns that FSC certification isn't just for green building supplies.
5/21/2008
Jessica discusses her experience as a judge at the Lighting for Tomorrow energy-efficient lighting design competition.
12/18/2009
Jessica discusses her inability to locate eco-friendly bridesmaid dresses made from sustainable materials.
4/29/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Magnolia" sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
1/8/2010
Jessica wears the Puridee Danielle sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
8/3/2010
Green your back to school shopping with Pentel’s Recycology line, featuring pens and pencils made from recycled plastic.
3/30/2010
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Puridee's Rebecca sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Puridee's Sarah sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
4/22/2011
Learn how to make soap from scratch using eco-friendly materials and herbs.
6/10/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz looks for green Father’s Day gifts any dad would love.
6/2/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
6/2/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz helps her family plan an eco-friendly road trip complete with a hybrid car, organic snacks and energy-efficient hotels.
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.
6/13/2011
Chemical antibacterials, including triclosan, are health and environmental hazards. You don't have to bring these nasties into your home. Put hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to work killing germs and disinfect.
7/1/2014
Check out these 6 amazing green apps designed to make the planet a better place.
1/3/2014
Make your home feel like new again with these five home improvement ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
11/27/2013
Add eco-friendly home décor to your space by displaying upcycled art such as vintage fabrics, old t-shirts, magazines and ephemera. Personalize your art with family memorabilia and a unique frame to make a one of a kind eco-friendly creation.
10/26/2012
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's Sierra sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
6/9/2011
Water bottles that are both reusable and self-filtering give people a thirst-quenching drink that is eco-friendly and safe.
5/22/2009
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
12/20/2011
Roux Maison Detergens are now available in Sweet Tea and Ambrosia.
5/4/2010
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
3/13/2009
Stay at an eco-friendly hotel while on vacation.
1/20/2010
Jessica begins anew the hunt for eco-friendly, local wedding flowers.
10/12/2009
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.  
12/13/2011
Imperial Cat has once again expanded its brand of high-quality, eco-friendly cat products to include new holiday themed Scratch 'n Shapes.
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.
1/21/2009
Weigh in as Natural Home collects reader and contributor suggestions on "greening the White House."
4/6/2009
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
3/23/2009
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
10/28/2009
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
6/7/2011
Numi Organic Tea products give more health benefits and less harm to the environment.
7/29/2009
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
6/2/2009
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
7/11/2011
Unearthed Paints, a start-up paint company, aims to change the industry by offering biodegradable, vegan and 100 percent VOC-free paints with full disclosure of ingredients.
7/29/2009
Guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews organic cotton and bamboo luxury blanket company Yumi & Laurie. Find out more details on Yumi & Laurie’s current 50 percent off sale!
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Lea-Ann Belter's Sabrina sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
5/18/2009
Camping is a great way to enjoy nature, but it may not be as eco-friendly as you think. Reevaluate your camping methods. How green are they really?
6/5/2011
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
8/2/2012
After picking out colors and a design theme, guest blogger Erica Binns turns her attention to finding eco-friendly wedding invitations and stationery for her green wedding.
5/6/2008
Jessica hunts for eco-friendly and secondhand items to make her new townhome greener. Greening an apartment or home you don't own can be a challenge, but searching for eco-friendly products is fun.
3/10/2010
Jessica provides resources for biodegradable cups and sustainable bamboo plates for her green outdoor wedding.
2/2/2010
Jessica talks about abandoning conventional wedding traditions in favor of saving money and resources, creating a more sustainable wedding.
5/12/2011
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
10/2/2009
Jessica searches for eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings and explores a variety of sustainable options, including conflict-free diamonds, recycled diamonds, recycled gold, recycled jewelry, alternative wedding rings, Canadian diamonds and cultured diamonds.
8/9/2012
Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for eco-friendly stationery with a hunt for wedding thank-you notes and silk flowers for her green wedding.
1/5/2012
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
5/28/2009
  When choosing summer sunglasses, look for products that are both stylish and environmentally friendly. Eco-conscious companies iWood and Kayu both offer trendy lines of sunglasses made using sustainable materials and methods. These sunglasses also offer 100 percent protection from harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage eyes.
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.
4/20/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
6/9/2011
Find out the best oils to moisturize big, pregnant bellies.
4/4/2011
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its first certification program for bio-based products will make it easier for consumers to identify biodegradable, renewable, recyclable and environmentally safe products.
