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Save Money—Stop Wasting Food

By Fredrica Syren: Food waste is a huge environmental problem today. It’s a fact that 1/3 of all food produced worldwide is being thrown away and that here in the USA, 25% of our fresh water is being used for food production. And, yes, this is a big issue when …

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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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Recycling Right with RoboBin!

By Larraine Roulston: In May, 65 universities from 9 countries entered the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) second annual Ideation Challenge competition designed to develop solutions to problems facing businesses. RoboBin, an invention which addresses the dilemma some people face when discarding items into public recycling containers, won first prize over 600 applicants …

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Budget- and Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips

By Kim Robson: “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and a Lucky Sixpence In Her Shoe.”  So goes the Old English rhyme for the nuptial good luck charms every bride should carry or wear on her big day. But these days, with the cost of a wedding in the …

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The Convenient Electric Bike

By Larraine Roulston: There are many advantages to acquiring an electric bike. To determine if one makes sense for you, there are several factors to ponder. Electric bikes have increased in popularity during the past few years. There are several pros as well as a few cons that one should take into …

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8 Ways You Can Make Your Kitchen More Sustainable

By Jennifer Landis: The kitchen is one of the easiest places to target for sustainability. It’s the heart of any household — you do most of your cleaning and washing and all your cooking here. You can see how your eco-footprint can quickly expand with numerous appliances using energy. However, …

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Homemade Cleaners I Can’t Live Without

By Fredrica Syren: When we went zero waste a couple of years ago, we started making our own household cleaners. It reduces waste from packaging, and it saves money; but most importantly, the homemade cleaners contain no chemicals that can harm your family or the planet. One ironic result is …

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6 Easy Tips for Holiday Energy Savings

By Uma Campbell: The holidays are a time for family, food and joy. And part of that joy comes in the form of decorations. While holiday decorations can create beautiful scenes, the holidays are often an expensive time of year as well. Buying presents, food, and attending events can add …

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October Celebrates Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston. This year, Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW) is celebrated during October 21-27. During the week, the focus on theme days encompasses The Circular Economy, Textile Tuesday, Champions & Innovators, Plastic & Packaging, Food, Shop/Share/Repair, and wraps up with Electronics on Sunday. As youth are front and …

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