Treehugger and MNN Merge: Welcome to Our New Site

We’ve united to become a single force of nature.

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Welcome to our new site! We are so happy you’re here and we are thrilled to share that Treehugger and sister site, Mother Nature Network, have joined forces to become a single destination. By combining two of the brightest green sites into one, we aim to create a robust, dynamic, and welcoming place devoted to all things Planet Earth. To put it humbly, we plan on being the best sustainability site out there.

The Backstory

Treehugger was launched in 2004 as a way to show that sustainability can be simple, fresh, and stylish – it was the first sustainability site with a modern edge and it presented a new way to think about treading more lightly. In 2009, Mother Nature Network (MNN) was launched as the flagship site for Narrative Content Group – and went on to become the world's most visited online network for news and information related to the environment and responsible living.

In 2012, the two sites became siblings when Narrative acquired Treehugger; we worked side-by-side, but as distinct entities. With the 2020 acquisition of both sites by Dotdash, we realized it was time to combine our strengths to become a big and beautiful one-stop shop. Our joint mission is simple: Sustainability for all.

The Future

On the new Treehugger you will find the same values and voices as before, tidied up for a better experience. We’ve improved the navigation and functionality, sped up the site, and of course introduced a fresh design – mint green is the new green!

But despite the shiny new package, behind the scenes we are still the same passionate treehuggers we always were.

Now that we have merged the sites, you may discover writers that you didn’t know before. Stay tuned for new voices, too – we have pledged to make our team much more diverse in the near future. In addition, there are plenty of added features that we are pretty excited about. The Latest News section will be timely and updated throughout the day; and you can always check out the eight sections at the bottom of the homepage to see what has been published most recently. There are other surprises scattered about as well – please take a look around and tell us what you think. As always, comments will be open. (And we know our loyal and chatty community of readers will have plenty to say. We love you for that, please never change.)

While it’s true that big changes can be jarring at first, we want you to know that we are over the moon with the site direction and we hope that you will be, too. Dotdash is a thoughtful and progressive company dedicated to helping people, and they are completely on board with our mission. With Mother Nature Network and Treehugger unified – and with the support of Dotdash behind us – we are ready to roll up our sleeves and start doing more of the good work. Saving the planet, one shiny new website at a time.