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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Bigger Than You Thought

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Bigger Than You Thought

    If you were to fly from the continental United States or Canada to Hawaii, there’s now a growing possibility that you might be able to spot a massive, swirling pile of garbage in the Pacific Ocean that continues to get larger and more unmanageable by the day. According to the latest study of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (also known as the GPGP) by a team of Dutch researchers, the size of this oceanic garbage dump is now 1.6 million square kilometers. To put that into context, that’s 3 times the size of France and anywhere from 4 to 16 times larger than originally thought.

     

    As you can imagine, the larger the GPGP gets, the harder it is to clean it up. Right now, the Dutch researchers estimate that this giant unsightly mass of garbage weighs 80,000 metric tons. So it’s not just a case of sending out a boat or two and having them pick up all the trash, sort of like an oceanic garbage truck. No, it’s far more complex than that.

     

    That’s because the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is really a “galaxy of garbage.” About 90 percent of the mass is composed of large pieces of garbage, while 10 percent is comprised of micro-pieces of garbage. Some pieces of garbage measure several meters across, while others are more like microscopic bits of confetti, swirling around the bigger pieces of garbage. To contain that sort of mess, you really need an epic plan. One proposal, in fact, calls for a 62-mile floating wall to contain all the garbage into one area.

     

     

    The real tragedy of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has nothing to do with aesthetics or even with eco-tourism and the financial costs of beach cleanups each year. Instead, the real tragedy is that we are indirectly creating an unprecedented health nightmare for humanity by polluting the world’s oceans.

     

    Think of the world’s ocean ecosystems – you have smaller fish eating pieces of micro-plastic, and then these smaller fish are eaten by large ocean-going predators. In turn, these fish are eventually caught by humans and turned into our own source of food. Through a scientific process known as bioaccumulation, all the harmful chemicals in plastics are transferred from each member of the ocean ecosystem to the fish you find in your local supermarket or favorite restaurant. Imagine sitting down for a nice meal at your favorite restaurant in British Columbia and knowing that the delightful tuna fish, cod or sea bass that you are eating has been nibbling on harmful plastics found in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

     

    That might change the way you think about your local environment, right? That’s one of the reasons why Leafwood takes its commitment to the local environment so seriously. In the case of Leafwood, the concern is about preserving the forests of North America. The same type of logic playing out in the Great Pacific is also playing out in North America’s forests. We need to be taking more steps to preserve and conserve nature and recognize humanity’s harmful environmental footprint.

     

    The good news is that we can all do our part. Simple steps – like properly disposing of plastic cups in garbage cans rather than tossing them on the ground or making sure that you don’t leave any plastic garbage behind when you go for a hike in the woods – can make a big difference. Researchers have known about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch since the 1970’s, so it has been nearly 50 years since the first pieces of plastic began forming into a vast, swirling galaxy of junk and debris. That is a long time, but there is still hope. Together, we can create a better future.

    5 Simple Steps Towards Eco-Sustainability That Anyone Can Take

    5 Simple Steps Towards Eco-Sustainability That Anyone Can Take

    The annual celebration around Earth Day every April is a great time to reflect and consider what additional steps can be taken to save the planet. However, did you know that there are small, relatively simple steps that you can take each and every day that support the broader concept of eco-sustainability?

     

    Step 1: Step up your recycling efforts

     

    When most people think about recycling, they typically think about bundling up items such as paper, plastic and glass bottles, and disposing of them in the proper recycling areas. But there is another aspect to recycling: searching out new opportunities to use recycled, reclaimed or gently used products. For example, why buy a brand new fleece jacket when you can buy a gently used fleece jacket made from recycled bottles? Why buy a watch made out of metal when you can buy a watch made out of reclaimed wood?

     

    Step 2: Switch to CFL or LED light bulbs

     

    One easy way to lower your environmental footprint on the planet is by switching o CFL or LED light bulbs in every room of your home. As an added bonus, you will also lower your own energy costs by lowering your energy consumption.

     

    Step 3: Reduce your water consumption

     

    It can be staggering to consider how much water we waste in a given day, especially considering the fact that, in some parts of the world, water is a very scarce resource. There are some easy ways to reduce your water consumption, such as by taking shorter showers each day. And you can also start washing your laundry with cold water instead of hot water in an effort to reduce your energy consumption.

