20 Tips to Help You Get Closer to Having Zero Waste

If you and your family are working toward a greener way of life, then chances are you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint in your daily life. If you’re feeling green, here are 20 ways you can inch your household closer to zero waste.

#1. A compost bin on your countertop.

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You know you need to compost, but when you’re cleaning up in a hurry, you don’t want to make two trips – one to the trash and one to the compost bin/pile. This little bin is the answer to all of your concerned-but-lazy prayers!

#3. A solid reusable water bottle.

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This one even collapses so you can save on precious cabinet space.

#3. Re-chargeable batteries and a charger.

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Do you know how many batteries you toss in the trash? Don’t start counting; it’s just depressing.

#4. Ditch your dryer sheets.

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These dryer balls come infused with lovely scents, fluff your clothes, and erase static cling.

#5. If you love baking, silicon cupcake wrappers are a must.

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These are adorable, too – bonus.

#6. Toss your pads and tampons for good.

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Reusable period panties are all the rage for a great reason – they’re awesome.

#7. Glass storage and meal prep containers.

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You’ll literally keep them forever. As long as you don’t lose the lids.

#8. Toss your floss in favor of a Waterpik.

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Plus, you know. Actually start flossing!

#9. Ditch your bottles of body wash.

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Swap it for a rich lather bar soap, instead.

#10. Replace cling wrap with something washable/compostable.

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These beeswax wraps are a good option, but there are many reusable products on the market.

#11. Reusable shopping bags.

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A classic! You’ll love these so much there’s no way you’re going to forget them at home.

#12. Switch your plastic baggies out for reusable silicon baggies.

Bonus – you will feel so organized, too.

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#13. A washable puppy pee pad.

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No more tossing the ones they soil while you’re training them.

#14. A coffee cup you’ll love to reuse.

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This one comes with a cork “sleeve” to save your fingers, too.

#15. A reusable earwax kit.

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No more cotton swabs! (Be careful with these – they may be satisfying, but you really don’t want to damage your eardrum)

#16. A loofah that lasts.

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And doesn’t gather microbes like it’s its job.

#17. Stainless steel coffee pods.

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Stop feeling guilty about your Keurig today – just fill with ground coffee, and you’re golden!

#18. Ditch your parchment paper/foil.

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These silicone baking mats work even better.

#19. If you’ve got kids, these washable squeeze pouches are a must.

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We throw away so. many. pouches.

#20. Get rid of your single-use straws.

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Stainless steel, bamboo, or whatever – but make sure you’ve got good cleaning implements, too!

I know I’m going to give a few of these a try!

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20 Tips to Help You Get Closer to Having Zero Waste

If you and your family are working toward a greener way of life, then chances are you’re looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint in your daily life. If you’re feeling green, here are 20 ways you can inch your household closer to zero waste.

#1. A compost bin on your countertop.

Image Credit: Amazon

You know you need to compost, but when you’re cleaning up in a hurry, you don’t want to make two trips – one to the trash and one to the compost bin/pile. This little bin is the answer to all of your concerned-but-lazy prayers!

#3. A solid reusable water bottle.

Image Credit: Amazon

This one even collapses so you can save on precious cabinet space.

#3. Re-chargeable batteries and a charger.

Image Credit: Amazon

Do you know how many batteries you toss in the trash? Don’t start counting; it’s just depressing.

#4. Ditch your dryer sheets.

Image Credit: Amazon

These dryer balls come infused with lovely scents, fluff your clothes, and erase static cling.

#5. If you love baking, silicon cupcake wrappers are a must.

Image Credit: Amazon

These are adorable, too – bonus.

#6. Toss your pads and tampons for good.

Image Credit: Thinx

Reusable period panties are all the rage for a great reason – they’re awesome.

#7. Glass storage and meal prep containers.

Image Credit: Amazon

You’ll literally keep them forever. As long as you don’t lose the lids.

#8. Toss your floss in favor of a Waterpik.

Image Credit: Amazon

Plus, you know. Actually start flossing!

