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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Ecological and Environment Advantages of Cash Over Digital money

Digital money prevails in our world, and this implicitly, but strongly, affects the environment. At the same time, there is a much more environmentally friendly alternative to electronic payments, and this is cash. It wins from the relatively low energy consumption of the production process and eco-friendly materials.

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What is the most environmentally friendly payment method? No one has yet conducted a full-scale study that would compare environmental benefits of cash and cashless payments, but there are several facts that we tried to put together.

Banknotes and digital money have the same meaning but are of different origin. Paper money is printed at special enterprises that use raw materials, labor, and other industrial factors, and electronic payments are only possible thanks to the Internet, extensive network of computers and other equipment. Unlike cash, the latter mainly consume electricity. So, which industry consumes more energy and pollutes more?  

Let’s look at cash first. Here, for example, one of the most common currencies in the world, the euro. In 2003, approximately 3 billion euro banknotes were printed. In the same year, the European Central Bank conducted a study in which it found out that there were just about eight banknotes per each European for a whole year.
The annual environmental effect of these bills, including production and extraction of raw materials, printing, storage, transportation and disposal, was equal to only one 60W light bulb that each of these citizens left on for 12 hours.

And what about digital money? Data centers alone, without which the cashless payments industry cannot exist, consume 10% of the total world energy consumption. This is more than a couple of power plants produce in a whole year.

The number of non-cash transactions is growing. If we multiply the figures on energy consumption by the increased number of transactions, we will see that the future guarantees us a higher burden on the energy industry, and accordingly, on the environment. Part of this load could have been eliminated if electronic payments were at least partially replaced by less energy-intensive cash.

In addition, recycling and recovery of materials play a big role. As for cash, the cash recycling process is handled by central banks. They receive most of the unfit banknotes, and then send the money for recycling. For example, the Central Bank of England makes fertilizers from old paper notes, and turns old plastic banknotes into plant pots and storage boxes.

Other countries have similar practices. For instance, Reserve Bank of Australia recycles old plastic bills into pellets that can be used for producing building components, plumbing fittings, compost bins and other household and industrial products. And the Bank of Japan even makes toilet paper out of worn-out bills.

This approach stems from the long-standing mandatory requirement of recycling bills according to particular standards. It is impossible to get rid of old and unsuitable banknotes by simply throwing them away - in this case, counterfeiters can get them and use the old money for illegal purposes. Disposal of worn out bills is a long-term practice, and it has become greener along with the general growth of environmental trends.

Some banks, such as Bank Negara Malaysia, even put secondhand bills, that were deposited in the bank earlier, back in use. “Up to 74% of the banknotes that we will issue this Hari Raya [national holidays] will be fit banknotes, compared to when we first started, when the figure was very low, around 13%, said the bank’s Currency Management and Operation Department director Azman Mat Ali.

But how does this process occur in a cashless society? As mentioned above, cashless society mainly consumes electricity. At the same time, the share of renewable materials in the global electricity production is only 8.4 percent, that is, more than 90% of energy can no longer be recovered.

The situation with plastic cards - another integral part of a cashless society - is even more difficult. First, they are not as easy to collect as cash. We bring torn and soiled banknotes to the bank, hoping to receive an equivalent bill in exchange.

However, most old bank cards simply end up in trash, because they don’t store money, but the bank account does. Also, many plastic cards are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is cheap but practically impossible to recycle.

And even after the plastic reaches the recycling plants, it is not so easy to get rid of it as toxic substances leak into water, soil and even air. “PVC contaminates humans and the environment throughout its lifecycle during its production, use and disposal, says Greenpeace.

While all plastics pose serious threats to human health and the environment, few consumers realize that PVC is the single most environmentally damaging of all plastics.”

All in all, digital money is a complex system that includes many participants. However, it pays too little attention to environmental issues, and this situation is unlikely to improve in the near future. At the same time, the cashless finances have already begun to have a negative impact on the environment, and unless we do something, we may end up buried in thrash – literally.

Article written by 

Edward Lawrence.

Edward is an independant environmental consultant helping small to medium-sized companies to make the ecological transition to a lower carbon footprint.

Officially submitted to EnvironmentGo!.
Published byOkpara FrancisHead of contents.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

HOW TO CURB THE CONTINUOUS ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AS A RESULT OF OIL POLLUTION

ABSTRACT
Due to oil exploration and other human activities, there is evidence of environmental degradation all over the area.

