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Zero-Waste Family Of Five — No Paper Towels

By Fredrica Syren: When people become parents, they tend start using more paper towels. They are convenient for spills, cleaning messy hands and faces, and wiping runny noses. When my oldest was 2 years old, we gave up paper towels. Yes, you read that right: I did the opposite. I …

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Reusing Cardboard & Boxboard

By Larraine Roulston: Fluted cardboard shipping boxes with their long list of obvious storage uses, and the familiar boxboard that is used in packaging foods and other products are both recyclable. As they present plenty of opportunities for reuse, why not first give them the scenic route to the recycling depot. Nostalgic shoe boxes, …

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Wipe Your Tears and Nose with a Hankie

By Fredrica Syren: When I was a little girl my grandfather always carried a cloth handkerchief in his pocket. They were nice blue ones and he would get a brand new one that was folded neatly every morning. Nowadays handkerchiefs seem to have gone out of style and but I …

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Let’s Talk Toilet Paper–Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper

By Fredrica Syren:  Whenever you jump on the zero-waste train, you will eventually be faced with the question about toilet paper. In 2006 when Colin Beaver, also known as No Impact Man, and his family embarked on a project of one year with no impact, he decided to stop using …

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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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Save the World One Piece of Paper at a Time

By Fredrica Syren: Did you know that trees are important for human survival? That’s because each tree creates oxygen for about three people. They are important for maintaining the balance of nature. And trees protect the earth from global warming. Now, we all know that paper is made from trees, …

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Eco-Friendly Ways To Read Books

By Fredrica Syren: Owning books is a wonderful thing! Especially if you are like me, someone who reads a lot. Buying books has its advantages. First of all, buying books pays the authors who, unless they are a major best seller like J.K. Rowling, need all the sales they can …

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Tips on What to Do with Junk Mail

By Larraine Roulston : Most people regard junk mail as annoying, so simply trash it all without giving it a second glance. Even when the environmental impact of such waste was realized, postal services continued to deliver junk mail because they received additional income for their service. As the junk mail was generally discarded, environmental …

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Unwanted Phonebooks

By Fredrica Syren: For lots of people, there is nothing more frustrating than finding those heavy phonebooks sitting on the doorstep. Let’s get real: how long has it been since you’ve used a phone book to look up a phone number? With today’s access to phone numbers (residential or commercial) …

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