     

    Step 4: Shop local

     

    Shopping local is a great way to support the entrepreneurs in your local community. And it’s also a great way to reduce the carbon footprint of businesses worldwide. Every time you buy a product that has been shipped from all over the world, you are encouraging an economic system in which needless energy is spent shipping items to your local area. And that’s especially true for food. Why do you need fruits and vegetables from Florida or California when you can just as easily support a local farmer who lives nearby? If you are eating out at restaurants, consider going to those restaurants where the chef has made a conscious decision to support locally sourced ingredients.

     

    Step 5: Join or support an environmental nonprofit organization

     

    There are many different environmental nonprofit organizations, each of them dedicated to solving a specific piece of the eco-sustainability puzzle. For example, if saving the forests is important to you, why not consider helping out an organization like American Forests? You’ll be doing your small part to save trees and restore some of North America’s greatest forests.

     

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    As you can see, success towards a larger goal – saving the planet – can start with a series of much smaller steps. Everyone, regardless of age or income, can take very simple steps to make the Earth a better place to live.

    Buying Eco-Friendly Wooden Watches from Leafwood Is a Great Way to Help Save North America’s Forests

    Buying Eco-Friendly Wooden Watches from Leafwood Is a Great Way to Help Save North America’s Forests

    Forests are aesthetically beautiful, of course, but just consider how important forests are for human life on this planet. They help to prevent climate change, improve overall air and water quality for everyday life and help to increase biodiversity on the planet. In short, forests are key to the sustainability of human life. For that reason, Canadian lifestyle brand Leafwood made a commitment at the very outset to make its fashionable wooden watches as eco-friendly as possible.

    Leafwood Canadian Wood Watches for Men

     

    Most notably, Leafwood became a supporter of American Forests, one of the most prominent nonprofit organizations working to preserve and restore forests across the United States. As part of its support for this highly trusted 140-year-old organization, Leafwood has pledged to plant a tree for every wooden watch sold. That means that every time you buy one of the company’s stylish and eco-friendly watches, you are doing your small part to save the environment.

     

    And it’s here that you really have to take the big picture view. The only way to save North America’s forests is for each individual to do his or her part. Tens of thousands of people acting together can be a very powerful force. Consider, for example, that American Forests plans to plant 3 million trees in 2018 alone. Every time you buy wood watches from Leafwood, you are contributing to this goal, one tree at a time.

     

    What makes American Forests so unique as an environmental partner is its truly national scope and reach. If you check out some of the organization’s projects, you can see how they encompass every geographic region of the United States. In the Idaho Panhandle, they are planting 21,640 trees. In the Chippewa National Forest of Minnesota, they are planting 350,000 trees. In the Desoto National Forest of Mississippi, they are planting tens of thousands of other trees. In every single region of the U.S., you can find an American Forests project.

     

    And perhaps just as importantly as helping to restore these forests back to their original state via its plant-a-tree program, Leafwood believes strongly in using environmentally sustainable practices in the creation of each and every wooden watch. No harsh chemicals are used in the creation of these wood watches, and the wood itself is completely hypoallergenic, making these watches suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

     

    And all wood used in the creation of these eco-friendly woods is either reclaimed or recycled. In short, they are made from wood that already exists in nature, meaning their environmental footprint is as small as possible.

     

    The good news is that support of the restoration and protection of North America’s forests doesn’t take a lot of effort on the part of everyday citizens. Every time you buy a new Leafwood wooden watch, you are helping to plant one of those 3 million trees American Forests plans to plant in 2018. Together, we can all give back more than we take from Mother Nature.

    These Eco-Conscious Fashion Brands Make the World a Better Place to Live

     

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     In just the past 25 years, eco-sustainability has come a long way in the fashion world. It’s now possible to combine cutting-edge design with sustainable practices. Here’s a look at some of the top eco-conscious brands that make the world a better place to live.

     

    • Patagonia – In many ways, Patagonia was one of the first eco-conscious clothing companies. Founded in 1973, the company pioneered the use of clothing, such as the company’s trademark outdoor fleeces, made out of recycled items. The company continually comes up with new eco-friendly initiatives, like Patagonia Provisions (food from sustainable farmers) and Worn Wear (an e-commerce initiative that keeps gently used clothing in use around the world). For rugged, eco-friendly outdoor wear, Patagonia is a clear leader.

     

    • Leafwood – This new Canadian fashion brand is emblematic of just how far we’ve come in 25 years. The company specializes in wood grain watches that blur the line between high fashion and sustainability. Each wood watch is made from recycled wood, and the company pledges that for every wooden wrist watch sold, it will plant a new tree in the Canadian forest. These watches made of wood – including the new Leafwood bamboo watch – are a perfect mix of style, high-end fashion sensibility and a dedication to the natural environment.

