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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Soon school is starting again and with that comes the need for some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with school children can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as a last resort, buy quality …

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Zero Waste Summer Party

By Kim Robson: This is the perfect time of year for throwing a fun summer party for family and friends. The weather is perfect for hanging around outside in nature with food, drinks and loved ones. But how to do it with zero waste? Instead of relying on lots of …

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Bokashi Composting—From Scraps to Fertilizer

By Fredrica Syren: Composting is a great way to reduce your waste load and at the same time create something earth craves…pure nutrients.  On our homestead we have four ways we compost: a worm compost, a garden compost, chickens and bokashi compost. Last week I hosted a composting for beginners class …

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Let Bee’s Wrap Be(e) the Alternative to Plastic

By Fredrica Syren, aka Green Mom: As my family continues our journey toward a plastic-free life (or, as we like to call it, a “plastic diet”), we have replaced almost all plastics in the kitchen. Food storage had been one area I struggled with at the beginning — only because …

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Reusable Sandwich Bags

By Kim Robson: I don’t know about you, but washing, drying, and reusing small plastic zipper sandwich bags is just too much hassle. Sure, I’ll reuse the big gallon-size bags, but those flimsy sandwich bags? They tend to get thrown away. That makes me feel guilty, and I hate feeling …

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Zero Waste—Benefits of Buying in Bulk

By Fredrica Syren: One part of going zero waste and cutting down on both waste and recyclable materials is buying in bulk as much as possible. Today I buy almost everything in bulk: flour, grains, nuts, beans, shampoo, conditioner, spices, oils, chocolate, coffee, bee pollen, dried fruits, snacks, maple syrup …

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Disposable Products Worth Skipping

By Larraine Roulston: Once disposable products become entrenched in regular use, they are difficult to overcome. People follow what they see others doing. These days, it appears trendy to hold a disposable coffee — and this is what people see. Realizing, however, that our oceans are dying due to the accumulation of …

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Zero Waste Coffee and Tea

By Fredrica Syren: Coffee and tea are a big part of my daily routines. I usually have a cup of tea or coffee next to me as I work or play with my kids. It used to be that I would pick up a cup of coffee or tea from …

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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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