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LizzieWeakley

A house is not just a building - it's a system with inputs and outputs. Maintaining a home takes work, and can generate significant environmental pollution. Environmentally conscious homeowners also face a mismatch between the technology available at the time of their house's construction and what's available now. Fortunately there are many home upgrades that can reduce your house's environmental impact.

 

Water Pollution

 

Water is one of your home's most important inputs and outputs. Whether your water comes from a well or a municipal water supply, you may be concerned with biological hazards, toxins, and excessive hardness in your water. Plus, there's a risk of these pollutants flowing through and affecting not just you but also your downstream environment. In both cases, installing home water treatment systems is a home upgrade that can protect your health, extend the life of your water-using appliances, and reduce the burden on septic systems or municipal water treatment systems. Another benefit is improved taste - staying hydrated with your own tasty tap water is more environmentally friendly than drinking bottled water. If your toilet, washing machine, or dishwasher is nearing the end of its life, choose a more water-efficient replacement. Consider installing low-flow nozzles on sinks and showers.

 

Air Pollution

 

Home heating and indoor air quality are issues whose importance to homeowners has risen in tandem with fuel prices and worries about climate change. There are two major home upgrades that can reduce your home's contribution to air pollution: first, insulating the walls, attic, and foundation of your house, and second, upgrading your heating appliance. Replacing combustion appliances (furnaces, boilers, wood stoves, kerosene heaters, etc.) with electrical heating appliances is ideal; replacing them with more efficient combustion appliances is a close second. But if you pursue these upgrades without first ensuring that your house is properly insulated and air-sealed, you may be throwing your money away.

 

Ground Pollution

 

If you have a yard or a community garden plot, you can use that land as part of your home's waste disposal systems. Upgrade your home by starting a compost pile - diverting your food waste will reduce the strain on our landfills, and by keeping grass clippings and other yard waste out of storm drains, you will also help protect groundwater quality.

 

There are many options for homeowners looking to reduce their environmental impact. To find more information, consult home improvement professionals, national standards organizations, and government resources.

LizzieWeakley

When you are trying to embrace a waste-free lifestyle, you can get overwhelmed by all the information and choices. Luckily, there are some simple tools that can make the transition easier.

 

Reusable Dishes

If you are like most people, you probably go through quite a few disposable containers, utensils, and even straws. Avoid that by finding a functional set of reusable plates and utensils that you can carry with you.

Look for dishes that are made from sustainably sourced materials like bamboo. Don't stop at your plates, either. Start packing glass containers to bring leftovers home when you eat out.

 

A Composter

A large part of what is thrown out can actually be composted safely at home if you know how to get started. Pick a composting system that fits your lifestyle, taking care to find out if there are any restrictions on outdoor compost bins or piles where you live.

You can build a nice sized kitchen composter that can even accommodate bones and dairy from a simple plastic bucket and spigot. It will work to start decomposition while giving you copious amounts of free compost tea. Just find a plastic bucket supplier and you are in business.

 

Dish Towels

Start paying attention to how many paper towels you toss every day and you will quickly see why reusable dish towels can help decrease your household's trash. There are several ways to go, depending on your personal preferences.

Crochet or knitted dishcloths are attractive and durable. They are great for scrubbing dishes, but, if you are going to be cleaning up wet spills or cleaning windows, you'll probably want terry or flannel dishcloths instead.

 

Bulk Soaps

This may seem like a silly thing, but just take a moment to think about how much waste is in every single bottle of body wash or cleanser that you use, and you'll see why it is actually important. You can find unwrapped bars of soap at many health and natural food stores and farmer's markets.

If you are feeling crafty, try your hand at a DIY soap recipe. There are plenty of choices to meet the condition of your skin and hair, and most use commonly available ingredients you might already have on hand.

 

Maximize Your Impact

When shopping for any products, look for durable items that will last in minimal packaging to really cut back on what is tossed out. Also, look to repurpose older items before you throw them away.

LizzieWeakley

The new year is finally here, making it the perfect time for a new resolution. For small business owners, a great resolution is to reduce unnecessary waste. Not only is eliminating excess waste beneficial for cutting costs, it also minimizes the impact on the environment. Since the average person creates four pounds of trash daily, imagine the amount of trash that accumulates from an entire staff? Practicing sustainability helps the environment and saves businesses money.

