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Takeout Food with Zero Waste

By Kim Robson: Bringing home takeout food from my favorite restaurants is one of my guilty pleasures. I can enjoy my meal in the comfort and privacy of my own home, wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers if I like.I bask in the knowledge that I didn’t have to lift a …

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How to Reduce 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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4 Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Ideas

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the flowers are in full bloom. Spring is here, signaling the start of a new season and an opportunity to embrace a fresh, new beginning. What better way to feel revitalized than by cleaning out your house? Before you grab your …

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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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