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How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

How to Throw a Zero Waste Winter Gathering

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – This winter, instead of reaching for the easy option or quickest option, take a pause and give this idea a try: don’t make excuses; make plans. Plans are what allow us to commit to ideas and follow them through. In the world of low-waste living, plans are essential, however annoying […]

Mason Jars and the Art of Plastic-free Food Preservation

Mason Jars and the Art of Plastic-free Food Preservation

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Summer tomatoes, fresh off the vine. Green beans, purple beans, and yellow beans, dangling among their tangled vines on the stalk. Cucumbers, hidden on the ground between their fuzzy, windy stems. These are just a few of late-summer’s magical garden offerings, the abundance that is our reward for patiently waiting […]

Save the Oceans, Save Yourself

Save the Oceans, Save Yourself

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – June 8 is World Oceans Day. Much like Earth Day, it is a day to truly be celebrated every day one chooses to visit the ocean. But, similarly to Christmas, it’s wonderful to dedicate one entire day to one specific cause. The oceans are certainly worthy of our celebrations. Why? […]

Green Up Your Spring-Cleaning Routine:  Your Body ­(and the Planet!) Will Thank You

Green Up Your Spring-Cleaning Routine: Your Body ­(and the Planet!) Will Thank You

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – Here in British Columbia, winter extends from mid-November to late-April, depending on the region. In some places, the snow never stays very long while in other far-flung regions the icy chill refuses to let go until well past May Day. Over the winter, we’ve retreated to our warm, indoor spaces […]

This Year, Take a Christmas Chill Pill

This Year, Take a Christmas Chill Pill

By Ryan Elizabeth Cope – “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost The results are in: our planet is in rough shape. No, we […]