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Bans on Single-Use Plastic Bags Within the U.S.

Plastic use and bans on single-use plastic, particularly plastic bags, have become a hot topic over the last few years. The convenience that these types of products provide is outweighed by the damage they do to the planet. Plastic bags don't biodegrade over time, and they have become a real problem as they build up in landfills, clog waterways, and accumulate in the ocean. Even worse, incineration and photodegradation of these bags release harmful chemicals into the air, water, and ground. More states are adopting bans and placing other strict limitations on the use of plastic materials to encourage consumers to opt for sustainable and reusable alternatives that reduce our overall environmental footprint. JungleVine® tote bags are the most genuinely...

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History and Culture of the Khmu People

The Khmu, pronounced kəˈmu, people is a large minority ethnic groups that is spread across the central highlands of Asia including sections of Northern and Central Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Southwestern China. Throughout their range, they are recognized as a separate ethnic group with the exception of those living in China where they fall under the official designation of undistinguished ethnic peoples (rough translation from Chinese). They are known by various names including Khamu, Kemu, Khammu or Khơ Mú depending on the specific area where they live but as would be expected, share a common language with only slight variations in dialects being noted and generally recognizable customs across the entire region. Khmu Population Distribution As can...

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Staying Green During the Season of Giving

It is estimated that in the United States alone an extra 25 million tons of garbage is generated during the holiday season. Included in this number is 2.65 billion Christmas cards, which is enough to fill a football field higher than a ten-story building. Enough ribbon to tie a bow around the planet 12 times over and 4 million tons of wrapping paper, which accounts for approximately 30 million fewer trees on the planet.

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