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Winter is officially upon us

Posted by shawn @ 3:26 pm on November 26, 2008

Seasons greetings! (Well almost) it’s nearly December already! Can you believe that? It wasn’t long ago that pond and garden supplies were flying out the door and the gardening season was in full swing. Since then, flowers have met their demise, veggie gardens have been eaten, and the ground has started to freeze. The life of the winter garden fanatic has arrived. All of us staring out at the backyard with future plans, dreaming of the day where we can toss on the radio and spend the day in the garden. The one thing I always take advantage of during winter is the deals you can scoop up! Whether it’s at your favorite garden center, online gardening store, or local shopping mall these seasonal products are great buys this time of year. Even though it’s a cold and dreary road ahead it won’t be long before winter is long forgotten and bright sunny skies are all we know!

Recycling at Home

Posted by Courtney @ 9:46 am on November 5, 2008

We’re trying to live greener lives here. We’ve been making changes in the way our office is run, and hopefully that is having an effect on our own personal lives. I know for me it has.

For the past 2+ years, I’ve been living in an apartment building that doesn’t recycle. While this has annoyed me to no end, I’ve never done anything about it. Since our office has started recycling, I’ve been motivated to find out how to recycle away from the office. And so, I’ve found a recycling drop-off centre here in Cambridge where I can drop my recyclables off at. This is not the ideal solution, because it means that other people in my apartment are still most likely tossing their recyclables. But it’s a step in the right direction.

Remember, if you’re looking for daily tips on water conservation, composting, green gardening and green homes, you can follow us on Twitter. We also have a monthly newsletter that includes green living tips, news and deals. We’ve also recently created both a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group. We want to work with you help create greener lives for us all!

Packing a Lunch is Healthy, Affordable, and Green

Posted by gerry @ 8:44 am on October 14, 2008

Eating out for lunch everyday can add up in terms of cost, waste, and your waistline.

If you eat out for lunch every weekday, you are likely spending approximately $10 each time.  That costs you $50 a week and $2,600 per year.   If you were to spend that same amount on groceries and home-cooked meals, you would have surplus left over!  Instead of spending $50 for 5 lunches, $50 dollar gets me an entire week -7 days- of groceries, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

You are, after all, what you eat.  Preparing your own lunches also reduces the fat, sugar, salt, and preservatives which you ingest.  When you prepare your own lunch, you know exactly what goes into it.

Finally, packing a lunch helps the environment because it reduces waste.  Purchase a cloth lunch-bag or a metal lunchbox to carry your lunch in.  A thermos or water bottle can be used to hold your liquids.  And food can be packed in re-useable containers.  It is entirely possible to pack a zero-waste lunch!