Eco Alternatives to Conventional Burials


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

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.

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.

Eco-Friendly Landscape / Green Living Lawn Alternatives

beautiful landscape

Landscaping is big business in the U.S. for businesses and homeowners alike. With new efforts to save the planet, though, it’s time to turn some serious attention towards the way we landscape in order to determine greener alternatives for your landscaping activities.

Happy Cow

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If you are committed to a healthy eating, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle, then you know the challenges you face finding good food to satisfy your dietary and culinary requirements. That’s where Happy Cow comes into the picture, by offering the quintessential guide for all things vegetarian/vegan.

Green Hotels

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Travelers often look for different things when choosing hotels. However, Forbes reports that a recent survey reveals that two out of three travelers want to stay in green hotels. Another interesting reveal from this survey is that travelers feel hotels need to do a better job of letting them know about their environmentally friendly practices.