3 Things That Will Happen if Bees Go Extinct

3 Things That Will Happen if Bees Go Extinct

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If you've ever been stung by a bee, you probably have some passionate hate for bees, but those little fuzzy guys do a lot for us. Bees happen to be the single most significant insect for the human race. Without bees, our lives would be very different.

1) We will lose some of our favorite foods! Honey bees are responsible for an average $30 billion a year in crops. (via bbc.com) These plants are pollinated by bees, which means when the bees die, so do they. We would lose: apples, mangoes, peaches, sunflower oil, kiwi, pomegranates, strawberries, onions, AVOCADOS (that means no guac), cherries, coffee, walnuts, cotton(that means clothes would be super expensive), lychee, macadamia nuts, limes, lemons, carrots, cucumber, watermelon, coconut, chili peppers, cocoa, tomatoes, and grapes just to name a few. (via honeylove.org)THINK OF THE GUAC WE ARE LOSING. In addition to these plants dying, animals higher up in the food chain, like cows and pigs, would cost more to feed, and that means higher prices for us. Seriously, if bees die out, the American economy will be is a crisis state, and food costs will skyrocket. Losing bees isn't pretty for anyone, but especially not for us.

2) Everyday items would cost more, or be unavailable altogether. Because cotton would disappear without bees, the price of clothing would grow, and we would have less options for fabrics. In addition, biofuel would disappear without canola, and the world would rely on fossil fuel. Without bees, renewable resources would be replaced with outdated and wasteful resources. Medicines and the pharmaceutical companies would also be hit by the extinction of bees. The key ingredient in morphine is extracted from opium poppies, which would be almost unavailable without bees, making morphine disappear.

3) Industries that use honey to manufacture products and things like cosmetics, would be slowly crumbling. Many cosmetics companies rely on honey as a key ingredient in their products. Honey is used widely in skincare, natural cosmetics, and lip balm. Burt's Bees, a company which uses honey is most of its products, would increase prices until having to stop production of their products. Honey used in facials would disappear, and many LUSH products that are made with honey would also disappear.

In short, bees are super duper important. Bees are dropping like flies and people need to understand the severity of the problem. If bees die, so do we. Bee extinction is human extinction.

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The 10 Best Low-Maintenance Dog Breeds For College Kids

For if you just aren't a cat person but still want a low-maintenance pet.

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Every pet requires care and attention, especially when it comes to dogs. As a college student, you may live in an apartment with minimal space for a dog to run around, and you may not be able to dedicate most of your time to a dog. While you shouldn't own a dog whatsoever if you're not able to take them for a walk at least twice a day, some dogs have a lot less energy than others and don't require as much attention and grooming. You may opt for a small dog breed thinking they're better with smaller spaces, but often certain small breeds need even more exercise and space than big dogs. A general guideline is to find a mature, low-exercise dog with a low-maintenance coat.

1. Basset Hounds.

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Basset Hounds are the best pets for college students because instead of being anxious while you're at school or work, they just do nothing but eat and sleep. They're the perfect couch potato dogs and need minimal exercise, unlike the rest of the breeds in the hound group. On top of that, they're extremely loving and obedient!

2. Bulldogs.


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American, French, and English bulldogs are all great low-maintenance pets. They have all the personality in the world, but they don't require extensive exercise and don't need to be brushed. As long as they're played with at least once a day, they're happy puppers. They're also the perfect size for apartment living. Bulldogs do experience health problems more than the average breed, so be sure to have money set aside for the vet.

3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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While the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel does require grooming, since they're so small and easy to groom, it won't cost you more than 5 minutes out of your day to do a thorough brushing. They're mellow yet playful people-loving dogs and are perfect for beginners. Get ready to give and receive affection, because these lap dogs love to cuddle.

4. Greyhounds.


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Most low-energy people avoid Greyhounds, thinking they require a lot of exercise. While they do require daily exercise, it doesn't take a lot to satiate them. As racing dogs, they love to run, so taking them to a field and allowing them to run for 10 minutes during your daily walk will help them get rid of any excess energy. In the house, they're very mellow dogs that like to lay around a lot and they don't bark very often. They also have short hair, so they don't require brushing.

5. Boston Terriers.


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Boston Terriers are very adaptable to apartment living. Playful yet mellow, this non-sporting breed only requires a moderate amount of exercise. You might even find that they start panting up a storm during walks before you start to break a sweat. They also don't require any brushing and are very easy to train. Plus, who doesn't want a dog that's constantly wearing a tuxedo?

6. Shiba Inus.


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The Shiba Inu has become a very sought-after breed, and with good reason. They're basically cats in a dog's body. Finicky, independent, and mellow; the Shiba Inu is the perfect dog for an owner who doesn't have a lot of time and attention to devote as long as they're properly trained. The Sheeb can be unfriendly around other dogs and new people, but they're extremely loyal to their family. Although they're great for college living, they may not be the ideal breed for someone who has never owned a dog due to their stubborn nature.

