Sunscreen and SPF

The Do’s and Don’ts of Sunscreen: How to Stay Protected and Reduce Your Environmental Impact at the Same Time

After our blog on the impact of extreme heat and how it affects our companions on planet Earth, I thought it would be a good idea to write about sunscreen. After all, it can be a useful tool for people looking to avoid dangerous exposure to UV. What I didn’t expect is just how much of a rabbit hole researching …

Compost Pile

Clearing Up Compostable and Biodegradable Confusion: Look for BPI Certification

Before we get started, let’s avoid some confusion by explaining the following key terms. Once you understand the difference between them, you’ll have a much easier time learning about the topic in this blog. BPI certification: While BPI stands for Biodegradable Products Institute, BPI certification ensures the materials in the certified product are compostable.  Biodegradable: A product or material that …

Colorful Animal mural

Our Companions on Planet Earth

September 2021 seemed filled with news on the impact of global warming on the planet’s creatures.Our changing climate changes the size of our fishCNN’s program Champions for Change spotlights leaders making a positive impact in an underserved community. Journalist Kate Bolduan chose Seafood Watch, a guide for consumers “to change purchasing habits to more ocean-friendly choices” and to urge “businesses, …

Girl Smiling in High School

International Zero Waste Week: How Tennessee Community Leaders Worked Together to Inform and Inspire Students

International Zero Waste Week originated in the United Kingdom in 2008 to aid organizations in reducing waste being sent to landfills. It is acknowledged annually during the first full week of September. In recognition of International Zero Waste Week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, or TDEC, recognizes Zero Waste Day every October 27th. They held the inaugural Zero …

City of Shanghai covered in a thick haze of pollution

Pollution, Waste, and COVID-19: The Good, the Bad, and our Future

Beginning of our new normal: COVID-19 The World Health Organization, or WHO, declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Everyone remembers where they were that day. I know I do. Sports stopped. Social events were canceled. People scrambled for toilet paper and food without knowing when this pandemic would end.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …

Factory smokestack pollution in nature

Landmark Warning About the Future of the Planet: The August 2021 IPCC Climate Report

The planet is growing warmer every single year. For decades, we’ve experienced drastic weather pattern shifts, severe flooding in Germany, severe wildfires in California, and deadly hurricanes in Louisiana and Texas. Our planet is in trouble. And we need to help it. The IPCC Climate ReportWhy did the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, cause so much alarm with …