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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 Lotion Bars

By Larraine Roulston: With Christmas fast approaching, assembling Do It Yourself lotion bars might be the perfect fit for you to offer family and friends. In fact, they make natural personal gifts for all occasions. Lotion bars can be created with either a masculine or feminine touch. Scented with lavender, they can be added …

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Teaching Children to Love Nature

By Larraine Roulston: Children are our greatest resource and whenever possible we need to allow them the opportunity to enjoy and learn from nature. Remembering that kids love to get dirty, allow them freedom to go outside and just play. Although my childhood didn’t include camping, it did consist of a …

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Why Recycling Is So Important

By Larraine Roulston: Utilizing timber, plastic, steel, aluminum and glass, as well as expensive metals that are found in electronic equipment, come at a cost to the earth and should be reused as many times as possible. As our planet’s resources are limited, recycling has become one of the many environmental efforts that we …

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Tips for Leftover Thanksgiving Food–Avoid Food Waste

By Larraine Roulston: Thanksgiving — a holiday celebration when tables are graced with a bountiful harvest. At the end of the long weekend holiday, most likely there will be plenty of leftover food from those turkey and vegetarian dinners with all the trimmings — a perfect time to utilize casserole …

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Budget Friendly Holiday Gifts

By Larraine Roulston: During this holiday season, we strive to surprise our family and friends with useful and memorable gifts. At the same time, it helps to have a spending plan in mind in order to avoid the woes of receiving over-extended credit card bills. To remain within your budget, make a list …

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UK Starbucks Turns Waste into Furniture

By Larraine Roulston: Pentatonic, a company that designs household furniture, is entering the field of crafting home furnishings by upcycling plastic trash. Their abundant resource is gathered from post-consumer plastic such as water bottles and old smart phone screens. Usable items are being created through Trashpresso which is a mobile solar-powered recycling plant built by …

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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston: This month celebrates Waste Reduction Week (WRW). In Canada, the event falls during October 16-22. The UK gears up for its European Week for Waste Reduction during November 18-26. These annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of education and events demonstrating methods of how to …

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The Benefits of Ecotherapy

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s generation of children is spending less time in natural settings. One example is that most elementary students no longer walk home for lunch. In this age of technology, most teenagers and adults as well are nature deprived. This revelation has resulted in scientists identifying the disadvantages of excessive screen …

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How to Raise a Green Toddler

By Larraine Roulston: First, kudos to the La Leche League and its volunteers who inspire women to nurse their babies. Their efforts marked an important turning point for mothers to return to nourishing their infants naturally. Secondly, a more recent natural “movement” called Elimination Communication promotes the EC method that not only involves …

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How to Clean with Just Baking Soda & Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: Keeping your home spotless with baking soda and vinegar is easy, economical and environmentally friendly. Baking soda cleans, polishes and refreshes. When combined with vinegar, its fizzy reaction signals a dynamic duo that attacks grime. Ovens: Burnt foods can be cleaned by spraying the oven with water, followed by applying …

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