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The Joys and Benefits of Being Frugal

By Larraine Roulston: The evening my fiancé and I announced our engagement, my dad took my future partner aside and said, “She’ll save you a lot of money.” A rather good endorsement, I thought. Hearing stories of my grandparents and parents living through the Depression and learning of their thrifty habits, I was guided towards …

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Movie Review—Sustainable

By Fredrica Syren: I admit I have watched more documentaries about organic food, small farms and environmental instability than I can count. However, the new documentary Sustainable is one I must recommend. This movie is well done and presents a provocative view of the economic and environmental instability of America’s …

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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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Moms Are Rising to Protect the Ecosystem

By Larraine Roulston : Mothers already do many things on the home front to protect the environment. They recycle, compost, opt to cook less meat, are energy and water efficient, choose environmentally friendly products, and create eco-fun family activities. As certain politicians target economic growth with little regard for a healthier environment for future generations, hundreds …

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How to Reduce Disposable Items During the Baby Years

By Fredrica Syren: When I had my first baby, I was horrified at how much waste I was suddenly producing. Between the disposable diapers, wipes, baby creams, baby food jars and containers, papers towels and — of course, let’s never forget the endless number of tissues it takes to wipes …

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Is Our Convenient Life Damaging the Planet?

By Fredrica Syren: One of my favorite things to do when shopping is to snoop and see what everyone else is buying. Lately it has made me sad to see that most shopping carts are filled with convenience items such as processed and prepared foods, and disposable goods. Companies and …

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Making Kids Happy with a Low Key Christmas

By Fredrica Syren:  I struggle with how to make my children happy with a lower key, fewer-presents sort of Christmas. I think a large part of our children’s problem is that their expectations are too high. And when that’s the case, giving more and more every year won’t fix the …

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Dumpster Divers Get Legal Protection

By Kim Robson:  The very serious topic of food waste has been covered here on Green-Mom many times, from the Inglorious Foods campaign in France, to the Hidden Harvest movement in California, to the Food Waste Challenge in New York City. Wasted food is a worldwide problem, and the global population is expected only to grow, adding to the challenge of global …

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Eco-xmas

By Dawna Matthews:  Do you want to share the love this Christmas and holiday season but still stay eco-friendly? Luckily, this is easier than ever before. Giving and sharing gifts during the holiday season need not have a negative impact on the environment. With a little imagination and eco-conscious thought, it’s easy …

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Making Eco-friendly Choices at the Grocery Store

By Larraine Roulston : Many years ago I offered eco-friendly supermarket tours as an event during Canada’s Waste Reduction Week. With approximately a dozen concerned citizens each time, I noted the items that were either a wise or a poor environmental choice. As the activity also provided a good opportunity for …

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