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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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Package Foods That You Can Make Yourself

By Fredrica Syren: In our quest to live a zero waste life, packaged foods can be a problem because, yes, the packages themselves generate waste. One simple solution to this problem is to either, number one, buy things in bulk whenever possible; or, number two, just make things yourself. Here …

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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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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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Reduce Plastic—Fleece a Major Plastic Pollutant

By Fredrica Syren: I love fleece, and used to favor clothes and blankets made with it. Fleece is great: it’s light; it’s warm; it’s cheap; and it’s a great material for staying warm in the middle of a cold winter. So, what is the problem with fleece? The sad truth …

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How to Reduce Disposable Items During the Baby Years

By Fredrica Syren: When I had my first baby, I was horrified at how much waste I was suddenly producing. Between the disposable diapers, wipes, baby creams, baby food jars and containers, papers towels and — of course, let’s never forget the endless number of tissues it takes to wipes …

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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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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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