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Earth Day

Earth Day

Established in 1970 after a horrific oil spill in California, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 annually in the United States. Not only is it about spending outside and reconnecting with nature. This holiday also aims to raise awareness and advocate for climate-related issues. 

 

In 2023 the theme of this year’s Earth Day is all about investing in our planet. This means that businesses all around the world need to act now. If they don’t take action, there will be no future investments to make as climate change will affect more than just our economies. We’ve seen many organizations and companies attempt this in the past year by engaging in more sustainable practices. 

 

We have compiled a list of brands and companies we think to hold sustainable values that align with the goals of Earth Day.

 

Pela Case

Based out of Canada, this technology brand creates accessories that are entirely home-compostable! Instead of creating phone cases, and watch accessories out of plastic, they use environmentally sensible materials in hundreds of unique colors and designs. Not only that, but all of their shipping materials are recyclable as well. 

 

Bird Collective

This brand is a haven for ornithologists everywhere. Merchandise for everyone, this brand advocates for bird species that have seen a dangerous decline in population over recent years. The brand donates a portion of sales to bird conservation and advocacy groups across the country.

 

Patagonia 

You may have heard on the news that the previous owner of Patagonia gave away his company valued at 3 billion dollars! Yvon Chouinard transferred ownership to a non-profit organization to help combat climate change, a consistent goal of the Patagonia company. 

 

Dr. Bronners

This brand is a great option for those who enjoy wonderful-smelling products, without plastic. Through Organic farming methods, they actively aim for zero waste in their production. 

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Sustainable Resolutions for the New Year

Sustainable Resolutions for the New Year

2023 is here! The time is now to make changes in your life that will stick with you for the rest of the year. When making goals for yourself, it is essential to be realistic. Taking it one step at a time and sticking to it will help you accomplish anything you set your mind to. When it comes to being sustainable, it is much easier than you might think. Setting green resolutions creates less waste, and emissions and reduces consumption. We have included some tips and tricks to help you make sustainable resolutions for your new year. 

 

Reduce Meat Intake

In the U.S. the meat industry accounts for 14.5 percent of greenhouse gas emissions every year. That is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gases. By reducing the amount of meat you consume, you can help contribute to reducing emissions, not to mention these days eating a plant-based diet is quite delicious. Check out our previous blogs to see some nutritious and mouth-watering recipes. 

 

Hang Laundry to Dry 

Not only does machine drying put a lot of wear and tear on your clothes but also microfibers from your clothes can directly impact aquatic ecosystems. Dryers also take up a lot of energy. They are another top contender for producing excess emotions which can harm the environment. Hanging laundry to dry naturally reduces your carbon footprint and creates a more sustainable habit in your life. 

 

Eliminate Phantom Energy 

What is Phantom Energy? Also known as standby power energy is wasted around your room from devices that are plugged in and using power. These devices, however, are not being actively used, and therefore this power is wasted. By unplugging cords when not using them, you can reduce standby energy and also your power bill. 

 

Spend Less Money

You might be thinking, spending less money is easier said than done. When it comes to being sustainable, consumption matters. It is important to think carefully about the purchases you make. When you throw something away, it doesn’t go away. Your trash ends up in landfills scattered across the country where it will likely sit for the next couple of decades. Or it ends up in the oceans polluting marine ecosystems and killing off species that have lived peacefully for hundreds of years. So yes, spending less money and consuming less or actively being sustainable while shopping is a great habit to have. 

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Sustainability during the Holiday Season

Sustainability during the Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing as we approach the final weeks of 2022. This year has had its ups and downs, but there are still ways to make the end of your year great. Being sustainable doesn’t have to be hard. Here is a list of five ways to incorporate sustainable practices that can become habits to make your holiday lifestyle greener.

 

 

Wrapping Paper

Decorate wrapping paper makes up a considerable amount of holiday waste that ends up in landfills. This year try using something from around your home such as; newspapers, pages of old books, or extra fabric. There are also plenty of brands that offer decorating papers that are compostable and decompose. 

 

Sustainable Ornaments

Long before plastic was commercialized, people celebrated Christmas with decorations the same way that we do. Instead of purchasing plastic ornaments that will break easily, consider adding sustainable options like dried oranges or popcorn garland to your tree instead. 

