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What is happening with bees and why do we need them?

What is happening with bees and why do we need them?

Bees are some of the hardest working creatures on the planet, and because of their laborious work ethic, we owe many thanks to this amazing yet often under-appreciated insect.Our lives would be a much different place if bees didn’t exist. Bees are responsible for pollinating about one-sixth of the flowering plant species worldwide and approximately 400 different agricultural types of plant. Honeybees and the other pollinators help produce approximately $19 billion worth of agricultural crops in the U.S. only in one year; that’s estimated to be one-third of everything we eat! Bees make the planet beautifulPollinating flowers and contributing to...

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Minimalism: the art of needing less

Minimalism: the art of needing less

Learning to live with fewer things can help us connect with ourselves, can make us feel lighter and create more space for new things in our lives. But also, reducing our consumption is the most fundamental thing we can do to take care of nature. Simply through buying less of everything, you can significantly reduce your personal impact on the earth.It starts with learning how to say no. Refusing to buy things we don’t need. And what you do buy, do it consciously. Buy things that will last. Remember: what is good for you will likely be good for the...

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Sustainable or regenerative?

Sustainable or regenerative?

We all know that working towards a more sustainable lifestyle is critical right now, but… is it enough? Sustainability has historically been the goal of eco-friendly movements, but now there is a newfound effort on the need for regenerative efforts. So… what is the difference?Regenerative programs are more aggressive than sustainable programs. Why? Well, sustainability by definition means to maintain the current state of the environment, whereas regenerative programs aim to restore the environment to its former state.  Our natural spaces have lost an exponential amount of their biodiversity and water, and are facing mass amounts of pollution. This environmental...

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How plastic harms our hormones

How plastic harms our hormones

We are aware of the environmental impact of plastic… but do we know enough about its implications associated with ingesting or even just being in contact with plastic? As we dive deeper into the world of plastic, we uncover the negative influence that plastic may have on your hormones, endocrine system and overall health.  BPA and why we should avoid itBPA is the synthetic chemical most commonly used in making plastics. It can be found in everything from plastic water bottles and bags to lunch containers; but also in the inside of tin cans, disposable coffee cups and plastic toys....

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Grow your own sprouts

Grow your own sprouts

The process of sprouting seeds makes them easier on the digestive system, which means your body is better able to extract all the nutrients they contain.Sprouted seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They contain a lot of nutrients–protein, minerals like folate and magnesium, vitamins, and antioxidants. Because seeds pack in all the nutrients plants need to germinate, they are tiny nutritional powerhouses and sprouting is the best way to reap those benefits.Ancient Chinese physicians were prescribing sprouts curatively over 5,000 years ago and 18th century sea captains employed them to prevent scurvy on long passages. They can be grown easily and...

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