Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz tours green colleges on the East Coast.
Some cruises are creating eco-friendly policies to reduce pollution.
Enjoy beautiful fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stay in a green bed and breakfast, visit the eco-friendly Blue Ridge Parkway Destination and Visitor Center, or indulge in a number of outdoor activities.
Energy-monitoring devices won big at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City.
Last weekend—the second anniversary of the tornado that destroyed the small town of Greensburg, Kansas—residents invited the public to see its progress toward becoming one of the first green towns in the United States. Greensburg homeowners and business owners have rebuilt much of the town with eco-friendly construction materials.
TerraChoice’s annual Sins of Greenwashing study finds that 95 percent of the products claiming to be green have used vague language, unproven claims and false certification labels.
Audi’s “green police” Super Bowl commercial reflects a growing trend in marketing as companies target a more environmentally-conscious audience. But buyer-beware; greenwashing is also on the rise.
This Montana ranch goes beyond the basic amenities of green hotels and offers visitors a carbon neutral, sustainable experience in the Rocky Mountains.
Think going green is difficult, expensive, time-consuming or not worth the effort? Think again as you check out these five myths about going green.
Home energy management, electric cars and solar gadgets take starring roles at consumer electronics industry’s biggest trade show.
The square footage of green roofs—which absorb rainwater, regulate temperatures, save energy and resources and provide valuable habitat—grew by 28.5 percent last year.
I’ve heard that the moment you plunk down a deposit for a vacation or buy yourself a plane ticket, a good chunk of you is already at the beach (or the mountains or the city . . . or wherever).
Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence introduces her new blog, Natural Home Living, and shares everything you need to know about going green. Natural Home Living focuses on answering your green home questions, following green building news and showing you how to save money by going green.
A recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey found that demand for luxury products is waning. In contrast, manufacturers are seeing an increased emphasis on both accessibility/universal design and renewable materials. Essentially, homeowners are shying away from expensive (and usually unnecessary) products that add little actual value to their home, concentrating instead on features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability.
I'm sitting on the deck of my room at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California, on a gorgeous spring day.
Our favorite natural homes of 2010 range in size and grandiosity, from a 280-square-foot mountain cottage to an urban warehouse-cum-artists’-loft. Every one of them can teach us a lot about living green.
As economic turmoil peaks and a staggering number of Americans file for unemployment, Ogden Publications, publisher of Natural Home magazine, is connecting job seekers and green employers through its website Great Green Careers.
Expect to see more modular homes, a boom in the green remodeling business and a ton more “green” products when it comes to green building trends in 2010—and be prepared to ask a lot more questions.
A survey finds that 53 percent of Americans plan to make a green New Year’s resolution in 2010.
Soul singer John Legend has teamed up with environmental group Reverb to make his summer tour eco-friendly.
Put your money where your principals are—supporting eco-conscious living projects. Invest in green companies to make a greater impact on our environment.
Dani Hurst explains how to update your closet with eco-friendly fabrics and offers advice on what to do with your old clothes.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst shows you how to throw a grand green graduation party.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores ways to make your commute a little greener.
The Sierra Club’s top 100 greenest colleges and universities carve a clean energy future—students demand it.
The Federal Trade Commission is creating stricter guidelines for environmental marketing. Could this lead to a crackdown on greenwashing campaigns?
Managing editor Jessica Kellner discussed her early house hunting experience and her hopes to do green remodeling.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
Beyond Green: Towards a Sustainable Art connects environmental needs with social justice practices to show various cultures’, generations’ and societies’ approaches to sustainability.
Dani recounts her first “green” grocery trip, and touts the advantages of going green in small steps.
Natural Home editorial Intern Samantha Schwartz reveals her top three stylish, eco-friendly suitcases under $200.
GreenCircle, an independent, third-party certification system, will evaluate companies’ sustainability claims.
Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts—and reassurance that they're buying green—through GreenDeals.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors endorses mandatory green building codes for all new commercial buildings nationwide.
For an investment of less than $10,000 and about a week of labor, you could have a custom workshop, barn, garden shed or office.
The International Green Construction Code, an International Code Council initiative, released its first set of green building standards today. Standard 189.1 addresses energy efficiency, site sustainability, materials and resources, and more.
For the past year, I’ve been chronicling the progress of a green-built home here in Boulder, Colorado, where I live, via this blog and accompanying videos. Watching the project unfold has been enlightening for many reasons, not least of which is the opportunity to see firsthand many of the cool technologies we read about and hear about. Sometimes that entails a little sacrifice.
The economic stimulus package that President Obama signed last month provides $20 billion for investment in a greener economy.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks forward to good, green building news for 2009.
