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Building a Straw Bale House

By Larraine Roulston: Living in a straw bale home became a reality when my husband Pete and I purchased land in northern Ontario. We were familiar with sustainable straw bale home structures and knew that the thickness of the bales would result in more energy efficiency –warmer in the winter …

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U.K Grocery Store To Use Food Waste To Power Itself

By Fredrica Syren: Grocery stores are a huge source of food waste, so when I heard about a supermarket chain in the U.K.that is planning to use food to generate energy power, it piqued my interest. Sainsbury’s supermarket chain in the United Kingdom is working towards creating power from leftover …

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Amaranth — An Ancient Super Food

By Centehua: There are over 60 species of Amaranth, a summer annual weed. Amaranth is tightly packed with flowers, and its foliage usually ranges from red and purple to green and gold. It is absolutely gorgeous, standing over 6 feet tall. This ancient plant is very dear to my heart. …

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2 Toxins Banned from iPhone and iPad Production

By Fredrica Syren: Apple has made big announcements about how they are taking steps towards going green lately. So, when two activist groups —China Labor Watch and Green America—pressured them to investigate the use of the hazardous chemicals benzene and n-hexane during the final production stage of their devices in …

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Dog Racing Losing Popularity

 By Kim Robson: Horse racing still carries with it a veneer of glamour left over from its glory days. In the 1930s and 40s, well-dressed celebrities including Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, W. C. Fields, Paulette Goddard, Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Red Skelton, Pat O’Brien, Clark Gable and Carole …

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Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

By Fredrica Syren: Every Sunday we eat pancakes for breakfast. These pancakes are both gluten-free and vegan and are my kid’s favorite. Buckwheat flour is a healthy gluten-free alternative that is loaded with protein and is low fat. It’s also rich in minerals such as magnesium, copper and iron. We …

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Summer Sun and Fun Tips for Hair

By Dawna Matthews: Summer is amazing– the sun, the monsoon season, swimming and playing outdoors. During all seasons of the year, our hair and skin changes with the weather, and summer is no exception. During the summer, our hair can dry out because heat from the sun deteriorates the protein …

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Green Laundry – Squeaky Green Clean

By Larraine Roulston: Doing laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might imagine. By greening your laundry habits, you can reduce both energy and water usage, and save money. First step – wear your clothes more than once. Next, look for eco-friendly detergents that are biodegradable and …

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble

By Fredrica Syren: There is nothing like the fresh sweet and flavorful fruits and berries during summer. The kids and I just can’t get enough and since they are only available a very short time each summer, I made a promise to kiddos that we’ll enjoy them to fullest while …

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