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Sustainability Roundup: June

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July is Plastic-Free Month and thankfully this month’s Sustainability Roundup includes some seriously positive changes happening in the world of plastic. Get your dose of good and green news with these quick reads.


This 12-Year-Old May Have Solved Our Plastic Crisis



Or at least given us the ray of hope we seriously needed. As her entry for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, budding scientist Anna Du invented a tool to help researchers discover microplastics on the ocean floor. The device uses light to distinguish plastics from marine life and is the coolest thing we’ve seen all month. Read more here.


Are Pasta Straws the Next Plastic Alternative?

This Wisconsin pizzeria thinks so. Frank’s Pizza Palace in Appleton, WI has been serving customers straws made from uncooked long ziti noodles for years. We have yet to try it but are awestruck imagining the pasta-bilities. Learn more here.


This Public Pool Uses Plants Instead of Chlorine




Canada opened its first public natural swimming pool this month, which uses aquatic plants and plankton to clean the water instead of chlorine. The swimming spot is the second natural option in North America, with the first having been established in Minneapolis, MN in 2015. Dive into the fun here.


You May Want to Move to the Desert After Seeing This

Check out this 100% self-sufficient home built by Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig in the high desert of California. The oasis is fully decked out with solar panels, an on-site well, and is completely off the grid. Start daydreaming here.


This Town is Completely Plastic-Free




Located in Cornwall, England, the town of Penzance is the country’s first to go completely plastic-free. That means no single-use plastics, from straws to bottles to packing peanuts (they use a corn starch alternative, which you can technically eat if you want to be really waste-free). See how they got the entire community on board here.


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