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7/23/2010
The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act establishes tough formaldehyde emission standards for household products made from composite wood.
12/18/2009
Columbia Forest Products, one of the nation’s largest hardwood manufacturers, connects consumers to green-mind manufacturers of formaldehyde-free products using its PureBond Fabricator Network.
10/16/2009
Reform of chemical regulation would give the EPA a strong hand in which products get to consumers, and a new Senate bill limits formaldehyde levels in composite wood products.
10/30/2012
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
5/16/2012
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
9/18/2009
Wooden toys made by you for that special child in your life will be memorable gifts.
3/24/2011
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
11/17/2011
This product is an ideal tool for woodworkers and log home builders.
11/29/2011
This machine adds creativity and detail to woodworking projects
2/23/2013
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
9/1/2008
What type of flooring makes sense for a small woodworking shop? Check out these expert suggestions.
10/8/2010
Woodstoves can have indoor or outdoor air supplies depending on factors and requirements for the building.
1/18/2010
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
7/2/2009
The GoodGuide, a website and iPhone application, offers consumers comprehensive reviews of the health, environmental and social impacts of more than 75,000 products.
7/5/2011
Elmira Stove Works offers distinctive, superior quality appliances with its innovative line of Fireview cookstoves.
9/6/2013
Woodstove sweepstakes winner Ken Newman plans to use his new Vermont Bun Baker to heat both his home and his meals. The Bake, Crackle and Broil Giveaway, sponsored by MOTHER EARTH NEWS, awarded the $3,400 woodstove to Newman earlier this summer.
7/22/2008
Learn the basics of woodworking with this book — or buy it for a young friend or family member with an interest in the hobby.
10/2/2009
Fine Woodworking Editor Asa Christiana shares his design for an easy-to-build workbench.
12/24/2011
Diamond sharpening stones make the work of sharpening chisels, plane blades and other edge tools go quickly and easily.
5/6/2012
The challenge of refurbishing an ingeniously designed 30-year-old combination woodworking machine was just to intriguing to resist. I found my Zinken MIA 6 on Craigslist, then proceeded to make all 5 functions work like new again.
6/30/2010
Build your own 1960s-style wooden lawn chair and chaise lounge and put a little retro in your backyard.
4/20/2012
Wayne Keith and Chris Saenz have been making woodgas history. Follow their achievements via the Wood Gas Adventures blog!
5/14/2013
It is a busy time for planting here. Not tomatoes, peppers, or squash, though. We got in our order of trees from the Missouri Conservation Dept. last week. In the past, we had planted mostly walnut, but we have a good enough supply of our own walnut seedlings that we are focusing on native trees that could use a boost to restore the forest to what it once was. So we are planting pecan on the bottom areas, shortleaf pine on ridge tops where the soil is poor, and burr oak on the better upland areas.
4/25/2011
Cam loves growing his own heat!
12/27/2013
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
11/4/2011
The Warm Heart of an Iraq War Vet’s Washington Log Home
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
11/2/2010
TerraChoice’s annual Sins of Greenwashing study finds that 95 percent of the products claiming to be green have used vague language, unproven claims and false certification labels.
1/5/2013
On a snowy winter morning, the kitchen table becomes the grand cathedral of a home. It is the place of family, song, wood fires, community and love as we wait for spring.
6/5/2011
Get a glimpse of some of the unique exhibitors at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
4/8/2011
When you're facing a tricky woodworking project, it's a good idea to build a mockup
12/12/2011
A first blog by sawmiller & long-time homesteader Dave Boyt. A little of my past history, and how I'm using my sawmill.
6/10/2013
Springtime happiness can be measured by the sweetness of your strawberry patch.
1/2/2012
Whether you have a small grove of trees or acres of woods, this manual will guide you through the right methods to care for and sustain your land.
8/18/2010
When Woods End Labs recently tested biodegradable plastics and found that most aren't compostable under home compost conditions, one reader (known as Eco-Oxo) wrote that Oxo biodegradable bags aren't designed to biodegrade under compost conditions. Woods End Labs is following up, taking the reader's suggestion and testing Oxo under the conditions Eco-Oxo recommends. This is Part 1 of the new test, where you can follow along and see how Oxo fares under different conditions. 
