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Hello Friends! I wanted to share some info on a new exhibit hall that just opened at the Houston Museum of Natural Science that I found most interesting. This exhibit is called Message in a Bottle. I thought this new exhibit sounded really weird, but once I entered I was surprised at how interesting it really was.
Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands and Water, found over 50 bottles containing messages while helping cleaning up waterways around the country. Each bottle is put into a rustic shadow box he created. Chad and his team have been cleaning up the Mississippi River since 1998. The picture below shows the amount of items he has pulled and the variety of items he found.
This exhibit is very different than any exhibit you would expect to find in a museum. It has some humor from some of the silly notes tossed into the water, but it also gives us a look into the human curiosity. The curiosity of "I wonder who will find this note" or "I wonder how far this will go." It is also amazing to see how trash can be turned into treasure that the Houston community gets to visit and admire.
The one thing that really inspired me to share this with y'all is the fact that he found these bottles removing trash from the river. This exhibit is not only interesting, but it brings attention to the water pollution we continue to let happen. Not only does water pollution affect us, but it also affects the ecosystem. Chad and his team are helping reduce the amount of water pollution and help create a better environment.
Plastics that are thrown into water ways break down and form microplastics. This tiny plastics are then consumed by the small animal life as they mistake this for food. The BPA in plastic along with other chemicals are now in those animals and the other animal life that eat them. Why should this worry you? Well any seafood you eat will also contain those chemicals, which means in the end it not only affects the animal life in the rivers but it now affects you to.
Even beyond plastic, the trash found in rivers contain all sorts of things that at the end of the day affect the animal life. Think about metals and rubbers and other items. They break down and are consumed by fish and other animals. Even if they are not consumed by eating, think about the animals that drink the water and we eat. Those animals now have ingested a variety of toxins. Just a thought.
This exhibit gives people a chance to really see that there is a need for change, but also to see the treasures in trash. Walking through the exhibit, I really saw the beauty that can be found in making a change. If you are in Houston or the surrounding areas I would definitely take a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. You can see this exhibit with a purchase of a general admission ticket. For more information about tickets, pricing or memberships click here.
Do you know of any good finds in Houston that share your passion for change or sustainability? Let me know in the comments below
About two months ago I decided to become a vegetarian and this past week I got a cold or the flu. It was super rough. One of the hardest things for me was finding food to eat. So the thing with me and my vegetarian journey is I still at this time eat dairy products. Today I am going to tell you some of the products and things I ate while I was sick.
One of the soups I ate which was really good was by Campbell's. It was part of their Well Yes! collection, sweet potato corn chowder. It was super delicious and easy to make. I ended up buying several more cans to eat during the three days I was sick.
One of my other favorite items was my banana mango smoothie I have been making. This took a little more effort to make but it was good to consume. It was filled with vitamins and protein that helped me feel better.
One of the bad things I ate when I was sick was ice cream. My throat hurt and I wanted something nice to soothe it so I decided ice cream would be a good idea. It was in that moment. I slightly regret it because of all that sugar, but I totally enjoyed it. I did go out to eat soup at a local restaurant. It came with meat so I asked them to not include it. It was really good.
I know being sick sucks, especially when you can't eat chicken noodle soup anymore because of the choice to be a vegetarian. I hope this helps you on your journey. If you have any go to tips or foods leave them in the comments.
Being in business school, I love to learn that companies are looking at ways to reduce their environmental footprint. With so many businesses in operation in the United States and many globally, their environmental footprint can truly be large. Whether it is carbon emissions via logistics or the creation of waste that will end up in the landfill during the production process, companies are taking steps to reduce their overall environmental footprint with a practice called green business.
Green business is the practice of sustainability in everyday operation of a business. Not only is this important practice that helps our environment, but it can also lead to saving businesses money in the long run. This can be super important for small businesses and those just starting where money is tight.
So why is green business important?
Well sustainability is "avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance." Whether that resource is trees, water, land or clean air businesses need to start doing their part in making sure these resources are still available for future generations. And it is our jobs are consumers to support those businesses that are taking action to be more sustainable.
The cool thing is this practice is not only for small businesses. This practice is also for large global corporations. In fact, a lot of global corporations are taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint. Corporations are starting to reduce the amount of waste that hits the landfills with recycling where they can. Also many corporations are using green logistics to help save cost and reduce carbon emissions during the transportation of goods to the market place.
There are even small things businesses are doing to practice sustainability. Recycling in the office, turning off lights when no one is in the office, going digital. These are some different things many businesses are doing that not only cut cost, but reduce their overall footprint.
I'm thinking about covering different business topics in a small blog serious. Let me know if you guys would like to see that. Thank you for reading!