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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.

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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The Wonderful World of Spinach 

By Larraine Roulston: For years we’ve been told to eat our greens — and for good reason. Dark greens are a good source of dietary fiber. In addition, they contain vitamins K, A (in the form of carotenoids), B1, B2, B6, E and C as well as iron, manganese, folate, …

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Climate Change Projects for Students

By Larraine Roulston: Coastal hurricanes and wildfires have caused thousands of students to grieve over lost months of outdoor activities. Thankfully, both mainstream media and citizens are not only waking up to the reality of climate change, ocean pollution and other environmental issues but also are talking about it. Should …

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How to Become a Reducetarian

By Larraine Roulston: Meet the Reducetarians! They are the folks who lean towards being vegetarians but find it too difficult to make a full commitment. Personally, I love all-veggie meals and always order them in restaurants. I particularly enjoy dinners with my sister, who has been a true vegetarian for …

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GREEN HALLOWEEN

By Larraine Roulston: Be EEEKO friendly!! For the Halloween hype, parents can green the orange and black treats, costumes and parties. Dressing up can become much more creative by looking in your closets for old clothes, hats or fabrics. A trip to a thrift store may also provide some good choices. …

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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week 2018

By Larraine Roulston: October marks the celebration ofWaste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW). This year the event falls from October 15 to 21. The UK will host European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) during November, from the 17th to the 25th. Annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. The week …

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The Importance of Good Posture

By Larraine Roulston: My childhood memories of maintaining good posture remind me of walking with a book on my head and my mom poking me in the back at every appropriate opportunity. Is the teaching of good posture habits and their relationship to healthy bodies a good idea? The year …

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How to Raise a Low Tech Child

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s media-entrenched children reap the benefits of technology but also encounter several of its negative effects. In this digital and emotional world, establishing a workable balance in order to raise healthy childrenis imperative.Too much television and other variations of screen time can result in obesity, shorter attention …

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Health Benefits of Walking Barefoot

By Larraine Roulston: Walking barefoot is pleasant indoors, lovely on lawns, and especially invigorating along sandy beaches. You should not, however, limit yourself to just those areas. Weather permitting, walking and exercising in bare feet should be done with regularity. To obtain proper balance, toddlers take their first steps barefoot. …

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