It’s ‘impossible’ to ignore the world of alternative proteins

May 23, 2019 by  
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With this month’s landmark initial public offering of alt-protein company Beyond Meat, it’s worth sinking your teeth into the disruptive market.

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Energy equity: bringing solar power to low-income communities

May 23, 2019 by  
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From New York to California, states are adopting “community solar” programs that bring solar power and lower energy bills to low-income households.

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The Kind Lab creates greener toothpaste that doesn’t come in a tube

September 4, 2018 by  
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A tube of toothpaste is not the easiest thing to recycle . But what if you didn’t have to worry about recycling the tubes at all? The Kind Lab, a company based out of Los Angeles , has officially launched a zero-waste toothpaste that doesn’t come in a plastic tube. The company calls its product Bite Toothpaste Bits, and it could revolutionize the way we brush our teeth. The Kind Lab, a company started by Lindsay McCormick, makes the toothpaste tablets out of natural ingredients by hand. These plant-based components have been tested in clinical trials and performed well in both cleaning and protecting teeth. The company does not include fluoride in its toothpaste, making it safe for children to use, too. Bite Toothpaste Bits are molded into tablets and packed in a small jar. When you’re ready to brush your teeth, you simply pop a tablet in your mouth, wet your toothbrush and start brushing. The tablet dissolves into a paste as you brush and completely eliminates the need for the traditional toothpaste tube. The company has decided to go with a subscription-based approach for the Bite Toothpaste Bits, which means you can sign up for regular refills of toothpaste. The tablets currently come in two different flavors: mint and mint charcoal. The bottle is reused every month, and the refill tablets arrive in 100 percent biodegradable cellulose, which also cuts down on waste . The bits are ideal to bring along while traveling. Following a demonstration video that went viral, The Kind Lab has received so much attention that new orders can take three to six weeks to ship. Overall, the wait can be worthwhile, as Bite is an innovative solution to a growing problem of recycling old toothpaste tubes. It is estimated that people discard around 1 billion tubes of toothpaste every year, but these toothpaste tablets offer a zero-waste alternative. + Bite Via Core77 Images via Lindsay McCormick

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Drone operators disturbing wildlife incur fines and jail time in Scotland

September 4, 2018 by  
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The number of cases in Scotland involving drone interference with animals on nature reserves has increased, causing police and wildlife experts to become “increasingly concerned” for the welfare of the protected animals. While nature reserve managers and wildlife specialists are encouraging outsiders to watch and enjoy the environment and animals in the sanctuaries, mounting numbers of injuries caused to the creatures by drones are leading Scottish lawmakers to impose fines on or even arrest individuals caught disturbing the peace. Drones are being flown inconsiderately according to Andy Turner, wildlife crime officer with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). “There have been several incidents involving drones disturbing seals at designated haul-out sites,” he said. Seals that have protective considerations during breeding season are having their pups crushed in these haul-out zones, where they tend to flee when scared into the water by drones. Related: Daan Roosegaarde reveals vision for air-purifying Smog Free Drones “Likewise, there have been anecdotal reports of drones being used to film seabird colonies and raptors,” Turner continued. “While the footage from drones in these circumstances can be very spectacular, the operator must be mindful of the effect on wildlife.” The interference with some birds , such as guillemots and razorbills, has “almost catastrophic” implications according to nature reserve coordinators RSPB Scotland . Drones that fly in too quickly cause birds to panic and dive headfirst into the cliffs or plummet into the sea. Ian Thompson, Head of Investigations at RSPB Scotland, had a message for wildlife observers. “Watch the animals. You will get a sign if you are causing them any stress, you’ll see from their behavior,” he warned. “You might see birds take flight or suddenly lift their heads and run off or walk off. If the birds start altering their behavior, that shows that you are disturbing them, and then it is time to move a drone away.” Fines for harassing wildlife in the nature reserves can cost disrespectful droners up to £5,000 (about $6,425 USD). Alternately, severe infractions can earn individuals up to a six-month sentence in a Scottish penitentiary. Officers of the U.K. National Wildlife Crime Unit are taking the disturbances very seriously, regardless of the perpetrator. “Irrespective of whether the offender is an egg collector, boat skipper or drone operator, the possible sentences are the same,” said PC Charlie Everitt of the crime unit. “It is therefore essential that drone operators understand the law, research the legal status and behavior of any wildlife they intend to film and obtain the necessary licences to keep on the right side of the law.” Via BBC Image via Joe Hayhurst

