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What Exactly Are Plastic Bags Made Of?

September 14, 2020
what are plastic bags made of

They’re everywhere. People use them for almost any task that requires a bag. You probably even have a collection inside a random kitchen cabinet. However, do you know which processes and components make up plastic bags? Although many consumers aren’t aware, it’s essential to learn about plastic’s detrimental side effects.

What are plastic bags made of? Let’s take a look at the past and future of their production.

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The Importance of a Regenerative Food System

September 11, 2020
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To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues as normal.

A regenerative food system focuses on feeding humanity without depleting the Earth. It is a holistic systems approach, stressing the importance of finding solutions that address problems collectively.

There is no single definition of regenerative agriculture, but most people agree that regenerative farming includes things such as no-till farming, cover crops, perennial and native plants, integrated livestock and crop diversity. Building a regenerative food system is vital to feeding humanity while also repairing damaged ecosystems. In the face of climate change, a regenerative food system will create resiliency by localizing economies, sequestering carbon and building greater food security.

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Wildlife

How Does Plastic Affect Animals and How Can We Help Wildlife?

June 24, 2020
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It’s difficult to ignore the detrimental effects of climate change. Sometimes, it’s even more complicated to understand it. We know that vehicles emit tons of carbon dioxide, and many of our energy sources operate on fossil fuels. Air pollution harms the Earth’s atmosphere and our own health, but what about plastic pollution?

The majority of us aren’t directly affected by plastic waste. Unfortunately, millions of animals are and that’s why it’s so important to learn about its impacts. This world belongs to all creatures, so we need to become informed and prepared so we can take action.

Check out the effects of plastic pollution and see how you can help.

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Oceans

The History of Ocean Pollution and Where It’s Headed

June 22, 2020
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Our oceans amass more than 70% of the Earth’s surface – and for years, they’ve served as landfills. Before experts started to analyze these practices, many people believed these waterways could hold an unlimited amount of waste. Unfortunately, extensive research shows that’s not the case whatsoever.

Within the past few decades, we’ve come to know that our previous actions have caused immense damage. Still, what’s next for ocean pollution? Take a look.

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Environment

How the History of Littering Should Impact the Solution

June 19, 2020
history of littering

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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Environment

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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10 Beach Cleanup Facts of 2020

June 10, 2020
beach cleanup facts

Most people look forward to summer because they can head to the beach with their friends and family. It’s a beautiful place to relax and enjoy splashing around in the waves, but only if it’s a trash-free environment. 

Beaches see some of the highest amounts of pollution because it’s easy for tourists to dump waste. It’s also where waterways bring their floating debris. Anyone who wants to do their part to make the earth a better place to live may start with changes in their personal life. However, don’t forget that you can always head to the beach and make an immediate difference.

Check out these 10 beach cleanup facts of 2020 that will encourage you on your sustainability journey. 

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5 Types of Ocean Pollution and How We Can Stop Them

June 5, 2020
types of ocean pollution

Around the world, pollution affects many of our waterways. However, several different kinds of contamination exist – and each one hurts our oceans significantly. To put a stop to these harmful factors, we need to learn more. Then, we can understand how it influences the lives of people and animals and permanently changes our environment.

Take a look at five types of ocean pollution. 

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Environment

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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