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8/31/2009
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.
1/13/2011
EcoSet consulting company helps Target and other corporations cut down on garbage and carbon during commercial production.
5/22/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson is attending the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies and reporting on rural economic development strategies.
7/2/2009
EcoLogo, North America’s largest environmental standard and certification mark, is initiating standards for eco-friendly pool and spa chemicals.
4/28/2010
The Canadian government’s ecoENERGY program stops giving financial assistance for energy-efficient home improvements.
9/17/2013
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova talks about the advantages of downsizing to a small home as her family moves to Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage.
1/11/2011
Follow along as we journey to Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, where sustainable development, organic agriculture and ecotourism are thriving.
3/2/2011
EcoSmart's new line of natural bed bug repellents can prevent the pests from hitching a ride home with you.
12/11/2008
Herbs might not be the first thing that come to mind when you start considering ways to save money, but they actually can be a great help in cutting costs while boosting health, flavor and the general deliciousness of life.
10/21/2010
Conventional flooring and wallpaper products contain high levels of toxic chemicals, an Ecology Center study finds.
2/14/2014
A local community supported agriculture farm in Midcoast Maine offers a sustainable lifestyle for members of the Belfast Ecovillage.
1/13/2011
Bryan Welch's book, Beautiful and Abundant, provides a framework for understanding and evaluating ecotourism's impact on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
3/3/2009
The economic stimulus package that President Obama signed last month provides $20 billion for investment in a greener economy.
9/23/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson explains the environmental significance of September 25, 2009, which is Earth Overshoot Day.
7/10/2012
In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.
2/8/2011
As world food prices hit a record high, follow these tips for reducing your grocery bill while still eating well.
3/14/2012
The Ecology Center today released new research on toxic chemicals such as lead, arsenic and mercury in low-cost children's and adult jewelry.
5/16/2012
A new study from the Ecology Center found traces of lead, cadmium, BPA, phthalates and hazardous flame retardants in gardening products—and that chemicals in hoses leach into water.
2/3/2011
Concerned about Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops and genetic engineering of our food? Let President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack know.
3/30/2011
As farmers markets open across the country, here are 10 good reasons to get out and support your local farmers. (The freshest seasonal food is just a part of it.)
1/12/2009
That sage (ahem!) advice is from the Wall Street Journal Online, in an article about how small investments in buying seeds can reap large returns in the coming year.
12/16/2008
Third-party certifications are extremely helpful. While you’re out shopping, look for the following logos.
10/6/2008
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace recounts her two weeks without paper towels.
1/26/2009
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.
2/17/2011
Jessica discusses the many challenges she faced in attempting to choose eco-friendly wedding dresses and suits.
10/30/2009
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
8/21/2009
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
4/14/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace confesses her eco-sins.
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.
3/13/2009
Stay at an eco-friendly hotel while on vacation.
6/2/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
7/9/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds runway-inspired eco-clothing for $50 and less.
2/13/2012
Cosentino announces the launch of its new ECO Countertop line of recycled countertops.
11/1/2012
Upcycled clothing company Looptwork abandons the traditional clothing-manufacturing model to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories repurposing abandoned materials .
4/16/2010
Jessica searches for eco-friendly soy wedding candles and offers sources.
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.
1/15/2009
International eco-artist David Trubridge designs furniture, lighting and home accessories that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also environmentally responsible.
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!
12/10/2008
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
8/28/2009
bambu creates modern goods for the kitchen and home, created from renewable materials, including bamboo and cork.
6/10/2009
Natural Home editorial Intern Samantha Schwartz reveals her top three stylish, eco-friendly suitcases under $200. 
11/26/2013
America's Best Organics introduces American-made gift box.
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.
10/23/2009
Handmade from start to finish, Michelle Prosek’s jazzy art glass adds an eco-modern element to any room. Find her unique glass art in her Etsy shop.
7/29/2010
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares resources, tips and essential eco-friendly items for a college dorm room.
10/30/2013
Eco Lips now offers [My] Eco Lips, a website that gives consumers the power to create a custom lip balm exactly the way they want it in just a few simple steps.
4/22/2011
Learn how to make soap from scratch using eco-friendly materials and herbs.
7/11/2013
The United Nations named 2013 the International Year of Quinoa. Celebrate this super grain with Alter Eco's Royal Quinoa line.
12/21/2011
Levaqua’s OneTouch™ Digital Showerheads help consumers conserve water, while simultaneously providing a spa-quality shower experience.
12/16/2011
While other candle companies are still adding synthetic fragrances to their candles and claiming to be natural, Aroma Naturals candles are made from 100 percent pure plant aromas and natural vegetable waxes (VegePure).
