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Eco-Friendly Fashion—Denim Jeans

By Fredrica Syren: Traditionally, the fashion industry ranks third among major industries contributing to pollution, and is second in water use. Making one pair of stonewashed jeans requires 500 gallons of water. On top of this, cotton is being used as one of its major raw materials, and cotton production relies …

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Easy Soup Mixes in Mason Jars

By Kim Robson: In the United States last year, we spent $465 billion dollars on holiday gifts. Experts estimate it would only take $175 billion to do away with hunger for one year. Why not kill two birds with one stone: gift-giving coupled with feeding loved ones a healthy meal. …

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Tips for the Week’s Food Prep

By Fredrica Syren: Last week I read an Instagram post by Green Kitchen Stories about how they balance their busy life with three kids by prepping food in advance. It has has inspired me to do the same. I know that fresh food made right before serving it is the …

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Wipe Your Tears and Nose with a Hankie

By Fredrica Syren: When I was a little girl my grandfather always carried a cloth handkerchief in his pocket. They were nice blue ones and he would get a brand new one that was folded neatly every morning. Nowadays handkerchiefs seem to have gone out of style and but I …

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Coral Bleaching Is Getting Worse

By Larraine Roulston: Climate change is warming the oceans, causing the coral reefs to lose a high percentage of their symbiotic algae. Corals require warm water, but the extra heat is making the algae produce toxins. Because of this, the corals reject the toxic algae. As a result, the corals turn a ghostly white …

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Green Laundry Tips

by Danielle Douglas: The green movement has taken hold in some very important areas of our domestic lives.  It’s time we include laundry in our eco-friendly agenda. Follow these simple tips and you’ll be a bona-fide green, cleaning mama:   1.)   Ditch all those commercial laundry products and opt for natural …

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The Benefits of Calendula

By Kim Robson: Recently we’ve been getting these lovely hand soaps from Earth Dance Botanical Body Care, and one of the many delightful scents to choose from is Lemon Calendula. I’d heard of calendula before but didn’t really know much about it. As it turns out, calendula is a powerful …

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Amazing Products Made with Recycled Materials

By Fredrika Syren: Last week I wrote about how the world is drowning in waste and how we need to recycle more in order to reduce it. The silver lining to the trash problem is that there are many amazing upcycling inventions happening. There are companies that literally saw our …

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Raising Plant-Based Children—Family Meal-Friendly Menus

By Fredrica Syren: My three children are being raised on plant-based foods, which means they eat nothing coming from an animal. Instead, they eat lots of whole foods with a rich variety of vegetables and fruits, beans and lentils, and minimally processed  foods. Many people ask us if it’s hard …

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How to Teach Children to Give Back

By Larraine Roulston: Every year the gap between the wealthy and the poor increases. During these harsh winter days, we are even more aware of the homeless as municipalities struggle to find extra shelter for them. Children generally want to help. Parents, with a little effort, can aid them to …

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