Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: Green deals and coupons

    Green deals and coupons

    December 7, 2010

    We can't shop our way out of this mess, but at some point we all need to buy something — be it a new pair of underwear or a gift for a special someone. What if there were coupons and deals for "green" stores and products? More »

  • Photo: Breaking up with your garburator

    Breaking up with your garburator

    November 29, 2010

    When you put stuff down your garburator, do you think you're feeding the fish? Whatever goes into an in-sink disposal unit gets cleaned and treated in the sanitary sewer system, wasting energy and water. Why wash organics that can be composted into soil? More »

  • Photo: Five tips for a happy, healthy and green holiday season

    Five tips for a happy, healthy and green holiday season

    November 23, 2010

    Every holiday season I receive a sack full of requests from Canadians on how to celebrate a more environmentally friendly Christmas. Here are this year's tips on how to stay green, long after the snow flies. More »

  • Photo: Greening the Smiths

    Greening the Smiths

    November 15, 2010

    I'm greening the Smiths. Join me over the next six weeks as one Alberta family turns a brighter shade of green. (They had me at "cloud machine".) More »

  • Photo: Day 11: If I ate fish, I'd eat sardines

    Day 11: If I ate fish, I'd eat sardines

    October 15, 2010

    Eating a pound of tuna represents roughly 100 times the footprint of a pound of sardines. Small fish also are among the healthiest seafood a person can eat, containing less toxins and more nutrition, and relying on fewer fossil fuels. Plus they're affordable. How do you support sustainable seafood? More »

  • Photo: Day 10: More vegetarians needed

    Day 10: More vegetarians needed

    October 14, 2010

    Only four per cent of Canadians and Americans are vegetarians. Yet a vegetarian diet can go a long way to reducing our ecological footprint. How have you embraced vegetarianism into your thrice-daily routine? More »

  • Photo: Day 9: Talk policy at the kitchen table

    Day 9: Talk policy at the kitchen table

    October 13, 2010

    Sustainable food production in Canada requires better labelling laws, redesigned distribution systems and protecting farmland. What policy or regulation changes do you support? More »

  • Photo: Day 8: Your crisper could use a makeover

    Day 8: Your crisper could use a makeover

    October 12, 2010

    Canadians are good at growing food, but maybe even better at throwing it out. Forty-two per cent of food is wasted before it even gets to grocery store shelves. The average household chucks another one in four produce items. What are you doing to reduce food waste in your home? More »

  • Photo: Day 7: What does it mean to cook green?

    Day 7: What does it mean to cook green?

    October 11, 2010

    Size is everything when it comes to cooking "green." Match the cooking appliance to the job at hand (because big pots need big burners) and don't forget the lid! How do you save energy in the kitchen? More »

  • Photo: Day 6: Hormone disruption is annoying

    Day 6: Hormone disruption is annoying

    October 10, 2010

    Lurking in hard plastics like water bottles and baby bottles, bisphenol-A recently leached into our consciousness. Turns out the epoxy resin in tin cans also migrates into baby formula, beans and soups. How do you reduce your exposure to chemicals like BPA? More »