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Why Recycling Is So Important

By Larraine Roulston: Utilizing timber, plastic, steel, aluminum and glass, as well as expensive metals that are found in electronic equipment, come at a cost to the earth and should be reused as many times as possible. As our planet’s resources are limited, recycling has become one of the many environmental efforts that we …

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Why Cotton Swabs Should Be Something of the Past

By Fredrica Syren: It’s a sad fact that humans already have added more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic to the ocean. For lots of people, though, it’s hard to connect how our daily habits might be adding to this huge amount of plastic. Ok, so we already have heard …

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Seven Months and Lots of Changes—What’s Happening at the EPA?

By Fredrica Syren: It’s been a little over seven months since Scott Pruitt became the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and under his leadership the EPA  has seen lots of changes. Scott Pruitt spent six years as the Oklahoma’s attorney general, suing the very same agency he now …

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How Air Pollution Effects Our Bodies

By Fredrica Syren: Air pollution is one of the worst environmental health-related crises we face today. Breathing is something most of us take for granted but unfortunately, with every breath we take, we also inhale lots of pollution. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report released at the end of …

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Plastic-Free July Challenge

By Fredrica Syren a.k.a. Green Mom: You might have seen on Facebook or Instagram that I have joined the Plastic-Free July challenge. I know 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 …

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Scrubbing Polluted Soil with Industrial Hemp

By Kim Robson: Cleaning up toxic chemicals and heavy metals from soil is generally an onerous, expensive and time-consuming task involving chemical and mechanical processes. In my tiny mountain community of Julian, there’s long been an empty lot growing weeds on the corner of a busy intersection. Surely some developer …

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Reduce Plastic—Fleece a Major Plastic Pollutant

By Fredrica Syren: I love fleece, and used to favor clothes and blankets made with it. Fleece is great: it’s light; it’s warm; it’s cheap; and it’s a great material for staying warm in the middle of a cold winter. So, what is the problem with fleece? The sad truth …

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U.S. Honey Business Facing Pesticide Issues   

By Larraine Roulston: The pesticide glyphosate, developed by Monsanto, is being sprayed on U.S. agricultural lands. This pesticide, recently classified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test foods. The FDA aims to establish and validate testing methodology for …

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