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Recycling Textiles for a Sustainable Future

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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Tapping Towards Solutions–Water Preservation

By Larraine Roulston: Having enough water to meet our daily needs is something most people take for granted. From protecting our local groundwater to protecting the oceans, we must embrace water with gratitude and work hard to develop a set of moral principles concerning our essential resource. The average Canadian uses …

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Survey Points to Less of Honeybee Loss  

By Fredrica Syren: While attacked by parasites, diseases, pesticides and other environmental issues, nearly one out of four (or 23 percent) American honeybee colonies died this winter according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The surprise is that it’s actually better than previous years when an average …

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Sustainable Hemp

By Kim Robson: Hemp, which contains little or no THC, is a variety of plant in the same species as marijuana (cannabis). Industrially, it can be refined into products such as foods, oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel. Before “reefer madness” anti-drug policies took hold in the …

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White House Installs Solar Panels in a Symbolic Gesture

By Fredrica Syren: Last week President Barack Obama, a big supporter of solar technology and renewable energy, unveiled new solar panels on The White House. It’s a symbolic gesture of the President’s climate action plan, but also a way to demonstrate that solar energy is possible for any situation or house, even in …

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Proposed FDA Regulations Could End Organic Farming

By Kim Robson: Back in 2010, Congress empowered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate farms. Recently, the FDA announced proposed new rules to better ensure food safety for the public. The new rules would affect all farms, but organic farming would be the most greatly affected. Time-honored …

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Zero Waste … Greenest Restaurant In the Midwest

By Larraine Roulston: When customers stop by Sandwich Me In, a small Chicago restaurant, they leave not only satisfied but also energized, having enjoyed locally produced, fresh, healthy food. And they are pleased that their dining experience created zero waste. In May 2012, owner and head chef Justin Vrany opened …

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Young Business Owner Inspires with Upcycled Designs

By Fredrica Syren: I love meeting people in general, but I particularly love meeting people who inspire  others in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. When I met Emilie Sandstrom at a local organic store and café, she was busy knitting. She explained that she likes keeping her hands busy. Emilie …

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Eco-Friendly Fashion

 By Kim Robson: Finding clothing that’s environmentally responsible is harder than one might think. I have a friend who went to great lengths to find “vegan” shoes (i.e. made without any animal products) that weren’t Crocs and looked nice enough to wear to work. Ordinary shoe stores were useless: he …

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President Obama Releases Global Warming Action Plan

By Fredrica Syren: 2012 was the second most extreme year on record for the nation. As many people may have noticed, there was record heat across the U.S.; and the nation has experienced more droughts, wildfires, and unusually cold temperatures in some places. According to President Obama and a new …

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