• 6 Practical Ways to Repurpose Jars

    You don’t have to preserve food to develop a collection of jars. If you’re already trying to avoid plastic and cans, or if you do a lot of shopping in the natural food aisles, you’re probably recycling a lot of them. Next time you finish that jarred pasta sauce, soup, jam, nut butter, or your neighbour’s homemade…


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  • What If We All Pitched In?

    Imagine you live off-grid. A crazy fantasy for those of us with running water and electricity at the flick of a switch, but bear with me. You grow your own produce and raise animals for food. Everything you put on your land and in your animals stays on your land forever. You get water from a well, supplied by…


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  • How to Redecorate Responsibly

    Changing your décor can be a quick, cost effective way to make your home feel fresh and updated without extensive renovations. With some planning, you can reduce waste sent to landfill and reduce indoor air pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Here are some eco decorating tips for your next remodeling project.


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  • 10 Quick Tips for a Greener Home

    Think you need a lot of time or money to have a meaningful impact on greening your home? Think again! Whether you’re already living green, or just starting to make some changes, here are 10 quick tips you can implement now for a greener, healthier home.


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  • How to Choose Natural Baby Care Products

    Since many labelling terms aren’t regulated (like “natural” and “non-toxic”), it can be hard to determine whether they are true or part of a greenwashing campaign – unless you know how to read ingredient lists. But between chemical names and scientific names of botanicals, it can be quite daunting when you start paying attention to labels. To help get you started, here…


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  • How to Identify and Remove Carcinogens from Your Home

    Did you know that many common household products contain known or suspected carcinogens? The regulatory environment in Canada is based on the premise that a product is safe unless proven otherwise. Consequently, new chemicals are introduced into products without truly understanding the implications on our health. The good news is, there are readily available alternatives that don’t contain potentially harmful ingredients. Here are…


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  • What Are Natural Cosmetics, Anyways?

    There are several campaigns out there that make it sound like our shampoos, lotions, soaps, and make-up are single-handedly giving us cancer and making us infertile. While I am suspect of many ingredients used in conventional cosmetics, and I greatly appreciate the work consumer interest groups are doing, the scare tactic approach goes against my goal for this blog…


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  • How to Declutter Responsibly

    Products are being designed to fail, meaning we have to keep buying more. We’re told that having the latest and the greatest will make us happy and feel more fulfilled, but research shows this isn’t true. Instead, we’re spending more money, have less spare time, and are generating waste at a staggering rate. Here are some positive changes you can make throughout…


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  • How Resilient Is Your Home?

    We have what I facetiously refer to as a “Zombie Apocalypse Kit” in our house. With climate change throwing all sorts of weather curve-balls at us, having a few days’ worth of food and water isn’t just for preppers any more. But do you know how your home fares during power outages and flooding? If you live in Toronto like I…


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  • Conscious Consumption Part 3: How to Get Rid of Stuff

    Even the most minimalist of minimalists will eventually have to get rid of stuff – clothes that no longer fit, outdated electronics, broken plates… you get the picture. Landfills should be the very last resort. They take up precious land, emit methane (a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change), and can leach toxic sludge into the ground water. In the 3rd…


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