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Plastics Are Clogging the Beauty Industry

By Larraine Roulston: Last month was declared “Plastic Free July.” Our man-made problem and addiction to single-use plastics all too often are cluttering our beaches and killing sea life.  All over the globe, plastic entering the ocean just circulates there forever, leaving swirling cyclones of plastic soup. When our disposable culture discovered …

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Pick Me Up at the Beach

By Larraine Roulston: In 2013, just after a celebrated long weekend, renown artist Elizabeth Berry took her regular morning walk along a Toronto waterfront boardwalk. Upon seeing the beach, she was astounded. “Usually there is some litter,” she said. “It’s nothing new, but it’s getting worse. This morning there were …

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Plastic Free July-How to Achieve a Plastic-Free Garden

By Larraine Roulston: Is breaking up with plastic hard to do? Once alternatives have been sought and people adopt different habits, it’s really not so difficult after all. For the most part, the major hurdle is changing one’s habits. For example, most grocery shoppers have opted to provide their own …

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World Ocean Day and Running For Our Ocean

By Fredrica Syren: Today is World Ocean Day and today people around globe celebrate and honor the ocean which is essential for our survival. It’s a time to get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect …

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Is It Possible to Live Plastic Free?

By Fredrica Syren: I’m just going to say it: plastic is addictive — or should I say, the convenience of plastic is. We’re all so busy, more busy than we ever have been, and one thing that helps save time is convenience. And plastic fits into that category. I admit …

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The Hefty Price of Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Until now, research on the impact of plastic on our health has focused solely on specific parts of the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. Now a new research report by Center for International Environmental Law(CIEL), Earthworks,Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives(GAIA), Healthy Babies …

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Air Canada to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: This summer Air Canada will do more than recycling paper and aluminum cans by replacing its personalized red plastic single-use stir stick with a stirrer made from recycled bamboo. This action will eliminate approximately 35 million plastic sticks per year. In addition, Air Canada has partnered with the …

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Companies Eliminating Single-Use Plastic

By Kim Robson: The days of single-use plastic are numbered. Most of us are too young to remember when a milkman delivered dairy products in reusable glass containers. Also gone are the days of glass soda bottles. But, when I go to Mexico, I can drink real cane sugar Coca-Cola …

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Should We Ban Balloons?

By Larraine: For decades, balloons have been ringing in the New Year. Their round and heart shapes are found in many locations. Entertainers and festival organizers display them to draw crowds. Retailers showcase balloons to generate sales. Hospitals use them to offer “get well” wishes — universities to congratulate. Corporate …

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Millions of Contact Lenses Pollute Our Water

By Larraine Roulston: It is common knowledge that when eye glasses need to be replaced, the used pair can be left at the optometrist’s office or deposited at similar participating retail collection boxes for those in need. Disposal awareness unfortunately is not as clear for contact lenses. Eye care specialists …

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