The year that just passed saw no shortage of groundbreaking news in the natural living arena. Our readers followed a diverse set of topics, from natural disasters to beauty products and building materials. Here are the top 10 Natural Home Living blog posts of 2009.
1. Weatherize Your Home
Making homes energy efficient while saving money became more important than ever last year. Thankfully, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allocated $5 billion to weatherize 1.4 million American homes. If your home is still need of weatherization, check out this post for simple changes that will make a big difference.
2. Protect Your Pet Without Chemicals
Pets have long been considered part of the family, so treat yours with the same respect you treat yourself. Avoid flea collars, and check out these tips for keeping your pet healthy the natural way.
3. Let’s Clay! Adorn Your Walls With Natural Clay Plaster
Natural décor was top of mind in 2009. Clay plaster is a durable, natural finish for your walls that will last for years with little maintenance.
4. 5 Ingredients to Avoid When Buying Summer Skin Care Products
Many beauty products are laden with unhealthy, toxic ingredients. Be on the watch for these five ingredients—and avoid their nasty side effects.
5. Greensburg’s Eco-Renewal
The nation watched as Greensburg, Kansas, put itself back together after a devastating tornado destroyed the town in May 2007. With a little help from the U.S. Green Building Council, Greensburg turned itself into a city after its own name—a green town.
6. Warren Buffet Backs Affordable Green Prefab Homes
Green prefabs were hot last year, and we expect that trend to continue. Green prefabs are an inexpensive way to live in a sustainable yet luxurious home.
7. Urban Chicks: Raising Chickens in the City
Raising chickens is no longer just for the rural dweller, but urban farming enthusiasts are facing opposition from neighbors who don’t share their interests. Check out their stories.
8. Chinese Drywall Leaks Sulfur Into Homes
Imported Chinese drywall is leaking sulfur, a corrosive chemical, into homes across America. Concerned your home might be at risk? Find out what signs to look for.
9. Green Threads at Target: Loomstate for Target Organic Clothing Line
Your interest in all-natural, organic products extends to clothing. Loomstate’s line of organic clothing debuted at Target last year, making it easy for consumers across the nation to dress with the same principles they live by.
10. It’s High Time for Hemp
We’re passionate about hemp at Natural Home—and apparently so are you! A renewable source, hemp is a great alternative to cotton, but unfortunately it’s illegal to grow hemp in the United States. Last year’s tough economic times made many Americans take a second look at hemp, a crop that could earn American farmers millions.
What issues do you want to see covered in 2010? Leave me your thoughts in the comments section.