Author Archives : Ethel

Sun Protection: Sunscreen, Clothing, and Shade


Now that summer is here….sunscreens are on our mind. You may be seeing lots of “reef safe” sunscreen, what are they? In 2018, Hawaii and Palau banned selling sunscreens with two types of chemical commonly found in sunscreen ingredients: oxybenzone and octinoxate.  The research revealed that oxybenzone and octinoxate greatly affect the health of our coral reefs. Those sunscreen ingredients…

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Climate Change: You Can Make A Difference


“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi   Earlier this month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released studies showing that we have only twelve years to make significant changes to our energy infrastructure before the damage we do to our Earth is irreversible. Like others around me, this news troubled…

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The 5 R's of Zero Waste

5 “R’s” of Zero Waste


Here are the 5 “R’s” of zero waste.  It’s an excellent guide to help you start your journey. Remeber it’s not about perfection, it’s about the progress!  Starting something is not easy nor is it a comfortable process.  Also, depending on where you live, you may have limited resources.  Just do the best you can do. Oh, and don’t beat…

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Souvenir and Gift Ideas

Zero Waste Souvenir Gift Ideas


Traveling is fun and challenging- especially when you’re on a zero waste journey.  Souvenirs can be hard to resist since they are reminders of where you visited.  But if your goal is to travel lightly,  you’re forced to be selective;  unless you don’t mind carrying more weight. Souvenir Ideas Purchase useful things at your destination. When traveling light, you can…

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