3/11/2011
Steve Maxwell, “Canada’s Handiest Man”, outlines some suggestions on how to become an expert carpenter who can work with wood anywhere.
11/18/2011
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
3/19/2014
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
3/31/2014
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
1/15/2014
How to keep your livestock warm and your life full on chilly winter days.
2/24/2012
Check out the Kimberly stove, an energy efficient, small space wood cookstove.
6/5/2012
Here's how Wayne Keith he shuts down the wood gasifier when he gets to where he's going.
6/5/2012
Here's Wayne Keith lighting up his woodgas truck. He's driving on wood before he gets out of the driveway!
1/7/2012
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
5/3/2010
Americans equate products made in the USA with sustainability and often choose American-made products over other options, a study finds.
4/14/2010
A new study shows that people who buy green products are more likely to cheat and steal than people who buy conventional products.
11/25/2008
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares what she's learned about the challenges of mass producing eco-friendly products that meet our own tough criteria.
12/29/2010
Target Red Shop offers Lulan Artisans’ fair trade clutch bags to help build better lives for weavers in southeast Asia and end human trafficking.
9/11/2012
Making Music on the Front Porch ... let's define what the musical Front Porch is.
5/5/2011
If the DEA can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants, says a former Kentucky governor, how can it distinguish between powdered sugar and cocaine? Hempsters: Plant the Seed is a must-see movie that gives pro-hemp activists a voice.
5/26/2010
Photo of the Day features a rustic wooden bench handcrafted by a reader. Be sure to submit your own photos to share your favorite moments with us and other readers. Maybe the next Photo of the Day will feature it!
8/29/2013
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary explains how to prevent, identify and stop robbing in the beeyard.
5/16/2013
A first look at the newest vegetable crops in the garden before the CSA harvests begin.
11/26/2013
Ilene Freedman and her family reshaped their Chanukah tradition to feature family activities instead of presents.
3/26/2014
Here’s what to look for when purchasing a portable table saw for DIY building projects around your homestead.
3/30/2009
Burning driftwood in a stove produces dioxin, a hazardous pollutant. Here's why that happens, and what you should know.
7/18/2013
The "Jøtul Changeout Program" offers a voucher for a new EPA-certified wood stove in exchange for an outdated and non-EPA-certified model.
10/10/2011
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
9/28/2009
PriscillaWoolworth.com makes conscious shopping easier by selling a variety of green household products and fair trade items from around the world.
5/11/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence finds another great reason to indulge herself in Aveda products: Aveda is the world’s first beauty company to receive Gold Cradle to Cradle accolades.
7/8/2011
To satisfy today's home buyer, a developer of million-dollar luxury homes in New York is offering smaller, more affordable houses--more anecdotal evidence that the McMansion is dying.
6/4/2009
Wood gas, or wood gasification, is a decades-old renewable energy technology that converts chunks of firewood, wood chips or other cellulosic biomass to power vehicles.
7/20/2012
Hay season on the Keith farm means lots of work for the wood-powered truck! Check out these videos of Wayne's farming operation.
6/5/2012
Gasification guru Wayne Keith shows us some of his daily farm operations.
10/11/2010
A 100 % non-toxic wood treatment/wood preservative.
2/11/2013
Turn an old section of bowling lane into a beautiful, sturdy, reclaimed wood dining table.  
9/16/2011
Every day, Wayne Keith proves that wood gas can be a practical, renewable and sustainable transportation solution. Certainly not for everybody, but certainly for anyone with moderate welding skills, a sustainable source of wood or other type of biomass, and a sawmill or access to a sawmill. I think there are many, many MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers who fit the previous description, just for starters.
7/7/2008
You can run a truck on wood chips! No joke. Mother Earth News reported on this idea more than 25 years ago and the idea lives on. Using recycled water heaters, you can burn wood chips to power a truck, with little or no engine modifications required.
2/11/2013
Annie’s is expanding its line of wholesome comfort food favorites with a new, kid-friendly pasta product: Bernie’s Farm Macaroni & Cheese, made with 100 percent real cheese and certified-organic pasta in a variety of shapes featuring life on the farm. Like all of Annie’s products, Bernie’s Farm Macaroni & Cheese contains no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives.
