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Benefits of Minimalism

By Fredrica Syren: The philosophy of minimalism is to own less and live intentionally—it’s a simple concept that begins with decluttering your life, beginning with possessions you have been conditioned to think you need. For my family, it was one of the best decisions we have made, and we have been …

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Achieving Zero Waste with Audits

By Larraine Roulston: Respecting our planet requires each of us to Rethink and Reduce what we throw away. To do this, it’s important to audit what we discard as trash. This applies to every resident with a supply of plastic garbage bags as well as to workers in the industrial, …

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Seven Apps For Book Lover

If you love to read, you’re probably always on the lookout for new books you might enjoy, new ways to read and a way to keep track of the books you’ve already read. Whether you’re a dedicated lover of a physical book, or like an e-reader, there are some great …

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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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