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Protect Books with DIY Covers

By Kim Robson: Often, when I find a paperback book to read from our neighborhood Little Free Library, its corners and edges are bent and torn. Reading a damaged, dilapidated book is never fun. I have a great technique that uses strips of heavy-duty clear packing tape to repair these …

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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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Trouble in Toyland–The Environmental Impact Of Toys

By Larraine Roulston: Prior to World War II, children’s toys were manufactured from durable materials and designed to be passed down to succeeding generations. Once metal became scarce, plastics made their grand entrance. Giving these shiny gifts to children soon became very popular. Since that time, toys have become big business, and marketing plastic …

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Zero Waste Coffee and Tea

By Fredrica Syren: Coffee and tea are a big part of my daily routines. I usually have a cup of tea or coffee next to me as I work or play with my kids. It used to be that I would pick up a cup of coffee or tea from …

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Zero Waste Kitchen–Nut Milk Pulp Recipe

By Fredrica Syren: We drink only plant-based milk in this house so you can image how many packages of almond milk we (a family of five) were sending to the landfills. Since going zero waste we have been making our own milk.. It’s so easy to make, and you can …

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Tips for Leftover Thanksgiving Food–Avoid Food Waste

By Larraine Roulston: Thanksgiving — a holiday celebration when tables are graced with a bountiful harvest. At the end of the long weekend holiday, most likely there will be plenty of leftover food from those turkey and vegetarian dinners with all the trimmings — a perfect time to utilize casserole …

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Zero Waste Thanksgiving Feast and Decorations

By Fredrica Syren: I feel that we tend to spend a ridiculous amount of money and create lots of waste during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just to have a wonderful family meal. Pretty much every year, my family hosts Thanksgiving. Over recent years, though, I’ve become focused on (a.) …

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UK Starbucks Turns Waste into Furniture

By Larraine Roulston: Pentatonic, a company that designs household furniture, is entering the field of crafting home furnishings by upcycling plastic trash. Their abundant resource is gathered from post-consumer plastic such as water bottles and old smart phone screens. Usable items are being created through Trashpresso which is a mobile solar-powered recycling plant built by …

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Green Halloween Tips

 By Kim Robson Halloween is a fall tradition that has been around for hundreds of years. Its origins come from ancient pagan harvest festivals. We all have fond memories of our own childhood Halloweens and, of course, more recent Halloweens with our children and grandchildren. It can be frustrating, however, …

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