2/28/2013
Currently sold only in Europe, the Honda Miimo is the company’s first commercial robotic product for domestic use, offering customers the ultimate in lawn mowing ease.
2/28/2013
Teragren, the nation’s leading manufacturer of fine bamboo flooring, panels, veneer and worktops, today introduced a new product line — Vantage: A New Generation In Bamboo Flooring.
2/28/2013
Hand-E-Glove, the amazing protective barrier hand lotion, is now the auto mechanic’s best tool. It is applied like ordinary hand lotion but does so much more.
3/13/2013
Carrington Farms, the creators of delicious 100 percent organic, non-genetically modified health food products, continues to reach outside of the box to provide healthy flax seed blends and cooking oils that are not only good for consumers but are affordable and taste great!
9/17/2010
The Natural Resources Defense Council sues the FDA to get triclosan and triclocarban, synthetic hormone-disrupting chemicals that are bad for our health and the environment, out of personal-care products.
4/12/2010
Looser standards and self-certification have led to a market flooded with Energy Star appliances—many with questionable qualifications.
10/15/2009
Last year The Fresh Ideas Group predicted the top consumer trends for 2009. Are they psychics or just near-sighted? Find out.
9/18/2009
The Federal Trade Commission has announced that some bamboo fabrics are actually made of rayon. Four companies have been charged with falsely labeling and advertising their products as made from bamboo.
8/24/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains paper giant Kimberly-Clark's new sustainability policy.
4/27/2009
If you still want to do everything you can to make your home healthy—for your family and the planet—take a look at how you clean. Like it or not, we have to clean our homes on a regular basis. Natural Home offers lots of great ideas for making your own healthy, natural cleaning solutions—or look to some of the great green solutions now available at your grocery store. 
3/11/2009
Energy-monitoring devices won big at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City.
12/16/2008
Remember to look for these key words when buying good, green gifts.
3/14/2008
Natural Home editor in chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence discusses the pros and cons of green consumerism.  
7/28/2005
In response to last week’s post, we received a letter asking why the forest products industry would be considered a “foe” to green buildings. “I can understand why plastics and vinyl doesn’t make sense, but aren’t wood products exactly the kind of material that qualifies as green?” this reader asked.
3/3/2010
Dan Chiras questions the idea that disposable items are worth the tremendous waste they create.
12/27/2010
From West Africa to the Netherlands, furniture designers find oil drums an abundant, green material.
2/27/2009
Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence introduces her new blog, Natural Home Living, and shares everything you need to know about going green. Natural Home Living focuses on answering your green home questions, following green building news and showing you how to save money by going green.
4/6/2009
A recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey found that demand for luxury products is waning. In contrast, manufacturers are seeing an increased emphasis on both accessibility/universal design and renewable materials. Essentially, homeowners are shying away from expensive (and usually unnecessary) products that add little actual value to their home, concentrating instead on features that promote energy efficiency and sustainability. 
11/28/2012
Experiments in making an all natural body scrub.
8/20/2009
Are we truly making a concerted effort to give up the convenience of single use products or is the practice so engrained in our culture we can't escape its effects?
6/12/2012
What happens when you gather 100+ wood gassers in one place? They have a convention! The wood gas meetup in Argos Indiana was a blast, check out the photos!
1/16/2012
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
7/15/2013
Learn how to pinch back basil tops for a particularly bushy plant, then make delicious pesto with your harvest.
5/7/2009
Installing an outdoor wood burner is a great way to make your home more energy efficient. Find out whether such an investment can count toward energy credits on your income tax return.
10/28/2010
There are many ways to protect wood from the effects of weather, what is your favorite technique?  
4/8/2010
For a natural looking wood finish, use a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine.
4/7/2010
The U.S. Green Building Council may revise its LEED rating system standards, which currently award points only to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products.
12/8/2010
The U.S. Green Building Council singles out the Forest Stewardship Council as the only trusted wood certifier.
7/30/2008
Although paper is a wood product, it's not always the best answer for mulch or compost.
8/1/2009
Check out this expert advice for what kind of finish to put on a wooden deck.
11/19/2010
BuildingGreen’s 2010 Top 10 Green Building Products list includes a low-flow toilet, composite decking, a high-performing wall system and other products that conserve energy and resources.
