Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: Dry cleaning dirties the planet--switch to wet cleaning

    Dry cleaning dirties the planet—switch to wet cleaning

    January 5, 2012

    Worried about toxics from dry cleaning chemicals but nervous about hand- or machine-washing "dry clean only" items at home? Find a professional wet cleaner near you! More »

  • Photo: Make non-toxic candles

    Make non-toxic candles

    December 19, 2011

    It's almost a rite of passage. Once you're too old for pyjamas with cats on them, people start giving you scented candles. Avoid these air quality killers. Make safer ones out of soy wax or beeswax instead. More »

  • Photo: Three things you didn't think you could donate

    Three things you didn't think you could donate

    December 12, 2011

    Don't forget that other kind of gift-giving this month: Donate. You'd be surprised at how much of what you're not using is needed by someone else and how easy it is to give—even that bra you don't wear any more. More »

  • Photo: Green a family tradition

    Green a family tradition

    December 5, 2011

    December oozes family tradition. For my clan, Christmas Eve dinner is the main event. Ukrainians like me celebrate with twelve meatless dishes, fish being a symbolic and sustainable protein. What's your "green" tradition? More »

  • Photo: I don't buy Christmas presents

    I don't buy Christmas presents

    November 30, 2011

    I don't buy Christmas presents. I haven't for years. But I'm here to say you can regift without guilt and get nothing for those who want nothing! More »

  • Photo: A regular family goes green

    A regular family goes green

    November 21, 2011

    Would your kids (or spouse) balk if you served more vegetarian meals a week? Read how one mom "greened" her weekly meal plan and got rave reviews from the whole family! More »

  • Photo: Refresh your wardrobe for free--host a clothing swap

    Refresh your wardrobe for free—host a clothing swap

    November 14, 2011

    Shop without spending a dime—host a clothing swap! It's a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle. Donate leftover items to a local charity. More »

  • Photo: Come hear David Suzuki, Terry O'Reilly, and me at the Elders Forum

    Come hear David Suzuki, Terry O'Reilly, and me at the Elders Forum

    November 8, 2011

    Have you heard enthusiastic stories from family members or friends about having cut their activist teeth during the 60's and 70's? Tell 'em about our Elders Environment Forum! More »

  • Photo: How to harvest mason bee cocoons

    How to harvest mason bee cocoons

    October 31, 2011

    If you follow my investment strategy to protect nature, you'll recall that I spent 20 dollars on 20 mason bees two years ago. This weekend, I harvested and cleaned over 100 cocoons from my mason bee house, and you can, too. More »

  • Photo: Don't be scared to green your Halloween

    Don't be scared to green your Halloween

    October 24, 2011

    Don't be scared to green your Halloween. Organize a costume swap and make your own make-up, free of toxic chemicals. More »