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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 Sep 13, 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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