eco-friendly gifts for men
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz looks for green Father’s Day gifts any dad would love.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
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.
September ... long month, no? The election frenzy is roiling; the DOW keeps tanking as the $700 billion bailout plan goes to vote in Washington; banks are scared to lend each other money, causing over-leveraged companies to hit a brick wall; the President is on TV telling us that, indeed, there are problems afoot.
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.
Jessica discusses the many challenges she faced in attempting to choose eco-friendly wedding dresses and suits.
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.
Jessica expounds on the concept of "Cures in Your Cupboard" from the September/October 2011 issue with a few additional natural remedies for anxiety, general wellness, headache and menstruation/menopause.
Upcycled clothing company Looptwork abandons the traditional clothing-manufacturing model to create eco-friendly clothing and accessories repurposing abandoned materials .
Jessica searches for eco-friendly soy wedding candles and offers sources.
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.
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!
EcoLogo, North America’s largest environmental standard and certification mark, is initiating standards for eco-friendly pool and spa chemicals.
Natural Home editorial Intern Samantha Schwartz reveals her top three stylish, eco-friendly suitcases under $200.
America's Best Organics introduces American-made gift box.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz shares resources, tips and essential eco-friendly items for a college dorm room.
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds runway-inspired eco-clothing for $50 and less.
Learn how to make soap from scratch using eco-friendly materials and herbs.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace learns that FSC certification isn't just for green building supplies.
Jessica posts the photos of the Adele Wechsler "Flora" sustainable wedding dress she tried on for her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Sunshine" sustainable wedding gown from her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's "Magnolia" sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Puridee's Rebecca sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Puridee's Sarah sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears the Puridee Danielle sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica discusses her experience as a judge at the Lighting for Tomorrow energy-efficient lighting design competition.
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
Gina gives her dog a chance to try out some eco-friendly pet products from Olive Green Dog.
Green your back to school shopping with Pentel’s Recycology line, featuring pens and pencils made from recycled plastic.
Editorial intern Andrea Olsen finds environmentally friendly, recycled-paper notebooks that don’t scrimp on style.
Jessica discusses the features eco-readers might like to see on websites.
Jessica discusses her inability to locate eco-friendly bridesmaid dresses made from sustainable materials.
Natural Home editorial intern Dani Hurst provides tips on how to be a greener cook.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz searches for the greenest school supplies.
Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for silk flowers and local music for her eco-friendly wedding.
Natural Home editorial intern Ross Stewart reviews the best new natural, nontoxic men’s shaving products. Find out which natural shaving creams, aftershaves, soaps, shave brushes and razors are the best.
At 92, Lane Furneaux has been working for more than 30 years to educate the people of Dallas on the culinary and health benefits of herbs.
Bonded Logic, Inc., a leading manufacturer of insulation products, announced that Menards, a home improvement chain in the Midwest, will carry UltraTouch Denim Insulation.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
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.
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
Peppermint, one of the most widely known mints in North America, can be distilled to extract its essential oil. Use this oil to soothe indigestion, sore throats and much more.
Numi Organic Tea products give more health benefits and less harm to the environment.
Water bottles that are both reusable and self-filtering give people a thirst-quenching drink that is eco-friendly and safe.
Roux Maison Detergens are now available in Sweet Tea and Ambrosia.
Imperial Cat has once again expanded its brand of high-quality, eco-friendly cat products to include new holiday themed Scratch 'n Shapes.
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.
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.
Jessica begins anew the hunt for eco-friendly, local wedding flowers.
Jessica wears Adele Wechsler's Sierra sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica wears Lea-Ann Belter's Sabrina sustainable wedding gown as part of her eco-friendly wedding dress photo shoot.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Jessica provides resources for biodegradable cups and sustainable bamboo plates for her green outdoor wedding.
Jessica talks about abandoning conventional wedding traditions in favor of saving money and resources, creating a more sustainable wedding.
Stay at an eco-friendly hotel while on vacation.
Dani shares her spring break adventures and explains how you can stay green, even on vacation.
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?
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
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.
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
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!
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.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
Weigh in as Natural Home collects reader and contributor suggestions on "greening the White House."
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
Sustainable furniture is made from nontoxic, renewable resources and is a smart choice for reducing environmental impact.
Dani Hurst explains how you can celebrate an important Jewish holiday while keeping the planet in mind.
Try these tips to green a birthday celebration.
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
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.
Fish oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which do an amazing array of wonders for the body. Just check out these health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids!
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.
John Masters Organics introduces a new men’s collection, featuring 2-in-1 products that provide men with quick and easy grooming essentials for a painless two-step routine.
