Is the future passive?

A finished Habit Studio project Nova Scotia mom, Lorrie Rand introduces us to passive design “Chronic renovators.” That’s how Lorrie Rand describes herself and her husband, and for good reason. The house in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where they live with their 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son has been in a near constant state of flux since they … Read moreIs the future passive?

Quiet Revolutions: three Canadian moms on mindful consumption and raising hope

Oh, Canada. Eh? When Melanie Tapson and her husband, Brad, were looking to put down roots in Toronto, Ontario, finding just the right location was key. When they finally settled in Leslieville, a community that runs adjacent to the Don River in the east end of the city, it was the balance of comfort and convenience … Read moreQuiet Revolutions: three Canadian moms on mindful consumption and raising hope

Karen Kerk wants you to buy less stuff, even if she’s selling it

Bare Organics founder Karen Kerk with Ben, and baby Liam, in 2007 … Karen Kerk’s business model is a little, well, different. The founder of Bare Organics started making natural and organic skin-care products as a way to get people to buy less stuff. “There are lots of marketers who work very hard to make us … Read moreKaren Kerk wants you to buy less stuff, even if she’s selling it

Weird and wonderful ways my family saves water

Water. It’s one of those resources you don’t even notice until you are suddenly without it. Then you can probably think of little else. At least that’s how I imagine it was for my friend Sarah, who lives in South Africa, during a recent drought. A reminder message. Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: S Rade Current … Read moreWeird and wonderful ways my family saves water

Eco-friendly gifts for your kids’ teachers

A cutting from your favourite plant, a card, homemade jam: Teacher gifts that are easy on the Earth (and your budget). Parents: We are so. Close. I know you’re exhausted but take heart: the end is in sight. The school year — with its early mornings and lunch bags, permission forms and library books, homework and lost backpacks — is … Read moreEco-friendly gifts for your kids’ teachers

How a bacon-loving family survived eating less meat

Veggie Delights One of my former colleagues — a yoga instructor and vegan blogger — leads an exemplary lifestyle. The few times we’ve met in person I found myself rambling on about how I’d go vegetarian in a heartbeat if my family would only get on board. And furthermore, how I had no intention of becoming a short-order cook. … Read moreHow a bacon-loving family survived eating less meat

How hunting connected one Newfoundland mom with her food, tradition, and the land.

The first time Jen Shears tried hunting she hated it. Hated getting up at 4 AM, hated not being allowed to talk, and hated all the walking. She wanted to give up after ten minutes. She complained constantly. She was seven. Despite the rocky start, she stuck with it and now the early mornings and … Read moreHow hunting connected one Newfoundland mom with her food, tradition, and the land.

Restaurant take-out, without the side of guilt

Leftovers without the guilt: My “take-out” kit lets me enjoy resto food more sustainably. I had a craving for Indian food the other night. Actually, it would be reasonable to say I crave Indian pretty much every night, but that’s a different story. In any case, I found a willing accomplice, and we headed out … Read moreRestaurant take-out, without the side of guilt

Living la vida local: how buying local creates connections and community

A pre-Christmas market haul As a freelance writer and part-time bartender, Saturdays are possibly my favourite day of the week. It’s not like I actually get the day off, per say, but I can usually push off most work-life todos in favour of spending a stretch of time focused on me and the teen. But, since … Read moreLiving la vida local: how buying local creates connections and community

Changing the world, one toothbrush at a time

That “free” toothbrush at my dentist’s office actually costs a lot None of these plastic toothbrushes will biodegrade, ever. So I’m making the switch to bamboo. I had a dentist’s appointment today, one of those ones where the hygienist scrapes away the plaque on your teeth while asking you questions about your kids’ summer plans you literally … Read moreChanging the world, one toothbrush at a time

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