Loving Our Lakes with Rochelle Bryne

Rochelle Bryne is the Executive Director at A Greener Future and mom to 3-year old Linden. Rochelle’s organization has frequent litter cleanups around the shores of Lake Ontario. But it’s not just about litter. Bringing seniors, teens and even little kids like Linden together around a common purpose, creates a sense of community and belonging…

Learning to Listen

Laura Langevin is the founder of Echoes in the Attic, a Bradford, ON, company making gorgeous purses from designer fabrics diverted on their way to landfill. We talk to Laura about how her battle with breast cancer gave her a new outlook on life. She shares how learning to listen has changed her perspective and the…

“Does it bring joy?”

KonMari consultant Helen Youn helps moms find joy and reduce stress through decluttering When Helen Youn sits down with a client at the beginning of a KonMari tidying-up session, one of the first questions she asks is, “Do you entertain?” So much of the time, says Helen, the answer is no — “because they’re too anxious and embarrassed about the…

The sincerest form of flattery

A genuine desire to imitate comes from a place of inspiration. When one person styles themselves after another — through attitude, action, or even dress — it’s because they’ve been inspired enough to make a change in themselves. That’s powerful. Back in the late 90s/early 00s my friend Amy and I had a little company called Battleaxe Folk, that promoted…

How menu planning changed the lives of one Ontario family

Chantal Garneau and her family eat the same thing every day and it doesn’t suck. Not only that, but this type of menu planning has slashed her family’s food budget and eliminated food waste from their lives. If that weren’t amazing enough, she says they also have more energy and time, feel healthier and calmer,…

Ontario mom Sarah Robertson-Barnes and her granola bar battle

Sarah Robertson-Barnes is engaged in an ongoing, pitched — and, really, kind of funny — battle with her five- and seven-year-old sons about (wait for it) granola bars. The kids are devotees of the sweet and crunchy snacks, but their mom is equally, if not more, devoted to a low-waste lifestyle, one that has her family producing as little…

Why Arlene Hazzan Green Traded the Glitz of Film for Gardening

In a previous life — having worked in the film business for 30 years with her husband, Marc — Arlene Hazzan Green was an award-winning screenwriter and director. Until a chance viewing of “The End of Suburbia,” a Canadian documentary about the demise of the oil industry, changed the world as she knew it. “The film was a real…

A balloon-free birthday party won’t burst your kid’s bubble

Ideas for greener birthday parties I’m planning my baby’s birthday party. By baby, of course, I mean my middle-schooler, who is quickly ageing out of birthday parties — this one could be the last. And while two or three hours with a bunch of screaming tweens hyped up on cake isn’t entirely my idea of a relaxing way to spend…

Bringing nature to the classroom and the classroom into the wild

Natasha Robertson grew up in the tiny town of Ignace, Ontario (population 1,202). “We lived on a dirt road with three other houses, outside of town,” says the 41-year-old mother of two. She remembers a childhood filled with the freedom to explore outside as much as possible, of wandering through the woods, building tree forts,…