Plastics in bottled water

You’ve likely read about the enormous areas in the Pacific Ocean that are like floating islands of trash larger than the size of Spain. Much of that trash is composed of plastic bottles.  To compound the problem, we’re now finding that within these plastic water bottles are articles of plastic that we consume with the water.  Some suggestions follow the article.

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 Plastic particles found in bottled water

 

David Shukman, Science editor,

BBC News

 

Tests on major brands of bottled water have found that

nearly all of them contained tiny particles of plastic.Keep reading

A Breath of Fresh Air

Air quality is one of the most overlooked aspects of sustainable living. Unless the air in which we live stinks, is thick with smog or smoke, causes us to cough or sneeze or to have watery eyes, we assume it’s OK.

Not necessarily so.

We all have immune systems that are designed to protect our health. And if we overtax our system in one way or another, our body responds in a number of ways … rashes, coughing, shortness of breath, headaches, etc.… Keep reading

Pesticide Alternative

Here’s practical new research – or “re-discovery,” as it probably goes back to ancient times – that everyone can use in their own garden to reduce the costs of buying pesticides as well as increase yields and improve the health of your garden … and the food you’ll be eating.

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These Farms Are Testing A Low-Tech Pesticide Alternative: Flowers

 

 To make sure more beneficial bugs come to their fields

to feed on pests, farmers are planting their homes in the

middle of their fields.

Keep reading

Leafy Greens

As a famous being once said, and sang, “It’s not easy being green.” However, here’s a new research report describing specific benefits connected with leafy greens.

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Leafy Greens

 

Ben Coxworth  –  New Atlas/Rush University

Health & Wellbeing

December 22nd, 2017

 

A daily salad might be a good idea for people wishing to stave off dementia

According to a new study conducted by Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, just one serving of leafy green vegetables per day could help preserve memory and thinking skills as we get older.… Keep reading

GROWING CLEAN WATER

If you Google “Sustainability,” or even “Net Zero Sustainability,” the majority of the information that surfaces relates to energy – electrical power. Yet the biggest issue we face on the physical side of sustainability is food. And food production consumes the vast majority of our fresh water. Here are excerpts from a small book that provides a perspective and some processes for ensuring that we have an adequate supply of fresh water. The book provides examples of applications at different scales … a small community, an office with 5,000 employees, and a single family home.Keep reading