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How to Calculate and Improve Your Carbon Footprint

For many years, scientists have warned that a hole in the layer of ozone surrounding the earth will contribute to global warming, and could have serious negative effects on human and environment health. This problem is being addressed through global agreements to stop the use of ozone-depleting chemicals that damage the ozone layer. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, along with other greenhouse gases such as methane and ozone. When calculating an individual’s carbon footprint, methane and ozone are usually converted into the amount of CO2 that would have the same impact on global warming (the equivalent is called a CO2 amount). Your carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly...

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20 Totally Painless Tips for Reducing Waste

The average American is responsible for generating 4.4 pounds of trash generated daily and most developed world numbers aren’t far from this norm. Shocking, isn’t it? Don’t despair, there are actions you can take in your everyday life to reduce waste and do your part to curb the trend! Here are our 20 tips: 1. Invest in a good reusable water bottlePlastic single use water bottles and paper drink cups are terrible for the environment and downright unnecessary, for general use. Your choice to select a durable water bottle and a good travel mug for hot drinks will ensure that you are always in control of your hydration on the go and keeps bottles and cupsout of the landfill.2. Say no...

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Walk the "Plalk" - Picking Litter while Walking a.k.a. Plalking

Plalking (no coincidence, it rhymes with walking!) is a light-intensity version of Sweden’s recent fitness craze, Plogging, named by combining the word jogging and the Swedish term "plocka upp" (translation: "pick up"). Ploggers stop to collect litter throughout during their runs. In this way they are cleaning up the environment as they exercise. Following its first official U.S. event in Denver, Sweden-basedorganization Plogga has been encouraging individuals to start their own groups locally. Whether it’s picking up cigarette butts or food wrappers, regular plalking groups are making a real difference in reducing the trash in their communities and making way for greener, cleaner spaces that can be enjoyed by all. Either way you go about it – plogging or plalking...

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Eco Fashion - Fashionistas for a Better Planet

We’re facing a major fashion emergency – and that’s no exaggeration, in the eco-sense. The global fashion industry is big business, worth $2.5 trillion, and its operations requires a staggering amount of water. As an example, 2,700 liters of water go into the production of a single cotton t-shirt, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). One in six people worldwide works in a job related to fashion, an industry known, in too many instances, for unsafe conditions and exploitative practices. When doing your best to ensure that your best looks are planet-friendly as well, you’ll want to shop consciously, checking fabrications and production practices to determine whether they align with your ecological values. This is the philosophy...

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Living the Eco Life in Hollywood - Top Stars who Love the Planet as much as You Do

Hey there eco-warrior, we salute you for the everyday choices you make to contribute to a healthier planet for us all. In no particular order, here’s our list of 15 celebs who are using their star power to “walk the walk” as environmental advocates. We can certainly get behind their efforts!   Hayden Panettiere Hayden Panettiere is the spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, dedicated to protecting dolphins, whales and oceans. Olivia Wilde Wilde co-founded Conscious Commerce, a creative agency and incubator that guides conscious living and connects non-profit foundations to sustainable business models. James Cameron The legendary filmmaker has adopted a plant-based diet and even grows his own vegetables using animal by-product free compost. Alanis Morissette Morissette is the narrator...

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