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Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace confesses her eco-sins.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
Matt gets a reality check on his reusable bag habit and what needs to be done to really help the environment.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
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.
Seattle voters rejected a proposal to pay 20 cents per plastic bag at the register.
Kim takes on a new eco-challenge at her apartment: Is it possible to keep naturally beautiful and clean without paper towels?
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.
‘Tis the season to shop for green gifts—here’s how.
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.
Save money and stay chic with these recessionista style tips from Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Robyn shows you how to creatively reuse old shirts to dress up a bottle of wine and how to save money by having clothing swap parties.
PriscillaWoolworth.com makes conscious shopping easier by selling a variety of green household products and fair trade items from around the world.
Bulk food sales rose 15 percent in 2009 and are expected to keep growing through 2010. That will keep a lot of packing out of the landfill.
The average American family spends around $18,000 each year on goods and services. This holiday season, these are the questions we’re asking before we plunk down our own hard-earned dollars.
Eco luxury brand VivaTerra kicks off Home for the Holidays, a 25-day/25-products half-off shopping spree featuring some of their most popular items from the year.
Remember to look for these key words when buying good, green gifts.
Thinking about finishing up your holiday shopping online? Make sure to check out Earth Moment, a portal that will offset the carbon emitted by your purchase—at no extra cost. Also check out these websites—some of our staff favorites.
Give your hangers a little pizzazz-and protect your clothing-with this simple project that makes use of worn-out shirts.
One blogger revels in the many ways that reusable cloth pads have changed her life.
Be inspired by these eco-friendly Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are fun, easy, and decorative ways to wrap your holiday gifts this season.
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.
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.
The Fair Tracing Project’s digital tracking technology supports fair trade by providing a stream of information to consumers.
Green America offers savvy shoppers daily discounts—and reassurance that they're buying green—through GreenDeals.
Americans are tired of cheap, built-to-fail products made overseas. We want products we can pass down through generations. Slow Consumption, with its call for a return to “heirloom design,” could be our ticket out.
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
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.
Americans equate products made in the USA with sustainability and often choose American-made products over other options, a study finds.
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.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
Recycling rewards program RecycleBank compiled this list of five household items that contain toxic materials or won’t biodegrade.
The GoodGuide, a website and iPhone application, offers consumers comprehensive reviews of the health, environmental and social impacts of more than 75,000 products.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
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.
Avoid germs by knowing which public places and objects, from public bathrooms to grocery stores, contain the highest number of germs.
Jessica offers her top tips for shopping for used and antique home furnishings.
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.
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
My favorite grocery store is the healthiest, how about yours?
The Organic Exchange released the 2007-2008 Organic Cotton Market Reports—and the top 10 list contains a few surprises. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about these organic cotton retailers.
Olive oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids, a healthy dietary fat that will help digestion, among other things. Take advantage of the health benefits of olive oil by becoming a smart shopper. Learn how to choose the healthiest olive oils on the market.
In the summer of 2008, one guest blogger started reading Rosemary’s Sampler, an herb blog by two of her two favorite sisters from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to start writing her own blog: Lemon Verbena Lady’s Herb Garden.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares money-saving secrets learned from years of shopping secondhand.
Third-party certifications are extremely helpful. While you’re out shopping, look for the following logos.