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Green Living & Design offers practical information on how to put more "green" in your life by making buying decisions and lifestyle choices that help to sustain the environment rather than deplete it. Green living may even save you money while you help to save the planet.
  1. Animals and Animal Testing (3)
  2. Environment Friendly Cars (13)
  3. Fashion and Entertainment (5)
  4. Green Foods and Drinks (7)
  5. Green Holidays (13)
  6. Green Living in Your Home (24)
  7. Reducing Waste (7)

When is Arbor Day?
When is Arbor Day celebrated in the United States and around the world? Is Arbor Day always celebrated on the same day, or does it differ from region to region? And is Arbor Day always called Arbor Day?

Portland Roofs are Going Green
Many houses and buildings in Portland, Oregon have green roofs to help manage stormwater, reduce air pollution, and cool the environment. Some of Portland's green roofs also provide pleasant public spaces for city dwellers.

What are Green Roofs?
What does the term "green roof" signify? How are green roofs used in urban areas, and what are the benefits of green roofs?

Green Living - How Do You Help to Save the Planet?
How have you adopted green living to help save the Earth, conserve resources, reduce carbon and protect people and animals? Share your tips for green living.

First Lady Michele Obama Plants Organic Vegetable Garden at White House
On the first day of spring in 2009, First Lady Michele Obama broke ground for an organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House--the first full-fledged presidential vegetable patch at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden at the White House in 1943.

How Much Energy Does It Take to Make Bottled Water?
Bottled water is getting more popular every day, but at what cost? Not only do most of the plastic bottles end up in landfills or as litter, but the energy required to produce and transport bottled water equals millions of barrels of oil every year. How much energy should we spend on bottled water when tap water is so much more economical?

Pros and Cons of the Corn-based Plastic PLA
The corn-based plastic PLA has many uses and is often proposed as a green alternative to petroleum-based plastics. Although PLA is carbon neutral and emits no toxic fumes when incinerated, it has other problems that may limit its use as a replacement for traditional plastics.

Pocket and Mobile Shopping Guides Helps Consumers Shop and Ship Green
Climate Counts, a nonprofit organization “that brings consumers and companies together to tackle climate change,” offers a handy Pocket Shopping Guide that shows where dozens of leading companies rank in their commitment to reduce global warming.

Shipping Companies Score Higher in Annual Climate Performance Rankings in 2008
Several major shipping companies took important steps in 2008 to improve their climate performance, according to Climate Counts, which released its second annual scorecard for the shipping industry in December 2008

Flying vs Driving: Which is Better for the Environment?
Flying or Driving? Does flying or driving generate more greenhouse-gas emissions and contribute more to global warming? Learn whether air travel or car travel is best for the environment in terms of fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness and reducing your carbon footprint.

Green Light: Are LED Light Bulbs Better Than CFLs for Eco-Friendly Lighting?
Are LED light bulbs really more energy-efficient than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs)? While most LED light bulbs are neither bright enough nor cheap enough to replace CFLs for every application, they are improving quickly.

Slaying Energy Vampires Can Save You Money and Help the Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging consumers to be on the lookout for energy vampires—electronic products such as power adapters and cell-phone chargers that continue to suck up electricity even when they are not being used.

Green Roofs are Cool: How Green Roofs Help the Environment
Green roofs use soil and living plants atop homes and commercial buildings to create roofs that do more than provide shelter. Green roofs collect rainwater, reduce runoff, filter pollution, and offer natural habitat for birds.

Green 401(k) Plans Let You Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is
As people become more environmentally conscious, they are looking for additional ways to live green and to make bigger contributions to sustainability. Employees are demanding more green investment options, and more employers are starting to offer 401(k) plans that enable workers to align their dreams of retirement and their dreams of a better world.

New Urbanism: Designing Eco-Friendly and People-Friendly Communities
What makes “new urbanism” housing developments more environmentally friendly than regular old suburban neighborhoods? New urbanisim incorporates green building design and renewable energy to create livable communities that encourage people to walk, shop locally and get to know their neighbors.

Five Easy Ways to Help Save the Planet in 30 Minutes or Less
You may not be able to reduce global warming, end pollution and save endangered species single-handedly, but by choosing to live an earth-friendly lifestyle you can do a lot every day to help achieve those goals. Here are five simple things you can do—in 30 minutes or less—to help protect the environment and save Planet Earth.

Public Transportation: Fast Track to Fewer Emissions and Energy Independence
One of the easiest ways to pocket some extra green while living green is to use public transportation as often as possible. Using public transportation instead of driving alone in your car is good for the planet and good for your budget. Families that use public transportation regularly can save more money annually than the average U.S. household spends on food.

Tired of Mowing and Maintaining Your Lawn? What Can You Do?
Tired of spending dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars mowing and maintaining your grass lawn? Low-cost, low-maintenance alternatives to grass lawns can free you from your lawn mower, save you money, and provide attractive green spaces without the need for toxic chemicals. Learn more about alternatives to grass lawns.

Hemp: Miracle Fiber or Dangerous Drug?
What did the Gutenberg bible, Christopher Columbus' ropes and sails, the Declaration of Independence and the first American flag have in common? They were all made from hemp, a crop so versatile it can be used to make cloth, paper, even food. So why is the United States the only developed nation where growing hemp is illegal?

Autism -- Can Vaccines Cause Autism in Children
Is it true that toxins in some common childhood vaccines cause autism? Should parents consider not vaccinating their children to avoid the possibility of autism? Learn the facts.

Green for Good - Living Green and Doing Good
Green for Good offers consumers an opportunity to live “green” and do good at the same time. Green for Good provides an easy-to-access online marketplace for hundreds of organic and natural products, and the company also donates at least 10 percent of its after-tax profits to ecologically friendly organizations.

Patagonia Founder Urges Business Leaders to Put the Planet Before Profits
An Los Angeles Times profile of Yvon Chouinard, founder and chairman of Patagonia, Inc., traces his development as a reluctant entrepreneur and illuminates his belief that companies should make protecting the environment a core part of their business strategy.

10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming
Here are 10 things you can do to reduce your energy costs and your use of fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming.

Don't Be Fooled By Greenwash
As you strive to make sustainable lifestyle choices that support the environment, don't be taken in by companies that masquerade as eco-friendly businesses while continuing to wreak havoc on the environment. "Greenwash" is a method of PR and advertising used by some businesses to persuade consumers that they are environmentally responsible when they're not. Learn how to spot the frauds.

Alkaline Hydrolysis: A Green Alternative to Burial
What is alkaline hydrolysis? Learn the pros & cons of alkaline hydrolysis as a green alternative to burial.

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