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Interview: Matt Hollis, Dedicated to Saving the Environment Through Company, Elytus

With brands like Starbucks taking initiative to decrease plastic use, many companies are finally making the transition to more environmentally friendly models; however, change can happen even in our own homes. Elytus is a company dedicated to helping brands like Whole Foods, Red Robin and Cinemark reduce their waste footprint and increase sustainability. I sat down with President Matt Hollis to get first-hand suggestions on how to do more for the environment. How’d you first

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Why Do We Ignore Toxic Sibling Relationships?

When it comes to handling difficult family dynamics, I have read many articles ranging from ‘signs you have a toxic sibling’ to ’10 ways to deal with a toxic sibling’. However, these articles tend to normalize what are oftentimes unhealthy relationships simply for the sake of family relation. Sometimes, familial conflict is not a sibling rivalry or common ‘brother-sister relationship, it is toxic dynamic and we should not ignore it. Having grown up as a


Muslims Are Being Forced Into Concentration Camps in China

From the spring of last year, the authorities of China in Uyghur and Kazakh have amassed what could conceivably be a million Muslims, including even some foreign civilians, in massive detainment and “re-education” concentration camps, where they are to be seized and “constructed” into prototypical Chinese citizens. The detention campaign is known to be a trademark of China’s government safekeeping gear, bolstered by the greatly xenophobic, hard-hitting regulation of President Xi Jinping. Hailed from a partway


An Interview With Rachel Dodson: The Founder Of A Jewelry Company Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Cambodian Women

One look at Penh Lenh jewelry and you know it’s something special. But for some, it’s more than a collection of colorful, vibrant jewelry, it’s a life-saver. Penh Lenh is a jewelry brand dedicated to funding opportunities in education and the work field for at-risk Cambodian women. 100% of all sales are returned immediately to the organization and help improve the lives of the artisans women who create the pieces. Affinity sat down with the


Why The Argument Against Gun Control Is Irrelevant

It’s hard to believe the degree of violence innocent people are witnessing every day. The Parkland shooting is only the most recent in a string of school shootings that have occurred in 2018. With 17 deaths, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has quickly surpassed Columbine to become the most devastating high school shooting and falls second only to Sandy Hook in terms of all-time school shootings. Teenagers should be writing term papers, studying for AP tests

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South Africans Livid And Alleging Krige As the Crook of Late-Creator’s Genius

Last year, Nkosinathi Nkomo, a 24-year-old Soweto-born and third-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Cape Town, was not able to put his name down in 2017 because he was short of funds. With Cape Town’s water crisis on the rise, Nkosinathi Nkomo thought he would put a handful of the wisdom he had taken up over the years into operation to raise funds and get his hands on a way out of the deteriorating hindrance. He would


The #MeToo Movement Needs to Reach These Industries

After the first year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, women are looking to make fundamental changes in the areas of politics and culture. For 2018, the biggest female-led campaigns, #MeToo and #TIMESUP, need to bring change to the following industries: 1. Music Industry Of the parts of the entertainment industry that have been exposed for unchecked sexual abuse, record labels and music studios have received the least amount of spotlight. Yes, some music

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Misusing the Term Abuse Isn’t Helping Victims

As a society, we’ve grown more comfortable with calling out abuse. Whether it’s in the media or in our personal lives, we are doing what we can to put an end to the treatment through which past generations have suffered silently. Over the last few months, hoards of men and a few women have been exposed as abusers. This is good, really good. It’s important to recognize the wrongs these people have committed and to


Prostitution: An Identity Or A Stigmatized Profession?

Prostitution is the world’s oldest trade. Throughout history, the sale of sex has been a necessity for some and a major point of contention for others. More often than not, the victims of the system are working class women who are subjected to humiliation and degradation, from their abusers and the authorities alike. Before the 18th century, the term referred to any woman who took part in sex outside of wedlock, but by the 1700’s the term became

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The Link Between the Foster Care System and Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid Epidemic was the result of pharmaceutical companies producing a high rate of prescribed opioid pain relievers, assuring medical communities that users would not become addicted. However, opioids cannot simply be cut out of medication due to their vitality in modern medicine and improving the health of millions. The problem occurs when people start to become addicted to these prescribed drugs. An estimated 2 million people in the United States suffer from substance abuse

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