 

Double-Sided Printing

 

Believe it or not, there are businesses that still use printed sheets. Between constantly paying for paper and replacing ink cartridges, making copies can become extremely expensive. By printing on both sides, there are fewer sheets and materials that need to be purchased and recycled.

 

Donate Excess Goods

 

After realizing there are excess items that can be considered waste, it’s better to donate them rather than throw them away. For instance, if new inventory comes in or a product is discontinued, finding someone who can use those materials is a better way to repurpose them and cut garbage costs.

 

Frequently Train Employees

 

Understanding sustainability is only half the battle. It is important to inform employees of any changes that can make eliminating waste easier. It is important to inform employees on both how and why these precautions are being taken. For instance, if there is a new recycling policy, inform them on why it is beneficial for the business. It is also necessary to have regular meetings to share the triumphs and failures so the team can exchange feedback on how to improve on setbacks. Everyone staying on the same page is a key component of success.

 

Digital Tags

 

For retail businesses, paper tags can become expensive. Instead, using a digital price tag can save money on both paper tags and employees having to tag the items. Research shows that the initial investment in these digital tag machines pay themselves off within two and a half years, which eventually allows for the profits to be spent elsewhere. Digital price tag machines also can be instantly updated with a click of a button, which can display the original and sale price simultaneously.

 

The new year creates new opportunities for small businesses to make a profit. The best way to do so is recycling old products, communicating sustainability tips to employees, and cutting labor costs by using digital tags.

LizzieWeakley

Recycling is more than just a way to help the environment - it's also a fantastic business tool. If you own a business, you might want to look at recycling as a way to thrive in an increasing competitive market. Below are just four methods you can use to help your business through recycling and recycled materials.

Sell Scrap and Old Equipment for Recycling

If you're looking for a good way to turn your extra materials and old equipment into cash, you'll definitely want to take a look at recycling. While many businesses think that recycling is limited to some extra copper wiring or maybe even some old boxes, the truth is that there are buyers for virtually everything you use. If you want to sell electrical equipment that you no longer need, for example, you'll almost certainly be able to find a buyer who can meet your price.

Buy Discount Recycled Materials

Recycled materials are often a great alternative to buying new. Not only is doing so is a good way to reduce waste and to help out the environment, but recycled materials also tend to cost a great deal less. If you buy recycled, you'll get all the benefits that you would typically get from buying top-shelf materials without having to deal with the significantly higher price tag. Buying recycled is simply a smart move for any budget-conscious business.

Make a Great Public Impression

If you look at many of the major corporations around the world, you'll notice that they have very conspicuous green initiatives. While many might do this because they truly care about the planet, the truth is that doing so is just as much a public relations ploy as anything else. If you choose to use recycled materials, do so conspicuously. It will help to get an increasingly environmentally conscious public on your side.

Show Investors Resourcefulness

Finally, remember that all of these actions tend to look good to investors. Investors who know that you're dedicated to making a good public impression, cutting costs, and creating new revenue streams are also investors who are eager to buy into your business. If you're looking for new ways to bring in partners or to increase the size of your operation, using recycling as a point of pride can be a great choice.

Don't be afraid of recycled products or materials. They can save or make you money, but they can also become a cornerstone of your business' reputation. When you're ready to grow, start looking to recycled materials.

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LizzieWeakley

Most European food production companies, fortunately, have strict regulatory requirements and specifications which make the foods safer and more eco-friendly. However, there is more that we can be doing than following the letter of the law. If food companies are interested in making a difference, here are a few ways to ensure their products are as eco and customer-friendly as possible.

Avoid toxic additives

Additives are added to food during production or preparation to improve the appetizing appearance and flavor of dishes, keep food edible for a longer time, and increase the shelf and storage life. Studies have found that more than 90% of the average American food budget is spent on over-processed foods, and more than 400 additives are used in various recipes.

There are three types of additives:

·        Natural ones extracted from natural food sources.

·        Synthesized copies of substances that occur naturally.

·        Artificial ones which are chemically synthesized.

Although not all of the additives are dangerous and can be consumed with possible minimal risk, some chemically synthesized ones can be harmful in various ways and cause adverse reactions such as allergies, digestive disorders, respiratory issues, skin problems, hyperactivity in children, a significant reduction in one's IQ level, and other ailments.