Discovered over five decades ago, oil became and has remained the backbone of the Nigerian economy, accounting for over 90% of the country’s foreign exchange revenue. Today however, the environment is heavily defaced as a result of crude oil spillages during exploitation and transportation and oil leakages from obsolete pipelines with delayed remediation processes.

Environmental degradation is occasioned by consistent flow of industrial waste, oil spills, gas flares, fire disaster, acid rain, flooding, erosion, etc., which has led to the pollution of farmlands and fishponds. It has also led to the destruction of properties and human lives, including aquatic and bio-diversity.

An Oil-Spillage polluted environment


INTRODUCTION
Oil spill is categorized into four groups: minor, medium, major and disaster.

The minor spill takes place when the oil discharge is less than 25 barrels in inland waters or less than 250 barrels on land, offshore or coastal waters that does not pose a threat to the public health or welfare. In the case of the medium, the spill must be 250 barrels or less in the inland water or 250 to 2,500 barrels on land, offshore and coastal water while for the major spill, and the discharge to the inland waters is more than 250 barrels on land, offshore or coastal waters.

The “disaster” refers to any uncontrolled well blowout, pipeline rupture or storage tank failure which poses an imminent threat to the publichealth or welfare.

In Nigeria, 50% of oil spills are due to corrosion; 28% to sabotage; and 21% to oil production. Only 1% is due to engineering drills, inability to effectively control wells, machine failures and inadequate care in loading and unloading oil vessels.

The effect of oil resource extraction on the environment has been very glaring in terms of its negative effect. Oil exploration and exploitation has impacted disastrously on the socio-physical environment of the oil-bearing communities, massively threatening the subsistent peasant economy and the environment and hence, the entire livelihood and basic survival of the people.

Similarly, oil prospecting and exploitation processes pollute underground water. The amount of deprivation and damages the Multinational companies which are into crude oil explorations have caused in most of these communities are numerous.
Notable among them include pollution, environmental degradation leading to low agricultural yield, destruction of aquatic lives, home displacement, etc. therefore it is imperative that we try to control and if possible, totally eliminate the environmentally negative effect of oil pollution.


This is a full technical report on HOW TO CURB THE CONTINUOUS ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AS A RESULT OF OIL POLLUTION written by a young Environmental Technologist/Scientist, Onwukwe Victory Uzoma from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria.

To view the full report on PDF format, click the blue link above or subsequently, CLICK HERE.

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Okpara Francis Chinedu

Sunday, 10 March 2019

How To Reduce Your Business’s Carbon Footprint

Startups, SMEs, and large enterprises, all are being troubled by the carbon emissions they are giving off. They want to live up to the sustainability standards, which is why a growing number of businesses are embracing business practices to keep their carbon footprint to the minimal.

Green consultation, solar panel installation, training staff to adopt eco-friendly practices; businesses
have left no stone unturned to achieve the emission reduction. To help you in this attempt, we have discussed here some of the best hacks for businesses purposed to reduce the carbon emissions.



Say No To Using Paper

Files, records, notes; we have streams of paper oozing out from our workstations. Digitalization have
long eliminated the need to depend on papers, but many organizations are not still adding up to the
piles of papers in the name of record keeping.

Common practices like using: digital reminders instead of sticky notes, scanning apps instead of
photocopying machines, Dropbox instead of files and cabinets, online banking instead of traditional
banking, e-invoices instead of paper bills, can save a considerable amount of paper.

Using LED lights

The “instant on” lights, LEDs have won the hearts of many by their increased energy efficiency and
longevity. And the best part is, it can save pounds of your energy bills, unlike many fluorescent bulbs
and lights.

These lights are bright and small enough to replace the tubes that have been used in the LCD HDTVs
with thinner breadths. Replacing the existing standard filament fluorescent strip lights, LEDs are a more cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive alternative.

A 36-watt LED emits an equal amount of light as a usual 84-watt fluorescent. Consuming less energy minimizes the consumption of power plants and eventually, greenhouse emissions.

Transportation

Offices can get rid of gas-guzzling transportation by promoting the idea of carpooling and pick and drop services. By deducting a small amount from their monthly salaries, employees can be facilitated with a van that will take them from the defined point to an office and vice versa. Many companies provide their employees with free transportation service.

