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Clean Your Whole House with Vinegar, Baking Soda and Lemon

One way to reduce the number of cleaning products you bring into your home is to clean with products you already have.

If you clean with these three simple items, you may buy less, spend less money and have fewer harsh chemicals to worry about.

New Bin Takes Recycling to Every Room

For many people, recycling is a chore relegated to kitchen bins and outdoor receptables. But what if recycling happened in every room, several times a day?

Bill Gates Helps Reinvent the Toilet

Bill and Melinda Gates want to harness the power of our excrement. No, seriously. And when you bring that idea to some of the world’s most inventive thinkers, it turns into innovation that could actually do some good for the environment and…

NYC to Offer Water-Saving Toilet Rebates

Nearly two years after the New York City Council passed legislation requiring all new city buildings to have dual-flush toilets, the Big Apple’s Department of Environmental Protection is now prepared to offer rebates to homeowners and landlords who…..

PHOTOS: Stunning Recycled Glass Countertops

Americans generated 11.5 million tons of glass in 2010 – about 27 percent of which was recycled, according to the EPA. Nearly 90 percent of recycled glass is used to make new containers. But creative greenies are finding some slightly more…

Why My Swiffer is the Least of Our Worries: Prioritization Matters

Image credit: Elizabeth/Table4Five, used under Creative Commons license.

The other day I was cleaning our floors with a Swiffer, musing on how it probably wasn’t the greenest option out there, and beating myself up for choosing convenience over ecolo…

Most Appalling of Show: The Zurn Bariatric Toilet

Images credit Lloyd Alter

We all know that America and the world are getting fatter, but I didn’t know that they are even now making special toilets to deal with the problem. In fact it is, um, an expanding market; The Zurn Bariatric wall hung flush …

Best of Show, Booth Design at Greenbuild: Kohler And Living Machine

images credit Lloyd Alter

The point of having a booth at Greenbuild is to attract attention, and like with everything else, design matters. I immediately fell in love with the Kohler booth; In some ways it is so 2005 green, with its recycled material…

New Sink Lets You Recycle Your Greywater & Saves Space

At the Gala for the best designs of the Valencian region 2011 by the Valencian Design Association this week we saw a lot of flashy projects but not many that I would classify as best, meaning functional, attractive and eco! The student award for indu…

Is Westin Heavenly Shower a Green Wash or a Greenwash?

Image: courtesy of tipster Ben Rich

Over a year after Lloyd told us about the US Department of Energy’s plans to better enforce laws regulating shower water usage, it appears the laws still have no teeth. Alert TreeHugger tipster Ben sends us this ph…