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Benefits Of Houseplants–More Than A Decoration

By Fredrica Syren: Ever since my best friend and I started working with houseplants as a hobby when we were 10 years old, my home has included green plants in every room. What I didn’t know back then was that, not only do green plants brighten your home and make …

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Recycle of the 3Rs Hierarchy

By Larraine Roulston: At a recycling conference I attended, a guest speaker related a story that, after WWI, some politicians in the United States were told to encourage their citizens to continue sorting metal and paper. After all, people were already in that habit to support the war effort. However, …

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Is Silicone Bakeware Safe?

By Kim Robson: Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of silicone bakeware products on the market. The advantage of silicone bakeware is that it’s nonstick and easy to clean, at least more so than other traditional types of bakeware. Muffin cups, bread pans, baking mats and egg poachers are among …

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Reasons to Remove Shoes Inside

By Dawna Matthews: When you visit other people in their homes, do you keep your shoes on or remove them? I come across more and more people who ask visitors to remove their shoes, and I am completely comfortable with this request. Over the years I have discovered that this …

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Compostable Fashion

By Larraine Roulston: By design, when everyone makes a fashion statement with the environment in mind, there will never be a need for clothing to become trash. With Americans sending 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year, where they release methane, a contributor to climate change, it is …

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Our Less Waste Project

By Fredrica Syren: In 2006, I discovered a blog called No Impact Man blog. It’s about Colin Beavan, who lived in New York with his then 2-year-old daughter and wife. They had embarked on a 1-year project of going completely “green,” giving up virtually all of the comforts of modern …

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USE IT! REUSE IT! THE 2ND “R”

By Larraine Roulston: January …. the month of REsolutions! Many look at reducing their waistline, but what about reducing our long line of waste? Several months ago, I featured Reduce – the first of the 3Rs hierarchy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The 2nd, Reuse, makes for a good beginning to 2015. Although many …

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Have a Green Thanksgiving

By Larraine Roulston:  Thanksgiving is arguably one of the year’s most celebrated events, bringing family members together from far and wide. But, with travel come travel emissions. To lessen them, try to select the host location most central to everyone. Train, bus, and public transportation are the best environmental choices for travel. …

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Review: A Sudden Light Book (and Giveaway)

By Kim Robson:   In Garth Stein’s new novel, A Sudden Light, the author treats the reader to a complex plot spanning six generations, and weaves together the secrets and legacies of a once-great Pacific Northwest timber dynasty with the great-great-grandson who uncovers the dark history of The North Estate, the …

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Happy Wash: Eco-laundry

By Dawna Matthews: Wash, fold, repeat … I feel I am constantly doing laundry — something I am sure we all feel. It is a household chore I enjoy — the sorting, the rhythm, the folding and stacking. As much as I enjoy it, though, I am always seeking ways …

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