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We Want to Know

Posted by Tammy Hrab on March 22, 2017 - 12:16pm
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Our team at NEAT has been bouncing around some ideas about reuse, green cleaning, and these days; saving money.  This has taken us in many directions, but we want to know what you think about a couple of them. 

BULK - Let us steer you away from the idea of bulk food for just a minute.  Yes, we love the idea of bulk food and reducing packaging everywhere we can.  We want to expand on that idea.  If you could buy cleaners, soaps, or even vinegar in bulk, would you?  If you could take your old bottle somewhere and just fill it up again, is that...

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NEAT's First Podcast - Food Waste in Canada

Posted by Tammy Hrab on March 1, 2017 - 4:09pm
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created by Roch Boisvert

Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin are internationally acclaimed documentary producers who created the award winning documentary on food waste, "Just Eat It." The film follows the lives of the Vancouver couple as they stop buying groceries for 6 months and survive exclusively off of food that has been discarded by food retailers as they investigate the problem of food waste.

Why is an estimated 40% of our food going to waste in Canada? Why are millions of Canadians experiencing some form of food insecurity, while 200,000 tons of food is...

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A Scentsational Time of Year!

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 23, 2016 - 12:00pm
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The holidays are in the air!  The sights, the sounds, the smells...oh those smells!  Some of the best smells happen during the holidays, cookies baking, turkey roasting, the smell from your Christmas tree, they are a delight to the olfactory!  But some of the smells that happen...well, we need to cover them up.  And when we need to cover up a bad smell, most of us reach for a bottle of air freshener.  But before you spray that store-bought air freshener in your home, releasing all sorts of chemicals, some toxic in high concentrations, into the air, consider these...

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Cookie Exchange

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 22, 2016 - 3:04pm
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With Christmas Eve just 2 sleeps away, we thought we would share some of our favourite cookie recipes in case you've decided to do a little holiday baking.  Now you may be asking what cookies have to do with our environment, and we'd like to remind you that home baked is always better.  It's better for our health because we know exactly what is in our cookies and there are no artificial preservatives to help the shelf life of our cookies.  It's better for our environment because we have taken away all that horrible packaging!  And it's better for...

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Don't Forget The Batteries!

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 21, 2016 - 1:00pm
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Once upon a Christmas past, when my 2 boys were very small, we woke up on Christmas morning and enjoyed our first "real" Christmas with our kids.  I think my boys would have been 2 & 3 at the time and it was the first time that we saw they really "got" Christmas.  You can imagine the fun we had that Christmas morning, packages getting ripped opened, squeals of joy as toys were revealed.  Hours spent taking toys out of boxes (really?  I'm pretty sure it would be easier to break into a bank than some of these toys!).  And after the last...

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Wrap it! Tag it! Bag it!

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 19, 2016 - 4:47pm
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With only 6 sleeps left before Christmas day, many of you are probably finishing last minute shopping and getting ready to, pardon the pun, wrap things up.  Before you run out to buy pretty coloured paper, we'd like to remind you that, sadly, most wrapping paper is not recyclable due to the inks used to dye it and the additives it contains (i.e. glitter, plastics, etc.).  Many gift tags are not recyclable either, for the same reason.  And ribbon?  We know it's pretty, but we beg you, please don't put it in your blue bin!  So what's a Christmas...

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School's Out!

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 16, 2016 - 3:22pm
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It's official, the holiday season is now in full swing!  With the ring of the last school bell today, little (and bigger) kiddos ran out of school for the last time in 2016.  For the next 2 weeks, they will constantly remind you that they are home.  Choruses of Christmas tunes only last so long before you hear the dreaded "I'm bored" that seems to come, without fail, when the kids are out of school.  So, while you may be looking around and calculating all the time you need between now and December 25 to get all the holiday errands, cleaning and...

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Christmas Cheer - Tips for Green Holiday Entertaining

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 14, 2016 - 4:20pm
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The holidays are here and with it, the vast array of holiday parties and get-togethers that bring co-workers, friends and families together.  Having a green party doesn't mean that you have to miss out on seasonal fun or feel as if you're trying to teach others a lesson.  With just a few simple changes to your entertaining routine, you can still celebrate the season with a green flair that will keep your conscious clear and your guests feeling festive. 

Deck the Halls

Traditional decorations made from tinsel...

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Carols, Cups, and Caffeine

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 12, 2016 - 4:33pm
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By Roch Boisvert and Tammy Hrab

There are little things that we can do in our daily lives to help reduce waste.  Remember to take your reusable travel mug while you’re out shopping.  Not only will it keep your drink warm in this cold weather, but many stores will give you a discount when you buy a coffee with your reusable mug.  If the giving spirit means that your friend brings you a Specialty Coffee that is only available this time of year, remember that most of the cups used these days are paper and can be rinsed and recycled.  You don’t have...

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Seasons Greetings

Posted by Susan McGarvey on December 12, 2016 - 12:29pm
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The sights and sounds of the season are all around us, glimmering lights, giant snowmen, green wreaths hung on doors and the peek of a Christmas tree in your neighbor’s window. The holidays are here and with them Christmas greetings, warm wishes for the holiday sent with love from friends and family. The annual Christmas card flurry has arrived. It’s that time of year when you learn what your 2nd cousin twice removed did for summer vacation and how little joey was the MVP of his baseball team. When I was little, I remember going to my gram’s house and seeing all of her...