Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: The dish on dishwasher soap

    The dish on dishwasher soap

    January 18, 2011

    Phosphates in laundry detergents during the '60s and '70s might have had our mothers seeing whiter whites, but they also turned our streams, rivers and lakes green. Last year a ban on phosphates was introduced for a product you may not have even realized contained phosphates. More »

  • Photo: New Year's resolve: clean up your trash habits

    New Year's resolve: clean up your trash habits

    January 6, 2011

    January is not known as trash season, though your garbage collector might disagree. This year, ring in the New Year by changing the way you throw things out. More »

  • Photo: Inspiration is only a flush away

    Inspiration is only a flush away

    December 13, 2010

    The Smiths have just started their "greening" and already they're inspiring others. (And by others, I mean me, the Queen of Green!) Find out how a beloved bathtub toy seahorse inspired two toilet replacements. More »

  • 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 »