Need a new lamp? Make it, don’t buy it! Here’s how
With Earth Day afoot, it’s important that the rest of our nation keep a close eye on Chicago’s green initiatives.
Despite the worldwide increase in environmentally friendly lifestyles, the United States still ranks as one of the least eco-friendly consumer societies. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares ways to green your habits.
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Greenpeace report that links major shoe companies to rainforest destruction.
Robyn reflects on the past 10 years of Natural Home and the green building movement.
The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions to its environmental marketing guidelines would make it more difficult for marketers to make false green claims for their products.
Americans continue to believe that green homes make a difference--but they need to be more affordable.
'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.
For the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration began collecting data on greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, the United States saw a record-setting 5.8 percent decline.
Green builder Jim Gooley gutted an Airstream Trailer and renovated it with cork flooring, clay plaster walls, bamboo countertops and other eco-friendly materials.
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains paper giant Kimberly-Clark's new sustainability policy.
The Houstonian and Hilton Americas Houston offer guests luxury and comfort in green-outfitted accommodations. From intensive recycling programs to energy management systems, these hotels help you to stay green while visiting Houston, Texas.
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
Editorial intern Andrea Olsen finds environmentally friendly, recycled-paper notebooks that don’t scrimp on style.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
Dani Hurst provides tips on how to green your morning routine.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz searches for the greenest school supplies.
There’s more to eco-friendly driving than choosing a fuel-efficient or hybrid car. Consider implementing these simple practices to make your driving habits a little bit greener.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
Green your back to school shopping with Pentel’s Recycology line, featuring pens and pencils made from recycled plastic.
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.
The USGBC’s “50 for 50” green schools initiative aims to create a green schools caucus in every state legislature.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
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.
Jessica discusses whether going green is more than just feeling good about the stuff we buy, and chats about the "virtual global marketplace" she uses to help make wise shopping decisions.
The National Products Association releases its natural standards and certification for household cleaners and laundry detergents.
Jessica discusses the idea that the high cost of going green might be just what the movement needs to move into the realm of "the norm."
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
Tradical Hempcrete, a concrete-like substance made from hemp and lime, is used in two Asheville, North Carolina, homes.
It’s easy to cut back on consumption, reuse great fabrics and add style to your rooms when you tackle basic sewing projects.
Think having a green home is out of your price range? Here are some easy, realistic ideas to create an eco-friendly living space that might actually save you money!
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews green home decor from MIO.
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.
Don’t want to waste paper? Opt out of phone book delivery and use the Internet instead.
Chlorine has been linked to skin and eye irritation, and now asthma. Take these steps to help prevent chlorine’s negative effects on the body.
Buying carbon offsets for flying is one way to green your travels.
The Living Building Challenge provides builders with information and a forum for sharing advice in an effort to promote the highest building standards.
PriscillaWoolworth.com makes conscious shopping easier by selling a variety of green household products and fair trade items from around the world.
This morning in my inbox: Orlando Bloom announced at Wednesday night’s Global Green pre-Oscars party that he’s building a green, solar-powered home in London. And an RISMedia report stating that despite the downturn in the general housing market, demand for green homes continues to be a hot trend.
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
Evergreen Institute founder's Missouri home burns; wood furnace is suspected cause.
Remember to look for these key words when buying good, green gifts.
A survey by the Shelton Group, a Tennessee-based advertising firm, reveals why energy-efficient products are flying off the shelves during this tough economic time.
The Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products asks designers and builders to spec materials with lower carbon footprints.
The Boulder, Colorado, green-building program will get a makeover for its second year.
If you still want to do everything you can to make your home healthy—for your family and the planet—take a look at how you clean. Like it or not, we have to clean our homes on a regular basis. Natural Home offers lots of great ideas for making your own healthy, natural cleaning solutions—or look to some of the great green solutions now available at your grocery store.
Salvaged products can be attractive components of a new home. Salvaged materials help save resources and money while adding distinctive features. One source of salvaged materials, Habitat Home Stores, also supports housing development for low-income families.
Find out who won Project Green Search’s eco-modeling competition.
Washing the dishes is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be a burden on your wallet or the planet. Dani dishes about how to green your dishwashing routine.
Stay at an eco-friendly hotel while on vacation.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove shares the lessons she learned building her now completed green home.
Part two of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This time, it’s all about cats.
Part one of Natural Home intern Dani Hurst’s “green pet ownership” series. This one’s for all the dog lovers who want to raise a greener best friend.
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
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.
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.
Make 2010 your healthiest year yet. Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace shares her five green beauty resolutions for a naturally beautiful new year!
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she and her husband, John, are aiming for LEED Platinum-certification for their rural Tennessee farmhouse.
