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Plastic is one of the most prominent pollutants of our earth and ocean. It just makes sense to find easy ways to use less!
Source: http://thepurebar.com/blog/2011/02/15/9-easy-ways-to-use-less-plastic-infographic/ ;
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Play Catchment Detox to see if you successfully manage a river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy.
It's an online game where you're in charge of the whole catchment. You get to decide what activities you undertake - whether to plant crops, log forests, build factories or set up national parks. The aim is to avoid environmental problems and provide food and wealth for the population.
A fully-functioning, water-resistant cardboard bicycle is all set to hit the streets. And all major engineers claimed "it cannot be done".
The last time you purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you. Using nine dollars worth of materials, bicycle enthusiast Izhar Gafni has created a fully functioning, water-resistant bicycle, made, from seat to spokes, entirely of recycled cardboard. The technology makes the environmentalist's choice mode of transportation even a bit greener and easier on the wallet.
The all cardboard bike is shockingly durable: it can carry riders who weigh up to 485 pounds. A layer of coating atop the cardboard shields the bike from the elements and gives the finished product the look and feel of lightweight plastic. While the cost to make the bicycle ranges from nine to twelve dollars, the manufacturer expects to sell the vehicle for sixty to ninety dollars depending on the optional addition of an electric motor.
“It's going to be a game-changer in the bike world,” says Giora Kariv, an Israeli artist and a longtime friend of Gafni's who made a documentary about the project. “Like Henry Ford who made the car available to anybody, this bike is going to be cheap and available to any child in the world, including children in Africa who walk dozens of miles to school everyday.” Gafni's next steps involve establishing a company to produce and distribute his cardboard creation to the world market. He's currently working with investors to have the product ready for mass-production and worldwide distribution by next year.
Here in Vancouver, on a rooftop between pizza slice joints in the downtown core, an EasyPark parking garage prepares to balance its ecological mandate by converting its roof to a 5,700 square foot vertical garden able to grow over 80 variety of of leafy greens for human consumption.
It was reported this week that the rooftop farm is expected to produce more than 150,000 pounds of pesticide- and herbicide-free food annually; not only that, but it will use less than 10% of the water required for field farming, and all of its excess water of that will be recycled. Protected against environmental and man-induced factors that yield other methods of safe food growth useless, the plants will be able to flourish year round in rain or shine or rain…or rain. Once its crops yield product, the produce will be sold to Vancouverites under the brand Local Garden.
Written by Jessica Linnay
Full article: http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0824-vertical-gardens-sprouting-up-everywhere/
After struggling to maintain its image following a barrage of product recalls and safety scares, Johnson & Johnson(J&J) has announced that it plans to reformulate not only its entire line of children's personal care products, but also many of its adult personal care products, to remove a number of chemicals and chemical byproducts that have been the topic of public concern in recent years.
By 2015, virtually all J&J consumer care products will be free of preservative chemicals that release methylene glycol, the alcohol form of formaldehyde, which has been identified as a cancer-causing agent. J&J also plans to remove preservative chemicals that produce 1,4 dioxane, a chemical also linked to causing cancer.
By Jonathan Benson
Recycling plastic is a more complex process than first thought for a number of reasons. The first is because there are many different types of plastic, some of which can be recycled and some of which cannot.
Before recycling all plastics are sorted by resin type. In many developed countries this is done automatically by robots using what is known as near infrared (NIR) technology. Some plastics are then further sorted by colour before recycling.
The ways in which plastics are then recycled varies:
• Monomer recycling
This essentially reverses the process which was used to manufacture the plastic originally. This produces the same chemicals used to make the original plastic which can then be formed into new polymers and plastics.
• Thermal depolymerisation
This is the process of turning the plastic into petrol. The polymer can then be used either to make other fuels or plastic.
• Heat compression
This process allows you take all types of plastic and melt it down by putting it in what is essentially large rotating heated drums; like your tumble dryer. This includes all types of plastic like plastic bags and polythene.
Read more to find out what kinds of plastic exist and how each type can complicate the process of recycling: http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0628-process-recycling-plastic/
New and exciting modes of transport are being developed that use a very old invention, the bicycle. Electric bikes as a mode of transport within urban environments is now a booming industry.
Did you know that you can make a huge difference just by recycling your moving boxes instead of throwing them away after your move?
Everyone on Earth should strive to be environmentally responsible. With the way that people blatantly litter and pollute our home, who knows if our species- or any species- will exist in another 100 years.
Mother Nature Network: While an eco-friendly vacation may bring to mind images of roughing it in the wilderness, there are many resorts that are both green and glamorous, where you can enjoy luxury with a conscience.
Garbology is a great website where students can learn about nature-friendly ways of disposing of trash.
Often, people think that to adopt a green lifestyle they have to ditch the tech gadgets and tools that make life easier and more enjoyable. That’s not exactly true. In fact, a new line of bamboo products are both safe for the environment and durable.
But why bamboo? Well, it’s a sustainable raw material that grows up to five times faster than wood materials, making it one of the most renewable sources on the planet.
