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Environment

Crop Rotation Planner for Beginning Homesteaders

July 10, 2020
crop rotation planner

If you are new to homesteading, writing out a planting schedule may seem daunting. Isn’t it easier to just throw some seed in the ground and see what happens? While it would be nice, starting your garden without a plan is rarely successful. Sure, you might get a nice crop of lettuce and peas in the spring, but what about those watermelons and swiss chard you wanted to harvest later in August? 

If you are a beginning homesteader, you need to look into crop rotation. Making a crop rotation planner helps you figure out what to grow, where to grow it and how much to plant. Regardless of your growing experience, crop rotation plans your growing season more effectively, reduces pest and disease pressure and can increase yields.

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Environment

Gardening Maintenance Guide: A Month by Month Checklist

July 8, 2020
garden maintenance schedule month by month

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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Environment

10 Myths of Organic vs. Inorganic Pesticides

July 3, 2020
organic vs inorganic pesticides

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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Environment

The Link Between Minimalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2020
minimalism and sustainability

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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Wildlife

The Surprising Benefits of Wildlife Tourism

June 29, 2020
wildlife tourism

Wildlife tourism is a major business, accounting for 20% to 40% of the entire tourism industry’s net value. However, this kind of tourism can also have a detrimental impact on animal populations and their habitats. As people flock to take selfies with sedated tigers or ride abused elephants, they fuel the cycle of unsustainable ecotourism. Their actions further fund animal cruelty, captivity and destruction. 

Yet, many other wildlife tourist attractions actually work to protect animals and their habitats. In allowing tourists to come and experience these animals in their natural environments, these organizations change wildlife tourism — and the future of animals everywhere — for the better. 

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Environment

Top 7 Eco-Friendly Cities Around the World

June 17, 2020
eco-friendly cities

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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Environment

Environmental Volunteering Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

June 8, 2020
environmental volunteering

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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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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Environment

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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Green Technology

5 Green Transportation Solutions for Public Transportation System

May 29, 2020
green transportation solutions

Public transportation has the potential to transform traditional cities into sustainable paragons. When comparing the carbon footprint of public transit to that of single-passenger cars, the former carries a myriad of benefits. These include reduced fuel consumption, improved air quality, decreased traffic congestion and cost savings for commuters.

Public transportation has the potential to be a key player in the future sustainability of urban areas. Cities across the United States are working to find green transportation solutions to improve an outdated system. These initiatives include switching to electric buses, improving walkability in communities and making policy changes.

Here are five green transportation solutions to be on the lookout for in the future:

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