12/15/2010
Natural products research firm Compass Naturals predicts shoppers will get savvy; rebel against chemicals, over-packaging, GMOs and animal cruelty; and grow more of their own food.
7/1/2013
From shampoo and lotion to wood polish and drain cleaner, you’ll be surprised at how many common household products contain potentially hazardous ingredients. Here’s how to identify problem products and find the best alternatives to buy — or save a little money by making your own.
1/24/2013
The Grasshopper company has introduced the new Model 8HT PowerVac vacuum collector.
8/19/2010
Information about energy-efficient washing machines and cellular window shades. These energy-efficient appliances and window shades will please environmentally conscious consumers. 
5/18/2009
Upcycling company TerraCycle is partnering with FritoLay North America to keep old chips bags out of landfills and turn them into new consumer products.
7/2/2009
There are thousands of organic products available today, and they're not limited to food. Tell us what you buy organic and why.
12/14/2010
‘Tis the season to shop for green gifts—here’s how.
5/13/2013
Your deck or other outdoor structures may be made of wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). Learn more about CCA-treated wood and how to dispose of it.
10/27/2010
Traditional Appliances Make a Comeback
2/25/2011
Yes, you can power a car or truck on wood. Chip Beam thinks it won’t be long before we encounter a gas shortage and/or significantly more expensive gas. So what can be an alternative source of energy to power our vehicles? How about wood chips or pellets of plant matter? It may sound bizarre, but it really works. Here’s the first post in a new blog devoted to wood gasification for transportation.
8/5/2010
I just came across these videos that show the wood gas Isuzu Trooper built by our friends at Beaver Energy in action and had to share them.
12/14/2007
When it's cold outside, who doesn't love a cozy fireplace or woodstove? Wood heat is a comfortable way to warm your home, and there are many reasons it's a practical choice, too.
10/3/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
1/11/2013
How to make candles you can really light from the peel of Clementine oranges. A wintertime craft...just oil and an orange peel!
1/29/2013
A travel log of our family's mission to find local food sources on our trip to Puerto Rico.
2/17/2013
Cooking meals on a vacation can be easy. Bring some essential items with you and enjoy homecooking, on vacation.
5/6/2011
Wood stove considerations that should be considered before you purchase a stove.
3/5/2010
Choosing natural, environmentally friendly flooring is an easy way to keep your home healthy. Choose natural linoleum, cork, sustainable wood, natural wool carpet or tile.
12/17/2010
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
2/21/2013
Using wood ash in the garden can be beneficial for raising the soil pH of your garden soil. These tips will help you know when to use wood ash in the garden. 
9/25/2013
With a few key supplies, you can revive worn wood flooring without heavy-duty sanding.
12/19/2011
The 10 People's Choice finalists are great examples of the socially and environmentally responsible business leaders that meet the standards of Green America’s Seal of Approval.
10/12/2010
The Federal Trade Commission’s proposed revisions to its environmental marketing guidelines would make it more difficult for marketers to make false green claims for their products.
2/17/2010
LG Electronics unveiled a new energy-efficient bottom-freezer refrigerator at the Maison & Object living design exhibition in Paris. The product, which uses linear compressor technology to save energy, was named the best example of an eco-chic product at the exhibition.
11/23/2009
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
6/22/2009
Find out what’s in your paper products with Greenpeace’s Recycled Tissue and Toilet Paper Guide.
6/2/2009
Green builder Jim Gooley gutted an Airstream Trailer and renovated it with cork flooring, clay plaster walls, bamboo countertops and other eco-friendly materials.
10/15/2010
Green marketing faces new regulations from the FTC for the first time since 1998. Natural Home’s Editor-in-Chief, Robyn Griggs Lawrence, tells more in “FTC’s New Green Marketing Guidelines Go After Greenwashers.”
2/3/2010
From backyard chickens to hemp grown in the U.S.A., Natural Home readers were concerned with a wide variety of interests in 2009. These 10 issues top the list.
2/24/2011
Clean with vodka for a spic-and-span house and less of a headache in the morning! You can use the alcohol to freshen your laundry, remove mold and mildew, and even repel bugs. Vodka kills bacteria and dries clear and odor-free, making it an ideal addition to your cleaning cupboard.
