Green Living

Looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? You've come to the right place! Our Green Living category contains articles on everything from energy-saving tips to composting.

Want to learn whether a particular material is eco-friendly? We've got you covered. Interested in finding out which household products are most damaging to the environment? We can help with that, too.

So whether you're just getting started on your green living journey or you're looking for ways to take your efforts to the next level, you'll find all the information you need right here.

What is Rubberwood & is it Eco-Friendly?

Rubberwood is a type of wood gaining popularity as consumers look for eco-friendly and sustainable alternatives to traditional wood options. Being an enthusiastic amateur carpenter, I’ve worked with most woods (including rubberwood), and I’m delighted that it’s starting to appeal to a broader audience. But what is rubberwood? And it is really the eco-friendly super […]

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Is Thermocol Recyclable (And if so, How?)

Thermocol is a popular material made from polystyrene. It’s used in a variety of applications, including construction and packaging. But is thermocol recyclable? Is it always destined for landfill? Or can it go in your recycle bin? My family has recycled everything we can for many years - even before it was cool (or the […]

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Plastic Bottle Cap Recycling: How, Where & Why?

If you’re a regular reader of TheRoundup, then you’re probably a seasoned recycler and a dab hand at sorting your glass, paper, plastics, etc. into the proper bins to ensure they get recycled or reused as much as possible. However, despite all your admirable efforts, did you know that plastic bottle caps are not always […]

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Is Fiberglass in Mattresses Safe? The Disturbing Truth

Chances are you’re surrounded by fiberglass in your home. It’s a common building material, particularly prevalent in building insulation. Well, it now appears to have worked its way out of the walls and into your inner sleep sanctum. There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the safety of fiberglass in mattresses. Some people swear it, while […]

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Do Natural Latex Mattresses Sag? The Truth About Latex Longevity

Organic and natural latex has become a popular choice in recent years, as some people look for an alternative to traditional mattresses. They may be eco-friendly, but how about durability? Do latex mattresses sag over time? And if so, can it be bad for your health? In this article, I’ll explore the truth about beds […]

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What Bed Size is a Futon? The Ultimate Guide

When it comes to futon bed sizes, there are a lot of options to choose from. But what is a futon? What bed size is a futon? And how do you know which one is right for you? Whether you’re looking for twin or king, western or Japanese, metal or wood…I’ve got you covered! In […]

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Is My Pillow Toxic and What Chemicals Does it Contain?

Are you getting a good night’s sleep? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably no. It’s no secret that our sleeping habits significantly impact our overall health. But what you may not know is that your pillow could be making you sick. Wait! What? Is my pillow toxic? Potentially, yes! Some studies have […]

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Are Latex Mattresses Hot or Cool? The Official Verdict

Regular readers will know that I love my job - especially when that job involves sleeping! I’ve happily covered many bedding and mattress topics over the years, but the mattress material I probably get the most questions about is latex. In fact, one of the questions I get asked by TheRoundup readers almost daily is, […]

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Is Microfiber Toxic? The Truth about this Controversial Fabric

Microfiber is a synthetic fabric that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s made up of tiny fibers, which makes it lightweight and durable. Ideal for multiple uses, including: Household cleaning cloths Towels Bedding Clothing Carpets Rugs Upholstery However, there’s growing concern about the potential toxicity of microfiber products. In this article, I’ll explore […]

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20 Endangered Animals that will be Extinct by 2050

In a few short decades, many animals we know and love will be gone forever. And not because of some natural disaster or epidemic, but because of us. Humans are responsible for the majority of animal extinctions that have occurred in the last century. We’re destroying their habitats, polluting their ecosystems, and hunting them to […]

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Metal Vs Wooden Bed Frame: Which Is Right For You?

There’s a lot of debate regarding metal and wooden bed frames. But which option is best - both for your sleep, and for the environment? Many people swear by the sturdiness and longevity of metal bed frames, while others find them cold and uninviting. Wooden bed frames, on the other hand, are often considered warmer […]

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What Is GREENGUARD Gold Certified and Why is it Important?

What are your main checklist items when shopping for new furniture, mattresses, and other household items? Cost? Size? Color? Style? What about the level of harmful chemicals the item will bring with it into your home? That surely has to be right at the top…right? I’ve covered over 200 eco-certifications here, and one of the […]

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How to Store a Latex Mattress Without Damaging It

A latex mattress - especially one that's made from organic materials - can last many years if used, cleaned, and stored correctly. Usage is easy. Simply follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding rotating the mattress to ensure even wear. We've also covered cleaning before in this guide on how to clean a latex mattress the eco-friendly […]

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How Long Does It Take For Furniture To Off-Gas?

When you get new furniture, do you like the new smell, or does it give you a headache or make you feel sick? The smell and the potential adverse reactions you might experience are caused by the chemicals used in furniture manufacturing releasing (or off-gassing) into the air in your home. I’ve already covered mattress […]

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How To Keep Ants Away Naturally: 37 Effective Tips

“Ants in your pants make your belly button dance”...not quite sure what that actually means…but Mom used to sing it to me all the time as a kid, so it must be true. For many of us, ants are a common pest that can be found both indoors and outdoors. If you’re looking for tips […]

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