Nurdles, the colloquial term for “pre-production plastic pellets” can be made of polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride and other plastics.
“The sinking of the X-Press Pearl – and spill of chemical products and plastic pellets into the seas of Sri Lanka – caused untold damage to marine life and destroyed local livelihoods,” says Hemantha Withanage, director of the Centre for Environmental Justice in Sri Lanka.
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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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In the world of business, sustainability is an important factor. The dictionary meaning states that sustainability is the quality of being able to continue over a long period of time. This could stand for a whole host of elements, as the meaning will vary depending on the industry.
The importance of sustainability is deep-rooted in fashion, regarding the lifespan and quality of the clothes and the effect the production process has on the environment. A fashion brand with a sustainable production line will benefit the planet and its customers.
Now more than ever, customers look for sustainability when shopping, despite the increase of damaging industries such as fast fashion, which are overproducing and polluting. This is because of the many benefits that sustainable shopping offers, including the lack of slave labour, fewer pollutants and of course, the use of organic and renewable materials.
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The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water.
Economic development and a growing global population means agriculture and industry are getting thirstier and water-intensive energy generation is rising to meet demand. Climate change is making water more erratic and contributing to pollution.
As societies balance the demands on water resources, many people’s interests are not being taken into account.
How we value water determines how water is managed and shared. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.
If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource.
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You can do your part in minimizing the environmental impact of the pandemic on our world. From ordering packages to your apartment in minimal packaging to encouraging communal recycling efforts with other renters; small changes can be made that make a big difference. Check out this guide by ApartmentGuide to recycling in the age of COVID-19 below.
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