As spring and summer arrive each year, the drive to get outside and enjoy the outdoors increases exponentially. Picnicking, whether on your own or with friends and family, tends to also go hand-in-hand with warmer weather and can be a great opportunity to reconnect with the environment. However, this timeless activity can, without planning, produce a significant volume of needless waste. From single-serving dishes packaged in plastic to single-use plastic bottles, cutlery, and more, a simple picnic can quickly result in a pile of avoidable waste.
We all use soaps, shampoos, and conditioners on a regular basis, yet we rarely stop to think about what they contain.Then, once we do actually read the label we don’t quite know what to make of the strange ingredients.
What are parabens? What are sulfates? What are phthalates? What are artificial fragrances? If you’re looking to protect your health, as well as reducing your environmental impact, this is certainly something you should be considering.
Zero-waste kitchens are not only clutter-free and functional, but they support lifestyles that reduce environmental harm. Transforming your kitchen into a zero-waste space may seem daunting, especially if you are the type that wants to change your entire kitchen and routines overnight. While that may be possible for some, for most it is a step-by-step journey that involves longer periods of planning and implementing. Both approaches are effective, and are sure to teach you a great deal about yourself, your habits, and your home!
Flossing our teeth is an activity that most of us probably do not spend much time considering (except for maybe after visiting the dentist). While very important for oral hygiene, flossing is quietly having a growing detrimental impact on the environment. Yes, you read that correctly.
Zero-waste living has become a popular environmental aspiration. Many approaches to zero-waste living exist, and individuals are turning to them for various reasons; individuals from diverse backgrounds, inspirations, motivators, household sizes, and ages.
Our bathrooms are host to countless grooming and hygiene products, mostly made from plastic or coming packaged in plastic containers. If these plastic-based and plastic packaged consumables weren’t bad enough, most are never be separated from other rubbish and fail to end up in a recycling bin. So, where to begin? Well, have you considered replacing your old mouthwash with dissolvable mouthwash tablets? This relatively new eco-friendly product is rapidly gaining in popularity as consumers quickly come to appreciate its benefits as well as ease of use.
As soon as I started working on Friends & Anemones: Ocean Poems for Children to raise awareness about the delicate state of the ocean and keeping it clean, Heather, my co-editor, told me to watch a movie about how trash-filled the seas are. It was horrifying. So I looked for a non-profit, some kind of ocean clean-up organization, to donate a share of the proceeds to. I found Rozalia Project, and immediately felt better.
The safety razor, also known as the double-edged safety razor, is a great example of a product that was arguable perfect before plastics were introduced. The last fifty years have brought us advancement after advancement with our razors, from more and more blades, different materials, exciting and strange colors, and much more. But, as we take a closer look at the razor, a mainstay of many grooming routines, we find that the eco-friendly safety razor may have had it right all along.
Since life first blossomed on earth, organisms have evolved complicated interdependencies in order to survive. When we look at these relationships, a very important one is between plants and the organisms that pollinate them. This is done by insects, birds, bats, and other animals by transferring pollen from one flower to the next, allowing them to reproduce.
Each year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day as an opportunity to appreciate our world, but importantly, also to bring attention to the environmental challenges that we face. Since 1970 Americans and the global community have recognized Earth Day as an opportunity to spread awareness and mark the anniversary of what can be considered the modern environmental movement.
Global water demand has increased by 600% over the past 100 years and water use has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase. The U.S. alone uses 216 trillion gallons of water a year, with the average American family using more than 300 gallons of water a day. Here are 10 ideas to jumpstart your responsible water consumption journey, reduce your carbon footprint and promote sustainable living:
If you find yourself scratching your head about the difference between compostable and biodegradable you are not alone. In the process of searching for new ways to reduce waste and find more eco friendly products the terms compostable and biodegradable may seem to appear regularly. We’re going to help break this down (no pun intended) so that next time you come across these terms you are armed with the right information.