The Greener Gadgets competition in New York called on designers and entrepreneurs from around the country to come up with the greenest electronic gadgets around. From toys to tents, they didn’t disappoint.
Instead of buying store-bought and possibly toxic cleaning agents, give these nontoxic homemade cleaners a try.
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove recounts the unexpected expenses she faced while building her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse. Selove is building her green dream home to LEED Platinum standards.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins outlines ways to build green while keeping a light footprint on the earth.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains the ways in which we are increasingly removed from the deeper rhythms and cycles and flow of our source.
A new report from the Natural Resources Defense council lists 25 national parks at risk from climate change.
Matt Hirschfeld tells you what to do with all that holiday waste to make the season greener.
Hemp can be made into a wide variety of products, including fashionable, functional clothing.
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson takes a step-by-step look at her daily activities to see just how environmentally friendly she really is.
Learning how to be a homesteader and become self-sufficient starts when you're young—long before you realize you’re even learning!
Matt ponders when the line of respect is crossed when critiquing friends' non-green habits.
International eco-artist David Trubridge designs furniture, lighting and home accessories that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also environmentally responsible.
Located near mountains, beaches and the rainforest, Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica offers guests comfort, natural beauty and a host of eco-friendly options that earned the resort a four-leaf rating from the Certification in Sustainable Tourism program.
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!
Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
Location near public transportation and walkability are as important as green materials and design in creating a green home, study finds.
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.
Carrotmob, a project of Virgance, a company that organizes activism campaigns, works to create social change by rewarding green businesses through consumer buying. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about this innovative activism group.
The U.S. Green Building Council's Project of the Year is a small, urban home built for $100 per square foot.
Mindy Pennybacker’s new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, and her website, GreenerPenny.com, offer easy tips for daily green living.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program reached a major milestone this week when it qualified its 1 millionth Energy Star home.
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
Third-party certifications are extremely helpful. While you’re out shopping, look for the following logos.
Chicago and New York City vie to be the first to pass a green food resolution.
BuildingGreen.com founder and Environmental Building News editor Alex Wilson wins Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing.
Guy and Kay Baker and their three sons spent five years building a small weekend cabin in Alabama from scraps and salvage. When the 1,100-square feet house was complete, they loved it so much they made it their permanent home.
This year readers were concerned about bedbugs and greenwashing, and everyone wants to know more about smaller homes.
Reacting against the built-for-resale mentality that's destroying our modern homes' liveability, Slow Home Studio offers a path to a more satisfying home.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how the new energy and climate legislation that creates opportunities in green building.
A new Environmental Protection Agency website helps homeowners and renters decrease their energy consumption and cut carbon emissions.
Don’t have the space (or the nerve) to tackle a full-scale garden? Never fear! This gardening rookie finds that a container garden can yield a harvest to rival any in-ground plot.
Don’t let winter get you down! Look ahead to warmer months and find some garden inspiration with these beautiful garden images.
Anyone who has ever grown garlic knows how delicious the green tops are in spring salads and perhaps have even tossed a handful into a soup stock. With their heady garlic scent and bright green goodness, these edible green grasses are just the thing for winter weary palates.
This champagne poached pears recipe can be served for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Finding the key to a strong immune system is as easy as visiting the produce section of your local grocery store.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares five laundry tips (including a homemade natural fabric softener) for cling- and chemical-free clothing.
Check out these 6 amazing green apps designed to make the planet a better place.
This is the first of a series of blogs about construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home on an organic farm in middle Tennessee.
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the successes and failures of the Beddington Zero-Energy Development.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins explains why the first step in green building should be "don't build."
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the designs for the new Bibliosphere in Germany.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the Marrakesh House, the new sustainable home of filmmaker Chris Paine.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the Sprouting Building of Montpellier and its living green facade.
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
From Colorado to California, these green ski resorts are some of the most environmentally focused ski resorts in the U.S.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares tips for greening your summer charcoal barbecue parties.
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?
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Going green on your lunch break is an easy way to show Mother Nature you really care. Dani delves into the art of greening your afternoon eats.
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
Jessica talks about her recent trip to the Washington D.C. Green Festival and other locations the Natural Home crew will be visiting this fall and winter.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
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!
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.
Take care of yourself with our picks for natural personal care products.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
Weigh in as Natural Home collects reader and contributor suggestions on "greening the White House."
BuildingGreen’s 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products list includes a low-flow toilet, composite decking, a high-performing wall system and other products that conserve energy and resources.
These five apps for modern gardeners are designed to help you get the best out of your cultivated garden.
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
When it comes time to choose what decking material to use for your next outdoor living project, consider wood composite decks that save old growth trees by utilizing recycled content.
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
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.
