Is Recycling Plastic a Myth?

According to a new analysis by Greenpeace USA, plastic recycling is a myth.  We know that the numeric carbon footprint of plastic production in itself is incomparable to other materials. Regarding plastic material’s entire lifecycle, they have a significant carbon footprint and emit 3.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Despite knowing this, most people justifyContinue reading “Is Recycling Plastic a Myth?”

The Science Behind Warming Waters

Carbon dioxide generally dissolves in water. This is why the oceans are responsible for  absorbing about 30-50% of the CO2 produced from burning fossil fuels. Cold water is better at dissolving and absorbing gasses like CO2 compared to warmer water, which is why a large amount of it gets dissolved in the ocean’s chilliest waters.Continue reading “The Science Behind Warming Waters”

What is Tidal Energy?

Tidal energy is a renewable energy powered by the natural rise and fall of ocean tides and currents (National Geographic). Generally, these energy sources are developed in areas where there is a high difference between high and low tide, to maximize the potential energy derived. Though Tidal Energy has not yet developed to be producedContinue reading “What is Tidal Energy?”

How will the Inflation Reduction Act play a role in fighting Climate Change?

On August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, a bill that will invest $369 Billion into climate solutions (EarthJustice). This act will invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, putting us on the road to reducing carbon emissions by roughly 40 percent by 2030 (Senate Democrats). The money set aside forContinue reading “How will the Inflation Reduction Act play a role in fighting Climate Change?”

SCOTUS Limits EPA Powers to Repress Carbon Emissions

EPA Rundown Associations like the EPA have managed to hold our major polluters accountable, ensuring America stays within its limits to reach UN SDGs and comply with COP21. On a specific note, the EPA has kept our air clean through enforcing the Clean Air Act preventing 230,000 early deaths and boosting our economy with theContinue reading “SCOTUS Limits EPA Powers to Repress Carbon Emissions”

Quick Thoughts on Lululemon’s Like New Program

“Like New” is Lululemon’s concept where customers can exchange their gently used pieces in stores for credit and buy previously owned apparel online (CNN). Though trade-ins are not accepted at outlets, they are accepted in all stores in the US.  This idea uses closed-loop recycling, ensuring used clothes do not end up in landfills. Closed-loopContinue reading “Quick Thoughts on Lululemon’s Like New Program”

New Jersey Bans Plastic Bags in Stores

In November of 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the plastic bag ban into law. This barred grocery stores from giving customers single use paper and plastic bags, and placed penalties into effect for those who violate the order. Single-use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold, except by grocery stores equal toContinue reading “New Jersey Bans Plastic Bags in Stores”

How is Deforestation Caused by the Fashion Industry?

When we talk about Fast Fashion’s environmental impact, I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind is the waste pollution associated with the clothing production. However, right beside the climate footprint is the deforestation footprint caused by this industry.  First, it is important to note the importance of forests. They are responsible for lifeContinue reading “How is Deforestation Caused by the Fashion Industry?”

Fashion Industry’s Impact On Biodiversity

We know about the fashion industry’s impacts in relation to climate change, with the abundance of pollution, resource usage, and wasteful creation/disposal tactics. On a more specific note, apparel production plays a huge role in biodiversity disruption, from habitat loss to direct field sports. According to an article by McKinsey, “Apparel supply chains are directlyContinue reading “Fashion Industry’s Impact On Biodiversity”

How is fast fashion culture exaggerating the effects of plastic pollution?

The general picture that comes to mind after hearing “Plastic Pollution” probably consists of plastic bottles and bags clustered together on roads, waterways and neighborhoods. While these everyday plastics do fit the description, plastic pollution does not solely describe garbage visible to the naked eye.  Different industries release different forms of “microplastics”- defined as “fragmentsContinue reading “How is fast fashion culture exaggerating the effects of plastic pollution?”