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Let Your Wedding Dress Help A Cause

By Fredrica Syren When I got married, green weddings did not yet exist, at least not in a way I have heard about. If I were to get married again, for sure my entire wedding would be a different affair, with used, recycled and green alternatives. Take my dress, for …

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The Value of Trees

By Kim Robson: Ask any pilot and he or she will confirm this: There is far less turbulence flying low (1,000 to 2,000 feet) over a forest of green trees than flying over cleared or cultivated land with no trees. The reason is heat absorption. Green trees absorb sunlight and …

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Kid’s Crafts: Finger Knitting

By Fredrica Syren: I love Waldorf schools; I just have to put that out there. The kids learn so many fun arts and crafts that require so little which, in turn, makes the Waldorf kids very creative. All three of my kids have been into knitting since my 11-year-old Bella’s …

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Trouble in Toyland–The Environmental Impact Of Toys

By Larraine Roulston: Prior to World War II, children’s toys were manufactured from durable materials and designed to be passed down to succeeding generations. Once metal became scarce, plastics made their grand entrance. Giving these shiny gifts to children soon became very popular. Since that time, toys have become big business, and marketing plastic …

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DYI Healthy Christmas Goodies

By Fredrica Syren: Oh, Christmas and how much I love you! The lights, the mood, getting together with friends and family, And eating.. a lot. I love it, but I hate how all the indulging makes me feel, so this year my resolution is to make lots of goodies for …

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How to Have an Eco-Friendly Christmas

By Fredrica Syren: Major holidays always seem to equal lots of waste but not so much eco-friendliness. It does not have to be like that. With just a little planning and very little effort, it’s absolutely possible to have an eco-friendly Christmas that is still budget friendly. Here are my …

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Glitter: A Newly Recognized Environmental Pollutant

By Kim Robson: One of the most pervasive and damaging pollutants in the ocean is microplastic, tiny beads and plastic particles measuring 5 millimeters or less that require special fine-gauge netting to be removed from lakes and oceans. They might seem too tiny and insignificant to matter, but microplastics are …

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DIY Christmas Using Old Sweaters

By Larraine Roulston: Old sweaters sporting holes at the elbows are quite unsuitable to pass along to others. They need not be tossed away, however. Besides being unraveled for the wool, they also offer easier opportunities to create unique holiday gifts and crafts via upcycling by cutting and using various parts of the sweaters. Mittens: …

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The Very Real Fear of Dogs

By Fredrica Syren: My family are an outdoors loving pod who spend as much time hiking, biking and just hanging outside as possible. There is a fly in the ointment, however, and it’s that our older son, 6-year- old Noah, who has a great fear of dogs. This is problematic …

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Plastics Manufacturers Have Known About Plastic Harm Since 1970

By Fredrica Syren: Let’s be honest about plastic. And I mean inconveniently honest. Plastic is found in everything these days: food, hygiene products, phones, computers, cars, even gum. Here is the harsh truth: plastic never goes away and most of it — like grocery bags, micro beads, straws and bottles …

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