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Buy Nothing New or Made Just For You

Buy Nothing New or Made Just For You Did you know that… It takes an estimated 2,700 liters of water to produce a cotton t-shirt? It’s estimated that a single piece of plastic will take 1,000 years to decompose? The book printing industry cuts down an estimated 125 million trees a year? Buying new or … Continued

Interview with Feather Leather Designs!

For this week’s blogpost, we would like to highlight a wonderful local business: Feather Leather Designs! Feather Leather Designs creates beautiful jewelry made of leather and cork that have been carefully sourced from USA suppliers. The company also offers an “Upcycled Leather” jewelry collection, called RE:PURPOSE, which utilizes leather remnants from another Cleveland-based company (and … Continued

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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Meatless Mondays: Good for You & the Environment

#MeatlessMonday is more than just a hashtag, it’s a movement. This movement has one main purpose: protect our precious earth. If you think that meatless Monday won’t affect you, that it’s just another environmental stunt, you’d be wrong! Three things are majorly benefitted by pledging Meatless Mondays: Your wallet The environment Your health Now, we’re not … Continued

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Water and Lead: A Tale of Lost Love

Here at Drink Local. Drink Tap. we value clean and safe tap water. Ever wonder how and why lead has moved its way into our drinking water? Want to know the appropriate way to filter out harmful substances from your family’s water sources? Read our infographic below! 

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Why 4 Miles 4 water is going green

Every year in Northeast Ohio, nonprofits and other organizations host dozens of 5ks, 10ks, marathons, fun runs, and other related events. These occasions tend to do a lot of good for our community: they raise awareness and thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes, promote health and well-being, encourage healthy competition, and bring people together. But have … Continued

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Current Events: One fish, two fish, red paint, blue green algae

Last week, people all over the planet joined together to celebrate World Water Day 2015, which focused on the vital role that water plays in sustainable development. Here at Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc., World Water Day is central to what we do. Our annual World Water Day activities began six years ago with a … Continued

Water is life, but have you ever thought about what that really means?

  World Water Day 2015 is coming up this Sunday, March 22. This year, in advance of this September’s UN summit to create a set of Sustainable Development Goals, World Water Day will focus on the links between water and sustainable development. The axiom that “water is life” has become something of a cliche. But … Continued

Current Events: Great Lakes ice, pig poop & artificial glaciers

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it definitely doesn’t feel that way to those of us living in the eastern half of the United States. This month has brought record cold temperatures to much of this part of the country; last Friday, the thermometer dipped to -17ºF at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, … Continued

Road salt is costly & harms our environment. Here’s what can you do about it.

It’s been another wicked winter here in Cleveland. January’s average temperature was just 23°F, according to the National Weather Service, making the month 5.1°F colder than normal. February has been brutally cold, and we have already seen 7 days with sub-zero temperatures this year. The continued cold snaps have largely been accompanied by clipper systems … Continued

Is lax regulation enabling the energy industry to poison aquifers?

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has become one of the leading hot button issues of the past few years. Though fracking has been used to extract oil and natural gas in the United States for decades, it has dramatically picked up steam recently. The controversy and debate around the topic has evolved just as rapidly. Here … Continued

Got 3 minutes? Learn why rivers change their courses

Rivers. They’re pretty amazing things. They provide humans with water for drinking, irrigation, and sanitation. They give us fish and other aquatic animals for food. They can be harnessed to power grind our grain, run our looms, and even power our cities. Their seasonal floods can bring rich silt to our fields or destruction and … Continued

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Watch how sprawl transformed one watershed in Northeast Ohio

A few months ago, I looked at the root causes of Northeast Ohio’s recent flooding problems. I placed the blame largely on two culprits – a changing climate and land use changes. The latter cause is particularly acute in Cuyahoga County, where the overall population has actually shrunk since 1948, while the amount of land … Continued

Your driveway is making you sick: On the health risks of coal tar sealants

Coal constitutes a hellish cocktail of toxic substances, ranging from heavy metals like mercury and lead to known carcinogens like cadmium and arsenic. The utilization of coal for various purposes also creates a number of harmful byproducts. These include coal ash (also known as fly ash), which is left over after coal is combusted for … Continued

11 steps you can take today to fight harmful algal blooms

As we all know by now, at 2:00 on the morning of Saturday, August 2, officials in Toledo issued a do not drink advisory, depriving more than 400,000 people in the region of safe drinking water. Officials took action after tests revealed levels of microcystin, a dangerous liver toxin, reached 2.5 parts per billion (ppb), … Continued

If you care about water, you need to worry about energy production

Saturday was World Water Day 2014. This year’s theme centered on the water-energy nexus, a topic which has become increasingly important in recent years. According to the United Nations, energy production currently accounts for 15% of global water use, a number which is projected to grow to 20% within the next two decades. In the US, this … Continued

The restoration of wetlands is a major victory for the Great Lakes

Given the spate of bad news for the Great Lakes recently – from declining lake levels to toxic algal blooms to microplastic pollution to the threat of an Asian carp invasion – it may be hard for people to find any good news on the health of these vital bodies of water. Fear not. The US Fish and Wildlife Service conducts a census of … Continued


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