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The Joys and Benefits of Being Frugal

By Larraine Roulston: The evening my fiancé and I announced our engagement, my dad took my future partner aside and said, “She’ll save you a lot of money.” A rather good endorsement, I thought. Hearing stories of my grandparents and parents living through the Depression and learning of their thrifty habits, I was guided towards …

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Diverting Recyclables from Landfills

  By Larraine Roulston: Your blue box and recycling bins found on city streets, and in parks and community buildings collect food packaging consisting of plastics, metal, glass and paper. There also are many other progressive ways to eliminate even more recyclables from landfill. Most residents can take household hazardous waste …

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The Principle of Precycle

By Larraine Roulston: What is “Precycle,” you may ask? The prefix “pre” together with “cycle” is the latest term that builds on the idea of preventing many recycables from entering your blue box in the first place. By being mindful of unnecessary packaging and avoiding disposable items when you shop, you will have less …

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Cheers to Eco-Friendly Breweries

By Kim Robson: Humans have been fermenting fruits, vegetables and grains since the dawn of civilization. Ancient Mesopotamians stored “liquid bread” for later, using straws to drink beer from large vats as early as 9,000 years ago. Around the same time, a Neolithic village in northern China was producing a …

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Greening Your Laundry

By Larraine Roulston: Your laundry loads have a bigger eco-footprint than you might initially imagine. If you are accustomed to washing all your clothes after a single wear, using hot or warm water, purchasing non-biodegradable soaps and tossing everything into a dryer, there is potential for you to alter a few habits to aid …

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5 Upcycling, Space Saving Tips

By Amy Webb: Saving space can be expensive sometimes. Especially if you opt for ultra-innovative high-end products. But you can find some amazing space saving products if you look around. You can even buy 2”-deep desks that fit against the wall, or wall beds that act as shelving when the …

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Fun Ways to Upcycle Paper

By Larraine Roulston : To amuse children, we have been upcycling paper since the invention of newspapers, magazines and calendars. Traditional ways for youngsters to utilize paper include making paper airplanes, decorative chains, fans, hats and snowflakes. Children also delight in cutting out and coloring “paper people” holding hands. This craft is shaped by folding the …

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DYI Dog Toys

By Kim Robson:   We’ve all seen it happen: you buy the latest greatest dog or cat toy, only to bring it home and watch your pet play with the box it came in. (Kids do it, too!) Why not just eliminate the expensive store-bought toy and let them play …

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Save the World One Piece of Paper at a Time

By Fredrica Syren: Did you know that trees are important for human survival? That’s because each tree creates oxygen for about three people. They are important for maintaining the balance of nature. And trees protect the earth from global warming. Now, we all know that paper is made from trees, …

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Finally! Cute and Eco-friendly Shoes

By Fredrica Syren: When it comes to fashion, the question has been whether it’s possible to design fashion forward AND eco-friendly items. Is it possible to produce products with less waste, fewer chemicals, and more sustainable materials? The answer is yes. The San Francisco-based shoe company Rothy’s has taken on …

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