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Reduce Plastic Pollution and Go Green In July

Art display of polar bear shows that we need to reduce plastic pollution

As we move closer to recognizing and practicing this year’s Plastic Free July, I’ll share a few thoughts about ways we reduce plastic pollution here in The O Household.   Almost two years ago, as we learned more about low-to-zero waste practices, we came to understand just how much plastic pollution we were creating, especially…

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Five Easy Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

photo of Earth by NASA

Celebrate Earth Day by making small yet impactful eco-conscious changes to your lifestyle. Here are five easy eco-friendly ways you can say thanks to Mother Earth this year. This year, Mr. O and I are celebrating Earth Day by joining a local litter clean-up team for a few hours of road-side trash collection and afterwards…

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Recent Tests of Honey Sourced Around the World Show Contamination by Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Citizen Science Project Reveals Widespread Contamination of Honey. A recent study published in the journal Science revealed that seventy five percent of honey samples collected between 2012 and 2016 showed measurable amounts of neonicotinoids, a type of neurotoxic insecticide. The project, begun as a citizen science project by researchers at the Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, tested…

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Water, Water, Everywhere…

In the U.S., a seemingly endless supply of clean, running water has led to a mental disconnect between us and our water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated August National Water Quality Month. The month is to remind everyone how each action can impact the nation’s waterways and water supply. As of right now,…

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Great News For The African Elephant Population!

At the end of May 2015, The Chinese government announced that it will “eventually” shut down its legal domestic ivory market. The move, which surprised conservationists, could provide a major boost in efforts to stop the mass killing of elephants for their ivory. Read the rest of the story from Mongabay Environmental News…

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The Plastic Bag Ban Movement

Approximately two hundred U.S. cities and counties have banned plastic grocery bags or placed restrictions on their use as of 2015. Did you know that each year the U.S. uses 84 billion plastic bags? That represents a huge percentage of the total worldwide (currently estimated at 500 billion). They are not biodegradable, and are making…

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