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Things I Have Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste

By Fredrica Syren: Since going zero waste and learning to live a simpler life, my family and I have been enjoying the many benefits. Most important among these are reducing our environmental impact on the world, having more time, and experiencing better health. An extra bonus to our zero waste …

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The Miracles of Apple Cider Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: Life extension specialist Paul C. Bragg and his family are among America’s health crusaders for natural apple cider vinegar (ACV). Their books and bottled ACV have helped millions by enhancing growth, health and offering a key to longevity. For example, Bragg’s method for fighting arthritis is to drink an ACV …

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Upcycling IKEA Bags Ideas

By Kim Robson: I see people using old IKEA bags at the laundromat and grocery store all the time. They’re capacious, tough as nails, lightweight, easily folded flat, inexpensive at a buck, and easy to carry because of their sturdy woven handles. “Frakta” means “to carry,” and since 1996, the …

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DIY Disinfecting Wipes

By Fredrica Syren: They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. Store-bought disinfected wipes might be convenient, especially when the buyer reads that they kill 99.9% of germs on surfaces. I can see how, during cold and flu season, that might be considered a lifesaver. However, what the package does not …

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The Joys and Benefits of Being Frugal

By Larraine Roulston: The evening my fiancé and I announced our engagement, my dad took my future partner aside and said, “She’ll save you a lot of money.” A rather good endorsement, I thought. Hearing stories of my grandparents and parents living through the Depression and learning of their thrifty habits, I was guided towards …

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Diverting Recyclables from Landfills

  By Larraine Roulston: Your blue box and recycling bins found on city streets, and in parks and community buildings collect food packaging consisting of plastics, metal, glass and paper. There also are many other progressive ways to eliminate even more recyclables from landfill. Most residents can take household hazardous waste …

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The Principle of Precycle

By Larraine Roulston: What is “Precycle,” you may ask? The prefix “pre” together with “cycle” is the latest term that builds on the idea of preventing many recycables from entering your blue box in the first place. By being mindful of unnecessary packaging and avoiding disposable items when you shop, you will have less …

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Cheers to Eco-Friendly Breweries

By Kim Robson: Humans have been fermenting fruits, vegetables and grains since the dawn of civilization. Ancient Mesopotamians stored “liquid bread” for later, using straws to drink beer from large vats as early as 9,000 years ago. Around the same time, a Neolithic village in northern China was producing a …

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Greening Your Laundry

By Larraine Roulston: Your laundry loads have a bigger eco-footprint than you might initially imagine. If you are accustomed to washing all your clothes after a single wear, using hot or warm water, purchasing non-biodegradable soaps and tossing everything into a dryer, there is potential for you to alter a few habits to aid …

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5 Upcycling, Space Saving Tips

By Amy Webb: Saving space can be expensive sometimes. Especially if you opt for ultra-innovative high-end products. But you can find some amazing space saving products if you look around. You can even buy 2”-deep desks that fit against the wall, or wall beds that act as shelving when the …

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