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Single Use Plastic Straws — What a Waste! 

By Larraine Roulston : Over the years, our love of the drinking straw has grown through nostalgic images and our life-long habits. Today, there is a global movement … “The Last Straw — Literally!” With a mission to reduce straws, The Last Plastic Straw is a volunteer community project for Save …

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How to Make Scented Bar Soap

By: Dinah Wulf Soap making is a creative art that has been around for thousands of years. The beauty of crafting your own soap is that you can choose the scent, color, and size, and it’s much more cost-effective than buying soap at the store. The soap-making process takes about …

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What Is Recycling & Why Is It Important?

By Larraine Roulston : With the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) being taught in schools and recycling bins situated in homes, offices and on city streets, most people should have good recycling habits. The concept is simple. The process involves the breaking down of an item and reusing the materials to make …

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Properly Disposing of Medications 

 By Amanda Wilkes: Nearly 200 million pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medication are improperly disposed of every year. Medications cannot be recycled and should not be disposed of without care. By discarding unused, unwanted or expired medication in the trash, people (including children) are given access to medications that they have not been prescribed. This can be extremely dangerous. Flushing unused, …

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Denim Jeans Recycling

By Fredrica Syren: This last summer my husband had two of his denim Levis jeans rip and become unwearable. And my kids, well, they go through jeans as if they were being dragged on the ground all day long. Of course I try to patch and repair as best as I can to extend their life a wee bit longer, but ultimately the jeans’ days are numbered. Then the question …

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Is Your Sofa Killing You?–Chemicals Lurking In Your Home

By James Harker-Syren Last week, if someone had asked me, “What about this picture is potentially killing your kids?” I would have looked at them like they were crazy.  This is my Facebook profile picture, for crying out loud. What are you talking about? One day while driving to work, I …

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What Can You Do to Help Save the Rainforest?

By Fredrica Syren:  The problem of deforestation in the Amazon is not new. But it has gotten much worse since the early 2000s, when Brazil’s government allowed substantially more farming in the Amazon as global demand for beef and animal feed increased. Is this a problem for us? Well, yes, because the Amazon, known as the lungs of our planet, provides 20% of the entire world’s oxygen, which …

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How To Be an Eco-friendly Consumer

By Larraine Roulston: To become an eco-friendly shopper, you should implement your eco power-of-purchase. By using your freedom and ability to choose, and using your voice to demand more environmentally-friendly products and packaging, you will most certainly influence both small companies and large corporations alike. Look at it as a challenging opportunity. …

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Help Everyone Learn the Importance of Energy Safety

By Kate Voss:  In 1752, American inventor and colonial patriot Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electrical by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. He strung a metal key onto the string of a kite and, when electricity flowed from the storm clouds through the string, was met with an …

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Recycling the Non-Recyclable

By Kim Robson: When we think of recycling, we generally think of glass, aluminum, plastic and paper. But there’s so much more than just those items. There’s a veritable gold mine of potentially valuable materials ending up in landfills. These materials can include industrial waste such as solvents, paints, and …

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