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How sustainability leaders deal with bullies

August 29, 2016 by  
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Part Two of a three-part series. Read Part One here.I cut my teeth on sustainability pressure in the late 1980s, when McDonald’s for the first time was attacked and vilified — at the time, over packaging and waste.

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Easy Tips for Natural Oral Care

September 29, 2015 by  
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One of the first things your parents teach you as a child is how to properly care for your teeth, mouth, and gums. Sure, regular brushing and flossing is critical to how clean and bright your teeth are, but did you know there’s actually a lot more…

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Tiny village kills thousands of dolphins for their teeth in the Solomon Islands

May 6, 2015 by  
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Between 1976 and 2013, a small village in the Solomon Islands killed 15,400 dolphins —for their teeth. Prized for use as jewelry, currency and even as bride price, the teeth fetched about $0.70 apiece in 2013, according to a report published in the journal Royal Society Open Science . Researchers from the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium, Solomon Island’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute traveled to Fanalei in 2013 to investigate reports that the practice of driving and killing dolphins for their teeth had resurfaced despite an arrangement whereby Earth Island Institute would give the villagers cash in return for sparing the dolphins’ lives. In 2013 alone, this one village killed 1,600 dolphins, according to the report. The authors warn that the increasing commercial value of teeth, also used as currency, is likely to accelerate dolphin killing in the future. Via Aquila-Style Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , dolphin teeth , dolphins , Fanalei , killing dolphins , News , Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute , Royal Society Open Science , Solomon Island’s Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources , Solomon Islands , South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

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Slimy Seaweed Bacteria Works Better than Toothpaste to Keep Your Teeth Pearly White

July 5, 2012 by  
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Seaweed photo from Shutterstock Most people enjoy minty fresh toothpaste – but would you ever consider starting your day with a mouthful of seaweed ? In a new study scientists at Newcastle University have found that certain types of marine bacteria found in seaweed can polish up your pearly whites and remove plaque in places that regular toothpaste simply cannot reach. Read the rest of Slimy Seaweed Bacteria Works Better than Toothpaste to Keep Your Teeth Pearly White Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bacillus licheniformis , eco design , green design , newcastle university , Seaweed , sustainable design , tooth decay

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World’s Oldest Purse Uncovered—And It’s Studded With Dog Teeth!

June 30, 2012 by  
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German archaeologists have uncovered the world’s oldest purse, and to our surprise, canine teeth were the rhinestones of the past!  The teeth were discovered in a surface coal mine not far from  Leipzig , next to the body of a woman buried between 2,500 and 2,200 B.C. Apparently, dog teeth were a common embellishment in the Stone Age and were also used to make necklaces and hair ornaments. Click ahead to check out the style of the past. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaeology , dog teeth , eco friendly bags , eco-fashion , eco-friendly handbags , eco-friendly purses , Ethical Fashion , fashion artifacts , germany , green fashion , sustainable bags , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable handbags , sustainable purses , sustainable style , teeth

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New Study Links Regular Dental X-Rays To Cancer

April 14, 2012 by  
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If you’ve been to the dentist’s office recently, chances are good that your dentist asked to take X-rays of your teeth. Dental radiographs have become very common because they show hidden cavities and other dental problems that dentists wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. But they might not be as safe as previously thought. A new study published in the US journal Cancer reveals that people who report having a yearly dental X-rays are 1.4 times to 1.9 times as likely as a other people to develop a meningioma brain tumor. As a patient, your best recourse is to keep your teeth healthy by brushing and flossing to help avoid unnecessary treatments, including extra X-rays. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brain tumor , cancer , dental hygiene , Dental X-Ray , dentist , Health , meningioma , radiation , radiographs , radiography , x-rays

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