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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 Manage Christmas Waste

     Even if you successfully reduced your Christmas waste by choosing reduced packaging and wrapping with old newspaper or Furoshiki, you may have family or guests who haven’t jumped on your green wagon yet. Or maybe, like me, you still have wrapping paper and new tissue paper kicking around from your “pre-green” days. Either way, chances are you’re going…


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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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  • 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 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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    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 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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