The Plastic Free Pledge Everyone Can Take!

Americans alone use and throw out 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour or over sixty million every single day. Six to ten million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, choking the life out of sea creatures. Millions of seabirds are dying from ingesting this plastic. In the Pacific Ocean, the great…

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20 “Green” tips for Fall

Check the air pressure in your tires. Cooler temperatures lower tire pressure and that, in turn, lowers fuel efficiency. So check your tires and make sure that they are properly inflated. Clean and test the furnace. Did you know that your furnace needs cleaning? Yep … it collects all kinds of dust and debris which…

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Edible Garden Project (EGP)

  This rocks and every city should be offering a program like this! The EGP maintains food gardens on a variety of public and private spaces. As their programs grows, they will be looking for additional garden space. If you have garden space that you do not use, the EGP may want to come and…

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Royal City Farmer’s Market

New Westminster’s fabulous market is back at Tipperary Park at 4th and Royal. It runs every Thursday from 3-7pm. The Royal City Farmers Market Association is a non-profit association dedicated to making a Farmers Market in New Westminster a success. Their mission is to connect with our heritage of having a vibrant city market, the…

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Brace yourself for a bad spring allergy season

  It’s that time of year again when seasonal allergies take off. Sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, blocked-up sensation are just a few of the symptoms. Seasonal allergies are typically caused by pollen and mould spores in the air. If you have an allergy, your body sees the pollen as a foreign substance and…

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Spring Gardening

  I think Spring is almost here….well, almost! Here are a few tips from Mark Cullen, a best selling author, and the host of “Gardening Tips with Mark” on CTV’s Canada AM: Start With a Plan. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish with your garden: Do you want to do a…

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Creating new things from Scraps!

  Breathe new life into old objects and reduce landfill waste by diverting leftover odds and ends that would be relegated to the dumpster into useful items. Call it repurposing, call it recrafting, call it creative reuse, or call it trash transformed. No matter what you call it, this concept of “cradle to cradle” is…

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What Is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is a philosophy and a design principle for the 21st Century. It includes ‘recycling’ but goes beyond recycling by taking a ‘whole system’ approach to the vast flow of resources and waste through human society. Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired…

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Five Eco-Friendly Things to Do This Spring

Spring is finally coming! I can see my first bulbs springing up, the buds on the Magnolia’s are getting more robust and I have spotted several Robin Red Breasts flitting around my garden. On Friday the kids and I actually cleaned the patio furniture off and hung out in the garden blowing bubbles and dreaming…

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