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Larraine Roulston

A mother of 4 with 6 wonderful grandchildren, Larraine has been active in the environmental movement since the early l970s. When the first blue boxes for recycling were launched in her region, she began writing a local weekly newspaper column to promote the 3Rs. Since that time, she has been a freelance writer for several publications, including BioCycle magazine. As a composting advocate, Larraine authors children's adventure stories that combine composting facts with literature. Currently she is working on the 6th book of her Pee Wee at Castle Compost series, which can be viewed at www.castlecompost.com. As well, Larraine and her husband Pete have built a straw bale home and live in Ontario.

Tips to Be a Good Recycler

By Larraine Roulston: We all recognize the Möbius Loop. Most of us do our part to save resources from being trashed; however, during the past few years, recycling has acquired a poor reputation. When recycling was initiated in the Durham region (a neighboring community east of Toronto and my former …

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Achieving Zero Waste with Audits

By Larraine Roulston: Respecting our planet requires each of us to Rethink and Reduce what we throw away. To do this, it’s important to audit what we discard as trash. This applies to every resident with a supply of plastic garbage bags as well as to workers in the industrial, …

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Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

By Larraine Roulston: Unclogging drains probably ranks high among one’s least favorite household chores. Being vigilant about keeping the drainsieve in place, pouring boiling water down the sink once or twice a week, and not allowing grease to enter the kitchen sink are steps that go a long way toward keeping …

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National Toilet Paper Day

By Larraine Roulston: When organizations first began claiming special calendar dates to promote their causes, who would have guessed that there would be a “National Toilet Paper Day”?!  On August 26th, I received two such messages. Its purpose was to raise awareness of the deforestation caused by companies failing to manufacture …

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Working Towards Zero Waste with Pets

By Larraine Roulston: People don’t often realize that having an animal creates its own share of waste. There are, however, many ways pet owners can minimize the amount of discard. Any plastic bag packaging for dog/cat food probably will not get recycled. To decrease the amount of ready mixed pet …

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Just How Great Is Biodegradable Plastic?

By Larraine Roulston: NOT GREAT! Plastic is not a natural product and, biodegradable or not, it still takes years to break down and the fragments then become micro-plastic. In the UK, researchers submerged and buried what claimed to be “compostable” and “biodegradable” single-use plastic bags and found that after 3 years, …

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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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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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Beauty and the Beets

By Larraine Roulston: Beets usually are not the most popular choice for the average household chef. They often look dirty and take a long time to cook. Popping the hot skins before cutting or mashing is a somewhat messy task, as well. The health benefits, however, make this lovely colored …

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Enjoy a Zero-Waste Summer

By Larraine Roulston: Roll out those “Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” When this song was popular in the 1960s, before blue box recycling, there was little waste. Holiday participants during that decade toted a lunch basket filled with homemade sandwiches and cookies, hard boiled eggs, cut veggies and beverages in a …

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