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How You Can Save Money while Going Green with Your Family

By Fredrica Syren: We’re want to save more money to buy a house with a larger backyard. So to keep living green and healthy and still save money, we have been making some small changes. Some ideas I listed below might seem so small that you’ll wonder how they can …

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Living an Environmentally Conscious Life

By Fredrica Syren: A very important step in living a green and eco-friendly life is to start learning basic information: what is in the things you buy, and where it comes from. That has been eye-opening for me. Once I started reading ingredients lists to learn what is in every …

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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston: This month celebrates Waste Reduction Week (WRW). In Canada, the event falls during October 16-22. The UK gears up for its European Week for Waste Reduction during November 18-26. These annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of education and events demonstrating methods of how to …

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Just Say No to Baby Food Pouches

By Kim Robson: The latest horrifying example of single-use non-recyclable plastic packaging in the name of convenience (I’m looking at you, K-Cups) seems to be baby food pouches. Instead of packaging baby food in reusable, recyclable, inexpensive glass jars, we now have single-use suckable plastic pouches — no dishes or …

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Last week, two of my three children started school, and that meant they needed some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with a first-grader and a fifth-grader can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as …

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Packing a Zero Waste and Healthy Lunch Box

By Fredrica Syren a.k a Green mom: After a nice long summer break this week I have to start packing lunch for all three of my children again. Eeek! Packing a fun, healthy and zero waste lunch is tricky and takes some serious creativity. All over the world, convenience is generating …

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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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Eating Healthfully on a Budget—Homemade Smoothies

By Fredrica Syren: My life is crazy busy sometimes, and that’s when I find myself forgetting to eat or having to eat on the fly. Food on the fly is not a good idea by any means and, at the same time, it’s hard to make something that’s fast and …

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Cooking with Food Scraps

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Between retailers and consumers, an astounding 30-40% of the United States’ food supply is wasted. This results in a huge strain on our landfills and the environment, as well as our wallets. As we carelessly dispose of it, there are millions of families and individuals who …

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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