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October Celebrates Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston. This year, Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW) is celebrated during October 21-27. During the week, the focus on theme days encompasses The Circular Economy, Textile Tuesday, Champions & Innovators, Plastic & Packaging, Food, Shop/Share/Repair, and wraps up with Electronics on Sunday. As youth are front and …

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Achieving Zero Waste with Audits

By Larraine Roulston: Respecting our planet requires each of us to Rethink and Reduce what we throw away. To do this, it’s important to audit what we discard as trash. This applies to every resident with a supply of plastic garbage bags as well as to workers in the industrial, …

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Working Towards Zero Waste with Pets

By Larraine Roulston: People don’t often realize that having an animal creates its own share of waste. There are, however, many ways pet owners can minimize the amount of discard. Any plastic bag packaging for dog/cat food probably will not get recycled. To decrease the amount of ready mixed pet …

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New California Law Could Allow Diners to Bring Own Containers

By Fredrica Syren: A new law passed in California provides guidelines for restaurants regarding how to safely fill consumers’ own reusable containers. This is a huge step for anyone trying to avoid single use plastic and wanting to bring their own reusable containers.  I know the most sustainable choice is …

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How to Avoid Certain Food Packaging

By Larraine Roulston: For the estimated 26% of Americans who eat takeout food every week: it is not a good idea to serve hot food placed on plastic. Styrofoam, even paper containers with a plastic inner lining, trigger seeping chemicals. Scientists and health advocates are raising the alarm that chemicals …

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Enjoy a Zero-Waste Summer

By Larraine Roulston: Roll out those “Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” When this song was popular in the 1960s, before blue box recycling, there was little waste. Holiday participants during that decade toted a lunch basket filled with homemade sandwiches and cookies, hard boiled eggs, cut veggies and beverages in a …

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Zero Waste Scrap Vegetable Stock and Vegetable Salt

By Fredrica Syren: Making your own stock is super easy, and a great way to reduce waste and save some money at the same time. Since I’m vegan, I make vegetable stock, but stock can bemade from fish bones and chicken carcasses as well. I make my stock from kitchen …

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Zero Waste-Enjoy Green Nature with a Green Picnic

By Fredrica Syren: Ahhh summer break is finally here and me and family have 8 weeks of summer fun together. We love spending as much time outdoors as possible and that includes having picnics.There is nothing my kids like more than an outdoor picnic.  We’ll bring a blanket and picnic …

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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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Takeout Food with Zero Waste

By Kim Robson: Bringing home takeout food from my favorite restaurants is one of my guilty pleasures. I can enjoy my meal in the comfort and privacy of my own home, wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers if I like.I bask in the knowledge that I didn’t have to lift a …

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