Artificial sweeteners in sugar-free foods particularly have a harmful carcinogenic effect and can reduce intelligence, affect short term memory, and can also result in brain or kidney tumors, diabetes, depression, anxiety attacks, migraines, and other disorders. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is used in savory dishes, canned soups, frozen dinners, and salty snacks. The substance excitotoxin can lead to obesity, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, depression, and more. Trans fat is formed by hydrogenation and is added to increase shelf life but can also increase a bad cholesterol level. A general tip would be to read ingredient labels, cut back on additives, and replace processed foods with fresh ingredients that do not contain such additives.

Improve sanitation techniques

If you are in the food production business, you should be concerned about the quality of the products and the cleanliness of the production facility. A great step towards better sanitation in your production is to use a complete line of industrial 3A sanitary filtration products that include certified strainers, replacement parts, assemblies, and filters that are suitable for a wide range of capacities and applications such as those manufactured by SaniClean Strainers, a Newark Wire brand, and similar companies with their products.

You can also use food-quality conveyor belting that is designed to be sanitary, safe, and easy to thoroughly clean. The maintenance of proper sanitation and cleanliness on a food production line is critical as well. Setting up a schedule of cleaning times is important whether it is every few hours or at the beginning or ending of shifts. Finally, give employees sanitation training and update refreshers from time to time so they will be aware of food handling and sanitation practices.

Use eco-friendly food packaging

Also called green packaging, sustainable packaging, and environmentally-friendly packaging, it should be non-toxic, biodegradable meaning it will break down in a landfill, compostable, reusable, recyclable, sustainable, and manufactured from natural products or recycled products or through low-impact means.

Safely dispose of wastes

Be sure that the process you use for food waste disposal is consistent with your food safety management system such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point HACCP), Environmental Health team of the local authority, or to the Food Standards Agency that governs your area. Make sure that your waste is taken by an authorized collector and that it goes to a legitimate treatment disposal site.

Countries around the globe have realized that we must all act to reduce the impact of trash on our planet. When trash doesn’t compost or biodegrade, it has already become a long-term problem to find space for it, plus it is an eyesore and a logistical nightmare. Being part of the solution will help to save the planet and demonstrate corporate responsibility and values.

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LizzieWeakley

As more and more people become aware of the importance of a sustainable lifestyle, we are discovering new ways to reduce waste and pollution in every aspect of our lives. Increasingly, people want to feel good about the goods that they buy. Whether that means using a refillable travel mug to buy fair-trade coffee in the morning or shopping online for vegan footwear, people are waking up to the fact that sustainability is a must. Here are a few ways we can integrate eco-friendly solutions into the arts and entertainment?

Non-toxic Oil Paints

Unlike other forms of visual arts that can use reclaimed or sustainably harvested materials, oil painting seems to be unable to shed its toxic plumage. Even with eco-friendly brushes and canvases, the heart of the matter, the paints themselves, are an eco-nightmare. As an alternative to resigning yourself to working with toxic sludge, non-toxic paints have become available to the aspiring Picasso. These paints deliver the same quality without polluting our water and soil when you have to dispose of them.

Vegan Ballet Shoes

The ballet is a world built on tradition, hard work, and timeless beauty. Choosing a good ballet shoe, whether it's a point shoe or ballet flats, is an important and deeply personal issue. Even the constructions of a ballet shoe is an artform draped in tradition and centuries of craftsmanship. Unfortunately, not all of those traditions are eco-friendly. For those who are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, choosing ballet flats can be even more difficult. Luckily, several brands have come along to offer you vegan ballet flats that couple excellent performance with sustainable high-quality materials.

Natural Bamboo Reeds

Bamboo as a construction material is an eco-wonder. It's easy to farm and grows quickly. It's also incredibly strong and can be used in everything from scaffolding to home furnishings. Bamboo fibers are used to make paper, cloth, crafts, and even bicycles. The next time you are shopping for art supplies, choose supplies made from natural bamboo reeds.

Sustainable Yarn

Sustainable and ethically sourced yarn is not limited to yarn made from recycled fibers. Yarn from ethically sourced wool or other sustainable fibers is also an acceptable alternative to have a more sustainable craft. While availability might be a concern for some, the quality of these yarns is on par with their less ethically sourced competitors.

The desire to create beauty is one of the most basic of human instincts, but people are increasingly aware that there is no beauty in a thing that creates suffering. With a few changes in how we produce art and use resources, we can make our art not only beautiful but a source of greater good.

