What if Plastic Had Never Been Invented?

Currently, the zero-waste movement, and slowly the rest of the world, are trying to eliminate as much plastic as they can. This includes disposable options such as sandwich bags and plastic wrap, packaging, etc. People are starting to use alternatives, both store-bought and homemade, but what if plastic had never been invented at all?   The perks of a plastic-less existence Let's start with the perks of a plastic-free world. First of all, plastic is produced using oil. If plastic had never been invented, oil would have been less desirable than it is now. This would've reduced its contribution to climate...

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Dyes in Organic Cotton: the Environmental Impact

When trying to live more eco-consciously, buying fewer clothes or organic clothes is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Today, many different brands offer clothing made from organic cotton and other natural materials. However, many of these are dyed to give them different colours or patterns. How bad is this for the environment? What is organic cotton?Organic cotton is cotton farmed using methods and materials that have minimal impact on the environment. This means that the seeds are usually non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), and the farmers do no use pesticides or fertilizers to treat the plants. Instead, they...

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Disposable Coffee Cups: Are They Recyclable?

Are you one of the millions that have to have their cup of coffee in the morning before you feel like a human being? I know I am. And if you're like me and stop at a drive-thru on your way to work every morning do you bring your own mug? If you don't here's why you should. Most paper coffee cups have a plastic liner to make them waterproof. This liner makes them difficult and costly to recycle because the plastic needs to be separated from the cardboard. Many municipalities do not have the equipment needed to do this so...

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The Global Climate Strike - September 20-27, 2019

In August 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden took climate change into her own hands. She sat outside the Swedish parliament every day during school hours for three weeks protesting against the lack of action toward climate change. Specifically, Greta wanted the Swedish government to reduce carbon emissions to fall in line with the Paris Agreement. Through posts on Instagram and Twitter, Greta soon gathered a following and many other students began striking for climate change. #FridaysForFuture was born and has become a worldwide initiative. All over the globe students and adults have been striking for action to be taken...

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How to Recycle Your Bamboo Toothbrush

So you've made the change to bamboo toothbrushes; that's great! But do you know how to properly recycle them? It is not as simple as just throwing them in your recycling bin or backyard composter.  The bristles in most bamboo toothbrushes are nylon so they are not compostable although they may be recyclable. In order to properly dispose of your toothbrush, you will need to remove these bristles. To do this you can simply pull them out with pliers or snap the head of the toothbrush off and only compost the handle. The best place to dispose of the toothbrush...

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