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Hilton Hotel Giving its Used Soaps a Second Life
Hilton Hotel Giving its Used Soaps a Second Life

By Emmanuel Dean on Jun 28, 2019

Hilton has announced that they will be collecting the used bar soaps from their guest rooms across all its hotels to recycle them into new soap bars. The new recycling endeavour will create 1 million new bars of soaps by Global Handwashing Day on Octonber 15th.

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10 Vegetables And Herbs You Can Easily Grow In Your Apartment
10 Vegetables And Herbs You Can Easily Grow In Your Apartment

By Emmanuel Dean on Jun 14, 2019

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to add colour to your household, save money on grocery shopping, and most importantly reduce the amount of environmental pollutants. Growing your own food helps reduce the amount of fossil fuels burnt as a direct result of imported foods from commercial farmers. It also reduces pollution caused by food packaging, pesticides, and fertilizers. However, not everybody has the space to grow a full garden of their own, so here below are a few plant suggestions that are perfect for growing indoors.

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Thai Supermarket Swaps Plastic Packaging For Eco-Friendly Banana Leaves
Thai Supermarket Swaps Plastic Packaging For Eco-Friendly Banana Leaves

By Emmanuel Dean on May 24, 2019

The Rimping supermarket in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, inspires a new method of eco-friendly packaging for supermarkets. Going against typical plastic packaging, Rimping supermarket was spotted bundling their vegetables such as spring onions, broccoli, lettuce, and cucumbers, in banana leaves.

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Is Silicone Plastic?
Is Silicone Plastic?

By Emmanuel Dean on May 10, 2019

Regardless of how much green marketing claims that silicone is not a plastic, silicone is still considered a plastic by the plastic industry.

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Coca-Cola Produces 200,000 Plastic Bottles A Minute
Coca-Cola Produces 200,000 Plastic Bottles A Minute

By Emmanuel Dean on Apr 26, 2019

As reports call on global companies to end the secrecy over their carbon footprint, Coca-Cola admits it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year.

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6 Eco-Friendly Tips For Spring Cleaning
6 Eco-Friendly Tips For Spring Cleaning

By Emmanuel Dean on Apr 12, 2019

With spring season at full force, make sure you're prepared to do some spring cleaning without harming the environment!

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Balloons: Is It Worth The Damage?
Balloons: Is It Worth The Damage?

By Emmanuel Dean on Mar 29, 2019

In the journal published in Scientific Reports, PhD student Lauren Roman found that although hard plastics are the majority of debris consumed by seabirds, it has a lower chance of killing them compared to soft plastics such as balloons.

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Alipay Gamifies Plastic-Free Shopping
Alipay Gamifies Plastic-Free Shopping

By Emmanuel Dean on Mar 29, 2019

According to Weibo, Alibaba's Hema supermarket stores will no longer be providing free plastic bags at the checkout (Feb. 28). From February 28th onwards, 21 grams of "green energy" points will be given to shoppers every time they decide not to buy plastic bags. The "green energy" points will then accumulate in their Alipay users' Ant Forest carbon account. As part of Hema and Alipay's larger campaign, they aim to use the reward system to motivate people to adopt a greener lifestyle.

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Common Climate Change Myths
Common Climate Change Myths

By Emmanuel Dean on Mar 08, 2019

In its basic sense, the statement is true. The earth's climate has changed dramatically over the years, from sweltering hot weather to the ice ages. The Earth naturally goes through cycles of warming and cooling, but the difference is, these changes occurred over hundreds and thousands of years, whereas our climate has changed rapidly within the 100 years. The climate changes in recent years are entirely out of sync with previous climate cycles.

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Solar Windows: The Future of Skyscrapers
Solar Windows: The Future of Skyscrapers

By Emmanuel Dean on Feb 28, 2019

Everybody is aware of solar panels applied on rooftops; however, scientists have recently come up with a more efficient luminescent solar concentration (LSC) that can replace conventional glass windows. Similar to solar panels, the “solar windows” can turn sunlight into electricity while still maintaining transparency. The advantage of solar windows is that not only does it provide more surface space for energy collection on buildings, but it does not require additional fields of land either.

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Australia Says No to Coal
Australia Says No to Coal

By Emmanuel Dean on Feb 22, 2019

An Australian court has rejected a coal mine application for the first time because of climate change.

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Mussels Lose Strength When Exposed to Microplastics!
Mussels Lose Strength When Exposed to Microplastics!

By Emmanuel Dean on Jan 18, 2019

Research done at the Portaferry Marine Laboratory in Northern Ireland reported that blue mussels lose their grip when they are exposed to micro-plastics, the latest example of the damage plastic pollution can have on marine life. In a controlled experiment, the blue mussels were exposed to non-biodegradable micro-plastics for 52 days. As a result, the mussels, on average, lost about 50% of their power to adhere themselves on surfaces.

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