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Proper Recycling Protocol in Vancouver

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Remember when the “Reduce, reuse and recycle” campaign came out? It was a novel concept and everyone was excited about helping the planet. But back then, there were a lot of items that you couldn’t actually recycle. Nowadays, you can recycle most items. Maybe not in your blue or green bins, but with the help of big box stores throughout the Lower Mainland, you can help reduce the impact on every day items.

The City of Vancouver and most other major cities throughout the province won’t pick up your paint, batteries and electronic items for recycling. So it’s left up to us to find a place where these items will be taken care of in a way that will help, not harm, the environment.

It’s important to remember that even though the City doesn’t pick up these items for recycling, you should not put them in the regular garbage or recycling. Here’s how to handle some of the most common items and where you can bring them for proper disposal. (more…)

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Out-Of-The-Box Cleaning Tips, Part 1

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If you’re like us, you like to get creative with your cleaning techniques. Maybe you just want to stop using products that are harmful to the environment. Maybe you just ran out of your favourite window cleaner. Regardless of your reasons, we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to use in-and-around your home for cleaning. (more…)

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Window Cleaning After BC’s Rainy Season

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Regardless of how well a window is manufactured, it’s important to remember that cleaning the window on a regular basis is equally important to maintaining the integrity of the window itself. Not cleaning your windows at least twice a year can lead to accumulated dirt and dust, affects heat efficiency and eventually causes glass degradation. And if your windows aren’t operating at 100 percent, you risk higher energy costs overall, allergens flowing and of course, dirty windows make for an unpleasant view when you look out on a beautiful day. (more…)

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2015 Paint Colour Trends

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Choosing paint colour can be quite taxing on people. With the amount of colour choices in the marketplace, and companies now being able to essentially match any colour sample you provide them, makes this a near impossible task. So it seems. However experts in the paint industry like sharing choice colours to help, not only make the decision a little easier, but to bring you some innovative ideas and concepts when thinking of what colours to pick for the different rooms in your home.

If you’re a little on the shier side of colour selection, don’t fret. There are plenty of colourful neutrals to pick from and you can always add a splash of colour with accessories and other easily changeable items, like furniture, chairs, window treatments and other items. Additionally, these accents can be changed to match the seasons as well for those who prefer more frequent changes. (more…)

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