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10 Houseplants That Clean the Air

Indoor air quality has become a real problem. Indoor air often contains formaldehyde from carpets and adhesives, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints, petrochemicals from fragrances, and a la…

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5 DIY Rugs

Have you ever seen a tag on a carpet that said it contained "unknown man-made fibers." Are you scared of the "unknown?" If it's hanging off a carpet or rug, you should be. "Unknown" carpet or rug…

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7 Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

According to the EPA, scientific evidence indicates that indoor air can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other studies indicate t…

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Green Knitting: A Gorgeous Blanket Project

I've been looking for a bed coverlet to knit with a soothing neutral palette. Generally, I am attracted to knitted projects that are brightly patterned with a rainbow of colors. When I spotted this Lo…

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Forest-Friendly Furniture

If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone hear it? Woodworkers with a passion for solid hardwood are rescuing and reclaiming downed trees to create one-of-a kind handcrafted modern heirlooms do. "…

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Is Your Air Cleaner Making Your Air Quality Worse?

Ozone can be good or bad -- depending on where it is. The good ozone occurs 10 to 30 miles above the earth and protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. Bad ozone occurs at ground …

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How Your Home Affects Your Health

By Robyn Griggs Lawrence, Experience Life Potentially hazardous chemicals, in the form of building materials, furnishings and cleaning products, infiltrate nearly everyone's homes. They're fo…

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Smarter Choices for Your Dog and You

By Claudia Kawczynska, The Bark Try this: Select a spot in your home and lie down on the floor. Is it the kitchen? Give the floor a little lick. Or the living room? Put your nose on the carpet …

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Eco-Wallcoverings: Not Your Parents’ Wallpaper

Itís common knowledge among remodelers and interior designers that the easiest way to transform the look of a home is by changing the wall color. Often the design element used is paint. Not so in my…

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Clean Coal’s Dirty Secret

It's dark. You turn on a light. It's cold. You turn on the heat. Need to cook dinner? Turn on the stove. Don't want to miss your favorite show? Turn on the TV. Piles of laundry? Throw them in…

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