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Climate Change

Climate change and Global Warming For years scientists have supported that climate change and global warming is in fact real and is happening to our planet right now, one of the worst parts is that humans are the ones responsible this time. In simple words, climate change throws the natural system of our planet out of balance, and this can have devastating effects. Changes in climate patterns were first observed in the 20th century and have been attributed to increasing levels of greenhouse gases (specifically carbon dioxide, CO2), that are produced from human actions such as the burning of fossil fuels. When CO2 is released into the earths atmosphere it hangs around creating a “blanket”, which entraps the sunlight entering....

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Water Scarcity

Water Scarcity Water scarcity is major and unreported issue of the world; it is the lack of fresh water resources to meet the water demand of the world’s population. In 2019 the World Economic Forum listed it as one of the biggest global risks in terms of potential impact over the next decade. As we know, 70% of our planet is covered by water. From this only something like 0.014% is fresh water and easily accessible to us. 97% of the remaining water is salt water and 3% is hard for us to access. Theoretically the amount of fresh water on the planet should be sufficient on a global scale. However, due to factors like climate change, resulting in some...

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Plastic Patches

Plastic Garbage Patch As we are all well aware, plastic has become a major part of our daily lives over the past century. There are many different forms of plastic out there, and plastic is now used in nearly everything; from everyday food packaging to polymer implants and medical devices all the way to automobile parts and spacecraft’s. Over the years the use of plastic has increased immensely, but unfortunately the recycling of it is still poor. It takes about 500 years for plastics to decompose in landfills, but another problem also arises when plastics end up in our oceans, a whole 8 million metric tonnes of it, each year! This plastic waste that enters the sea each year can...

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A little about Industrial Hemp

A little about Hemp…  Hemp has been used in the “fashion industry” for centuries, in fact it was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fibres. Industrial hemp and cannabis both derive from the species Cannabis Sativa, meaning “useful hemp” and contain the psychoactive component THC. However, they are distinct species and industrial hemp contains lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol, which nearly eliminates its psychoactive effects.   As well as clothing and fabrics, fibres produced from hemp have also been used to produce ropes, shoes, household accessories, paper and even building materials. It was also commonly used to create sail canvas. Interestingly enough the word “canvas” is derived from the word Cannabis. It...

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Australia leads the game when it comes to organic cotton

Cotton fabric is made from yarn spun from the fibres of the cotton seedpod, called a boll. Most of the world's cotton is grown in India and China, usually on farms that rely heavily on pesticides, fertilisers and intensive irrigation. Growing 1 kilogram of non-organic cotton lint (the raw cotton fibre) uses about 2,120 litres of water from irrigation, according to Textile Exchange, a not-for-profit group promoting sustainable practices within the industry. Cotton is generally harvested by machine, then undergoes ginning, a mechanical process that removes the fibres from their seeds. These fluffy fibres are then subject to a series of processes, such as carding and combing, to smooth and refine them until they are ready to be spun into yarn....

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