A Look at Plastics’ Toll – And What We Can Do About It

Plastic continues to be one of the most controversial materials to use when making or packaging products. While production costs and misuse the material is a global environmental problem, there are ways to help mitigate damage caused by the commonly mishandled material. The Problem Before we get down to business, let's first take a look [...]

Plastic continues to be one of the most controversial materials to use when making or packaging products. While production costs and misuse the material is a global environmental problem, there are ways to help mitigate damage caused by the commonly mishandled material. The Problem Before we get down to business, let’s first take a look at some statistics derived just from bottled water: Producing bottles to meet America’s demand for bottled water uses more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually...
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5 Ways Packaging is Fighting Food Waste

Most of us do not realize the staggering amount of food we throw away in today’s society -- and much of it, it turns out, doesn’t need to be disposed of at all. From production, to packaging, to store shelves, to the consumer, there are countless ways for us to fortify our food system and [...]

Most of us do not realize the staggering amount of food we throw away in today’s society — and much of it, it turns out, doesn’t need to be disposed of at all. From production, to packaging, to store shelves, to the consumer, there are countless ways for us to fortify our food system and get it to those that need it, rather than to the landfill. Here’s a list of five. In the United States, 31 percent of our...
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Sustainable Camping: How to Repurpose Junk into Usef...

Camping is a popular activity for people of all ages, but if done irresponsibly, it can inflict serious harm on the environment. Making an effort to enjoy the outdoors while minimizing your footprint can make a world of difference. You can help by doing anything from cleaning the site before you leave, to repurposing used [...]

 

Camping is a popular activity for people of all ages, but if done irresponsibly, it can inflict serious harm on the environment. Making an effort to enjoy the outdoors while minimizing your footprint can make a world of difference. You can help by doing anything from cleaning the site before you leave, to repurposing used packaging, straws, and other household waste into camping gear. Assuming that first part is straight forward enough, we’ll cover some tips and tricks dealing with...
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Sustainable Cooperation: How Caring For Our Planet H...

We live on a planet that supports over seven billion people. There are cities and settlements on every continent, in every climate, barring only the harshest, most inhospitable environments. Although we have so much space and have thrived thus far, we consume so much that the waste we create is threatening the well-being of our [...]

We live on a planet that supports over seven billion people. There are cities and settlements on every continent, in every climate, barring only the harshest, most inhospitable environments. Although we have so much space and have thrived thus far, we consume so much that the waste we create is threatening the well-being of our Earth. As just one human among many, doing something about this can seem daunting, even inconsequential. Behaviors like household recycling and limiting personal waste are...
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The Truth Behind Sweden’s Recycling Program

Since Huffington Post ran an article two years ago on Sweden’s 99 percent efficient recycling program, many environmentalists and green energy advocates have used them as an example of sound energy and waste management. While the country boasts that it needs to import garbage from its neighbors in order to keep its own plants running, [...]

Since Huffington Post ran an article two years ago on Sweden’s 99 percent efficient recycling program, many environmentalists and green energy advocates have used them as an example of sound energy and waste management. While the country boasts that it needs to import garbage from its neighbors in order to keep its own plants running, things aren’t always as great as they’re made out to be. Before delving deeper into this analysis of Sweden’s recycling program, it’s important to note...
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How2Recycle and the Standardization of Recycling Labels

When we think of recycling, we often break things down into a few main categories such as plastics, metals, and paper. As technology advances and more materials (and their variants) are created, the process of recycling them efficiently and effectively becomes challenging. Doubly so when no one's really sure what bin to toss them [...]

When we think of recycling, we often break things down into a few main categories such as plastics, metals, and paper. As technology advances and more materials (and their variants) are created, the process of recycling them efficiently and effectively becomes challenging. Doubly so when no one’s really sure what bin to toss them in. To fight this problem, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition seeks to treat the issue with standardized recycling labels to help educate American consumers on how to...
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