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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.

DIY Gourmet Pasta

By Larraine Roulston:  If you are searching for recipes that are both inexpensive and delicious, you might try making your own homemade pasta. Personally, I do not have a pasta machine but with flour, salt, eggs from cage-free poultry, as well as some garden herbs and olive oil on hand, …

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Alternatives to Sudsing with Traditional Shampoos  

By Larraine Roulston:  It was once quoted that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. So why do we smother it with so many chemicals? If you are seeking alternatives to shampoos and conditioners, why not test the benefits of using a shampoo bar or the “No Shampoo”method that uses …

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Products Made from Ocean Plastic

By Larraine Roulston:  Approximately 40 years ago, scientists began to study ocean pollution. During the 1990s, they discovered the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch — an array of discarded floating plastics that have formed an island.  Today, an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. …

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How to Become a Minimalist

By Larraine Roulston: Environmental awareness has made the expression “Shop ’til You Drop” lose its appeal. Deep down, we all know there is joy in seeing uncluttered spaces and that happiness does not come wrapped in cellophane. Not purchasing the latest fashion or piece of technology will result in less …

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Renting Baby Clothes

By Larraine Roulston: Renting baby clothes is a fresh approach that serves the newgeneration who search for eco-friendly options. People have alwaysrented tuxedos, dishes for gala events, and carpentry tools. As youngparents are looking towards sustainable living that includes reusingand recycling, to introduce the rental of infantattire makes sense. After …

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Personal Actions Make a Difference

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s youth are amazing! In Calgary, Alberta, two 6thgrade students, Mya Chau and Eve Helman, launched a petition after their science project revealed the shocking statistics regarding discarded beverage cups. The girls decided to act and stated, “In Canada alone, over 1.5 billion disposable coffee cups are …

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Granny Smith Apples & the Magic of Compost

By Larraine Roulston: The origin of brand names often can be intriguing. For instance, ifyou thought that “Granny Smith Apple” was a name fabricatedfor marketing purposes, you’d be interested to learn that itwas named after a real Granny Smith. Born into a farming family in England in 1799, Maria Ann …

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How to Make Clothes Last

By Larraine Roulston:  For the most part, the manufacturing process of textiles is notparticularly “green.” Pesticides are used to grow cotton, and chemical dyes produce vibrant colors.  While aiming to live with a low carbon footprint, you have to think about your wardrobe. This includes finding quality clothes that will endure, as well …

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Sex, Lies & Butterflies

By Larraine Roulston: Last month I viewed an amazing nature documentary entitled Sex, Lies and Butterflies. By incorporating sophisticated macro-filming techniques, viewers can observe butterflies’ fragile beauty and survival tricks, and witness one of Earth’s most amazing migratory accomplishments. For over 50 million years, these incredible insects have been pollinating …

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