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No,Thanks: I Do Not Need a Bag

By Fredrica Syren: Do you know how often I have said those words? Plastic bags have been in our everyday life for quite some time now. We all love their convenience, but those darned plastic bags are everywhere, with no end in sight. The problem with plastic bags is that they …

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Why It’s Good to Remove Your Shoes Indoors

By Kim Robson: We’re big fans of going barefoot here at Green Mom, with articles about the benefits of going barefoot, or at least wearing minimalist shoeswhen shoes are necessary. Let’s also discuss the benefits of removing your shoes while indoors. Many cultures do this as a matter of course, …

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Recycling 101

By Fredrica Syren Since I’m the queen of “nothing goes into the landfill,” and we try to live a zero waste life recycling is an important step in that journey so we’ve had some work cut out for us to figure out how to recycle most of our waste. Besides …

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Ways to Make Your Swimming Pool More Eco-Friendly

By Jackie Edwards:  If your family is like most, they love swimming in a pool, especially on long hot summer days. Nearly 19 million people in the United States live in a household with a pool. They’re fun and can be downright luxurious, but what about the downside? You know — the …

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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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Let Bee’s Wrap Be(e) the Alternative to Plastic

By Fredrica Syren, aka Green Mom: As my family continues our journey toward a plastic-free life (or, as we like to call it, a “plastic diet”), we have replaced almost all plastics in the kitchen. Food storage had been one area I struggled with at the beginning — only because …

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Package Free Shop for Zero Waste Shopping

By Fredrica Syren: The zero-waste movement is gaining momentum. More and more people’s goals are to live with zero waste. Someone who knows about this is Lauren Singer, best known for the web site Trash is for Tossersand her devotion to a zero-waste lifestyle. As a matter of fact, she …

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Reusable Sandwich Bags

By Kim Robson: I don’t know about you, but washing, drying, and reusing small plastic zipper sandwich bags is just too much hassle. Sure, I’ll reuse the big gallon-size bags, but those flimsy sandwich bags? They tend to get thrown away. That makes me feel guilty, and I hate feeling …

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Why Personal Changes Matter

By Larraine Roulston: Changing climate, polluted oceans and what all that will mean for our children are overwhelming! How can a single person aiming to green his/her personal habits make a difference, you may ask? When individuals make adjustments toward “going green,”they influence others around them. That is the power of one! Take, for …

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Things Needed to Start on Zero Waste

By Fredrica Syren: Ok, so you have decided you want to start living zero waste. Congratulations!!!! Now, you’ve probably started to wonder where you start and how you start and with what. When we took our initial step towards zero waste, my husband’s first job was to remove our trash …

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