• 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    Even the most minimalist of minimalists will eventually have to get rid of stuff – clothes that no longer fit, outdated electronics, broken plates… you get the picture.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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    Conscious Consumption Part 2: Buy Better

    Part 1 of my Conscious Consumption Series talked about taking better care of your stuff so it lasts longer. Which is all well and good, until you need something new, or something breaks beyond repair.  With the increasing amount of stuff we’re told we need, stuff being designed to fail sooner, technology becoming obsolete faster than…


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  • Conscious Consumption Part 1: Take Care of Your Stuff

    There’s a tiny storefront in my neighbourhood with a simple sign propped up in the window reading “Rocco Shoe Repair”. I’ve gone past it a hundred times over the past 7 years, thinking how handy it was to have so close to my house, but only went in for the first time this spring. I took my comfy but well-worn black…


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  • “Stuff” Doesn’t Have to be a Bad Word

    You won’t find many green living advocates admit this, but I like shopping and I like new things – clothes, shoes, accessories, kitchen gadgets, you name it. Even though it goes against most environmentalist teachings, I find it therapeutic and rewarding. And really, I don’t buy all that much that is frivolous. But I’ve realized I could make…


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  • How to Save Money And Energy this Summer

    Did you know that space heating and cooling, followed by hot water are the main energy users in Canadian homes? Here are 6 simple ways you can reduce your energy bills this summer, without breaking into a sweat. (more…)


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  • What’s the Deal with DEET?

              With our short summers, not even mosquitos, black flies, deer flies, and ticks can keep me from enjoying warm evenings by the campfire. I’ve been avoiding DEET, but only based on a general understanding that it’s toxic. How bad is it? Here’s my breakdown on DEET and some alternatives, looking at findings from regulators and environmental groups. What is…


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  • How to Redecorate Responsibly

    Changing your decor 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 indoor air pollutants. Here are some eco decorating tips for your next remodelling project from an article I wrote in So Fresh Magazine:


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  • How to Keep Your House Cool

    Since we’re heading into warmer weather, now’s the time to think about keeping cool. In this article for So Fresh Magazine, I share 7 tips to keep your house cool and comfortable, while keeping your energy use down. I recognize that not everyone can avoid air conditioning altogether, so these tips will help you save energy, even with an air…


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  • Can Environmentalists Be Saved From Themselves?

    At the farmer’s market last week, volunteers were canvasing for petition signatures on an environmental matter. One volunteer shoved a flyer at me, asking (more like telling) me to take it. I politely declined, indicating that I was aware of the issue, have researched it online and don’t want to waste the piece of paper. “I don’t understand why people…


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