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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.

Millions of Contact Lenses Pollute Our Water

By Larraine Roulston: It is common knowledge that when eye glasses need to be replaced, the used pair can be left at the optometrist’s office or deposited at similar participating retail collection boxes for those in need. Disposal awareness unfortunately is not as clear for contact lenses. Eye care specialists …

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Composting Poster Contest

By Larraine Roulston: The U.S. Composting Council is inviting entries for its 17th annual poster contest promoting the 2019 International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) to be celebrated May 5-11. This year’s theme “Cool the Climate — Compost!” connects healthy soil to the climate. Composting returns nutrients to the soil, not …

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Adidas Pledges to Use Only Recycled Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: Great news from Adidas! This year, the global sportswear manufacturer is moving towards eliminating all virgin plastic from its products entering its retail stores, warehouses, distribution centers and offices. The company has  pledged to use only recycled plasticsby 2024. Their commitment will prevent an estimated 40 tons …

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California’s Recycling Is Becoming Unsustainable

By Larraine Roulston:  Recycling has emerged as a bustling new industry investing in job opportunities that include collection, source separation, innovating products with recycled content, and providing continuous public education. By recycling, fewer resources are sent to landfills. As well as being more energy and water efficient, in comparison to …

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Backyard Nature Activities for Kids

By Larraine Roulston: Today’s kids are caught up with keeping in touch with friends online as well as being in tune with the latest video games. It’s increasingly apparent that they are being deprived of nature (known as nature-deficit disorder) and need to engage in more simple outdoor recreation. By …

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How Ocean Plastic Is Contaminating Fish

By Larraine Roulston: We are well aware that the fish we eat have been exposed to all types of toxic chemicals that enter the oceans, lakes, rivers and bays that they inhabit. The chemical mercurywas one of the first and most commonly known pollutants. Scientists warned women of childbearing age …

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Retailers with the Best Recycling Programs

By Larraine Roulston: Recyclable items that are not part of municipal collection programs make recycling inconvenient for citizens. To address this issue, the following retailers have stepped up to make recycling their products, as well as those of their competitors, easier for customers. Apple, best known for its computers, has …

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WeWork Strives to Become Meat Free 

By Larraine Roulston: WeWork’s global network of shared office locations has designed its workspaces for employees to experience the nurturing effects of creativity, innovation and productivity. The company states that “workspace is our craft,”and provides its employees with an environment of natural light, comfort and inspiration. Whereas most offices offer …

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Gearing Up for Protected Bike Lanes

By Larraine Roulston:  In North America, cycling is becoming increasingly popular. It does not, however, compare to the popularity in many European and Asian cities. On my side of the Atlantic, the lack of initial infrastructure that includes protected bike lanes has made it quite impossible to widen city streets. …

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Plastic-Free July — Reducing our Reliance on Plastic

By Larraine Roulston: July has been declared “Plastic-Free Month.”Since the invention of plastic, we have been provided with many of its conveniences. During this decade, however, we have come to recognize its harmful consequences and are now striving to reduce the amount we use. Biodegradable plastics do not degrade, and …

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