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Wipe Your Tears and Nose with a Hankie

By Fredrica Syren: When I was a little girl my grandfather always carried a cloth handkerchief in his pocket. They were nice blue ones and he would get a brand new one that was folded neatly every morning. Nowadays handkerchiefs seem to have gone out of style and but I …

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Recycling Right with RoboBin!

By Larraine Roulston: In May, 65 universities from 9 countries entered the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) second annual Ideation Challenge competition designed to develop solutions to problems facing businesses. RoboBin, an invention which addresses the dilemma some people face when discarding items into public recycling containers, won first prize over 600 applicants …

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: School is starting again and with that comes the need for some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with school children can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as a last resort, buy quality and …

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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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Our Journey Towards Less Waste

By Fredrica Syren: For as long as we have been on this green journey, our goal has been to reduce our waste…. significantly. When we first started, we began recycling more and did reduce our trash. Instead of minimizing our waste, we ended up with lots of recycling. I know, …

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Things I Have Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste

By Fredrica Syren: Since going zero waste and learning to live a simpler life, my family and I have been enjoying the many benefits. Most important among these are reducing our environmental impact on the world, having more time, and experiencing better health. An extra bonus to our zero waste …

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Celebrating International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: Help compost councils celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11. The ICAW was createdin Canada in1995, while the UK Composting Association and the U.S. Composting Council were established in 2001. Although composting is promoted year-round, the strength of their message during ICAW is enhanced through their designated annual week …

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Easter Basket Green Tips

By Larraine Roulston: April is the traditional time when children enjoy finding their Easter baskets filled with an array of chocolates and jelly beans. Yet, collectively,we are becoming more aware of our children’s high consumption of sugar through a variety of commercial foods. Also, at this holiday time, we need …

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Zero Waste–Things NEVER To Put Down the Drain

By Fredrica Syren: No place in a home — other than the drain — do we discard waste and never think about it again. It might seem like a convenient way to get rid of unwanted liquid waste and be done with it, but truth is that whatever goes down …

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