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articles by: Diane MacEachern

5 National Parks With Beautiful Fall Foliage

Autumn is my favorite time to visit our national parks. Not only are the summer crowds gone as families get their kids back to school, but fall is when the leaves start changing colors, offering awe-i…

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16 Microgreens You Can Grow in a Jar or a Box

Microgreens pack a lot of delicious punch in a tiny pouch (well, leaf to be exact). I started eating them almost by accident. I was weeding mustard greens out of a community garden patch, and rathe…

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7 Ways to Use Leftover Red Wine

Red wine doesn't last long in an open bottle. Even if you've tried to vacuum out the air and cork or cap it tightly, no matter. After a couple of days, it just won't be that tasty. Fortunately, there …

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5 Fall Flowers to Plant This Year for Autumn and Winter Beauty

If you're dreading the end of summer because it spells doom for all your beautiful flowers, dread no more. Here are five plants you can put in the ground now that will provide beauty throughout the fa…

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4 Reasons Why It Makes Sense to UN-dam a River

There was a time - especially in the 19th and 20th centuries - when nothing seemed to make more sense to community planners than to dam up their local rivers. Because rivers flow constantly, they seem…

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7 Easy Steps to a Plastic-Free Kitchen

Plastics are so passe. They're usually made of petroleum and chemical additives that can disrupt our reproductive systems and cause learning disabilities in kids. They're sold as "indestructible" but …

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5 Things You Can Do to Help Monarch Butterflies Migrate

Monarch butterflies are on the move. In one of Nature's most spectacular events, billions of these wonderful insects are starting to migrate from many parts of the U.S. and Canada down to the Californ…

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9 Great Uses for Lavender

A friend of mine calls lavender the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils because you can use it in so many ways. I prefer to think of it as the perfect way to start and end my day. From fresh lavender…

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5 Best Reusable Water Bottles

Reusable water bottles are the bomb when it comes to reducing throwaway plastic and saving water. It's estimated that as much as two gallons of water might be wasted for every gallon that's bottled in…

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Are Your Carpet Cleaners Poisoning Your Pets?

My cat suffered for many years from an over-active thyroid and excessive shedding. Her vet could never exactly figure out what caused her condition. She was an indoor cat, so there was no way she woul…

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about Diane MacEachern

Diane MacEachern is a best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur and mother of two with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and the Environment. Glamour magazine calls her an “eco hero” and she recently won the “Image of the Future Prize” from the World Communications Forum, but she’d rather tell you about the passive solar house she helped design and build way back when most people thought “green” was the color a building was painted, not how it was built. She founded biggreenpurse.com because she’s passionate about inspiring consumers to shift their spending to greener products and services to protect themselves and their families while using their marketplace clout to get companies to clean up their act. Send her an email at Diane@biggreenpurse.com

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