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What’s in the Green New Deal?

By Kim Robson: Much hay is being made about a proposed set of economic stimulus initiatives put forth by freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA). Dubbed the “Green New Deal,” its programs would address climate change, renewable energy, resource efficiency and economic inequality. Naturally, it’s very …

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Testing an Easy Solution for Capturing Microfibers

By Larraine Roulston:  Will a new filter now being tested on washing machines solve the problem of plastic microfibers entering our drinking water?  We have begun addressing the accumulation of plastic microbeads in the oceans.Now, another development has emerged. Last year, David Sweetnam, executive director of Georgian Bay Forever, revealed …

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Fight to Keep Mercury and Toxic Air Standards

By Fredrica Syren: It’s a new year and new fights for a healthy planet, beginning with a major one, are on the horizon. The U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s (EPA) acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, has announced that the EPA will start to relax the rules for mercury and air toxins standards. …

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The Need to Save Our Oceans Is Now

By Fredrica Syren: Every other breath we take comes from the Ocean’s breath — from the oxygen produced by its phytoplankton and its rich marine plant life. Oceans cover 71% of our planet and today humans are harming the oceans far more than we realized.  There are multiple factors harming our …

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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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About Waste Management: What We Should Learn from Sweden

By Fredrica Syren: Sweden has had strict standards limiting emissions from waste since the 1980s. Most emissions have fallen by between 90 and 99 percent since then, thanks to ongoing technical development and better waste sorting. So How does Sweden do this? Compared to the U.S., Sweden is a very …

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Plastic-Free July Challenge

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a. Green Mom: Here we go again, Plastic-Free July challenge is on!!! Although  it might seem as though it would not be much of a challenge for me, who constantly nags about plastic, but the truth is that I’m not by any means perfect. And avoiding plastic …

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Eco-Friendly Fashion—Denim Jeans

By Fredrica Syren: Traditionally, the fashion industry ranks third among major industries contributing to pollution, and is second in water use. Making one pair of stonewashed jeans requires 500 gallons of water. On top of this, cotton is being used as one of its major raw materials, and cotton production relies …

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Plastics Manufacturers Have Known About Plastic Harm Since 1970

By Fredrica Syren: Let’s be honest about plastic. And I mean inconveniently honest. Plastic is found in everything these days: food, hygiene products, phones, computers, cars, even gum. Here is the harsh truth: plastic never goes away and most of it — like grocery bags, micro beads, straws and bottles …

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