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Easy Ecofriendly Resolutions for 2022

Easy Ecofriendly Resolutions for 2022

As the new year approaches, we begin to reflect on the lifestyle we lead and how we want to grow in the new year. With reports of several studies concluding that the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened many people’s interest in creating a better, healthier world, many are transitioning to a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle.  These incremental changes are important developments in helping all of us to take better care of our planet. However, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by all the possible changes one can make from fashion choices to fruit storage. Thus, we’ve put together a list of easy eco-friendly resolutions you, your family, and your community can adopt. We suggest starting with 2-3 resolutions at a time to integrate into your daily life, or perhaps even one is enough for now. However many you choose, remember that each new habit is significant in the collective effort all of us can make to help save our planet from global warming and pollution. 

  1. Carry A Spare Reusable Bag For Shopping: 

As cities increasingly phase out the use of plastic bags or at least impose fees for their use, you may already have a reusable bag for on-the-go store runs. Even if plastic bags have not been banned yet in your locale, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t transition to reusable bags on your own. Avoid having to use or pay for plastic bags whenever you do some shopping on the way home from work or school. Making the effort to always carry a spare tote bag around will ensure that you won’t have to use plastic bags or buy another reusable bag ever again.

  1. Invest In A Reusable Water Bottle:

Plastic bottles and bottle caps rank as the second and fifth most collected plastic trash items respectively in the Ocean Conservancy’s annual September beach cleanups in more than 100 countries. Environmental efforts are focusing on plastic bottles as next in line after banning plastic shopping bags, with several locales around the world already banning them. Plus, you’ll be more hydrated once you start carrying a reusable water bottle with you.

  1. Reduce And Reuse Creatively:

As two of the three Rs we were taught from an early age, they’ve been the less popular companion to “Recycle”. However, before you get to that one, it’s better to reduce and reuse given the amount of energy recycling takes. From saving glass bottles for storage purposes to repurposing cloth, this encourages long-term use of your possessions in contrast with the extreme waste and resource extraction that comes with contemporary fast fashion culture.

  1. Compost, If You Can:

Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants. Not only does it decrease the amount of waste being transferred to landfills, an energy-intensive process, but it repurposes food waste towards healthier soil and plants, critical for a greener future. There are several options for composting at home depending on the climate you live in and the space you have available, and there are valuable resources that can help guide you as you begin your composting journey.

  1. Shop From Eco-Friendly Businesses.

Supporting eco-friendly businesses is a significant adjustment that will reap great environmental benefits; not only does it ensure a more sustainable lifestyle, but it also supports the larger sustainability movement with your wallet. Other benefits include healthier and safe products for you, your home, and your community. Investing in eco-friendly businesses rewards their environmental efforts and lets big corporations know where you stand. They’ve been historically responsible for dumping and pumping toxic chemicals into our air and water supply, with no concern for the detriment of their actions and the increase in global warming; it’s time to show them what your values are as a consumer by saying no to their product offerings. 

  1. Unplug Appliances When Not In Use:

Turning off the lights and devices that aren’t in use have made its way to mainstream consciousness, however, we may need to take it a step further. Surprisingly, “vampire appliances” still consume energy while plugged in, even if turned off or on standby mode. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of the electricity used by home appliances is consumed while they’re turned off. In the U.S. alone, vampire appliances amount to around $3 billion in energy costs per year. As unplugging appliances when not in use would prevent this, it might be easier to use a power strip that you can easily turn on and off with a switch. 

  1. Thrift:

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the world produced more than 17 million tons of textiles in 2018, compared to only around 2 million tons 50 years. That same year, around 13 million tons of discarded clothing and shoes came under the EPA’s management; while 1.6 million tons were able to be recycled, over 9 million tons ended up in the landfill. Furthermore, slipping out of the shop-and-discard cycle of fast fashion is crucial as the water footprint of a cotton t-shirt is 659 gallons and that of a pair of jeans a shocking 2,108 gallons. Once you’ve outworn your clothes and footwear, thrifting is a suitable and fashionable alternative to buying new clothes.

  1. Make Your Social Media More Eco-Friendly:

Educating yourself is crucial to further action. The simple act of populating your social media feeds with eco-friendly content indicates a willingness to learn and change, while ensuring organic and constant reminders of the significance of building a more sustainable lifestyle. 

  1. Spread Awareness:

Once you have educated yourself, you can help save the planet by educating others. From simple oversight, stemming from a lack of environmental education to confusion due to misinformation, many people inadvertently contribute to environmental harm without meaning to. Each share to your Instagram story or to your family’s group chat represents dozens of learning opportunities at a time. 

