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Have you ever taken a ride on the habit roller coaster?

It goes like this: you feel excited about a new change you want to make. You jot down a list of goals and go after it with gusto. For a while, you stick to your guns. Then something comes up and you get off track. You start feeling discouraged, behind, and burnt out. So you give up and push your goals off for later.

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Have you ever had someone ask you what your favorite movie is, only to suddenly forget every movie you’ve ever watched?

If so, it’s not just you. Many people find it difficult to answer questions “on the spot.” This can happen with movies, yes — but also when someone asks you about your thoughts on sustainability.

We know this topic matters to you, so we put this guide together to help you feel more confident when talking about sustainability with others. And when you feel comfortable, you can more easily create an open conversation.

So to get started, here are some basic principles to help you navigate conversations about sustainability.

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As climate change progresses, apocalyptic headlines about ravaging fires, rising temperatures, droughts and floods are becoming more and more common. In the last few years alone, the environmental crisis seems to have seeped into everything – the news, social media, and everyday conversation. For some of us, there are even tangible changes in our surroundings that make it difficult to look away.
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When was the last time you climbed a tree?

For most of us, it’s probably been a while. But as a kid, didn’t you love the feeling of being tucked away between the branches, connected with nature and on top of the world?

Trees do make a wonderful place to spark the imagination. But they’re also much more than that. In fact, trees matter more to our planet now than ever before. And, sadly, they’re also facing more threats than they ever have.

In this article, discover why trees are so important, what challenges threaten trees today, and how you can help protect them.

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Your company cares about the planet – and it shows. You encourage cycling to work, there are recycling bins throughout the office, and the employee Christmas gifts? Yup, you guessed it – sustainable, hand-picked products with low environmental impact.

In other words, you’re doing everything right. Or, are you? 

The sustainability jungle, which is complicated as it is, can be even harder to navigate from the office chair. One thing, in particular, trips most of us up – namely, composting. And as it happens, it’s also one of the most important things to get right.

But don’t worry. In this article, we break down the term compostable, and explain exactly how to avoid that one weak link in your chain that could make all your environmental efforts be in vain. We’ll talk about:
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As the world is changing, people are becoming more aware of the importance of growing their food. In vegetable gardens, bagged compost is often used as a top dressing to improve soil quality. Here are some tips on how to make and use your compost:
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As climate champions, this day has been marked in our calendars for a long time. Each year, as Earth Day rolls around, a new theme is announced to spark important conversations around some aspect of the climate crisis, and you can bet we’re here for it. 

This year, the theme is Invest In Our Planet. So, we wanted to take this opportunity to dig into something we see more and more of in the sustainability world – namely, carbon offsetting

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At Lochtree, we talk about product life cycles a lot. But we know that may have some of you scratching your heads wondering what a product life cycle really is. To make it a little bit easier to understand, we’ve dedicated this whole entire blog to explaining the complexities of a life cycle. 


Assessing a product life cycle requires in-depth monitoring, accounting, and analysis of every step along a product’s existence. It starts the moment we extract raw materials to produce the product. It ends whenever consumers decide to throw it “away” or when it can literally no longer be used. 


Here’s a more comprehensive look at the beginning, middle, and end of a product life cycle.

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At this point, it’s no secret – we love our recycling. 

But once we’ve dropped our items into the recycling bin, most of us don’t stop to think about where they go. We’ve done our part – from there, someone else picks up the torch, right?

But recycling is more than just a bin in your kitchen. It’s a global, billion-dollar industry. 

And you may have heard little whispers that the recycling industry is broken. That somewhere along the way, recycling went wrong. But what, exactly, happened? 

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If your great grandparents had the opportunity to sit in your kitchen and watch you cook, they might be shocked at the things you throw away. That's because our understanding of waste has evolved. Items that were once held onto and reused are now quickly tossed in a trash bin and never given a second thought.
Take a second to grab your reusable water bottle and take a drink. Why? Chances are, the water you’re sipping has passed through the Amazon rainforest before it reached you — probably more than once. (Who knew your water was so well-traveled!)
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Recycling is one of the biggest topics in the sustainability world. It's also one of the first steps people take when they want to live with less impact on our beautiful planet – and with good cause. 

For one, it’s fairly easy to do, and once you’ve learned how to recycle, you’ve got your bases covered. Right?

Well… about that. There’s one thing we rarely discuss when it comes to recycling – the fact that some materials are easier and better to recycle than others.

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