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Simplifying your life can take a lot of forms. Minimalism, decluttering and zero-waste living are three of the most popular places to start. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of zero-waste living, you definitely should be, because fewer lifestyle choices have the potential to positively impact the environment as much as going zero-waste.

Living this kind of lifestyle means shunning disposable plastics, packaging, wrapping… Pretty much anything that you can’t reuse. Here are six items that are great options for making the initial switch.


Ecoplanet Bamboo reveals that more than 50 million pounds of waste in the US alone are the result of plastic toothbrushes. Think about it: These little gadgets are almost universally used, and almost always disposable. Make the switch to a more eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush. Most bamboo toothbrushes are compostable, though you’ll have to trim the bristles off of some brands before composting. But a few shreds of of bristles are minimally wasteful compared to the alternative.


Razor heads and disposable razors are also a huge problem for the environment. While it may not be convenient to go back to the days of large razors you need to sharpen manually, there is a practically zero-waste option that’s very similar to the experience of using a modern plastic razor: safety razors. These razors operate much like the razors you’ll find in Target or your local grocery store, except that you buy tiny metal blades (rather than bulky plastic razor heads) that you switch out when they get dull. Keep the razors in a jar and when it gets full, take them to a recycling center.


This one may sound like common sense, but Americans just don’t seem to be able to kick their water bottle habit! Make the resolution to stop purchasing disposable water bottles, and instead, bring a refillable, lightweight bottle with you wherever you go. The environment will thank you.


If you’re a person who gets a period, you know just how many tampons and pads it’s possible to use over the course of a week, let alone a lifetime. Opt for a completely zero-waste menstrual cup, like the Diva Cup or the Lily Cup.


Instead of using paper towels (which not only cause deforestation, but also often end up in landfills), do as your grandparents did and opt for reusable dish rags. They’re simple yet brilliant, and will cut down on waste big time.


Finally, the environmental impact of straws has drawn lots of attention in recent weeks, and now even giant corporations like Starbucks are planning to eliminate straws from their offerings. Minimize your own personal impact by using reusable straws in your own home, and keep one in your bag, purse or car in case you want a straw when you’re out and about. These handy straws come in a variety of materials, most notably stainless steel and glass.

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-common-items-to-replace-with-zero-waste-alternatives.html

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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