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10 Tips to Enjoy Your Local Park or Zoo

10 Tips to Enjoy Your Local Park or Zoo

As you make your way to your destination, a cloud of air that can be best described as “fresh” marks the first sign of relaxation. The smell is unique and complex. Depending on your location, the smell can carry whiffs of the local trees and soil or freshly cut grass and flowers. It overpowers you immediately and there is no denying its powerful effect on the chaos in your mind. The next sign is the scenery. Rolling hills, clusters of trees - just the color green everywhere. Then come the sounds of wildlife, birds, silence. All of these elements drift...

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Why You Should Reuse Water

Why You Should Reuse Water

Little moments improve the quality of our day. Taking the first sip of fresh coffee to cure the morning caffeine withdrawal, feeling the splash of a perfectly warm shower, taking the first sip of fresh coffee to cure the evening caffeine withdrawal (oh yes, we like coffee a lot). What we’ve learned is that the little actions we take throughout the day, the ones that are mindful and thought out, the ones that mean something to us because we took the effort and time to carry them out - those actions fulfill us and relax us and feed our sense...

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Bulk Up

Bulk Up

Stroll into a grocery store today for a snack or your weekly haul and you will find what you are looking for in beautiful packaging. Packaging plays a major factor in attracting the eyes of potential customers. What is so interesting is that what is inside the packaging is what truly matters, but our eyes and our heads sometimes trick us into thinking otherwise.  In the key moments of shopping, we are processing hundreds of data points like past experiences with the product, the presentation of the shopping aisles, hunger, the packaging and, of course, the price. Buying in bulk, which does not...

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Plastics, Beautiful But Deadly

Plastics, Beautiful But Deadly

Plastic is a beautiful material. Actually, the parent term, plastic, includes many similar types of material that are useful to humans and the industries that we have created. This feat of chemistry includes Polyethylene terephthalate or PET, Polystyrene or Styrofoam, Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC, Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), Polyvinylidine Chloride (Saran), Polyethylene, LDPE and HDPE, and Polypropylene (PP). We usually care about waste management and try to avoid waste, but don't realize how permeating this material is. We eat salads in plastic bowls and buy shampoo packaged in pretty colors and not have a thought about the material itself. Almost everything we touch has...

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