Do you usually trash your disposable containers and cutlery after a takeout meal? You don’t need to. With a little pre-planning and some innovative options on the market, you can enjoy your meal and opt to eat, share, or reuse the packaging instead! Plastic is an easy-to-use and convenient option, but single-use plasticware adds unnecessarily … Continue Reading ››
The key bases of our agricultural systems—the world’s land, water, and climate—ensure that farmers can feed the world. But these resources are being depleted, even as global demand for agricultural products is expected to mushroom in the coming decades. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicts that demand will be 60 percent … Continue Reading ››
It’s been a part of my life, day in and day out, but once it was out of sight, it was out of mind. I hadn’t really spent any time thinking about it; but now, when I do, my heart races. I’m talking about poop. For the more polite society, I’ll call it “biosolids.” My eyes were … Continue Reading ››
They come in crazy, bendy, and color-changing varieties. And, while many people use them daily, their 20 minutes of convenience have major hidden consequences. I’m talking about drinking straws.
History of StrawsHumans have been using “drinking tubes” for over 7,000 years. Mesopotamians used straws made of reeds or gold to filter beer, and … Continue Reading ››
The waste sector permeates almost every aspect of our society, and its mismanagement can lead to serious problems. Worldwide, we generated 1.3 billion tons of waste in 2012, which accounted for about 5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. This volume is project to rise to 2.2 billion tons by 2025, with most … Continue Reading ››
This story was written by Nancy Averett and produced by FUTUREPERFECT. Ben Kneppers paused as he strolled around a music festival in Santiago, Chile. In front of him was a booth where local kids could repair damaged skateboards, making them ride-able again rather than throwing them away. Kneppers, an environmental consultant originally from … Continue Reading ››
This Thanksgiving, consider joining me in adding our planet to your list of things to be thankful for. Given all that the Earth provides for us (like the tasty food we’re about to enjoy), here are some ways you can make your Thanksgiving holiday more sustainable and give some appreciation back to our planet.
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