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Mold Matters

Toxic mold caused by heavy rains, leaky pipes, and high humidity can be removed with natural products like vinegar and tea tree oil, but extensive mold growth is best remediated by professionals using “green” cleaning methods.

Techno Timber

A new, lightweight synthetic wood made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs, can withstand fire and water damage.

Earth Christmas

Eco-strategies for trees, decorations and gifts mean we can extend our holiday good will to our beleaguered home planet as well.

Teeny Town

By designing and building a $75,000 tiny modular home, the University of Southern Indiana wants to demonstrate how independent living can be made accessible for people of many ages and abilities.

Natural Pools

Natural pools, which may be built of stone and clay and filtered with aquatic plants, turn out to be both eco-friendly and price competitive compared to conventional swimming pools.

Quick Quarters

Harnessing technology and cleverness, homebuilding startups in the Ukraine, Italy and Lebanon are offering tiny, energy-neutral, quick-built houses at low cost.

Protective Plants

Houseplants can help purify indoor air quality, which is often contaminated by toxic chemicals in paint, furniture, dry-cleaned clothes, cleaning supplies and other household products.

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.

Eco IKEA

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.
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