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World Ocean Day and Running For Our Ocean

By Fredrica Syren: Today is World Ocean Day and today people around globe celebrate and honor the ocean which is essential for our survival. It’s a time to get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect …

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Is It Possible to Live Plastic Free?

By Fredrica Syren: I’m just going to say it: plastic is addictive — or should I say, the convenience of plastic is. We’re all so busy, more busy than we ever have been, and one thing that helps save time is convenience. And plastic fits into that category. I admit …

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The Hefty Price of Plastic

By Fredrica Syren: Until now, research on the impact of plastic on our health has focused solely on specific parts of the plastic lifecycle, often on single products, processes, or exposure pathways. Now a new research report by Center for International Environmental Law(CIEL), Earthworks,Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives(GAIA), Healthy Babies …

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Air Canada to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: This summer Air Canada will do more than recycling paper and aluminum cans by replacing its personalized red plastic single-use stir stick with a stirrer made from recycled bamboo. This action will eliminate approximately 35 million plastic sticks per year. In addition, Air Canada has partnered with the …

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Companies Eliminating Single-Use Plastic

By Kim Robson: The days of single-use plastic are numbered. Most of us are too young to remember when a milkman delivered dairy products in reusable glass containers. Also gone are the days of glass soda bottles. But, when I go to Mexico, I can drink real cane sugar Coca-Cola …

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Should We Ban Balloons?

By Larraine: For decades, balloons have been ringing in the New Year. Their round and heart shapes are found in many locations. Entertainers and festival organizers display them to draw crowds. Retailers showcase balloons to generate sales. Hospitals use them to offer “get well” wishes — universities to congratulate. Corporate …

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Millions of Contact Lenses Pollute Our Water

By Larraine Roulston: It is common knowledge that when eye glasses need to be replaced, the used pair can be left at the optometrist’s office or deposited at similar participating retail collection boxes for those in need. Disposal awareness unfortunately is not as clear for contact lenses. Eye care specialists …

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Adidas Pledges to Use Only Recycled Plastics

By Larraine Roulston: Great news from Adidas! This year, the global sportswear manufacturer is moving towards eliminating all virgin plastic from its products entering its retail stores, warehouses, distribution centers and offices. The company has  pledged to use only recycled plasticsby 2024. Their commitment will prevent an estimated 40 tons …

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What We Should Learn from France’s Plastic Ban

By Fredrica Syren: When we were in France in July, I noticed how restaurants, ice cream bars and coffee shops offered only paper straws. When I went grocery shopping, I noticed that all produce bags as well as the shopping bags are made from compostable cornstarch. Since 2015, when the …

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How Ocean Plastic Is Contaminating Fish

By Larraine Roulston: We are well aware that the fish we eat have been exposed to all types of toxic chemicals that enter the oceans, lakes, rivers and bays that they inhabit. The chemical mercurywas one of the first and most commonly known pollutants. Scientists warned women of childbearing age …

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