Green Homes

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

Use a Silicone Lid to Cover Leftover Food

By Melissa Klein

Avoid environmentally harmful plastic wrap by using a suction-sealing silicone lid when reheating leftovers.


A Roundup of 5 Creative Ways to Repurpose Cabinet Doors

By Jennifer Tuohy

Here are some creative ideas for upcycling old cabinet doors into something beautiful and useful.


How to Green Clean Your Shower Head

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

Many people assume that a shower head doesn’t need to be cleaned. However, it's not uncommon for lime scale and mineral deposits from the water to clog your shower head and reduce the flow of water. Cleaning the shower head is important but it must be done correctly and in an eco-friendly way.


Building a Cabin with a Portable Sawmill

By Billy Reeder, The Wood-Mizer Team

By sawing his own lumber from fallen trees, Billy Reeder not only built his cabin debt-free on family land, he also built a new life — a deliberate life. A good life.


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Why Mud Homes Don’t Melt in the Rain (Sometimes They Do)

By Atulya K Bingham

Many people wonder about mud homes and heavy rain. What happens in a flood? Will a house of earth ‘melt’? Here are a few ways to help your mud home cope with the wet.


How to Green Clean Your Wallpaper

By Sommer Poquette

Cleaning your wallpaper must be done carefully. Here are ways to do it safely as well as greenly.


Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas

By Crystal Stevens

Looking for alternatives to store-bought gifts? Check our these eco-friendly holiday gift ideas. Green your holiday season by making your own gifts, gifting experiences, or giving plants- the gifts that keep on giving.


Steps to Guard Against Indoor Air Pollution

By Jacques Touillon, AirBoxLab

Indoor air is polluted by volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These gases are emitted into the air from products like pesticides, air fresheners, cleaning products, paint and paint remover, personal care products, appliances, furniture and building products, including carpet and pressed-wood floors, and more. Learn several steps to take to guard against indoor air pollution and how indoor air quality monitors can help.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

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