Also, encourage maintenance of the vehicle. Proper maintenance and care of your transport will increase its longevity. Traditional bodywork involves using hazardous chemicals like a basecoat, thinner, and paint.

Choose a Paintless dent removal service instead. It is not just light on the wallet, but also eco-friendly. The PDR technicians are experienced in sucking out the dents using specialized equipment.

Unplug chargers

It is quite important for us to keep our phones charged all day long. Many of the employees keep the
chargers plugged in even when they are not in use. Plugged chargers consume a ponderable amount of energy even if they are in idle state but plugged in. Plus, here is why you shouldn’t charge your phone overnight.

Use Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are better than their disposable counterparts. They may cost more, but they
save enough amount of time in the long run. Moreover, they consume 23 percent less energy in
comparison to the non-renewable ones.

Most importantly, disposable batteries are not good for the environment because they are made up of heavy metals, harmful chemicals, and corrosive materials.

Switch to e-newspapers

The side-tables in the reception area and waiting room are usually cluttered with newspapers from
different companies. You can rather provide free Wi-Fi or charging stations. To kill the boredom of
the guests, make sure there is an LCD showing news channel.

Metal Recycling

Search for the metal that is no longer in your use (such as, a damaged copier, vending machine,
electronics, broken laptops, electric wiring, staples, paper clips, etc.), and sell them to scrap metal
recycling companies. They will turn these things into something useful. This way you will contribute to saving the environment and get hard cash instead.

Start Meat-Free Mondays Culture

Since meat takes more time to decompose and emit far more harmful greenhouse gases than other
food items, skipping its intake in your office on specific days can reduce the carbon emissions while
keeping your employees engaged.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

When choosing a professional carpet cleaning service for your office, make sure they use green cleaning products. Many similar service providers use abrasive chemicals for the cleaning purpose that later on are drained to the ocean water causing water pollution.

Office Gardens

Often known as corporate gardens, the phenomenon involves converting the office space into a green
space to give the employees a fresh environment.

Employees can get a break from the hustle and bustle of their routine tasks to revel in the relaxed environment that office gardens offer. These gardens also improve the air quality and make you environmentally responsible.

Keep Business Trips Minimum

Many business trips, these days, are baseless. If your trip can be substituted with video conferencing,
then what’s the point of traveling hours, spending a fortune, and increasing carbon footprint. There is a variety of video conferencing software available on the internet to choose from.

Conduct Energy Consumption Audit

Many successful energy management programs are effectively working in the reduction of commercial building operational expenses. Usually, these audits unleash the shortcoming in energy consumption, such as lighting, ventilation, HVAC, stream, and so on. Considering the reports, you can optimize your energy consumption and take the necessary steps to use the energy ore rationally.

Final Word

Implementing a few (or more) practices into your office culture can significantly reduce the carbon
footprint of your company and make your employee behave more responsibly towards the environment.

Author Bio: Stella Holt
Stella Holt is a savvy blogger who has dedicated her exceptional skills solely to writing, reading, and
discovering everything new. Since her passion keeps peaking and touching new heights, Stella has
narrowed her writing and blogging career towards writing for the digital marketing and small businesses, where she writes about almost everything relating to starting a career, building a business or growing a startup.

Submitted To EnvironmentGo!
By: The Head of Contents
Okpara Francis Chinedu.



Thursday, 21 February 2019

How Biogas Is Transforming The Farming Community



Ever wonder how manure gets turned into renewable energy? As any hog farmer can
tell you, pigs produce a lot of poop. Traditionally, that’s been a problem because of the
mess, smell, and methane emissions that come with manure, but now waste products
are being turned into biofuel. The result is hog farmers are now selling power to the grid
made from methane that otherwise would have contributed to climate change, and the
unpleasant stenches around farms are being reduced.

The process

Hog farmers store manure in lagoons, which are covered to keep in methane and
pollutants. Next, in an anaerobic digester, the manure is broken down by a chemical
process involving bacteria, and the methane that results is scrubbed into commercial-
grade biogas. The remaining waste products can be used as fertilizer.

Where it’s happening

Biogas from hog manure is being converted to power in many parts of the country, and
there are a number of notable projects in North Carolina in particular. Meat-processing
company Smithfield Foods has ramped up its workforce and is working with hog farmers
to turn their hogs' waste into clean energy at the large Optima KV facility. Which
operates five anaerobic digesters scrubbing methane captured on the individual farms.
It will produce enough energy to power 1,000 homes a year.