No cash and no space? No problem. With attractive treasures that serve as extra storage, you can decorate a funky and functional space. Natural Home guest blogger Julie Collins shows you how.
Adding art to your walls doesn’t have to cost a fortune, particularly with these environmentally friendly options that involve reusing old frames and supporting local artists. See for yourself with a peek at the Green Rookie’s recent art finds.
Consider these environment-friendly tips when remodeling your home.
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.
Choice Organic Teas is adding four new varieties to its Original line of teas: Premium Korean Green, Decaffeinated Green, Masala Chai and Rooibos Chai.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove narrows down her choices of Energy Star-rated appliances for her LEED-certified home in Tennessee.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she chose Southern Forest Initiative-certified wood for the framing lumber of her sustainable Tennessee home that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove considers rainwater cistern options for harvesting rainwater at her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED standards.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses the importance of owning a sustainable wardrobe.
Guest blogger Jenn Leonard shares her experience with natural lawn nutrition service, Bio Green.
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.
Relieve the worst common cold symptoms with this natural drink.
Need a quick way to clean your mouth at the office? Drink a cup of green tea. Studies have shown that green tea fights bacteria in your mouth that might be causing bad breath or gum disease.
B Corps are serious about using business to make the world a better place. Look for the B Corp logo to ensure you're purchasing from a company that cares.
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
Gina takes her first step into sustainable living.
Follow a young greenie through the Hawaiian practice of malama ka `aina and create a craft that honors this way of life.
Keep your home cool without air conditioning! Try these five ways to lower your home’s temperature—and utiliy bills—naturally.
Panasonic Everleds offer new energy-efficient lighting that lasts almost two decades with regular use.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley finds healthy road trip snacks.
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins comments on the relationships of our family and community and natural world.
The 2009 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, displayed innovative and beautiful eco-friendly sculptures.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes one last look at the soon-to-be-demolished Nakagin Capsule Tower.
Follow the green roots of Thanksgiving from origin to contemporary culture.
Staycations, a vacation taken at home or in-town, are a smart way to save money, reduce travel emissions and support your local economy. Follow these tips for a great staycation!
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares some natural treatments you can use to care for your sunburn this summer.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares a variety of organic beers and tips on how to green your beer drinking.
Editorial intern Amanda Thompson is heading to Egypt after college graduation, and discusses ways to make her trip an Earthy-friendly one.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren offers tips on how to take eco-friendly car trips
Designer David Stark creates furniture and room accessories from discarded packing materials for West Elm’s newest store.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
Guest blogger Tracy Herz juggles greenspeak 101 while considering what products and certifications she will use in her West Virginia condo remodel.
Our friends at Mountain Rose Herbs have been named the 2008 Green Business of the Year in Coop America’s People’s Choice competition. We offer them our heartiest congratulations.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
Green artist Yuken Teruya uses shopping bags, empty toilet paper rolls, old to-go bags and discarded pizza boxes as a canvas for his beautiful and insightful art.
Environmental activist and musician Jack Johnson spreads the importance of taking care of the land through the Curious George soundtrack and his Kokua Foundation.
La Chanh Nguyen's eco-friendly designs are changing the function common household items. Her process is simple; she deconstructs an object and recreates it with a green purpose and function.
Gina gives her dog a chance to try out some eco-friendly pet products from Olive Green Dog.
Green builder Fred Koch explains his unique strategy for green building in southern California.
Exercising is good for you—but what about for the environment? Getting your workout fix outdoors, using retrofitted or energy-efficient machines and buying sustainable workout gear will lessen your carbon footprint by pounds of CO2 a day.
A new study has found that biodegradable plastic's rapid rate of decomposition could cause the release of methane, a greenhouse gas. The study's authors suggest that petroleum-based products might be preferable. We need better alternatives than that.
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.
A ForestEthics report calls out the American Forest and Paper Association-backed Sustainable Forestry Initiative label for not protecting forests.
The GoodGuide, a website and iPhone application, offers consumers comprehensive reviews of the health, environmental and social impacts of more than 75,000 products.
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest natural shampoo from luxurious beauty company Caudalie.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace gets help from a kindergartner in reviewing a new green children's book from Scholastic.
It's easy to lead an eco-friendly lifestyle at home. But what about when you're traveling for work or play? Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace goes into detail about her stay at an eco-friendly hotel in San Francisco.
Jessica discusses the features eco-readers might like to see on websites.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
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.
Garden Girl’s Zippity Do Dah Peppermint Foot Cream packs a light punch when it comes to refreshing and invigorating your feet.
Don't know what to do to be greener in 2009? Here's a few things Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace will be committing or recommitting herself to for the next calendar year.
Greg Franta’s work on climate change and the built environment, as reflected in his book Cooling the Warming, is at the core of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Reinventing Fire initiative.
