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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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Wasted—What Happens to Our Garbage in the Landfill?

ByFredrica Syren: We’re drowning in waste! Yes, you read that right. The fact is that, all over the world, we create more than 3.5 million tons of trash… every day! And, sadly, that number is growing. And it is 10 times greater than it was 10 years ago. I think …

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Plastic –Free July—Nix Plastic Toothbrushes

By Fredrica Syren: It’s amazing how significantly the items we use every single day impact our environmental. Take toothbrushes, for example. Each year, 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced, and most likely they are packaged in plastic. You probably will use a toothbrush for only a month or so until …

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Plastic-Free July — Reducing our Reliance on Plastic

By Larraine Roulston: July has been declared “Plastic-Free Month.”Since the invention of plastic, we have been provided with many of its conveniences. During this decade, however, we have come to recognize its harmful consequences and are now striving to reduce the amount we use. Biodegradable plastics do not degrade, and …

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Plastic Free July–Chewing on Plastic?

By Fredrica Syren: My 11-year-olds  friends are chewing gum and, since I bought her a sugar-free type, I didn’t see a problem with it. It made me remember my own experience with Hubba Bubba, Big Bubbles, No Troubles☺ Everything was fine until I learned that gum might contain plastic. Ewwwwww. …

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