Step Forward Paper: A Step In The Right Direction

Step Forward Paper: A Step In The Right Direction

Prairie Paper Ventures, Inc. is a privately owned establishment initiated by environmental advocate and actor Woody Harrelson over 15 years ago. The paper company makes its product by using a sustainable mix of wheat straw and recycled fibers, which they call Step Forward Paper. 80% of the paper is made from the blend, and it does not use any portion of the food supply, nor does it use trees. It is also Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. For now it is made in India at an ecomill that has shown to have the ability to sustainably produce… read more

The Wellness Of Water

Water Table Pollutants

The water on Earth is contained within a constant cycle. Water has been here since ancient times and will hopefully remain well into the future. Unfortunately, any contaminants in the water remain within the systemic cycles unless they are filtered out. From the waste created by bottled water to chemicals and medicines going down drains, water pollution doesn’t just affect the water. It disrupts the entire water table which can cause environmental damage and developmental issues. The water table is configured of rainwater that sifts underground providing water supplies to springs, lakes and waterways. Merriam-Webster’s visual dictionary has a diagram that… read more

Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is often pretty and shiny, but after the gifts are all open it is left ripped and forgotten. Aside from recycling it, there are actually many other ways to make use of it. For one, it is perfect for packing up ornaments that are fragile or made from glass. Also, it can be shredded for packing items, or used to fill gift baskets. Scraps can be saved up and used for crafting homemade cards, gift tags and stationary. Martha Stewart has 17 suggestions for reusing gift wrap. Ideas like wrapping household items for a decorative touch, using it for… read more

Mobius Loop – The Universal Symbol

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The 3-arrowed universal recycling symbol is familiar to many, but its history may not be. Around the same time as the first scheduled Earth Day in April of 1970, a Chicago, Illinois company, then called the Container Corporation of America, held a contest to choose a winning symbol to represent paper recycling. The business, which was a paperboard operation, was the leading user of recycled papers during this time. Open to students in the design or art fields, over 500 submissions were received for the competition. The entries revolved around the theme Environment by Design and were reviewed at a conference… read more

Our Lives Depend Upon It

Oceans

After years of polluting our oceans we now appreciate the many benefits they provide to humans. Essential nutrition, climate regulation, and oxygen generation are just some of the ways in which our lives are effected. The oceans face a constant threat of pollution and the creatures that live beneath the waves of habitat loss. The sad part is these effects can last decades and some may be irreversable. Oceans and coastlines provide shelter to 40 percent of the global population, help to support 350 million jobs and contribute more than $3 trillion to the world’s material wealth each year. The… read more

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Plastic debris floating around the ocean has been studied for years as its massive man made islands increase. The effects to ocean life, waterways and the seafood industry are all on the research radar. One recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has provided an interesting look into the oceans’ plastic pollution. The research team, reminding that plastic is the most plentiful form of marine debris, were interested in looking at the impact of plastics on the oceans’ ecosystems. Specifically wanting to understand microbial communities, they examined several locations in the North Atlantic. To investigate what effects plastics have had on… read more

Environmentally Friendly Painting System

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Europe pretty much has the rest of the world beat when it comes to innovation in the environmentally-friendly department. KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines posted a video a couple of years ago showing how they use eco-friendly electrostatic paint to coat new airplanes. The short video is pretty neat to watch, and although painting airplanes has probably never come up on your “How do they do it?” list, we think you’ll enjoy learning something new. Check it:

Water Gets Some Attention With These 2 Products

Water Gets Some Attention With These 2 Products

Drinking water is essential, and sometimes extra steps are needed to get enough of it to meet the requirements. Whether filtering for added safety or enhancing it to make it more flavorful, the products available in the water market are wide ranging. The Soma water filtration system contains a unique biodegradable filter that is made from Malaysian coconut shell carbon and silk layers. Its casing is plant based and the combination of materials creates a natural filtering mechanism. It is supposed to make water safer as well as taste fresher and crisper. The filter system comes with a glass carafe that… read more

Window On The Arctic

Window to Arctic

A new observatory at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean will help keeps tabs on the delicate environment of the far north. Canada’s University of Victoria, which runs the station has stated that the observatory will relay information continuously throughout the year for the first time ever. The observatory includes an underwater camera, microphone, and a device that can measure ice thickness, coupled with instruments to measure temperature, salinity, and other data that can be used to monitor the health of the environment. There is also an above-ground weather station to track local weather patterns and climate data. University of… read more

Are There Any Positives To Our Impact On Earth?

Are There Any Positives To Our Impact On Earth?

It is naïve to think that human experiences have not altered the earth’s natural processes. Our daily activities have, in fact, been an irreversible detriment to many of the planet’s way of doing things. The field of environmental health seeks to identify how our surroundings affect human health and the environment. Research in this area uncovers many concerns about our relationship to our surroundings, but could there in fact be some positives to the human impact? The pressing question isn’t whether or not we have altered things, but what exactly is the full effect of our modifications. How does if effect… read more