Last weekend more than 12,000 people flocked to Washington, D.C., for a three day demonstration to demand the creation of green jobs, cuts in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and less dependence on fossil fuels.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence finds a company that upcycles old yoga mats. Recycle Your Mat, a company founded by yogini Stephanie Stano in 2008 gives yoga mats a second life as an upcycled or recycled product.
For part three of our 2010 Predictions series, the experts predict that consumers will demand—and create—healthier, more efficient homes. Cool by us.
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
JWTIntelligence predicts big green changes in the coming year (including tube-free toilet paper).
Nearly 20 years ago, Robert Laporte began experimenting with building a house using straw and Iowa's excellent clay. In the process, he discovered what makes a home's soul.
To build Finca Exotica, a sustainable resort on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, the owners took advantage of plentiful native bamboo, kept the footprint small and let buildings unfold organically.
Researchers at the University of Bath are all set to test the efficiency of the HemPod, a building made from a hemp-lime composite.
Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, according to a recent American Institute of Architects report.Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, says an American Institute of Architects report.
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.
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.
Learn more about La Plaza Cultural community garden in New York City; create a recycled garden at home.
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
Consider these three ideas before you kill the dandelions in your garden.
Once you plant your container garden, the recipe to a happy garden involves water, sunlight, nutrients, pest control—and passion, of course.
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!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull details her lack of motivation to jump-start her garden this spring, as well as a few things to help with inspiration!
If you find yourself with a bag that seems to swallow up all of your things, consider adding snap-in coin purses to help you organize.
When stacks of mail, cards and school pictures start taking over your kitchen table or refrigerator, wage war with this project to keep it all organized and unclutter your life.
Tips and techniques for proper burning and storage of beeswax candles
Hang used fabric on your walls instead of paint or wallpaper.
Architect and land planner Helena van Vliet incorporates biophilic design principles into her renovated house to create a home connected to nature.
Solar energy use continues to climb by 20 percent every year. Learn more about this amazing clean energy by checking out these 10 fun facts about solar energy.
To lead a healthier lifestyle, green your home with these nine cost-effective solutions.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
Use these eco-friendly tools to clean up your cleaning routine.
If you are looking for simple ways to turn your home into a healthy oasis, look no further. Green living expert Christa O’Leary shares the two most important ways you can create lasting habits of change.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
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.
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.
If the heat is getting you down—and out of your comfortable sleeping—take your bedroom outside and let Mother Nature cool you while you slumber.
Learn how to make homemade yogurt with this seasonal yogurt recipe.
Leafy spring greens add lively color and substance to this vegan stuffed shells recipe.
Take advantage of farmers market finds this spring and pick up a rack of lamb for these Garlic-Rosemary Lamb Chops.
This tomato soup recipe packed with Italian tomatoes is perfect any time of the year.
Try this Green Smoothie recipe for a yummy, energizing drink packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
Superior Walls foundations systems are resource efficient, using up to 70 percent less concrete in a new home than conventional foundations.
Gone Studio, a design company offering post-petroleum products for the home and office, launches Greensleeve, its 100-percent petroleum-free iPad case made with zero-energy manufacturing.
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.
The PopUp House from House Port, Inc. embodies the definition of model green home as it utilizes sustainable methods, not only within the structure of the dwelling, but also within the interior of the home.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull tries her hand at making gnocchi.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains how Phoenix, Arizona, made green travel easier with its light rail system.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz looks for green Father’s Day gifts any dad would love.
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.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove picks natural, native sandstone to use in her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
Made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled steel, based on Prius engineering, with a gray water system and a living roof, this Mojave Desert residence and workplace is a prototype for low-cost prefab kit houses everywhere.
If you can’t build your dream garden just yet, container gardening is a great alternative. Check out these tips for homemade fertilizer and soil retention, and learn how to repurpose common plastic containers into handy individual gardens.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
Go green in the bedroom with these simple ideas for creating an affordable eco-friendly haven.
The recipe for a well-lit room involves combining energy-efficient bulbs with stylish, sustainable light fixtures.
Stuck indoors? Brighten up a rainy summer day with these fun, green activities.
If you’re looking for a healthy and eco-friendly dog shampoo that smells great, then look no further than Olive Bubble + Squeak Herbal Dog Shampoo. This shampoo is USDA approved organic, 100 percent biodegradable and bottled in recyclable plastic.
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.
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.
Washington, D.C., Nevada and New Mexico see the most LEED-certified green building per capita in 2010.
In this third part of our guest blogger's purslane plant profile, she shares three delicious purslane-infused recipes, including a purslane pesto, a wild-greens salad and a summer soup.
