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50 Shades of Green #17

Posted by Susan McGarvey on February 11, 2015 - 11:10am

An Evening by Candlelight

Ahh…it’s February.  For us brave souls that live in the north, February is typically the month we all begin to wonder if winter will ever end.  It’s the month where the temperatures are unpredictable, snowfall is a given, but as this year has proven, you never know when or how much will come.  It’s also the month where our hydro bills are still high and spring fever hits.

February.  Like January, it is our nemesis.  But February is also the month where we celebrate those we...

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50 Shades of Green #16

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on February 4, 2015 - 10:47am

One Month, One Bag

You know what really bugs me? Like, really, seriously drives me bonkers – those HUGE black garbage cans overflowing with garbage. I mean, come on, do you seriously produce that much garbage each week?

At my house we have five people and two dogs. Surprisingly (or not) often the dogs produce more garbage than the humans do but still we almost NEVER fill our can. We can go a month without putting the garbage out. And that’s not because we produce so little, it’s because the black hole like cans are so darn big! We...

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50 Shades of Green #15

Posted by Jen Slater on January 28, 2015 - 10:54am
North Peace, West Peace, NEAT, South Peace

Fast Food Free

Not only am I committing to an entire week of no-fast food (ok, in all honesty, this won’t be too difficult for me as I don’t really even like fast food), I also commit to no fast food for my KIDS! Yep, I’m that mom who buys my kids a Tim Horton’s soup and sandwich for school if we’re running late or I’ve been remiss on keeping the cupboards stocked with lunch-friendly food.

To take it a step further, I also commit to no take-out coffee or drinks!
So, what are the environmental benefits to...

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50 Shades of Green Challenge #14

Posted by Roch Boisvert on January 20, 2015 - 9:59am
North Peace, West Peace, NEAT, South Peace

Fix First!

Many of us are strapped for time so repairing a broken item rather than just buying a new one can seem like a time-saver. When you factor in the extra cash, the fuel to go get it and the cost to the environment, it may seem more feasible just to fix it.

One of the biggest hurdles, I find, is developing the mindset of fixing things first. We are a throw-away society; this is a hard habit to break! Purchasing things that you know are easier to fix if they break is the first step. Second, as soon as your item has an issue, find where to go...

It Isn't Easy being Green...or is it?

Posted by Fort St. John Office on January 19, 2015 - 12:29pm
Northern Rockies, Regional, NEAT

First of all, I would like to welcome everyone to 2015! I had an amazing Christmas holiday, and (hopefully) unlike most people, I spent most of it working. Not the job that pays me type of work, but the “hey we need new floors!” type of work. As Reily and I took to renovating our mudroom, spare room and kitchen floors, it dawned on me that most of our old materials were likely going to end up in the landfill. It got me thinking about reusable materials and if our trash was another man’s treasure? Turns out our trash was trash, but I bet that’s not always the case...

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50 Shades of Green Challenge #13

Posted by Diane Lemire on January 13, 2015 - 10:49am

Go Low Flow

Water…we live in a country where water is easily accessible by just turning on a faucet. But… does that make it too accessible at times? Not everyone knows that the average household toilet is responsible for 30% of the home’s water usage.  The average shower? 20%.  These, paired with the faucets within the home, can mean hefty water usage, which can also mean a steep water bill.  What can you do to reduce your water usage?

  • Low flow fixtures are a low cost way to reduce water usage and ultimately...
Diane Lemire's picture

50 Shades of Green Challenge #12

Posted by Diane Lemire on January 6, 2015 - 12:57pm
North Peace, West Peace, Northern Rockies, NEAT, South Peace

Teaching a Non-Recycler How to Recycle

Well… it’s that time of year again.  Everyone is making their resolutions on what they are going to do to improve themselves for 2015.  Gyms are bursting with the new members, online enrollment for courses is at an all-time high, and houses are a buzz with newly-motivated de-clutterers.  If you are one of the many people in the community who recycle in your home… we applaud you!  Doesn’t the feeling of producing less trash feel awesome!  Don’t you want to share this feeling...

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 22, 2014 - 4:01pm
North Peace, West Peace, Northern Rockies, NEAT, South Peace

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50 shades of Green Challenge #11

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on December 16, 2014 - 10:37am

Experiences vs. Gifts

Everywhere I turn it seems, there’s an article pointing out all of the problems with this generation of kids. Kids are lazy, they’re out of touch with reality and in touch with far off galaxies, and they don’t take responsibility. But is it our kids that are the problem? Or us?

I get it. Don’t misunderstand me. Those shoes are super cute, and they did ask nicely and the neighbours do have a trampoline. But that does not mean that we need to buy it too.  What are we really teaching our kids by...

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50 Shades of Green Challenge #10

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 9, 2014 - 12:31pm

Host a White Elephant Gift Exchange

Here is our next challenge for you and this one is actually fun.  ‘Tis the season for people to gather together with family and friends.  What do you do when you gather with these people?  Sometimes, you are encouraged or expected to bring gifts.  We have a great idea.  Try a White Elephant Gift Exchange.  This only requires bringing 1 gift per person.  You can even specify the kind of gift people bring.  One year, I participated in a Re-gift exchange.  No one was allowed...