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LizzieWeakley

The key to flipping a house successfully is to keep costs low while still creating a property attractive enough to fetch a high sales price. While you can't cut corners, you can reduce your prices by using recycled materials in many parts of the flipping process. Below are four areas in which recycled materials can make a huge difference.

Recycled Wood

Wood can be incredibly expensive, especially if you're looking at something that's more aesthetically appealing than what you can get at contractor-grade. Wood that's been recycled from other homes is not only far cheaper than what you could get from a lumber yard, but it may also be ready to be put in the home immediately. Certain types of recycled wood can also give a property a unique look, which in turn can raise its sale price.

Recycled Metals

Metal prices always seem to be on the rise. If you need metal for anything from decor to wiring, it's best to look at recycled options. Finding copper recycling vendors can be a great way to get access to a metal that's in high demand and still stay within your budget, while recycled steel might help you to undertake some great projects without having to sacrifice in other areas of your home. Always go with recycled metals when you can.

Recycled Glass

Yes, even glass can be recycled. While getting recycled windows might seem like a cost-saving choice, you may also want to choose these windows because of the character that they give your home. They may cost less than what's currently on the market now, but some recycled glass has a unique look that will bring in style-conscious buyers. Definitely consider recycled glass when you're on a budget but want to add some special to a home.

Mulch

Mulch can be surprisingly expensive when you get it from a supplier. While mulch has many practical and decorative purposes, realistic flippers know that it's essentially a replaceable resource that can eat up far too much of a landscaping budget. Given that there is virtually no difference between 'new' and recycled mulch, it simply makes more financial sense to go with the cheaper option. Not only that, but natural recycled wood mulch is much more eco-friendly than treated decorative mulches.

Choosing recycled options can keep the cost of flipping a house down while adding some unique touches to a property. Whether you're seeking a look that makes use of reclaimed materials or you're dealing with a tight financial situation, recycled materials make sense. If you can spend less money on these materials, you'll be able to splurge on special features without endangering your budget.

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LizzieWeakley

It's always a good idea to be a conscientious consumer. If you know that companies are producing dangerous products, for example, you should hold them responsible for those actions. Doing so, though, can seem difficult. If you're looking for ways to make a difference, you may want to try undertaking the actions below.

Do Research on Toxic Materials

The best place to start is to know what's really causing harm. Don't just take the internet's word on what constitutes a harmful material - do some research on your own to figure out what's really dangerous and what's not. You might find that companies are using materials that can cause a great deal of harm, yet their actions fly under the radar. Arm your self with knowledge before you do anything else.

Buy Natural Products

Your next step is to avoid giving money to those companies that actually make harmful products. A good way to do this is to find natural alternatives that don't use toxic materials. While the cost can be a bit higher, you'll be sending a message to other companies that their practices aren't acceptable. The actions of a single person might not make a huge difference in a corporation's bottom line, but they'll start to listen when enough people make the switch.

Sue When They Cause You Harm

If you are harmed by a company's products, you need to hold them directly accountable. This means retaining personal injury attorney services and suing them for the damage that they've caused. Not only do you deserve restitution when you have been hurt, but the company deserves to be punished when it's taken actions that can hurt consumers. By bringing a suit, you'll be helping the rest of the market.

Spread the Word

If you really want to make a change, you can't be silent. Instead, make sure to both talk about what you've learned through research and about the alternatives that you have found. You certainly don't need to spend all of your time proselytizing, but you should speak up when you think doing so can make a difference. If you are willing to share what you've learned with others, you can turn a small act of defiance into a real movement.

Remember, holding companies responsible for their actions requires a real effort. Do the research, find alternatives, and hold them directly accountable when necessary. If you're able to spread your message, you can make a legitimate change in the world.

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LizzieWeakley

Going paperless must have been the dream of many practitioners, considering the fact that mountains of paperwork can be generated on a daily basis in medical practices. Not to mention, there are immense costs associated with this. Large scale paper use translates to a good amount of money spent. In addition, storing files, intake forms, referrals, test requisitions, bills and notes calls for additional storage space, which means not just more money, but time and effort are also required for managing all this. On the contrary, when medical practices switch to paperless offices, they reap the benefits of creating less carbon footprint and having low costs and fewer clusters of files to organize.

