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Making Our Plastic Waste Edible

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Plastic is one of the most useful materials as it is super cheap and easy to produce. Plastic utensils allow us to enjoy a meal without the cleanup. Plastic packaging makes us carry stuff with ease and safety. Our momentary convenience is often devastating for marine animals. Marine animals get entangled in this plastic waste and sadly die due to the complications incurred. It is estimated that 100 million marine mammals are killed due to plastic pollution every year.  There is a solution to this problem, and that is using packaging and cutlery substitutes that are biodegradable. Biodegradable means that the product is capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. To take a further step forward here's to products that are both biodegradable and edible. 
Let us start with the one you are probably thinking of, edible spoons! These spoons are made of wheat, rice, or millet flours and were first introduced in 2010. Edible spoons are meant to be used in place of pla…

4 Ideas That Countries Can Implement To Re-engineer Their Waste

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Trash is everywhere, in our oceans, in our landfills, and sometimes on our roadsides. Trash is devastating for the environment. It is proven that plastics negatively impact marine life. Additionally, food waste also adds Methane to the atmosphere, and landfills cause toxic chemicals to leak into the ground, poisoning groundwater. Re-engineering means to take a product and modify it for another purpose that is useful to us humans. Trash is not useless as it can be re-engineered for a purpose, rather than ending up in our landfills and oceans. So here are 5 ideas that countries can implement to re-purpose their waste. 
New Roads: A lot of the stuff people throw out are plastics. Plastic is derived from crude oil. Roads are paved with very similar stuff that is called bitumen, which is a petroleum-based binding agent in asphalt. The waste plastic is turned into pellets that are melted and converted into bitumen. Afterward, it is mixed with the asphalt, and voila, you got a road that saves…

Drop Tree Bombs To Save The Planet

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So this idea is what it sounds like. I've talked about climate change in my blogs. Mainly because it's something that I’m passionate about. I truly feel like the solutions are out there and we just need to make them happen. One such project is using aerial reforestation to restore forests. 
Trees are a lifeline of this planet, in the age of climate change. We can only plant so many trees by hand and it is not a cost-effective method for regrowing forests. Trees act like carbon sinks taking the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen for us. What is great is that the carbon produced is ideally returned to the ground. This allows these plants to aid in reversing and mitigating the devastating effect humans have on the environment. Also, trees help maintain water levels in the ground as well as prevent erosion. Don’t forget how amazing they can be as a habitat for creatures of all kinds. 
Aerial reforestation is exactly what it sounds like, reforesting the earth by dr…

Why We Still Don't Have Electric Planes

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Planes have revolutionized the way we travel. We can now get to our destinations with much more ease and convenience than ever before. Sadly, taking trips often is too expensive for us regular folk. There is a solution and that is the idea for the electric plane. 

What is technology?Electric planes have been around for a long time. You may know them as toy planes or dronesAll that is needed is to use that technology as a model and scale up the operationElectric planes have been created before and have sustained flight. Ultimately the main reason they are not in the market is because of the lack of battery technology
Limitations Due To The BatteryTo fly a plane it takes a lot of fuel, about a gallon of fuel a second. A battery will need to produce enough electricity to be able to match that which is produced by fuel. 
A battery's ability to hold power is measured in specific energy. Right now even the best batteries only have 250 Wh/kg (watt-hours per kilogram). To start flying we nee…

10 Ideas To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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We are all guilty of not doing our part in the fight against climate change. It is funny how the pandemic is giving us the ability to walk back a very small amount of harm we caused the environment. The air is getting cleaner in some places and wildlife are inhabiting parts of the world that they once stood clear of. I think this is a chance for us to reflect on the impact that we humans have on the environment. So let's take this one step further here are 10 ideas to help you save the earth!
Use Fluorescent Bulbs: Fluorescent bulbs have been around for a while yet whenever I walk around I always see Incandescent ones. Fluorescents not only take a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs do but they last longer. They are also brighter by comparison. I do go to admit I have an incandescent light bulb in my room but I’ll change mine if you pledge to find the ones in your home and change them as well. By doing so not only will you reduce your energy bill but also your carbon foo…

Alternative Ideas to Defunding The Police

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Nowadays when I look at social media all I see are strong opinions and ideas, and to be honest it scares me. The reason why it scares me is because when an idea gets traction, all other possible solutions to the problems we face are barely ever shown or discussed. So I wanted to present some of my ideas about the motion to defund the police in the city of Toronto. 
Being raised in Toronto, I've learned to accept the good with the bad like any city. Even as a child I had run-ins with the authorities which made me feel unsafe or uncomfortable. I have also seen the good that having a strong police system brings. Right now you must be thinking what good could the Toronto police possibly be doing. Well, I wanted to share with you the Youth in Policing initiative. It's an initiative run by the Toronto police service to help bring cops closer to the communities they protect. This initiative is a program that employs students from grades 9-12 in a be a cop for a day type program, but i…