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Zero Waste–Things NEVER To Put Down the Drain

By Fredrica Syren: No place in a home — other than the drain — do we discard waste and never think about it again. It might seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste and be done with it, but truth is that whatever goes down …

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10 Fail-Safe Plants to Keep Indoors

By Kacey Mya: Not everyone has a green thumb. But indoor gardening makes the task of keeping plants alive a little bit easier because you can cultivate your plants in a controlled climate year-round. Better yet, some varieties grow well indoors with very little attention required. So, if you want …

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DIY Zero Waste First Aid Kit

By Kim Robson: For many years, I’ve always kept handy two tins of Burt’s Bees Wise Woman Comfrey Comfort Salve — one in the medicine cabinet and one in my purse. These days, it’s been rebranded as Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment, but it’s still exactly the same formulation: a soothing …

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DIY Scented Cleaning Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: The movement for using natural, allergy free, and child- and pet-friendly cleaning agents has been growing over the years. The cleaning power of good old-fashioned vinegar by itself does not include disinfection; but it can kill some bacteria and, if allowed to sit for 30 minutes on …

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The Hefty Price of Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Until now, research on the impact of plastic on our health has focused solely on specific parts of the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. Now a new research report by Center for International Environmental Law(CIEL), Earthworks,Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives(GAIA), Healthy Babies …

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Food Waste–The Perfect Choice of Imperfect Produce

By Fredrica Syren: Few people realize that millions of pounds of nutritious, perfectly good produce in packing houses and in the fields and orchards are discarded after the harvest is finished. The USDA estimates that more than 20%of all food crops in this country are left in the fields after …

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What’s in the Green New Deal?

By Kim Robson: Much hay is being made about a proposed set of economic stimulus initiatives put forth by freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Dubbed the “Green New Deal,” its programs would address climate change, renewable energy, resource efficiency and economic inequality. Naturally, it’s very …

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Choosing Locally Grown Organic Flowers

By Larraine Roulston: It is estimated that Americans spend $2 billion purchasing 250 million roses for Valentine’s Day. When grown in Colombia, the roses require no artificial light, and the majority of Colombian farm workers either walk or cycle to work. When wilted, flowers can nourish the soil through composting. …

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Sponsored Post–The Environmentally Friendly Chef – Top Tips

Going green is something that you can do everywhere, including in the kitchen. The environment needs more attention than ever, and you can contribute to saving the planet by becoming an environmentally-friendly chef. So, what can you actually do to cook in an environmentally-friendly way? Here are some top tips …

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Testing an Easy Solution for Capturing Microfibers

By Larraine Roulston:  Will a new filter now being tested on washing machines solve the problem of plastic microfibers entering our drinking water?  We have begun addressing the accumulation of plastic microbeads in the oceans.Now, another development has emerged. Last year, David Sweetnam, executive director of Georgian Bay Forever, revealed …

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