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    1. Staying plastic-free during the holidays

      Staying plastic-free during the holidays

      Christmas is one of the most awaited times of the year, but it's also the most excessive. From gift wrapping to Christmas decor, there's a lot of waste being generated as we celebrate the holidays. But there are a lot of ways to enjoy the Yuletide season while keeping plastic to a minimum. In this article by the BBC, learn how you can keep your plastic and waste to a minimum during Christmas. Click on the link to find out more!

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    2. How to Maintain a Green Lifestyle Over the Holidays

      How to Maintain a Green Lifestyle Over the Holidays

      Here's a compelling article from The Environmental Magazine. It's called Green Clean To Make The Most Of The Holidays.

      It's got some really interesting nuggets to share. Here's one of them:

      Stocking up on biodegradable bin bags and bin liners is be a good place to start because an ordinary plastic bag can take 100 plus years to break down; biodegradable bags can break down to as little as six months.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s observations.

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    3. Holiday Gift Guide To Help Others Reduce Reliance on Plastic

      Holiday Gift Guide To Help Others Reduce Reliance on Plastic

      Discovered this interesting piece from Laura Davidson on her blog, A Beautiful Plate. It’s called 2019 Eco-Friendly Gift Guide.

      It's got some really interesting gift suggestion. Here’s one that we thought was worth the look:

      While I love reusable containers, these linen bowl covers are so helpful for leftovers, covering doughs or batters, and numerous other kitchen tasks. They’re machine wash friendly too! 

      Give the rest of the article read to see more of her thoughtful gift suggestions. 

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    4. Australia is Especially Vulnerable to Climate Change

      Australia is Especially Vulnerable to Climate Change
      9 News really caught our attention with this article. It's called Australia Must Exit Coal by 2030: Report.

      It shares some really interesting news. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Climate Analytics says the government needed a national plan to phase out remaining coal-fired plants, and needed to take them offline faster than the existing timetable.
      Such a plan would help provide the energy sector with certainty, the report released on Thursday said.
      Chief executive Bill Hare pointed to the current bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland as a sign the country needed to curb emissions rapidly.

      Give the ...

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    5. Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle These Christmas Cracker Wrappers

      Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle These Christmas Cracker Wrappers

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Metro UK. It’s titled Plastic-Free and Reusable Crackers to Make Christmas Go Off with a (Sustainable) Bang.

      It offers some interesting gift suggestions. Here’s one that we thought that was really interesting:

      Made of natural linen and embroidered with satin thread, each of these gorgeous crackers is tied either end with a green satin ribbon and has a durable plastic inner tube to reuse year after year. 

      Made by Kate Sproston Design, they don’t contain a snap, but can be filled with whatever your heart desires. 

      To discover ...

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    6. Milwaukee restaurants, bars may soon no longer be able to provide plastic straws to customers

      Milwaukee restaurants, bars may soon no longer be able to provide plastic straws to customers

      MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety and Health Committee on Thursday, Nov. 14 recommended approval of an ordinance that would prohibit Milwaukee food establishments and alcohol beverage establishments from providing single-use, plastic beverage straws to customers.

      The ordinance would provide a grace period for food and beverage establishments to adjust their practices and educate customers. The single-use plastic straw ban would go into effect on April 14, 2020.

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    7. Microplastics Might Already In Your Gut

      Microplastics Might Already In Your Gut

      Here's a compelling article from the Derek Beres. It's called Microplastics Are Everywhere - Including Our Bodies.

      In it, he shares some really interesting insights. Here's one of them:

      Convenience comes at a cost, one we often don’t foresee in the course of daily living. Online ordering has created an entire plastics industry. Everyone needs to ask whether we really need to have a product shipped instead of taking the time to visit a store. This requires a holistic mindset, one we often overlook when we just want to accomplish tasks as quickly as possible. Fast rarely ...

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    8. This Manhattan Beach Shop Proves That Plastic Can Really Be Phased Out

      This Manhattan Beach Shop Proves That Plastic Can Really Be Phased Out

      Easy Reader News really caught our attention with this article. It's called The Waste Less Shop: An Antidote to Plastic Pollution in Manhattan Beach.

      It shares with us this fascinating new shop. Here's an idea from the shop owner that we really thought was thought-provoking:

      My whole issue is with the packaging. You go look for eco-friendly laundry detergent, and you read the label and it’s like, okay, this doesn’t look too bad. But it’s still in a plastic container, or in cardboard or paper ones lined with plastic so they look like they are ...

