Author Archives: Amber Merton

Eco-Friendly Bathrooms

eco-friendly bathroom

It may be a small room, but its impact on the planet can be mighty. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms of the house when it comes to making changes for the sake of the planet.

If you’re ready to take the plunge and make your bathroom over in a manner that’s much more planet-friendly, these are some of the changes you’ll want to keep in mind.

Water Conserving Flowers and Plants

olive tree

olive tree

Water is a precious commodity. In some U.S. states, as well as around the world, it’s even more precious due to prolonged drought conditions. However, the beauty and bounty of flowers and plants are equally precious – in different ways. The good news is that there are many different types of plants that conserve water while still providing beauty, greenery, and shade to the world around them.

How to Save on Energy Costs in Your Green Office

energy efficient light bulb

Going green at the office can help you save some serious green on your energy costs – if you choose the right methods. Some, like the ones mentioned below, are surprisingly simple and highly effective. Keep these in mind and make your move today to reduce energy expenditures in your office.

20 Ideas for an Awesome Staycation 

family campingSummer is nearing, and thoughts for many are turning to taking a vacation. But traveling to a beach-lined boardwalk, tropical island resort, or one of Mickey’s amusement parks aren’t your only options. This summer why not think outside the box and plan an awesome staycation?

Sustainable Clothing Choices

sustainable clothesBecause the word sustainable means different things to different people, it can be difficult to pinpoint an exact definition of the term sustainable clothing. For some, it’s all about buying clothing from responsible companies that do not carry profit as their primary pursuits. For others, it’s about resisting the urge to buy new clothes and turning to used clothing items instead. Still others use some combination of the two in order to have a sustainable wardrobe on multiple fronts.

Memorial Day and what it Really Means for Americans



For many Americans Memorial Day represents a three-day weekend that unofficially kicks off the summer season. This is even though Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May and summer doesn’t officially begin until later in the month of June. It is usually hallmarked by spending time at the beach, eating at barbecues, camping in state parks, and watching or participating in parades.

The Latex Mattress: A Comprehensive Review of Features and Findings

What is a Latex Mattress?

latex mattress production from latex sap

latex sap being poured into a mattress mold

Natural latex is a biological byproduct of the rubber tree plant, and can be sustainably harvested over the course of the tree’s natural lifespan – often upwards of 50 years. The organic compound is a thin liquid that can be used to manufacture plush latex foam through processing, heating, and vulcanization.

Embracing Community Gardens

community garden

Community gardens serve a great purpose in communities. Whether your community has a public garden space currently or you’re interested in establishing one in your community, it’s a good idea to learn more about these gardens, what they actually mean for communities, and how to go about starting a community garden.

A Primer to Rainwater Harvesting

rain water barrel

Rainwater harvesting is used for a wide range of activities, including watering plants and landscaping, fire protection, watering livestock, and even washing your car. Harvesting systems come in a variety of sizes and complexity, and help conserve the precious commodity of water in locations around the world.

Building a Backyard Greenhouse


Whether you’ve been a plant lover all your life or you’re relatively new to the idea of gardening and excited about the opportunity, building a backyard greenhouse is a great way to really up you gardening game. A backyard greenhouse can maximize the production potential of even the smallest backyard gardening spaces.