11/10/2008
Assistant editor Kim Wallace learns that FSC certification isn't just for green building supplies.
7/21/2008
Natural Home assistant editor reviews Eco-Lips' natural lip balm.
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.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Sunshine" sustainable wedding gown from her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Magnolia" sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
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.
1/8/2010
Jessica wears the Puridee Danielle sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
5/21/2008
Jessica discusses her experience as a judge at the Lighting for Tomorrow energy-efficient lighting design competition.
3/30/2010
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
9/12/2008
Gina gives her dog a chance to try out some eco-friendly pet products from Olive Green Dog.
1/21/2009
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.
1/26/2009
The 2009 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, displayed innovative and beautiful eco-friendly sculptures.
3/23/2009
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.
8/3/2010
Green your back to school shopping with Pentel’s Recycology line, featuring pens and pencils made from recycled plastic.
8/10/2010
Editorial intern Andrea Olsen finds environmentally friendly, recycled-paper notebooks that don’t scrimp on style.
8/17/2009
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews certified-organic fabrics from Harmony Art.
9/16/2009
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews green home decor from MIO.
10/8/2008
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
10/14/2008
Jessica discusses the features eco-readers might like to see on websites.
12/18/2009
Jessica discusses her inability to locate eco-friendly bridesmaid dresses made from sustainable materials.
7/24/2008
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."
4/1/2009
Environmental activist and musician Jack Johnson spreads the importance of taking care of the land through the Curious George soundtrack and his Kokua Foundation. 
3/27/2009
Designer David Stark creates furniture and room accessories from discarded packing materials for West Elm’s newest store.
4/29/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
8/5/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz searches for the greenest school supplies.
7/10/2009
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
11/12/2012
Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for silk flowers and local music for her eco-friendly wedding.
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.
6/2/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
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 helps her family plan an eco-friendly road trip complete with a hybrid car, organic snacks and energy-efficient hotels.
6/7/2011
Numi Organic Tea products give more health benefits and less harm to the environment.
6/9/2011
Water bottles that are both reusable and self-filtering give people a thirst-quenching drink that is eco-friendly and safe.
12/20/2011
Roux Maison Detergens are now available in Sweet Tea and Ambrosia.
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.
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.
1/20/2010
Jessica begins anew the hunt for eco-friendly, local wedding flowers.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's Sierra sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
12/30/2009
Jessica wears Lea-Ann Belter's Sabrina sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
6/5/2011
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
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.
3/23/2009
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
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?
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.  
7/13/2010
Natural Home editorial intern Andrea Olsen demonstrates how to add some feminine details to an outfit by crafting a floral necklace.
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.
10/26/2012
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
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!
10/16/2009
J Clay Pottery features all your favorite foodie items—mugs and plates to bowls and sake sets—in all-natural clay and nature-inspired colors.
9/4/2009
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
9/10/2009
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
8/13/2009
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
9/24/2009
Patters and personality galore, Plover Organic’s organic cotton bedding and kitchen textiles add just the right amount of spice to your green home decor.
11/10/2011
Hammocks and High Tea designer and founder Karen Young describes the creative process and the steps it takes to create a sustainable home decor line.
3/2/2009
Organic Essence now offers lip balms in biodegradable, compostable eco-tubes.
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.
5/4/2010
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
1/21/2009
Weigh in as Natural Home collects reader and contributor suggestions on "greening the White House."
3/14/2013
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
11/13/2009
Find out who won Project Green Search’s eco-modeling competition.
12/9/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson reviews First World Trash’s bags and purses made from recycled materials.
10/28/2009
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
4/6/2009
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
7/29/2009
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
6/2/2009
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
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.
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.
10/2/2009
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.
6/9/2011
Find out the best oils to moisturize big, pregnant bellies.
6/14/2011
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
11/23/2011
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
8/4/2009
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews a natural shampoo from Eco Nature Care.
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. 
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.
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.
4/20/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
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.
6/17/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment. 
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.
2/24/2012
Ditch the toxins in conventional laundry products. Keep your clothes clean with the best natural laundry detergent!
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.
5/19/2010
Jessica explains how she achieved an entirely biodegradable wedding reception with bamboo disposable plates, biodegradable plastic cups and soy candles.
5/11/2012
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
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.
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.
4/13/2009
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
9/18/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses the importance of owning a sustainable wardrobe.
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.
7/15/2011
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
9/19/2013
These six great natural and organic chocolate bars will satisfy your sweet tooth while paying mind to the earth.
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.
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.
12/21/2011
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.


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