Since the number of disposables in our lives has increased, the importance of recycling has increased. However, it has also complicated the process. As you may know, only 12% of items that could be recycled, currently make it to the recycling bin. The number of items that actually get recycled is even less, and that’s where this post was supposed to come in.
Graduating was the best thing to ever happen to me. Not because school was over (because I got grad school sooo, it’s not) but because I have never felt that much of a strong sense of accomplishment. For me, my college degree is something that I am so proud of, it makes it into my morning affirmations every day.
Does what you eat impact how much of an environmentalist you are?
Obviously, from the title this post is about my period so if this type of conversation makes you squeamish feel free to exit this blog post! (Or maybe that means you should read this..)
In zero wasteland in zero waste world, there are many people that menstruate within it. And thus, as ask ourselves “How can we have a zero waste period?” Should we be bound to disposing of pads or tampons (and their applicators) each month? Since in this post title I talk about menstrual cups, clearly, the answer is no. But let’s talk about it.
“I just stayed up all night studying for that test..what did you do last night?”- The words of busy culture at it’s finest.
The cosmetic industry has gotten a lot of different publicity recently in the news. There is a higher demand to have cruelty-free and sustainably made makeup. People want products that are good for their health, animals, and the environment.
Lush is a widely popular company that sells anything from body washes to shampoo bars.Their products are favorites among many in the zero-waste community, as they offer ethical handmade products that are minimally packaged. However, it is has been a hot topic that they use parabens in some (but not all) of their products.
The minimalism movement has been gaining traction recently. The Minimalists Netflix Documentary went on the most watched list, and people are realizing they don’t need to have material things in order to be content. But, knowing where to begin decluttering one’s own life and possessions can be daunting. Thankfully, there are many different resources out there, as well as different “games” to get people kick-started on their journey to minimalism.
Having a capsule wardrobe seems like the staple all minimalists have. As a result, when I first began my own minimalist journey, my closet was the first thing I decided to tackle. I began working through my wardrobe at a time when I lived between three homes, and I was moving constantly. Logistically, it just made sense for me to minimize how many things I needed to move from one place to another. I also was working on weight loss, so it was easy to get through some of the clothes that didn’t fit me anymore.
The Zero Waste Movement is going mainstream. The environmental impact of our daily lives is being talked about on major news outlets like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, but what is this movement, and why should you care about it?
Emily Nocito is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University with a degree in Coastal Sciences. Last August at the Millennium Campus Network Conference, Emily’s campaign 10 by 2020 won the ocean global campaign prize.
Emily has had a professional focus on communicating science and global change, giving talks through FameLab– a science communications competition, and also a TedxSBU talk on the importance of Women in STEM titled “Science and Self Discovery“. I had the pleasure of interviewing Emily about her 10 by 2020 campaign and her personal sustainability initiatives.