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17 2014 December
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Why Making the Switch to Reusable Will Make Your Life Better

Though it can be really easy to buy a big case of Poland Spring plastic water bottles to stick under your bed, bottled water is honestly more harmful than you might think. Using your own reusable bottle is much more sustainable, cheaper and even healthier. If you haven’t already stopped buying plastic bottles, here’s why you...

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08 2014 December
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Dickinson Students Get Creative with Plastic Waste Video

Students at Dickinson College have the right idea when it comes to how harmful plastic bottles can be to the environment. That’s why Environmental Studies students Natalie Cassidy and  Amanda Brangwynne took it upon themselves to educate the students on their campus by producing a public service announcement on the matter. We love how this video  paints...

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03 2014 December
By Hannah Ellsbury
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8 Most Common Types of Garbage Found in the Ocean

We’ve all heard of the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating in the North Pacific Ocean. About 80% of the debris in the garbage patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia. A majority of the most commonly found pieces of garbage floating in our oceans include items that we use on a daily basis...

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18 2014 November
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Concert Industry Becoming Proactive on Banning the Bottle!

At the end of the Woodstock movie, the camera pans over the empty grounds of Max Yasgur’s farm and reveals an enormous sea of garbage that seems to stretch for miles. The live-music industry has advanced in countless ways in the 45 years since that scene was shot, but little has been done to reduce...

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10 2014 November
By Hannah Ellsbury
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California ballot measures

75% of Berkeley Voted “Yes” to Soda Tax

Berkeley has become the first city in the country to pass a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in an effort to combat childhood obesity and diabetes, according to Josh Daniels, co-chair of the Yes on D campaign. As the polls closed Tuesday night, an energetic crowd, many of whom wore black t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Berkeley...

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20 2014 October
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Pharmaceutical Bottles Banned in India

The Union health ministry has banned the use of plastic bottle containers in pharmaceutical industry. According to the recent notification by the health ministry, no manufacturer shall use the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or plastic containers in liquid oral formulations for primary packaging of drug formulations for paediatric use, geriatric use and for use in pregnant...

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13 2014 October
By Hannah Ellsbury
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A Book That Can Purify Contaminated Drink Water

A paper that purifies drinking water, you say? Chemist Theresa Dankovich, Ph.D., invented the paper filters, and in collaboration with WATERisLIFE, hopes to distribute them to their primary sites in Ghana, Kenya, India, and Haiti. The paper reduces 99.9% of water’s bacteria count, using microscopic silver particles that kill diseases like cholera, E. coli, and typhoid coat each page...

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07 2014 October
By Hannah Ellsbury
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CA drought

Water Refill Stations Help Students Stay Hydrated During San Diego Drought

As last week’s high-pressure system pushed San Diego County into record high temperatures, residents were advised to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Yet liquid resources are running low in California: The entire state is experiencing an unprecedented drought. Though the heat will eventually break, the drought will continue to persist. According to the...

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