Making birthday parties charitable & green

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As anyone with children is no doubt keenly aware, birthday parties can be extremely wasteful affairs, leaving in their wake heaps of disposable dishes and cutlery, bags of plastic packaging and torn wrapping paper, and an array of mediocre gifts the child could probably do without. ECHOage was recently founded by two mothers who were determined to come up with an alternative. Launched at the end of February, Toronto-based ECHOage is "convenience and conscience wrapped up in a big green ribbon," as cofounder Alison Smith puts it. Specifically, the service offers a way for concerned parents to turn their child's…

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