Is Recycling Eco-Friendly? (& Why the Answer Is “Yes” and “No”)

Is Recycling Eco-Friendly

Cambridge dictionary says anything eco-friendly is “designed to have little or no damaging effect on the environment”. Yet, recycling undoubtedly harms the environment. That’s because recycling is, after all, a manufacturing process that requires mechanical manipulation of materials.  So, to answer the question, “Is recycling eco-friendly?“, we must first ask ourselves, “compared to what?“ Is …

Is Recycling Glass Worth It? (& Which Glass Doesn’t Get Recycled)

Is Recycling Glass Worth It

Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable. And they can be recycled endlessly without losing their quality.  When you recycle glass, you help conserve non-renewable resources, reduce CO2 emissions, and save energy.  Is recycling glass worth it? Yes, absolutely, but with a catch… For glass recycling to make sense, it has to be free from contamination. …

Is Recycling Cardboard Worth It? All The Facts (Easily Explained)

Is Recycling Cardboard Worth It

Processing recycled materials may not be the magic ‘cure-all’ for our environmental woes.  But it is a significant piece of the solution.  80% of products purchased in the US and the EU are packaged in cardboard. The US alone throws away around 1 billion trees in cardboard per year.  Yes. Recycling cardboard is worth it.  …

What Are Sustainable Natural Resources? (Easily Explained)

What Are Sustainable Natural Resources

Natural resources are materials that come from the Earth that we use to meet our needs.  Examples of natural resources include sunlight, air, water, land, minerals, fossil fuels, plant life, and animal life. But what makes a natural resource sustainable?  Just because a resource is natural, doesn’t mean it’s sustainable, does it?  In today’s post, …

Is Biodegradable Glitter Safe for Birds? (+ Eco-Friendly Alternatives)

Is Biodegradable Glitter Safe for Birds

Microplastics, much like glitter, are getting everywhere and they’re impossible to clean.  In 1960 less than 5% of seabirds were ingesting plastic. But by 2015, 90% of seabirds were found to have plastic in their stomachs.  If we continue at this rate, virtually every bird will be consuming plastic by 2050.  This horrifying microplastic emergency …

Is Melamine Biodegradable? (+ 5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives)

Is Melamine Biodegradable

Melamine has recently made a popular comeback in tableware. Reusable melamine bowls, plates, and cups are cheap, durable, and they come in a variety of fun colors and funky designs.  But what repercussions does this plastic kitchenware comeback have on the environment and public health?  Should melamine have stayed stuck in the 60s?    What Is …

Is Fair Trade Chocolate Really Fair? (an Honest Look at the Facts)

fair trade cacao bags

Since Fair Trade Certified chocolate usually costs more than non-certified alternatives, you may be wondering whether the additional price is really worth it. Does the Fair Trade Certification actually make a difference? And how is it supposedly better than conventional chocolate? We’ll take a closer look at these and more questions, so that you can …

Why Sustainable Linen Napkins Are Great (+ 14 Ethical Brands)

Why Sustainable Linen Napkins Are Great

Of all the textiles available, why is linen celebrated as the eco-friendliest?  Linen is a natural cloth that comes from the fibers of the flax plant. Flax is a resistant crop that requires few to no pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, or irrigation systems. Give flax a plot of land and a little rainwater, and you’ve got …