Here’s some eco-inspiration for the week of January 25-29, 2021.
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The U.S. has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President and Vice President of the United States of America! On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. That is only a first step, but it’s a big one. I will be loud in holding him accountable, as well as fighting for better plans than the ones he has proposed for the environment. If you’re reading this, I hope you’ll do the same!
It is exciting and inspiring, but there is still work to do to continue to make this nation and world a better place. Elected officials are not perfect, and this entire past 4 years, as well as this election, has proven that we need to stop looking to our elected officials to be perfect. Instead, we need to hold them accountable at all times, not just during election season. The attempted coup also shows that the divide in our nation is still strong. There’s no denying that the divide is rooted in racism. So I am here – happy to see the beginning of change and understanding that this is just the beginning – let’s keep putting in the work to make change!
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Keystone XL Pipeline STOPPED
Another major move by President Joe Biden on his first day in office was revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline permit. A 2017, polls showed that most Americans opposed the Keystone Pipeline, and the new president listened and acted on it. Hopefully this isn’t just symbolic and we continue to move towards clean envy and less destruction of the land.
image source: keystonexl.com via nrdc.org
Plant-Based Braiding Hair
Braids are Black History. They keep our curly and coily hair safe and we create beautiful designs and style with them. We can create longer braids with “weave” or “hair extensions,” but the existing braiding hair can really make your scalp itch and damage it. It’s also made from plastic, so you it generates a lot of waste – from the process to make it all the way to being discarded.
The Black women behind Rebundle have created a plant-based braiding hair, braid better, that is non-toxic, biodegradable, and only uses safe ingredients. It is made from banana fiber and each batch is pre-order only because that limits overproduction and waste. The pre-orders are open now, and the first batch will ship in March 2021! Support this Black-owned business by ordering your next bundles of braiding hair from them, or telling your friends about them.
image source: Rebundle
And amazing bonus, Rebundle also recycles plastic synthetic hair for a $5 fee.