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Recreate Comfort

Bringing eco-awareness to furniture can mean everything from buying something that’s vintage or made from sustainably harvested sources to DIY reupholstering with fabric remnants.


Ikea’s new line of “no waste” products includes cabinet doors made partly of recycled plastic bottles, a chair made of recycled plastic and wood, and vases made of recycled glass.

Repurposed Pallets

The two billion pallets in use in the U.S., which eat up 50 percent or our annual hardwood harvest, are being converted into furniture by an enterprising Fort Worth company.

Laundry List

By using cold water, natural stain removers and line drying, we can turn out sparkling clean clothes in a planet-friendly fashion.

Bird Buffet

When avians crowd together to eat from feeders they can pick up parasites and viruses from each other, but there are ways to ensure their safety and our viewing pleasure.

Well Well

Scientists, doctors and other researchers have developed the WELL Building Standard, a certification program that emphasizes human health and well-being in the design of new structures.

Municipal Pioneers

Cities as small as Nassau, New York, and as large as San Diego are committing to generating 100 percent of their power through clean energy.

Efficient Cook

Kitchens can easily be energy hogs, but strategies such as using convection ovens, slow cookers and pot lids can reduce the monthly utility bill.

Pioneering Aspen

Aspen is the third municipality in the country to shift entirely away from fossil fuels, thanks partly to price drops in renewables and government disincentives for coal.

Breeze Please

Wind power may be the cleanest, cheapest option in all 50 states in 35 years, especially with inventions such as new bladeless turbines that are 40 percent more efficient.
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