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Sustainable Textile — Wool

By Larraine Roulston: In the textile industry, wool is a natural alternative to harmful chemicals used on other fibers. Wool from sheep and goats is used as a base material in clothes and is an integral part of many household products. Wool breathes and draws moisture into the core of …

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Rustic Red Wine Lentil Stew

By Fredrica Syren: I made lentil stew for our Christmas dinner, and it was a huge hit. It’s warming, satisfying and altogether yummy — and perfect for a special occasion or a very cold winter day. I served it with roasted potatoes and a large spinach salad but it goes …

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The Spice of Life: Antioxidant Herbs and Spices

By Dawna Matthews: Ways to improve your health and well-being are always in the news. One of the simplest ways to improve both is through nutrition. There are several buzzworthy health and nutrition topics, but one of the most talked about today is antioxidants and why we need these nutrients. …

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Hidden Water Uses

By Kim Robson: Did you know that approximately 90% of all fresh water is used by agriculture (70%) and industry (20%), leaving just 10% for domestic use? The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is urging coordinated action to reduce the amount of “hidden water” used in food and drink production …

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Rising Sea Levels–Why We Should Be Concerned

By Kim Robson: Rising sea levels are causing U.S. oceanfront communities such as Malibu and Nantucket to go to war against erosion from the encroaching sea. In 2007, the Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket was moved 390 feet inland to save it from the encroaching bluff. The whole of Nantucket …

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Compostable Fashion

By Larraine Roulston: By design, when everyone makes a fashion statement with the environment in mind, there will never be a need for clothing to become trash. With Americans sending 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year, where they release methane, a contributor to climate change, it is …

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Gluten-free and Vegan Banana Muffins

By Fredrica Syren:  Between my husband’s being gluten and lactose intolerant and my being vegan, baking surely is a challenge. Challenging but not impossible☺ During the cold season, I like to make muffins for the kids to eat when we’re outside, and these banana muffins are perfect for that. They …

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Pack Your Inner Chef — Cooking While Traveling on a Budget

By Dawna Matthews: Traveling and experiencing a new city or country is something I am very passionate about. Traveling can be uplifting, educational, inspiring, and also expensive. Often, we save money for our holiday vacations — for transportation, places to stay, experiences. And food — one of the most substantial …

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Our Less Waste Project

By Fredrica Syren: In 2006, I discovered a blog called No Impact Man blog. It’s about Colin Beavan, who lived in New York with his then 2-year-old daughter and wife. They had embarked on a 1-year project of going completely “green,” giving up virtually all of the comforts of modern …

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