  1. Donate To Environmentalist Efforts:

If you are able to, financially supporting environmentalist initiatives is an impactful way to contribute to the sustainability movement. As land and water defenders around the world face political prosecution, violence, and sometimes even death, such support makes a difference. Efforts such as Stop Line 3 or coalitions such as Indigenous Environmental Network are worthy initiatives to invest in to help ensure a more sustainable future for generations to come

Further Reading

Alice Carroll, Why Reuse is NOT Recycling”, Scrap Exchange, February 3, 2020.

Ashley Sims, “Climate for Action: Turn It Off”, The EPA Blog, November 25, 2008.

Composting At Home”, Environmental Protection Agency.

Jonathon Engels,  “7 Reasons Why Reusing and Repurposing is Better than Recycling”, One Green Planet, 2018. 

Laura Parker, “The Story of Plastic: How the Plastic Bottle went from Miracle Container to Hated Garbage”, National Geographic, August 23, 2019.

Ngan Le, “The Impact of Fast Fashion on the Environment”, Princeton Student Climate Initiative, July 20, 2020.

Nondurable Goods: Product-Specific Data”, Environmental Protection Agency.

Reducing and Reusing Basics”, Environmental Protection Agency.

Shelia Hu, “Composting 101”, Natural Resources Defense Council, July 20, 2020. 

Susan S. Lang, “‘Vampire’ appliances – they suck electricity even when switched off – cost consumers $3 billion a year, says Cornell energy expert”, Cornell Chronicle, September 17, 2002.

The Hidden Water in Everyday Products Water Calculator by GRACE Communications Foundation, 2017. 

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Holiday Lice

Holiday Lice

There are enough reasons to practice social distancing and sanitary precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic but among them is a not-often-discussed one: holiday lice. 

While commonly associated with children coming back from camp or school, the holidays are another “superspreader” event. Head lice have been around for thousands of years, so while the spread of lice dramatically decreased with the introduction of virtual classes, they still stuck around; unsurprisingly, with the universal return to in-person classes this fall came higher rates of lice transmission. As many people plan to host in-person gatherings this holiday season, we expect the louse to find its way to more heads—children and adults alike.

Preventing and curbing lice infestations can be simple enough though. As part of our holiday cheer, we have prepared a concise guide to prevent lice from infiltrating your holiday traditions.

Ask ahead if anyone has had head lice lately:

This is an important, yet difficult tip to follow. Lice stigma results in humiliation for children and even parents as misinformation has tied the presence of lice to bad hygiene. To clear the record, there is no established correlation between bad hygiene and lice; on the contrary, it has been found that lice prefer clean hair because it’s more grabbable. When families conceal lice infestations while maintaining close contact with unsuspecting people, this enables the critters to easily grab onto any strand of hair that comes its way. Ideally, adults can have these honest conversations about lice and coordinate responses with the goal of halting transmission as much as possible.

Avoid coming in direct contact as much as possible:

Head lice usually spreads through direct head-to-head contact. While advice that urges people to avoid sharing hats or brushes is important, it turns out to be a relatively minor concern. Thus, it’s more effective to be aware of whom you’re hugging or standing close to and how your hair is coming into contact with others.

Take preventative measures with your children: 

It’s important that you have an honest, informed conversation with your children about lice. Emphasize the importance of minimizing direct head to head contact with other children, which is something they may already be used to due to the pandemic. If your child has long hair, style it in tight hairstyles such as buns or braids, or hats. It may also be worth warning children to not share winter apparel like hats, scarves, and jackets that come in contact with hair, as well as other accessories that touch hair like brushes, barrettes, and headbands. If they’re going to be sleeping over, pack their own pillows and sleeping bags.

Use lice prevention remedies:

In addition to regular head lice checks and combing, there are risk-free and gentle preventative treatments you can apply onto your family’s hair that repel lice and prevent infestation, especially if you suspect exposure. Our LiceLogic Lice Prevention Shampoo, Repel Conditioner, and Lice Spray to prevent and repel lice contains no pesticides and is gentle enough for daily use for anyone over two years old. Our lice prevention products are infused with natural essential oils and our proprietary blend of lice killing plant-based enzymes, named LiceZyme. When all three lice-repelling products are used together, it has been shown they naturally repel lice by 99%.

Keep an open stream of communication with your family, friends, and community about lice:

Unfortunately, all of the above tips will have limited success if there is no transparent, shame-free communication about lice within your family, friends, and community. If a parent allows their blissfully unaware, lice-infested child to mingle with other children excited to play together, that is enough to subvert others’ efforts to stay lice-free. It’s worth a try to broach the head lice topic with other parents you will be seeing during the holiday to help prevent the next big lice outbreak and ensure all members remain lice free.

Further Reading 

Head Lice”, American Academy of Pediatrics, May 1 2015.

Head Lice FAQs Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020. Rae Ellen Bichell, 

Head lice (nits)” Better Health Channel by the Department of Health, State Government of Victoria, Australia.