7/6/2011
Green Earth Technologies is a “totally green” clean tech company that combines sustainable, American sourced, bio-based ingredients with proprietary technologies shaped around the four ideologies of being GREEN: biodegradable, renewable, recyclable and environmentally safe.
7/6/2011
Bird-X, Inc., a leader in producing humane pest and bird repellent products since 1964, is raising the bar even higher for the pest control industry, offering ‘green’ solutions for every pest and bird problem.
3/1/2012
Now, when one tumbler is full and ready to start cooking, there is another tumbler ready to take in the raw compost.
4/24/2013
Want to Save on Earth-Friendly Products? Check out Worm's Way's sale by clicking on the Earth Week banner at WormsWay.com and enjoy up to 20 percent off your purchases.
3/5/2012
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.
1/7/2013
We dipped candles from our hive's beeswax to celebrate winter. Candlemaking is a nice seasonal craft. Here’s how we did it, plus some tips to get you started.
9/21/2012
Energy-efficient home comfort product makes central HVAC systems and auxiliary heating and cooling appliances more effective.
9/28/2011
Keeping the project going is my goal.
5/26/2010
Photo of the Day features a rustic wooden bench handcrafted by a reader. Be sure to submit your own photos to share your favorite moments with us and other readers. Maybe the next Photo of the Day will feature it!
11/10/2011
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
7/11/2013
Using a hot summer day to grow the winter wood pile.
7/19/2013
From log to the mill to the project in no time at all.
4/19/2011
Jeld-Wen's new Custom Wood line combines character with energy efficiency in windows and doors made from salvaged, reclaimed wood. It's the best of all possible worlds.
5/11/2011
A short lesson and video on stacking firewood in round piles
1/8/2014
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
8/22/2012
Wood is a wonderful motor fuel! But how much do we need? Wayne tells us how efficient his truck really is on wood gas, and we take a look at how much we'd use if everyone decided to drive on wood.
11/21/2013
As winter approaches, we switch out our wood cookstove for the winter woodstove
4/8/2014
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
3/29/2012
See a video on how Steve finishes interior wood with waterbased stains, and why you might want to think beyond just brown colours.
12/11/2012
An index of previous posts that have referenced green products. These posts have covered building- and home-related products, as well as chocolates, books, and other types of goods. Many of the products mentioned in these posts would make good gifts.
3/24/2011
E-zy.net is pleased to announce the release of their new high power wireless EZ-Bridge™ system with 15Mb/s thruput and 4 miles secure operation.
4/27/2011
Hoelscher Commercial Products announces a new product for pulling out trees, posts, shrubs and vines.
7/5/2011
Nutrition breakthrough lets health conscious consumers drink in the benefits of Omega 3s.
8/11/2011
Re-Pac reusable bags replace plastic bags and sell like hotcakes
3/5/2012
Growstone makes breakthrough, high-performance hydroponic growth mediums and soil aerators from discarded glass.
3/21/2012
A strong partnership between Cascades and Office Depot to deliver on customer need for softness and strength while significantly reducing total environmental impact.
2/7/2013
The Rainwater Hub is an entirely new answer to the limits of traditional downspout diverters and rain barrel systems. The Rainwater Hub distributes rainwater up to 150 feet through regular garden hoses.
11/8/2010
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
5/21/2009
Many beauty products contain harmful chemicals, but figuring out which are the worst can be difficult. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence clues you in to the top five chemical ingredients to avoid when buying summer skin care products, and helps you learn about a few natural alternatives. 
3/30/2012
A recycled cork yoga mat prototype gets a rigorous workout as one editor puts it through the ropes in her quest for more eco-friendly Zen.  
10/30/2008
Check out Earth's Journey for recycled, up-cycled and/or environmentally friendly art.
8/23/2013
Seth Leitman explains toxicity in our products and how green living is about recovering from these products.
7/10/2008
Learn about the many kitchen and community projects supported by SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), including the training necessary to be able to sell value-added food products at markets.
9/9/2010
Looking for a way to boost your immune system naturally as the colder months settle in? Enter our latest sweepstakes to win immune-enhancing herbal products from Mountain Rose Herbs!
