Microbeads in Cosmetics

There are many things to consider when choosing hygiene and cosmetic products, one of which is the presence of microbeads. These tiny bits of spherical plastic are often included for exfoliation or grittiness and can be found in quite a variety of items including haircare products, lotions, toothpaste, makeup, nail polish, chapstick, deodorant, and sunscreen.…

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creatuREport: Seaweed

What is Seaweed? Seaweed is a generic term for multicellular algae that typically live in saltwater or brackish (mildly salty) environments. These can be classified into three main types: green (Chlorophyta), red (Rhodophyta), and brown (Phaeophyta) algae. Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) may also be called seaweed, but I will not discuss it here as it is…

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What to Do with Old Shoes

I looked at my sneakers today while sitting on the bus and realized that it might be time – time to invest in another pair, and even worse, to figure out what to do with these ones. My poor shoes have been through every type of weather, many varieties of sport, and household repairs including…

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Basics: The Three R’s

We are consumers by nature. We cannot produce our own food through photosynthesis, carry our houses on our backs like a snail, or lick ourselves clean like cats (at least I personally choose not to…). Instead we depend on creating and using materials for these tasks, and inevitably produce waste in the process. When confronted…

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