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A menstrual cup? Is that what is sounds like? Gross.

This is a fairly typical response when first introduced to the idea of a menstrual cup. I’ll admit, it isn’t pretty. No one likes to imagine a reusable vaginal insert that collects the menstrual fluid. But let’s be real – vaginal bleeding isn’t (and never will be) pretty – so let’s start by dropping the shame around menstruation. And once we’ve gotten over that, we can address something that’s a lot less pretty: the amount of waste that half the population is producing in relation to their monthly cycle.

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A Tree Falls in Borneo: the Global Effects of Tropical Deforestation

As I stood on the viewpoint, the scene elicited all the expected emotions—anger, sadness, and hopelessness. The one I hadn’t quite anticipated was shock. I felt I had adequately prepared myself for my work with a forest conservation organization, having sifted through paper after paper citing the devastating statistics: “6 football fields a minute,” “56 percent of lowland forests lost.” Yet, no statistic could impress upon me the magnitude of the loss of Borneo’s forests as deeply as seeing it with my own eyes.

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Back to School - Back to Reducing Emissions

September is here, which means it is time for students of all ages to return to school. I am sure everyone is familiar with those classic “Back to School” advertisements from stores like Walmart or Staples, promoting great deals on supplies or the cool new gadget to help with your studies. I know when I was younger, my favourite part of the upcoming school year was shopping for new outfits or finding a binder or notebook with neat designs to impress my classmates with on the first day. At this point, I was not cognizant of the more eco-friendly alternatives available for school supplies or clothing.

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The Link Between Microbeads and Climate Change

Microbeads beads have been making headlines recently as many countries around the world enact legislation to reduce their consumption or ban them entirely. As the name suggests, microbeads are tiny spheres of plastic that range in size from 10 micrometers to 1 millimeter. They are found in many personal care products like soaps, cosmetics, and toothpastes, and they are commonly used as exfoliants.

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Give or get stuff for free and reduce your footprint

How many of the products in your home do you use on a regular basis? Think about kitchen equipment, orphaned phone chargers, furniture in your attic or basement, … Lots of people hoard stuff that they will never touch again, until the day they dispose of it. Stop the cycle before that final stage, by freecycling.

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How to Have a Green BBQ

One of the best parts of summer is grilling on the BBQ. But the question is, which BBQ technic is better for the environment? Charcoal or Propane?
Charcoal Facts
If you love to use charcoal for your cookout, read this and find out what charcoal does to the environment. When you have a cookout using charcoal it takes a lot of time to get a charcoal grill going. Charcoal is dirtier than gas but it comes from renewable resources.

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Reducing the number of cars in our driveway, do the pros outweigh the cons?

Do you actually need two-three cars in your garage? Or your family might easily survive with one car as well? Those of you who currently have two or more than two cars, have you ever thought about sharing a car or downsizing to just one. Many of you who have more than two cars in your family, how much you drive all of your cars. I have seen people who hardly ever drive their second car. It’s usually just sit there for days or even weeks at a time without being used in their garage or parking lots.

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How can I have a healthier home? Less toxic products and less plastic waste!

If you are looking ways to buy smart so you can help fight climate change, consider purchasing fewer household cleaning products. Despite the constant commercial messaging from behemoth consumer product companies hawking the new-and-improved, extra-added cleaning power of their latest offerings, you don’t need that much cleaning power—or a different specialized product for every task. By cleaning with simple ingredients that you already have in your pantry such as vinegar, baking soda, and even fresh lemons, you’ll be creating a healthier home environment, reducing your environmental impact, and saving a bundle of money—all at the same time.
Toxic chemicals

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5 green tips for your summer backyard bash

Summer has finally arrived, which means that the weather is finally allowing us to throw our much beloved backyard patio parties. Planning a get-together with friends and family involves preparing supplies, food, beverages, games and sometimes even decorations (if we are getting really fancy). Although it is tempting to take a more convenient route and head to a nearby dollar store to get paper plates and plastic cutlery, or going to a fast food restaurant for a quick and ready meal, those are not the most green options. Below are five easy steps to incorporate into planning your summer backyard bash that will help to make your gatherings a bit more eco-friendly.
1) BYO dishes, utensils, cups

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