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Sustainably Stylish Home

Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson We all relish a cozy nest, whether that means light-filled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning …

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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday

Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack Nature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both …

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It’s Easy to Be Green

At Home and On the Road by Avery Mack “Living green means living well, using what you create with minimal waste,” sums up Mike Bond, an ecologist and bestselling activist author in Winthrop, Maine. Here, he and other savvy sources share tips to go ever greener in ways that are …

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Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever

How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist Each American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep …

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Soil Sisters

Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist More women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to …

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Troubled Waters

Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist All water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of water and thus a part of this cycle, we …

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Toxin-Free Beauty Salons

Pure Pampering Feels Natural and Safe by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist When clients walk into New York City’s Swing Salon, they may be surprised by what they don’t smell—the range of chemicals usually wafting around in hair salons. That’s because the owners have decided to use only natural and organic products. While …

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Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses

Agrihoods Use Onsite Farms to Draw Residents by April Thompson For thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments in corporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the …

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Eco-Beauty

Eco-Beauty

Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes Many of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many grocery and …

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Greenhouse Magic

Green House Magic

Eat Homegrown Organic Veggies Year-Round by Avery Mack Much of America’s supermarket produce is expected to ripen in trucks, stores or at home after traveling many hundreds of miles from field to table. During the past six years, as Americans’ hunger for fresher, better-tasting food has deepened, the number of …

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