#9. Ditch your bottles of body wash.

Image Credit: Amazon

Swap it for a rich lather bar soap, instead.

#10. Replace cling wrap with something washable/compostable.

Image Credit: Amazon

These beeswax wraps are a good option, but there are many reusable products on the market.

#11. Reusable shopping bags.

Image Credit: Amazon

A classic! You’ll love these so much there’s no way you’re going to forget them at home.

#12. Switch your plastic baggies out for reusable silicon baggies.

Bonus – you will feel so organized, too.

Image Credit: Amazon

#13. A washable puppy pee pad.

Image Credit: Amazon

No more tossing the ones they soil while you’re training them.

#14. A coffee cup you’ll love to reuse.

Image Credit: Amazon

This one comes with a cork “sleeve” to save your fingers, too.

#15. A reusable earwax kit.

Image Credit: Amazon

No more cotton swabs! (Be careful with these – they may be satisfying, but you really don’t want to damage your eardrum)

#16. A loofah that lasts.

Image Credit: Amazon

And doesn’t gather microbes like it’s its job.

#17. Stainless steel coffee pods.

Image Credit: Amazon

Stop feeling guilty about your Keurig today – just fill with ground coffee, and you’re golden!

#18. Ditch your parchment paper/foil.

Image Credit: Amazon

These silicone baking mats work even better.

#19. If you’ve got kids, these washable squeeze pouches are a must.

Image Credit: Amazon

We throw away so. many. pouches.

#20. Get rid of your single-use straws.

Image Credit: Amazon

Stainless steel, bamboo, or whatever – but make sure you’ve got good cleaning implements, too!

I know I’m going to give a few of these a try!

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This Robotic Planter Will Follow You Around to Remind You to Water It

If you’re a busy parent, there are some every day tasks you just can’t get out of – your kid has to be clothed (often more than once), fed, napped, watered, and you know… kept alive to the end of the day.

Which is perhaps why our plants’ well-being often falls by the wayside.

But no more, my friends, because you can purchase the HEXA plant to take care of your green friends for you.

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It’s a walkable planter that searches for sunlight on behalf of your plants (and seeks shade when the plant has had enough). So far, sounds like a wonderful, genius idea, right? Like maybe you’ll buy one and take advantage of all the air freshening and toxin-reducing goodness plants bring into your home?

Wait.

If you forget to water the plant, the HEXA basically throws a temper tantrum until you give it a drink. Like a foot-stomping toddler, though admittedly it’s probably not quite as hard to turn off (or assuage in any way).

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The idea came to founder Sun Tianqi after he glimpsed a dead sunflower and couldn’t stop thinking about how its life could have been saved.

“In 2014, I went to see a sunflower exhibition and found myself focused on a dead sunflower near a ground of blooms. The dead flower sat in a place that was always in a shadow. I had no idea how it ended up there or why it died – whether it was because of the lack of sunshine or water – but it was just there, and it was dead. I thought, if it could move a little bit, take a 30-feet walk out of the shadow to where the other sunflowers were, it would have lived healthily.”

And so the walking flowerpot was born and improved (if you call stomping its feet until it gets water an improvement). One can be yours for a mere $949.

Yeah. Well, happy plants don’t come cheap.

I have to say, I’m intrigued. But no way am I letting this thing boss me around until my kids are out of diapers

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Not Every Ladybug Is Lucky, and Here’s How You Tell the Difference

Ladybugs (or ladybirds, for you UK-types) actually include a number of species that fall under the species umbrella coccinellidae. They’re widely considered to be good luck symbols, to represent joys to equal your sorrows, and are sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary.

They’re one of a group of 6,000 or so small beetles that are similar in marking and color – lady beetles, really, not bugs at all – most of which are beneficial creatures that feed on agricultural pests. Everyone likes ladybugs, right?

Well, get ready to rethink your position. The North American ladybug (which is a good little beetle) is strikingly similar to the Asian ladybug, which was introduced by the USDA in order to combat the spread of aphids and has since spread through pretty much every state in the lower 48.

