Category: Social Issues

Flakes That Turn to rPet

rPET: Sustainable Fashion’s Problem Child

What is rPET? In fashion, rPET (or recycled polyethylene terephthalate) typically means single-use plastic bottles, old fishing nets, and industrial waste turned into recycled polyester. We’re all familiar with polyester, because it’s everywhere. It’s the most widely used fabric in the world, accounting for 52% of all fiber production in 2020 (double …

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Mother and Son Walking through Desert

The Ejidos of Mexico Fighting for Environmental Justice

Environmental Injustices and issues have left BIPOC communities vulnerable and at-risk worldwide. In Mexico, a small community of indigenous people occupies communal lands called “ejido,” where they have legal rights but not land ownership. Indigenous ejido ancestry predates Spanish colonization in the 1500s, where their land rights stem from Aztec heritage. But, ownership of these …

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View From a Porch Cabin

“I am a Taker”

I have the problem I imagine that you have. I consume more than my fair share. I consume because it’s convenient—think, heating our large house in town;

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Two hand cupping running water

Water Security – what it is and why is important

Water is something that we use daily therefore it can be overlooked when discussing climate related security issues. The lack of access to fresh water supplies in some countries and the threat of water shortages in others is a security challenge that needs to be discussed. We often forget that water is …

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Mother and Child

Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

Climate Change is a Feminist Issue After the Covid Pandemic, the climate crisis feels like the most pressing issue of the 21st Century. This is because both these events are so significant, and it feels like they should impact us all equally. But the fact is that they don’t. Covid had a more …

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Bright Laundry Room

Simple Ideas for an Eco-Friendly Laundry Routine

Depending on how you do your laundry, a single load can result in anywhere from .6 to 3.3 kg of carbon. If you take into consideration that the average American family does about 300 loads of laundry per year, that’s anywhere from 180 to 990 kg of CO2 emissions per family per year …

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Model In Colorful Clothing and Jelly Shoes

5 Ways to Donate to Reduce Waste and Ensure Reuse

I still cannot believe it’s been over a year (pre-pandemic times, oh my!) since I volunteered with sorting items to be processed and priced at Goodwill. One by one, I went through clothing donations, inspecting their condition and evaluating each piece, making the call on what could be sold in-store. Although this experience sometimes feels …

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