7/31/2009
Whole Foods Market commits to verifying it products as free of genetically modified organisms. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the grocer's commitment to providing natural and organic products.
12/22/2011
Know a chocolate-lover? Here's info on a few of the most delicious chocolate bars, from companies that make organic, fair trade, ethically produced chocolates.
3/7/2012
Ellington Handbags based out of Portland, Ore., makes eco-conscious, high-quality products and donates part of its proceeds to an environmental organization.
12/11/2013
Need gift ideas? Check out these 10 natural beauty products, including lip balm, face wash, body wash, nail polish and more.
11/6/2008
We have developed two customized search engines that make it easier to locate companies that offer specific varieties of seeds and plants, as well as organic garden products and tools.
12/19/2010
If you have access to small diameter trees and wood pallets, and live in an area not restricted by building codes, then this truss design is one good low cost roof option. If you do all the work yourself, these trusses are virtually free.
7/22/2008
If you're considering purchasing a pellet or corn stove to save money on your heating bills this winter, here are some issues to think about before making that investment.
10/28/2010
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
6/28/2011
Built tough for storm cleanup, tree felling, and firewood cutting, the MS 271 STIHL WOOD BOSS chain saw is designed with improved ergonomics and equipped with a low-emission, fuel-efficient engine.
10/27/2011
The Efel line of woodstoves, crafted in Belgium, is now available exclusively from Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio
2/15/2012
Sawing their own lumber enables home owners to fulfill their dreams.
2/16/2012
The ‘Kiwi House’ is organized around the primal element of fire.
2/15/2013
Build your own space-saving table from recycled wood.
9/19/2011
Wayne Keith of Alabama sets a new world record for land speed via wood gas.
1/28/2011
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
12/19/2011
Our good and bad decisions on selecting a dealer and a wood stove.
4/24/2012
Regeneration of trees on a harvested area give hope for generations to come.
6/20/2012
With an understanding of your limitations, you can operate more safely and efficiently. Training in timber cutting techniques can greatly expand your capabilities
1/28/2013
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
2/19/2013
To say the sawmill is just a piece in the homestead puzzle might be a slight understatement. In some ways, it's a key factor.
9/26/2010
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Managing Editor John Rockhold catches up with Chip Beam of Beaver Energy to hear about Beam's latest exploits with wood gasification to power vehicles.
4/6/2012
A lookout tower home, which features reclaimed materials, connects its homeowner with her past, present and future.
11/28/2011
Tips on how to use "best burn practices" at home to minimize wood smoke and protect your health.
12/15/2010
Made from bamboo, wood and grass seed, this tiny house could be our future.
7/2/2012
Support these longtime anti-GMO activists and organic farmers in the construction of a new repair shop for their vintage seed equipment.
10/31/2011
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
5/13/2013
Many wood finishes contain toxic solvents or heavy-metal drying agents. Learn which nontoxic wood finishes are best to use on decks, fences and unfinished, wood-sided homes.
7/20/2012
Wayne you'd better slow down! The master of vehicle gasification is hard pressed to stay within the speed limit.
1/31/2014
Hit the road, using wood for fuel! Chris Saenz takes a trip on wood gas power.
1/21/2014
Ever wondered what its like to drive around using wood as fuel? Tag along with Chris as he fires up his wood gas truck.
12/12/2013
With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.
3/6/2014
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
3/14/2011
While giving her small home a deep green retrofit, designer Tracy Parker finds that reclaimed wood flooring is grounding and gorgeous.
4/14/2011
Tearing out wall-to-wall carpet is one of the healthiest things you can do. Dress up the scuffed wood floor underneath using plant-based paint and stencils. You'll never miss the rug.
4/19/2011
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
5/4/2011
Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
7/6/2011
Congratulations to Pat Stone creator and editor of Green Prints Magazine and, now, a recognized Asset to the Planet!
7/7/2011
With all the recent panic about radiation contamination, our loyal BõKU customers felt safer, and more protected, with BõKU's nutrient dense support.
2/13/2012
Groovy Globe will donate 10 percent of its sales from each product sold to non-profit environmental organizations.
2/17/2012
According to the Natural Products Association, the NPA Natural Standard is based on natural ingredients, safety, responsibility and sustainability.