Grow leafy greens and herbs indoors this winter for year-round fresh, inexpensive and organic food.
Besides composting, eggshells have many great uses both in the garden and in the home. Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull details how to reuse eggshells.
There are several herbs that will increase your energy and help you burn more calories.
Learn how green tea can help make aging and wellness go hand-in-hand.
Mother Earth offers many natural energizers that wake you up without compromising your health.
Aloe vera isn’t the only herbal remedy for burn relief. Many herbs can help protect skin and soothe it after a burn. Here are our four favorites.
A new study from the University of Washing found that scented products—including those labeled as organic, natural and green—release toxic chemicals that can harm our health.
A new report by the Environmental Working Group urges people to eat less meat and cheese to help reduce greenhouse gases.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
The natural world has many treatments for the cold and flu—and some of them might surprise you. Elderberry, Echinacea, green tea, oregano and garlic are my favorite natural remedies for treating and preventing illness.
Check out this list of herbsl supplements that can interact negatively with heart medications.
Treat your skin with plants from your backyard!
This school year pack a healthy lunch with zero waste!
Show your love for your sweetie and the earth this Valentine’s Day with these eco-friendly ideas.
Rid your home of pesky fruit flies with this simple, nontoxic, homemade fruit fly trap.
Get inspired with these 10 New Year’s Resolutions you can make to help yourself, humanity, and the planet.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares resources, tips and essential eco-friendly items for a college dorm room.
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.
Look at your closet, and your shopping, in a whole new way. Repurpose items you already have, making a dress out of a shirt or a handbag out of men’s ties.
Looking for a healthful beverage? Try these new blends from Choice Organic Teas.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz bakes her first batch of organic cupcakes from scratch.
Brand views her work, process and personal philosophy as the product of a mini ecosystem.
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
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.
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.
Go ahead, play outside. These tips will keep you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing. Surprise your pup with these easy and delicious homemade frozen treats to keep him cool in the heat.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson reviews First World Trash’s bags and purses made from recycled materials.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
Learn how to naturally color Easter eggs with guest blogger KyLynn Hull's notes on using food dyes.
Whip up this delicious vegetable-based soup tonight. You'll never miss the chicken.
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.
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
The U.S. Green Building Council singles out the Forest Stewardship Council as the only trusted wood certifier.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural shampoo from EO.
The U.S. Green Building Council may revise its LEED rating system standards, which currently award points only to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
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?
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
Existing homes that are certified as “green” sold for 30 percent more than homes without such a designation, according to an analysis of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region released today by Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource. Newly constructed homes with a sustainability certification sold for 8 percent more than non-certified homes.
This result continues a four-year trend in which new homes with third-party certification for sustainable construction and energy performance have consistently sold for more than newly constructed homes that had not been certified. The term 'certified home' includes homes that received an Earth Advantage New Homes, ENERGY STAR, or a LEED for Homes designation, or a combined Earth Advantage/ENERGY STAR certification.
Happy New Year! This year I’m happily going to my friends’ house to ring it in. If you’re hosting the New Year’s Eve party this year, start 2010 out right by keeping it green.
Tell America's largest chocolate company that slave labor and Valentine's Day chocolate don't mix.
As Passive House Institute standards up the ante, USA Today’s "Best Green Homes of 2010" list reflects Americans’ desire for affordability, efficiency and style.
Jessica provides resources for biodegradable cups and sustainable bamboo plates for her green outdoor wedding.
Jessica begins anew the hunt for eco-friendly, local wedding flowers.
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
For less than the cost of an SUV, a Michigan couple rehabbed their historic home to include solar panels and a geothermal system. The 110-year-old house now produces more energy than it needs.
Jessica Kellner's recent trip to three green conferences in San Francisco yielded some great conversations and fun lessons.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
A handful of cities has implemented a new service that lets residents stop junk mail. If your city isn't one of them, you have options to keep wasteful, unwanted solicitations and catalogs out of your mailbox.
Jessica invites readers to visit her at the upcoming Green Festival in Seattle and the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
The original weeHouse prefabricated kit house is 435 efficiently designed square feet and comes with everything you need to live well. Need more space? You can snap together two or more of the modules to satisfy your needs.
The weather outside is frightful, and feeding birds is so delightful. All it takes to make one of these great bird feeders is a dip in the recycling bin, bird seed and a little creativity.
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!
Our experts share some of their favorite natural cleaning finds.
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
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
Finding used art can brighten your garden without emptying your pocketbook.
A spontaneous idea to erect a "spring tree" brings together a neighborhood and community.
Recycle old kegs into beautiful, functional garden planters—guest blogger KyLynn Hull shows you how!
A pillowcase and foam board are all you need for a simple, cheap and environmentally friendly way to organize notes and lists in this project.
