Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
Laundry detergent manufacturer reduces plastic by 66 percent in new easier-to-recycle bottles made from recycled cardboard and newspaper.
Designer David Stark creates furniture and room accessories from discarded packing materials for West Elm’s newest store.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
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.
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson reviews First World Trash’s bags and purses made from recycled materials.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
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.
Consider these environment-friendly tips when remodeling your home.
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.
Artist Boris Bally’s edgy, street-smart furniture is made from recycled street signs.
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
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
From West Africa to the Netherlands, furniture designers find oil drums an abundant, green material.
Don’t have extra money to drop on expensive picture frames or fancy artwork? Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses simple ways to spruce up any room in your house at no cost.
Made from natural minerals, sea salt, water, sand, recycled coal byproducts and natural fibers, CompoClay is a promising alternative to gypsum, engineered wood and resins.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace gives in to paper towels. Find out why.
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
Readers vote on which type of reclaimed material they'd be most interested in adding to their homes.
This 19th-century Creole cottage was disassembled, moved and meticulously reassembled and restored on a new site in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Built for its climate, the welcoming home is an excellent example of passive cooling and material reuse.
Cosentino announces the launch of its new ECO Countertop line of recycled countertops.
Levi's jeans brand introduces its Waste>Less denim collection made from recycled bottles as the next chapter in its sustainable design initiative.
Deconstruction, breaking down houses bit-by-bit, is a great way to find free building materials to build small low-cost homes.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
Consider the environment when choosing deck materials. Here’s a breakdown of your options.
Tradical Hempcrete, a concrete-like substance made from hemp and lime, is used in two Asheville, North Carolina, homes.
EU's ban of five chemicals commonly used in building materials will 'shake up the industry,' Healthy Building Network official predicts.
Sayra and Dominic live with their 5-year-old daughter in a charming 550-square-foot home in rural Idaho. There are challenges, but they've found that less really is more. 'It's like living in a fun clubhouse,' Sayra says.
Keep warm with hand-knitted scarves, hats and hand warmers from Icebox Knitting’s two lines of products made from upcycled materials.
A lookout tower home featuring reclaimed materials connects its homeowner with her past, present and future.
Superior Walls foundations systems are resource efficient, using up to 70 percent less concrete in a new home than conventional foundations.
The Phoenix Commotion gives low-income people trade skills and shelter by teaching them to build their own homes--from garbage. You'd be amazed at what can be used to build a house when the desire and commitment exist.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.
Try your hand at this DIY apron project made with recycled jeans.
Add a pop of color to a dull decorating scheme with these brightly colored recycled glass vases from Z Gallerie.
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
Green your oral hygiene routine with toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt containers by Preserve. Each toothbrush’s package doubles as a return envelope, so when you’re finished with the brush, mail it back to keep up the recycling process.
Today's a great day to follow our tips for creating a home office that's easy on you and light on the planet.
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.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
Jessica features Dan Phillips, Phoenix Commotion founder and builder of fascinating houses built with reclaimed materials, as the first in her Throwback Thursdays series.
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
Elizabeth Richardson lays out her plan for building her own salvaged home.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.
Revive a feeling of ritual at your dinner table by summoning the family with a dinner gong made of reclaimed materials.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
Decorating with materials that would otherwise be considered junk can bring pops of life and color to your home’s style. Check out these bottle cap crafts for a fun way to decorate with junk!
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.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
Future Foam recycles Nike Grind, salvaged scraps from old Nike Shoes, into StepAhead carpet cushion.
The new Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior, a smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg, makes picking dinner from the garden easy.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
In the five months since its launch, Crush 100 percent recycled glass tile from Fireclay Tile has upcycled more than 55,000 pounds of glass from its local environment.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
Jessica gives an update on her townhouse greening: a recycling center, cardboard art, and upgraded lighting and bathroom fixtures.
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
In honor of Earth Day, the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance has teamed up with Anthropologie to create unique window display art made from recycled corks.
Finding used art can brighten your garden without emptying your pocketbook.
This charitable foundation cleans up coasts, employs impoverished communities, turns discarded items into new products and uses the funds from sales to help alleviate environmental issues such as whaling and support social issues such as education, conservation and development initiatives in poor communities.
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.
Jessica discusses the eco-profile of the soy candles, recycled glassware, recycled-content paper and vintage and handmade wedding decor.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she and her husband, John, are aiming for LEED Platinum-certification for their rural Tennessee farmhouse.
When seeking out natural flooring materials such as hardwood, bamboo, cork and natural stone for your home, consider the pros and cons of each option.
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 Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
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.
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
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 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 editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace picks out her favorite Linda and Harriet stationery to use as Valentine's Day cards.