If I'm ever at a self serve drink station I tend to skip the straw and lid if I don't need it. It's a small thing but why not. I saw an article listing 5 easy plastic things we can probably all give up, and some that will take more effort.
1. Plastic cutlery (there are compact travel options)
2. Plastic straws (you can buy stainless steel ones apparently)
3. Plastic shopping bags
4. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush (check amazon)
5. Bottled water
6. Buy toilet paper wrapped in paper instead of plastic (might be hard to find)
7. Take-out containers
8. Disposable plastic cups and paper cups lined with plastic (most coffee cups)
Here's a link to the article with some compelling reasons and a video with Jeff Bridges!
This is gross, I was listening to "Project Animal Farm" and the author said lots of chickens die from 'blowout'. Gross
That is their inside push out to the outside, and she said a big contributing factor is that they are being bred to produce larger and larger eggs.
I'm sure there are others things we can do to help chickens out, but at the very least can we all just stop buying the extra-large eggs.
I tried to figure out what's the best, free-range, free-run, cage-free, organic. I don't know if you can trust any of the labels 100% or if they make significant differences, but I think free-range is the supposedly the one that gives the birds the most freedom of movement.
Check out Eating Animals or Project Animal Farm if you want to learn more about where your food comes from.
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Tonight I was at Ripley's Aquarium and thought I'd share a few quick notes on things you can do to help the oceans.
1. If you buy fish products look for sustainable products. They recommend looking for the OceanWise logo (oceanwise.ca), and ask restaurants you go to if their fish are from sustainable resources.
2. Commercial fishing often make use of large nets which catch more than what and they toss these fish back but they don't usually survive. This is called the bycatch. One of the worst items that produce the most bycatch is shrimp. One item with a lower bycatch is mussels, maybe switch to mussels rather than a shrimp ring for your next party.
3. Eatting less meat in general helps too, so first start by only ordering or buying what you know you'll eat, and then look for some vegetarian alternatives once in a while. Even reducing your red meat intake helps the oceans because factory farms create a lot of air pollution which impact the oceans. The book I'm reading right now (Happy Money) suggests making things a treat by doing them less often in order to get more enjoyment out of them!
4. Be aware of what's in the cleaning products you use. Firstly watch out for microbeads if they aren't yet banned in your area, and secondly try cleaning products from company's like Method which are committed to making the cleanest cleaning products around. I just read 'The Method method' and they say if you only try one of their products try the 8x concentrate laundry detergent. I just got it and I didn't think I'd like the pump, but I love it :)
5. Aside from those things, anything you can do to reduce air pollution (which is good for humans) is also good for the oceans. I'll have more posts about that later.
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