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50 Shades of Green #33

Posted by Tammy Hrab on July 16, 2015 - 3:19pm

Who Needs a Dryer!?!

Walking down the grocery aisle with all the laundry detergent and cleaning products makes people either run for the next aisle, or take a deep inhale. If you’re one of the latter, there is a cheaper, safer, greener, and better way to get that “Laundry Fresh” scent.

Hanging clothes to dry has numerous benefits: It uses less energy, saving you money. If you only run a dryer four times a week instead of every day, you can save almost $200/year, which reduces your carbon footprint. Dryers can use lots of power,...

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50 Shades of Green #32

Posted by Susan McGarvey on July 6, 2015 - 10:56am

Meatless Mondays

I know what you’re thinking.  I do.  You looked at the title and immediately began judging…Meatless Monday, Susan, have you lost your mind?  What does Meatless Monday have to do with the environment?  The answer isn’t short and sweet, but I do have an answer!  Put on your processing caps and hold on tight, we’ll work through this one together!

The facts:

• Eating one less hamburger a week is like taking your car off the road for 515 Kilometers or line drying your clothes...

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50 Shades of Green #31

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on June 16, 2015 - 11:08am

Water Conservation Gardening

Let me share with you one of my biggest pet peeves. I cannot – I mean CANNOT – stand it when I see people standing with a hose washing their driveway. This atrocious waste of water sends me from zero to a full rolling boil in two seconds flat.  I can’t help it. It just drives me nuts to see water wasted in such a casual fashion, especially in the ever increasing era of climate change.

In order to not be completely hypocritical, I ask myself what is one to do with a garden in the summer? I do not...

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50 Shades of Green #30

Posted by Tammy Hrab on June 3, 2015 - 10:40am

Try a Xeriscape Garden

Xeriscape is a drought tolerant landscaping method.  Don’t worry though; you won’t have to sacrifice beauty for this practical and efficient way of gardening. Xeriscape doesn’t necessarily mean no lawn, so evaluate your green space. You may find that your needy, time consuming lawn doesn’t really serve a purpose.  If that is the case, you have other options. My favorite is to introduce a species of plant that will naturalize in your lawn and in time, will take over giving you pretty blooms & great...

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50 Shades of Green #29

Posted by Tammy Hrab on May 25, 2015 - 5:14pm

Finding New Uses for Old Stuff

written by Jennifer Eichelberger

Spring is associated with many things: rain, flowering gardens, and long sunny days. For me, it's also associated with a bittersweet task: Spring cleaning. Not only is this a time for scrubbing those hard to reach areas that I've neglected for several months, but also for de-cluttering my home and ridding myself of unwanted items. But sometimes getting rid of things now only leads me to buying more later and I begin the process all over again.

My family and I recently...

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50 Shades of Green #28

Posted by Tammy Hrab on May 6, 2015 - 1:49pm

Anyone can Compost

In honour of Compost Awareness Week, we are going to challenge you to compost this week.  I hope to remove all of the barriers and arguments you have about composting.  So, let’s get started.

Let’s start with financial barriers.  Some say they can’t afford a composter.  Yes, there are some expensive options out there.  Just because they are available does not mean that they are the only option for composting.  You can build a composter for free.  All you need are...

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50 Shades of Green #27

Posted by Tammy Hrab on April 29, 2015 - 11:11am

Switch from Paper Bills to Electronic Billing

We have all seen the scene on a television show watching a character flip through the mail and say, “Bills, bills, bills.”  We may not say it out loud, but at some point, we have thought it in our own lives.  Each of those bills includes the envelope it was mailed in stuffed with the actual bill, an return envelope, and even flyers and promotional material.  That creates a lot of paper that needs to be recycled.

I look forward to the day that people flip through their email...

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50 Shades of Green #26

Posted by Roch Boisvert on April 16, 2015 - 12:46pm

Switch to Rechargeable Batteries


Did the batteries in the remote just quit?  When you make the switch, make sure you recycle them, rather than tossing them in the trash. Sending them to the landfill can possibly release mercury, lead and cadmium into our Eco-system, including our water system. It is also a good time to replace them with rechargeable ones. Investing in a good charger and set of rechargeable batteries can save money, and a few trips to the store. For the planet, it also saves our carbon footprint by reducing shipping,...

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50 Shades of Green #25

Posted by Roch Boisvert on April 8, 2015 - 12:26pm

Create an Emergency Kit & Family Plan

Whatever you decide to use for creating a family emergency plan is not as important as getting a plan in place for those unforeseen incidents. The idea of an emergency is that it is not planned! Many of us fly through life by the seat of our pants and work hard for time to get food on the table. Yet emergencies are difficult enough to go through; why make it harder? Different types of plans, with varying degrees of complexity can be created and an online tool, such as one of the links below, can make that necessary...

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50 Shades of Green #24

Posted by Tammy Hrab on April 1, 2015 - 3:06pm

You Can Make your Own Cleaners... Really!



For some, this is a therapeutic activity that relieves stress and calms the mind.  For many others, however, it is quite the opposite.  The act of cleaning one’s home can sometimes bring up feelings of stress and anxiety, not to mention the assault of chemicals needed to clean.

But there is a natural solution!  Natural cleaners are easy to make, so so so cheap, and make you feel so productive and homemaker-ish!  Think about the satisfaction of...