How to Disinfect & Reuse a Surgical Mask, N95 or FFP Respirators [Visuals]

In some countries it’s now obligatory to use face masks as soon as you’re out of your home, in some it is only mandatory to wear them indoors or where you can’t keep social distance. We prefer the washable cloth masks (we even made our own) to prevent more pollution and extend the life of fabrics we had like old pajamas and shirts, but due to the lack of a significant decrease of infections, it is now obligatory to wear only surgical or FFP masks (which are single use) in some places.

With protective gear still in high demand, buying disposable face masks can be difficult, expensive, and can exacerbate shortages for medical personnel. For that reason, we want to share some visuals from organizations and education institutes who indicate how to disinfect and extend the life of these masks safely.

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Beauty & Hygiene Plastic-Free Swaps [Visual]

Maybe eliminating single-use plastic entirely feels daunting, but by shopping mindfully, you can make a difference without sacrificing your creature comforts.

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The Coronavirus Impact on the Environment [Infographic]

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds across the globe, threatening lives and upending the world economy, it’s also had a profound impact on the environment.

Scientists first noticed a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in China, where the pandemic began. This trend followed the pandemic’s spread across the world.

Meanwhile, viral social media posts started to pop up about wildlife sightings in urban areas, claiming “nature just hit the reset button on us.”

Less reported has been the dramatic rise in medical waste and packaging from online shopping.

In this post, we’ll look at the full environmental impact of the COVID-19 crisis to date and what lessons we can take from this tragedy to fight climate change in the future.

Look at the data on the infographic below:

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The Problem with Consumerism [Videos]

In 2009, South Korea did something remarkable. The country poured 2% of its GDP, some $38.1 billion, into environmental projects, hoping to create one million green jobs over the next  five years. The goal was to spur growth in a slumping economy while simultaneously creating a low carbon society. In one sense, the plan worked. South Korea’s economic system did eventually recover, but in a more important sense, the plan failed. From 2009 to 2014, Korea’s emissions rose 11.8%. So, despite massive investments in clean energy, railway expansion, and energy efficiency, South Korea’s emissions still climbed.

So what happened? Why didn’t South Korea’s green growth strategy work? The video below (by Our Changing Climate) will answer that question and more in order to understand one of the insidious spectres that haunts the green energy revolution: consumption.

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Sustainable Benefits and Drawbacks to Remote Work

In 2020, remote work went from an occasional perk to a way of life around the globe. While working from home (WFH) has often been touted as a sustainable way to work, as more and more people have engaged in it, it’s shown that, like everything else, it has its sustainability pros and cons.

Here are a few of the biggest considerations when it comes to the eco-friendly nature (or lack thereof) of remote work.

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