Week 4: A Beginner Guide to Shampoo Bars and Sharing My Own Experience

Shampoo bars, suggested by their name, are solid soap bars with shampoo properties. They are gradually becoming more popular to a large population; however, I have to admit they are super not conventional and can be very difficult to get used to. 

So here is a beginner guide on how to begin your journey on plastic free hair cleaning routine: 

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Week 3: “Non-biodegradable Biodegradable Plastic Bags”

The biodegradable plastics have come a long way and made themselves known to the general public. The companies have portrayed a really idealistic image with the biodegradable plastics: like naturally-made plastic bags that will naturally break down and disappear. If things really go like what people envisioned, biodegradable products would be the “hero” to solve the plastic issue on earth. But pay attention to the word “If” I used in that sentence, because the reality suggests that biodegradable plastics might not be as cool as we wish them to be.

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Week 2: Let’s Talk about College Stuff

It’s again the time of the year when high school students are turning in their applications and will be making decisions soon. Even we are still not certain if we can go back on campus or not for next year, choosing a sustainable campus is still important.

So, here are some things to look for when you make the decision about where you want to stay for the next four years.

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我怎么看待极简主义?

近期渐渐开始流行起来极简的生活方式主张物质层面的极简,也就是说尽可能的减少不必要的东西。它的本意是想移除人们生活中的干扰,以便于归于本心,认识到什么才是值得我们珍惜的。虽然极简主义和环保乍一听有些八杆子打不着边,但是近些年来人们也渐渐发现它们两个中间有着千丝万缕的联系,所以我打算取二者之精华 ,来把他们放在一起说说。                                       

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Minimalism Project: Week 2

The focus of week 2 is: personal care products

Swapped: 

  • Plastic bottled shampoo to shampoo bars
  • Plastic Bottled conditioner to bars/glass bottled hair treatment oil

Upcycled: 

  • Empty plastic bottle for DIY products

Eliminated:

  • Making unnecessary purchases
    • Eg. buying new makeup before the old ones run out

Personal care is a huge and indispensable part of people’s lives; however, its part in damaging the environment is only going to be larger. 

Not surprisingly, plastic remains the main issue. It is ubiquitous in our personal care routine, yet, we may not realize how prevalent it is. Think about the products in your bathroom, small things such as toothbrushes to big things as shampoo bottles, they all contain some plastic. 

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World Ocean Day 🌊

June 8th is the world ocean day. Everyone knows the importance of the ocean – the hypothalamus that maintains the homeostasis of the globe. Not only does the ocean currents regulate climate, but it also keeps a healthy balance of elements in the air and is one of the providers of freshwater in the water cycle. In addition, the ocean hosts an unimaginable value of biodiversity, the lowest estimation of about 230,000 species (Brahic). Each specie plays a crucial role in the food chain. Even just planktons alone contribute approximately 70% of the world’s oxygen (“Save”).

What is the biggest pollution in the ocean? According to NOAA, the main source is runoff such as chemical leaks from “farms,” “tanks,” “cars,” and “boats,” etc. 

What can we do about it? 

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Introducing the Minimalism Project

Minimalism is a lifestyle that emerged recently. It stresses the elimination of excess in physical/worldly possession and living with only what you need. The purpose of living a minimalist lifestyle is to “remove the distractions from life and realizing the valuable aspects of our lives”. Minimalism is not necessarily associated with environmental protection, but from recent years, people discovered the overlap between them.

One of the factors that contributed to climate change is Consumerism. Yes, the interests of the consumers should be protected and people have the right to own whatever they have; however, Consumerism now is deviating from the rational consumption and are gradually turning into accumulation of excess and useless things. 

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“Earth Protection is Scientists’ Job”

I hear these comments a lot – earth conservation is unrelated to high school students; it’s an ambitious goal for “common” people to do. At a certain degree, yes, politicians and scientists usually make those striking progress in Earth preservation such as “Clean Power Plan” or “New alternative clean fuel,” but eventually the majority makes these policies and products successful instead of that 5% of the population; the ultimate determination still lays in “common” people’s hands. Continue reading ““Earth Protection is Scientists’ Job””

The Letter From Chief Seattle

The Letter From Chief Seattle

I deeply remember that in my 4th grade Chinese textbook, we learned about Chief Seattle’s letter that was written to president Franklin Pierce. This letter was mind-blowing to me and still is. “Whatever befalls on earth befalls on the son of earth,” Chief Seattle’s vivid words inscribed in my head and influenced me considerably as it’s my initial inspiration of putting actions in earth protection since 4th grade. I hope his words can bring more people into environmental conservation. (Although Some people are skeptical to the authenticity (a few sources state it’s an undocumented speech), I think what matter are the words and ideas in this letter instead of whether Chief Seattle really said this or not).

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