Category: Green

Fishing Industry ‘Ghost Gear’ is Killing Millions of Marine Mammals

A report released by World Animal Protection this week reveals that the world’s largest seafood companies are failing to address the massive problem of “ghost gear” in our oceans. “Ghost gear” is the term used to describe discarded or lost fishing equipment, which is responsible for the death of millions of marine animals. The report focused on 15 of the world’s top seafood companies and ranked them on a scale of one to five. A company ranking in tier one is considered a world leader, utilizing best practices to take responsibility for abandoned or lost fishing equipment. Any company...

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Welcome to the World’s First Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisle

This week in Amsterdam, a Dutch chain of grocery stores unveiled an aisle with zero plastic packaging at one of its stores. Ekoplaza’s plastic-free section is being hailed as the “World’s First Plastic-Free Supermarket Aisle.” The aisle is filled with over 700 products ranging from snacks to cereals. If a product cannot be made wrap-free, the store is utilizing biodegradable packaging. The products in the aisle are not more expensive than plastic-wrapped goods. Last year, the Guardian published an in-depth story on the extent of plastic waste generated by supermarkets in the United Kingdom. They estimated that nearly 1 million tons...

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Emails Reveal True Motivation for Destruction of Bears Ear Monument — and No Surprise, It’s Oil

Last summer Lady Freethinker reported on the recommendation by the Trump Administration to shrink national monuments, including the contentious Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Though the message to the public focused on considering all interests and sides of the public lands debate as well as state versus federal rights, it is now known that those things had very little involvement in the decision-making process. Thanks to a lawsuit by the New York Times, more information has been released on this decision, bringing to light the true motivation: oil and other natural resource extraction. 25,000 pages of emails released...

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Canada Is Investing $150 Million to Develop More Plant-Based Foods

Canada is upping its investment in plant-based protein, awarding $150 million of federal funding to a “Supercluster” of over 120 agricultural leaders, researchers, and other stakeholders over the next five years. The companies and institutions participating in the supercluster, dubbed Plant Industries Canada (PIC), have also raised around $400 million to aid the initiative. PIC was created in 2017 when the Canadian government challenged business leaders and innovators to create superclusters – collaborating stakeholders to help propel Canadian industry to the forefront. In the case of PIC, the goals are threefold: Allow Canada to surpass its competitors to become “second in...

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Hawaii Has 90,000 Cesspools — And Coral Reefs, Drinking Water & Surfing Are All Under Threat

There are nearly 90,000 cesspools scattered throughout the Hawaiian Islands. If you think that sounds like a problem (and a little disgusting), you would be right. What was once an easy alternative to handling human waste is now beginning to contaminate both groundwater and the ocean ecosystem. The definition of a cesspool is an underground container for sewage storage. But the definition also describes the word to mean a “disgusting or corrupt place,” which is exactly the spot the island paradise is heading towards if many of the cesspools aren’t replaced soon. Fifty-three million gallons of raw sewage end...

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Is the EU About to Ban Single-Use Plastics?

The European Union has signaled that it may ban plastic straws and other single-use plastics very soon. The EU announced in January 2018 that they aimed to make all plastics on the market recyclable or reusable by 2030. Now, after a Twitter battle with the United Kingdom on the matter, Frans Timmermans, vice president of the EU’s executive cabinet has hinted that the EU will create legislation on single-use plastics before summer. This comes after China’s ban on the import of many types of plastic waste went into effect last month. According to recent data, in 2016 China processed over...

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The Why and How of Better Water Conservation

It’s easy to see why water is so important. We can only survive for a few days without drinking it, we use it to grow the food we eat, and we need it to clean our clothes and dishes and our bodies. As clear as its value is, recent droughts in places like California and South Africa have driven home the point even more. We need to conserve water, especially since drought seasons and the growing season are approaching. Why Conserve Water? There are innumerable reasons we should conserve water. It’s connected to virtually every aspect of our lives,...

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The Queen Fights Back Against Pollution by Banning Plastic Straws and Bottles

Queen Elizabeth is banning plastic straws and bottles, as well as other non-recyclable items across all royal estates. Single-use plastic straws, cups, and takeaway containers at royal cafes, both for the public as well as for the royal family and its staff, will be phased out and replaced with recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable materials. Only china, glass, and recyclable materials will be available in the dining rooms of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, and Holyroodhouse. According to The Telegraph, the Queen became determined to reduce the use of plastic after working with Sir David Attenborough on the documentary Blue Planet...

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