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What happens on land matters on the sea

Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities. One of the biggest sources is called nonpoint source pollution, which occurs as a result of runoff. Nonpoint source pollution includes many small sources, like septic tanks, cars, trucks, and boats, plus larger sources, such as farms, ranches, and forest areas. Millions of motor vehicle engines drop small amounts of oil each day onto roads and parking lots. Much...

The Problem with Swiffer®

Disposable wipes are expensive and going straight to the landfills! Last year, we spent $800 million on cleaning wipes, which would fill 6,300 semi-trucks that would stretch 48 miles loaded with 58,000 tons of synthetic polymer trash that is not readily biodegradable. Don’t do that! Swiffer® has been around for a couple of years and many people like the convenience that the concept provides. Most people don’t realize...

Where did “Planned Obsolescence” come ...

The term wasn’t  coined when WalMart decided to create a toaster that would  break in 2 years or a lawn mower that would need to be replaced annually just because after you let it sit for the winter, you wouldn’t know exactly what to do to make it start again.  Many are under the false impression that the American industrial designer Brooks Stevens coined the phrase “planned obsolescence”. The phrase...

Triclosan

Miracle or Menace? The debates rages. The question is how can we use Triclosan as an advantage? One factor that continues to get lost in the mix is that the use of germicide in so many of our handsoaps and personal care products is killing ALL bacteria.  When will people realize that there is good bacteria? Where can we find Triclosan? Everywhere.  It is in everything from hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and toothpaste,...