Under the Smithfield plan, 90 percent of its contract farmers in North Carolina will be
assisting in converting manure to energy in ten years. Furthermore, covering the
lagoons where the manure is stored will reduce the dangers associated with extreme
weather events such as hurricanes.

Smithfield's efforts are getting a lot of praise and cooperation from many entities because the biogas process will benefit society as a whole; the governor of North Carolina, in particular, has been an advocate of what Smithfield is doing. Plus, the increase in Smithfield Foods jobs and investments hasn’t hurt either.

Duke University, operating under the ambitious goal of running their campus totally by
renewable energy by 2024, is also increasingly turning to biogas. Duke currently heats
its campus with steam produced by natural gas, and the plan is to convert to biogas
from local hog manure as quickly as possible.

Duke and Google researchers started studying the process because of their interest in
decreasing methane emissions and realized that biogas could augment the renewable

energy already being collected for the campus through wind and solar processes. Both
Duke and Google are interested in earning carbon credits and using biogas goes right
along with this goal.

The technology

Individual farms can have their own digesters, but it's more efficient if farmers can turn
to a coop that is processing the waste of multiple farms. Once a system is set up, it's
generally pretty easy to operate because natural processes are doing most of the work.
Getting started can be expensive, however, and that's why Federal and State government agencies are stepping up with grants. Food waste can be converted into renewable energy by the same process, and the emerging biofuel industry has a bright future as efforts are made globally to go green.

By; Kim Harington.
FOR
EnvironmentGo!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Climate Change Organizations in Canada - With their website contacts

This is a comprehensive list of climate change organisations in Canada that are still functional and also have an online presence.



These organisations look into matters concerning the environment, climate, changes in climate, their causes, results and probably how to stop harmful climate change effects.

Climate change has been one of the major impact of atmospheric pollution and scientists and environmentalists are putting hands together to fight against this in other to enable a safer environment for all.

EnvironmentGo is in its own little way ensuring it reaches out the world in awareness. We are keen about letting everyone know about the importance of keeping the environment safe. It is a collective task, every hand should be on deck, not just the government or maybe, a few environmental organisations.

The life is ours and so is the environment so the task of securing it is ours too.

Climate Change Organizations in Canada

  • Climate Action Network - http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/
  • Climate Change Network - http://www.climatenetwork.org/
  • Climate Change and Air Pollution Group
  • EcoPortal Canada - http://www.planetfriendly.net/ecoportal.html
  • The Pembina Institute Canada - http://climate.pembina.org/
  • David Suzuki Organisation - http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Climate_Change/
  • International Institute of Sustainable Development - http://www.iisd.org/climate/
Where ever you find yourself, try to be environmetal friendly.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Waste Management: A challenge and Opportunity for India





Waste Management has become a massive challenge for India. India generates approximately 62 million tonnes of waste per annum as per the Task Force, Planning Commission.

With the increasing rate of urbanization, it is estimated that volume of waste will increase to 436 million tonnes p.a. by 2050. Currently, India is the 6th largest municipal waste generator in the world and is lacking much behind in the management and treatment of Solid Waste.

Among 62 million tonnes of waste, only 43 million tonnes (MT) is collected out of which 11.9 MT is treated and remaining 31 MT is dumped in landfill sites. Solid Waste Management (SWM), as one of the most basic and essential services has emerged as one of the most challenging problem for India. 

Major Sources of Solid Waste in India

Municipal and Industrial waste remains the major sources of solid waste followed by Bio-Medical Waste, Plastic and hazardous waste. Data shows that around 1.43 lakh tonnes of Municipal Solid Waste is generated every day in Indian cities and 70% of which is dumped without processing. In fact, Mumbai is 5th most wasteful city in the world. As one of a well-known medical tourism destination worldwide, India generates 550 tons per day of medical waste.

According to All India Plastic Manufacturer Organization, India consumes 13 million tonnes of plastic per year and waste generated accounts for 9 million tonnes per year. Plastic waste is mostly dumped into land creating land and soil pollution problems in the country.



Concerns & Government initiatives

Blaming urbanization and industrialization is a different thing, but the consequences of India producing tonnes of waste is really worrisome and troubling. According to the World Bank, India’s daily waste generation will reach 377,000 tonnes by 2025. To deal with this situation, India needs an effective solid waste management system and lessons from the developed countries like South Korea, having the most sophisticated solid waste management system in the world.

