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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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Analyzing the Costs: Green Lifestyle vs. Typical Lifestyle

By Stephanie Lynch: While living “green” may seem expensive to most, it actually isn’t when compared to the way most people live. To put everything in perspective, I did a little research on certain costs the “green” way versus the traditional way. Cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers The cost of cloth …

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Waste Less and … Recycle Less

By Fredrica Syren: When my family began our journey toward a zero waste life, we succeeded in reducing our waste; but, as a result, our recycling bin was fuller. We soon realized that reducing our waste and recycling more were good things; however, the next step en route to zero …

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Teaching the Zero Waste Generation

By Larraine Roulston : At no other time in history has it been more important than now to be green. In classrooms across the world, it has become the era when environmental stewardship is taught by encouraging waste-free lunches and emphasizing the 3Rs. At many schools, composting is on the agenda as …

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Zero Waste Grocery Shopping— Shop at Farmers’ Markets

By Larraine Roulston : Whether you shop for fruits and veggies from farmers’ markets or directly from farms, or stop at a roadside stand, your experience will be nourished by purchasing produce and meat from those who grow it. In addition, it cuts back drastically on waste, as you won’t find …

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Tips for Making an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

By Larraine Roulston : An eco-friendly kitchen begins with good insulation that includes windows and doors. Along with energy efficient appliances and durable cookware, there are many simple tips that will also help you make your kitchen even greener. Shopping habits play an important role. Never enter a supermarket when you …

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Out and About in Zero Waste Style

By Fredrica Syren:​ It’s been one year since we committed to a zero waste life style, which means we try not to create any waste. How’s it going, you wonder? Actually, it’s going well and, sure, we do face challenges sometimes. Lots of people ask me how we manage to spend a day out and about with kids but not create waste. As a family, we love …

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Zero Waste — Shop at Farmers’ Markets

By Larraine Roulston : Whether you shop for fruits and veggies from farmers’ markets or directly from farms, or stop at a roadside stand, your experience will be nourished by purchasing produce and meat from those who grow it. In addition, it cuts back drastically on waste, as you won’t find …

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Expired Food: What Is Ok to Eat and What Is Not

By Fredrica Syren: When you know that almost 800 million people around the globe do not get enough to eat, and that poor nutrition kills 3.5 million children each year, it’s frustrating that about 40 percent of all food grown for humans around the world is wasted — as in thrown away. It is …

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