Category Archives: Green

Top Green Cities in the United States

green cityscape

While other countries across the globe have been adopting federal initiatives to go green, the U.S. has left this challenge, in large part, to local governments in large cities and small towns throughout the nation. Though not exhaustive, the examples listed below are outstanding showcase cities that offer glimpses for what cities of all sizes can do to make greener, more sustainable choices.

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.

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.

Eco Alternatives to Conventional Burials

cremation

There is no easy way to say goodbye to a loved one after a life filled with love, laughter, and tears of joy. Whether it’s a friend, a partner, or a family member, burial decisions are often difficult for those left behind to make.

The 25 Best Upcycling/Repurposing Blogs of 2015

best upcycling and repurposing blogs

PlushBeds Awards the Top 25 Upcycling and Repurposing Blogs

Top 25 Upcycling Bloggers

We’re so excited to present to you what we think are the very best upcycling and repurposing blogs to be found on all of the Web! It was such an enjoyable experience for us to learn all we could about the following amazing individuals and groups and all of the exciting ideas they have to offer in the world of upcycling/repurposing/reclaiming/reusing/vintage. Everything they do fits in so well with mindfully taking care to preserve Mother Earth’s resources (BTW, did you know the foam from our latex mattress could potentially be repurposed for seat cushions? And, it’s biodegradable, too!) We hope you’ll take the time to review each one of these neat blogs, bookmark them, and use their posts as a sort of recipe book and for inspiration. Keep in mind that summer is just around the corner, and a lot of these projects would be perfect for you to engage in making with your children (keep them busy :-) ).  Now, on to our superstar bloggers…

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

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.