The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for September 12, 2022

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The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for September 12, 2022

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This week we have three guest posts. The first is by Kylie Martin, freelance content writer who talks about the ways we can incorporate natural ingredients into our morning routine. The second post is by Selina Ho, the Founder and CEO of Recloseted who talks about how to launch a slow fashion brand and how to be a conscious clothing consumer. The third post is by Sofia Voudouroglou, Team Member at TeeMill (the company that makes Happy Eco News logo merchandise), who talks about how their brand is dedicated to reducing textile waste with a circular model. We also have stories about the benefits of planting eelgrass, fighting climate change by supercharging plankton, a rise in bee numbers in the UK, a win against an oil spill, and Virginia’s offshore wind project.

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9 Ways You Can Incorporate Natural Ingredients into Your Morning Routine

Guest Post by: Kylie Martin, Freelance Content Writer

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Most of us can agree that the worldwide price increases because of the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine have gotten out of hand.

Your morning routine skincare should not suffer due to this situation. With just about everything being expensive, it becomes even more difficult to discern quality products that are good for both your skin and the environment.

Apart from value for money issues, there’s also the looming question of how much single-use plastics are prevalent in manufacturing various skincare products. This practice is also concerning as we ought to be conscious of the environmental impact of plastic pollution en masse.

With that in mind, one of the most rapidly expanding developments in the cosmetics industry is incorporating natural ingredients in skin care…[read more].

Does Sustainability Exist? —  Tips on Launching A Slow Fashion Brand and Becoming A Conscious Clothing Consumer

Guest post by: Selina Ho, Founder & CEO of Recloseted

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Let’s talk about sustainability. Does it even exist in the modern world that we live in? I’m going to do a deep dive on this topic and discuss how we can balance the “capitalistic society” we live in and leave enough for future generations.

If I’m being honest, the most sustainable thing to do would be to live in the wild — hunt and forage our food, wear rags/minimal clothing, and not go anywhere except by foot. We would have to live like the Stone Age.

If you have a business, the most sustainable thing to do would be NOT to start a company because every activity has an environmental impact — there’s no getting around that. Even if you incorporate sustainability practices, your business still utilizes materials, electricity, carbon, energy, etc.

However, we live in a modern world and it’s not realistic to completely revert back to the Stone Age. That’s why we believe that the goal of sustainability is to balance our current modern-day lifestyles while leaving enough for future generations…[read more].

Products That Never Enter Landfill? Been There, Done That, Got the T-shirt

Guest Post by: Sofia Voudouroglou, Team Member at TeeMill

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On a small island in the UK, one company has built a solution big enough to tackle the problem of waste in the fashion industry. And the good news – anyone can be a part of it.

Every day, worldwide, 100 billion items of clothing are produced. 99% of those will end up in a landfill. It’s a system that doesn’t make much sense, because in spite of what we call them – trash, waste, rubbish – materials are worth something. Whilst the problem is huge, the solution is simple: take the linear economy we currently have, where we make, use and then waste products, and turn it into a circular one. That way we can take material from the end and use it at the start to make new products, so nothing is wasted.

Re-thinking the economy: linear to circular

Our current economy, supply chains and consumption systems are all geared towards a linear model. Material is turned into a product, which is used and then thrown away…[read more].

Happy Eco News Top 5

  1. The ‘Secret Weapon’ in Fight Against Climate Change — Planting Eelgrass

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Takeaways:

  • A team of researchers in Nova Scotia is working on “reforestation” for the ocean.
  • To do so, the team is planting eelgrass which boosts biodiversity along shorelines by providing shelter for young fish and food for waterfowl.
  • Eelgrass also stores carbon and methane in its root system…[read more].

2. Scientists May Be Able to Fight Global Warming by Supercharging Plankton

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Takeaways:

  • Scientists are looking at finding ways for phytoplankton to bloom to help increase the amount of oxygen in our atmosphere.
  • They propose that since iron is a good way to get phytoplankton to bloom, they could increase its presence by adding iron bits to iron-deficient parts of the ocean.
  • The more phytoplankton, the more carbon dioxide gets sucked up by the ocean…[read more].

3. New Wildflower Havens in South Downs National Park Boost Bee Numbers

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Takeaways:

  • Numerous wildflower corridors have been planted across farms, community fields, and road verges in the UK to create a “road system” for bees.
  • Local Charity Bees Lines have recorded a 72% increase in pollinator species using the site since the arable fields were reverted to the meadow.
  • “Overall species records from the site have increased from 179 to 624 since the project as a whole was completed,” said Peter King, director of Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust…[read more].

4. Victory – Finally – Against the Longest Oil Spill in U.S. History

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Takeaways:

  • Taylor Energy is now liquidating to pay over $400 million in oil spill cleanup costs.
  • An underwater oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico since 2004.
  • Earthjustice and Gulf-based environmental group Healthy Gulf achieved this victory after years of legal tactics by the oil company to stall the cleanup and investigation…[read more].

5. Virginia Offshore Wind Project Could Power 600,000 Homes, Create Over 1,000 Jobs

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Takeaways:

  • Virginia has just announced a 2600 MW offshore wind power installation.
  • This new offshore wind farm will have the capacity to generate enough electricity to power 600 000 homes in the state.
  • This wind farm will also help create over 1000 local jobs and generate $57 million in pay and benefits…[read more].

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