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While the Asian ladybug does prey on aphids, it also has overtaken native species – and it’s not nearly as harmless to humans. They like to nest in the cracks and crevices of homes, they can stain walls and fabrics, and they are more aggressive than native varieties (they may even bite you).

They can also ruin the taste of wine if they infest a vineyard, which is no good at all!

You can keep them out of your house by making sure cracks around windows, doors, pipes, vents, etc. are all tightly fitted, and that rips in your screens are repaired. Once they’re inside you can vacuum them up or catch them on sticky tape – but don’t squish them. If you do, them the ensuing goo could stain your furniture.

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If you’re wanting ladybugs for your garden, try to make sure the variety you want is what you receive. Which brings us to this: if they’re similar in markings and color, how can we tell the difference?

Well, the Asian variety can be more orange or yellow, instead of the deep red of the native North American ladybug, but the main distinctive feature is this: the Asian species has a marking toward its head that resembles a black M.

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So, look closely, my friends, and don’t assume your luck is about to change if a ladybug lands on you – it could be about to bite.

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Smoking Psychedelic Toad “Milk” May Help Alleviate Your Depression

Wait, though – don’t get your toad-catching gear on just yet, because there’s more you ought to know before milking a toad and toking up.

That’s a sentence I never expected to type, but here we are.

The psychoactive secretion 5-MeO-DMT oozes from the glands of the Bufo alvarius – the Colorado river toad. The psychedelic tryptamine is related to the more famous compound DMT, which is found in a mind-altering brew called ayahuasca.

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When dried and smoked, the ooze generates an experience during which (supposedly) the ego is completely obliterated and mystical insights can be accessed – it’s been used at alternative healing retreats and by underground therapists to treat a range of emotional and psychological disorders, including depression.

Mainstream science wanted to know whether there was anything to the claims, so they gathered 42 study participants and gave them toad milk to smoke.

The results, published in Psychopharmacology, claim the participants average depression ratings were down 18% after one day, and that anxiety and stress were also reduced – by 39% and 27% respectively.

The follow-up analysis took place 4 weeks later, and found that depression ratings had dropped to 68%, anxiety to 56%, and stress to 48%.

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Scientists think that the effects could be caused by an increase in neurogenesis, since 5-MeO-DMT had previously been found to stimulate neuronal growth and development. Alternatively, it could help alleviate symptoms by binding to the brain’s sigma-1 receptors, which can reduce inflammation.

A Johns Hopkins study props up this one, as well – they found that 80% of people who use 5-MeO-DMT report a reduction in both depression and anxiety.

There’s a lot to consider moving forward – the exploitation of the toad population, for one – but the fact that the 5-MeO-DMT is easily copied in a lab should go a long way toward curbing any black market trading.

It sounds like this could be a healthy, effective alternative to using pharmaceuticals to treat mental health issues, so hopefully the research continues!

Plus…toad milk.

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8 Awesome Facts That’ll Make You Seem Like The Smartest Person in the Room

I think it’s pretty important to learn something new every day. It makes you a better-rounded person, and also makes you a much better partner in a conversation.

So, enjoy these 8 facts that’ll make you feel smarter right away!

1. Hmmmm

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2. Obese pharaohs

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3. Gay griffons

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4. I notice this all the time

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5. Just in case

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6. Oh, great!

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7. Xennial

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8. Panic in the streets

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Say it again, “I did not know that!”

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These Gorillas Actually Posed for Selfies with Anti-Poaching Rangers

The 600 rangers at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo have a serious task: protecting the park’s animals from poachers. And it’s clear that some of the rangers have formed strong bonds with some of the park’s gorillas.

The rangers routinely take selfies with the beautiful animals and it’s obvious that there is a whole lot of mutual trust and admiration there.

This is frankly amazing.

WORDS TO LIVE BY- SAGESSE INTEMPORELLEFrom a Virunga National Park ranger, translated from the French:"When one is…

Posted by The Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers. on Thursday, May 17, 2018

Here’s another up close and personal shot.