     

    • DL1961 – In today’s fashion world, denim is one area that could use an eco reboot, and that’s exactly what this hip New York City fashion brand founded by women is trying to do – create chic denim fashion using cutting-edge sustainable practices. The company has been able to reduce water, dye and energy use by 50%. It’s all proof that eco-sustainability is moving clearly in the direction of premium fashion.

     

    • Eileen Fisher – It’s possible to be a huge commercial success by embracing eco-sustainability. Eileen Fisher has retail stores across the United States, including several locations in New York and a mix of other stores in premium shopping malls. The company specializes in ethical and sustainable fashion that embraces simplicity. The clothes are so simple that they are elegant. And now the company has a new Vision 2020 mission statement, in which the company pledges to be a carbon-positive and no-waste business operation by the year 2020.

     

    • People Tree – In the UK, People Tree has been a long-time pioneer in the ethical and sustainable fashion space. The company has been working with Fair Trade workers for more than 25 years, and routinely picks up industry awards for its work with biodegradable materials and Fair Trade artisans. At the same time, the company’s clothes pop up in fashion magazines like Vogue.

     

    All five of these eco-conscious fashion brands are proof that the blurring of eco-sustainability and great design is a successful business strategy. For many brands, it is now part of the overall mission statement. Eileen Fisher, for example, has a mission statement that focuses on “Simplicity, Sustainability and Great Design” – with sustainability being more important than design. So the next time you’re shopping on one of these e-commerce websites, take a closer look at some of the amazing eco-friendly initiatives currently underway at these companies.

    Leafwood Wood Watches, Made To Enjoy the Tranquil Life

    Leafwood Wood Watches, Made To Enjoy the Tranquil Life

    Everyday life often seems to move at a chaotic pace, leaving few if any moments for meditation, calm and tranquility. Time, if anything, seems to be speeding up. Our very timepieces themselves have turned into high-tech, futuristic marvels with more computing power packed into them than desktop computers of just a decade ago. And these high-tech smart watches continually ping us, message us, and remind us of everything we have left undone in our lives.


    That’s why the new line of woodwatches from Leafwood, a Canadian fashion and lifestyle brand, represent such a refreshing alternative for anyone looking to slow down their life and enjoy occasional moments of peace, quiet and calm. After all, who really wants to be taking a long hike in the woods while being barraged by data and information -  that defeats the purpose of “getting away from it all,” right?

     

    What’s perhaps most impressive about these wood watches is their phenomenal craftsmanship. Each watch is handmade from authentic recycled or reclaimed wood. This is not “faux wood” or some kind of wood finish – it is real wood from North American forests, and there are the authentic wood grain finishes to prove it. Each timepiece is really a one-of-a-kind wonder, handcrafted by Canadian artisans who have enormous respect for the natural world around them.

     

    These Leafwood wood grain watches come in a variety of styles and wood options, for both men and women. For example, men can choose from the Juglan Nut Blue and Terra Juglan Gold, both handcrafted from walnut, while women can choose from The Virago in black and brown sandalwood or natural beige maplewood. The Terra Juglan Gold is particularly noteworthy – it includes an Italian leather strap, gold details on the watch face, and plenty of little design elements that immediately elevate the watch to a fashion statement.

     

    In 2017, Leafwood added a new bamboo watch made from lightweight bamboo wood to their lineup of men’s and women’s wood watches. For anyone looking to travel light and leave the worries of the world behind, this new bamboo wood watch is simply a joy to strap to one’s wrist. It’s so lightweight you won’t even realize you’re wearing a watch.

     

    And, best of all, every Leafwood wood watch is eco friendly. These eco friendly watches are made from recycled or reclaimed wood. They are completely hypoallergenic, too, since they are made without the use of harsh manmade chemicals. The team at Leafwood has even worked with local Canadian nonprofits to give back to the local environment – for every new wood watch sold, they have pledged to plant a new tree in the forest.

     

    If you are looking to stay grounded, to enjoy the tiny moments of contemplative joy in everyday life, then it’s worth strapping on one of these gorgeously designed wood grain watches. Whether you are leaving the busy world behind for a day-long hike in the woods or going completely off the grid with a weekend retreat at a log cabin in the forest, you will always be grounded.