It’s called the “Plastic Pandemic”

It’s been over a year since Covid-19 has hit here in the U.S. and we all can agree that it has been exhausting. Whether you’re an anti-masker or a masker, it’s been a rough journey for all of us, not being able to go out, spending time with family and friends, or even just living our daily lives. If we ever want to leave our houses, we have to put masks on (at least in most states). …

Dogs and cats are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of the environmental impact of meat consumption in the U.S.

Dogs are adorable, but they’re just like us - they produce a lot of carbon pawprint! Image by Jenny Yoon.

I’m guessing you love dogs or even own one if you’re reading this right now. I mean, no one can resist petting cute puppies when they see one, am I right? I’m also guessing you’re interested in sustainability, or at least aware of the term “global warming.” By now, you may be wondering where this writer is going with these two very unconnected terms. Sorry to break it to you, dogs contribute nothing good to the environment. In fact, they contribute to global warming, the controversial issue everyone talks about.

It’s the type of food you eat, not where it’s from.

You probably hear people saying to eat “local” so that it can reduce emissions. Even the United Nations tweets about it, so it must be effective, right? Um, sorry to break it to you, but eating locally would only be impactful if the “transportation” factor took a huge role in the food’s carbon footprint. And sadly, that is not the case for most foods. Ok, let me explain the logic.

Every food we eat, for example, beef, has different factors in terms of the period the greenhouse gases (GHGs) are produced. As you can see in this chart, the transportation…

Your average shower uses 18 gallons of water- yes, I’m talking about those giant milk containers.

I used to be obsessed with washing my hair daily. I had this routine of washing my hair as soon as I woke up before starting my actual day. I would have to get up an hour early just to get myself “clean.” Now I think about this, and I cannot even imagine the amount of work it would take to get my entire self wet and even blow dry my hair afterward.

Try opting for natural shampoos if you can!

Having these three rules memorized will help you a TON!

Students find chemistry hard because of the large amount of material. There are certainly too many chapters to cover, and each chapter is very material heavy. I have good news for you, though! If you memorize these formulas/rules before you start going into chemistry, it will save you a TON of time. Yes, I am very sure. Whether it be normal, honors, or AP chemistry, these rules will come in clutch. Don’t get me wrong, though. Sadly, these are not everything you need to memorize for AP Chemistry. There is more to come over the year. …

The Chemistry Behind Soap Making

This is the soap I made. Chemistry’s applied in our everyday lives!

The CDC advises to “wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.” We all know sanitizing is key to defeat Covid-19, and soap is one of the few ways of keeping our hands clean. It’s common sense, right? Soap cleans off the germs from our skin and therefore, we should wash our hands. But have you ever considered why or how? How is this slippery substance getting rid of all this crap?

The first soap makers were Babylonians, as well as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Early soaps were made by mixing animal fats with…

South Korea is known for having one of the most rigorous recycling systems in the world. I visited South Korea to learn why and how. This way, we, Americans, can learn how.

I visited the Jong-no Cleaning Department located in Seoul, South Korea to interview professionals in terms of South Korea’s recycling system.

Being the only non-European country out of the top five recycling nations, South Korea has a whopping 53.7% recycling rate. Sadly, the US is not one of the top five nations; in fact, we are ranked 17th, running a 35% recycling rate. According to the EPA, only 94.2 million tons were recycled or composted out of the 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste in the US. The United States is known for having the highest GDP, a.k.a what defines a country’s economy. How does this make sense? How are we so behind if we have the best functioning economy?

Don’t get me wrong, haha. Chemistry is HARD. Like if you think AP Chemistry is gonna be an easy course for you to bring your GPA up, don’t take it. Seriously, DON’T. But, if you really have a passion for chemistry like I do, if you want to change the environment, if you want to save the world from global warming, this is the course for you.

If you’re still reading this, great! I really want all of you to know the true charm of chemistry and get to like it. To do that, I think it’ll be nice for…

Chemical engineering is SO underrated. It’s the easiest way to become a hero.

I have to admit that I haven’t seen many kids who are into chemical engineering like me. Why is that? Well, it’s known to be hard.

It involves the word “chemistry,” which makes people our age challenging to approach. None of my friends find chemistry easy, and neither do I. It incorporates a lot of math and memorization; in fact, AP Chemistry is the most demanding AP course. However, I can confidently say that once you realize the real charm of chemistry, there’s no going back. The satisfying feeling when you get an answer to a tricky gas law question…

Jenny Yoon

Passionate for environmental and chemical engineering. Writer at The Innovation, Climate Conscious, and Age of Awareness. Love recycling and composting!

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