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    9. About Time We Made Coffee More Sustainable

      About Time We Made Coffee More Sustainable

      Came across this noteworthy piece from Exec Review. It's called Better Latte Than Never … Compostable Coffee Pods Go on Sale.

      It offers us some interesting insights into the world's favourite hot beverage. Here's one thing that we thought was an absolute must-share:

      Aluminium and plastic coffee capsules are difficult to recycle so most of them end up in the bin, and that’s why up to 75% are currently being sent to landfill every minute. Most people don’t understand the irreversible damage these coffee capsules are inflicting on the planet.

      Give the rest of this remarkable ...

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    10. 25 Tips that Save the Earth and Save You Money At the Same Time

      25 Tips that Save the Earth and Save You Money At the Same Time

      Here's a big incentive for going plastic-free and zero-waste aside from saving the one planet we have--reducing costs! Amy French lists 25 creative ways to cut on expenses and cut on plastic pollution at the same time. 

      This is one I have a lot of fun with:

      Second hand shopping is so much fun and there is a huge variety from clothing to furniture and household items. You will spot plenty of bargains AND skip the packaging. Check out op-shops, ebay, gumtree, Facebook market place, garage sales and vintage shops and more.

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    11. How Busy Moms Can Get in On the Zero Plastic Movement Too

      How Busy Moms Can Get in On the Zero Plastic Movement Too

      Here's a great article from Diary of a Mommy. It's called Maybe Moms Are Too Busy To Recycle. Maybe We Have Better Things To Do.

      It's got some excellent advice on how moms can reduce plastic trash even when they're too busy worrying about more immediate things like their kids' safety. Here's an example that we thought was a really good one:

      Straws are a must-have item when you have children. But they are also a huge waste. You use them once and then toss them away. Instead, invest in some stainless steel ones! This ...

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    12. How Shops Can Contribute in the Plastic-Free Revolution

      How Shops Can Contribute in the Plastic-Free Revolution

      Ever wonder what could happen when corporations start to take plastic waste reduction seriously? Here's a great news piece from Dungoc Chronicle that shows us just that. It's called Lovey's IGA Dungog Allows Customers to Bring Their Own Containers.

      It shares an exciting development. Here's an excerpt:

      The Dowling Street store allows customers to bring in their own containers for their deli meats and ready to eat options rather than using disposable plastic containers or plastic wraps.

      To learn more about this and its effects, read the rest of the article at the link down below...

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    13. Beauty Products With Plastic-Free Packaging

      Beauty Products With Plastic-Free Packaging

      Ethical consumers who want to look good, rejoice! Beauty brands are finally joining the sustainable packaging revolution. Refinery29 lists 8 great beauty brands that you can buy without worrying about the waste you'll leave after. From face masks to hair color, find the beauty products you can use to keep your plastic-free lifestyle in check.

      Why is it better to patronize brands that have earth-friendly packaging?

      Accounting for just over 40% of total plastic usage, but with only 14% of it being recycled, packaging has a huge impact on the environment. The solution? Along with reducing your water waste ...

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    14. Custom Promo Products That Support Your Business & The Environment Too

      Custom Promo Products That Support Your Business & The Environment Too

      This article from Mills Office Productivity piqued our curiosity. It's called Custom Promo Products That Support Your Business & the Environment Too.

      It offers up some fascinating and creative suggestions. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Technology is everywhere. Phones are always on in our pockets, but they’re not always charged. Compact power banks that fit easily into a pocket or a purse are excellent promo items. When they are made from ethically sourced bamboo or wood instead of plastic, they support our modern advancements while benefitting the environment.

      Take a look at the rest of this great article for ...

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    15. How Soon-to-Mothers can Practice Zero Waste during Pregnancy

      How Soon-to-Mothers can Practice Zero Waste during Pregnancy

      There are a lot of ways to be free of plastic and lower your carbon footprint, but not a lot of resources tell you how to accomplish it when you're carrying another human inside you. Pregnancy results in big changes in your body and daily routine--things that could disrupt the plastic-free lifestyle you lead. But this interesting article by Stephanie Osmanski of Green Matters proves that you can minimize your impact while carrying a child.

      Here's one tip you can do at the very beginning of your pregnancy: zero-waste pregnancy tests!

      Digital tests usually are more accurate and ...

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    16. One Journalist's Experience in Going Fully Plastic-Free

      One Journalist's Experience in Going Fully Plastic-Free

      Thought we'd share this motivating write-up from Huffington Post's Rob Greenfield. It's called I Won't Be Buying Groceries For a Full Year. Here's How I'm Surviving.

