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Happy Wash: Eco-laundry

By Dawna Matthews: Wash, fold, repeat … I feel I am constantly doing laundry — something I am sure we all feel. It is a household chore I enjoy — the sorting, the rhythm, the folding and stacking. As much as I enjoy it, though, I am always seeking ways …

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Reduce – The First of the 3Rs Hierarchy

By Larraine Roulston: This year, “Waste Reduction Week” (WRW) was celebrated from October 20-26. At this time, recycling councils promote the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — with activities and sponsored events.  WRW is intended to raise public consciousness about waste and its environmental and social ramifications.Reduce is announced first, as …

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Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent

By Andrea Patin: I have to say, I am impressed. I have done many loads of nasty cloth diapers and our typical dirty duds and they all come out clean and fresh. And not just looking clean, but feeling and smelling clean- no residue and no weird scent. I had …

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Tips on How To Use Lavender Essential Oils

By Emma Grace Fairchild:  Essential oils have become increasingly popular, as many people are trying to use nontoxic products. They serve a purpose in personal care and around the home, as well as in emotional contexts. Lavender oil is a great example of a fragrance that serves many functions and …

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Reusing, Recycling, Repurposing Corks

By Larraine Roulston: Oh, the wonderful things repurposed corks can do: they make dartboards, trivets and a new sole for a shoe. Design a cork mat, holiday wreath, vase or stamp. A do-it-yourself chandelier, serving tray, a chair or a lamp. They will hold fishhooks and other sharp things, jewelry …

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Fair Trade For Coconut

By Larraine Roulston: Uninfluenced by western diet, people from the South Pacific enjoy eating coconut as their dietary staple. These populations are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease. Less than 20 years ago, coconut oil gained a bad reputation when the manipulated, refined, hydrogenated form of coconut oil …

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Making The Most Of Your Veggies and How to Extend Its Life

By Larraine Roulston: It is often a challenge to use up all your fresh vegetables and fruits before they start to look less desirable. When you discover you have more produce than you can eat in the immediate future, freeze some while it is still fresh. Alternatively, make preservatives or …

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Building a Straw Bale House

By Larraine Roulston: Living in a straw bale home became a reality when my husband Pete and I purchased land in northern Ontario. We were familiar with sustainable straw bale home structures and knew that the thickness of the bales would result in more energy efficiency –warmer in the winter …

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Green Laundry – Squeaky Green Clean

By Larraine Roulston: Doing laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might imagine. By greening your laundry habits, you can reduce both energy and water usage, and save money. First step – wear your clothes more than once. Next, look for eco-friendly detergents that are biodegradable and …

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Solar Loan or Lease, what is the difference?

By Kim Robson: Thinking about finally going solar? One of your first decisions will be choosing between a solar loan and a solar lease. Most people don’t have the ability to pay for entire solar power systems with cash, especially when a system can take 5 to 15 years to …

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