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Review: Organic LifeStyle

By Fredrica Syren: It is no secret that I try to buy most things organic, but anyone who does that also should look at the practice of the company being patronized. Just because they sell organic products does not mean they run a waste free or even limited waste practice. …

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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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Eco Chic with Slow Fashion

By Fredrica Syren: When you hear the words “fast food,” what comes to mind? Probably cheap, unhealthy and, perhaps, not good for the planet. Right? Now, think about “fast fashion” compared to “slow fashion.” This concept actually makes sense. Over the years, we have come to accept the ever so …

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Lego Achieves 100% Renewable Energy

By Fredrica Syren: In the past the beloved Danish toymaker Lego surely has been in the dog house with environmental groups for its partnership with oil companies. Since then, they have done their part to redeem themselves by committing to a more sustainable business practice by trying to find a …

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Cheers to Eco-Friendly Breweries

By Kim Robson: Humans have been fermenting fruits, vegetables and grains since the dawn of civilization. Ancient Mesopotamians stored “liquid bread” for later, using straws to drink beer from large vats as early as 9,000 years ago. Around the same time, a Neolithic village in northern China was producing a …

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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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Scrubbing Polluted Soil with Industrial Hemp

By Kim Robson: Cleaning up toxic chemicals and heavy metals from soil is generally an onerous, expensive and time-consuming task involving chemical and mechanical processes. In my tiny mountain community of Julian, there’s long been an empty lot growing weeds on the corner of a busy intersection. Surely some developer …

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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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