Indeed, Government of India is taking necessary initiatives to promote environmental services in India. New Solid Waste Management Rules (SWM), 2016 are encouraging more treatment of waste to energy, segregation waste at source, waste processing and treatment.

With initiatives like Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities Mission, Atal mission for rejuvenation and urban transformation (AMRUT) and National Mission for Sustainable Habitat, government is working to make India clean and Healthy in a sustainable manner.

To promote and attract foreign investments in the waste management sector, 100% foreign direct investment under the automatic route is permitted for urban infrastructure areas including waste management subject to relevant rules and regulations.

Apart from relaxed FDI norms, other fiscal incentives like 100% tax deductions on gains and profits to waste management projects, exemption and concessions on electricity taxes are given by government to promote waste management projects in India.

Opportunities & way forward

Solid Waste Management possess immense challenges for India, at the same time the sector has immense growth potential. With the growing concerns and demand for management of solid waste, Waste Management Industry in India is expected to grow to USD 1 Billion by 2020.

There exists immense potential for investment in the Solid Waste Management sector. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), 62 million tons of current Municipal Waste generated in India will go up to 114 million tons by 2041. Waste to Energy projects has strong growth prospects as India has realized only 2% so far of its WtE potential. Effective Solid waste Management is an important objective of Smart Cities Mission.

A lot of investment opportunities are available for both domestic and international businesses to invest in Smart City mission of India. In short, the strong commitments and policy initiatives taken by the government indicates huge growth opportunities in the sector.

Submitted By;
Indian Services.

For;
EnvironmentGo.

Monday, 19 November 2018

5 Things You Need to Start A Hazard Communication Program





Imagine you are the safety officer of your chemical company, and one of the operators told you this question: “We work with chemicals. How do you know the company is safe and the chemicals won’t make us sick?” If you know your job intimately and you’re passionate about safety, you can readily answer the question.

The truth is you don’t have to be a safety officer or a supervisor to provide the right answer. Anyone working in hazardous waste disposal, any chemical plant or other manufacturing facility are expected to possess the minimum knowledge of the hazards at his workplace.
But if an employee does not know these hazards, how can he know them? This is where a hazard communication program enters the scene.

Hazard communication covers lots of grounds. It’s talking about all the physical, chemical and health hazards in the workplace. Some questions that must be addressed are: What are the hazards? How can an employee protect himself? What should an employee do in case of accident or injury?
So if there is no such program at your company and you want to set one, here are five basic things you need to have. 
(1). A written hazard communication programImage Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/two-test-tubes-954585/

Many companies use ISO 9000 and related standards for documenting work processes. At its core, this standard says “Write what you do, do what you write.” Work processes are written down, and the documented processes are then followed. Having steps written down ensures consistency on how employees do their work.  
The premise applies to a hazard program too. Having the program in written form erases ambiguities and misinterpretations. Some of the things that must be documented are:
  • The specific hazards in every area of the facility;
  • Location of MSDS (material data sheets) and other hazard information;
  • Training on the hazards in the workplace; and
  • A comprehensive list of chemicals (and their quantities) in each working area.

The documented program and procedures, along with the files of MSDS (more on this in the next section) and the chemical list must be readily accessible to every employee.  
(2). Material Safety Data Sheets Image Source: https://www.pexels.com/photo/adult-biology-chemical-chemist-356040/

A chemical’s material safety data sheet, or MSDS, must be both available and used.
Safety data sheets are useless if none (but the boss) can only access them, so every employee must be aware of the nearest location of the MSDS files. It’s good practice that several copies are distributed across the facility—like one folder in the laboratory, another in the control room, and a third one in the warehouse.
It is also equally important that employees know how to use them. It makes no sense to have the complete sheets if employees are not trained to use them. (We’ll tackle training a bit later.)
The MSDS contains valuable information. Included are the chemical’s name and nature (“Is it flammable or neutral?”), storage conditions (“Is it okay to store it outdoors?”), protection requirements (“Do you need a mask or a full-body chemical suit?”) and first-aid measures (“What to do if you got skin contact?”).
For this reason, every chemical handled in your facility must have a corresponding MSDS. Also, ensure that MSDS files are up-to-date. For instance, the acid you’re using now may be different in strength to the one used last year, so the current MSDS must be relevant to that specific chemical form.

