15+ Eco-Friendly Bathroom Cleaning Ideas

Eco-friendly bathroom cleaning starts with the sink.

Cleaning the bathroom isn’t always the easiest or most fun chore, but eco-friendly bathroom cleaning takes a lot of the hard work and ick factor out of it. In my last post, I introduced cleaning green with vinegar, baking soda, and kombucha vinegar. If you haven’t already, you should check it out to learn about how these ingredients […]

Cleaning Green: Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Kombucha

Cleaning green with a jar of kombucha vinegar.

There are various levels of cleaning green, from buying store-bought eco-friendly (or greenwashed) products to making your own cleaners with the purest of natural and organic ingredients. I’m going to cover eco-friendly commercial products and specific DIY recipes later. For now, I’m focusing on the bare bones: cleaning green with vinegar, baking soda, and kombucha. Vinegar and baking […]

Fertilize It: Gardening With Worm Castings

Top view of a bag of worm castings shows the contents.

As much as we love vermicomposting, we don’t have time to do a lot of gardening. We only have two potted plants at the moment (basil and parsley). Marc did some online research and found that they only need a few tablespoons of worm castings every few months. Yep, this stuff’s that good! So, area gardeners can now […]

Canadian Shield Consultants & Community-Based Environmental Stewardship

Canadian Shields Consultants logo

Canadian Shield Consultants, a water and wastewater consultation, construction, and engineering services firm located in St. Charles, has been operating for nearly two decades, since 1996. Its accomplishments have been many, for the company has consistently built on its knowledge base to expand into new markets. Like any other, the company fought hard for its successes along the […]

Winterizing Home the Green Way

Burning candle

Winter’s chill can be harsh — and not just outdoors. Our homes are exposed to this country’s severest weather this time of year and staying warm indoors can be a struggle. Increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy costs probably tops everyone’s list these days. Luckily, they go hand in hand. The good news is that many of the […]

Vermicomposting With Help From Friendly Worm Guy

Newly mixed bin contents

Worms may not be something people would normally want in their kitchens, but Marc and I have kept a bin of them in ours for fifteen months now and have grown to respect them (if not quite love them) as much as our pets and laying hens. In November 2011, we joined a vermicomposting workshop in Sudbury offered […]

Interview with Andrea Gregoire of Pique Passion Mosaics: Upcycling for Art, Earth, and Hearth

Mosaic by Andrea Gregoire of Pique Passion Mosaics

A self-taught artist, Andrea Gregoire operates Pique Passion Mosaics out of her studio in Monetville. She recently discussed working and living as an earth-friendly artist with Green Niackery. Educated in fashion design at Fanshawe College, she now applies the principles of upcycling she learned in her studies to her art. Represented by The Backstreet Gallery in Noëlville, Andrea […]