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Green Car Buying Tips

To move stock and meet environmental goals, carmakers are offering great deals on eco-friendly cars; substantial subsidies and tax write-offs further sweeten the deal.

Herbs that Beat the Heat

Fragrant herbs that thrive in scorching days often come to us from South America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Eco Yards

In all climates and terrains, native plants offer more attractive, lower maintenance, planet-friendly alternatives to monoculture turf lawns.

Eco-Friendly Home Building

Smart energy technologies make our homes healthier, more comfortable and more affordable, all while helping our home planet.

Forever Green

The latest creative and Earth-friendly options include converting remains into tree planters, jewelry, ocean reefs and even vinyl records.

Sustainably Stylish Home

Buying a sofa or carpet? Now we can check out its origins to verify it’s made from sustainable products without child labor or toxic chemicals harmful to family members.

A Gorgeously Greener Holiday

With a little creativity, we can decorate with eco-friendly holiday trees, wreaths and table settings that festively marry cherished traditions with contemporary delights.

One-Person Pamper Party

In these stressful times, it’s critical to practice the ancient art of self-pampering in salons, spas and our own homes.

Planet-Friendly and Profitable

Facial scrubs from recycled coffee grounds, urban delivery of potted herbs, shared bikes: there’s no end of good ideas—and customers—when people combine enterprise with eco-concerns.

Water-Wise Kitchen

By choosing, cooking and storing family food wisely, we can play a role in solving our planet’s diminishing potable water supplies.

The Garden Cure

Winding nature paths, fragrant lavender fields, heirloom-tea tasting… a world of sensory delights awaits us in America’s parks and farms.

Soil Sisters

Women driving tractors are surging in number, and they are bringing a fresh sensibility to farming by focusing on organic produce and sustainable practices.

Ditch the Hotel

For a truly memorable vacation, try a yurt or castle via AirBnB, a house swap in Hawaii, or house sitting in London.

Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever

Big signs, clever price tags and personal touches are sure ways to make a yard sale stand out.

Everyday Sustainability

We can easily green up our lifestyle by making simple choices on everything from food to clothes to cleaning supplies.

Troubled Waters

The supply of fresh H2O essential for human health is dwindling with pollution and development, but a wave of support is building to claim clean water as a basic human right.

Developing Gardens Instead of Golf Courses

Creative subdivisions are being built around working farms that include homegrown veggies and even chickens and lambs.

Eco-Friendly Dating

Is it hard finding that special someone who really “gets” you? Online green dating sites can connect you with a world of like-minded prospects.

It’s Easy to Be Green

Simple household and car fixes that take mere minutes can make a big difference in the planetary footprint we make.

Green Congregations

From lobbying to solar energy to recycling, congregations are working to care for our sacred planet.

Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag

Made-in-USA cosmetics commonly include toxic ingredients banned in the European Union; a nifty phone app can help us know when to take a pass.

Greenhouse Magic

DIY greenhouses are sprouting across the country, spreading the fun and yummy rewards of gardening into unlikely seasons.

Greening America's Games

From LED lights to low-flow toilets to compostable drink cups, American stadiums are dramatically reducing their environmental impact.

Green Arts

With a little research, we can make beautiful art and crafts using non-toxic supplies from planet-friendly sources.

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