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Why you should kick the plastic straw habit

Instead of using a plastic straw (which could potentially end up in the ocean), opt for a paper one instead. (Photo: Rich Carey/Aba/Shutterstock) The worst thing about plastic straws is that most of the time, they’re not a choice. Like…

Woman collects 2.4 tons of trash on Nova Scotia beaches in 1 year

A little more than a year ago, Karen Jenner was at a nearby beach on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia when she started picking up escape hatches from lobster traps. These are small rectangular pieces of plastic that…

Danish island embraces trash-free lifestyle

Bornholm is a small Danish island in the southern part of the Baltic Sea. At only 227 square miles (588 square kilometers), the island is home to about 40,000 people and welcomes around 600,000 visitors each year. The island is…

Going green when it's your time to go

Burial and cremation are the most common ways we dispose of the dead, but while these methods are steeped in tradition, they’re far from environmentally friendly. Embalming bodies requires cancer-causing chemicals like formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and phenol — in fact, in…

'Gruesome Grannies' and 10-year-olds shut down London for the Extinction Rebellion

A lot of British baby boomers got a lift this weekend as the police cleared Waterloo Bridge of the Extinction Rebellion supporters who occupied four important sites for the last week. It was all a very polite rebellion, mostly non-violent,…

Instead of throwing away food, this Indiana school is sending it home with students

Cultivate rescues food from many local organizations around the area. (Photo: Cultivate) A new pilot program at an Indiana elementary school is taking food that normally would’ve gone to waste and turning it into meals for students in need. On…

5 tips for sustainable shopping beyond the grocery store

Shopping isn’t as carefree at it used to be for me, and it has nothing to do with money. I’m trying to curb the number of things I bring into my home, partly because I’m attracted to minimalism (even if…

Take a shower strike for clean water

Well Aware’s founder, Sarah Evans, didn’t just wake up one day and decide to start an international water nonprofit. Well Aware — which, to date, has transformed the lives of more than a quarter-million people across 61 communities in Kenya…

Desire paths: The unsanctioned shortcuts crisscrossing public spaces

Whatever you call (or aren’t sure to call) them, chances are you’ve contributed to more than a few informal shortcuts that veer off the prescribed concrete path. Desire paths — or desire lines, as they’re more formally known in urban…