      Here's a short excerpt that we thought was worth the share:

      The main thing I’m missing though is convenience. Being food self-sufficient means spending many long days working from morning until night to harvest and forage. After a long day in the garden, there are times when then needing to spend an hour in the kitchen preparing a meal is the last thing I want to ...

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    17. Plastic-Free Toiletries That'll Help You Ditch Plastic in the Bathroom

      Plastic-Free Toiletries That'll Help You Ditch Plastic in the Bathroom

      Plastic containers are everywhere in the bathroom. Thought we’d share this fascinating article by Bethany Paige Austin to help you reduce this plastic mess. It’s titled The Best Solid Toiletries.

      She shares some plastic-free product recommendations that are better than their counterparts that come in plastic containers. Here’s a short excerpt:

      I find it hard to imagine going back to having my bathroom cupboards full to the brim with so many bloody plastic bottles. When you find something that does that job just as well (or better!), and doesn’t contribute to our huge pollution issue, what ...

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    18. Why We're Not Making A Dent in the Race to Save the World

      Why We're Not Making A Dent in the Race to Save the World

      Came across this fascinating piece called Going Green, But Not Green Enough. Yury Zvyagolskiy posted it on his blog.

      In it, he shares some intriguing points on why we're not quite winning when it comes to going green. Here's a gut-wrenching excerpt:

      The staggering amount of pollution has had a detrimental effect on the world due to the speed at which we as a civilization have grown. Advancements in technology have enabled big corporations to increase their production rates exponentially which in turn produce more waste that needs disposing of.

      For more insight, take a look at the ...

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    19. Vegan Toothpaste That Ditches the Tube

      Vegan Toothpaste That Ditches the Tube

      This article from the My Plastic Free Life blog piqued our curiosity. It's called Why I Love Plastic-Free Bite Toothpaste Bits.

      It gives us a glimpse of an awesome toothpaste alternative. Here's a short excerpt:

      Bite toothpaste bits are little vegan tablets stored in a glass bottle that foam up and quickly become toothpaste when you chew them. Right now, there are only two varieties: Naturally Whitening Mint and Fresh Mint with Activated Charcoal. So, yeah, if you don’t like mint, you’re out of luck for now.

       Check out the rest of this article from the ...

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    20. Waste Reduction Tips for Gatherings and Parties

      Waste Reduction Tips for Gatherings and Parties

      Came across this fascinating piece from Nataliya Khan that thoroughly piqued our interest. The title is A Few Ideas for Reducing Waste at our Gatherings and we thought it would be awesome to share it with you.

      She shares with us some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      One can start over-using disposables sometimes even where there isn’t a need. I’ve seen that and done it myself too. But now for smaller gatherings, eg: just a couple of families, I now try to use my own dinnerware, which is what we use in our own daily life ...

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    21. How Getting Shipwrecked Started This Man's Fight Against Plastic

      How Getting Shipwrecked Started This Man's Fight Against Plastic

      Stumbled across this amazing story of how misfortune befell a yachtsman and yielded his purpose and passion in life. Mr. Steve Green, an avid boatsman, was sailing along the coast of Cornwall, England, when heavy winds threw him off-course. He spent three days on a bird-nesting island protected from human activity. In an interview with Olivier Vergnault of CornwallLive website, Mr. Green says of the ordeal:

      I was horrified by how much plastic, rubbish and marine debris there was on the island. There were dead dolphins, seals, and birds in entangled nets. There was everything from plastic crates to fridges ...

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    22. Packing Tips For Zero Waste Travellers

      Packing Tips For Zero Waste Travellers

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Round the World Girl. It’s called Zero Waste Travel Packing List: What To Pack + Zero Waste Travel Tips.

      It offers some thought-provoking perspectives. Here’s one that we thought was interesting:

      By now, everyone should have a reusable tote bag. Even my late parents had them in the late 90s when grocery stores started charging for plastic bags in Canada. You might have many of these from special events or conventions. Now I am declining them because I have enough and I end up sending the extra bags to charity ...

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    23. Replace Plastic With These Eco Friendly Products

      Replace Plastic With These Eco Friendly Products

      Came across this helpful piece of content on Design Rulz. It's titled 18 Eco-Friendly Products You Can Buy Today to Stop Plastic Pollution.

      It shares some awesome products. Here's one that really got us excited:

      This nontoxic beeswrap cover is made of organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. It is double care about your health and the environment. The ultimate benefit is that packaging is manufactured and produced from biodegradable cellulose.

      For more of the items on this list, give the rest of the article a read at the website linked below...

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