Biodegradable Water Bottles!

In recent years we’ve been learning about the negative effects that waste plastic has on our oceans and on marine life. A regular plastic water bottle takes an average of 450 years to decompose, and in the meantime it chokes wildlife and clogs up delicate ecosystems.

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One startup has a special water bottle in development – one that completely biodegrades in 3 weeks. This bottle, developed by 27-year-old James Longcroft and his company “Choose Water”, is made completely of paper, with a steel cap. All of the materials used in the bottles break down into non-toxic substances that don’t harm the environment or hurt wildlife.

Even better, the company has pledged to donate profits to Water for Africa, a charity that helps rural communities get clean water.

Choose Water had an Indiegogo campaign earlier this year that met 144% of the funding goals, so hopefully we should be seeing these cool new bottles on store shelves soon!

It’s so inspiring to see people working to clean up our oceans and protect our beautiful planet!

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Bird Clean-up Crew!

A theme park in France has trained birds to provide a helpful public service – picking up trash!

Puy du Fou, a popular historical theme park in western France, keeps their park clean with the help of a crew of six birds. The birds are Rooks, a member of the Corvid family, which includes crows, ravens, and magpies. These birds are known for their incredible intelligence and learning ability.

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The rooks help keep the park clean by picking up cigarette butts and other trash, then putting them in a bin in exchange for food treats. The park’s owners hope these avian litter-cleaners will inspire us humans to take better care of our environment as well!

A Dutch company called Crowded Cities is hoping to use these super smart birds to clean on a larger scale. They’re testing a new device, called a “Crow Bar”, that rewards wild birds for bringing in cigarette butts. It should be interesting to see where they’re able to go with this cool idea!

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Isn’t nature awesome? 🙂

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Good News Report – Duck “Supermom”!

Photographer Brent Cizek has captured photos of an amazing mama duck, who is taking care of 75 – yes, SEVENTY FIVE – babies!

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A lake in Bemidji, Minnesota is the home of this Common Merganser supermom, who is busy raising an army of ducklings. Observers have counted at least 75 babies, who are growing and seem to be doing well in their huge family.

Experts say the most likely explanation is that most of the ducklings were somehow lost or separated from their real mothers, and adopted by their current foster mom.

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If there’s a “Mom of the Year” award, I think this brave lady should get the prize!

Check out the original article at Majically: Supermom Duck

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Solar Panels…powered by bacteria!

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a cool new innovation in the field of solar power – bacteria!

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Solar cells are great for harvesting energy from the sun, but the drawback is that they have a drastic drop in efficiency on cloudy days or situations with dim light. There are certain types of bacteria that produce a natural dye that helps them convert light energy into food, and scientists had experimented with extracting this dye for use in solar technology. Extracting the dye proved difficult and costly, so they decided on a more elegant solution–putting the bacteria themselves into the solar cells!

These new solar panels are called “biogenic” because they are a hybrid of technology and nature. How cool is that?

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This could be a great solution for parts of the world that would benefit from solar power, but have too many overcast days to currently make it practical. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new bio-tech continues to develop!

Check out the original article here –> University of British Columbia

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Bee Saving Paper!

We’ve all heard of the problems honey bees have been facing lately, and it’s imperative to our world that we protect this super important pollinator. One company has developed a unique and unexpected bee saving solution: paper!

This bee saving paper is made with a special type of sugar that is easily digestible by bees, so they can get a snack while they’re out on pollen patrol. It’s covered with UV-sensitive red spots that are highly visible to bees, and it even has seeds embedded into the fibers to grow new wildflowers after the paper decomposes!

 

I love seeing the positive and unique solutions people have come up with to solve some of our modern problems! Be sure to check out the maker’s website here: Bee Saving Paper

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New Steps for Pet Health Challenge!

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The folks over at Walk For a Dog have started a new walking challenge for spring! Sign up for the Steps For Pet Health challenge, and you could win a $2,500 grand prize for the animal charity of your choice!

All you have to do is download the app, then go on walks of at least 1/4 mile from now until June 30, 2018. Each walk could win a small weekly donation, and qualifies for the grand prize at the end of the challenge. (And you don’t even need a dog – human walks count too!)

I’ll be walking my sweet pup Chester, I hope you’ll join us! 🙂

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Walk for a Dog!

Autumn is here (at least in this hemisphere), and that means falling leaves, cool temperatures, and best of all, long walks with the dog! I love hiking in the woods and on walking trails, and even a stroll around the neighborhood can be refreshing when the weather is crisp. My dog Chester loves it too, of course. :3

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One thing I always do while I walk is to use the Walk for a Dog app. It’s a free app you download on your phone, and it works as a pedometer to track the distance you travel during your walks. They then donate a few cents per mile, I believe about 11-25 cents, to an animal charity of your choice. All you have to do is open the app and click “start walking”, then just toss your phone in a pocket or in my case, a fanny pack (yeah, I don’t care if they’re uncool, they’re super useful, so NYAH!). Press one more button to stop the walk, and your donation is logged.

I love this app, because you can do good in the world just by walking around! It adds some extra enjoyment to a fun trip like a hike, and it even makes exercise seem more meaningful. I can see it adding to motivation a bit too; knowing that animals will be helped might just get that stubborn jogger out of bed and onto the pavement. 🙂 Since signing up, I’ve walked almost 65 miles!

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Check out Walk for a Dog and sign up! Sometimes it feels like making the world a better place is hard, but this is one simple way to do it. In case you’d rather help out two-legged charities, there are also apps for that too, like Charity Miles.

You CAN make a positive difference in the world! 🙂


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