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Hope for 2017

Yes, 2016 was rough, for many people, a year to forget.
From the continued war in Syria, terror attacks, political turmoil and we lost some amazing people.
But, amid that darkness, there were also many wonderful things that happened in 2016.

My top favorites are:

Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list

Green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico were taken off the endangered list

Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage

Norway became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation

In 2016 Costa Rica ran solely on renewable energy for over 100 days. Now it's aiming for an entire year with no fossil fuels

Plastic bag use dropped massively in UK thanks to charging for them

The US finalized new regulations to shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders

In September, giant pandas became the latest species to be taken off the endangered list.

The first round-the-world flight by a solar powered plane was completed by Solar impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi

What were your favorite things that happened in 2016?
Wishing you a fantastic 2017 ! Love, happiness, health, prosperity, joy and lots of laughter



Sources
: market watch, Avaaz.org, medium.com, The independent, BBC, Guardian
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Hope for 2017

Yes, 2016 was rough, for many people, a year to forget.
From the continued war in Syria, terror attacks, political turmoil and we lost some amazing people.
But, amid that darkness, there were also many wonderful things that happened in 2016.

My top favorites are:

Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list

Green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico were taken off the endangered list

Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage

Norway became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation

In 2016 Costa Rica ran solely on renewable energy for over 100 days. Now it's aiming for an entire year with no fossil fuels

Plastic bag use dropped massively in UK thanks to charging for them

The US finalized new regulations to shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders

In September, giant pandas became the latest species to be taken off the endangered list.

The first round-the-world flight by a solar powered plane was completed by Solar impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi

What were your favorite things that happened in 2016?
Wishing you a fantastic 2017 ! Love, happiness, health, prosperity, joy and lots of laughter



Sources
: market watch, Avaaz.org, medium.com, The independent, BBC, Guardian
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Green laundry

With laundry day coming up, I'm starting to think about fabric softener, what an unnecessary and toxic product it really is. I used it for years without really thinking about it.

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals - in fact, that's why they feel a little softer.A recent University of Washington study on air contaminants from fragranced consumer goods detected between 18 and 20 chemicals in each of four laundry products - including likely human carcinogens acetaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane, developmental toxicants methyl ethyl ketone and chloromethane

Even worse than liquid fabric softeners are dryer sheets, whose chemicals are heated and then shot into the air for you to breathe into your lungs. ... That strong artificial scent is masking a seriously unhealthy chemical mix.

With every wash, we are pouring these toxic chemicals into the ocean and we all know by now that the ocean does not need us to dump more garbage into it.

Scary stuff, but I'm happy that more and more of us are starting to think about what is in our cleaning and skincare products. Love your skin, love our planet. Unfortunately I don'thave the possibility or line drying but I'm using a dryer ball and put a few drops of essential oil into the space where the fabric softener is supposed to go. Do you have any good tips for laundry days?




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