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A Green Halloween

As a kid growing up, Halloween was always one of the most exciting times of the year.  Nothing beat dressing up as your favourite character, scaring the living daylights out of a few unsuspecting adults, and getting rewarded with candy!  … Continue reading

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Preparing for a move in Halton Region?

While I was in the midst of packing up all my possessions to move them to my new house, I started to question my decision to do this. I am starting to understand why on the TV show Love It … Continue reading

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Managing solid waste caused by emergencies and disasters

9/11 and the World Trade Center. Hurricane Katrina. The earthquake in Haiti. The tsunami in Japan.  These disasters resulted in a horrifying loss of human life and the destruction of property. They also generated an unexpected amount of solid waste that needed … Continue reading

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Making your workouts good for the environment

I once heard someone say: “I never understand the people who get in their car, drive to a gym, and then run a treadmill for an hour, only to get back in their car and drive home.  Why not run … Continue reading

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Reduce waste and reuse your leftovers for delicious new meals

I love leftovers!  I love making a new meals or baked goods out of food that was left from the night before, or even from fruit that we just didn’t get around to eating.  I love the idea of being … Continue reading

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Everyone creates waste, but how do you make waste management services accessible to all?

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, “one in seven people in Ontario has a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages.” While every person generates waste that needs to be … Continue reading

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Visit the Library, Read a Book, Help the Environment

Earth Day is coming up on April 22.  What better way to prepare for this important celebration of our earth than by reading books about the environment.  One of the best places to access environmental books is your local library, where the “reuse” … Continue reading

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Reuse and Recycle Clothing to Help the Environment

In this 3 minute 34 second video, I interview Elisha deKort of Clothing For Charity Ltd., to learn how clothing can be reused and recycled in Halton Region to help the environment.

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Earth Hour – an environmental event for the whole family

I try to instil in my children a need to protect the environment. In my family, we practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and discuss other things we can do as a family to help the environment. One small way … Continue reading

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Cheers to a 3Rs Community Champion: The Carafe Wine Makers (Georgetown)

What does a full-bodied Shiraz with a hint of cassis and saving the planet have in common? Carafe Wine Makers in Georgetown of course! Owners Don and Catherine Jones have committed themselves to a great business with an extremely strong … Continue reading

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How We Recycle Blue Box Materials

Ever wonder how Blue Box materials are recycled in Halton Region? In this 2 minute 33 second video, I interview Paulina Leung of Emterra Environmental, who explains how Blue Box recycling is processed.  Paulina also answers some common recycling questions.

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Recycling History in Halton: Citizens Who Led the Way

For many of us, we cannot remember life without the Blue Box. Recycling is second nature to us now, but there once was a time in Halton, and throughout Ontario, that environmentally-aware residents had to go that extra mile to … Continue reading

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National Sweater Day

Thursday, February 9 is National Sweater Day.  A day to celebrate all those tacky and wacky sweaters you have hidden deep in your closet.  You know the ones I mean — sweaters with mooses and ducks and flowery appliques. But … Continue reading

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The GoodGuide: Helping Consumers Make Informed Choices

Do you want to make good consumer choices when shopping, but are not sure how to do that? Do you want to choose products that do not contain harmful chemicals and are made by companies with good social policies? The … Continue reading

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What’s Up Doc? Looking after medications environmentally

This weekend I opened up the medicine cabinet and was amazed at how many expired medications were in there. Why have I been holding on to them for so long? It was time for a major clean up. However, medications — … Continue reading

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Tips for an Environmentally-friendly Christmas Morning

If you have children like I do, Christmas morning can create a whole new dimension of waste! Anyone who’s attempted to open (not to mention assemble) a child’s toy on Christmas morning knows that bleeding fingers and an engineering degree … Continue reading

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Encouraging You to Reuse This Christmas

‘Tis the season to begin my Christmas shopping.  Every year I try to put a new twist on ensuring my gifts to family and friends are recyclable, compostable or re-usable. I also take great care in making something each year … Continue reading

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Making Recycling Easy at Your Christmas Holiday Party

Check out our 2 minute 20 second video about making recycling and composting easy for guests at your upcoming Christmas holiday party!

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Making Christmas free of waste and stress

Have you started thinking about your holiday shopping? Do you feel excitement or dread when you look at your list? Several years ago my family decided to make a change when it came to gift giving. We used to buy … Continue reading

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Tips For a “Waste-less” Holiday

The holiday season brings with it a lot of excitement.  For many of us it’s a time for family gatherings, food, and gift giving.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or just enjoy the time spent with family and friends, … Continue reading

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Make your Halloween Environmentally Friendly

That spooky time of the year is upon us! While Halloween can be frightening good fun for children and parents; the decorations, costumes, and candies can be downright scary for the environment. So this Halloween, my family tried to think … Continue reading

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