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How to Influence Others to Be Eco-Friendly

Here are some ways that you can influence others to be more eco-friendly so more people are protecting our environment rather than destroying it. Be the Example Lead by example. When people see you living an eco-friendly life by using reusable bags, going to the bulk store, avoiding plastic, and heading to the farmers market, they might be inspired to do the same. Preaching about being eco-friendly and not doing it yourself doesn’t help the situation at all. When friends or family members come over to your house, they will see how easy and normal it has become to adopt certain eco-friendly daily activities and tasks.You don’t need to lecture and judge others in their own homes. However, showing them...

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Straw Alternatives to Use

Who Really Needs Plastic Drinking Straws? Humans like straws. Proof of this goes back 5,000 years when ancient Sumerians shared beverages with drinking tubes made of stones and metals. In 1888, a patent on paper straws kicked off innovation that led to the mass production of plastic straws in the 1960s. But do we really need straws? For some people, such as those with autism, tremors, and physical limitations, the answer is yes. Hospitals were a large supporter of the flexible plastic straw design that emerged in the 1930s, which made it easier for patients to drink liquids. For those who can say “no” to straws, the solution sounds simple, but there are some nuances. Jessica Kooiman, sustainability blogger at Impact...

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8 great food parts that most people throw away

From chickpea water and pickle juice to pineapple cores and whey, a lot of great food in unceremoniously dumped. So let's say you have a can or home-cooked pot of chickpeas – what do you do when you're ready to use them? You drain them, right? Well ... STOP RIGHT THERE! (Pardon my volume.) That bean-drenched water is liquid gold that most of us just dump it right out. And it's just one of the many wonderful ingredients that many people don't recognize as valid. Reducing food waste is one of the greatest ways for people to help reverse climate change, and at the same time save money, feed more people, and help preserve threatened ecosystems. Most people likely don't want to...

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Your 2020 Sustainability Goals

As of the writing of this article, the year 2020 is a mere 160 days away. Can you believe that? 160 days! For the sustainability community, 2020 is a particularly important date: 2020 Sustainability Goals have become highly fashionable; unless you have been living under a rock, you are familiar with phrases such as “20 percent reduction [insert carbon, energy, waste, water, etc] by 2020.” According to the website Pivot Goals, within the Fortune 250* there are 330 energy, climate or greenhouse gas (GHG) goals with 2020 as the target date. I can attest firsthand to helping dozens of non-Fortune 250 companies create 2020 goals. A quick Google search showed over 15 million search results for the term “2020 Sustainability Goal.” In my role at WAP...

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Hiking : the best sport for a healthy lifestyle

Summer has arrived and it’s time to escape the city and go hiking in the forest to enjoy the beautiful colors of the trees. But more than that, hiking should be a way to refocus on what’s important, in other words, you & nature. It should be a way to forget about your doubts and interrogations at least for a few hours. When was the last time you stopped doing what you were doing and took the time to close your eyes, breath and enjoy the moment? You can do it wherever you want, getting to work, cooking for the kids or eating at home. But the most important thing is to stop and take the time. With so many...

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