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Met Gala to Serve Fully Plant-Based Menu for the First Time

In early 2020, many major U.S. awards shows served only plant-based menus for the first time, with shows primarily citing the climate crisis as the reason behind the decision. And now, one of the biggest nights in fashion is joining the club — the 2021 Met gala will be vegan, serving a sustainable, plant-based menu to all of its fashionable guests.
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Climate Controversy: Meteorologist Cliff Mass Claims Climate Change Doesn't Cause Heat Waves

While there are plenty of climate deniers out there, it’s generally assumed that science professors and meteorologists understand the role of human activity in the climate crisis and related “natural” disasters. However, meteorologist and professor Cliff Mass’ comments on climate change and heat waves, as brought to the public’s attention by The Seattle Times this week, serve as a reminder that not every climate “expert” is on the same page.
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3 DIY Recipes to Make All-Natural Toothpaste at Home

Oral hygiene is not only an important facet of self care — it prevents many health problems down the line including halitosis, gum disease, and tooth decay. The cornerstone of most tooth care regimens is toothpaste, but many of the most common brands are full of complex and unnecessary chemicals that can hurt as much as they help. However, it’s easy enough to make your own toothpaste at home with just a few basic ingredients and these handy DIY instructions.
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This Is How Often You Should Wash Your Reusable Water Bottle

Reusable water bottles have been combatted the rising tide of plastic that's slowly taking over our planet. Many of the most eco-friendly models are made from sustainable materials such as glass or stainless steel, but unfortunately, the fact that they are reusable means that you need to keep them clean if you don’t want to attract swarms of bacteria. But how often should you wash your reusable water bottle?
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These Are the Best Water Filters for Making Your H2O Drinkable

We have bad news: although drinking water is generally better than avoiding it all together (unless it's truly toxic), quite a bit that comes from from public supplies is rife with contaminants. And if that doesn't appeal to you — don’t worry — that’s why there are so many water filtration systems on the market right now. But how can the average person know which are the best water filters and purifiers for drinking?
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The Palm Oil Industry Is Causing Widespread Deforestation — but What Can Be Done?

Palm oil is a valuable and versatile cash crop, grown and harvested far from the Western world. Only recently has the general population become aware of the environmental and socio-economic problems caused by the palm oil industry. As a result, many interested but ill-informed parties are finding themselves wondering how palm oil leads to deforestation, soil degradation, human rights violations, and even extinction.
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Eco-Friendly Weddings: Ways to Keep Your Special Day Sustainable

If you believe in marriage, your wedding is supposedly one of the happiest days of your life, though many don't realize the commemorative ceremony of holy matrimony is often incredibly wasteful, from invitations to catering, and beyond. There are, however, several ways to ensure your wedding is eco-friendly. So if you're vowing to keep things sustainable, here's how to make sure your special day is low-impact.
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Turkey Wildfires: Why the Country Is Burning, and How to Help

These ongoing heatwaves are affecting communities in more ways than one. In addition to decimating crops and causing human suffering worldwide, the heat waves are sparking incessant wildfires in Turkey. Eco-systems are being destroyed, businesses are being demolished, and people are being displaced and killed. And although the fires are currently in the process of being contained, it seems like there could be more in our future, if serious action to curb climate change isn't taken.
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Lagos Is Being Inundated With Incessant Floods, That May Soon Make the City Unlivable

One of the most visible and terrifying side effects of global warming is the incessant flooding — more and more coastal cities like the Nigerian city of Lagos are experiencing the dangerous effects of rising sea levels, which are due to the melting of our planet's polar ice caps. In fact, Lagos is experiencing such severe flooding that experts are saying the continent's most populated city will soon be totally unlivable. Needless to say, residents and communities are absolutely terrified.
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DIY Tips for Making Your Own Composting Toilet

One of the biggest concerns when choosing to live off the grid has to do with the bathroom. Many folks find themselves at a loss for a solution without a dedicated sewer system. Fortunately for them, though, composting toilets exist. Understanding how to make a composting toilet can open up a world of new possibilities in terms of off-the-grid living, while simultaneously allowing you to become that much more eco-friendly.
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7 DIY Craft Ideas For Upcycling Old Shoeboxes

Having a surplus of shoeboxes isn't really unusual, especially if you happen to be a total sneakerhead (guilty!). But unless you’re doing a fourth grade science project, shoeboxes definitely lack a certain degree of usefulness around the house. This perceived lack of utility, however is simply due to a lack of imagination — there are some truly incredible DIY projects that you can do with shoeboxes.
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Alaska Just Sustained Its Strongest Earthquake on Record in Several Decades

Out of the 50 U.S. states, California tends to be the most notorious for earthquakes — but Alaska just sustained its largest on record since 1964. On July 29, 2021, The Last Frontier was unfortunately struck by an 8.2 magnitude earthquake, which resulted in two massive aftershocks. A tsunami warning was also issued to coastal communities along the state's peninsula following the 'quake, and residents were evacuated from their homes.
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Forever Chemicals Are Leaking from Arctic Ice and Affecting Native Species

For several decades now, we've been painfully aware that the Arctic's ice caps are rapidly deteriorating, as a result from global warming. But a new study shows that as the Arctic's ice melts, it's unleashing high concentrations of PFAS or "forever chemicals" into the environment — though the chemicals aren't stored there naturally. So why is this happening, and what does this mean for the planet?
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6 Reasons Why Your Hens Aren't Laying Any Eggs

If your hens have gone from laying eggs to simply laying around, you probably want to know why. The fact is, chickens stop laying for a number of reasons — perhaps it’s an illness, environment, or age. Fear not, though — no matter why your chickens aren’t laying eggs, we can offer some reasonable explanations and provide you with some valuable insight as to how to get things started again.
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The Alkaline Diet: How It Works, If It's Safe, and More

Like Atkins, Keto, and South Beach, the alkaline diet is one of many controversial fad diets. Advocates of the diet claim that by lowering the body’s pH levels, you can lose weight, and stave off arthritis, kidney disease, and even cancer in some cases. Thus far, results have been mixed, but if you want to learn more about how to alkalize your body and discover the principles behind the newest fad diet, read on.
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The Safest and Most Eco-Friendly Ways to Dispose of Cooking Oil

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A Derecho May Be Making Its Way to the Midwest — Here's What That Means

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5 Gender Reveal Alternatives, Because the Archaic Celebration Totally Sucks

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5 Ways to Remember to Drink More Water

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