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    How to Plan a Waste Free Birthday Party

    When my daughter started JK, we started going to birthday parties. And it was all I could do not to cringe at all the waste! So when her big day came around, I knew I wanted to do it differently. Here’s how I planned a (nearly) waste-free party – you…


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    How to Breathe Easy for the Holidays

    There are lots of things to worry about over the holidays – don’t make your indoor air quality one of them. With more people and more seasonal decorations in our homes, there can be more chemicals in the air we breathe. Follow these simple tips so you and your family can breathe easy…


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    How to Give Green Without Being a Grinch

    I feel like two of my worlds are colliding right now: Christmas and consuming less. I love Christmas – the family time, the food, and yes, the presents. I love giving and I love receiving. At the same time, I’ve spent the last year trying to buy less. Part of why we buy so much is because of the ads that…


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  • A Greener, Stress-Free Holiday

    The last thing we need is more to think about over the holidays. What if you could do less and get more out of the season? In my article for So Fresh Mag, I show how you can decorate, host, and give green while staying festive. I’m willing to guarantee you get through it with more…


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  • 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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  • 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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