6/24/2010
Jessica offers a sneak peek of her biodegradable wedding, which featured recycled glassware, handmade decor, recycled paper table runners, biodegradable plates and cups and soy candles.
8/10/2012
Finding adorable and eco-friendly nursery decor is easy! It's narrowing down the options that is the hard part. Check out this sustainable, handmade nursery decor for a healthy, great-looking nursery. 
5/9/2011
Does the huge task of cleaning windows leave you feeling overwhelmed? Follow these six simple steps—using inexpensive materials you already have around the house—to get your windows sparkling and streak-free.
3/22/2011
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
9/15/2009
Stylish furniture typically doesn’t involve discarded trash—but the designs of Studio Jo Meesters do. Studio Jo Meesters introduces “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces,” a fun collection of furniture pieces made from recycled materials that contain just as much panache
12/13/2011
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
5/28/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
7/15/2011
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
5/11/2012
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
9/18/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses the importance of owning a sustainable wardrobe.
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.
4/13/2009
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
6/24/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares her tips for having a green Fourth of July with healthy food and a fun, waste-free atmosphere.
10/27/2009
Instead of buying store-bought and possibly toxic cleaning agents, give these nontoxic homemade cleaners a try.
6/9/2011
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils such as lavender or lemon. Heavenly!
10/25/2010
Check out Vaska Laundry Care's line of environmentally-friendly clothing care products, now available at Target Stores nationwide.
3/5/2009
Get ready for spring! Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares her ideas for organizing her home by repurposing and reusing the stuff she already has, and she invites you to share your spring cleaning ideas with her.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
12/8/2011
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
12/11/2012
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
6/28/2013
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Homemade Household Cleaners resource app. Make your own natural cleaners with this easy guide.
6/7/2011
Highlights from the 'Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies' workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair: How to use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything.
10/8/2008
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
6/27/2011
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils. Heavenly!
3/18/2013
Guest blogger Lorraine Halsted shares a list of toxic chemicals in cleaning products commonly found around the house.
3/14/2013
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
3/28/2011
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
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.
3/31/2011
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
8/13/2010
Sixteen states have banned the sale of dishwasher detergents with high phosphate levels, and the American Cleaning Institute has urged its members to remove them.
11/21/2008
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
12/24/2008
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
12/21/2011
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.
10/1/2009
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
3/25/2010
Spring cleaning in the garden, for the Lemon Verbena Lady, begins by examining some of her favorite herbs. Read on as she shares how she's pacing herself this spring.
6/7/2011
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
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.
3/24/2011
Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they're not necessary. Learn how to clean your entire kitchen using vinegar, baking soda and a little salt and lemon juice. You'll love the results!
8/11/2011
Bio S.I. Technology develops a break-through formula that naturally and effectively cleanses pond water without harm to the environment that thrives in and around it.
2/27/2009
Conventional household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that could have adverse effects on your health. Learn how to mix up your own homemade cleaners with these suggestions from Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence.
10/26/2012
The KangerHanger Pouch Bag from The Green Garmento serves multiple uses, making it the ultimate reusable bag and eliminating the need for plastic dry cleaning bags.
6/10/2011
Tea, salt, vodka, corn starch—even ketchup and mayonnaise—can be used to get your entire house clean. No kidding.
4/18/2011
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
4/26/2011
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
1/25/2010
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
1/12/2011
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious. 
5/30/2013
Overuse of hand sanitizers can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Here’s why you should keep hand sanitizer and endocrine disruptors such as triclosan out of the classroom.
3/27/2012
From a homemade furniture polish to a skin and hair conditioner, olive oil has many uses around the home. Just check out these 15 uses for olive oil! 
9/3/2008
Tea has a whole library of health benefits.  But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.
5/19/2011
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
6/14/2011
When the dining table is laden down with mail, laptops and other clutter, the entire house feels messy. Follow these seven steps to keep your dining table free of detritus. (Set it for dinner right after breakfast, if you have to.)
2/28/2011
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
9/29/2010
Whether you’re just starting out on the green path or looking for more ways to live sustainably, check out Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs, which teaches simple domestic skills to help you lead a DIY life.
3/7/2011
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
4/27/2011
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
12/9/2010
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
8/28/2014
If you use cast-iron cookware, try this indispensable tool—a stainless-steel mesh scrubber.
4/16/2012
Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.
3/16/2012
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
6/16/2011
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
6/26/2012
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
1/26/2012
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
11/29/2011
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
11/1/2011
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.


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