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Chewing Gum Or Chewing Plastic?
Chewing Gum Or Chewing Plastic?

By Emmanuel Dean on Jan 04, 2019

Chewing gum was originally made out of the raw ingredient chicle, but as chewing gum started to gain demand and popularity in the 1950s, manufacturers replaced it with synthetic rubber. Specifically, it contains an oil-based synthetic polymer, the same material used to make car tires and flooring.

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Are Real Christmas Trees More Sustainable?
Are Real Christmas Trees More Sustainable?

By Emmanuel Dean on Dec 21, 2018

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree, but is having one sustainable?

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Five buildings that won't only drop jaws, but also carbon emissions
Five buildings that won't only drop jaws, but also carbon emissions

By Emmanuel Dean on Dec 07, 2018

Green is gorgeous, and it shows. These five marvels of architecture combine beautiful design with innovative sustainable development technologies.

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Hi Fly Becomes the World’s First Single Use Plastic-Free Flight
Hi Fly Becomes the World’s First Single Use Plastic-Free Flight

By Emmanuel Dean on Nov 30, 2018

Every single year, more than 100,000 planes fly across the world each day. In 2017, commercial airlines carried more than four billion passengers. This number is forecasted to double in the next 20 years! Have you ever thought about how many single-use plastic products are used on the plane? Did you know, more than 300 kilos of waste is produced each flight? After we arrive in our destinations, all that waste just gets dumped into landfills and sit there, idly, for generations. Thousands if not millions of plastic cups, trays, and cutleries, just sitting there. Imagine how much plastic waste we could avoid if we said NO to those single-use plastics.

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Zero Waste Town in Japan
Zero Waste Town in Japan

By Emmanuel Dean on Nov 16, 2018

With the large prominence of plastic in nearly every aspect of our society, sometimes it's difficult to imagine how we would function without creating mass waste. However, just because it is not imaginable, doesn't mean it can't happen. Kamikatsu is a small village in Japan that took its commitment to the sustainable living movement and brought it to a whole new level.

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5 Eco-friendly Bathroom Swaps
5 Eco-friendly Bathroom Swaps

By Emmanuel Dean on Nov 09, 2018

When people think about reducing plastic, people often associate it with an inconvenient lifestyle change. Such as: having to bring your bags to the grocery store or bringing your cup to the coffee shop. Although it is true that these actions would help reduce plastic waste, and you definitely should do it when you can, there are also simple changes you can make in your daily life that won't bother your lifestyle AND make the biggest difference in making our Earth a greener place.

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Dangers of the Plastic Toothbrush
Dangers of the Plastic Toothbrush

By Emmanuel Dean on Nov 02, 2018

Before plastic toothbrushes were invented, people cared for their oral hygiene by chewing on aromatic sticks or by constructing a toothbrush using animal bones and swine hair. However, in 1938, the very first nylon brush was created and people have never looked back since.  

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A Plastic Ocean Documentary
A Plastic Ocean Documentary

By Emmanuel Dean on Oct 26, 2018

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean gyre, researchers have discovered more plastic than planktons. A Plastic Ocean is a documentary about the startling amount of plastic waste within our waters. They document the science behind how plastics break up and harm not only the environment but ourselves as well.

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