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Should You Switch to Solid Dish Soap? We Asked 5 Experts
Green Week
Here’s what five people in the cleaning industry have to say about the pros and cons of solid dish soap vs. liquid dish detergent.
Nov 3, 2022
Got a Roach Problem? Try These DIY Roach Repellents (and Skip the Store-Bought Sprays)Projects & Improvements
Here's how to get a pesky pest problem under control the natural way, without using toxic repellents and insecticides.
Nov 1, 2022
Scientists Are Creating Windows That Double As Energy-Generating Solar Panels
News
We may soon be headed into a future where our windows, skylights, greenhouses, and other glass elements around our homes are producing all the electricity we need to thrive.
Nov 1, 2022
How To Repel Fleas with Regular Household Items (Using Smells Fleas Hate!)Cleaning
There’s a lot to love about having pets, but one of the downsides is the fleas that can sometimes come with them — especially if your pet goes outdoors. Fleas can be a pain to get out of your house, but there are a number of regular household items that can be used to repel and kill them without harming your beloved furry friend (no, not you, Windex). Learn more about these below.
Oct 27, 2022
Reusing Tea Bags: The Good, The Bad, and the GreenDesign Ideas
image:0e460143a263085d41447dcc7ed31ff4df47737b w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" As most avid tea drinkers will tell you, if you are using tea bags, you can get extra use out of them if you are willing to do so. Most people just chuck them into the trash, compost heap, or recycling bin, but saving them for your next tea is also an interesting idea.The first thing that you should know is that it’s fine to reuse tea bags.
Oct 26, 2022
A Furniture Company Found the Best Use for All those Discarded Chopsticks
News
From a sushi lunch to a gorgeous desk.
Oct 25, 2022
We’re Calling It: Pachira Aquatica Is the Easiest Indoor TreePlants & Yard
If you’re exploring indoor trees for your home but aren’t sure where to begin, trust us when we say that the Pachira Aquatica is the tree you want. It is virtually kill-proof, relatively tidy, and grows as large (or as small) as you want. They are also pretty much immune to the most common cause of black thumbs: over-watering (hey, we’ve all been there).
Oct 5, 2022
The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the TestCleaning
We put four all-natural silverware-cleaning methods to the test, and one came out on top.
Oct 3, 2022
What a Real Estate Agent *Really* Thinks About Your Solar Panels Real Estate
Here's what you should consider before making the switch.
Oct 3, 2022
How To Clean Brass Using 2 Natural Kitchen IngredientsCleaning
If your brass has loss its brassy bite, it's time to clean it up.
Oct 3, 2022
Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Your Air Conditioner Size RightProjects & Improvements
Save yourself money by buying the right one.
Sep 21, 2022
How to Use an Air Conditioner Economically and Save on Your Electric BillProjects & Improvements
There are plenty of ways you can get creative when it comes to staying cool and saving money.  But when the heat of summer truly hits, sometimes your best bet is cranking up the AC. Learning how to save money with your air conditioner can help you keep your cool physically and budget-wise. While it certainly costs a bit more than your usual ice fan hack, things like closing off vents and rearranging furniture are effective and still pretty easy on the wallet.
Sep 20, 2022
I Didn’t Buy Any New Clothing For a Year — And It Completely Changed My WardrobeLife
It's sustainable *and* fashionable.
Sep 20, 2022
Wondering What to Do with Old Towels and Sheets? Here Are 10 Smart IdeasDesign Ideas
We recently took stock of our linen closet and realized that half of the storage space was taken up by sheet sets and towels that we simply don’t use. Some are very old and worn out, and some just never seem to make it into our weekly linen rotation. Of course, we didn’t want to throw them out, so it got us thinking about recycling options.Use old sheets and blankets to make new ironing board pads and covers, like those featured on A Beautiful Mess.
Sep 20, 2022
How To Make a Feeder for Ladybugs to Attract Them to Your GardenPlants & Yard
image:87e4276c5c2d2a599f0e91caff9f4a9449392dcb w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Last week, I showed you how you can make natural pesticides for your plants. While these sprays pose less risk than the toxic ones, they also rid your plant of beneficial insects like the ladybug.
Sep 14, 2022
I Raided My Pantry to Make 4 Wood Stains, and Found a Surprising Favorite
Green Week
Yes, I'm giving you permission to play with your food.
Sep 9, 2022
This Simple, Sustainable Trick Helps Me Take Better ShowersLife
Thanks to my dad, a retired plumber.
Aug 7, 2022
This Is the World’s Largest Tree — But You Could Be Fined or Imprisoned for Visiting It
News
There are other trees that are equally as impressive, though.
Aug 3, 2022
The Effortless Thing I Did to Solve My Plastic Bag CollectionLife
No more crinkly grocery bag woes for me.
