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Gardening Maintenance Guide: A Month by Month Checklist

July 8, 2020
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Every spring, people get excited to head to the store for gardening supplies. It’s fun to plant seeds and watch your garden grow, but anyone who wants a green thumb should how to tend plants in every season.

It’s possible to garden all year round if you know what to look for and add to your monthly plans. As long as you research what your plants need, they’ll thrive all year long.

Read on for a garden maintenance schedule month by month. You’ll learn everything you need to know so that you can garden any time you want. Take notes and have fun expanding your plant-tending skills. 

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10 Myths of Organic vs. Inorganic Pesticides

July 3, 2020
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In 2016, U.S. farms applied 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides to crops. These compounds control nuisances like weeds, insects and fungi, all of which can harm plants. Historically, people have used pesticides for thousands of years to protect their produce. Yet, many still don’t understand them or the difference between organic and inorganic pesticides. 

Below, we’ll begin to discuss organic vs. inorganic pesticide myths and uncover 10 myths surrounding their use in U.S. agriculture. 

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The Link Between Minimalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2020
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People may try many different lifestyle trends at various points. You may have once decorated your home in a hygge style or decided to dedicate more time to volunteering in your community. Now you’ve read about minimalism and sustainability, but you’re not sure which one you should choose. The good news is that these two lifestyles complement each other. You can live according to minimalist guidelines and become sustainable at the same time.

Read on to learn more about the link between minimalism and sustainability. You may find a few tips you haven’t considered yet that will make your lifestyle changes as quick and easy as possible.

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How the History of Littering Should Impact the Solution

June 19, 2020
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A single plastic bottle can take up to 450 years to degrade.

Today, we know the impact littering has on our environment and human health. With access to the Internet and social media platforms, we witness the havoc pollution has wreaked on ecosystems all over the world. Solving the littering issue can seem like an insurmountable challenge. However, there are ways to amend the global problem of chronic waste, even though it may initially seem overwhelming.

Kids learn the definition of a “litterbug” starting in elementary school and receive regular reminders not to throw trash on the sidewalk. For decades, the conversation around litter points the finger to the consumer — the person throwing trash out their car window or tossing food wrappers in the park. 

When finding a solution to littering, we need to examine its history. Discussions for the past few decades have placed the responsibility of preventing litter on the individual. In actuality,  much of the blame goes to the industries that create waste in the first place. 

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Top 7 Eco-Friendly Cities Around the World

June 17, 2020
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As sustainability becomes a global hot topic, cities around the world have started to step up their efforts. At the same time, many areas encounter financial and policy-related challenges. How can these locations improve? They could consider some real-world examples of eco-friendly leaders. 

If we can recognize and support green epicenters, other regions could be inspired to change. Here are the top seven eco-friendly cities around the world.

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Celebrating World Oceans Day: What Strides Have We Made in Ocean Protection in the Past Decade?

June 12, 2020
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When you turn on the news, you’ll most likely find negative stories about tragedies happening around the world. Most often, you can hear about how climate change is affecting the planet. There are many ways the Earth is changing to adapt to human pollution, but don’t get lost in the bad news. People are finding new ways to break old habits, especially in the past decade.

Here are some of the strides made in ocean protection in the past 10 years. There are so many reasons to celebrate during the upcoming World Oceans Day, so find something that encourages you to keep making sustainable choices.

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Environmental Volunteering Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

June 8, 2020
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If you’re passionate about recycling, education, wildlife or clean water, environmental volunteering is right up your alley. And even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about these things, you can be. All it takes is a single volunteer experience to change the way you see the Earth and find a new appreciation for all it provides. Plus, your actions truly do benefit the planet. In fact, they might even help save it.

By getting involved, you take one step towards a cleaner, healthier Earth. Furthermore, you inspire others to join in and do the same. And global participation will, more likely than not, result in worldwide change. Below, you’ll find a few key components to a healthy Earth and ways in which you can begin to manifest and inspire lasting change.

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Avoid Oxybenzone Sunscreen If You Want to Prevent Reef Damage

June 3, 2020
oxybenzone reef damage

If there’s one thing dermatologists, scientists and parents can all agree on, it’s that wearing sunscreen is important. Whether it be spray-on sunblock or UV blocking lotion, the product helps protect everyone from the damaging effects of excessive sun exposure. While this is true, not all sunscreens are made equal. In fact, some can be downright harmful — namely, ones that contain oxybenzone.  

Scientists recently discovered this chemical is damaging coral reefs and marine life, especially in areas where humans frequent. Thus, a product that people once thought to be solely beneficial is actually damaging one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. 

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Is Coca-Cola Helping or Hurting the Environment?

June 1, 2020
coca cola plastic pollution

Throughout the world, massive corporations make substantial contributions to climate change. But as of late, many businesses have started to incorporate green initiatives. From Toyota Motors to Unilever — which owns brands like Dove and Lipton — there’s a host of companies that seek out sustainable efforts.

But what about the globe’s largest supplier of soft drinks — the Coca-Cola Company? Take a look at what effects they’re having on the environment.

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Sustainability vs. Conservation: Key Similarities and Differences

May 26, 2020
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When it comes to discussions about the environment, people sometimes view sustainability and conservation as synonymous. Both concepts focus on caring and advocating for the planet, emphasizing the importance of protecting natural resources and preserving ecosystems. However, there is one essential distinction between the two. 

Conservation, including biological and ecological preservation, focuses on protecting what is here now. It’s a broad term that is part practice and part philosophy, a moral application that emphasizes an ethical approach to the natural environment. 

Sustainability, on the other hand, focuses on protecting and preserving the environment so that future generations can thrive and enjoy what current society has now. It focuses on mitigating the human impact on the earth for the future.

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Environmental Blog

 
Environmental sustainability has come to the forefront of many people’s minds in the past decade, and with the increasing amount of trash in our landfills and oceans, decreasing air quality and rising global temperature, learning how we can mitigate our effects on the planet is key.
 
In this section, we’ll focus on issues impacting the environment, from agriculture to home gardening and plastic pollution. If you’re looking to learn more about current environmental issues and what steps you can take to help the environment, then keep reading!