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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.

Recycling Right with RoboBin!

By Larraine Roulston: In May, 65 universities from 9 countries entered the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) second annual Ideation Challenge competition designed to develop solutions to problems facing businesses. RoboBin, an invention which addresses the dilemma some people face when discarding items into public recycling containers, won first prize over 600 applicants …

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The Convenient Electric Bike

By Larraine Roulston: There are many advantages to acquiring an electric bike. To determine if one makes sense for you, there are several factors to ponder. Electric bikes have increased in popularity during the past few years. There are several pros as well as a few cons that one should take into …

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Trees! Their Importance & Value

By Larraine Roulston: Since time began, trees have furnished all life on earth with food and oxygen. What’s more, they have provided humans with shelter, shade, medicines, tools, firewood, household furnishings, sturdy branches for swings, sculptures, as well as pulp for paper. Trees also add real estate value. Besides their …

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October Celebrates Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston. This year, Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW) is celebrated during October 21-27. During the week, the focus on theme days encompasses The Circular Economy, Textile Tuesday, Champions & Innovators, Plastic & Packaging, Food, Shop/Share/Repair, and wraps up with Electronics on Sunday. As youth are front and …

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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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