Humans produced approximately 21 million tons of polystyrene products in 2013 (Yang et. al, 2015b). Plastics made from polystyrene are cheap, durable and one time use, as a result plastics end up in landfills (Yang et. al, 2015a). Due to the stable molecular structure and low degradability, plastic products tend to be hard to breakdown(Yang et. al, 2015b). In the environment … [Read more...] about Polystyrene to carbon, mealworms and plastics.
Have you taken the challenge? Plastic Free July is a environmental challenge originating from Australia, but which is available to pledge around the world. The challenge runs the entire month of July, and is simple, “Choose to refuse single-use plastics during July”. Sounds easy, right? Well, in one word; yes. The challenge is easy, but you’re going to want to come prepared. … [Read more...] about Plastic Free July: Take the challenge
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Government made an exciting announcement on June 8th, World Oceans Day, on the finalisation of the official boundaries of the St. Ann’s Bank Marine Protected Area (MPA). This 4,364 km2 MPA is found off the coast of Nova Scotia, and is an important feeding ground for endangered species such as the leatherback sea turtles, and is … [Read more...] about Exciting Announcement for the Creation of a New Marine Protected Area off the Coast of Nova Scotia
World Ocean's day is June 8, and it is Oceans Week in Halifax (if you are in Halifax, check out all the amazing events going on). I thought I would write a short post on 3 easy things you can do to help the oceans. The ocean's health is critical to our survival, and the way we are treating it now is terrible: we treat it like a garbage dump, and we need to stop. … [Read more...] about Happy Belated Oceans Day – 3 ways you can help the oceans
I’m sure you've heard of the horrors of microbeads, and the damage they cause to the environment. They are typically used in beauty/skincare products, and governments around the world are banning them – companies are also being proactive and taking steps to eliminate them from their products. … [Read more...] about Microfibers and What You Can Do