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Plastic-Free July Challenge

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a. Green Mom: Here we go again, Plastic-Free July challenge is on!!! Although  it might seem as though it would not be much of a challenge for me, who constantly nags about plastic, but the truth is that I’m not by any means perfect. And avoiding plastic …

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Here’s What Going Green with Food Really Means

By Kacey Mya: More people are considering their daily impact on the environment. One of the simplest switches you can make is to go green with your food. While wise first steps are recycling more and taking canvas bags to the grocery.However, going green with food means understanding what it …

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Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel

By Fredrica Syren: Witch hazel, a shrub that grows in the eastern and midwestern U.S. as well parts of Canada, has been used by native Americans as medicine for a long time. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria. …

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Is Recycling Plastic Worthwhile?

By Kim Robson: We like supporting companies that practice environmentally-aware policies, including using recycled plastic in their products. But recycled plastic raises an interesting question: Which is better — creating more demand for recycled plastic, which would help increase its price as a world commodity and make it more worthwhile …

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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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