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The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

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© TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/AFP via Getty Images A person with their lunch in a plastic bag walks in midtown in New York in February 2020. Unlike dance battles and dangerous dares, here's a "challenge" just about anyone can get behind.The Australia-based Plastic Free Foundation is once again recruiting participants to take the Plastic Free July challenge -- that is to go without single-use plastic for one day, one week or the entire month of July."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," the organizers say on their website. "Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?"The initiative, now in its ninth year, is spearheaded by the Australia-based Plastic Free Foundation, which aims to one day rid the world of plastic waste.The annual event aims to provide resources and guides to …

How a file box full of plastic got two Louisiana women arrested for terrorizing

Anne Rolfes and Kate McIntosh, environmental activists with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, turned themselves into the Baton Rouge Police Department Thursday to be booked on counts stemming from a plastic pollution awareness event that took place more than six months ago.Rolfes was booked with terrorizing, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. McIntosh was booked with principal to terrorizing. Each was released Thursday afternoon after posting $5,000 bond.The charge stems from a protest of sorts in which the women left a file box full of plastic pellets, also called nurdles, on the doorstep of Greg Bowser, a lobbyist for the chemical industry. The nurdles were found in Texas bays near a plastic manufacturing facility owned by Formosa Plastics.A police detective called a lawyer representing the pair to alert them that there was a warrant out for their arrest.The women left the file box that triggered the charges at Bowser's Baton Rouge home on Dec. 11. Police officers cont…

Germany bans plastic straws, food containers, and other single-use products

The German executive body voted to ban many single-use plastic products as part of its effort to reduce plastic pollution.The Federal Cabinet's Wednesday decision aligns Germany with goals put in place by the European Union to have each member-state cut back on plastic usage. The vote bans plastic straws, plastic food containers, single-use cutlery, plastic stirring sticks, and polystyrene cups and boxes. The ban does not take effect until July 3, 2021.Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said she hopes that the changes will stop "throwaway culture" in Germany. She noted that 20% of the nation's trash consists of single-use plastic items.The drive to reduce plastic pollution has hit the United States as well. Several major cities have banned the use of plastic straws, food containers, and shopping bags to reduce their plastic consumption. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has also said he supports a nationwide ban on plastic bags.The coronavirus pandemic has…

The Electric Bike: Another Step in Green Transportation

I see that electric bikes are all the rage in Europe. People have been commuting by bike for ages in countries like France and China. A large portion of the Chinese population ride bikes because cars are expensive and with the number of people living in china, the roads are crowded. I read that in Beijing, they passed a law recently to help cut down on air pollution, car license plates ending in low number would be banned from the roads on Mondays. Subsequent numbers would be Tuesday, then Wednesday, etc, etc. So each day there would be only so many cars allowed to be on the road. On those days workers would have to walk or ride bikes. Belgium and Amsterdam also have a lot of bicycle riders.
Bikes are perfect for running errands around town, going to the corner store and going to work if you live close to your job.They can be equipped with a rack for carrying items with a type of modified saddle bag for carrying groceries. If you get tired of peddling, just switch on the motor and rid…

Go Green with Free Trees to Plant

What would the world be like if everyone planted one tree? Now that you have this roaming through your mind you can get free trees to help you go green and even if you don't want to plant these free trees you can give them away for free. These trees are given away so that more people will get involved with going green. Each day more and more trees are cut down and people are trying to get the word out to plant a tree when you destroy one. Even if you aren't the one out there chopping down the trees you can still help the earth by planting one of these free trees.
Arbor Day Foundation

At Arbor Day Foundation they are offering free trees to those who become a member. Once you become a member the free trees will be shipped out and you will gain great access to all of their great offers and tips. There are two choices of free trees to chose from; either a flowering tree or a Colorado Blue Spruce tree. Each membership allows you to receive ten free trees.

Free Trees and Plants

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Earth Day Poem: Plant a Seed

Everyone should plant a seed on Earth Day -
Arbor Day Foundation offers ten small trees free!

Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle - listen to what I say

The ecosystem would agree

How much we take and how little we sow

During a recession, more interest may grow

Agriculture revival

Your survival.

Sources:Arbor Day Foundation

How Green is Your Dentist?

Who doesn't hate going to the dentist? You can now do your part to protect your smile and the planet by choosing a green dentist. The Eco Dentistry Association offers guidelines and certification programs to help dentists and their patients go green.
Standard dental processes produce waste and pollution. According to the Eco Dentistry Association, the dental industry could prevent 1.7 instrument sterilization pouches from entering landfills if they switched to non-toxic, reusable disinfection methods. There are just a few of the traditional dental processes that contribute to the majority of the waste produced in a typical dentist's office. The wasteful practices include disposable items to minimize infection, sterilization technique, mercury waste, conventional x-ray systems and traditional vacuum systems. Changing the approach to the way dentists handle these items can help put their clinic on the green dentistry path.

What is a Green Dentist?

Green dentistry reduces waste a…