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Sustainable shopper's guide: 12 ingredients to avoid in your cosmetics

October 2010
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This wallet-sized shopper's guide lists a "dirty dozen" chemicals to avoid when shopping for cosmetics. Use it to check the ingredient list on personal care products before you make a purchase. Some ingredients in beauty products aren't that pretty. U.S. researchers found that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients... More »

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Eco-label guide

October 2010
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Understanding labels and claims found on everyday products will help you make informed decisions to reduce your environmental footprint. Here are some certified eco-labels to look for on your path to becoming a sustainable shopper. More »

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Two-ingredient cosmetics for the busy green goddess

October 2010
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These recipes are as easy as one, two, three — and the third part is mixing up the first two! You probably already have most of this stuff in your kitchen (a great way to use questionably edible perishables).... More »

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Making sense of paper labels

September 2010
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You already know that recycled printer paper, bathroom and facial tissues, and paper towels are the greenest choices. But did you know that not all recycled products are created equally? More »

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Fat block bird feeder

June 2010
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Whether your feathered guests are fall migrants or year-long residents, supplementing their diets with high-quality calories will help them survive to reproduce in spring. More »

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BUGS Off!

June 2010
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Before you crack open the anti-insect sprays, first think about all the non-toxic things you can do to keep them away. Get rid of standing water (where mosquitoes breed), and don't hang out where they do (outside between dusk and dawn, in long grass, etc). If it's a windy day or if you cover yourself up with long sleeves, long pants and socks, you shouldn't need insect spray at all! More »

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Green garden recipes

June 2010
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Add a few drops of each essential oil to crushed garlic. Place mixture in old lids (recycle!) and place around plants that you want to protect. This will deter slugs and snails without killing them, leaving them free to do their jobs. More »

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Stain removal

June 2010
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Commercial stain-removing products are often hazardous to humans, wildlife and the environment. Product labeling can be deceptive and often include a combination of chemicals and solvents that are nerve-damaging neurotoxins (e.g., benzene, toluene, xylene), carcinogenic (e.g., formaldehyde), severe skin and eye irritants and may have adverse reproductive effects. Consider switching to stain removers made from plant oils or the home remedy solutions in the tables below. More »

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End food waste

June 2010
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Whether you're shopping at the grocer's or famer's market, or harvesting from your own backyard, once you get your fruits and veggies in the house, there's lots of things you can do to keep them fresh and edible for as long as possible. More »

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Who's who at the feeder

June 2010
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Whether you're a first-time birder or a well-seasoned twitcher, it's always nice to know which birds are in the neighbourhood. (These backyard visitors are examples of species that breed in the Boreal, but some of them may actually be year-round residents.) More »

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David Suzuki's Vacation Challenge

June 2010
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It's summer. The sun comes out and lots of us in the great white north run outside to play. Here are some tips for giving the earth a break while you're taking yours. More »

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Fruit Fly newsletter — Summer 2010

June 2010
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Summer 2010 issue of an e-newsletter highlighting the people who support our work (volunteers, ambassadors, community leaders, third party fundraisers).... More »

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