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New California Law Could Allow Diners to Bring Own Containers

By Fredrica Syren: A new law passed in California provides guidelines for restaurants regarding how to safely fill consumers’ own reusable containers. This is a huge step for anyone trying to avoid single use plastic and wanting to bring their own reusable containers.  I know the most sustainable choice is …

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How to Avoid Certain Food Packaging

By Larraine Roulston: For the estimated 26% of Americans who eat takeout food every week: it is not a good idea to serve hot food placed on plastic. Styrofoam, even paper containers with a plastic inner lining, trigger seeping chemicals. Scientists and health advocates are raising the alarm that chemicals …

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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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