Green Living

Why Dirty Kids Are Healthy Kids

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Nikki Fotheringham

As a parent, your job is to protect your kids from harm and stories of superbugs and flesh-eating viruses may have you liberally basting your children with hand sanitizer, and cleaning your home with chemicals that promise to send bacteria packing. Well, put down the bleach and put your feet up. As it turns out, dirt is actually good for our kids!

Fragrance Is The New Second-Hand Smoke

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Being clean and smelling great should never mean using manufactured, toxic substances that you will inhale and absorb. If you insist on wearing a scent or scenting a space, please consider these ways to smell fresh while going fragrance-free.

Old Man Winter Slays Mayor Gregor's Green Vancouver

Jordan Bateman | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Winter has come to Mayor Gregor Robertson's Vancouver. And the city's lack of preparation has become its own sort of George R.R. Martin epic. The land is frozen under a thick layer of snow and ice. Travel has become treacherous. Hundreds swarmed local fire halls like white walkers, trying to get some free salt.

10 Recipes To Celebrate Pantone's 2017 Colour Of The Year

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

A new year means new beginnings, resolutions, and a fresh start. With 2017 finally among us, we can't help but anticipate all the exciting (and tasty) opportunities that lie ahead! Fittingly, Pantone's colour of the year, Greenery, reflects the exhilarating feeling of evolving.

You Can Love Wood And Still Be A Forest Hugger

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

You have probably bought forest products like lumber for a home reno or notepaper for school supplies and wondered how your purchase affects the forest it came from. You may feel guilty, but you shouldn't if the forest products you buy are harvested sustainably and certified to internationally recognized standards.

15 Green Bathroom Tips That Saved Me $1,000 A Year

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

I've managed to cut the costs in my bathroom by over $1000 a year (true story!). By switching out your cleaning products, personal products and cosmetics for DIY natural alternatives, you save money and expose your family to fewer chemicals. Add to that your energy-efficient and water-saving savvy and you get a greener, healthier home.

Columbus Ohio City Wellness Guide

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Christine E. Laprade

Ohio has been making headlines recently. I was in town last month for my very first time and I can't believe how little publicity Columbus is getting,...

Could Your Sex Life Be Greener?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Nikki Fotheringham

Taking a long, hot shower solo is bad for the environment, but taking a short, hot shower with a friend is green living at its best. Taking a hot bath with a friend is equally good, especially if you're using organic soaps and hair care products which you can follow up with an organic oil massage.

How I Saved $724 A Year On Laundry Costs

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

I'm a green queen, but I've always been surprisingly complacent about the cost and environmental impact of my laundry. After learning how harmful the chemicals in detergents and softeners are, I examined my laundry habits and was pleased as punch to find that I could be much greener and save a bunch of money in the process.

Self-Sustaining 'Greenship' Will Grow Year-Round Food In Alberta

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Alberta

The project aims to be completed by next summer.

Pipeline Versus Rail 'Debate' Sticks Canadians With A False Choice

Ecojustice | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Ecojustice

Instead of asking how to move more and more crude oil, let's start asking how we can have a cleaner, greener economy that keeps people safe, the environment pristine, and delivers good green jobs. Once you start asking that question two big things become clear.

Environmentally Sustainable Companies You Should Know About

Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Business

We've partnered with new 2017 Ford Fusion to list five companies that understand that sustainable living and money-making can go hand-in-hand.

Easy Ways To Reduce Food Waste And Save Money

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Living

Reducing food waste in our daily lives is easier than you think.

Educated Consumers Want Companies To Go Green

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

As consumers get more savvy, they are increasingly demanding products that are organic, ethically sourced and produced in an environmentally responsible way. Consumers are increasingly aware of the negative effect chemicals have on their health and will buy organic iterations of their favourite products whenever they can.

Going Off The Beaten Path In Sweden

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Travel
Christine E. Laprade

You're already familiar with Abba, Swedish meatballs and Scandinavian design...Turns out Sweden has a lot more to offer and is particularly appealing to families or those who crave the unusual!

How Calgary Is Looking Ahead And Embracing Clean Energy

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Alberta's carbon tax is expected to have a relatively minor impact on middle to lower income folks, but what about a major city that buys $60 million worth of power every year? That's going to cut into some budgets! It turns out there's one municipality that's positioned very well for a carbon tax but its name might surprise you.

How Do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business
Nikki Fotheringham

Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? A "photovoltaic" cell is the basic building block which converts sunlight to electric energy that we can utilize to power our homes and businesses.

How Consumers Can Do Their Part To Protect Our Earth

Gillian Farber | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

With Earth Day quickly approaching, it's time we take a good look at our own lives and what we are doing personally to help make the world a better place for future generations. Here is a list of five eco-friendly gadgets and companies working towards a sustainable, long term, green solution to climate change.

How Men Can Get The Perfect Shave

Candice Batista | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Style
Candice Batista

A man's skin is very different from a woman's, in most cases it's oiler, the pores are larger and it's more sensitive due to the daily shaving routine, I've rounded up my top tips (with product recommendations) for the perfect shave.

How To Know If Your 'Eco' Skincare Products Are Actually Toxic Free

Candice Batista | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Candice Batista

What was once thought of a fad, is now a bonafide, legit business. In fact, so legit, that it's now become harder and harder to know which eco skincare product is right for you and whether the "natural" and "organic" claims are true. So I am going to break it down for you.

Alberta's Clean Energy Shift Is A Massive Economic Opportunity

Duncan Kinney | Posted 01.13.2017 | Canada Alberta
Duncan Kinney

Not only is there an opportunity for a thriving, diversified economy but the positive health effects from phasing out coal also save our provincial government real dollars. Devon is relatively close to several major coal fired electricity generation plants in Alberta. The town could see real health benefits from coal phase out.

2015 Was A Breakthrough Year For Green Energy

David Dodge | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada British Columbia
David Dodge

Renewable energy is transitioning from a few keen farmers and municipalities to provincial and perhaps even national scale initiatives. This is good news for climate change and emissions reductions, but it also represents investment in new jobs and industries with plenty of future potential.

Instructions For A DIY Home Energy Audit

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

Electricity bills have been steadily rising with no respite in the foreseeable future. Increasingly, home owners are turning to efficient building envelopes to create homes that utilize less energy. While a professional home energy audit will be more accurate, you can do your own and get a general idea of which issues to tackle first.

10 Stylish Gifts That Give Back

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Style

Gifts you'll feel good about giving.

The Planet Is Dying Of Consumption And Only We Can Halt The Process

Doreen Barrie | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living
Doreen Barrie

If the warming of this planet is to be slowed -- if not halted -- it will not come about by government fiat, nor should it. Governments are reluctant to impose unpopular measures and the corporate sector will resist attempts to curtail our freedom to consume. The impetus must come from citizens.