While these data sheets are valuable, it’s better not to rely on them alone. Remember the documented work processes from the previous section? These documents must also contain some of the essential information from the MSDS to be readily used by the employee.
Information on personal protective gears and cautions are helpful if they are included already in the procedures.

(3). Labeling system
On a quick glance, signs and labels provide immediate information on the chemical in front of you. For instance, when seeing a fire symbol on a drum, in your mind, you are already alerted that it contains flammable content and must not be brought near sources of heat.
A good label must carry the chemical’s name as its proper ID. This must be consistent with the chemical’s name in its MSDS. It could cause confusion and uncertainty if the content of that drum is labeled as “dizzying liquid” while the MSDS says “ammonia”. Also, do not label a container as “acid” when there are lots of acid types in your inventory. 


Furthermore, put an immediate warning about the physical or health hazards if necessary. Indicate “do not inhale” if the chemical can cause instant dizziness or other illnesses. 
(4). Hazard rating
Some chemical labels have hazard ratings, particularly if the NFPA (National Fire Protection Rating) system is applied. This scheme is simple to use and comes in the form of a diamond symbol. The sign is divided into four sections: blue for health, red for flammability, yellow for reactivity, and white for a special category.

These four categories are rated independently from 1 to 4. In the case of red section, 1 is given for a material that does not burn (like water) while 4 is for materials that readily burn (like propane gas).
The NFPA system is not the only one used in the industry. Depending on what suits your company’s needs, you can use other schemes like HMIS, GHS or NPCA. 
(5). Training
Employees need to undergo training to gain awareness and knowledge on the hazards and protective measures BEFORE they handle the chemical. They must also be adept at knowing how to interpret and use the MSDS. Now and then, refresher training has to be conducted to ensure knowledge retention.
Contractors and visitors of the facility must also undergo briefing if they too are entering the facility or will be handling chemicals. If they’re bringing their own chemicals, they must have the safety data sheets with them.

These five is a good start if you’re initially setting up hazard communication in your workplace. You can add other elements, depending on the complexity and scale of your chemical handling done in your facility. What’s essential is that each employee must know how to handle chemicals they are working with and where to find the information if they need it.

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Writen By Walter H. Singer, for Environmentgo.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

How to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly



With each passing season, resource depletion and global warming becomes more terrifyingly real.  Our planet’s future depends on the changes that we humans make – which is why it’s vital that we evaluate the eco-friendliness of our houses.

In recent years, environmental researchers have proven that domestic carbon emissions and energy wastage as significant contributors to the eco-crisis. If you want to halt the rate of climate change at its source, then these are the easy changes you can make to your home which will reduce your household’s environmental footprint.

  1. Go solar
We’ve all heard about solar homes – but did you know that solar panels are becoming an ever more economical and accessible design choice in the current home-building market? 
Previously, only the wealthiest homeowners could afford to install these shiny black panels atop their roofs – while as of 2018, you’ll be able to choose the panelling that suits your home’s needs, and most importantly, your budget.

Solar panels draw energy from natural sunlight and convert it into power. Depending on how many solar panels you have and how large they are, you may be able to power your entire home without depending on manmade electricity.

2.                   Install eco-friendly fittings
Being environmentally conscious doesn’t just mean large-scale alterations to the home; making seemingly-microlevel changes can have just as much impact. For instance, switching your current tap fittings out for motion-sensor models will allow you to save a massive amount of water in the long-term by shutting off water flow whenever your hands aren’t near. Motion-sensor taps are safe and convenient for the very old and very young, too.

two brown spray bottles on brown table
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3.                   Stock your home with eco-friendly accessories and materials
Another micro-level change that guarantees a significant impact is ensuring that your house is fully furnished with products that align with your larger eco-friendly ethos.
After all, your solar panelling won’t match with supermarket-bought plastic bags that take hundreds of years to degrade.

It’s easy to make the transition to reusable cloth bags to carry your groceries, or to look for gentler, more eco-friendly cleaning products to use for your dishes and laundry. The best news is that these eco-friendly resources are becoming increasingly popular, meaning that you’ll get to choose from many different options for outfitting your eco-friendly house.

