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The Benefits of Thermal Blackout Curtains

By Kim Robson: Up here in our little off-the-grid mountain home, we don’t have the option of air conditioning. Staying reasonably comfortable during the dog days of summer can be a challenge. One of the tricks in our toolkit is dark thermal curtains. Think of them as an extra, temporary …

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Organizing with Mason Jars

By Kim Robson: As an avid fan of canning fresh foods, I always have handy a number of mason jars in varying sizes and shapes. Glass canning or mason jars are tough, versatile, dishwasher safe, see-through, non-reactive and plastic-free. They are inexpensive and often sold in flats of twelve. Save …

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Clean and Green Home Without Toxic Household Cleaners

By Fredrica Syren: When you clean with regular household cleaners, have you ever noticed the strong smell? Once I became a mom, I began thinking about what was really in all those cleaners I used all over the house where my kids would be moving around and be in contact …

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20 Ways to Skip Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been two years now since my family began our journey to go plastic free. How is it going, you might wonder. The truth is that going completely plastic free is more difficult than we expected because plastic is in EVERYTHING. But we have for sure reduced …

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Single Use Plastic Straws — What a Waste! 

By Larraine Roulston : Over the years, our love of the drinking straw has grown through nostalgic images and our life-long habits. Today, there is a global movement … “The Last Straw — Literally!” With a mission to reduce straws, The Last Plastic Straw is a volunteer community project for Save …

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How to Make Scented Bar Soap

By: Dinah Wulf Soap making is a creative art that has been around for thousands of years. The beauty of crafting your own soap is that you can choose the scent, color, and size, and it’s much more cost-effective than buying soap at the store. The soap-making process takes about …

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What Is Recycling & Why Is It Important?

By Larraine Roulston : With the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) being taught in schools and recycling bins situated in homes, offices and on city streets, most people should have good recycling habits. The concept is simple. The process involves the breaking down of an item and reusing the materials to make …

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Properly Disposing of Medications 

 By Amanda Wilkes: Nearly 200 million pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medication are improperly disposed of every year. Medications cannot be recycled and should not be disposed of without care. By discarding unused, unwanted or expired medication in the trash, people (including children) are given access to medications that they have not been prescribed. This can be extremely dangerous. Flushing unused, …

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Denim Jeans Recycling

By Fredrica Syren: This last summer my husband had two of his denim Levis jeans rip and become unwearable. And my kids, well, they go through jeans as if they were being dragged on the ground all day long. Of course I try to patch and repair as best as I can to extend their life a wee bit longer, but ultimately the jeans’ days are numbered. Then the question …

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Is Your Sofa Killing You?–Chemicals Lurking In Your Home

By James Harker-Syren Last week, if someone had asked me, “What about this picture is potentially killing your kids?” I would have looked at them like they were crazy.  This is my Facebook profile picture, for crying out loud. What are you talking about? One day while driving to work, I …

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