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Greenwashing: Avoid Falling Prey to Deception While Trying to Do Good

By Hannah Arledge Evidently, going green is good for business. Over the past five years, internet searches for sustainable goods have increased by 71%. As global concern heightens with images of Amazonian deforestation, ocean garbage patches, and the lived experience of increasingly erratic weather patterns, consumers are looking for avenues to lessen their role in […]
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There's no such thing as a sustainable trend

Environmental concern is urgent. It is also timeless. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, wow, this sustainability trend sure is taking off, isn’t it? You’d have good reason for thinking that. Fidelity, the investment giant declared last year as the year “sustainability went mainstream” declaring that “professional and private investors alike are realizing that sustainability […]
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How to stop glacial retreat

Glacial retreat represents a variety of ecological concerns Glacial retreat is a term that describes what happens when a glacier’s furthest point doesn’t reach as far down valley as it used to at the same time of year. It can be used as a shorthand to describe the shrinking of a glacier and as a […]
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Wave goodbye to plastics by implementing these steps

Plastic is everywhere As the doors at a local supermarket glide open, shelves stocked with mounds of endless foods provide a sense of freedom and excitement for consumers. Here's the catch: they are all wrapped in plastic! What picture does this imagery paint in your head? With lives so infiltrated by plastic, this supermarket visual […]
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Protecting God’s Creation

What motivates Christians to care about climate? This is a question many have asked, from both within and outside the faith. While people in general may have all kinds of reasons for concern- from uncertainty towards the future to concern for the poor, how this is influenced by people’s spiritual beliefs stirs up a lot […]
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Worthwhile questions to ask about the things around us

Part of living a more sustainable lifestyle includes rethinking our relationship with the physical world. Sometimes that means reconsidering the importance of the forests in Ethiopia, or the trees in our own neighborhood. Other times, it means reconsidering the physical objects in front of us- our drinkware, the clothes on our back, or the electronics […]
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3 Ways to Reduce Food Waste

Imagine something that wastes seeds, water, nutrients, financial resources, working hours, soil, and land space, all while generating a large amount of methane. Are you thinking of food waste? If so, you’d be accurate. In fact, the resource exhaustion generated by food waste is responsible for close to ten percent of global emissions. While that’s […]
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When Nations Get Busy Planting Trees

For over 30 years, Plant With Purpose has advocated for planting trees as a simple but powerful response to the environmental challenges that our planet faces. Swiss researcher Tom Crowther speaks about planting trees urgently. As far as climate solutions go, “it is available now,” he says. “It is the cheapest one possible and every […]
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Rolling Up Your Sleeves for Creation Care

Perhaps you’ve been with us on the journey of environmental restoration for some time. You care deeply. You often look at the big picture of what environmental challenges look like across the globe. But for those wanting to get more involved, the big picture can sometimes look too broad. If you’re the type of person […]
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The environment and human health

In many ways, the effects that the environment has on human health seem a little obvious. Still, there is a variety of different ways to think about their relationship that all underscore its importance. Here are some of those ways. Biodiversity helps support resilience and nutrition. A lack of biodiversity results in the loss of […]
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3 Perspective Shifts that Serve the Planet

1. It’s not about being the perfect environmentalist. It can be easy after learning about the urgent threats to our environment to want to do something drastic. To radically alter your lifestyle and to challenge others to do the same. These changes are good, but they can also very easily slip into the snares of […]
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You Don't Need to Spend Big to Start Your Own Garden

If you are anything like me, gardening might sound expensive and like a lot of work. However, backyard gardening is something Plant with Purpose encourages to all of our partners. These partners often are struggling with a lack of capital, and gardening is actually a way to generate income. Here are some tips we have […]
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Stay cool and stay green, even when it's hot out

Summer is just around the corner, which means longer daylight, more time outside, and warmer weather. For some of us, that means much warmer weather, prompting a habitual air-conditioning crank during the day to come home to a nice, cool house after hours of soaking up the sun. Anyone who’s seen an electricity bill before […]
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How to Stay Sane While Living Sustainably

Four important things to remember Start Small Living sustainably does not have to happen over night. There is no need to overhaul your whole life in one big sweep. Start small and work up. You do not need to phase out plastics completely, if that does not suit your lifestyle yet. Instead, start by using […]
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Earth Day celebrates a chance to love your neighbor

One of our greatest purposes is to love our neighbor as ourselves Many of us are familiar with the two greatest commandments, as found in Matthew 22: To love God with all our hearts, minds, and strength, and, To love our neighbor as ourselves While each of us may find unique opportunities to practice these […]
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