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Innovations to Combat Food Waste

By Larraine Roulston : As people discard food in small amounts, most would claim that they waste very little; however, that perception usually doesn’t match reality as found in a recent survey by the University of Alberta. Its waste audits from participating residents revealed that food waste on average was much higher than individuals had …

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New Changes to Sell-By Dates on Packaged Food

By Fredrica Syren: Some much needed changes are coming to packaged foods sold in grocery stores. Two major influential trade groups in the food industry, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, are lobbying for changes to 10 different food labels that include “sell by” to “use by,” …

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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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Tips on What to Do with Junk Mail

By Larraine Roulston : Most people regard junk mail as annoying, so simply trash it all without giving it a second glance. Even when the environmental impact of such waste was realized, postal services continued to deliver junk mail because they received additional income for their service. As the junk mail was generally discarded, environmental …

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Zero Waste Grocery Shopping— Shop at Farmers’ Markets

By Larraine Roulston : Whether you shop for fruits and veggies from farmers’ markets or directly from farms, or stop at a roadside stand, your experience will be nourished by purchasing produce and meat from those who grow it. In addition, it cuts back drastically on waste, as you won’t find …

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Out and About in Zero Waste Style

By Fredrica Syren:​ It’s been one year since we committed to a zero waste life style, which means we try not to create any waste. How’s it going, you wonder? Actually, it’s going well and, sure, we do face challenges sometimes. Lots of people ask me how we manage to spend a day out and about with kids but not create waste. As a family, we love …

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Zero Waste — Shop at Farmers’ Markets

By Larraine Roulston : Whether you shop for fruits and veggies from farmers’ markets or directly from farms, or stop at a roadside stand, your experience will be nourished by purchasing produce and meat from those who grow it. In addition, it cuts back drastically on waste, as you won’t find …

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How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

 By Larraine Roulston: The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems.  Conspicuous consumption, waste and the accumulation of material possessions place unnecessary pressures on natural resources and the environment. If we all consumed less, our footprint would be greatly reduced. Together, we can all be a powerful …

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Getting Ready for Winter Composting

By Larraine Roulston : Composting involves organisms called decomposers that include bacteria and fungi to break down organics into smaller pieces. The result becomes a rich humus containing moisture, nutrients and minerals for soil. By including “wet greens’’ from your kitchen to provide nitrogen along with a handful of “dry browns’’ from your yard …

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Holiday Party the Zero Waste Style

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas and I particularly love hosting Christmas parties. Parties are fun but can cause lots of waste and are in general not so green. I was not too surprised to learn that we tend to produce more trash around …

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