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Environment

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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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
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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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Environment

What Are the Most Sustainable Foods for Those Looking to Eat Sustainably?

March 4, 2020
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Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years as the movement has transformed from a niche interest to a major revolution. This concept recognizes that everything is connected, and we must be willing to consider and respect those connections. Those wishing to eat sustainably realize that this concept also applies to food on a profound level. Adopting a sustainable diet, a diet filled with the most sustainable foods, reduces human impact on the earth while maintaining — and even improving — an individual’s health. 

There are no hard-and-fast rules that define a sustainable diet. However, some foods may be more sustainable than others. Before considering which foods are best, you must first understand the connection between where food comes from and how eating it affects both the environment and future generations. 

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Environment

Can Recycling Be Used for Agricultural Waste Management?

January 3, 2020
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Composting has long been a solution for repurposing certain forms of organic agricultural waste. During the process, trash is converted to a usable material, most often fertilizer, which helps increase the yield of future crops.

However, organic waste is not the only type of refuse generated by agricultural operations. Chemical debris and contaminants are another concern, as farmers spray pesticides and other treatments to protect crops. Green waste comes from cleared land and exists as old trees, branches, weeds and even hedges. Various plastics and development materials — including concrete — can become waste after a time. Even the ground soil can become useless after multiple harvests deplete the nutrients, which is why crop rotation and rotational grazing are vital practices.

The term agricultural waste refers to any type of garbage, if you will, that’s generated as a byproduct of farming operations. While some of it is commonly recycled, dealing with it is an ever-growing business. As companies look to minimize their environmental impact and incorporate green, eco-friendly operations, they’ll need more constructive ways to recycle or reuse various waste products.

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Environment

When Will We Consider the Environmental Impact of Coffee Production?

October 10, 2019
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Many people enjoy a nice cup of coffee to start their day, but do you think about where it comes from? What about who makes it?

For environmentalists, these are essential questions that require detailed answers. Consuming sustainable goods is one of the many levels of your journey as an eco-friendly buyer, and it may involve reevaluating how you think about your favorite foods.

Coffee is a popular drink in the U.S. and around the world, but its production methods leave much to be desired. The environmental impact of coffee extends to humans, animals and plants. Its creation can lead to the destruction of valuable resources and wildlife habitats — whether intentional or unintentional. If there’s ever a perfect time to consider coffee’s influence on the climate, now’s the time.

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Green Technology

How Green Buildings Will Change Our Architectural Landscape

May 13, 2019
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Decades ago, you didn’t hear much talk about global warming or saving the planet. It was all about building bigger and better. Studies now show construction — everything from sourcing materials to putting them together — is responsible for 23 percent of air pollution, 40 percent of water pollution and 50 percent of landfill waste.

Now, people are more aware of the Earth’s dwindling resources and are taking steps to implement green initiatives.

This growing awareness — along with sustainability becoming more profitable and desirable in the construction market — has led to a demand for more building options. In fact, experts say green building is the fastest growing industry worldwide.

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Environment

Tips for Zero Waste Grocery Shopping When You Don’t Live Near a Zero Waste Grocery Store

March 28, 2019
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If you’ve chosen to embrace a zero-waste lifestyle, you’re making a positive contribution to the planet. Your eco-conscious actions are setting an important precedent for future generations. At the same time, the greener choice isn’t always convenient, and you might have to go a little out of your way to manage your expenditure.

But there’s no reason to worry! As long as you follow a few basic strategies for reducing waste, you’ll find it’s simple and easy to maintain a small footprint. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know, touching on seven tips for zero waste grocery shopping when you don’t live near a zero waste grocery store.

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Environment

10 Tips for Planning a Zero-Waste Wedding

March 14, 2019
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Although you want your wedding to stand apart as a sentimental celebration, you also want to treat the earth right. However, you might be like many others who don’t realize how many paper products, decor accents and food items get thrown away after a couple ties the knot. Welcoming a zero-waste wedding can be your solution.

Environmental considerations during your wedding planning can have a substantial impact. Based on the 2.5 million American weddings each year, a typical wedding generates approximately 500 pounds of waste. Exchanging your vows doesn’t have to expend massive amounts of material if you choose a zero-waste wedding.

A zero-waste wedding doesn’t mean you skimp on the ambiance of the event. It means you carefully reduce your consumption and implement renewable alternatives. Check out these 10 tips for planning your green wedding.

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