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International Coastal Cleanup Day

By Larraine Roulston: Discarded plastic and other resources accumulate in five different ocean garbage patches. The plastic, if left to increase, will negatively impact our ecosystem. It’s a problem that needs not only to be tackled at its source but also demands a massive cleanup. September 16th marks International Coastal Cleanup Day, an event that …

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Zero Waste School Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: Last week, two of my three children started school, and that meant they needed some school supplies. Trying to live zero waste with a first-grader and a fifth-grader can be tricky; but my motto is “find what I have at home already; borrow; buy used; and, as …

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Making Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Layering fruit/vegetable peelings with dry yard trimmings makes a great soil conditioner to enhance your garden. When soil is healthy, the helpful microbes greatly outnumber the harmful ones and keep them under control. Finished compost not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the …

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Packing a Zero Waste and Healthy Lunch Box

By Fredrica Syren a.k a Green mom: After a nice long summer break this week I have to start packing lunch for all three of my children again. Eeek! Packing a fun, healthy and zero waste lunch is tricky and takes some serious creativity. All over the world, convenience is generating …

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Think Twice Before Drinking Bottled Water

By Molly Connell: The bottled water industry is a profitable business for the companies involved. In the United States, 11.7 billion gallons of bottled water are drunk annually — enough to fill the Empire State Building 42 times. This consumption makes bottled water a $170 billion business, which theoretically should …

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Eating Healthfully on a Budget—Homemade Smoothies

By Fredrica Syren: My life is crazy busy sometimes, and that’s when I find myself forgetting to eat or having to eat on the fly. Food on the fly is not a good idea by any means and, at the same time, it’s hard to make something that’s fast and …

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Zero Waste Takeout

By Larraine Roulston: It’s hard to image a world without plastic, yet this invention did not become wildly popular until after WWII. Due to its light weight, plastic is practical for many applications, including packaging for transportation. The problem, however, is that there is far too much of it. Not only …

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Harvested Tomatoes — How to Preserve Them and Eat Them

By Fredrica Syren:  I love this time of the year when our homestead is exploding with ripe vegetables and fruits. My tomato plants are producing like never before, and on top of that, I also received tomatoes from a neighbor who does not know what do with her huge tomato …

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Zero Waste Stores — Less Packaging, Smaller Carbon Footprint

By Fredrica Syren: As more and more people jump on the zero waste movement bandwagon, more businesses see the potential financial benefits of giving consumers what they want — more with less waste. Sweden, already in the forefront when it comes to being one of the most green and eco-friendly …

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How To Store Food Without Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Since going the Plastic Free July Challenge I have gotten lots of questions about how we store food without plastic. For us, reducing plastic has been a work in process for a while; little by little, we have worked on changing our routines to exclude plastic. Food storage …

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