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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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Just Say No to Baby Food Pouches

By Kim Robson: The latest horrifying example of single-use non-recyclable plastic packaging in the name of convenience (I’m looking at you, K-Cups) seems to be baby food pouches. Instead of packaging baby food in reusable, recyclable, inexpensive glass jars, we now have single-use suckable plastic pouches — no dishes or …

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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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The Real Junk Food Project

By Fredrica Syren: The real junk food project is a charity that campaigns against food waste by challenging businesses and trying to highlight the issue. They do so with three “share houses” in Sheffield, Birmingham and Leeds; and with cafes, catering, Fuel for School, and other events that serve unwanted food …

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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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Diverting Recyclables from Landfills

  By Larraine Roulston: Your blue box and recycling bins found on city streets, and in parks and community buildings collect food packaging consisting of plastics, metal, glass and paper. There also are many other progressive ways to eliminate even more recyclables from landfill. Most residents can take household hazardous waste …

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