The top ten posts of the year on TreeHugger
What makes a TreeHugger story popular? What do our readers want? One can learn a lot from looking at the top stories of the year. Three are about tiny houses; two are how-to's; three, including the top story of the year, are nature stories, two of which appropriately hug trees. Add a tear-jerker dog story and there you are. So from all of us, a Happy New Year, and we look forward to 2016 as Tinypuppygoatsintreehugger.com!Tiny House Basics Be they salvaged trailers, gypsy-style caravans, modernist or Japanese inspired, we've seen a real diversity coming into the once quaint world of tiny homes. Built by tiny housers Shelley and Joshua, here is one 224-square-foot tiny abode that looks almost like a regular-sized house, thanks to a few decisions that they made before starting: like keeping a regular-sized fridge, having a generous countertop, and installing a lovely floating stair instead of a ladder. More in TreeHugger: Hefty 224 sq. ft. little house doesn't feel tiny at allFlickr/CC BY 2.0 On the Chinese New Year, Mike wrote: To celebrate the Year of the Goat, we thought we'd take a moment to appreciate these too-often overlooked animals; they might not be quite as iconic as other domesticated animals like horses and cows, or exotic enough to be featured in nature documentaries, but they are nonetheless a pillar of many societies, providing sustenance to hundreds of millions of people. More in TreeHugger: Goats climbing in trees!"Denali" film by Ben Moon/Screen capture When several excellent photographers and videographers recommend a short film, you know you’re in for a treat. I was expecting to watch something lovely, but I wasn’t prepared for this short from Ben Moon, titled “Denali,” to be so heartbreaking. More in TreeHugger: Photographer’s tribute to his dog is heartbreakingly beautiful.
7. 12 companies that make luxurious all-natural perfumes
© A Perfume Organic
It was some kind of cosmic joke that, while I sat working on this slideshow in a coffee shop, two middle-aged ladies sat down at the table next to me, filling the small space with their overpowering perfumes. Within minutes, my eyes started to water, my throat began to itch, and I couldn’t get a single breath of non-perfumed air.
The good news is that there are lots of companies and customers realizing the importance of avoiding synthetic perfumes. The following list of companies offer perfumes in various forms and strengths – solid, spray, roll-on, eau de toilette, eau de parfum, and perfume oils – that are free from the dangerous ingredients used in conventional perfumes. More in TreeHugger: 12 companies that make luxurious all-natural perfumesYouTube/Screen capture Just off U.S. Highway 20 in Central Oregon there is a lake with a curious fate. Every winter the aptly-named Lost Lake fills up, before slowly draining through a hole, drying up and making way for a meadow. More: Oregon's Lost Lake is disappearing through a strange hole