 

How to Get Started

 

Many medical offices still rely on pen and paper, amassing huge piles of hard copy data with no end in sight. This is due to multiple reasons: doctors are reluctant to transform their enormous amount of data, they don’t have the time to do it and they simply do not understand how digitalization can facilitate them significantly. The transition from a traditional data generation mode to a paperless digitized mode doesn’t have to occur all at once but initiated through small changes at a time. The gradual conversion of paper work can start by feeding data electronically for some forms like registration forms.

 

As a practice begins to reduce reliance on paper, medical record storage space is less needed. Experiencing the benefits of switching to an electronic format one step at a time motivates doctors to continue with this transformation. To make things easy, a good place to start is patient intake forms. Allow patients to use Kiosks or tablets to fill in basic information and schedule appointments. While scanners can help convert existing data that includes medical history of patients, diagnosis, personal details etc into electronic files.

 

How Much Time It Takes

 

Once physicians become familiar working with a new technology or method of data accumulation, they comfortably spend time with their vendors to scan important data and purge information which is no longer needed. Physicians also have to train their staff to carry out the processes of reviewing new electronic records for accuracy. This whole process of transforming their office can take up to 6 months or more. Physicians can dedicate one hour a day to this process to smoothly complete their upgrade to digital technology. In fact, there are many ways to go about this.

 

Select the Type of Upgrade You Want

 

Depending on the type of upgrade physicians choose to undergo, they can save themselves more time and energy. Some methods can be more efficient and less challenging to adopt. Outsourcing medical billing, for example, is a method that uses strategies specifically designed with medical practices in mind. It covers the whole aspect of billing by preparing claims, managing communication with insurance carriers, handling report submissions and pursuing settlements. This way practices are spared frustrating and time consuming tasks, ultimately saving time and energy.

 

Streamlining the office workflow into a digitized format not only makes the whole process a lot easier but it also eliminates waste and contributes to reducing the greenhouse effect. Medical practices can now operate with a green approach, serving humans and the environment altogether.

LizzieWeakley

You already know that recycling is important because it reduces landfill waste, conserves resources and prevents pollution. However, some items are easier to recycle than others. Tossing your paper, plastic and glass into separate containers is no big deal, but what about other items that aren’t so simple? Read on to learn about five things you can recycle with just a little extra effort.

Printer Cartridges

Don’t toss that printer cartridge. Many retail stores accept ink and toner cartridges for recycling so they don’t end up in landfills. You can also check the manufacturer’s website to see if they offer a mail-in recycling program. Many cartridges can also be refilled and reused by taking them to a store that offers this service or by using a home refill kit.

Food Scraps

You might be surprised to learn that food waste takes up space in landfills. Although food decomposes rapidly, it can stick around for years when sealed inside a plastic garbage bag. Return uneaten food back to the earth quickly by keeping a compost bin. You can use the compost to fertilize your garden or green up your lawn.

Batteries

Used batteries are particularly bad for the environment because they are filled with harmful chemicals like lead, mercury and cadmium. Most home recycling services don’t accept batteries, but battery recycling services can be found at many retailers. Some battery recyclers also offer a mail-in program so there’s no excuse to chuck those batteries in the trash.

Crayons

If you have children, you probably have odds and ends crayons lying around the house. Consider melting them down to make new crayons or donate them to a charity like the Crayon Initiative, which recycles used crayons into new ones for children’s hospitals.

Eyeglasses and Hearing Aids

Your old glasses or hearing aids could be a valuable gift to someone in need. Many non-profit organizations collect these devices and donate them to people who can’t afford them. Ask your optometrist or audiologist if they collect donations. Universities, churches and other organizations also sometimes hold collection drives for glasses, hearing aids and other medical devices.

Remember, if you have an item that you can’t recycle, try thinking of ways you can reuse it before you toss it. Many items that end up in landfills could have had a second life with a little effort. Another way to reduce landfill waste is to practice mindful purchasing. Don’t buy a new item if you could use something you already own instead.

LizzieWeakley

There are a few tips that you can use for making recycling easier in your office.

 

Situation

 

The first tip is to survey the current waste management situation of your company. Before you add any additional recycling measures, then you want to assess the situation. This is the best way that you are going to be able to create a plan of action for executing the recycling initiatives into your company. Therefore, you are going to need to try to understand how much waste your company is going to go through during the week. This will allow you to see how much of the waste can be recycled.