FAMILY PORTRAITPatrick Sadiki, Ndakasi & Matabishi. 🦍🦍😎

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This one, however, has to take the cake.

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE…Photo: Ranger Mathieu Shamavu (c)NOTE: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THIS PHOTO WILL BE REPORTED TO FACEBOOK

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Looks like an album cover, doesn’t it?

A beautiful story. Be sure to follow their Facebook page. Keep up the great work, park rangers!

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You Can Now Buy Matching BFF Necklaces For You and Your Dog

WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

Ok, so I’ve only been a puppy parent for a few months now, but still, I need this in my life.

You’ve no doubt seen those necklaces that two human BFFs wear so they can always be thinking of their partner in crime. Well, now you can do the same thing with your dog! Because let’s be real, human friends are fine and everything, but our dogs are our real best friends, no doubt about it.

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You can get these matching necklaces/dog collars from an Etsy vendor named SlashpileDesigns.

The human (that means you) gets an 18″ chain with a silver dog bone attached, and your doggo gets a cool collar pendant with the bone silhouette. Together forever, right?!?!

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You can also get a heart design as well.

If you want to engrave your new set of jewelry, it’ll cost you an extra $25.

I think both you and Fido will be very happy with this purchase.

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Nabisco Sets Animal Crackers Free from Their Circus Cages

It’s a symbolic gesture, but an important one, nonetheless. After 116 years, the famous Barnum’s Animal Crackers have a brand new box design – and the details are important.

To refresh your memory, here’s what the old box looked like.

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Now here’s the new design for the packaging.

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That’s right, the animals have been “freed” – they are no longer in cages and behind bars. A push from folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) helped to spark the change.

The new design shows the animals walking across the savannah with no bars, cages, or chains in sight. PETA’s people got in touch with the company back in 2016 and suggested it might be a good idea to show the animals in their natural environments.

Several companies make animal crackers, but Nabisco’s Barnum brand has been the most popular for decades. The brand was named after the legendary P.T. Barnum, and Nabisco started manufacturing the cookies in 1902. Obviously,  attitudes towards animals have changed since then.

Times have changed so much that in May 2017, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus closed business for good.

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In a statement, PETA said, “The new box for Barnum’s Animals perfectly reflects that our society no longer tolerates caging and chaining exotic animals for circus shows.”

Bravo! Any progress is good these days…

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Biology Class Tests the Fish in Their Sushi, with Unsettling Results

Fair warning: if you’re a seafood lover who regularly purchases fish from the store or goes out for sushi, proceed with caution. There are some scientific results below that are, at best, upsetting.

At worst? You might vomit in your mouth.

It all began when biology professor Dr. Jennifer McDonald was looking for a way to bring a little excitement to her senior molecular biology course. So she sent them to sushi restaurants and grocery stores and told them to bring samples of their fish back to the lab so they could extract the DNA and determine whether the DNA matched the label.

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They tested 13 samples and 9 had good enough DNA sequences to determine their species.

Of those 9? Only 2 were labeled correctly.

Yeah. And that’s not the worst part.

It’s been well documented over the past decade that fish mislabelling is prolific all over the global supply chain – it’s also illegal and results in fines (when detected). According to McDonald, about 50% of fish is believed to be labelled incorrectly (whether intentionally or not), with some species like red snapper and white tuna more likely to be mislabelled than others.

Not only is it unethical to sell people fish that is not the fish they’re expecting, it can also result in health issues (a common substitute for white tuna is escolar, which can cause gastrointestinal distress) and/or allergic reactions (shellfish is one of the more common – and more deadly – food allergies).

So Dr. McDonald wasn’t shocked at the findings.

At least, not until this happened.

Yeah.

Dr. McDonald doesn’t plan to stop eating fish or sushi, and she doesn’t think you should, either – just make sure to go to restaurants where you feel confident in their fish suppliers and ask questions when something doesn’t look, feel, or taste right.

Which might be easier said than done, although the fact that sushi is so delicious should help buck you up.

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