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Working Towards Zero Waste with Pets

By Larraine Roulston: People don’t often realize that having an animal creates its own share of waste. There are, however, many ways pet owners can minimize the amount of discard. Any plastic bag packaging for dog/cat food probably will not get recycled. To decrease the amount of ready mixed pet …

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Boosting Kids’ Immune Systems

By Kim Robson: Now that the kids are back in school, they will be much more exposed to germs and viruses from being in close daily contact with their classmates. And cold and flu season is nearly upon us. Those dispensers of hand sanitizers are just about everywhere now, but …

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Enjoy a Zero-Waste Summer

By Larraine Roulston: Roll out those “Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” When this song was popular in the 1960s, before blue box recycling, there was little waste. Holiday participants during that decade toted a lunch basket filled with homemade sandwiches and cookies, hard boiled eggs, cut veggies and beverages in a …

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Rethinking Progress — A Circular Economy Is Emerging

By Larraine Roulston: Many businesses are beginning to understand the economic and environmental benefits of eliminating waste. This shift in redesigning products or sourcing new ways to use existing items is essentially laying the groundwork to establish a new worldwide circular economy. One example is a new package model called …

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Weekly Menu 7/29-8/4

Monday Traveling Day Tuesday Tofu and Coconut Stew Wednesday  Carrot Soup with Cream Top and apple bread Thursday Dinner at Friend’s house Friday  Dinner out Saturday Lemon Risotto Sunday Pasta and Tomato Sauce

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Pick Me Up at the Beach

By Larraine Roulston: In 2013, just after a celebrated long weekend, renown artist Elizabeth Berry took her regular morning walk along a Toronto waterfront boardwalk. Upon seeing the beach, she was astounded. “Usually there is some litter,” she said. “It’s nothing new, but it’s getting worse. This morning there were …

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Our Beautiful Extravagant Pollutant

By Larraine Roulston: For decades, fireworks have been an integral part of celebrations and gala events. Although they bring the community together for an evening of excitement, I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan. Once you’ve seen one extravagant display, in my option, you’ve seen them all. The smoke …

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Humans Affected by Species Facing Extinction

By Larraine Roulston: Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, we have witnessed a slow but steady decline of our life-giving planet. Until recently the descent as been gradual; however, at no other time in history has the destruction of biodiversity been as rapid as it has been during the past 30 …

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Marketing Junk Food to Kids

By Larraine Roulston: In order to sell sugary breakfast cereals, candy and other consumable products that we consider junk food, marketers have realized that creative imagery aimed at children works extremely well. With advertisements, as well as displays positioned at children’s eye level, it becomes difficult for parents to steer …

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Going Zero Waste on a Budget

By Larraine Roulston: When shopping, there are several opportunities to achieve zero waste, save money and help the planet at the same time. With a tight food budget, however, it can be a bit daunting to accomplish all three. Buy less food; more food; don’t buy food; save money — …

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