 

Simple

 

The second tip is to make the process of recycling as simple as possible. This is one of the best ways that you are going to be able to encourage recycling inside of the workplace. Therefore, you will need to make the recycling places convenient for the employees along with being accessible. The bins are going to need to be located throughout the workplace. Consider talking to a dumpster rental company to make sure you have all the bins you will need. It is also important to label the recycling bins so that the employees are going to know exactly what they are supposed to be putting inside of the bins. When they don't know, there is a good chance that it will just go in the trash.

 

Reminders

 

The third tip is to make sure that you post regular reminders for the employees about the recycling. There are some people who are going to have a passion for recycling, so they are going to go out of their way to recycle items. But there are some people are going to feel indifferent about the recycling, then they are probably not going to think about recycling. These are the people who are going to need the reminders more than others. They need to be aware of that recycling is a part of the business.

 

Competition

 

The fourth tip is to foster some competition among the employees when it comes to the recycling inside of the workplace. Competition is one of the best ways to get your employees to do things. It is important to remember that people don't like being told what you want them to do but they are going to love to win. The competition will need to be an interactive experience for the employees. You should keep constant updates on the competition so that you can alert the employees of who is actually winning the recycling competition.

LizzieWeakley

Making burial arrangements for a loved one is incredibly overwhelming. If a traditional burial isn’t an option, there are several other alternatives to choose from. Consider the following options.

Biodegradable Burial Pods

Ecologically-conscious friends and family members often hope to fulfill their loved one’s last wishes with the burial. Biodegradable burial pods give family and friends the option to honor their loved one’s life by transforming their body into the gift of life. This organic capsule is biodegradable, allowing plant life to flourish above ground.

This option is recommended for anyone that has spent the majority of their life in service to the environment. As traditional burials utilize materials that aren't biodegradable, the option of using an eco-friendly pod will give your loved one the chance to promote sustainability, even in the afterlife.

Flame Cremation

50% of Americans use flame cremation as opposed to traditional burial options. Many people consider cremation as an option as it is an instantaneous process that will transform their loved one into ashes that they can keep with them at all times. Cremation gives family and friends the chance to keep their ashes in keepsakes like a bullet necklace for ashes or an urn. This way, their loved one will always be close to them.

Sea Burial

A burial at sea is a common choice for veterans of the military but can be an option for anyone. Sea burials typically are typically performed with the scattering of cremated ashes but this option is also possible for those interested in a full-body burial. As this form of burial is regulated by the EPA, a specialized burial cloth and casket are required for full-body burials at sea.

Aquamation

Though cremation is another option for loved ones seeking an alternative to traditional burials, the process can seem environmentally destructive and unethical to some. With aquamation or alkaline hydrolysis, the body is gently transformed into dust and ash. In this process, the water and alkali are heated to return the body to the most natural element. After it is dissolved by water, the ash and dust can then return to the earth.

The type of burial chosen for a loved one should be deeply personal to you and your family. Use these suggestions at this difficult time to choose the best way to honor the life of your loved one.

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LizzieWeakley

As society becomes more environmentally aware, everyone should do their part to become more Eco-friendly. There are plenty of small steps that can make a big difference. Any type of business can help to protect the environment by following steps like these.4 Important Steps for Making Your Business More Eco-Friendly.PNG

Conserve Utilities

No matter a company’s size, it is a good idea to turn off unused utilities to reduce usage and cut costs. Empty offices and unscheduled conference rooms do not need lights or air conditioning. Energy-efficient lighting for security purposes can be utilized when the building is empty at night. Equipment that must be left on for occasional access like a printer or copier can be set to the “sleep” mode or a similar setting to limit usage.

Recycle When Possible

Set up one or more recycle bins. One can be for used paper that should be shredded first for confidentiality purposes. Another bin can collect bottles, cans, or other company waste that can be picked up by the local recycling company or sold as scrap for money to be added to the operating budget. Departments could run contests to see who can collect the most recyclables within a certain period, with the winners receiving a pizza lunch or other perk.

Adopt Eco-Friendly Policies

Develop an environment-oriented policy that can be added to employee handbooks. It should describe the ways in which everyone can make the business more environmentally responsible. The aforementioned energy usage reduction and recycling bins can be the first steps of the policy. Buying Eco-safe chemicals or products is another important step. Reusing or repurposing older equipment or furniture can help to prevent excessive waste.

