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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.

Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston: This month celebrates Waste Reduction Week (WRW). In Canada, the event falls during October 16-22. The UK gears up for its European Week for Waste Reduction during November 18-26. These annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of education and events demonstrating methods of how to …

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The Benefits of Ecotherapy

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s generation of children is spending less time in natural settings. One example is that most elementary students no longer walk home for lunch. In this age of technology, most teenagers and adults as well are nature deprived. This revelation has resulted in scientists identifying the disadvantages of excessive screen …

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How to Raise a Green Toddler

By Larraine Roulston: First, kudos to the La Leche League and its volunteers who inspire women to nurse their babies. Their efforts marked an important turning point for mothers to return to nourishing their infants naturally. Secondly, a more recent natural “movement” called Elimination Communication promotes the EC method that not only involves …

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How to Clean with Just Baking Soda & Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: Keeping your home spotless with baking soda and vinegar is easy, economical and environmentally friendly. Baking soda cleans, polishes and refreshes. When combined with vinegar, its fizzy reaction signals a dynamic duo that attacks grime. Ovens: Burnt foods can be cleaned by spraying the oven with water, followed by applying …

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International Coastal Cleanup Day

By Larraine Roulston: Discarded plastic and other resources accumulate in five different ocean garbage patches. The plastic, if left to increase, will negatively impact our ecosystem. It’s a problem that needs not only to be tackled at its source but also demands a massive cleanup. September 16th marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that …

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Baking Soda — Great for Personal Care

By Larraine Roulston: Baking soda offers a lengthy list of benefits for personal health. As a deodorizer, it covers many areas. When placed inside a closet, it will freshen the air as well as clothing. In the bathroom, add 1 cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl where it will clean and …

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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Zero Waste Takeout

By Larraine Roulston: It’s hard to image a world without plastic, yet this invention did not become wildly popular until after WWII. Due to its light weight, plastic is practical for many applications, including packaging for transportation. The problem, however, is that there is far too much of it. Not only …

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Talking to Children About Climate Change

By Larraine Roulston: Replying to my environmental email, a friend added that her father-in-law always used to say, “Life was the making of good and the breaking of bad habits!” Regarding climate change, his motto speaks volumes. Man’s folly has always been to buy the latest and most convenient innovations, only to realize that when …

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The Benefits of Using Mint

By Larraine Roulston: Mint contains source vitamins A, B-6, C, E and K; and minerals, including copper, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium, which makes it amazing for eating and/or drinking, skin application and therapy. Its history goes back to ancient times. Dried peppermint leaves have been discovered in several Egyptian pyramids. Greek and …

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