Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

About The Author

Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in The Mighty. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and human rights. 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.

Can We Eliminate Our Deadly Plastic Problem?

Humans are plastic addicts. Since the 1950s, Americans have been using plastic daily for many of our needs: grocery shopping bags, sandwich bags, storage bags, trash bags, and more. Too many items, including the aforementioned, are disposable and find their way to the oceans. According to Plastic Oceans, more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. Sadly, half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced annually are used only once. Packaging accounts for 40 percent of our plastic use. Astonishingly, over one million bags are used every minute. Unfortunately, our plastic consumption...

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Food Pharmacies are Eliminating the Need for Many Prescriptions

Americans are popping lots of pills. Nearly seven out of 10 Americans take prescription drugs for our health. However, nutritionists have proven that consuming proper foods prevents many of the diseases that we treat with prescriptions. Consumers simply need to read ingredient labels to avoid excessive sugar, high sodium, artificial coloring and artificial ingredients. The World Health Organization reports that Type 2 Diabetes can cause heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and infections. Smoking and eating unhealthy foods can cause cancers of the esophagus, colorectal, breast, endometrium and kidney. Making bad food choices can also result in osteoporosis and bone fractures, as...

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This Silicon Valley Animal Shelter Doesn’t Just Save Dogs – It’s Saving the Planet, Too

In 2009, the Humane Society Silicon Valley opened their $25 million state-of-the-art, eco-friendly animal shelter. Rather than simply building a structure full of cages, they created a 48,000-square-foot animal community center on a 5-acre lot.  It was the first “green” animal shelter in the country and utilizes a Photovoltaic solar system to generate 40-50 percent of the energy it uses. Artificial turf in the exercise area conserves water, as well as in the dog park where native plants also contribute to water savings. The kennel cleaning system was efficiently designed to use minimal water and can be accessed from different...

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Earth Overshoot Day: The Most Important Day You’ve Never Heard of

According to Global Footprint Network, “Every year people demand more from nature than it can regenerate.” In 1969, the group started calculating the annual Earth Overshoot Day — the day when we’ve used as many natural resources that the Earth can provide for us that year. Unfortunately, the date is earlier and earlier each year This year’s Earth Overshoot Day was August 2. That’s eight months into 2017, or two-thirds into the year. To commemorate this year’s Overshoot Day, Global Footprint Network is launching a new Footprint calculator that works on smartphones. You can calculate the amount of natural...

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Dutch Artist Vacuums Smog From The Air To Create Jewelry

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde combines art and science to develop energy saving inventions as well as air purifying devices. He specializes in merging technology with art. His team of designers and engineers assist him in creating interactive designs that integrate the relationship between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde is a visionary, designer, and architect on a mission to use natural elements to develop “creations that propel us into the future.” Whenever he discovers an interesting natural phenomenon he ponders how he can utilize it to save energy. Roosegaarde believes in “choonheid” which translates to beauty. Roosegaarde sees...

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