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Recycling in Canada, just like anywhere, is complicated. With so many different types of materials and recycling laws that from vary city-to-city and province-to-province, what can be recycled is not always clear. Here’s a quick guide on what you can and...
All you green thumbs may have heard of a couple of buzz words fluttering around the gardening world lately; terms like “native species” or “pollinator friendly.” But what does that mean for you, your garden and your region? Pollinators (bees, butterflies...
White vinegar is a versatile all-purpose cleaning ingredient that’s called for in many homemade, DIY cleaning recipes. A by-product of plant fermentation, vinegar contains 5 to 10% acetic acid which makes it an effective solution for breaking down grease and...
This article originally published in the spring 2020 issue of Canadian Traveller magazine You love to travel; However, you’re also becoming increasingly aware of the impact travel has on the environment. These days, balancing our passion for...
If you’re anything like me, you’re someone who learns about a cause and wants everyone around you to learn—and care—about it with you. There are moments of realization (like discovering how harmful animal agriculture, fast fashion or single-use plastics are)...
Remarkably, most household messes can be resolved using three do-it-yourself cleaning recipes. All of the ingredients you’ll need can easily be found in your local grocery store—and most are even food-grade. And that’s really important for a few reasons... First and...
One of the best things you can do for the environment is to try and avoid food waste. An amazing way to do this is to compost your veggie scraps, coffee grounds and eggshells. But could you be getting more...
We live in a world of convenience and "throwaway culture." Think about it: Straws, plastic bags, water bottles, cellophane food wrapping and Styrofoam containers are an entire class of products engineered for micro-lifespans. In other words, they populate our landfills after...
The environmental harms of industrial farming have officially reached the mainstream, but how much do we understand about their processes and the possible solutions? It’s really challenging to convince farmers—who have been working with large-scale methods for generations—to make extreme financial...
While growing up, plastic wrap and re-sealable zipper storage bags were a lunch bag mainstay; my sandwiches, cookies and other snacks were all wrapped in filmy Cellophane. And if you cracked open our fridge or freezer, you'd find all sorts...
It is no coincidence that the people who live in the most polluted environments are most likely to be people of colour and impoverished. The environmental risks these communities face include exposure to hazardous chemicals or factors higher than those...
If you’re looking to reduce food waste while saving money on your grocery bill, one thing you can do is regrow the fruit and veggies you bought from the grocery store. It's a simple yet clever hack, but first you...
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