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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston: This month celebrates Waste Reduction Week (WRW). In Canada, the event falls during October 16-22. The UK gears up for its European Week for Waste Reduction during November 18-26. These annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of education and events demonstrating methods of how to …

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Life with Backyard Chickens

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been almost a year since our chickens moved into our backyard. We bought four hens from a neighbor — along with a chicken coop he had built. “The girls,” as my husband calls them, are an endless joy for our kids and ourselves. The kids named …

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Last week, two of my three children started school, and that meant they needed some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with a first-grader and a fifth-grader can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as …

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Packing a Zero Waste and Healthy Lunch Box

By Fredrica Syren a.k a Green mom: After a nice long summer break this week I have to start packing lunch for all three of my children again. Eeek! Packing a fun, healthy and zero waste lunch is tricky and takes some serious creativity. All over the world, convenience is generating …

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Zero Waste Takeout

By Larraine Roulston: It’s hard to image a world without plastic, yet this invention did not become wildly popular until after WWII. Due to its light weight, plastic is practical for many applications, including packaging for transportation. The problem, however, is that there is far too much of it. Not only …

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Zero Waste Stores — Less Packaging, Smaller Carbon Footprint

By Fredrica Syren: As more and more people jump on the zero waste movement bandwagon, more businesses see the potential financial benefits of giving consumers what they want — more with less waste. Sweden, already in the forefront when it comes to being one of the most green and eco-friendly …

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Things I Have Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste

By Fredrica Syren: Since going zero waste and learning to live a simpler life, my family and I have been enjoying the many benefits. Most important among these are reducing our environmental impact on the world, having more time, and experiencing better health. An extra bonus to our zero waste …

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Bar Soap vs. Liquid Soap

By Kim Robson: In our house, we use bar soap. But for a while, the question of bar soap vs. liquid soap was a matter of debate. I was a fan of liquid soap, and hubby wanted bar soap. For bathing, we both like bar soap because there are so …

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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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Package Foods That You Can Make Yourself

By Fredrica Syren: In our quest to live a zero waste life, packaged foods can be a problem because, yes, the packages themselves generate waste. One simple solution to this problem is to either, number one, buy things in bulk whenever possible; or, number two, just make things yourself. Here …

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