Matt gets a reality check on his reusable bag habit and what needs to be done to really help the environment.
Seattle voters rejected a proposal to pay 20 cents per plastic bag at the register.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
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.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
Recycling rewards program RecycleBank compiled this list of five household items that contain toxic materials or won’t biodegrade.
It can be hard to remember which types of plastic are most hazardous to our health. Use this simple guide to plastics as a refresher course, and keep toxic plastics out of your life.
Before buying a toy, the first consideration should be its health. We’ve seen a lot of recent news about unhealthy plastics and paints in inexpensive children’s toys. Making sure any toy you select is healthy should be your number one priority.
By now you’ve likely heard its best to avoid the endocrine-disrupting chemical Bisphenol-A (BPA). But what about BPA-Free plastics… are these safe, and are they the best solution?
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace confesses her eco-sins.
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
Stop buying and using plastic to green your life today.
China joins Canada, Europe and the United Arab Emirates in banning BPA from children's products. What is the United States doing? So far, nothing.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares a simple guide to recycling plastics and plastic symbols.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace explains how to recycle your empty cosmetics containers.
Exfoliating scrubs' tiny exfoliating beads that soften skin are often made from small bits of plastic called polyethylene and can have harsh environmental effects.
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.
Stackable chairs made from molded hemp represent a breakthrough in using the versatile, renewable fiber.
BPA is everywhere, but with a little know-how you can effectively cut this dangerous chemical from your life. Follow these five steps to avoid contact with BPA.
Think you're safe because you're buying BPA-free plastic? A study has found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in 70 percent of plastic products--even those without BPA.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
Plastic we don't recycle ends up in our oceans. Alkaline batteries leak toxins into the air, water and soil when sent to landfills. What if we all took responsibility for recycling common items we use? Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011, by taking the pledge to recycle more.
Use all-natural exfoliating scrubs with your favorite herbs or essential oils to cut down on your contribution to plastic pollution in the ocean.
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
The Rhombin, a desktop organizer made from a plant-based plastic (bioplastic), merges sustainability with convenience and cutting-edge design.
Fracking, buying American, GMOs and unplugging topped the green news this week.
Learn how to keep your kitchen a safe and healthy space for your family by following these tips.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
Don't overlook the health impacts of the container when shopping for healthier premade beverages.
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
Brand views her work, process and personal philosophy as the product of a mini ecosystem.
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.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Campbell's Soup Company has announced it will start packaging its soups with BPA-free cans as soon as an alternative becomes available.
Editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares her healthy living goals for the next year.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
Jessica explains how she achieved an entirely biodegradable wedding reception with bamboo disposable plates, biodegradable plastic cups and soy candles.
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.