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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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What Can You Do to Help Save the Rainforest?

By Fredrica Syren:  The problem of deforestation in the Amazon is not new. But it has gotten much worse since the early 2000s, when Brazil’s government allowed substantially more farming in the Amazon as global demand for beef and animal feed increased. Is this a problem for us? Well, yes, because the Amazon, known as the lungs of our planet, provides 20% of the entire world’s oxygen, which …

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How To Be an Eco-friendly Consumer

By Larraine Roulston: To become an eco-friendly shopper, you should implement your eco power-of-purchase. By using your freedom and ability to choose, and using your voice to demand more environmentally-friendly products and packaging, you will most certainly influence both small companies and large corporations alike. Look at it as a challenging opportunity. …

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Help Everyone Learn the Importance of Energy Safety

By Kate Voss:  In 1752, American inventor and colonial patriot Benjamin Franklin proved that lightning was electrical by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. He strung a metal key onto the string of a kite and, when electricity flowed from the storm clouds through the string, was met with an …

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Recycling the Non-Recyclable

By Kim Robson: When we think of recycling, we generally think of glass, aluminum, plastic and paper. But there’s so much more than just those items. There’s a veritable gold mine of potentially valuable materials ending up in landfills. These materials can include industrial waste such as solvents, paints, and …

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How Plan An Eco-friendly Wedding

By Melissa Barrad: The trend for environmentally friendly weddings is definitely on the rise and will continue to become even more popular in the next few years. But, what does that really mean to the wedding industry? After planning weddings and events for almost a decade, I can say without …

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Water Conservation Tips

By Fredrica Syren: Along with other signs of global warming — rising temperatures and years of drought — there is now limited water left left in California. As of April 1st, due to this severe water shortage, there is a mandatory water restriction. Unfortunately, California is not alone with this problem, …

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5 Home Updates that Pay Off

By Uma Campbell: Most home renovations are long-term endeavors. Among the numerous articles about home renovation, one aspect stays constant — the changes you make will be the ones you literally live with. Keep that in mind as we take a moment to combine financial investment with personal enjoyment in …

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Learn How To Recycle Plastic Properly

By Larraine Roulston: Have you ever wondered how plastic is recycled? The process involves different types of plastics melted and blended with new raw materials that create pellets or powder which are then used to create the same packaging or different products, such as decking or sturdy tote shopping bags. We all …

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