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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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Staying Healthy While Traveling

By Fredrica Syren: If you follow me on Instagram, you know my family and I are traveling for the next few weeks. Staying healthy while traveling can be tricky because you’re exposed to more and new germs, but also while traveling you might not be getting as much sleep as …

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Plastic Free July–Chewing on Plastic?

By Fredrica Syren: My 11-year-olds  friends are chewing gum and, since I bought her a sugar-free type, I didn’t see a problem with it. It made me remember my own experience with Hubba Bubba, Big Bubbles, No Troubles☺ Everything was fine until I learned that gum might contain plastic. Ewwwwww. …

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What You Need to Know About Perfluoroalkyls

By Kim Robson: Is the EPA hiding reports on a class of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyls? They’re called PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl substances, and the two most worrisome of this group are perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). EPA emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act suggest that …

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Why Visiting Libraries When Traveling Is Great

By Fredrica Syren: Last year when we traveled in Europe, we ended up In Malmö in the south of Sweden during a few rainy days. Of course with three kids this meant we could not be out exploring, but we still wanted to have some fun. We decided to go …

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Food Bill Too High? — How to Lower Your Cost of Food

By Fredrica Syren: Many people struggle with food costs and try to lower them. Eating healthfully on a budget might seem like an impossible task, especially with children. Believe me, I know because I’m raising three hungry children, and I’m focusing on organic and healthy plant-based food. A year ago, …

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World Environment Day 2018

By Green Mom: Today is World Environment Day, and this year’s theme is “beating plastic pollution.” Designed by the United Nations, this day is a campaign to encourage awareness and to inspire action to protect our environment. The annual event is meant to bring needed attention to environmental issues, from …

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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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Eco-Festivals 2018

By Fredrica Syren:  Summer is festival season, and traditional festivals are not sustainable — and usually are really bad for the planet. The good news is that there are plenty of green and eco-friendly, even some zero-waste, festivals happening this summer. What could be better than a group of like-minded individuals gathering …

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