The Hidden Cost of Packaging

Hidden Cost of Packaging

The cost of packaging goes beyond the environmental and economic waste it creates at the end of its useful life. All current packaging materials – whether virgin, recycled, degradable, or synthetic – will create a debt beyond current efforts of environmental management. Tracing back to the origins of materials we splinter off into several directions. Bio-plastics made from corn and other natural resources begin, to an extent, on a plot of industrial farmland, where maximized productivity is a key focus. Crops grown for use in plastics are treated with pesticides, which are harmful to humans and creatures alike. They also… read more

Is It Recyclable?

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Of course recycling is a must, but sometimes it can be a time consuming venture. Drawers become stockpiled with cells, chargers and empty ink cartridges because we aren’t sure what to do with them. Things that don’t go into the regular recycling bin usually are put aside with good intention, but often get forgotten about in the daily bustle. Properly recycling used up or no longer wanted gadgets may take a bit more effort than just tossing them into a bin, but once you figure out what to do with them it can make the next time around easier. Check… read more

Zippers, Art And Exhibitions

Zippers, Art And Exhibitions

Zippers have been around for over 160 years. The idea was first developed by Elias Howe who initially created the zipper in 1851. Howe failed to properly market his design and in 1893 a mechanical engineer, Whitcomb L. Judson, received credit for inventing the zipper. In 1913, the zipper received an update by an electrical engineer named Gideon Sundback, and this revision went on to evolve into the zipper that is more widely used today. Though zippers are mostly thought of in regard to the fashion industry, an installation called Wink Space has turned them into an unbelievable feast for the eyes. Using… read more

Ensure your computer does not become landfill

Donate your computer

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide toss their junk computers in the garbage, perhaps unaware of the incredible damage its battery juice, plastic parts, metal alloys can do to the environment. If you’re considering getting rid of a computer, and are looking for options on how to properly dispose of it, you’ve come to the right place. Instead of throwing away your computer, consider donating it to a local school, thrift store, or someone in need. Each dumped computer represents a wasted opportunity for someone to become educated on the technology available to them in today’s world. If… read more

The Biodiversity Factor

Biodiversity effects

The endless assortment of life on the planet beckons to be awed at. The sheer scope of it is completely unimaginable when you really think about it. So, who actually started counting species, and how is it even possible to keep track? Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, actually began creating the process in 1758 that is used to name revealed species. To date, researchers assess that there are anywhere from 3 to 100 million species on earth with United Nations Environment Programme research pinning the number at 8.7 million, with a give or take factor of approximately 1.3 million. Their… read more

Save money by going green

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The following are some great tips and advice on how you can save the planet, save your wallet, and feel great doing it. Most are simple, some are no-brainers, and a few may cost you a bit of upfront cash, but will save you in the long-run. Create a homemade compost bin This is a quick and easy project for personal use or to teach the kids how to be eco-conservative. Say NO to disposable bags Stop using the plastic bags you normally receive from the grocery store. Purchase a recyclable bag and carry it with you. Not only won’t… read more

Putting It In Perspective

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Artists who put waste in perspective in a tactile way can really open our eyes. Trash is an unusual inspiration for art, but the following artists have used it as a medium to express a poignant message. Gregg Segal is a photographer and artist that literally captures our waste output, and it isn’t at all pretty. Taking snapshots of people lying picnic style in their refuse in a truth driven series called 7 Days of Garbage, Segal forces us to look at the reality of our lifestyles. From the artist: “7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of… read more

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What Influences Kids’ Food Selections

What shoppers purchase and why is always of interest to the retail industry and market researchers. Packaging, placement and other marketing tactics have a major influence on customers, even the youngest of consumers. But choices at the grocery store aren’t always predetermined at the place of purchase. They may actually be internally programmed long before arriving at the market. An article and webcast called Why We Overeat: The Toxic Food Environment and Obesity from Harvard’s School of Public Health discussed the food environment, which includes all aspects related to food in our daily lives. From what we are offered at… read more

Legal Backing For Environment

Legal backing

Naively, one may say, the laws of the land are there to protect us and our interests. This is true half the time, but there are times when people and communities feel that the law offers them limited or no protection at all. This may be said for laws which are silent on environmental issues, and such loopholes are abused by persons with a vested interest in doing so. When there is a contention between persons concerning a certain law, the court is tasked with the responsibility to interpret the law in question and give a verdict founded upon justice,… read more

Is The Fish You Buy From Sustainable Sources?

Seafood for the future

Some fish come from sustainable stocks or well-managed fish farms, whereas others are obtained from vulnerable or overfished populations or environmentally harmful fish farms, or caught using methods that kill dolphins, whales, seabirds, and commercially useless fish. Organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council, the Marine Conservation Society, SeaChoice and the Vancouver Aquarium provide guidance on which fish to buy and which to avoid based on whether fishing operations and fish farms use sustainable, environmentally friendly methods or engage in destructive practices. All of these organizations provide searchable fish databases to help you determine the best fish to buy, as… read more