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Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

By Larraine Roulston: Unclogging drains probably ranks high among one’s least favorite household chores. Being vigilant about keeping the drainsieve in place, pouring boiling water down the sink once or twice a week, and not allowing grease to enter the kitchen sink are steps that go a long way toward keeping …

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National Toilet Paper Day

By Larraine Roulston: When organizations first began claiming special calendar dates to promote their causes, who would have guessed that there would be a “National Toilet Paper Day”?!  On August 26th, I received two such messages. Its purpose was to raise awareness of the deforestation caused by companies failing to manufacture …

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New California Law Could Allow Diners to Bring Own Containers

By Fredrica Syren: A new law passed in California provides guidelines for restaurants regarding how to safely fill consumers’ own reusable containers. This is a huge step for anyone trying to avoid single use plastic and wanting to bring their own reusable containers.  I know the most sustainable choice is …

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Just How Great Is Biodegradable Plastic?

By Larraine Roulston: NOT GREAT! Plastic is not a natural product and, biodegradable or not, it still takes years to break down and the fragments then become micro-plastic. In the UK, researchers submerged and buried what claimed to be “compostable” and “biodegradable” single-use plastic bags and found that after 3 years, …

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How to Eliminate Chemicals from Your Life

By Fredrica Syren: Unfortunately, many items at home, as well as products we buy, contain harmful chemicals. The problem is a lack of restrictions to prevent manufacturers from using chemicals in their products. It is impossible to protect against all harmful chemicals. But it is possible to avoid several of …

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How to Avoid Certain Food Packaging

By Larraine Roulston: For the estimated 26% of Americans who eat takeout food every week: it is not a good idea to serve hot food placed on plastic. Styrofoam, even paper containers with a plastic inner lining, trigger seeping chemicals. Scientists and health advocates are raising the alarm that chemicals …

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Enjoy a Zero-Waste Summer

By Larraine Roulston: Roll out those “Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” When this song was popular in the 1960s, before blue box recycling, there was little waste. Holiday participants during that decade toted a lunch basket filled with homemade sandwiches and cookies, hard boiled eggs, cut veggies and beverages in a …

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Home Improvement Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value

By Uma Cambell: Whether you are trying to improve the value of your home for the future, to make your home perfect for you, or you are actively trying to sell, there are some surefire ways to make your house more valuable. There are a multitude of ways to increase …

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The Clean, Uncluttered and Environmentally Friendly Home

By Alice Roberson: “Clean,” “uncluttered” and“environmentally-friendly” are more than trending words — they are indicative of a way of life. If you have yet to change your habits and are still living in a chemical-filled house full of unnecessary stuff, it’s not too late to make a difference in your home, lifestyle …

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