Rescue old windows and recycle them into beautiful light fixtures.
Got kitchen clutter? Turn a picture frame into a beautiful, useful storage solution.
Wet and windy conditions haven't kept our guest blogger Cynthia out of her herb garden. See how her plants are thriving despite the spring Texas weather.
Hanging baskets on your walls helps to create storage and still offer decorative design in your home.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison explores creative storage solutions to declutter her small space.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
Keep your home clean and your family healthy with these easy tips.
Make your home feel like new again with these five home improvement ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Give winter sowing a try to chase away winter doldrums. Here is a step-by-step guide.
Thrift store finds have limitless uses if you look beyond their original purpose.
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
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.
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!
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Building a deck can be a challenge, but building with being “green” in mind can be an even bigger challenge. Learn what to look for and what questions and considerations to have when researching and selecting the best green building materials for a deck.
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes the top projects, developers and home builders participating in its LEED program for 2011.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with this chili chocolate pots de crème recipe with salted caramel sauce.
The Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eater's Guide ranks different animal and plant protein sources on their greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental impact.
This smoothie recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of spinach.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her likes and dislikes of homemade pizza and some of her favorite pizza parlors in the Seattle area.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull goes without meat for a month. Try her meatless recipes!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explores a new concept in farmer's markets—a floating farmer's market in Seattle's South Lake Union area.
Try one of these three simple but tasty homemade salad dressings the next time you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch or dinner.
Guest blogger KyLynn shares a step-by-step photo gallery of how to clean razor clams.
Mayonnaise is a sandwich staple that you can easily make at home. It takes just minutes to make and you can experiment with new and exciting flavor combinations.
Celebrate the end of eggplant season with a plate of homemade baba ganoush. Follow this simple recipe and you’ll be on your way to a yummy appetizer or a scrumptious side dish.
Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull kicks off soup season with this simple carrot soup recipe.
Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull reviews her seafood past along with a couple shellfish recipe from her Pacific Northwest family.
Heavy cream and sherry lend this simple mushroom soup a sophisticated flavor. Enjoy this recipe, courtesy guest blogger KyLynn Hull.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares a vegetable juice recipe.
Crispy Green Crispy Fruit are made from 100-percent freeze-dried fruit with no additives or preservatives and are full of delicious fresh fruit taste. FruitziO snacks combine the wholesomeness of fresh fruit with a pinch of cane sugar.
Guest blogger Dani Hurst shares recipes for homemade salsa and vegetable dips.
Natural Home guest blogger John Patrick explains why he and his wife, guest blogger Rebecca Selove, designed their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse for passive solar gain and a 5.17-kilowatt photovoltaic system. John and Rebecca are building their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse home to LEED Platinum standards.
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to use more green products, check out Twist’s line of amazing sponges. Not only are they biodegradable, but they’re also free of dyes and made from all-natural, plant-based materials.
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.
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.
These superfoods may prevent degenerative diseases. Check how green tea and blueberries can help fight Alzheimer's disease.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.
Fight computer eyestrain with herbs and minerals that naturally improve vision and fight age-related macular degeneration.
Weeds may be a pain to pull, but some weeds are edible—and good for your health! Try eating purslane. This weed is full of healthy vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
New research suggests lowering blood pressure may be as easy as eating foods with isoflavones.
The root of the blue evergreen hydrangea may aid in the treatment of autoimmune disorders.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
Save money and energy by ditching the dryer and air drying your clothes instead.
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment.
Now that fall is upon us, try your hand at picking your own apples at a local orchard. Buying local produce is an important step towards greening your life, and picking your own right off the tree is a fun way to do that.
Get inspired by these tips and make something useful out of your used glass instead of just recycling it. From wine bottles to baby food jars, you’ll find a repurposing project that suits your recycling bin.
Buck’s Biscuits Gourmet Dog Treats are made with organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, making them the perfect, all-natural dog treat for your furry friend.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews another natural shampoo in her natural shampoo series: Yes To Tomatoes Tempting Tomato Volumizing Shampoo.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
Slough off dead winter skin with homemade skin scrubs. Try one of these recipes that use ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
You don't have to spend a fortune and buy nasty chemicals to run your dishwasher. Whip up powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent in minutes--and don't forget to add essential oil. You'll get a dose of aromatherapy while your dishes get clean.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
Tame frizz with this botanical-rich leave-in conditioning mist from John Masters Organics.
When caring for your hair with conventional beauty products is not enough, supplement your hair care with these five fabulous herbs for healthy hair.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
Ken Ruck wants to build a fully self-sustaining earthship on New York's Lower East Side.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
Turn a boring wall into a vertical garden with The Woolly Wally Pocket. Made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, this hanging planter is the answer for anyone looking for a unique and eco-friendly planter for container gardening.
