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Au Revoir Plastic Cups—France to Ban Plastic Cups and Dishes

By Fredrica Syren: France is once again proving to be a pioneer as a country by making changes that will benefit the planet. They already have banned plastic bags and food waste for grocery stores, and now have taken another positive green step as the first country to ban plastic …

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20 Ways to Skip Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been two years now since my family began our journey to go plastic free. How is it going, you might wonder. The truth is that going completely plastic free is more difficult than we expected because plastic is in EVERYTHING. But we have for sure reduced …

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Single Use Plastic Straws — What a Waste! 

By Larraine Roulston : Over the years, our love of the drinking straw has grown through nostalgic images and our life-long habits. Today, there is a global movement … “The Last Straw — Literally!” With a mission to reduce straws, The Last Plastic Straw is a volunteer community project for Save …

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Circle of Poison Documentary

By Kim Robson: Let’s suppose for a moment that you run a company that produces toxic chemical pesticides. Those pesky environmental folks and that meddling EPA have just banned your best-selling pesticide from use in the United States. The solution? Slap a “For Export Only” label on it and sell …

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Benefits of Elderberry Syrup and Recipe

By Fredrica Syren: Last winter all three kids and I got sick at the same time. We ended up with a loooooong three weeks of coughing, sneezing and that overall icky feeling. My friend Corri brought me a bottle of her homemade elderberry syrup to help with the cough and to …

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How to Make Scented Bar Soap

By: Dinah Wulf Soap making is a creative art that has been around for thousands of years. The beauty of crafting your own soap is that you can choose the scent, color, and size, and it’s much more cost-effective than buying soap at the store. The soap-making process takes about …

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Three Ways to Stay for Next to Nothing While Traveling

By Emma Grace Fairchild: For both international and domestic explorers, choosing where to stay is the big decision; however, there are many options for finding temporary accommodations on the cheap, either as an exchange for services or completely free. The rise of interest in sharing economies and low impact travel …

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Get Lost In The World Of Story Telling

By Fredrica Syren: My children go to a Waldorf school, and at one parent meeting the teacher talked about storytelling and how important it is for kids. I remember as a child how much fun it was when adults would tell stories, whether fiction or life stories. I remember fondly our …

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Saving Water for the Garden

By Larraine Rouston: For the past several years, we all have become aware that climate change is causing droughts. Yet, just last week while walking in the woods, I picked up a disposable plastic bottle half filled with water. Water is a limited resource; less than 1% of it is usable …

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High Demand for Avocados Fuels Mass Deforestation in Mexico

By Fredrica Syren, a.k.a. Green mom: Last week I wrote a post about the health benefits of avocados, then someone pointed out that this popular food causes lots of problems for the environment. I have to admit that, at first, I had no clue what he was talking about — …

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