Have you ever wondered what impact your meat-eating diet has on the environment?
As the climate crisis continues and we look for more ways to reduce our carbon footprint, rethinking our food choices to be more environmentally friendly is a good place to start.
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There’s no shortage of international days to celebrate throughout the year, and World Toilet Day gives special notice to one of the most underappreciated facilities – the humble toilet.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about World Toilet Day, including how you can give thanks to your commode on this special day…yes, really!
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Halloween – every year on 31st October, kids dress up in their most spooky and ghoulish attire to knock on doors asking for treats, and we adults also love to get involved. There are parties galore and even some rituals among those who dare.
It’s a fang-tastic celebration that derives from the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain, when the veil is at its thinnest and spirits are believed to walk the earth once more. While celebrations have been modernised in recent years, some traditions live on.
However, newer developing traditions are far scarier than any wandering ghosts. With Halloween comes commercial indulgence, which can be more damaging than we might imagine.
Let’s look at how the festivities can have a detrimental environmental impact and find out how to enjoy a zero waste Halloween instead.
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What is peat?
If you’re an avid gardener you’ve no doubt heard of peat, even if only from reading “peat-free” labels. You’ll see it mentioned in some way in every garden centre, and may even have heard its usage debated.
But what is peat? Well, it’s a type of turf that makes up the surface organic layer in soil. It’s mostly made of decomposed organic matter such as decayed vegetation, and can often be found in natural areas known as peatlands as well as moors and bogs.
Peat is formed through waterlogging and lack of oxygen, as well as low nutrients and acidity in the soil. The way peat is formed varies depending on the temperature of the area, and its definition and purpose can mean different things in different places across the world.
When it comes to gardening, there are many benefits of peat, so it has historically been used for mulching and soil improvement. Because the thick mulch easily retains moisture, it has been a popular choice for filling soil beds. Peat also has traces of lime, which improves the pH levels of soil for optimum seed growing.
However, in recent years, there have been debates on whether peat is actually more damaging than initially believed, with many earth-cultivators opting for peat alternatives instead.
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As a society, we’re notorious for just throwing things away without giving them a second thought. Things that can be recycled go into the general waste, and things that can’t somehow always creep into the recycling bin. It can be tricky to understand the various plastic types, and even more so to cut down on plastic usage. That’s when things often end up in the wrong place, with much of it sadly going down our drains.
After decades of pouring things away without giving it a second thought, our sewage systems are beginning to take a toll. Even more worryingly, much of it is ends up in our water sources, harming our health and contributing to ocean pollution.
Take the plunge into murky waters to help clean up the planet when you get involved with Unblocktober 2021.
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Cars are one of the leading causes of pollution in the environment, It’s important that we try to reduce how often we use our cars, and there are various ways to imagine what a world without cars might be like.
Let’s learn more about World Car Free Day, how cars affect the environment, the benefits of car-free zones, and whether “green” cars can help.
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As a society, we consume a lot in any given day. The UK alone spend an average of £97 per week on groceries and a grand £276 a year on non-alcoholic drinks. The problem with this is much of these items go to waste and are often packed or wrapped in plastic. The more we consume, the more our plastic waste increases.
That’s why recycling is now more important than ever before. It’s a great way to turn the things we would usually throw away into new items and avoid waste and improve environmental protection and pollution prevention all over the world.
Recycle Week is back and better than ever this year. If you’re interested in reducing your consumption waste and helping the environment, this annual event is a great opportunity to learn more about the benefits of recycling and how to keep track of what goes where.
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Litter from land sources is frequently washed or blown into the ocean, resulting in a cocktail of chemicals and garbage that harms the environment and is detrimental to life under the surface. The Great British Beach Clean aims to reduce marine pollution and raise awareness of the damaging effects caused by ocean litter.
Learn more about the Great British Beach Clean Up, the effects of beach pollution, and how to participate this year.
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As September rolls around, many students will be leaving home for the first time and get a taste of independence by living in shared housing or university halls. From buying new bedspreads kitchenware essentials to deciding which pictures to put on your walls, there’s a few things to consider before leaving the nest.
One of those things is your carbon footprint, which you’ll now be solely responsible for. It’s critical to be aware of plastic pollution and global warming as you gain independence so you can play a vital part in improving the health of the planet. One way you can help make the world a better place is by living a zero-waste lifestyle.
You may be concerned about the environment, but you are a student with a limited budget. However, there are several ways to live a zero-waste lifestyle without breaking the bank.
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National Allotments Week is an annual event that gives budding gardeners chance to learn more about allotments work and how they can get started.
Let’s take a look at the many benefits of allotment gardening so you can grab your spade and get stuck in.
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