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 Way Cool Dogs, The Mighty, 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.

How a New, Biodegradable Water Filter Can Help Our Plastic Bottle Crisis

You’ve seen the photos — water bottles and other plastics bobbing around in the ocean, or washed up in piles on the shore. Our plastic is killing birds and fish that mistake it for food and eat it, or become hopelessly entangled in trash. A new, biodegradable water filter can replace those plastic water bottles, helping reduce plastic waste and pollution. According to Magnus Jern of TAPP Water, only 10 percent of the 250 billion plastic water bottles used globally are recycled. The other 90 percent wind up in nature or in landfills, where they break down into micro plastics and...

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The Research is In: Processed And Red Meats Are Served Up With Carcinogens

Beyond animal suffering and destruction of the environment, here’s one more reason to put down that hot dog: cancer risk. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — the cancer agency of the World Health Organization — classified processed meat as a carcinogen. It also regards red meat as a possible carcinogen. Processed meats include hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, and certain deli meats. Processed means the meat has been treated for flavoring or preservation by smoking, curing, salting, or fermenting. Beef, goat, pork, and lamb are all considered red meat. Twenty-two experts in ten countries...

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15 Brooklyn Schools Are Going Meatless On Mondays

Fifteen public schools in Brooklyn have become the latest institutions of learning to promote healthy and sustainable meals. Fortunately, the trend of teaching students to consume more fruits and vegetables and less meat is gathering momentum. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spearheaded the Meatless Monday initiative. Adams himself had changed his eating habits and reversed his Type 2 Diabetes. As an advocate for nutrition, he was excited for the opportunity to “transform the health of thousands of our city’s students, as well as open the door to a powerful conversation that children can have with families on nutrition and...

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Brilliant Straw Is a Purifier to Help People with No Clean Water

According to Unicef, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water since 1990. Unfortunately, as of 2015, 663 million people – 1 in ten – still drank water from non-potable sources. Nearly half of the people without clean water reside in sub-Saharan Africa. And access to clean water has become even harder due to climate change. A remarkable product called LifeStraw aims to eradicate the consumption of contaminated water. In 1995, the Carter Center asked Vestergaard – LifeStraw’s parent company – to create a filter to remove Guinea worm larvae from water. Vestergaard devised a cloth filter to strain out the...

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Richard Branson Predicts All Meat Will Be Clean or Plant-Based In 30 Years

Richard Branson, billionaire owner of the Virgin Group, and Bill Gates of Microsoft (the wealthiest  man on the planet) recently invested in Memphis Meats, a company growing “clean” cultured meat in a laboratory using stem cells instead of animals. Two billionaire business strategists investing in a company signifies a major innovation that will likely have an enormous impact on the future. “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone,” said Branson...

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