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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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Plastic Bag Bans

By Kim Robson: Everyone agrees that the alarming amount of plastic in our oceans is a huge environmental concern. All across the country, forward-thinking coastal municipalities are enacting bans on plastic bags. Most of us are already long accustomed to bringing our own reusable shopping bags anyway. But many people …

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What Are BPAs and How Can They Be Avoided?

Fredrica Syren: As you may have read this month, I have joined the Plastic-Free July Challenge. One very good reason for avoiding plastic is that it is chemical laden. Most of us have heard of BPA and that we should avoid it. Many people assume that BPA is only in …

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Plastic-Free July Challenge

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a. Green Mom: You might have seen on Facebook or Instagram that I have joined the Plastic-Free July challenge. I know it might seem as though it would not be much of a challenge for me, who constantly nags about plastic, but the truth is that I’m …

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How To Store Food Without Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Since going the Plastic Free July Challenge I have gotten lots of questions about how we store food without plastic. For us, reducing plastic has been a work in process for a while; little by little, we have worked on changing our routines to exclude plastic. Food storage …

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Upcycling IKEA Bags Ideas

By Kim Robson: I see people using old IKEA bags at the laundromat and grocery store all the time. They’re capacious, tough as nails, lightweight, easily folded flat, inexpensive at a buck, and easy to carry because of their sturdy woven handles. “Frakta” means “to carry,” and since 1996, 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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Time for Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisles

By Larraine Roulston : On March 12th, I listened to CBC radio to hear host Michael Enright interview Sian Sutherland who founded the group Plastic Planet. After learning about a beached whale off the west coast of Norway with its stomach full of plastic that included 30 bags, this British-based group began its environmental …

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The Need to Reduce Plastic

By Larraine Roulston : If you love eating fish, you’ll be distressed to learn that researchers from Belgium’s University of Ghent recently revealed that every year seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic. The scientists claim that, over time, micro-plastics that become embedded and accumulate in the body’s tissues could possibly pose …

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Making Eco-friendly Choices at the Grocery Store

By Larraine Roulston : Many years ago I offered eco-friendly supermarket tours as an event during Canada’s Waste Reduction Week. With approximately a dozen concerned citizens each time, I noted the items that were either a wise or a poor environmental choice. As the activity also provided a good opportunity for …

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