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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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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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New Life for Old Crayons and Markers

By Kim Robson: Kids are natural artists. But art supplies aren’t cheap. This joke isn’t far from the truth: Teach your kids about art, and they’ll never have enough money for drugs. And, just as with cosmetic supplies, there’s always a bit left at the bottom that gets wasted and …

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Fun Ways to Upcycle Paper

By Larraine Roulston : To amuse children, we have been upcycling paper since the invention of newspapers, magazines and calendars. Traditional ways for youngsters to utilize paper include making paper airplanes, decorative chains, fans, hats and snowflakes. Children also delight in cutting out and coloring “paper people” holding hands. This craft is shaped by folding the …

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The Real Problem with Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: By now I feel like a broken record, nagging about how we need to reduce the use of plastic. But I just can’t stop because plastic pollution is a real problem — a huge one — so let’s break down what plastics are and what their devastating …

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Alternatives to Bottled Water & Soda

By Larraine Roulston : A jaw dropping moment for me was hearing, “Buy Bottled Water.”What!! Why would anyone want to pay extra to drink water that has been stored in plastic? Clean drinking water is a human right with governments being held accountable to keep it that way. With very few exceptions, municipal tap …

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Creative Donations

By Kim Robson: I’m a big fan of Goodwill. Living in a tiny cabin in the woods, we have little to no storage for unwanted or unneeded items. Sure, I probably could sell some things on eBay or Craigslist, but that’s such a bother. It’s SO much easier to just …

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My Zero Waste Beauty Routine

By Fredrica Syren: When you start a zero-waste life style, the bathroom can be the trickiest place to go green and stop using disposable items. I say that going zero waste means both reducing waste as well as chemicals, especially when it comes to beauty routines. You can, of course, …

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Innovations to Combat Food Waste

By Larraine Roulston : As people discard food in small amounts, most would claim that they waste very little; however, that perception usually doesn’t match reality as found in a recent survey by the University of Alberta. Its waste audits from participating residents revealed that food waste on average was much higher than individuals had …

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Waste Less and … Recycle Less

By Fredrica Syren: When my family began our journey toward a zero waste life, we succeeded in reducing our waste; but, as a result, our recycling bin was fuller. We soon realized that reducing our waste and recycling more were good things; however, the next step en route to zero …

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