Plastic to avoid in everyday items [Visual]

Flushed items like wet wipes, cotton buds and dental floss can take more than 500 years to biodegrade in the ocean

  • New 2019 research shows that UK residents are flushing more condoms, tampons, cotton buds and wet wipes than in 2018
  • According to MCSUK, 8.5% of items flushed will end up on the UK’s beaches
  • UKDN creates quiz so that people can find out how long it would take for the items they flush to biodegrade in the ocean

According to Ocean Conservancy, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic goes into the ocean every single year, and 8.5% of that comes from the items we flush down the toilet.

In 2018 wastewater and drainage company – UDKN Waterflow (LG) – conducted a survey to see exactly how often the items found in sewers, and those washed up on the UK’s beaches, are flushed.

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Composting at Home [Visual]

There’s a reason seasoned gardeners refer to compost as black gold. Rich and dark, this earth-like substance composed of decayed organic material is a powerhouse of nutrients. When incorporated into the soil, plants are healthier, flowers bloom brighter, and pests don’t stand a chance.

The best part? Compost can be made at home from ingredients you were planning to throw away, which means it’s not only good for the garden but environmentally responsible as well.

Composting at home is neither complicated nor expensive, and all it takes to start is just a few materials and the right combination of organic matter.

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Make your Coffee Shop more Sustainable

Humans like their small luxuries. Coffee consumption has been an inseparable part of civilization for half a millennium at the very least, and “coffee culture” has a special place of its own in the modern age.

Contrary to popular belief, coffee does not actually stand right behind oil as the most traded commodity on the planet, but the question of the coffee industry’s sustainability isn’t any less critical. It’s an especially important concern if you’re a coffee shop owner trying to go green.

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Flower blooms by Season [Visual]

Fresh flowers can make any space come to life. While buying flowers can be expensive, purchasing fresh, seasonal blooms can save you money and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Local flower stores can purchase in-season blooms from local farms and greenhouses, rather than having to ship out of season flowers in. This makes it both more cost effective and healthier for the environment to buy in season flowers.

While spring and summer are the most popular blooming seasons, there are beautiful bulbs in every season available to consumers. In addition, there are also plenty of year-round blooms that are always available.

Zola created this seasonal blooming guide to showcase all of the seasonal blooms for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Bookmark this page so you always know what’s in season, so you can make more eco-friendly flower choices next time you purchase fresh blooms.

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The anatomy of a Green Home [Infographic]

We’re constantly thinking of new and creative ways to save money, from clothing swaps to no-spend days to making your coffee instead of buying it. Often times, coming up with inventive ways to save money takes time and effort, and often leaves us feeling like we’re missing out — but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Making eco-friendly changes, whether big or small, to your home can have a huge impact on both the planet and your wallet. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, making your home greener can save anywhere from $723–$1182 annually. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or simply spruce up your home, there are opportunities in every room to make more sustainable choices.

If you’ve never looked into eco-friendly home improvements, you may not even know where to start. The animation below outlines the anatomy of a green home and gives 24 suggestions on how to go green and save green.

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