Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in Way Cool Dogs, The Mighty, NJ Next, and Superfood Box. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and equality. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

These Brilliant Houses in Mexico are Made Out of Plastic Trash

Despite all of our recycling programs, the planet is still overrun with plastic, piled up in landfills and swimming in our seas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 9.5 percent of plastic is actually recycled, and the rest is simply tossed away. Some types of plastic take up to 1,000 years to decompose while their toxins leak into the soil and water. And about 10 to 20 million tons of plastic make their way into the ocean. Disturbing cases like the endangered whale that washed ashore with a spoon in his digestive tract, the cobra that spat up an entire...

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These Eco-Friendly, Portable Prefab Houses Can Self-Build In Eight Minutes

Ten Fold Engineering, based in the UK, has created prefabricated houses and other buildings that can be transported anywhere in a big box that self-deploys (unfolds) in eight minutes. The buildings are comprised of standardized components and modularity options that make the system both flexible and affordable. Their lever system enables a building to unfold into an area five times larger than the box containing it. Founder David Martyn is an architect who designs luxury houses. When his children were unable to find reasonably priced housing in London, he was inspired to create affordable homes that could be set...

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Food Waste Is Wreaking Havoc On Planet Earth

Here in the Land of Plenty, many of us are accustomed to the availability of excessive amounts of food. Unfortunately, starvation and hunger exist in the United States and in other nations — especially third world countries. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) states that “up to one third of all food is spoiled or squandered before it is consumed by people.” Not only do food-insecure people desperately need the food we throw out, but wasted food translates to wasted energy and power spent producing the food. Moreover, landfills brimming with discarded food are spewing methane and...

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Meet Edible Plastics, Biodegradable Plastics’ Fun Cousins

We’re witnessing more and more of the havoc that our discarded plastic products are wreaking on the environment and living creatures. The oceans are full of plastic and its inhabitants are eating it, becoming entangled in it and even being strangled by it. According to National Geographic, more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. Thankfully, companies are now manufacturing biodegradable plastics including biodegradable water filters, biodegradable cutlery, plates, straws, cups, boxes, and ponchos, and edible/biodegradable plastic bags. A company called LOLIWARE offers eco-conscious consumers vibrantly colored and edible flavored cups and straws. They plan to produce...

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How Hens Are Transforming Lives At Retirement Homes

Hen therapy! A wonderful program in England has brought hens to nursing homes and caring for the birds has dramatically improved the residents’ lives. The sense of responsibility helps boost their self-esteem and visits to the outdoor coops include socializing with other residents in fresh air while sun rays beam vitamin D onto them. It was only a matter of time before hen keeping became a nursing home activity. There are facilities with cuddly resident cats that purr lovingly in the residents’ laps and raise morale by giving them a purpose in caring for another living being. Other senior facilities...

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