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19 2015 January
By Hannah Ellsbury
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BREAKING: Tsal’alh First Nation Bans Bottled Water!

A First Nation near Lillooet, B.C. has banned the sale of bottled water in an attempt to highlight the need for safe drinking water in indigenous communities. “What we’ve done is we’ve taken a vow to continue to protect our water sources and help raise the issue of how important water resources are,” said the community’s...

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09 2015 January
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Mobile Water Station Saves over 99,000 Single-Use Plastic Bottles

In its first year, Evanston’s Mobile Water Station served 9,300 gallons of tap water while reducing disposable 12-ounce bottle use by 99,000. The Mobile Water Station, a city-owned cart that provided clean tap water at 55 various events in 2014, will continue to operate this year and promote conservation education, said Kristin Rehg (McCormick ’03), the city utilities management analyst. The...

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30 2014 December
By Hannah Ellsbury
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It Surrounds Us, Can You Avoid It?

Plastic has taken over our world. Take a look around you. That water bottle, Starbucks coffee cup, your Walmart lunch bag is all plastic that eventually gets thrown away and becomes plastic waste in our landfills, oceans and event the streets we live on. There are many ways to avoid the high usage of plastic....

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22 2014 December
By Hannah Ellsbury
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U of Hawaii Petitions Towards a Bottled Water Ban

Less than a month after a student group organized its first plastic-free week, its petition to ban single-use plastic water bottles has more than 800 signatures. “We hope to see a strong initiative to ban all single-use plastics in the future, but for now, plastic water bottles is [a] good launching- off point,” Sustainable University...

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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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