4.                   Greenify your home
You can also fill your home with literal green products – houseplants.
Decorating your home with potted plants or installing a green wall add a lovely aesthetic touch.
In addition to this, leafy plants have also been proven to absorb the kinds of nasty chemical compounds which would otherwise wheedle their way into our lungs.

white rod pocket curtain on window frame
Image Source: Unsplash

5.                   Insulate for heat retention
An excellent way to ensure your family’s efficient energy use is to correctly insulate your home.

Heat can quickly escape out of draughty floorboards and window panes, so stopping all gaps and stuffing your walls and attic spaces with batting will help to keep heat inside.

Also, remember to check your window frames – double-glazed wooden frames are a far superior option to synthetic frames when it comes to retaining heat, and a set of thick drapes or curtains will further aid your energy-saving mission during colder months.

6.                   Upgrade your appliances
Upgrading your appliances from energy-hungry, old-fashioned models to sleek, energy-efficient ones is a straightforward, satisfying means of reducing wastage in the home. From smaller kitchen appliances like electric kettles to larger household items like boilers and fireplaces, always look for the sustainable energy-star rating or an equivalent score.

Article Submitted By Cleo
Dunedine, New Zealand.
For EnvironmentGo!

Cloe believes that sustainable and eco-friendly practices can easily start in our own homes. Her journey began humbly with the 3 Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) - and she is now working towards her goal to live a zero-waste lifestyle. To see more of Cloe’s published work, visit her Tumblr page.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Business


As our planet's landfills continue to overflow, and the environment continues to suffer under the stress of our lifestyles, businaesses all across the world are looking to create and lead positive change by running a green business.

In addition to the environmental benefits, becoming a “green” company can also have an incredibly positive long-term impact on the reputation and profitability of your business.

And who doesn't want to grow their business while also saving the planet?

Eco-friendly business

Here are five ways to have an eco-friendly business. 

1. Use solar/renewable energy
Depending on the type of business you run and where you are located, you may be able to update your office to using solar or renewable energy. Not only will this increase your office sustainability, but it will also make money as a long-term investment. Both large companies and smaller businesses are using solar and renewable energy to assist in helping the climate crisis.

In 2018, you have various options for alternative energy sources to power your office, such as wind and solar power, hydropower and geothermal.

While installing solar panels can require serious investment, over a long period it will be an advantage for your business. Undoubtedly, solar/renewable energy is the future, and if your organization chooses to incorporate green energy now, it will make it far easier to continue to include developments in the renewable energy market.


2. Start a waste management program
One of the simplest and quickest ways to make your business more eco-friendly is to implement a waste management program. First, understand where your waste is generated and how often and where it ends up. From here, see how you can develop waste prevention strategies.

Always be educating and engaging with employees to develop your waste management program. Make sure they understand that a lot of "trash" can actually be recycled or reused as valuable resources. Rethink the kind of packaging used by your company at all stages, and find eco-friendly alternatives or techniques for cutting back.

Next, implement a waste recycling program within your store or office. Start by making sure everyone in the business knows what can and can't be recycled and composted. Provide staff with reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, and make it a company-wide mission to reduce, reuse and recycle.


3. Recycle electronics
There is a good chance that your company and your company's employees use a considerable amount of electronics. But did you know that ensuring your excess electronic equipment stays out of the local landfill is an excellent way to help sustain the planet? (Just remember to erase any personal information first!)

There are a few options when it comes to recycling your firm's electronics. First of all, if they are under five years old and still working, then you can donate them to local schools, charities or shelters.

Alternatively, various manufacturers (such as Dell and HP) and electronic retailers have technology recycling programs that allow credit for trade-ins on used equipment, and donation programs for charities.

4. Utilize technologies that minimize the environmental impact
From prefabricated metal buildings to inflatable packers for grouting to green web hosting, eco-friendly envelopes, and natural cleaning products, there are so many new technologies that can minimize the environmental impact of your firm, and its projects or products on the environment.

Spend some time researching which ones work for your industry and create a strategy for implementing them into your company's practices and processes.

5. Engage with other businesses and your community
Not only will engaging with other business and your community on green-related activities help sustain the environment, but it also is likely to introduce your firm to new potential clients or customers (win-win scenario!).

With your team, brainstorm events or activities that you can organize — for example, advocating for local protection programs which involve water remediation or bioremediation, educating the community on recycling practices, or manufacturing products that are entirely eco-friendly.

Ensure that all members of your firm are involved to show the community that you really care about the wellbeing of the environment.