2/1/2011
Natural Home chose bamboo for its kitchenware line because it's both sustainable and beautiful.
2/14/2011
The Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products asks designers and builders to spec materials with lower carbon footprints.
11/9/2011
More tips, ideas, and considerations for choosing green gifts. A sequel/supplement to last year's article!
1/25/2011
Green home improvement and retrofit projects that only require a minimal investment and that have a sure (and often speedy) payback. These relatively low-cost improvements can reap real savings. Plus, a link to info on tax credits and rebates.
8/16/2011
Save money and have a healthier home with these ideas for assembling your own green cleaning tool kit. Plus, get our recipe for Lemon-Mint Window Wash.
10/16/2010
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
10/11/2010
Simran Sethi looks into the furniture and logging industries.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
6/18/2012
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
3/30/2011
Explore how you can make your own home grown organic fuel to power your own transportation or electricity.
4/6/2011
No one had ever attempted to set a land speed record for gasification vehicles so Beaver Energy was the first.
5/11/2011
Back at the lab we are installing a new three inch line from the air dryers to the throttle body.
6/16/2011
Looking at all the wood powered cars
5/26/2011
Ever wonder what, exactly, you're getting when you pay a little extra for Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood and paper products? This video offers a comprehensive look at the FSC's roots and branches.
3/29/2011
Made from natural minerals, sea salt, water, sand, recycled coal byproducts and natural fibers, CompoClay is a promising alternative to gypsum, engineered wood and resins.
1/17/2012
Wood Prairie Farm encourages citizens to sign a petition in support of family farmers and to attend the citizens assembly on January 31st, 2012.
10/19/2010
Simran Sethi discusses the "wood" that makes up our kitchen cabinets, as well as more eco-friendly (and people-friendly) alternatives.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, answers a homeowner’s question about how best to apply a smooth finish to wood furniture.
5/20/2011
Steve shares current results and recommendations from his 20 years of observing and applying deck finishing products and techniques.
10/27/2008
Check out Annie B. Bond's list of 11 easy tips for making your kitchen more healthy and safe, from Care2.
3/21/2011
As organic industry leaders urge consumers to take action against GMOs--the biggest threat the industry faces this year--soapmaker David Bronner gives $25,000 to seed an anti-GMO march on Capitol Hill.
4/12/2012
Healthy baby shopping begins with an investigation into nontoxic cribs. Check out these three solid wood options.
11/20/2012
Conventional generators require gasoline or diesel fuel, which can be expensive -- especially during emergencies. Also, the emissions from gas-powered generators contribute to air pollution. Solar generators are a smart alternative to consider.
6/7/2011
These money- and waste-saving alternatives to paper and plastic products eliminate the temptation to resort to disposable for your summertime outdoor dining needs.
1/5/2012
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
11/7/2012
Protecting the fig tree for the winter felt like putting it to bed for a long sleep. Chopping wood with the Chopper 1 is a thing of joy and beauty and that's no joke. Do it yourself corn bin helped our neighbor keep the racoons out.
7/26/2010
Simran Sethi discusses what it takes for a home to be truly clean by avoiding harsh chemicals and using natural cleaning products.
4/29/2011
Celebrate and spread the word about Fair Trade food and products with a World Fair Trade Day breakfast on May 14.
8/6/2012
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, shares three pregnancy skin care products that will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
10/6/2011
Most conventional paints and coatings emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to poor indoor air quality as well as to smog. This overview includes a link to a product listing of healthier low-VOC, zero-VOC, and natural paints.
11/6/2010
This article describes an alternative roof design for those building in areas without building codes. A little extra effort working with poles will reward you with a stunningly beautiful wood ceiling and superinsulated roof at very reasonable cost.
3/19/2013
Knowing where lumber sawyers exist locally opens the door to all kinds of DIY projects. For example, storm-damaged trees can be turned into useable lumber instead of heading to a chipper or landfill. But you can take advantage of milling lumber at local sawmills only if you know where to find them. There are online resources to help you find a sawmill near you. Search by state or Zip code using the sawmill locators below and you will be on your way to turning raw wood into quality-cut lumber for DIY projects without the need to purchase any equipment yourself.
3/19/2012
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.


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