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How to Avoid Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics are items that are used only once before being thrown away or recycled, such as plastic water bottles, plastic bags, food packaging, coffee stirrers, and straws. Global production of plastic has more than tripled since 1989 to 335 million tons per year. Fossil fuels are used to produce plastic and the manufacturing process… Continue reading How to Avoid Single-Use Plastics

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Populations Most at Risk

Contrary to the belief that 'global warming' is synonymous with 'more warm, beautiful, and sunny days,' climate change brings with it a whole host of diverse, extreme weather patterns. As you can imagine, those who are most susceptible to feel these changes are those who have least sociological and economic defenses, and climate change is… Continue reading Populations Most at Risk

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New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Sadly, global carbon emissions reached an all-time in 2018, but there are lots of ways to help the planet. The good news is that Americans are becoming very aware and concerned about climate change. If you love lists as much as we do, we've compiled a few ideas on how you can… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions

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Party Planning

Parties are a wonderful way to celebrate life's happy occasions with the people you love! Here are some suggestions on how to plan a special event with minimal environmental impact: Invitations Invitations are a source of wasted paper and carbon emissions from transport from sender to recipient. The best option is to go paperless by… Continue reading Party Planning

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Cosmetics

Since health and safety always have to come first, our favorite place to start when shopping for cosmetics is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetics database. The EWG also has a great app which allows scanning of barcodes of products to see the level of toxicity of the ingredients. Any chemicals that are bad for your body… Continue reading Cosmetics

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Time of the Month

The average woman uses 11,000 disposable menstrual pads and/or tampons in her lifetime. Most pads and tampon applicators are made, at least in part, of plastic. The plastic covering each tampon and pad is individually wrapped in are also a source of waste. The cotton portions used are often not organic, meaning they are made using… Continue reading Time of the Month

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Carbon Offset Credits

As estimated by MIT in 2008, the average American's carbon footprint is 20 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The lowest than any American's carbon footprint can get is 8.5 metric tons of CO2, no matter how minimally they live. This is more than double the global average of 4 metric tons. This… Continue reading Carbon Offset Credits

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#ClimateFriday

While Americans geared up for record Black Friday sales today, the federal government released the second part of the fourth US National Climate Assessment (view NCA4 Vol. 1 here). We get excited about deals just like any good American, but try to keep the planet in mind when you make your Black Friday purchases. Choose items made… Continue reading #ClimateFriday

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Clothing

Let's talk about CLOTHING! (A personal favorite of mine!) Fast Fashion First of all, we have to discuss "fast fashion". As a former self-proclaimed shopaholic, giving up "fast fashion" was a difficult decision to make. Fast fashion is found in big stores that sell thousands of styles all at once at very cheap prices -… Continue reading Clothing

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Gift Giving

Gifts are a wonderful way to show the people you love how you feel. We dare you to try a slightly different approach to gift giving this holiday season, one that shows how much you care about your friends, family, and the environment. Homemade Gifts Making gifts at home isn't just for kiddies. Try your… Continue reading Gift Giving

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Pack a Lunch

Buying lunch is one of the most notorious culprits for single-use plastic waste, like straws, disposable silverware, and to-go containers. With just a teensy bit of planning, one can sidestep this whole issue by packing a lunch! Sophie: Because I'm a busy student with some dietary restrictions, I always bring a lunch to school. I pack… Continue reading Pack a Lunch

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Transportation

Considering that the average car emits 4.6 tons of carbon dioxide every year, transportation (that's 21.3% of the total 21.6 tons of carbon dioxide emitted annually by a daily commuter) it's a big part of the American carbon footprint. Global greenhouse gas emissions from travel increased 3.4% in 2018. Let's chat about some alternatives: Electric Cars… Continue reading Transportation

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Food

Grocery shopping is something so routine and simple--it's easy to just grab little plastic yogurt cups and microwave dinners. Creative thinking is needed to break out of your habits to shop in a more environmentally conscious way. The first step is to think about reducing the amount of wasteful packaging in the items you buy.… Continue reading Food

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Office and School Supplies

We love a new notebook and a fresh set of pens as much as the next nerds, but we found some great substitutions to make studying more eco-friendly. We use 100% recycled notebooks, compostable highlighter pencils, and this binder with divider tabs. If you need post-it notes (Emma uses a lot as she works in a school!), here… Continue reading Office and School Supplies