 

To Tree or Not to Tree

Over seven million trees are cut down every year to celebrate the holidays. Trees are important to our ecosystems and our well-being. Despite what you may think, real trees are the more sustainable option. Fake trees are made up of materials that do not decompose, whereas real trees do. The foresting industry also manages the health of ecosystems to make sure there is no overcutting. 

 

Holiday Lights

Lowering the impact of your holiday lighting can be a huge help when it comes to being sustainable. Switching to LED bulbs is a great way to lower your energy usage. Using solar-powered lights is also a great way to cut your energy bill. 

 

Homemade Cards

Not everyone makes holiday cards, but this is a tradition that many families practice. Using materials found in your home, rather than purchasing online can cut costs and create one-of-a-kind art to share with your friends and family. 

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Seasonal Recipe #2

Seasonal Recipe #2

If you read our last blog of recipes, then you will be delighted to learn we have plenty more recipes where that came from. Eating plant-based and more sustainably during the holiday season is easier than you might expect. In this post, we have a brand-new recipe to bring flavor and fun into your home.
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The Truth About Recycling

The Truth About Recycling

We all do our best to recycle. It’s a concept that has permeated our lives and existed for many generations. Recycling facilities were created to reuse certain types of waste that humans make. However, recycling is not as effective as you think it would be. 
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Sustainably Chic

Sustainably Chic

Fast Fashion is a term that has been buzzing around the internet for more than a few years now. We know that fast fashion is all about taking advantage of trends. Not about creating fashion sustainably. Many fast fashion styles are based on looks seen at fashion week. These looks are then sold at an affordable price, but there is a cost.
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Plant-Based Fall Recipe: Mediterranean Couscous and Couscous Stuffed Squash

Plant-Based Fall Recipe: Mediterranean Couscous and Couscous Stuffed Squash

In the previous blog, we discussed some alternatives to eating turkey on Thanksgiving. For this recipe you will need; A medium saucepan, pearl couscous, feta cheese, pitted kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and baby spinach. 
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Veggie-Friendly Thanksgiving

Veggie-Friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about taking time to be with family and friends as well as enjoying delicious food that you might otherwise not eat during the year. However, not everyone wants to eat turkey or might have some ethical opposition to consuming it. 

 

Making a vegetarian or vegan-friendly holiday is easier than you might expect! In the U.S, 46 million turkeys are killed every year to celebrate Thanksgiving. Numerous plant-based alternatives are better for the planet and still taste great.

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Microplastics and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Microplastics and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In a previous post, we briefly touched on the term microplastic, what they are and how they affect the world we live in. Today, we will dive further into why microplastics are a problem. 

 

Microplastics aren’t small pieces of plastic you can see with your own eyes. They are minuscule plastic debris that exists anywhere from 5 millimeters or less. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this is often smaller than a grain of rice. Despite their size, microplastics have run amuck in our natural environment. 

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Halloween: Tricky Treats and Plastic Problems

Halloween: Tricky Treats and Plastic Problems

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here! The leaves have begun to change, and Halloween is creeping up quickly. While the spooky season is supposed to be a time of mischief and amusement, it has also become a holiday overflowing with plastic. 
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Let's Talk About Greenwashing

Let's Talk About Greenwashing

As 2022 draws to a close we are reminded of the importance of protecting the planet we live on. Creating a sustainable future must start today. Not tomorrow, or next week, today.

Being aware of your purchases and aiming to be more eco-conscious is one of the first steps you can take to actively make a change in your own life. That leads us to a huge consumer problem we are seeing pop up all over the United States and beyond.

Greenwashing.

 

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Less Pollution is the Best Solution!

Less Pollution is the Best Solution!

Let’s be honest. Plastic is bad. For you, the environment, and the people you love. 

 

The average person in the United States throws away 110 lbs of plastic every single year. That plastic isn’t going anywhere. It’s floating around in the pacific ocean, scattered about city sidewalks, and has even been found in the human bloodstream. It takes on average anywhere from 200 to 500 years for plastic to degrade. That means the plastic fork you used ten years ago eating takeout from your favorite restaurant is still out there.

Plastic as we know it was invented in the 1930s. However, single-use plastic didn’t become popular 1970s with the rise of packaging and service ware. We believe reducing the amount of single-use plastic matters. Minimizing plastic use is vital to creating a more sustainable planet not only for you but for the people in your community and around the world.

Single-use plastic bans have been popping up in cities around the world, but this may not be enough. Sustainable practices at home to eliminate the use of plastic are the first steps for many to create a plastic free world.

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