House & Garden April 2007

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This month, House & Garden is celebrating Spring with a fresh new design and re-launch of houseandgarden.com. All of the great content from the old is still there (like TreeHugger's blog on green design, plus some fun new features, including a whole section on living green. The print mag starts off with a bang, with an impassioned plea from Editor Dominique Browning to wake up, change our ways and do something about climate change, which is great to see in a magazine generally dedicated to "design for the well-lived life". Should we tire from all the climate campaigning during April (it is Earth Month, after all), there's a nice feature about the importance of choosing a planet-friendly mattress (page 58). It includes tips for avoiding toxic flame retardants (like PBDEs), a handmade mattress that you can sleep on for the rest of your life (no pun intended) and ideas for staying away from common mattress allergens. The best thing they found about a green mattress, though, is an idea that TreeHugger likes a lot: longevity; most are guaranteed for at least 20 years, so you won't have to go shopping again anytime soon. The new site also offers some good online support for the piece, with a selection of TreeHugger-friendly sheets, pajamas and calming teas, all to help you get your beauty rest. We spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in bed; might as well make it as green as possible. Lots more in this months mag; take a tour of the new site for more. ::House & Garden magazine

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