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How to Become a Minimalist

By Larraine Roulston: Environmental awareness has made the expression “Shop ’til You Drop” lose its appeal. Deep down, we all know there is joy in seeing uncluttered spaces and that happiness does not come wrapped in cellophane. Not purchasing the latest fashion or piece of technology will result in less …

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Making Reusable Sandwich Bags

By Emma Grace Fairchild:  When I was traveling last summer, I packed a sandwich every day for 2 weeks, using gluten free bread from a chain grocery store and a rotating selection of tofu, cheeses and vegetables. I decided to do this with my travel buddy because we both are …

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Green Methods of Camp Cooking

By Jackie Edwards: While camping is generally considered one of the greenest ways to travel, research suggests that there are negative environmental effectssuch as polluted rivers and depleted vegetation. This occurs when campers fail to consider the damage they are causing, especially when cooking. Cooking on an open fire in the …

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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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