Dispose of Eco-Hazards Responsibly

Companies that work with bio-hazards or any kind of Eco-hazards should find out how to use and dispose of them legally. It would be helpful to contact an environmental law practice for information about local environment protection laws and how to avoid violations. An attorney or an environmental specialist could make a presentation to company employees to explain how to dispose of toxic waste or products that could negatively impact the environment through airborne, ground water, or soil contamination.

Becoming aware of Eco-issues is the first step. Taking action to implement Eco-friendly practices and products is the second step. Training employees to be environmentally conscious can lead to a safer and healthier workplace and surrounding community. Make your business more environmentally aware and legally compliant.

LizzieWeakley

You have the opportunity to help the environment by upgrading your home and going green. Doing this will also make you feel like a better person and maybe save you money. Consider doing the right thing by conserving the environment and improving your home.

 

Insulate the House

 

Insulating your home doesn't have to be costly since there are plenty of options out there today. Besides this, reduce your carbon footprint and save up to 30% of energy per year. Weatherstripping doors and using eco-friendly caulk for air leaks in window panes, basements and attics are just a couple of simple solutions for greener living. Save money on energy bills by keeping air in.

 

Recycle Often

 

You can teach your family why recycling matters by placing bins in designated areas for a more sustainable home. In addition to this, your kids will learn the value of living by ethical standards. Learn more about which items can be recycled and how to do this by visiting educational websites like Recyclebank. You can also get crafty and repurpose clothing planting pots and more to keep them from filling up landfills. Finding creative solutions to problems can be a fun way to pass the time with family.

 

Add Native Plants

 

Native plants can add natural beauty and value to your home. These also attract butterflies, birds, bees and others. You'll be giving animals nesting areas, shelter, food and a safe place to escape predators. Do your part in saving the earth by making positive contributions to the ecosystem and animal welfare. You might want to consider septic treatment systems that save you money and time, and are more economical to maintain. In fact, you can feel proud of yourself for investing in a genuinely beautiful home and environmental conservation.

 

Natural Paint and Wallpaper

 

Conventional wallpaper and ordinary paint contain synthetic materials and harmful chemicals. Keep your family healthy by choosing products made from natural ingredients. You can even purchase wallpaper made of seagrass. Consider painting the walls with certified eco-friendly or recycled paint for your safety and as a wise sustainability choice. The Global Paint for Charity will use any leftover paint donations you may want to give away for global housing rehabilitation projects.

 

By protecting the earth's natural resources, you'll be protecting yourself, your family and your future. Besides this, feel less guilty for utilizing energy and other valuable resources excessively. Sleep with peace of mind and enjoy your home the right way.

LizzieWeakley

There's been a big push in recent years to take a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) approach to energy conservation. Going green and onboarding sustainable practices has a number of tax benefits and can allow your organization to grow by helping you realize operational efficiencies in unexpected places.

 

Energy Audit

 

Industry plant experts say that energy is the number-one cost, so it makes sense to start there when you're talking about making a comprehensive energy audit.

 

The sad part is that Plant Engineering found that fewer than half of industrial plants currently conduct a yearly energy audit.

 

The essential part of a yearly energy audit - beyond conducting one in the first place! - is to determine how much energy you're currently using at each of your industrial plants.

 

From there, you should determine what the source of that energy is so that you can potentially realize greener sources. Doing so might enable you to take advantage of federal subsidies for energy efficiency.

 

Industrial brick refractory coating services can help industrial plants further reduce their fuel consumption. The refractory coating used in this process is ideal for the following applications: kiln, forge, furnace, oven, and metal equipment.

 

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

 

Reducing hazardous raw materials and donating wood scraps leftover from the manufacturing process, as examples, can drastically reduce your carbon footprint and put your company on the right path towards environmental stewardship.

 

Monitor HVAC and Lighting

 

Where does the energy that comes in to an industrial plant ultimately go? Usually towards heating, cooling, and lighting. A programmable thermostat is probably the easiest way to optimize your heating and cooling processes, but take a look around as well to ensure that your insulation is up to snuff.

 

Poor insulation in an industrial plant could mean that you're allowing your utility bills to skyrocket since so much heat is being allowed to exit the building.

 

On the lighting side of things, many industrial plants waste a ton of money every year by stubbornly resisting the move from incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs, which can provide as many lumens as incandescent bulbs without producing nearly the heat.

