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Plastic Bag Ban in Cuyahoga County

Guest Post by: Julia Karlovec, DLDT Intern On May 28, 2019 a county wide ban was passed by the Cuyahoga County Council that prohibits retailers from using both disposable plastic bags and paper bags that are not 100% recyclable. Members of Cuyahoga County Council have been trying to pass this ban for many years with … Continued

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Carbon Impact of one Single-use Plastic Bottle

Sometimes we don’t think about how what we put into our bodies and how it affects the world around us and our near and far future. An average household drinking bottled water (800 bottles per year) creates 350lbs. of CO2 or drives 368 miles with a car. And that’s JUST for bottled water. (Source) ‘The … Continued

Back to School

Every year kids use billions of plastic baggies, bottles, single wrapped processed food items and it all goes to a landfill. If you’ve been watching recent movements, most countries, including Canada no longer take our waste or recycling. We have to BUY LESS to leave a planet worth living in for our children. Here is … Continued

The Lakes May Not be “Great” if Asian Carp Thrive

The Great Lakes are a fresh water source, a flourishing ecosystem, and are associated with a 7 billion dollar / year fishing industry. This could cease to be reality all because of one type fish; an invasive species known as Asian carp. More specifically the bighead, black, grass, and silver carp, who are commonly lumped … Continued

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Are We on the Verge of a Plastic Revolution?

Written by: Rachel Onusko Did you know? Only about 9% percent of plastic is actually recycled, with the overwhelming majority being wasted (Source). Since the mass production of plastic began around 1950, more than 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been created. Most of this plastic is used to produce disposable products which ultimately become … Continued

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P What? What are PFAS and Why Should I Care?

Have you heard about the State of Emergency in Parchment, Michigan announced late July 2018? They are not the only ones in the U.S. fighting PFAS contamination, though. Dangerous levels of PFAS have been found in water for 16 million Americans, food and our soils. What are PFAS? Certain chemical compounds that allow items we … Continued

Cleveland: Skip the Straw

Written by: Rachel Onusko A movement to ban single-use straws from restaurants has been growing across the nation. Harmful effects of straws Straws are routinely placed in beverages in restaurants. For the majority of people, these straws are a completely unnecessary. On average, Americans use 500 million straws daily (Source). That is enough straws to … Continued

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Climate Change and Water Stress: Locally and Globally

Like most things in life, water is a balance. Too little and there is drought, famine, and death. Too much and there is flood, disease, and death. The amount of stress put on the water cycle significantly affects its’ balance. Since most of us have not thought much about the water cycle since grade school, … Continued

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World Water Day 2017 – Wastewater

Every year World Water Day sports a different theme to focus on. This year’s theme is Wastewater. Admittedly, this is not as exciting or attention grabbing as some water topics, however, it is vitally important to the preservation of our environment and our ability to continue to have clean drinking water. Because this term may … Continued

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