Pandemic or no, kids are still getting — and spreading — head lice”, NPR, November 18, 2021. 

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Sustainability During the Holiday Season

Sustainability During the Holiday Season

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, households in the U.S. increase their waste by more than 25 percent. Holiday decorations, food waste, shopping bags, and packaging contribute an additional million tons a week to our landfills. Snapshots of this phenomenon include an estimated 38,000 miles of ribbon (enough to wrap around the planet), $11 billion worth of packing material, 2.3 million pounds of plastic wrapping paper, and 15 million used Christmas trees.

 These merry decorations head to landfills, where they undergo bacterial decomposition, producing “landfill gas”, mostly made up of greenhouse gases including methane, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Carbon dioxide and methane are the two most prevalent greenhouse gases emitted in the United States from human activity.

As many have become more invested in sustainability, it’s important to take efforts during the holiday season to reduce your environmental impact. Read our list of tips below for straightforward and easy ways you can practice sustainability and #EcoLogic during the holiday season.

Greengift

Greengifting is an emerging trend that results in a lower environmental impact as well as a lower impact on personal budgets from the gift-giving process. Gift options vary, such as regifting never-used objects, making gifts by hand, or gifting a membership to a local zoo, museum, or state and national park. How do you gift it? Use recycled wrapping paper and other decors.

Reuse

Even if you’re not greengifting, you can reuse wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, boxes, gift bags, and other holiday-related decorations this year and for years to come. If you don’t have a supply of saved-up decorations yet, this can be the year to start building it up! 

Recycle (Correctly)

As many eco-conscious people sort their garbage with the intention of reducing harmful environmental impact, many people accidentally assume that some items are recyclable as is. 

This is a common misconception when it comes to wrapping paper. The American Forest and Paper Association recommends using the Scrunch Test as a guideline to determine whether to trash or recycle it. Crinkle the paper up into a ball; if it stays that way when you let go, it’s fine to put it in the recycle bin. If it tries to go back to its original shape, it should go to the landfill.

Another headache is cardboard boxes, especially as online orders are on the rise this year. 

"This year many gifts will arrive to households in corrugated boxes, which are designed to be recycled," said Heidi Brock, President and CEO of the American Forest & Paper Association. "These recycled paper fibers can be used at least seven times to make new paper products. We ask consumers to remove any non-paper packing materials, break boxes down flat, keep them dry and clean and place them in the recycling bin." Remember that packing peanuts and bubble wrap are not recyclable.

Conserve Energy Use 

While bright lights are a staple of the holiday season, try to reduce your energy use by turning off decorative lights when you’re not at home. The EPA recommends choosing Energy Star energy-efficient lighting. LED outdoor holiday lights use 1/50th the electricity of conventional lights and last 20 to 30 years. 

Support Small Businesses

During the holiday season, the same large corporations that reap most of the profits have largely contributed to environmental damage that also harms animal and human life. According to Adobe, giant Ecommerce sites perform better than smaller sites in a shopping world that has increasingly gone digital. Shopping at community-oriented small businesses is not only the eco-friendlier choice, but it’s an investment in sustainability.

Support Eco-friendly Businesses

It’s even better if those small businesses are eco-friendly! Make your loved one's shift to a sustainable lifestyle more easily by purchasing gifts from eco-friendly businesses that sell products that do not harm the environment, animals, and humans. 

Logic Products are designed with this in mind as we create safe and non-toxic personal care products made with natural ingredients and botanicals. Furthermore, in addition to plant and mineral-derived vegan formulas, our gentle hair and skincare products are cruelty-free with no synthetic fragrances or dyes.

 

Further reading

Frequently Asked Questions: Holiday Waste Prevention”, Peninsula Sanitary Service/Stanford Recycling at Stanford University.

Grace Doran and Jessica Kidwell, “Creative Ways to Cut Your Holiday Waste”, The EPA Blog, December 21, 2016.

How to Recycle Paper During the Holiday Season”, American Forest & Paper Association, December 20, 2018.

Jamie Leventhal, “What to do with all of your holiday trash”, PBS, December 21, 2018.

Jillian Ambrose, “Major global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact”, The Guardian, June 16, 2019.

Milenko Martinovich, “What is the Human Cost of Climate Change?”, Science of Caring at University of California San Francisco, December 2019.

Sarah Blount, “ 'Tis the Season...To Take out the Trash?”, National Environmental Education Foundation.

Stan Horaczek, “2020 is the perfect year to quit wrapping paper”, Popular Science, December 21, 2020.

Top US Food and Beverage Companies Scope 3 Emissions Disclosure and Reductions”, Engage the Chain, 2019.

Ty Kiisel, “4 Reasons Small Businesses Don’t Rely On Black Friday”, OnDeck.

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