Staycations, of course, refer to vacations taken in and around your city—or in and around your own house. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people weary of canceled flights, pricey resorts, and highway traffic jams opted to unplug from their devices and plan a week doing everything they’d always wanted to do at home, or happily doing nothing at all.
The upsides abound. You’ll spend little to no time in transit, leaving you more time to enjoy the activities you love most. And you’ll save money—depending on how simple or luxurious you want to skew your time off. You can incorporate family or create an individual experience. Either way, you’ll reap many of the benefits of a traditional vacation and return to your regular life with renewed energy and a sense of well-being.
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In a world where the use of plastic straws is a social crime, why is nobody talking about disposable nappies?
Before we jump in and compare reusable nappies vs disposable, let’s calculate how many nappies an average baby gets through. Babies are typically in nappies for their first 2-3 years, where at first, they’ll go through an average of 12 nappies per day. As they get older this number will diminish to 4 – 6 per day. Therefore, if we take 8 nappies per day as a mean average, that equates to 2,920 nappies per year or 7300 nappies in 2.5 years!
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Changed Wedding Plans? It Might Not Be a Bad Thing
Like many things in 2020, wedding plans have been turned upside down. While this can be a very emotional and frustrating reality to face, there are some silver linings. On average, weddings cost $33,900 (2019) and couples being forced to change their plans now have the opportunity to reevaluate their priorities and where they want their hard-earned savings to go.
In the visual below you’ll see some typical wedding costs pinned against other financial alternatives, just to put wedding spending into perspective. For example, the average cost for a wedding planner is $1,500 which is comparable to the median mortgage payment of $1,566 (depending on cost and your mortgage rate of course). Aside from the cost-savings, downsizing and changing elements of your wedding can greatly reduce the environmental impact of your nuptials.
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It’s no secret that sunscreen is important to staying safe under the sun! Unfortunately, the sunscreen that protects us often means “danger” for our friends in the sea.
The National Park Service says 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen is found annually in reef areas. High-traffic areas that host activities like snorkeling and diving are home to higher concentrations of sunscreen than less visited areas. You might be wondering, “Why does this matter?”
Many popular sunscreen ingredients like oxybenzone are known to bleach and kill coral reefs. In addition to harming reefs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that sunscreen chemicals cause reproduction, growth and immune system complications for sea wildlife.
Bans on sunscreen with harmful ingredients are already in place in a few areas. However, these ingredients are still present in many popular brands. Unfortunately, grabbing “reef safe” labeled sunscreen doesn’t solve the problem either, as the use of the term “reef safe” isn’t regulated. Instead, you’ll need to know the difference between safe and harmful ingredients yourself.
Below, we dive into well-known toxic sunscreen ingredients and give tips for picking reef-friendly sunscreen.
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