Find out the best oils to moisturize big, pregnant bellies.
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
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.
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.
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.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
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 packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment.
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.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
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.
A study found that soy supplements are not helpful for increasing bone mineral density or treating symptoms of menopause.
It's no secret that a woman's metabolism slows down as she approaches menopause. Instead of unrealistically eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, think along the lines of a moderate carbs diet.
Treat your dry, itchy throat this winter with these herbal remedies
Constantly buying pads and tampons can add up to a very large bill, inevitably costing women a lot of money. Cut down on expenses and save money by switching to reusable menstrual products.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares what she's learned about the challenges of mass producing eco-friendly products that meet our own tough criteria.
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
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.
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
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses the importance of owning a sustainable wardrobe.
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.
This belly balm recipe is moisturizing and therapeutic.
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
Exercising outside, close to nature, makes you happier than exercising inside, according to a study from the University of Essex.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
The therapeutics of gardening and gardens have been known since ancient times. Health care professionals acknowledge this and have been putting it to practice for two-hundred years in this country. Horticultural therapy is good for the whole person.
A study of 26,000 women living near a DuPont factory in West Virginia found that as levels of PFOS rose, levels of estrogen decline, putting exposed women at risk for early menopause and other related conditions.
Drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain, which can help prevent dementia.
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.
I don't know about you, but its absolutely impossible to keep my feet clean in sandals, my summer staple. So when I stumbled upon Wipe Your Feet by Jamar Labs, I was intrigued.
Hormone fluctuations the week before your period can lead to cramps, bloating fatigue and mood swings. Prevent PMS symptoms by monitoring your diet and avoiding these six foods.
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
It's time for fall gardening, indoor gardening and spring preparation. In preparation, do you know which products to choose and which to lose? Check out my picks for the best autumn gardening products! Part I.
Finally, the Top Four Autumn Gardening Products are revealed! See my top picks of the best items for a fun fall of indoor gardening. Part II.
If you're not tech-savvy, gifts kids’ll like are hard to come by. If you don’t want to waste your money on some electrical gadget that’ll likely be outdated the day after you buy it, check out these fun, garden terrariums. They even come in different themes!
If you find your back hurting while gardening, or if it’s just too hard on the knees to bend down for weeding, there’s a product you need to try out: The Wearable Gardening Stool.
Black Cohosh, one of the early Native Americans' favorite medicinal plants, contains many benefits that can help you live a healthier life.
Changing hormone levels during menopause bring a number of less-than-desirable side effects. Treat hot flashes, mood swings and insomnia naturally with these herbal remedies.
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.
Discover how one food group can help increase mental power as you age.
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.
Anti-aging herbs such as ginkgo, bilberry and turmeric can improve memory, ease arthritis and treat other ailments caused by aging.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
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.
People with Alzheimer's and other dementias can benefit in many ways from gardening and being in the garden.
If you suffer from bouts of anxiety, there’s no need to panic—or pop a prescription pill. Try these natural remedies for relieving anxiety.
Researchers may be able to add "improves mental function" to the long list of rosemary health benefits.
Exercise can boost mental health and help relieve depression as part of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change’s natural approach to treating depression.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Banish bad moods by eating right, exercising and changing your daily habits. Follow these five steps to improve your mood!
Stopping rumination, or dwelling on negative thoughts, can help relieve depression. Find alternative ways to fill your time—and stay happier!
Seeking out social support, whether from friends and family, a support group or talk therapy, can help overcome depression as part of a natural treatment plan.
Sleep deprivation and depression go hand-in-hand. Improve your overall health and find relief from depression by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program offers a natural treatment plan for depression based on basic biological needs.
Diet affects mood. While an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mental health, a healthy diet can make you feel happier. Try these five foods for mood!
Vitamin D promotes good bone, immune system and mental health. Want to boost your intake of this essential nutrient? Add these good sources of vitamin D to your diet!
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.
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Look no further! This adorable gift from the garden is inexpensive, easy to make and enriched with sentiment, courtesy of our good friends at Botanical Interests.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Higher in antioxidants and key nutrients, organic dark chocolate and wine make for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.
Treat seasonal depression with bright light therapy, one tenant of the Therpeutic Lifestyle Change's program.
Omega-3 supplements, one component of the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change program's natural approach to treating depression, can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.
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!
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
When you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, consider shopping for a good cause. By giving all of your loved ones Cookies for Kids' Cancer this holiday season you may help bring kids with cancer that much closer to a cure.
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.