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Composting in Apartments

By Larraine Roulston: If you live in an apartment or a condo, there is a variety of ways to compost kitchen food scraps and wilted flowers. You can vermicompost by investing in a worm bin. Ontario’s Cathy Nesbitt of www.cathyscrawlycomposters.com offers Worm Chalets, while California’s Jerry Gach, www.thewormdude.com, is the manufacturer of …

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Review and Giveaway– Madeline Island Candles

By Amanda Wilkes: One of my favorite things is to curl up on the couch, read a good book or watch the most recent Netflix with a glass of wine while a candle flickers beside me. There is something so cozy and romantic about the way a candle can illuminate …

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Ways To Reuse Tea Bags

By Kim Robson: I drink tea every morning. The health benefits of tea are well-known. It fights cancer, reduces the risk of stroke and other diseases, and revitalizes cellular metabolism. But I had never given a second thought to tossing out the used tea bag. Well, as it turns out, …

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Things NEVER To Put Down the Drain

By Fredrica Syren: No place in a home — other than the drain — do we discard waste and never think about it again. It might seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste and be done with it, but truth is that whatever goes down …

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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle — The Road to a Waste-Free Home

By Larraine Roulston: When we live in a world of instant gratification, it can be daunting to give up disposable “stuff.” Humans have a long history of discarding what they no longer need; however, it has been only during my lifetime that we have been carefully taught to become a disposable …

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Packing No-Waste Lunches

By Larraine Roulston: This time of year, we think of students returning to school and lunches being packed by parents and students alike. Reducing lunch waste applies not only to students, but to all individuals or groups of workers of every description. Admittedly, pre-packaged lunches are popular; however, they come with an inherent …

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Steps Toward Less Shoe Waste

By Fredrica Syren: The right running shoe can make exercise so much fun. However, most of us never think about what happens to shoes when we’re finished with them. I used to either donate or give away old shoes, but I would send some broken and worn ones to a …

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Ending Our Love Affair with Disposable Plastic 

By Larraine Roulston: When I saw the 1967 classic movie The Graduate, with its famous line “One Word: Plastics,”  I never thought that I would be writing an anti-plastic article almost five decades later. For the most part, products made from plastic are amazingly convenient; however, their manufacture involves the use …

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Goodbye Plastic, Hello Glass Containers for Storing Food

By Fredrica Syren: As my family continues our journey towards a plastic free life, we have replaced almost all plastics in the kitchen. Food storage had been one area I struggled with at the beginning — only because I really didn’t know what I could use instead. I know how …

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Wake Up And Smell The Coffee–More Uses for Old Coffee Grounds

By Larraine Roulston: Besides composting coffee grounds and sprinkling them around rose bushes, I’ve discovered there are other ways to utilize this valuable resource. There appear to be some very clever people who have discovered several ways to put the daily java grounds to good use. Other sneaky uses for the …

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