I'm a grad student in Biological Oceanography who loves science and the environment and is sick to death about how they are being presented to the world. Yes, there are a lot of problems with this world, and yes, scientists have identified a lot of these problems, but they have also identified a lot of solutions. Hopefully this blog can be a place where you can come and find some solutions and helpful links and some simple ways to change your habits. Bit by bit, we can change things for the better.
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The second I saw a Keurig five years ago, I was concerned about the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic the K-Cups were causing. The fact that the machine forces boiling hot water through plastic, releasing some of those unpleasant chemicals straight into your coffee also terrified me. But this article raises all kinds of uncomfortable other points, most importantly about the water tank in a Keurig. Convenience almost always comes at a steep price.
Note: I trust almost all of the sources in this article, but I normally don’t link to blogs that aren’t extremely well-cited. However, PubMed.gov and the Keurig website are legitimate sources. But as always, double check what you are reading on the internet.
Photo by Qiameng/Flickr Your toothbrush bristles may not be the only plastic you put in your mouth this morning — what you probably assume are flavor crystals in your toothpaste may actually be plastic microbeads. Procter & Gamble, the maker of Crest, has just pledged to eliminate microbeads from its toothpastes by March 2016, according to a statement released to ABC15 in Phoenix. The toothpaste controversy started when Trish Walvaren, a dental hygienist in Phoenix, began blogging about the blue specks she was finding embedded in patients’ gums on a near-daily basis. She compared the plastic bits, made of polyethylene, to popcorn hulls stuck in the small channels where the gums meet the teeth, called sulci. “The thing about a sulcus is that it’s vulnerable,” Walvaren wrote.
Lets go Seventh Generation.
Saturday is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Find a beach cleanup in your area and join the worldwide cleanup! Together we can help limit what gets into our oceans.
Do yourself a favor and buy this amazing new book about our psychological relationship to water. Rooted in real science and a compelling read. Then jump into your nearest body of water and just enjoy it.
It exists! Eco-friendly bubble wrap! Would love it to be 100% recycle, but got to start somewhere. Thanks U-Line!
Haven’t posted in weeks because I’ve been out at sea doing oceanographic research. It’s nice to be back on land, but I miss the sea breeze and the amazing animals we saw every day!
Conserve water by gardening with native and drought-resistant plants. We’ll get through this drought together California.
Some of the coolest upcycling I have ever seen. Helping the city I love the most.
Residents of low-income housing appear to get a boost in health from living in “green” buildings that are built with eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features, according to a Harvard Sch…
One more reason to love green building. Also, this study was led by one of my favorite people I’ve ever researched with. Thanks for helping keep us healthy Meryl!