#1. Eat less meat. If you’re like anyone else I know, this could be tough. You don’t have to give it up entirely. You can participate in Meatless Monday, or become a Weekday Vegetarian.
#2. Explore commuting options. Cars and gas obviously cost the big bucks. Why not try walking or biking to work? Public transportation is a good option too!
#3. Explore the great outdoors. The warm weather is tough, but there are those days that it’s nice enough to be outside. That means there’s free entertainment just outside your door! A walk around the neighborhood park, or a quick game of basketball on the driveway, or even a game of flashlight tag with family and friends outside will save you money on electricity (as long as you turn off those lights!) and will give you something to do with everyone that’s free AND fun!
#4. Take advantage of the sunny weather. It’s going to be hot out. That usually means the sun is out too. Instead of hating the heat rays, take advantage of them! Line dry your clothes after laundry, and you’ll save a few bucks on electricity. Your clothes will smell awesome and you won’t have to worry about the efficiency of your dryer. The sun will even bleach your whites for you!
#5. Finally, look to save water. Water is very important! Saving water always means saving money too.
Read article: http://blog.practicallygreen.com/2012/08/5-ways-to-help-your-wallet-beat-the-heat/
Do you like eating fish? Here's why you may like eating your own trash, too.
View infographic: http://www.mastersdegree.net/ocean-garbage/
It's in your cookware, your clothing, furniture, carpets, popcorn bags and even in your food! It's perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and it remains indefinitely in the environment and even gets stuck in your body. PFOA is a toxicant and known carcinogen that has been detected in the blood of more than 98% of the US population. Exposure to this chemical has been associated with increased cholesterol, uric acid levels, preeclampsia, heart disease, liver damage, thyroid trouble, neurological disorders, chronic kidney disease and kidney cancer.
Find out more about the dangers of Teflon: http://www.naturalnews.com/036887_Teflon_PFOA_non-stick_cookware.html
If you’re like most people, your refrigerator probably harbors a few deep, dark secrets. I visit most all of my clients’ houses, and inevitably poke around in their fridge. It’s always hilarious to me how many excuses I hear them shriek out when I start looking.
Everything you see in your space should be supportive of your goals and reflective of how you want to live.
By Kimberly Snyder
Full article: http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2012/07/03/12-items-in-your-fridge-that-you-should-throw-away-immediately/ ;
Knowing how much consumers care about the environment is important since their purchases can make a difference for our planet.
Unfortunately, the results of a recent survey, which aimed to gauge the status of “green attitude,” implies that consumers are currently less likely to admit that they care about the environment and are less likely to engage in sustainable behavior.
The Harris Poll also found that consumers in this day and age are less likely to purchase all-natural or organic products, bother trying to use less water, and reuse things they already own.
Americans are now saying that they’re less likely to:
• Reuse things they have instead of throwing them away or buying new items (65% 2009 vs. 61% 2012);
• Make an effort to use less water (60% 2009 vs. 57% 2010 and 2012);
• Buy food in bulk (33% 2009 vs. 30% 2012);
• Purchase all-natural products (18% 2009 vs. 16% 2012); and,
• Purchase organic products (17% 2009 vs. 15% 2010 and 2012).
While this data is devastating, in terms of our environment, it is important to keep in mind that the survey only polled American consumers and thus, the data does not reflective the attitude of the entire world.
by Susmita Baral
Full article: http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0703-consumers-environment/
When people think about moderating meat consumption, they typically think of the health benefits and costs. Eating less meat is said to be a healthy practice since it reduces the risks of heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses.
The inefficiency is particularly high for beef, which uses about three-fifths of the world’s agricultural land yet produces less than 5 percent of its protein and less than 2 percent of its calories. Beef production causes global warming through its effects on deforestation, both directly through pasture and indirectly through its use of feed and forage, and also because of the methane, a powerful heat-trapping gas, that comes from the stomachs and manure of cattle.
It has been estimated that 15 percent of the world’s global warming emissions are caused by tropical deforestation. What’s more, the increase in meat production has been responsible for 35 percent of the heat-trapping gases produced by deforestation.
Lying out in the sun can be like getting a massage since sunlight has vitamin D, which boosts the release of serotonin. This happy hormone relieves pain and gives you sudden bursts of energy and feelings of pleasure.
This year has seen a few nice new inventions coming forwards and steps for society towards clean technology. Today we’ll look at three of them.
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Mother Nature NetworkEco-friendly home cleaning products - A fun educational tool offered by Green Works on their website is the hip and humorous interactive video featuring 'Sara,' a virtual cleaning expert who shares six easy tips for keeping a green, clean home.
In the last decade, eco products have become all the rage as people make an effort to be kinder to the environment, as well as their wallets. Some folk however, aren’t happy to stop at solar panels on their roofs, or a hybrid car.
Nowadays, the most popular practice in packaging design is towards the use of eco-friendly materials. These are the ones that which are biodegradable and also recyclable.
Indeed, investing in this kind of packaging is worthwhile as are own very existence is under a threat due to our own disregard of our environment.