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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Are Moms Allowed To Enjoy Being Alone?

By Fredrica Syren: A very good friend of mine is going overseas on a business trip for a week and will leave her two small children for the very first time since they were born. First I was excited that she gets to visit a foreign country, but then I …

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Farm-To-Table Purses

By Kim Robson: The term “slow fashion” emphasizes ethical manufacturing, local production, high quality materials, and timeless styles. Just like slow food, slow fashion is starting to get the attention of consumers around the world. It runs contrary to the shoddy quality of environmentally polluting fashion items produced by inhumane sweatshops. …

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Happy Wash: Eco-laundry

By Dawna Matthews: Wash, fold, repeat … I feel I am constantly doing laundry — something I am sure we all feel. It is a household chore I enjoy — the sorting, the rhythm, the folding and stacking. As much as I enjoy it, though, I am always seeking ways …

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By Fredrica Syren: Eggplant is not my favorite vegetable to cook with. I like eating it but really don’t know how to cook it. Well this week I received an eggplant with my CSA box so I took on the challenge and made something I used to like to eat …

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Reduce – The First of the 3Rs Hierarchy

By Larraine Roulston: This year, “Waste Reduction Week” (WRW) was celebrated from October 20-26. At this time, recycling councils promote the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — with activities and sponsored events.  WRW is intended to raise public consciousness about waste and its environmental and social ramifications.Reduce is announced first, as …

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Major Warning in New U.N. Climate Report

By Fredrica Syren: Well, we’ve heard it before: climate change is here, and it’s our fault, the U.N’s panel on Climate Science said on Sunday. So nothing new was reported, considering the findings in the last three reports released during the past 13 months. However, I agree that it needs …

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Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent

By Andrea Patin: I have to say, I am impressed. I have done many loads of nasty cloth diapers and our typical dirty duds and they all come out clean and fresh. And not just looking clean, but feeling and smelling clean- no residue and no weird scent. I had …

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Helsinki — A Car-free City

By Emma Grace Fairchild: A car-free city sounds too good to be true, right? An urban environment so easy to maneuver your way around that having a personal car becomes meaningless is the dream of many an environmentalist. It may become a reality for one European city: Helsinki. The capital …

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Eco-Couture: On Trend in Clothing and the Environment

By Dawna Matthews: It seems the newest trend in fashion is upcycling and sustainable design.There has been a marked increase in designers focusing on innovative designs based on sustainable practices and materials. Not only are designers focusing on the environment, but buyers are also increasing the demand and desire for …

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