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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.

The Construction 3Rs Guide

By Larraine Roulston: The Canadian construction industry generates 9 million tons of demolition waste annually. Almost everywhere, we see buildings or residential homes under construction, renovation or demolition. Think about all the material required to erect new structures and where most materials end up when buildings are upgraded or demolished.   Justin Havre, …

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Turn Your Key — Be Idle Free

By Larraine Roulston: In spite of scientific warnings about increasing climate disruptions, we still see people idling their cars. Many cabbies keep their motors running at airports, parents idle cars as they wait for their children, and others sit in parking lots while spewing exhaust as they text. One statistic …

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Why You Should Eat More Beans

By Larraine Roulston: When we enjoy more plant-based foods on our dinner plates, not only will we become healthier, but also our action will have a positive impact on the planet.For centuries, beans have been an important part of our diet. Beans and other legumes, such as chick peas and …

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Benefits of Cold Weather Exercise

By Larraine Roulston: The month of January generally sees a rise in gym memberships. The idea of improving one’s fitness, however, should not be restricted to indoor workouts only. Looking for ways to exercise outside can be, in many ways, even more beneficial.  In northern Ontario, where I live, the …

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Rising Demand for Animal Welfare Certified Meat, Eggs and Dairy

By Larraine Roulston: In my small northern Ontario town, one of our two large supermarkets recently began stocking the Certified Humane chicken brand Blue Goose, and occasionally offering Certified Humane steaks. Certified Humane, Global Animal Partnership and Animal Welfare Approved are certifications recommended by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to …

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A Surprising Number of Uses for Tea Towels

By Larraine Roulston: A stack of fresh, folded tea towels is a joy to have in any kitchen. These soft yet sturdy linens are not only excellent for drying dishes, but also have been found useful in many ways throughout your home. For example, a tea towel becomes an automatic …

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DIY Bath Bombs for Christmas

By Larraine Roulston: During the holiday season, some individuals strive to surprise family and friends with memorable homemade gifts. If sourcingherbs and other ingredients to create personal care products are your focus, this bath bomb recipe with scented evergreen needles is a popular choice. Bath bombs, also known as bath fizzies, …

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Recycling Is the New Sexy!

By Larraine Roulston: Being “green” has become the new sexy! Recent research polled 2,000 Americans and reported that 62% consider it a turn-off if a dating prospect fails to recycle. The trend also appears to be growing, as younger generations are not impressed by wastefulness. (With that in mind, single …

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Embrace the New Circular Economy

By Larraine Roulston: It’s time to Re-Think our economic progress by exploring the many opportunities of the emerging circular economy. This movement is concerned with encouraging societies to become low-carbon emitters and to strive to develop a sustainable industrial system. Our present system has evolved towards a linear economy — one …

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Reducing Waste in Restaurant, Bars & Cafés

By Larraine Roulston: Restaurants and the food service industry contribute a hefty amount to the waste stream. Food waste, in particular, is high on the list. On average, a single restaurant might send as much as 50,000 pounds of edible food to landfills annually.Wasting foodnot only hurts a restaurant’s bottom …

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