7. Havanese dogs.


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Don't let the long hair of this pooch intimidate you, their coats are easily maintained with a daily 10-minute brushing and an occasional trim at the groomer's. Unlike most toy breeds, havanese dogs are generally mellow and not very yappy, so they won't annoy the neighbors like a chihuahua or pomeranian. They're also generally very friendly to strangers and other animals.

8. Pugs.

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Pugs are a great breed for everyone, but especially people who don't have much time to devote to grooming and training. They have a medium energy level which can be satisfied by being walked only a couple of times a day. They are very playful and affectionate, so be prepared to have toys on-hand when you are at home. Pugs can suffer from health problems due to breeding defects, so make sure you have a savings fund for the vet if you want this breed. Pugs can live alone, but prefer the company of other animals. The perfect excuse to get more than one pug!

9. Bullmastifs.


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Bullmastiffs are a large dog breed, but since they're usually just laying around anyways, they don't need a big space with a big yard. These dogs on average require a minimal amount of exercise and are loving, but not very playful. Having a bullmastiff is like having a human friend; they're loyal companions but won't take up all of your time and energy. They're also very protective and easy to train as guard dogs.

10. Dachshunds (Short Hair).


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Dachshunds, also known as wiener-dogs, are one of the smallest breeds in the hunting group. Short-Haired Dachshunds require no brushing and are moderately active dogs. They're the perfect size and exercise level for apartment living, on top of the fact that they're just so adorable. Make sure your dachshund is properly trained though, as they can be fearful and sometimes aggressive towards strangers and other dogs.


These are some of the 10 best breeds of dogs for college students, but if you want to know more about different breeds, the most trusted resource is the American Kennel Society's website.

Even low-maintenance breeds require the basics, so don't think that getting one of these breeds won't still be a big responsibility. Having a pet is like having another person to take care of, so make sure you at least have some time and money set aside for daily walking, cuddle/play time, and vet check-ups. Despite the big responsibility, they're the perfect companion to help ease your nerves around exams and they're completely worth the hassle! And remember to adopt; don't shop.

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It's More Than just Straws

Let's work a little harder for those sea turtles.

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Happy 2018! The greater part of the western world has finally realized that we are overproducing at a rate that is creating an excess of plastic waste that has now polluted a huge portion of the world's oceans. I could not be more ecstatic that people are realizing the issue at hand; plastic is not a realistic option if we want to continue to nourish and live on the big, blue planet Earth.

As a result of this realization, most companies and restaurants are now either working to ban or eliminate all straws from production, as a result of consumer action. Yay! Our voices are being heard and production of plastic is decreasing as a result! This is a huge step for civilization and for the environment. The sea turtles are thankful.

So, you stopped asking for a straw at dinner or with your coffee, which is great! But, it doesn't have to stop there! There is still so much plastic waste being created and used at a nearly unsustainable rate. I encourage you to look for other non-plastic or low-waste alternatives in your lifestyle. Not using a straw is an excellent way to get your foot in the door of green living! Here are some great ideas to look into if you're interested in helping the turtles out just a little extra.

1. Try to cut down on eating out

The fast food industry produces so much sage-use waste. Think about the things you throw away after a McDonalds run that were used once and will end up in a land fill! Consider setting more time aside to make good, low-waste food a priority. Not only will you wallet thank you, but so will your waistline AND the sea creatures. Win, win, win!

2. Re-think your routine and consider waste-free alternatives

Take a moment and think about how much plastic you use in your daily routine, for instance, in the bathroom. There's a huge amount of plastic used both in most skin routines and in the shower. Now, companies are developing waste-free alternatives for the shower, like shampoo and conditioner bars as well as face cleansers that pack a whole routine into one face wash. Re-examine other areas of your life and see where you can cut out plastic! (There are so many smell-good options for shampoo bars out right now)

3. Watch your carbon footprint contribution

I know every once in awhile everyone likes to take a long, hot shower, but try to cut the majority of showers down to five minutes or less. Unplug electronics when they aren't being used. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Utilize natural light. Spend more time outside by biking to class versus driving those 4 blocks. Get toned legs and save the earth in the process! You go sis!

4. Switch to non-plastic alternatives when possible

Plastic eating utensils, plastic bags, and plastic water bottles are all super easy swaps in an everyday routine. You can customize your new water bottle with Mo State stickers. Reusable bags at the grocery store means no more having thousands of plastic bags under the kitchen sink. Amazon has some awesome bamboo eating utensils on sale for cheap that are reusable, cute, and biodegradable when you are done using them. (These even come with a travel case)

5. Consider a minimalist or low-waste lifestyle

For those of you looking for a sure-fire way to cut out unneeded plastics or belongings in your life, minimalism is for you! It is a lifestyle prompted by the idea that human beings are supposed to be living with less than we currently do. An excellent place to start, if you are interested, is the minimalist documentary on Netflix or their consequent podcasts available for streaming on Spotify. You'll declutter your life, feel more productive, and create less waste in the process. (Super cool dudes living for the right reasons)

With a little extra effort, we can all take more steps towards living with less and living with less waste. Let's do it for those sea turtles!

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