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Walk the "Plalk" - Picking Litter while Walking a.k.a. Plalking

Plalking (no coincidence, it rhymes with walking!) is a light-intensity version of Sweden’s recent fitness craze, Plogging, named by combining the word jogging and the Swedish term "plocka upp" (translation: "pick up"). Ploggers stop to collect litter throughout during their runs. In this way they are cleaning up the environment as they exercise. Following its first official U.S. event in Denver, Sweden-basedorganization Plogga has been encouraging individuals to start their own groups locally. Whether it’s picking up cigarette butts or food wrappers, regular plalking groups are making a real difference in reducing the trash in their communities and making way for greener, cleaner spaces that can be enjoyed by all. Either way you go about it – plogging or plalking...

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Eco Fashion - Fashionistas for a Better Planet

We’re facing a major fashion emergency – and that’s no exaggeration, in the eco-sense. The global fashion industry is big business, worth $2.5 trillion, and its operations requires a staggering amount of water. As an example, 2,700 liters of water go into the production of a single cotton t-shirt, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). One in six people worldwide works in a job related to fashion, an industry known, in too many instances, for unsafe conditions and exploitative practices. When doing your best to ensure that your best looks are planet-friendly as well, you’ll want to shop consciously, checking fabrications and production practices to determine whether they align with your ecological values. This is the philosophy...

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Living the Eco Life in Hollywood - Top Stars who Love the Planet as much as You Do

Hey there eco-warrior, we salute you for the everyday choices you make to contribute to a healthier planet for us all. In no particular order, here’s our list of 15 celebs who are using their star power to “walk the walk” as environmental advocates. We can certainly get behind their efforts!   Hayden Panettiere Hayden Panettiere is the spokesperson for the Whaleman Foundation, dedicated to protecting dolphins, whales and oceans. Olivia Wilde Wilde co-founded Conscious Commerce, a creative agency and incubator that guides conscious living and connects non-profit foundations to sustainable business models. James Cameron The legendary filmmaker has adopted a plant-based diet and even grows his own vegetables using animal by-product free compost. Alanis Morissette Morissette is the narrator...

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How You Can Save Money by Living the Eco Life

Can you save money by going green? Yes! Here are 10 easy and realistic steps to get you on your way, today! 1. Buy eco-friendly products Consider the environmental impact of every day items like the plastic drinking straw. When you’re ready to take the simple step of investing in a reusable straw that lasts, looks good and saves the environment you’ll discover that products like Karunaki Bamboo Straws are a no-brainer. These straws are not only cool and durable – they are so affordable, you’ll save money in the long run. 2. Use raw ingredients When you buy and use bulk food ingredients, rather than processed foods you’ll avoid the environmentally un-friendly packaging that comes along with single-purpose processed goods...

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Falafel Friday or Veggie TacoTuesday? How Eating Less Meat Can Actually Save the Environment One Day at a Time

Photo Cred: Pop Sugar, "The Veggie Burger Taco" There's no denying the growing trend of plant-based eating. More than ever, people are considering the health benefits of eating less meat and responding to the climate-damaging effects of the meat industry. Whether you decide to cut meat out of your diet altogether or you’re looking for easy steps to eating less of it, there is much to be gained by elevating veggies from the side dish to the main dish. SUSTAINABILITYWith advances in environmental science, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh drives an industry linked to most categories of environmental destruction including poor air quality (more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation!), deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity,...

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