5 Environmental Benefits of Backyard Chickens
It’s hard not to be aware of your environmental impact these days. But it can also feel hard to effectively limit it without leaving society entirely and taking to the trees. While there’s no need to do anything that drastic, partially opting out of industrial agribusiness by keeping a flock of chickens is a relatively accessible option for many people who want to reduce their environmental impact.
Earth Action: Become a Sustainable Fashion Influencer
Earth911 is honoring the 52 years of Earth Day with 52 Actions for the Earth. Each week through Earth Day 2023, we will share an action you can take to invest in the Earth and make your own life more sustainable. The environmental impact of the global textile and fashion industry is so big that EarthDay.org has made sustainable fashion one of its major campaigns. This week, you can use social media to take action for the Earth by becoming a fashion influencer.
Earth Action: Pare Your Plastic Use
Earth911 is honoring the 52 years of Earth Day with 52 Actions for the Earth. Each week through Earth Day 2023, we will share an action you can take to invest in the Earth and make your own life more sustainable. Plastic is a tremendously useful material, but the drawbacks are too big to ignore. From greenhouse gases to litter and microplastic pollution, plastic causes a lot of harm. This week, you can take action for the Earth by paring down your own plastic use.
How To Forage And Use Stinging Nettles
If you are out gardening, hiking or foraging in meadows in early spring, you might learn (the hard way) that stinging nettles are a very common weed there. But despite the fiery pain nettles can cause when you touch them, most people are so grateful to find them!
Good, Better, Best: Cutting Carbon From Your Workout
If you work out, you are not alone. The 32-billion-dollar U.S. fitness industry includes over 40,000 health and fitness clubs and about 40% of Americans currently have a gym membership. While it’s wonderful news that so many people prioritize their health, our workouts often contribute to carbon emissions. Traveling to a gym by car or other vehicle and exercising there often comes with a hefty carbon footprint.
Tips for Recycling Computers, Phones, & Other E-waste Successfully
It happens to all of us, when the computer, smartphone, or another electronic device no longer meets our needs. Making your electronics last as long as possible is the most effective way to lower the carbon footprint of your digital life. If you can’t repair or upgrade it, repurpose it, sell it, trade it in, or even give it away — it’s time to consider your e-waste recycling options.
Shopping for Plant-Based Leather – Earth911
Whether it’s the cool factor of a stylish leather jacket, or the practicality of a good hiking boot, giving up leather can be a bigger challenge than switching to a vegetarian diet. Some brands are making sustainability stylish, but finding a durable, functional replacement for leather products is still a challenge. Plant-based leathers show real promise, but most of them remain in development. We have done the searching for you. We found a few brands that have broken out of the testing phase to offer plant-based leather products.
PET Plastic Recycling Made Progress That You Can Help Accelerate
After five years of crisis, from China’s declaration that it would not accept contaminated U.S. recyclables to the three-year disruption of normal life caused by the pandemic, recycling is showing signs of life. Investments in new facilities and recycling technology are producing results and the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) reported in December that #1 (PET) plastic recycling rates in the U.S. increased by 5.53% in 2021.
How to Use Search Engines to Help the People and the Planet
We’ve heard of life hacks. How about a hack for making a difference? Make one small tweak to something you do every day — searching the internet — and you can help protect the earth’s ecosystems and provide assistance to those in need. All you have to do is use a different search engine.