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Avoiding Mosquitos — The Nontoxic Way

By Amanda Wilkes: ​ In the midst of summer, you may be experiencing an army of relentless mosquitos circling your base camp. Whether you’re relaxing at home, playing at the park, vacationing at the lake, eating outside at your favorite bistro or out strolling in theevening, these pesky pests are determined to stalk and bite you, your …

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Family On Adventure-Öland

A couple of weeks ago we spent a week driving around Öland, which is an island in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden. It’s the second largest island in Sweden and you drive across a 6 km long bridge to get there. We drove around the whole island during the week and …

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How To Be an Eco-friendly Consumer

By Larraine Roulston: To become an eco-friendly shopper, you should implement your eco power-of-purchase. By using your freedom and ability to choose, and using your voice to demand more environmentally-friendly products and packaging, you will most certainly influence both small companies and large corporations alike. Look at it as a challenging opportunity. …

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New GMO Food Labeling Bill

By Kim Robson:  Regular visitors to Green Mom know that we’ve been following the issue of the relative safety and labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The United States is the world’s largest consumer of foods made with genetically altered ingredients. Many popular processed foods are made with soybeans, corn and other crops whose genetic …

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Help Everyone Learn the Importance of Energy Safety

By Kate Voss:  In 1752, American inventor and colonial patriot Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electrical by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. He strung a metal key onto the string of a kite and, when electricity flowed from the storm clouds through the string, was met with an …

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How Biking Can Save the World

By Larraine Roulston : When we rode a two-wheeler for the very first time, we were joyful and felt freedom along with a sense of power. With the breeze in our faces, I’m sure we all wish we could have cycled like that forever. Unfortunately for the environment, the automotive industry encouraged …

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Recycling the Non-Recyclable

By Kim Robson: When we think of recycling, we generally think of glass, aluminum, plastic and paper. But there’s so much more than just those items. There’s a veritable gold mine of potentially valuable materials ending up in landfills. These materials can include industrial waste such as solvents, paints, and …

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Miso: What It Is and How to Use It

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Miso is synonymous with the cloudy, salty soup served as an appetizer before sushi, but it has a much richer culinary history and application than many people know. Traditionally made in Japan, it is a paste of soybeans and grains fermented with the koji mold, and …

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How Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding

By Melissa Barrad: The trend for environmentally friendly weddings is definitely on the rise and will continue to become even more popular in the next few years. But, what does that really mean to the wedding industry? After planning weddings and events for almost a decade, I can say without …

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Is Organic Food Really Better?

By Fredrica Syren, a.k.a Green Mom: Ever since our kids were born, we have eaten only organic food in our home, but so many people question our choice and even will tell me about study after study that “prove” organic is no better. Here in Sweden, a major grocery chain …

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