I like to travel. It has probably been my most enjoyable pastime. Ever since I can remember, I was always wanting to escape from my house or school and explore the world. I started small of course, exploring the woods at the back of my house, building tree houses and pretending to be an adventurer. Gradually, as the wanderlust continued to grow, my trips become more adventurous and moved farther afield.
If you have been paying attention to the news lately, you may have noticed lots of talk about Plastic Straw bans. But what’s the point? I mean straws represent less than 0.1% of all the plastic waste we throw away. How can a ban possibly have any effect? more “Is A Plastic Straw Ban Really So Important?”
Ask anyone, they will tell you, I am sure, they are not responsible for the plastic pollution. “But I always dispose of my waste properly! I always recycle when possible!”, you will hear them say. But, if no-one is responsible, how does so much end up in the rivers and the ocean?
“Wet wipes don’t flush and make up 93% of matter causing UK sewer blockages”.
Not only that but they contain rash causing chemicals and are unsustainable. Stop trashing the planet and baby’s bum and make your very own Baby Wipes. #20 on our list of 52 ways to reduce your eco-footprint are these natural, chemical free and easy to make Baby Wipes. more “DIY Baby Wipes – 52 Ways to Reduce Your Eco Footprint #20”
The minimum daily salary mandated by the Thailand government increased this year to THB330 (US$10) a day.
Could you live on $10 a day?
In many Countries around the world, 13th May is Mother Day. Our guest writer this week, Gus Stewart from GardenAble, shares some great recipes and activities for your vegetarian (or any) Mom! more “Time to Celebrate with a Vegetarian Mother Days”
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart” – Elizabeth Andrew
Come join us for this year’s 2018 National Cleanup Day in Taiwan – Sunday 20th May more “The Taiwan National Cleanup Day – 20th May 2018”
Did you know that Australian’s generate 360kgs of food waste every year? This is 8x more than the average Chinese person. The Chinese, however, throw away 61 million tonnes a year! Some incredible facts and figures from this year’s World’s Food Waste Winners! more “Food Waste Around the World”
Every once in a while you come across a project so inspiring, you cannot help but be moved by it. Although this article is about zero waste, it is really a story about empowering women and respecting the struggles they endure everyday. more “Zero Waste – Empowering Women”
Here is an incredible effort of some young people in the US. They shared their story with me in the hope of reaching more people to join their global effort to reduce the usage of plastic straws. Have a quick read and learn all about it. Then join them 😊 more “One Less Plastic Straw Campaign”
It seemed to start very slowly at first. Hardly anyone seemed to notice. But then, something changed.
Has the fight against plastic pollution now begun in earnest? more “Beginning Of The Revolution? – Fight Against Plastic Pollution”
In his second article from The News Lens, Nate Maynard, explores further the devastating human costs of Taiwan’s fossil fuel subsidies. A story that is played out across the world. more “The Devastating Human Costs of Taiwan’s Fossil Fuel Subsidies”
Taiwan’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced a new round of policies, including a plastic bag ban, aimed at restricting free shopping bags which took effect starting January 1, 2018.
Most of us are probably unaware of the dangers of Asbestos and in particular safe Asbestos Waste Reduction. Did you know that Asbestos is still regularly found in many homes over 30 years old? Virgil Anderson, who now suffers from asbestos cancer, has written extensively about this issue and writes about what we can do if we come across asbestos at home or work.
Recently on One Brown Planet, we uncovered a vast but largely ignored environmental issue, the disposable of sanitary products. Almost 500 million pads are discarded into landfill every month! This week our guest writer, Jackie Bolen, pits disposables against reusables to see which one really does provide the best product for women.
A good friend of mine, Nate Maynard, based in Taiwan, recently wrote an article for The News Lens. In it, he discusses the implications of a Government trying to make the switch to renewable energy. A Government that on the one hand recognises global warming and all the health-related implications that go with it and on the other hand, heavily subsidies the fossil fuel industries which leads to some of the lowest energy prices in the world. This excellent article emphasises some of the struggles Governments face within their organisations with outdated and ineffective policies, cronyism and outright corruption.
If only there was a way to keep fruits and vegetables fresh…… more “Plastic Wrapped – The Fight Against Ourselves”
It was Sunday, the 22nd October 2017 and beach cleaning day! A chance to give back to our environment and also to catch up with some good friends. No-one could have imagined what was about to happen next. And it was only after we arrived at Jinshan beach did we learn the truth about plastic. more “After the Storm – The Inconvenient Truth About Plastic Pollution”