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

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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.

Eco Alternatives to Conventional Burials

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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

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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…

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

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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

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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

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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.

Green Roofs: Ecological Roofing (Are White Roofs Green?)

green roof on houseAs you move forward with your commitment to live a greener lifestyle, thoughts often turn closer to home and things you can do not only inside your home, but also to the outside your home in order to make it a more sustainable and planet-friendly place to live. Your roof is one such area.