How Plastic Liberated And Entombed Us

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With its base made of fossil fuels, it makes sense to turn plastic into a new fuel source. Multinationals like Nestlé (which produced much of this plastic in the first place) have started on this journey. However, it’s not an easy “fix,” nor is it a safe one. The process that breaks plastic back into fuel generates a lot of heat, releases toxins into the air that “cause cancer, disrupt hormones, and suppress the immune system,” and creates incinerator waste that’s dumped near low-income and minority-populated communities. Read full article here

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It’s put forth that happiness and unhappiness should be viewed as two different ‘scales’, not either end of one scale. For instance, if you’re not satisfied with your life, try to identify the root problem: do you not have enough happiness, or are you just unhappy? Depending on your answer to the question, the solutions may differ. Read full article here

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