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Practical ideas for Plastic-Free July [Visuals]

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

Below are some tips to find out how you can reduce plastic waste. Anyone can get involved and start out small, or really challenge yourself! Get inspired with these ideas:

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EWG’s Guide to Avoiding PFAS Chemicals [Visual]

PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES, KNOWN AS PFAS CHEMICALS, constitute a multi-billion dollar family of chemicals that are widely used to make water-, grease- and stain-repellent coatings. They’re also used in a vast array of consumer goods and industrial applications. These chemicals are notoriously persistent in the environment and the human body, and some have been linked to serious health effects.

Because PFAS chemicals are so widely used and contaminate the environment in so many ways—including through product degradation and pollution discharges—scientists and regulators have had difficulty tracing the exact routes that PFAS chemicals may take as they find their way into human blood. Their presence in blood is a near-universal phenomenon in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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“The Day the World Stops Shopping” by J.B. Mackinnon [Review]

What would happen if everyone would start to buy less? Would it be the end of the world?

This book is described by the author as a thought experiment that explores what would happen if we did not exactly stop shopping (you could say that the title is a bit of clickbait) but if we would shop significantly less – like 25% less.

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Sustainable Livestock Farming: Types & Benefits

Surely you may have read or heard something about sustainable livestock farming; its most common meaning is applied to the environmental context, where production processes are based on techniques and technologies with the least possible impact for the earth. 

It is a much-discussed topic in our society, because it becomes a criterion for consumers’ choice in animal protein decision-making. 

However, now let’s step back for a moment to understand the different spheres that the concept of sustainability touches. 

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What makes a Home Energy-Efficient? [Visual]

Green buildings are booming and home builders and buyers are paying attention. New homes are built with tight insulation, efficient water features and appliances, and sustainable materials to appeal to eco-conscious buyers. With the growing interest in going green, new home tech is coming out all of the time, so it’s easier than ever to improve your home’s energy efficiency. 

Energy-efficient homes are designed to reduce energy consumption and waste. If the thought of upgrading your home sounds stressful for expensive, know that it absolutely doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 easy changes you can make to get started.

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Sports Nutrition for Vegans [Visual]

Being a vegan and an athlete is not only possible, it has become quite common. The challenge is to make sure you get enough of the essential nutrients that are easier to come by in meat and animal-based foods. Here is how to do it.

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