How do reusable bags help the environment?

It’s common to hear that reusable bags – the ones you can use many times over, for months or even years– are great for the environment because they replace single use plastic bags. But why is this such a good thing? Why are single use plastic bags a problem? Many global and local problems are …

Reducing our Consumption of Plastics

Turning off the faucet… Plastic production has increased twenty-fold over the last 50 years – Over 300 million tons of plastic is being produced every year. And it’s adding up. Eight million metric tons of that enters the ocean each year. Our dependency on plastics for their convenience and versatility has grown exponentially. And it is projected to grow …

No Place is Safe from Plastic

It seems we are hearing about plastic a lot these days. The environmental impact of disposable bags, the nearly 20 billion pounds of plastic entering our oceans each year, the rising amount of sea life whose lives are endangered from plastic – The list goes on and on. But just how pervasive is this plastic …

Bans, Taxes, and Fees: The Politics of Plastic Bags

It has become common practice around the world to use disposable plastic bags to assist us in our every day lives. Out of mere convenience and utility, the plastic bag has become a go-to resource for in-store purchases, big or small. However, in light of current of research pointing to the environmental impacts of plastic …

Human Expansion Over Last 30 Years

How have the world’s cities grown? The last century has seen unprecedented growth and projections for the future are unfathomable. We are at 7 billion people now and are expected to be at 9 billion people in another 30 years. That’s almost a 30% growth in just 30 years… At the rate our cities are …

Timelapse Reveals Human Impact on Earth

and this is just the last 32 years… Google’s latest Timelapse imagery gives us an unnerving view from above. We all see the headlines and hear the science, but it really hits home when we can fathom the scale of our impact. Over 7 BILLION people require a lot of resources. The overview effect was …

How To Survive The American Xmas (for Minimalists & Environmentalist)

It ain’t easy but it doesn’t have to be miserable… As an environmentalist and minimalist Christmas with the folks can be stressful. The holidays aren’t very sustainable and it’s hard to petition against the waste of gift giving without coming off as a Grinch. How do you explain to grandma you don’t want any gifts this …