How Bad is Toothpaste for the Environment?

  Starting at a young age, we are taught that we need to brush our teeth every day using a toothbrush and toothpaste. However, since the uprising of protests in the name of climate change, people's views of toothpaste have changed as well. Why is toothpaste targeted, and how bad is it really for the environment?   What's in toothpaste? Now, different brands of toothpaste have different ingredients. Some of these ingredients seem logical, like cellulose gum to make it a gummy substance. Others, like copolymers and titanium dioxides, seem very threatening and don't ring any bells with us. If...

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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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Deep Sea Discoveries at Monterey Bay

The experts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have been exploring our oceans and have taken a look at the plastic levels of the deep sea. They have found that microplastics are as deep as 600ft below the surface. The creatures at this level survive on the small particles in the water include the microplastics. These deep-sea creatures then become food for other fish, who become food for other fish, who eventually become food for land animals and humans. What can we do to help? First, we need to reduce our use of single-use plastics in order to stop...

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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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Canada's Single-Use Plastics Ban

As many Canadians know we will be adopting a ban on many single-use plastics by 2021. This may include bags, straws, cutlery, stirring sticks and more. The government hopes this will help solve the plastic pollution problem facing the world. Here are the facts: 15 billion plastic bags are used in Canada each year. 57 million plastic straws are used in Canada every day. Only 10% of plastic waste gets recycled in Canada. Canadians toss 3 million tons of plastic every year. Be prepared and make the change to Reuse or Refuse! How do you do this? If you can...

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