Take a Step for Fairtrade

This is a wonderful little animation video from FairTrade UK‘s 2012 campaign, worth a watch

And even though the 2012 campaign is of course ended, the information is still valid and compelling.

As they say:

It can be a simple step, like swapping your tea to Fairtrade, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it too.

Every step counts for millions of farmers, workers and their communities in developing countries who urgently need a better deal from trade.

Also see Fair Trade USA

Nourishing Foods to Unwind Stress and Revitalize Your Energy

Nourishing Foods to Unwind Stress and Revitalize Your Energy

As spring season approaches, I would like to introduce you to some wonderful foods to revitalize your energy, from the inside out. In light of this, I would also like to mention a growing epidemic in our modern life where these nourishing foods can be especially beneficial. Adrenal Fatigue, otherwise known as stress burnout, is […]

A whale, plastic and an incredible story

Notice the plastic of the fishnet shing in the sun, as they cut it more and more away from the dying whale,that was completely trapped and couldn’t move anymore…

Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets

Read more about how our plastic waste in the ocean is affecting marine life at whoi.edu/science:

Before the days of plastic, when fishermen dumped their trash overboard or lost a net, it consisted of natural materials — metal, cloth or paper that would either sink to the bottom or biodegrade quickly.

But plastic remains floating on the surface, the same place where many genuine food sources lie — and can remain so for 400 years. Plastic is durable and strong — precisely the qualities that make it so dangerous if it reaches the ocean.

But how would a syringe that a diabetic uses make it into the ocean? If plastic objects make it into the main sewer system (say, by being flushed down the toilet, or carried by the rain into a street drain), and the water treatment plants are overwhelmed by excessive rain, then those floating objects can float right out to sea.

Did you know that a plastic soda ring can take up to 400 years to biodegrade?
What you can do:
  • Look for alternative materials or avoid excessive packaging when deciding on purchases. Use paper bags, milk and juice in cardboard, and cloth diapers. Insist on paper bags and glass bottles.
  • Recycle. Many communities currently offer pick-up recycling programs for #1 and #2 plastics. Other forms of plastic may be accepted by a local recycling business. If your community doesn’t have a recycling program, contact your city or town hall to request one.
  • Educate others about the problem of marine debris, enhancing “voluntary compliance through awareness.”
Challenge of the month - Quit Plastic Straws

Challenge of the month: quit plastic straws

As you can also see in the video Plastic Paradise – Where Can We Go From Here plastic is a huge environmental problem and really harms the ecosystem, but what can one do? This is where the ecogal Challenge of the Month comes in: we invite you join us in avoiding single-use plastic straws, it’s […]

How are your microbiome doing?

Dr. Robynne Chutkan explains how the standard Western diet and lifestyle are starving our microbiome, depleting the “good bugs” that keep us healthy and encouraging overgrowth of exactly the wrong type of bacteria.

The resulting imbalance makes us more prone to disease and obesity and negatively affects our metabolism, our hormones, our cravings, our immunity, and even our genes.

Watch this great video from MindBodyGreenTV:
See more videos with Dr. Robynne Chutkan.

Dr.Robynne Chutkan GutBliss cover

Dr.Robynne Chutkan GutBliss GutBliss

Dr.Robynne Chutkan Microbiome Solution cover

Check the book Dr.Robynne Chutkan Microbiome Solution

Dr. Robynne Chutkan believes in helping her patients live not just longer, but better lives. As an integrative gastroenterologist, she considers nutritional optimization, stress reduction, exercise and other lifestyle factors an integral part of the diagnostic and therapeutic endeavor.

Plastic Paradise – Where Can We Go From Here

There is a very compelling documentary to watch: Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Watch the trailer:

Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Trailer from Angela Sun on Vimeo.

Midway Atoll

Midway Atoll

Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents.

In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagine…

Find out more and get the movie at Plastic Paradise — The Movie

In this TEDx Talk, Heather Troutman dives into the plastic problem, and what we can actually do about it, very simply and succinctly explained, a great watch to get the skinny of what the documentary explores at length.