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International Coastal Cleanup Day

By Larraine Roulston: Discarded plastic and other resources accumulate in five different ocean garbage patches. The plastic, if left to increase, will negatively impact our ecosystem. It’s a problem that needs not only to be tackled at its source but also demands a massive cleanup. September 16th marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that …

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Think Twice Before Drinking Bottled Water

By Molly Connell: The bottled water industry is a profitable business for the companies involved. In the United States, 11.7 billion gallons of bottled water are drunk annually — enough to fill the Empire State Building 42 times. This consumption makes bottled water a $170 billion business, which theoretically should …

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Final Straw for Seattle—State Is Going Strawless for September

By Fredrica Syren: Plastic straws are a common plastic pollution. These days, you almost can’t go to a restaurant without ending up with a straw. We have gotten into the habit of ordering our food along with a “PLEASE, NO STRAWS!” whenever my family eat out. I totally understand that …

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Zero Waste Takeout

By Larraine Roulston: It’s hard to image a world without plastic, yet this invention did not become wildly popular until after WWII. Due to its light weight, plastic is practical for many applications, including packaging for transportation. The problem, however, is that there is far too much of it. Not only …

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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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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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Finally! Cute and Eco-friendly Shoes

By Fredrica Syren: When it comes to fashion, the question has been whether it’s possible to design fashion forward AND eco-friendly items. Is it possible to produce products with less waste, fewer chemicals, and more sustainable materials? The answer is yes. The San Francisco-based shoe company Rothy’s has taken on …

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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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