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To Compost or Not To Compost- part I

I say compost- or at the minimum, throw away your composting materials in the green bin :) If you already put your recyclables in the recycling bin, you’re on the right track. Composting organic waste can reduce garbage waste by up to 30%. According to the EPA, there are many, many benefits to composting. It enriches the soil-helping it retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. It also encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material. Plus it reduces methane emissions from landfills and lowers your carbon footprint.  According to the EPA, up to 75% of solid waste is recyclable; 60% of landfill waste is organic and compostable....

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Reducing Food Waste

We all want to reduce our carbon footprint and there are many ways we can do it. We can buy eco-friendly products, we can be aware of and then reduce our energy consumption (turning off lights, going solar, etc), but another area is reducing food waste.  I read a great article by Jane Black in WWF Fall 2018 magazine that highlighted what is going on worldwide. In the United States, the statistics are staggering. Americans throw away 40% of their food, which equates to approximately 400 pounds per person per year. This contrasts the 42 million Americans that don't have enough to eat.  Many of the culprits are large entities such as hotels, grocery stores, schools and even farms- and...

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Sandals Resorts & Caesars International Phasing Out Single Use Plastics

It's fantastic to see a few big conglomerates begin phasing out their plastic straw usage. Starbucks has started implementing their phase-out plan and this week we learned about hospitality giant Sandals Resort International (SRI) as well as Caesar's Entertainment join the growing fight against single-use plastics. All 19 Sandals and Beaches properties aim to eliminate the 21.4 MILLION single-use plastic straws and stirrers used each year by November 1st. SRI has partnered with Oceanic Global to conduct an in-depth audit and roadmap for the elimination of all single-use plastics at properties. Heidi Clarke, the Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation, stated "Plastic pollution is one of the leading environmental issues in the Caribbean. Sandals and Beaches Resorts are rooted in...

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Bamboo vs Cotton- which fabric to buy

        These days we start to hear more and more about products made from bamboo, bamboo charcoal or bamboo viscose. Fabrics made from bamboo have a lot of benefit. Several studies show that bamboo fabrics can absorb more moisture than cotton. This is ideal for those hot days or those get hot easily. In addition, bamboo is a very breathable material, thus allowing for air circulation which in turn helps reduce the presence of bacteria. It is also hypoallergenic. Also, bamboo fabric smells better and stays cleaner than cotton fabrics. One of bamboo fabrics greatest properties is its antimicrobial quality. Viscose made from bamboo is considered one of the strongest and most affordable fabrics to wear or sleep in. This fabric...

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10 Steps To Be More Eco-Friendly

1) Reusable Water Bottle & Coffee/Tea Mugs- stop using plastic. If you haven’t already, permanently switch to a Stainless Steel or Wheat Straw option. Examples:https://bit.ly/2NhF4WE, https://bit.ly/2x9B6EX 2) Bring Your Own Shopping Bags: Keep a bag full of bags in your trunk or keep a handy compact tote in your purse or pocket. Another great option is bringing your own mesh bags for produce. (Yay! No plastic). Try to remember every time you shop- and soon enough, it will be a healthy habit. Some Great Options:https://bit.ly/2MHG69a, https://bit.ly/2pfdgUo 3) Plastic Product Replacements: Every time you need a new household item that previously in plastic- buy the new version in Wheat Straw, Glass or Bamboo. This involves food storage containers, lunch box containers,...

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