Aug 3, 2022
Hello Wood’s Newest Cabins Make For a Luxuriously Mysterious StayLife
Hello Wood are pioneers in off-grid living, specializing in temporary custom-built installations designed to embrace minimalistic living in a sustainable and stylish way. The company’s latest activation is a cabin resort, dubbed the Rocks Cabins, offering guests a memorable stay in a breath-taking setting.
Aug 1, 2022
3D-Printed Buildings Are Made With Organic Material That Grows Plants
News
It's like a sod house from centuries ago, but with a 21st century twist.
Jul 26, 2022
Bioceramic Domes Might Be the Houses of the Future
News
The domes are climate-proof, zero-waste, and low-maintenance.
Jul 18, 2022
These Swimming Pools Are Made From Old Shipping Containers
News
The eco-friendly pools of the future.
Jul 10, 2022
Living Vehicle’s 2023 Model Is the Most Innovative YetLife
It can generate its own drinking water.
Jul 9, 2022
This German Company Installs Plant Walls That Reduce Noise Pollution
News
Not only do these walls look beautiful, but homeowners and business owners will no longer need to put up with noisy traffic-caused headaches.
Jul 8, 2022
11 Brilliant Ways to Stay Cool Without Air ConditioningLife
Here are some tried-and-true ways to cool off with no AC at home.
Jun 28, 2022
MIT Researchers Propose Using “Space Bubbles” to Curb Global Warming
NEWS
A group of MIT researchers just came up with an idea that’s totally outside the box — yet still within our orbit.
Jun 24, 2022
This Popular Wine Brand Is Removing Millions of Plastic Bottles From the OceanReal Estate
Wine fans can now enjoy their favorite summertime sip knowing that they are giving back to the planet. Thanks to its work with ReSea Project, The Hidden Sea wine offers an eco-conscious solution.For every bottle of wine purchased across its three varieties—Rosé, Chardonnay, and Red Blend—The Hidden Sea removes the equivalent of 10 single-use plastic water bottles from oceans and waterways around the world. Since July 2020, The Hidden Sea has removed over 13.
Jun 19, 2022
NASA Is Getting Ready To Test A New All-Electric Plane
News
Coming to the skies this fall is a brand new vehicle that could change the future of aviation forever.
Jun 10, 2022
Responsibly Dispose Of Toys With Mattel's Toy Takeback Initiative
News
Keep outgrown toys out of landfills.
Jun 8, 2022
Soon You'll Be Able To Score Solar Panels at IKEA
News
The program starts in California.
May 21, 2022
How To Get Rid of Moths (and Prevent Them, too)Cleaning
Nothing threatens a closet full of clothes more than moths. And they can invade even the most well-organized closet. These pesky creatures are responsible for holes in your favorite clothing, and oftentimes, the problem occurs completely unbeknownst to you. Like pantry moths and other pests, these silent clothing killers multiply quickly, too, so it’s a problem you’ll want to solve quickly with a good moth repellent.
May 11, 2022
Here’s How L.A. Homeowners Can Get Free Solar PanelsLife
This non-profit is helping with that.
May 9, 2022
This Is What the “Ideal City” Would Look LikeReal Estate
The Ideal City 2040 is a new interactive installation from SPACE10.
May 8, 2022
Stinky Smells and 3 Other Gross Compost Problems — and How to Fix ThemPlants & Yard
It takes no money (and just a little time) to fix these four common compost issues.
May 6, 2022
IKEA Denmark Launches “Seedballs” — Swedish Meatballs Designed For Insects
News
These balls are good for the Earth.
May 2, 2022
9 Under-the-Radar, Eco-Conscious Design Finds to Style Your Home SustainablyDesign Ideas
Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice style to help the planet.
Apr 22, 2022
6 Ways to Incorporate Swedish "Plogging" Into All of Your Outdoor ActivitiesPlants & Yard
Here's how to make your outdoor exercise routine even more sustainable.
Apr 22, 2022
17 Sustainable Swaps to Remember That Don't Involve Your Recycling Bin
News
Even if you've heard of some of these before, here's your reminder to pick up a habit or two.
Apr 21, 2022
I Tried The Reusable Bamboo Paper Towels "Shark Tank" Made Famous Organizing
One roll is said to replace up to 286 paper towel rolls.
Apr 21, 2022
8 Myths That Are Holding You Back From Sustainability Success Life
Here are eight of the most common myths about sustainable living, according to experts — and some helpful tips for getting started. 
Apr 19, 2022
This Furniture-Sharing Platform Aims to Keep Furniture Out of Landfills
News
Inhabitr reports that it has so far saved $5 million worth of furniture from ending up in a landfill. 
Apr 18, 2022
6 Zero-Waste Habits My Abuelita Taught MeOrganizing
Never forget your bolsa de mercado.
