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Reduce Microplastic, Use Biodegradable Option

EARTH DAY By Kathleen McCleary The Denver Post Parade,

Ever measured on the ocean floor, about 1.9 million pieces in 11 square miles. Even if you’re not glittering your kids’ art projects (colored salt or rice is a good substitute), check your makeup

It’s spring and there’s light at the end of the long pandemic tunnel. And while the enforced isolation has been hard on us, it’s been a boon to the planet: Air pollution has decreased, water quality has improved and noise pollution has dropped, according to recent data from NASA and the U.S.

Geological Survey. “We have a unique opportunity to rethink and reimagine how we want to live,” says environmental activist Laurie David, co-author of Imagine It!: A Handbook for a Happier Planet. “Now is our chance to do better.” Here’s how to get started.

Ditch that added sparkle may come from microplastics. Instead, consider products that use synthetic mica, a sparkly but biodegradable alternative to plastic glitter.

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