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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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DIY Disinfecting Wipes

By Fredrica Syren: They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. Store-bought disinfected wipes might be convenient, especially when the buyer reads that they kill 99.9% of germs on surfaces. I can see how, during cold and flu season, that might be considered a lifesaver. However, what the package does not …

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The Benefits of Thermal Blackout Curtains

By Kim Robson: Up here in our little off-the-grid mountain home, we don’t have the option of air conditioning. Staying reasonably comfortable during the dog days of summer can be a challenge. One of the tricks in our toolkit is dark thermal curtains. Think of them as an extra, temporary …

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Make Your Home Eco-friendly–Greening Construction & Renovations

By Larraine Roulston: Planning to build a home/cottage, or to renovate? Every step you take towards going green will help reduce greenhouse gases. First, try sourcing green construction materials, ideas and contractors.As more green builders emerge, these leaders of change will secure the future of a new sustainable building industry. …

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Room By Room Series — Home Office & Laundry Room

By Larraine Roulston: In our Room by Room series, the laundry room and a home office are usually small areas, but both have greening opportunities. GREENING THE HOME OFFICE  Take yourself off junk mail.  Have recycling boxes by your desk to take all paper, batteries, ink cartridges and outdated e-waste. …

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Greening Room by Room Series Part 1 Bedroom

By Larraine Roulston: Most people are happier once they start to simplify their lives and adopt eco-friendly practices. However, making too many changes to your living space all at once may seem a rather daunting task. Instead, take your time to scrutinize each room individually, and soon you will experience …

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Electricity-Free Refrigerator

By Kim Robson:  Indian entrepreneur Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati has created a refrigerator that keeps food cool without using any electricity. The Gujarat-based potter makes his natural MittiCool refrigerator entirely from clay. It provides an electricity-free food storage alternative for people in rural areas who can’t afford conventional refrigerators or anyone …

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Reasons to Remove Shoes Inside

By Dawna Matthews: When you visit other people in their homes, do you keep your shoes on or remove them? I come across more and more people who ask visitors to remove their shoes, and I am completely comfortable with this request. Over the years I have discovered that this …

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