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Lungs of the Planet Getting Killed

By Fredrica Syren: As I write this, I’m watching in horror all the images of the Amazon on fire. Although so far away, this event will affect us all. The Amazon, known as the lungs of our planet because it provides 20% of the entire world’s oxygen, helps stabilize the world’s climate.  The …

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Teaching Your Children About Finances

By Jackie Edwards: Learning to manage your money isn’t something they generally teach in schools. It is a life skill that many people only begin to understand when they move into a home of their own. In order to prepare your children for the challenges of managing money and the …

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Demystifying Food Labels

By Kim Robson: We’ve all seen these marketing stickers on fresh produce or even prepared foods, labels touting their eco-friendly attributes, such as Non-GMOOrganicFree-RangeEthically HarvestedFair TradeGrass FedPasture RaisedGluten Free In the past, we’ve covered the various and often confusing labels on egg cartons. Today, let’s delve into the claims seen on …

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How to Avoid Certain Food Packaging

By Larraine Roulston: For the estimated 26% of Americans who eat takeout food every week: it is not a good idea to serve hot food placed on plastic. Styrofoam, even paper containers with a plastic inner lining, trigger seeping chemicals. Scientists and health advocates are raising the alarm that chemicals …

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Plant-Based Weekly Menu 8/26

Monday Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Tuesday Beet Soup and Home baked Bread Wednesday Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce served with Spaghetti and beans Thursday Beet Burgers Friday Pizza Saturday Ramen in a Spicy Peanut Sauce Sunday Pasta Casserole Dessert: Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: School is starting again and with that comes the need for some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with school children can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as a last resort, buy quality and …

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Hosting a Community Cleanup

By Kim Robson: It’s a sad fact that many people rarely meet or get to know their neighbors. We have our busy lives, and sometimes it’s hard to reach out to strangers. Hosting a community cleanup event, however, is a perfectly eco-friendly way to beautify your neighborhood AND meet your …

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Plastics Are Clogging the Beauty Industry

By Larraine Roulston: Last month was declared “Plastic Free July.” Our man-made problem and addiction to single-use plastics all too often are cluttering our beaches and killing sea life.  All over the globe, plastic entering the ocean just circulates there forever, leaving swirling cyclones of plastic soup. When our disposable culture discovered …

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