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YES! But How?: Green Washing
by Kelly Shea
My new front-load washing machine is more energy-efficient, but I was told not to use eco-friendly detergent in it. Are my efforts to be energy and water conscious a wash?
Can You DIY?
Sweeten with honey, darn a sock, and refrigerate without electricity: Learn how to do what your grandparents knew
Bike As You Are
by Valerie Schloredt
Whether it's in lycra or heels, the emerging movement of "come as you are" cycling proves that anyone can bike–anytime, anywhere.
Resilient Ideas: Reclaim, Repair, Rebuild
by Susan DeFreitas
How the rebuilding boom improves communities, benefits the environment, and even creates jobs.
Biomimicry in Action
Biomimics, nature's apprentices, study the functions of the natural world in search of new designs that we can adopt and apply.
8 Ways to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning
by Stan Cox
8 tips to help you beat the summer heat.
The Story of Cosmetics
What's in your shampoo, anyway? Annie Leonard explores the toxins in our bathrooms, and what to do about them.
Live Dangerously: 10 Easy Steps
by Shannon Hayes
When Shannon Hayes made a list of easy steps for becoming a radical homemaker, she didn't realize just how revolutionary they were.
Step Away From the Plastic Bag
by Kim Eckart
Our associate editor experiments with life after plastic bags.
YES! But How? :: Paper v. Cloth
by Keith Rutowski
Does buying recycled household-paper products make that much of a difference? Are there any better alternatives?
6 Simple Ways to Bring the Water Revolution Home
by Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, Berit Anderson, Ashlee Green, Keith Rutowski
Get tight with your water budget, live large on dishwater, save some rain, and get your activist feet wet (really).
YES! But How? :: A Greener Pour
by Berit Anderson
I see more and more “green” boxed wines hitting the shelves at the supermarket. Are these really better for the environment?
YES! But How? :: Green Birth Control
by Ashlee Green
Is there such a thing as “green” birth control?
YES! But How? :: Composting in Small Spaces
by Berit Anderson
I don’t have much of a yard. Can I still compost?
YES! But How? :: Hair Colors From Nature
by Berit Anderson
Changing or enhancing your hair color doesn’t have to jeopardize your health. Plant-based hair-color products offer an alternative to permanent dyes.