In fact, making your business more eco-friendly can be more accessible than is commonly believed. Start with small changes as, over time, these can have a massive impact and, once you’ve started, you will want to continue reforming your workplace.



AUTHOR BIO
 Dave Baca is the General Manager at Aardvark Packers LLC, overseeing day-to-day operations as well as sales, marketing, purchasing and work order manipulation. He received his machinist degree in 1989 and excels at design on AutoCAD, transforming designs into the packer systems requested by clients.

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The most important things about biodynamic farming


 Agriculture has always and will always be an important part of every society. But farming won’t be possible when natural resources are being abused to only meet today’s demands. Sustainable, organic and natural farming have all changed the name of the game in terms of agriculture. Where the appreciation for the products being farmed is a priority and the future is being considered.

And now we have biodynamic farming. Another revolutionary approach to agriculture that is gaining preference and popularity. We’ll be looking at biodynamic farming and the most important things about it that every farmer and person should know.

Biodynamic Farming 
What is biodynamic farming?

Biodynamic farming, or biodynamic agriculture, is similar to organic farming with a few differences. It is a form of agriculture that recognises ecology to have a spirit in nature, making it a holistic, ecological and ethical farming, gardening, food and nutrition practice.

The origin of biodynamic agriculture is based on Dr Rudolf Steiner’s approach to organic farming in 1924 and has since been adapted. Biodynamic farms are seen as a whole organism with a variety of elements that make it up. This would be referring to the farmers, plants, animals, soil and so on. The work that happens on the farm is an attempt to bring and maintain harmony across these elements as a means of supporting the whole organism.


Biodynamic farms work by adapting to the natural landscape, climate and culture. Through that, they promote biodiversity and encourage natural ecosystems. So, where organic farms would either grow crops or raise livestock, biodynamic farms bring the two together. They also strive to use seedlings and bring livestock into the farm from within their farming system so as not to rely on out-sourced products. This means that in order to be certified as a biodynamic farm, the whole living organism is required to be self-sustaining.

They also make use of biodynamic calendars that look to the earth, sun, stars, moon and cosmos to make their farming decisions regarding when to sow, transplant, cultivate and harvest.

What are the advantages of biodynamic farming?

The main advantages of biodynamic farming are that it’s sustainable, natural, nutritious and combats climate change.

  • Sustainable: Not only is a biodynamic farm literally self-sustaining in that it’s responsible for bringing new life onto the farm in order to meet demands, but it also promotes sustainability in its farming practices. It is all about thinking and acting with the future in mind and protecting the limited natural resources that are available.
  • Natural: Being all-natural is an advantage because it means quality and healthy produce. It means there are no harmful chemicals or questionable farming practices that would lead to disease (in consumers or the farm’s plants and livestock). Natural farming methods also lead to more nutritious and tasty food for consumers.
  • Combatants of climate change: Biodynamic farms, because of the humus in their soil, are able to store more carbon in their soil than what other conventional farms can. This means that there is less carbon being released into the air. Biodynamic farms are doing more to add less to the effects of climate change by simply respecting the environments and maintaining their organism.  

What are the disadvantages of biodynamic farming?

A few disadvantages associated with biodynamic and even organic farming don’t have a negative environmental impact but, ultimately, its effects reside in the consumer’s experience. The disadvantages include more time and effort to care for the farm, having smaller yields at harvesting and having to charge more because of those facts.

  • More time and effort: Biodynamic farms require more personal care, time and effort from the farmer’s side. There is more work to be done through a sustainable method and relationships between elements that need to be monitored and maintained than one would find at an industrial farm. But the people who work on biodynamic farms enjoy the work they do, which is a result of that holistic and spiritual approach to farming. So, in their eyes, it’s not a disadvantage.
  • Smaller yields: Because there is more time and effort that goes into biodynamic farming, there are generally smaller yields. It’s also because their farming philosophy requires them to respect and work with the environment. Mass production doesn’t fit with the biodynamic principles.
  • Pay a higher price: As a result of smaller yields and more hands needed to staff the farm, consumers have to pay a higher price for the produce that is then sold from these farms.

Biodynamic farming practices

Any farm can adopt biodynamic farming practices and work towards being a certified biodynamic farm. A few of these sustainable and holistic practices include crop rotation, planting cover crops, introducing organic matter to the soil, recycling and using natural pest protection.

The most important thing about biodynamic farming is to respect the environment and be self-sustainable for future generations.

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