Apr 18, 2022
Amazon Customers Can Tell Alexa to Plant a Tree This Earth DayDesign Ideas
$1 will go to One Tree Planted.
Apr 14, 2022
These 3D-Printed “Sphere” Homes Come Together In Just 24 Hours
News
One Japanese company is taking 3D-printed homes to the next level.
Mar 22, 2022
P.F. Candle Co. Has Launched Its First-Ever Refill ProgramDesign Ideas
Save time, space, and money with the new refillable bottles.
Mar 20, 2022
4D Printing Exists, and Objects Can Change Over Time
This could come in handy for projects like self-assembling furniture.
Mar 12, 2022
This Under-the-Radar Site Is My Secret Spot for Unique Home Goods — and Now I’m Telling Everyone About It
The cat's out of the sustainably made woven rattan bag.
Feb 24, 2022
Hard-To-Recycle Plastics Are Now Being Made Into Zero Waste “Concrete” Blocks
It's made up of plastic bags, yogurt containers, and water bottles.
Feb 21, 2022
MIT’s New Sustainable Plastic Can Be 3D Printed
A team of researchers at MIT, led by A. John Hart, professor of mechanical engineering, just created a new type of plant-based plastic that is just as lightweight as traditional plastic but is stronger and harder than typical aluminum alloys. It’s made from cellulose nanocrystals and it could be the next big thing in sustainable plastics.Cellulose can be derived from plants, algae, fungi, bacteria and can also be found in some sea animals.
Feb 18, 2022
These Tiles Are Made from Recycled Eggshells
Who knew your breakfast waste could be so beautiful?
Feb 10, 2022
Airstream Has Introduced An Electric Travel Trailer
Off-grid living has just got a little more eco-friendly.
Feb 6, 2022
This Editor-Loved Food Storage Brand Created a Giftable Line of Personalized Drinkware — and It’s on Sale
Shopping
They're the perfect mix of form and function.
Feb 4, 2022
Samsung Is Developing a Washing Machine That Helps Combat Microplastic Waste
Samsung says that the Patagonia collaboration is the latest in a long line of steps Samsung is taking to create long-lasting appliances that improve environmental sustainability.
Jan 8, 2022
The Versatile, Chic Tote That Two AT Editors Are Obsessed With Is 60% Off Right Now
Call this a family feud about who loves it more.
Jan 5, 2022
Plant Prefab Is Opening the U.S.’s First Automated Factory Dedicated to Sustainable Family Housing
Prefabricated design and construction company Plant Prefab has announced plans to open the nation’s first automated factory devoted to efficiently and sustainably building multifamily developments and custom single-family homes.
Jan 1, 2022
This Faux Fur Blanket Is Softer Than My Cat (and He’s Not Coping Well) — Plus, AT Readers Get an Exclusive Discount
It's cruelty-free, not counting the damage to my cat's psyche.
Dec 22, 2021
This Sustainable Toilet Paper Brand Is Giving Away Free TP
All you have to do is pay a small shipping fee.
Nov 30, 2021
You Can Plant These Greeting Cards After You Receive Them
They are printed on seed paper, made from post-consumer recycled content, that can be planted in the ground or in a pot.
Nov 16, 2021
IKEA’s Furniture Buyback Program Launches Across the U.S.
IKEA launched the initiative earlier this year with a pilot program.
Nov 4, 2021
Visible Mending Isn't Just for Clothes Anymore
Here's why I think it should become the next big home trend.
Oct 26, 2021
4 Truths About Cleaning Away Spider Webs at Home, According to an Arachnologist
If you destroy a web, the spiders will still live in your house — they’ll just labor over making a new one. But there is one thing you can do.
Oct 19, 2021
Archtober is Hosting Virtual Seminars About the Role of Wood in Buildings
The week-long program runs on Oct. 18. through Oct. 18.
Oct 17, 2021
What Makes Microfiber So Good at Cleaning (And Sanitizing — Even By Itself!)
Like a million tiny little shovels picking up dirt and germs.
Oct 10, 2021
Trader Joe’s Finally Has Reusable Flower Bags
NEWS
Ringing up at just 99 cents, these handy bags give you the perfect excuse to add a bouquet to your cart. Your dining room table will thank you when you get home.
Sep 23, 2021
How to Find Native Plants for Your Garden
By understanding what you're planting in your garden and why, you’re furthering your connection with the planet and with Mother Nature.
Sep 3, 2021
This Designer Came Up With a Zero-Waste Kitchen Plan — and It Looks Great, Too
The zero-waste island is made to be installed in any home, and Steiner even designed an apartment-sized version as well.
Aug 30, 2021
These Self-Watering Planters That Sold Out Are Now Back In Stock
It has a CO2 footprint roughly 100 times smaller than its ceramic or concrete counterparts
Aug 30, 2021