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.
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)”
Single-use coffee pods have become a status symbol around the world. The reality is, that coffee has now become part of the global environmental disaster that is our disposable economy. There are now billions of the sleek aluminium and plastic capsules ending up in landfill every year. There has to be a better way!
Maybe even something that George Clooney would approve of?
Did you ever wonder where your garbage really ends up, or what happens to it?
Unless you are a devotee of Zero Waste lifestyle, then, like me you will find that there is always some trash that needs disposing of.
I live in Taiwan, whose inhabitants are considered to be excellent at recycling. In fact, Taiwan has one of the highest recycling rates in the world. Does this mean they have one of the lowest waste problems in the world? And what happens to all their waste? With my curiosity piqued we decided to make an appointment at the waste incinerator facility in Mu-Zha, Taipei and find out.
There were a lot of questions to ask and we ended up receiving some very surprising answers!
My bet is that you are rich. I mean financially rich, just like me, just like all of us.
How do I know this?
We always seem to be looking for the next great solution for all of our global problems. With bewilderment, we stare at the monumental challenges ahead, trying to comprehend how it is even possible to find a solution for global warming, plastic pollution, mass extinction and all the other great issues of our time. The weight of our responsibility bears down heavily on some of us.
But maybe we have forgotten something important, something so simple yet which could help serve us the most. After all, most of the issues we are dealing with today are relatively new, it hasn’t always been this way. So, what lessons are there to learn from our past?
One Brown Planet recently interviewed several families of varying sizes from around the world about their food shopping habits. We also asked if they would collect all the disposable plastic that they use in a single week and send in a photo.
The results were quite suprising!
The mantra from all governments these days is “recycle, recycle, recycle!” We are told that recycling our household waste will solve all our problems of waste, pollution and over-consumption.
Unfortunately, this is not true. Not even a little bit.
Thanks for checking out this week’s blog for the ladies, concerning sanitary products. OK, so coming from a guy this may sound a little but contentious, but I consulted with my wife and she is happy for me to continue.
As Bruce Lee once told us “Preparation for tomorrow is hard work today.”
And when I talk about doing the hard work today to be ready for tomorrow, I am of course talking about food shopping.
more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 6. Preparation is Key”
Takeaway drinks. If ever there was a poster child for unsustainable choices, I think takeaway drinks would win, hands down. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 5. Takeaway Drinks”
This year, 2016, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 08. more “Earth Overshot Day”
With Christmas on the way (only 3 months to go…), perhaps now is a good time to remind everyone that there is a better way to reward your kids than buying toys that quite often are forgotten about by the end of the holidays. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 4. Toys”
By Paul McNeil
Too many of us make price the bottom line when we buy something new. Too few of us link price to quality or consider the implications of always searching for the cheapest goods. While it is not always viable to buy the most expensive product on the shelf, here are ten good reasons why not to buy the cheapest one either: more “Why Pay More?”
The world’s largest crochet plastic sea turtle began life as an idea a short time after artist Annie Hsiao-Wen Wang had moved to Thailand, witnessing first hand the destruction of marine habitats
through plastic pollution, over-fishing, poor marine management, ocean acidification and the impacts of global warming. more “The World’s Largest Crochet Sea Turtle”
Last year there was a very powerful video posted by the Leatherback Trust of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck up her nostril . This example highlights the very real impact straws are having on wildlife.
more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 2. Straws”
Researchers at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation have found that by 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean (by weight), than fish (Source: The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics). This could be up to an astonishing 900 million tonnes of plastic. more “Do you want plastic with that?”
There is a misconception that mindfulness is some kind of religious Buddhist ceremony or complex meditation technique. In fact, mindfulness is simply about being aware of your actions or condition. more “52 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint – 1. Mindfulness”