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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week 2018

By Larraine Roulston: October marks the celebration ofWaste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW). This year the event falls from October 15 to 21. The UK will host European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) during November, from the 17th to the 25th. Annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. The week …

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Millions of Contact Lenses Pollute Our Water

By Larraine Roulston: It is common knowledge that when eye glasses need to be replaced, the used pair can be left at the optometrist’s office or deposited at similar participating retail collection boxes for those in need. Disposal awareness unfortunately is not as clear for contact lenses. Eye care specialists …

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Is Recycling Plastic Worthwhile?

By Kim Robson: We like supporting companies that practice environmentally-aware policies, including using recycled plastic in their products. But recycled plastic raises an interesting question: Which is better — creating more demand for recycled plastic, which would help increase its price as a world commodity and make it more worthwhile …

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Let Bee’s Wrap Be(e) the Alternative to Plastic

By Fredrica Syren, aka Green Mom: As my family continues our journey toward a plastic-free life (or, as we like to call it, a “plastic diet”), we have replaced almost all plastics in the kitchen. Food storage had been one area I struggled with at the beginning — only because …

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Why Styrofoam Is So Bad for the Environment

By Kim Robson: Everyone knows that Styrofoam is bad for the planet, but do you know exactly why? Here’s a hint: it’s not just about biodegradability. Styrofoam has become such an accepted everyday product that people often don’t understand how Styrofoam harms the environment. Styrofoam is made from polystyrene, which …

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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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Tips on What to Do with Junk Mail

By Larraine Roulston : Most people regard junk mail as annoying, so simply trash it all without giving it a second glance. Even when the environmental impact of such waste was realized, postal services continued to deliver junk mail because they received additional income for their service. As the junk mail was generally discarded, environmental …

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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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Celebrate Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston : During the third week in October, on both sides of the Atlantic, recycling councils celebrate Waste Reduction Week (WRW). This year, October 17-23 marks the promotion of building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of information and events about how …

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