By Samantha Dunn | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: July 9, 2019 at 10:06 am | UPDATED: July 9, 2019 at 10:06 am Sometime in May news broke of how a deep-sea explorer named Victor Vescovo had set a record for plumbing the Earth’s deepest known point, the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. There Vescovo laid eyes on five things he never expected to see: four previously unknown species. And one plastic bag. A plastic bag that has traveled more than 6 miles down to the lowest point of the ocean floor. I keep thinking about that bag. How long ago did it work its way into the water? I wonder, was it from Ralphs? I ask because I remember using a plastic Ralphs grocery bag to throw away my ex-husband’s socks (long story, I won’t bore you), back in the mid-’90s when we did things like that. I’m talking about using “disposable” plastic bags without a thought, not marrying inappropriate men. (Although we did that, too. Or … [Read more...] about Editor’s Note: I’m trying not to be so plastic
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I love Earth Day — around these parts, I celebrate it as Earth Week! Don’t miss some of my previous content, including eight ways to live and travel plastic free, a guide to carbon offsets for travelers, and my full roster of responsible travel content. What’s better than a brighter smile? One that’s as good for the planet as possible! As I’ve progressed in my sustainability journey, there was a point where I looked around my bathroom sink and reflected on how taking care of your teeth can produce a lot of waste. I’d already gone green with my hair care routine — using solid shampoo and solid conditioner, a reef safe leave-in conditioner when diving, and letting my hair dry naturally 99% of the time — and so my dental care seemed like a natural next step. Plastic toothbrushes, plastic tubes of chemical-loaded toothpaste and plastic bottles of harsh mouthwash, plastic floss and plastic tongue sweepers. Eek! Plastic takes hundreds … [Read more...] about Celebrating Earth Week! Going Green with Bamboo Toothbrushes, Plastic-Free Toothpaste Bites and Beyond • Alex in Wanderland
All holidays arguably fit one of two moulds: those that feed the soul, or those that gratify the senses. From worthy tours of cultural ruins to week-long benders on the costas, they are extensions of ourselves. Both are enormously enjoyable, but does either have any real benefit for the wider world, beyond expanding either our minds or our waistlines? Certainly, the travel industry keeps a great many people in work. But in the age of mass tourism, there is a more corrosive side to it. From the very real issue of CO2 emissions – from planes and other modes of transport, hotel heating, air conditioning, food production and waste – to the more recent hot button of “overtourism”, holidays are loaded with moral concerns. It is easy to dismiss the residents of Barcelona or Palma, overrun by hordes of visitors, as ungrateful recipients of a booming tourism economy, but at least they prompt the question anew: is travel sustainable? Tui, Britain’s largest tour … [Read more...] about Can ‘the new Canaries’ of Cape Verde win the fight against overtourism?
If you decided to stop throwing away the items that come into your life, what would your life look like? Life might become … delicious. Take zero waster Erin Pavlica’s example. When a friend recently gave the St. Paul mom some extra milk — too much even for her family of six to drink quickly enough — Pavlica got creative. “I’m making rice pudding,” she said from her kitchen on a recent winter day. This is the joy that comes from living lightly: bowls full of kheer — Indian rice pudding — for the whole family. It’s not just joy, though, but concern that prompt Pavlica and others like her to live as close to “zero” as possible when it comes to waste of any kind — to first refuse and re-use and reduce; and then, if those choices aren’t possible, to recycle and to rot (compost). Why? “We can’t just keep doing what we are doing to the planet,” Pavlica says. “It scares me, because I … [Read more...] about Living the zero waste life begins with trashing how we deal with garbage
The world's first plastic-free flight took to the skies just after Christmas, operated by a Portuguese airline that says it can "no longer ignore" the impact the single-use material has on the environment. Hi Fly, a company that wet leases aircraft in Portugal and Malta, replaced plastic cutlery and containers with bamboo and compostable alternatives crafted from recycled material. The flight took passengers from the carrier's headquarters in Lisbon to Brazil on an Airbus A340 on Boxing Day and is the first of three more test flights to follow, all carrying a total of 700 travellers. The aim, according to Hi Fly president Paulo Mirpuri, is to adopt a plastic-free policy on all its flights by the end of 2019. "We know from the feedback we have received from client airlines and passengers, that it’s the right thing for the airline to be doing," Mirpuri said. "These test flights will prevent around 350kg of single-use, virtually indestructible plastics from poisoning our … [Read more...] about The world’s first plastic-free flight is here