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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 International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: Help compost councils celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11. The ICAW was createdin Canada in1995, while the UK Composting Association and the U.S. Composting Council were established in 2001. Although composting is promoted year-round, the strength of their message during ICAW is enhanced through their designated annual week …

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Easter Basket Green Tips

By Larraine Roulston: April is the traditional time when children enjoy finding their Easter baskets filled with an array of chocolates and jelly beans. Yet, collectively,we are becoming more aware of our children’s high consumption of sugar through a variety of commercial foods. Also, at this holiday time, we need …

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Starting Seeds Indoors

By Larraine Roulston: Those of us fortunate enough to have a residential garden, balcony space or a plot in a community vegetable/flower garden can reward themselves with some homegrown vegetables. You’ll find that getting an early start by planting a few seeds indoors will be more economical than buying transplants. Vegetables …

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DIY Scented Cleaning Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: The movement for using natural, allergy free, and child- and pet-friendly cleaning agents has been growing over the years. The cleaning power of good old-fashioned vinegar by itself does not include disinfection; but it can kill some bacteria and, if allowed to sit for 30 minutes on …

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Students Applying 3Rs to Plastic Film

By Larraine Roulston: April is our spring month when schools can demonstrate their commitment to the environment through a number of fun and exciting activities. One popular program to reduce plastic is the “Plastic Bag Grab Challenge” initiated by Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and Walmart Canada, which rewards students …

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Study Found Disposable Diapers Contain Harmful Chemicals

By Larraine Roulston: When the first disposable diapers appeared over 60 years ago, they were designed with snap-on reusable plastic pants. This invention was initially introduced just for travelling and vacationing with babies. The tactic was used to ease the transition towards the acceptance of plastic covered diapers for daily …

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Choosing Locally Grown Organic Flowers

By Larraine Roulston: It is estimated that Americans spend $2 billion purchasing 250 million roses for Valentine’s Day. When grown in Colombia, the roses require no artificial light, and the majority of Colombian farm workers either walk or cycle to work. When wilted, flowers can nourish the soil through composting. …

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Testing an Easy Solution for Capturing Microfibers

By Larraine Roulston:  Will a new filter now being tested on washing machines solve the problem of plastic microfibers entering our drinking water?  We have begun addressing the accumulation of plastic microbeads in the oceans.Now, another development has emerged. Last year, David Sweetnam, executive director of Georgian Bay Forever, revealed …

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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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