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Toxic Beauty: Top 5 Ingredients to Avoid and Alternatives to Shop For

Canadians are spending upwards of $5.3 billion on every-day beauty products including but not limited to lipstick, make-up, creams and soap. But did you know that 8 in 10 of those products contain one or more harmful chemicals? Keep reading for the top 5 toxic ingredients you should watch out for, and their healthier alternatives.

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10 ways to go zero waste today!

Today's post is about how you can go zero waste today! That's right. It's easy peasy. Don't be fooled by the idea that if you want to adopt this lifestyle, you have to completely revamp your home. Zero waste isn't about consumerism, or throwing away everything you have in order to replace it with eco-friendly alternatives. Otherwise, it would defeat the whole purpose of creating less waste. So how do you begin when you have such a busy lifestyle, and don't want to drop your whole entire paycheck on the latest zero waste products?Well! You do things the old fashioned way. Here are a few ideas to get your juices flowing. Ultimately, there are no rules. You do what feels good to you for a healthier family and environment.  1)...

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Why Your Coffee Habit Isn't Eco-Friendly (And Ways to Make Sure It Is)

You get out of bed. You go through your morning motions. But most importantly, whether it’s at home or on the go, you’ve just got to have a cup of morning joe to start off your day. Sound familiar? Unfortunately for you, regularly consuming coffee has a huge negative impact on the environment. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way, and here's how.

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How do glass, aluminium, paper and plastic actually get recycled?

Ever wondered what happens to an item after you put it in the recycling  bin? Where does it go? How long does it take to be turned into something new? What happens to used plastic water bottles? What about cardboard or those takeout leftover containers? In this article, we will break down the recycling process of glass, aluminum,  paper and cardboard, and plastic.   Glass is made of sand, limestone and other raw material. When it is recycled, it is turned into cullets, a granular material of crushed up jars and bottles of glass. The reason we recycle glass is because it is not biodegradable and takes millions of years to breakdown in landfills. One kilogram of cullet replaces 1.2 kg of raw materials, according to James...

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What is actually recyclable?

  Before you recycle your plastic bottles and pizza boxes from your Friday night party or Netflix and chill date night, hold on a second. Have you ever stopped to wonder how much of the material you put out for recycling actually get recycled? Newsflash: A very small percentage! Some of it is due to a phenomenon called wishcycling, where consumers dump non-recyclables in the recycling bin contaminating the whole batch. Some recycling trucks refuse to pick up recycling bins if they notice items that don't belong there. The contents of that bin then end up turning into trash that gets dumped in landfills. Another way to contaminate the recycling materials is by leaving food waste products in recyclables. For example, a...

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