A brief history of lettuce, America’s first fresh vegetable

Before inventors figured out how to ship iceberg lettuce across the continent, people subsisted on root vegetables for most of the year.

The new carnivores: humans who eat only meat

Consuming between 2 and 4 pounds of steak daily, adherents of this new and extreme diet challenge everything that plant-based eaters believe in.

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.

Woody Guthrie’s 1942 New Years Resolutions Resonate Today

The great folksinger had 33 resolutions for the year; no record of how it turned out in the end

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.

Artist’s earth-inspired rugs feature luxurious landscapes

These textile works of art are bursting with soft corals, algae and more.

Artist’s fantastical tattoos burst with vibrant flora, fauna & minerals

All kinds of curious forms of life are inked on skin by this artist.

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.

15 of the most desirable Airbnb homes around the world

From entire islands and off-grid cottages to castles and treehouses, here are a few of Airbnb’s most wish-listed rentals by country.

Kinetic art installation mimics synchronized flocking of 400 birds (Video)

These origami-inspired ‘birds’ soar, open and close their wings, and even make some unexpected sounds.

11 facts about Iceland’s elves

As if the landscape of fire and ice wasn’t wonderful enough, the stories of its magical creatures make it all the more wondrous.

6 ways to use old ribbon or paper to make pretty gift bows

Why buy new gift bows when the best ones can be made easily with things you have on hand?