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What's lurking in your mattress?

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When we were kids we were scared of the monsters hiding under our bed, but as adults we should be more concerned with the monsters lurking in our mattress. The average person spends nearly a third of their lifetime sleeping – with their face, nostrils and lungs right above their mattress, inhaling all of the chemicals that are lurking inside. With all that time spent face-on-mattress, it’s incredibly disturbing to know that the standard mattress poses more threats to our health than most people ever realize. Conventional mattresses are required by law to contain dangerous levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), including flame retardants which are linked to many health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. These off-gassing chemicals collect in dust and remain circulating throughout your home for years. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural materials that make great mattresses, including wool, organic cotton and natural latex, and if you look carefully and read labels, you can easily find a safe and healthy mattress. Read on for tips to avoid toxic mattresses that are harmful to your health, and discover all the best natural alternatives.

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Is Bhutan the world's most eco-friendly travel destination?

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My first meal in the land of Gross National Happiness was prepared by 5 diamond star chef Mario Fernandez, of Aman Resorts. When asked whether GNH is indeed a measurement of one of the world’s happiest countries, or a load of PR bunk, he said: “The people here can spend all day with a rock and be happy. No need for internet, iPhone, iPad, no Play Stations here.” Over the next week, I came to agree with him: the citizens of Bhutan don’t have much in the way of worldly possessions, but they seem serene, calm and at peace with themselves. We could learn a lot from them about slowing down the pace, appreciating the natural beauty of the topography, and valuing each other for the soul more than for talent and success.

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8 incredible parks created from landfills

Humanity has turned Earth into a giant trash pile. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans alone produce on average 4.3 pounds of trash each day. Multiplied by 318.9 million people, that’s a lot of trash landing up in the country’s landfills. If there are about 3,500 active landfills in the United States, just one country, think about how many formal and informal landfills there are globally, leaching all kinds of nasty chemicals into ground and surface water supplies and emitting methane gases. It’s a daunting thought. But there is good news. As our knowledge of managing waste improves, we are learning to turn trash into a resource. For example, many landfill sites convert methane emissions into clean energy and many retired landfills have been safely rehabilitated into thriving public parks that reveal nothing of their trashy history. We have rounded up a list of 8. Prepare to be amazed by the transformation.

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6 ways to make your wedding more sustainable

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If you haven’t considered how to have a more sustainable wedding, you’re missing out on more than just a chance to give back to the environment. Making your nuptials a more eco-friendly occasion can also have a huge impact on your wallet—and who out there doesn’t like the idea of saving a few thousand bucks? From going organic to skipping the $10,000 rock, there are many smart ways to go green on your big day. We have rounded up six. Take a look.

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How sustainable is wood?

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Deforestation is one of the most visible of humanity’s destructive impacts on the planet, with mowed-down forests around the world emptied of animal and plant species. And despite the fact that wood has been a reliable staple for generations, used for building homes and making paper among other things, it is in no way a rapidly renewable resource. Even with the presence of managed forests and the availability of reclaimed wood, our dependence on timber continues to grow exponentially alongside world population. Which makes us wonder: can we possibly keep using wood and call it sustainable?

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A complete guide to growing your own bridal blooms

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So you’ve put yourself in charge of your own wedding bouquets and arrangements? Some may tell you it’s an ambitious project that you should fear, but believe me, there’s nothing to be afraid of and it is deeply rewarding. Much like the love you are celebrating, your floral garden must be cultivated, nurtured and treated with patience. But in the end, you’ll walk down the aisle with the assurance that your floral decor is totally you—not to mention it’s cheaper and greener than going the traditional route, which is notorious for its environmental destruction. Here’s a little advice to get you growing.

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

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Four stylish green grills for a sustainable Memorial Day

Four stylish green grills for a sustainable Memorial Day

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7 cozy tipis and yurts that make you feel right at home

Dan and Emma Kigar started out with their own tipi way up at 11,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Their experience in these harsh conditions primed them for their life as yurt and tipi…

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Artist creates incredibly detailed life-size Ford Mustang entirely out of paper!

Artist creates incredibly detailed life-size Ford Mustang entirely out…

We can't help but wonder if Brand used recycled paper to create this masterpiece -- we hope he did -- and we're concerned about the toxic nature of the inkjet ink that colors the piece…

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6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

6 Amazing Green Treetop Paradises for Sustainable Living

TORNADO TREEHOUSE ROOTED TREEHOUSE FINCA BELLAVISTA TREE HOTEL UNDER HEAVEN ILLUMINATED GEODESIC DOME TORNADO TREEHOUSE Roderick Romero proved that treehouses…

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20 Fascinating Design Finds Spotted at WantedDesign 2015

Wanted Design is one of NYC's most anticipated Design Week shows, and this year's lineup did not disappoint. The international collection of home furnishings, design objects and art has…

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This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

This mind-blowing Stella mirror is a window into infinity

If optical illusions strike your fancy, this dramatic mirrored sconce might be the closest you'll come to observing infinity. The illuminated hexagonal Stella mirror completely stopped…

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8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

8 transforming, double-duty furniture designs spotted at ICFF 2015

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10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in…

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled…

STEP 1: Gather your materials Recycled containers (glass jam or sauce jars, plastic takeout containers, or yogurt cups are ideal) String or twine (cotton, hemp, or nylon). We used…

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OffCentre invites nature into small spaces with hand blown glass

OffCentre invites nature into small spaces with hand blown glass

Inhabitat spotted OffCentre's ethereal glassware at this year's New York Design Week. Hand blown in Brooklyn by designers Edison Zapata and Romina Gonzales, their line of vases, pendant…

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7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

Did you know that your daily five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day*? In the U.S. we have such easy access to clean…

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los…

Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this…

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14 awesome green designs spotted at BKLYN Designs 2015

14 awesome green designs spotted at BKLYN Designs 2015

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