My baby chicken, Blondie, is growing up to become quite the obedient bird and developing quite the personality.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains the different types of manure available for your green garden.
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.
Keep your storage off the floor and decorate your home using birdcages.
Mexican mint marigold, green pepper basil and lemon eucalyptus are just a few of the herbs in Cynthia's herb garden showing new signs of growth this spring.
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares how food affects her culture and family.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her love for beets and explains how to can and pickle beets so they can be enjoyed year-round.
Choice Organic Tea has three new flavors that will wow your taste buds and help you beat the summertime heat.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a rich and hearty recipe for potato-vegetable soup.
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
Instead of eating it all now, learn how to pickle asparagus with this easy Spicy Pickled Asparagus recipe and save some for later in the season! Your future self will thank you.
Natural Home guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares her grandmother's rhubarb pie recipe.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull finally discovers the beauty of smoothies—and shares four recipes for homemade concoctions!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a creative project to display favorite old family recipes with pictures the people who made them.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for homemade French Onion soup, a classic favorite.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a recipe for Sausage Vegetable Stew, a recreation of a soup she enjoyed at In the Red Wine Bar and Cafe in Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood.
LittleFootprint Lighting has announced the availability of its high quality, high performance HeronLED Personal Task Light for corporate and home office environments.
Tackle chronic inflammation with anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia and more.
Discover 10 natural remedies for allergies from author Michelle Schoffro Cook to make the spring allergy season more tolerable.
When your muscles are aching and your bones aren't moving, spice up your life by adding a little more spice to your meals with these herbs for inflammation. It may just be what Mother Nature ordered.
For a natural cleanse, try detox herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric and more.
Eating a proper diet will help your body get rid of excess estrogen, the culprit behind PMS symptoms. Prevent cramps, bloating, fatigue and mood swings by incorporating these five foods into your diet.
A healthy diet plays an important role in healing a peptic ulcer. Try these five foods to relieve pain and naturally treat an ulcer.
Making your own baby food not only saves you money but allows you control over what's in your baby's food. Get started—and find out just how easy it is—with these homemade baby food recipes.
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
Whether you’re searching for unique gifts for loved ones or just need a little snow day entertainment, look no further than a bottle cutting kit. It may sound complicated, but a little patience and a steady hand are all it takes to master this useful art.
If you’re looking for that perfect reusable bottle, check out ALEX. Not only is this water bottle BPA-free and made from premium grade 304 stainless steel, but it also twists apart in the middle, making clean-up a cinch.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares money-saving secrets learned from years of shopping secondhand.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
Natural Home beauty blogger Kim Wallace reviews Kaylala’s No. 7 Afterglow Rejuvenating Serum, which is made from moisturizing ingredients such as emu oil, organinc evening primrose oil, vitamin E and jojoba oil.
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.
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Give yourself a little extra reason to treasure your time in the garden by perusing the gardening articles from our March/April 2013 issue. We teach you how to have your earliest spring garden, give you tips on reducing your gardening resources, show you an unexpected source of nutrition, and much more!
If you’re looking for a unique container gardening experience, look no further than growbottles from Potting Shed Creations. These self-watering planters are made in the USA from reclaimed restaurant wine bottles, and they’re as sustainable as they are stylish.
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
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.
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.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
For a quick (and inexpensive) burst of color, nothing beats painting the walls. Here’s why it’s worthwhile to make the paint you use low-VOC.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares an inexpensive and easy recipe for yellow pea soup, a low-fat but tasty vegetarian soup.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz plans for healthy eating in the Grinnell College dining hall.
Cool weather means it’s time to cozy up with a bowl of homemade soup. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her favorite soup recipes—and why she loves soup so much.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares a simple and tasty recipe for hearty mushroom and leek soup.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
Try these five editor-recommended picks for quick-fix foods.
Aroma Naturals is thrilled to introduce its new Butterx Lip Care line of all-natural lip balms packed with nourishing antioxidants, moisturizing nutrients and other natural ingredients.
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.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
Herbal remedies often work as well as traditional medications, but when it comes to your heart, don't combine the two. If you're taking heart medication, avoid these 13 herbal remedies.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares more about her experience at the 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show, a popular flower show in the United Kingdom. Here she discusses which of the Chelsea Flower Show gardens were her favorites.
Climb on board Chicago’s First Lady for an in depth lesson on the city’s stunning architecture as you sail the Chicago River during the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
An overview on how the IPad and new apps relating to home automation can help you save energy through better control of heating and cooling, lights, window coverings, irrigation and security systems. The leading systems providers each have IPad apps
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.