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?
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”
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”
Here’s an interesting fact. In developed Countries, we waste over 1/3 of all our edible food. That’s up to 120kgs of food waste per person, every year. Are we mad? more “Food Waste – What Does It Really Cost”
By Patrick Rogers, Aged 13
Second in our series of school children guest bloggers is Patrick Rogers from All Hallows High School, close to Preston in the United Kingdom. After reading Patrick’s blog you get the impression that he is pretty upset with the disregard humans are showing the Earth. All this littering and polluting is taking its toil! It is great to hear such passion from someone so young and I hope he continues his fight for a better planet in the future!
Please feel free to leave comments below, about Patrick’s blog or some of the solutions you think will help prevent litter from polluting our planet.
By Shannon Murphy (Aged 14)
How many half empty water bottles do you have in your car? Or half full? Are you part of the plastic pollution problem?
As part of our new Upcycle series, One Brown Planet was proud to host the very first DIY rag rug DIY workshop. So, on Sunday the 26th Feb a group of 20 volunteers gathered at the Red Room in Taipei to help make rugs for the local homeless. more “DIY Workshops – Rag Rugs for the Homeless (Session 1)”
When you create a sustainable house for green living, you are creating a house that is healthy, light and inviting. A sustainable house should compliment the environment and utilise the many free gifts available.
Below are some of the best tips and guidelines available, for creating a house that is safer and more sustainable.
We live in confusing times!
Food resources are stretched to the limit and for the ethical consumer, how to make sustainable, healthy and practical choices? There is so much to consider – animal welfare, food waste, human welfare, land erosion, unsustainable practices, deforestation and so on.
How can we make sense of it all? And how can we help?