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The Plastic Straw Ban, and Other Ways You Can Help the Planet Right Now

Posted by Kristen Creed on

The Plastic Straw Ban, and Other Ways You Can Help the Planet Right Now

What memories have you made this summer? What will forever remind you of the summer of 2018? Well, for many of us, this summer will mark the season of the plastic straw ban, for this is the summer that society decided to bid farewell to the unnecessary use of these plastic drinking utensils. Well, not entirely. But many major cities and big companies have joined the movement to eliminate the use of plastic straws, instead replacing them with biodegradable, paper options. Or, if you’re Starbucks, creating a new lid to enjoy your iced latte from. And guess what… life is...

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How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

Posted by Allison Kelly on

How Much Sunscreen Should You Use?

Everyone needs sunscreen. Whether you’re at the beach or eating lunch outside at work, sunscreen keeps you safe from the sun’s harmful rays. But are you sure that you’re getting the full effect of your SPF? The SPF rating given to a sunscreen is decided in a controlled environment using a very specific amount of lotion. In the real world, sunscreen is often applied quickly and less effectively, meaning that your SPF 50 may only be giving you SPF 10 protection. Yikes. The majority of people aren’t applying enough sunscreen, which can lead to burns and skin cancer even when...

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The Real Reason Why You Get More Sunburnt at the Beach

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The Real Reason Why You Get More Sunburnt at the Beach

No one likes a sunburn, and the ominous months of sunburn season are upon us. We know we aren’t the only ones that pick up more sun and a worse sunburn when we spend the day at the beach, the lake or by the pool. Why is that, anyway? As it turns out, there is a rhyme and reason and it’s not the most obvious and typical reason you might be thinking. It’s actually a combination of factors that allow the sun to wreak even more havoc on your skin. Here are the real truths as to why you definitely...

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Is Your Family's Favorite Vacation Spot in Danger?

Posted by Allison Kelly on

Is Your Family's Favorite Vacation Spot in Danger?

Coral reefs around the world are dying. In fact, some experts estimate that almost 25% of coral reefs are already irreversibly damaged. For many years, vacationers have been able to avoid and ignore this disaster, but not anymore. Many of the most popular family vacation spots are in danger of losing their popular reefs that draw in so many tourists. Below is a list of four popular destinations for families, along with a brief history on their relationship with coral reefs — plus, how you can help prevent further damage. Hawaii Hawaii is home to 80% of coral reefs in...

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5 Reasons to Buy Mineral Sunscreen

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5 Reasons to Buy Mineral Sunscreen

It’s quite simple. Harmful chemicals in chemical sunscreen are bleaching and killing the coral reefs. Yes, there are other contributors (i.e. global warming, pollution, harvesting), but the use of chemical sunscreen is one of the only factors that the average person has a direct hand in.  We would never suggest that you go to the beach without sunscreen! Sun protection is incredibly important — but there is a better option. Mineral sunscreens are a great alternative that protect your skin from harmful UV rays without the harsh chemicals in traditional sunscreen products. Just some of the harmful chemicals that can be found in drug...

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