Does Yosemite need a Starbucks?

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition asking that a new Starbucks be stopped from opening in the national park.

How to shovel snow

The TreeHugger guide to snow shovelling will help you survive the winter.

Smartphones have made parenting harder than ever

Giving a kid a phone “feels a little like trying to teach your kid how to use cocaine, but in a balanced way.”

Dental extractions are at an all-time high among British children

They’re eating far too much sugar.

7 beauty trends that have us excited for 2018

Could the mainstream beauty industry finally be embracing healthier, greener habits? It appears so.

How to avoid using paper towels

Paper towels may be convenient, but washable, reusable cloths are better for the environment.

Trying to get pregnant? Avoid polluted air

A new study has found that exposure to air pollution around the time of conception increases risk of birth defects.

Why you should avoid free two-day shipping

Speedy deliveries of online purchases come at a much higher environmental cost than slower ones.

Britain is frantic now that China won’t take plastic waste

For 20 years, China has essentially been the UK’s plastic dump. Now that door is closed and nobody knows what to do.

10 food trends you’re going to see in 2018

From marvelous mushrooms to carbonated coffee, these tastes will be in your mouth before long.

How to make healthier homemade Nutella

This version contains no added sugar or oil, and yet it tastes fantastic.

Our top 10 travel posts of 2017

Travellers want to get off the beaten track and explore spectacular scenery.

Why you should be ‘hardcore’ about one thing in life

Do you turn the thermostat way down? Shop zero waste? Ride your bike in January? These quirky lifestyle habits can make you a better person.

3 tips for avoiding fad diets and fitness regimes

Did you know people are more susceptible to weight-loss scams than any other kind?

8 paper planners that will change your life

These planners don’t stop at scheduling; they’ll help you smash your goals for 2018.

Madagascar’s vanilla situation is anything but plain

Now that vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, farmers need to rely on armed guards to protect crops.

East Africa doesn’t want your used clothes

Used clothing donations are more of a hindrance than a help, in the eyes of the East African Community. We need to listen to what they’re saying.

Plastics industry has known for years that it’s polluting oceans

But it has chosen to “deny, confuse, and fight regulation.”

The solution to single-use plastics is simple: Ban them

The UN Environment Assembly is putting together a “political declaration on pollution,” but we need action more than words at this point.

New 24-hour health guidelines address a child’s whole day

Kids need a combination of exercise, sleep, and downtime to thrive, but parents need help figuring out how to fit it all in.

Where do you keep your compost bin?

Placing a bin within 5 feet of the front door increases composting rates by 141 percent.

Friday Night Meatballs is a heartwarming way to build community

This weekly communal dining ritual was started by a Philadelphia couple in 2013 and has been growing ever since.

Holiday traditions should reflect what you truly love

And for most debt-weary Americans, shopping is not on that list.