 

Since providing light for a large industrial plant is no easy feat, the potential energy efficiency to be reaped from making the switch to LED bulbs is huge. LED bulbs will actually allow you to use three-fourths the energy and have your LED bulbs last 25 times longer than their incandescent counterparts.

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Many homeowners believe that they have little choice about how much money they must spend on their electric bills. They think that they have limited options because of various common factors that influence energy usage, such as the size of their homes and seasonal temperatures in their geographic locations. Yet, you don’t have to settle for the amount that you see on your average bill every month. A wide variety of technologies exist that can help lower energy costs. Consider the following easy changes that you can make around your home:

Lights

A home’s lights are typically a huge source of power consumption. People often buy light bulbs that use too much energy and forget to shut off lights when they go to bed or away for work or vacation. You can fix both of these problems with two simple swaps: Invest in energy-efficient LED light bulbs that use less energy than CFLs. Additionally, invest in light dimmers, timer switches and sunlight sensors. Dimmers can reduce the energy needed to run LED bulbs when you turn down the lights. Timers turn off the lights at a specific preset time. Sunlight sensors automatically switch off bulbs during the day.

Outlets

A lot of appliances and electronics consume power even when you’re not using them because they’re designed to remain in standby mode. Some devices also have internal clocks backed up by batteries that recharge while in standby. This type of power usage is referred to as a vampire power drain or an electricity leak. To save energy and money, swap out regular surge protectors that you’ve attached to these devices with timer-style ones. Surge protectors that feature timers block access to power after so much time of non-use has passed or at a preset time of day or night.

HVAC

Some people change thermostat settings based on how they feel at any particular moment. Unnecessary power usage occurs when they forget to re-adjust the settings later. Multiple people in a home manually controlling the thermostat compound the problem. Also, some people use temperature estimates to set their thermostats before leaving home and later discover that the estimates were wrong. To reduce these incidents, swap out your existing thermostat with a smart home temperature-monitoring one that adjusts heating and cooling systems automatically based on both your settings and real-time outdoor temperatures. Pick a thermostat that also offers remote app access so you can make additional adjustments as needed even when you’re not at home.

Windows

Homeowners often waste energy on cooling costs because they invest in the wrong types of window coverings. To decrease the amount of sunlight and associated heat that enters their homes from windows, many people use curtains. Fabric can absorb heat. It can also block cool air from entering your home. Invest in better options to reflect heat away and maintain air flow. Swap out your existing window coverings with shutters that you can adjust manually or automatically with a timer. Shutters also make it possible for you to reduce electric light usage by illuminating the interior of your home with indirect sunlight.

Of course, there are plenty of other less simple swaps you can make in your home to lower energy beyond the four mentioned here. For example, you might replace older appliances in the kitchen or old wiring in the walls with newer, energy-efficient options. Make a list of your ideas and start with the simple ones today. As time and your budget allows, move on to the less simple ones that can provide you with long-term energy savings.

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Being more eco-conscious not only will help you do your part towards sustainability but it can  also save you money. Here are seven easy ways to make your home a more eco-friendly place. 


Mindful Water Use


A truly eco-friendly home means you need to also save water as well as electricity. First, fix any plumbing leaks. Don’t keep the tap running while you shave or brush your teeth. Also, consider installing a low-flow shower-head; they can save a family of four up to 42,260 gallons of water a year.


Maintain Your Cooling and Heating Systems


An inefficient air conditioner or furnace can burn up a lot more energy than you realize. Make sure to keep the filters clean, and change them when necessary. For more complex maintenance, a yearly appointment with a reputable AC repair company is a wise investment towards sustainability.


Switch to LED Light Bulbs


Not only do energy-efficient LED bulbs use less electricity and last longer, but they’re also less likely to trigger eye strain or a headache than fluorescent bulbs.


Use Organic and Natural Cleaning Products


Harmful cleaning chemicals are not only bad for the environment, but they’re also bad for your health. When you wash them down the drain you’re simply flushing them into the environment and water supply. For most ordinary cleaning, natural and organic products made from vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid and bicarbonate of soda can be used effectively.


Buy Recycled Products


It’s a good thing to purchase recycled products whenever you can. This can be toilet paper and paper towels made from recycled paper, to shopping at thrift stores for lightly used furniture and clothing.


Cook Smart

It’s easy to cook smart, which contributes to an eco-friendly home. Buy organic and sustainably produced food, it’s not only good for the Earth, but it’s also good for your health. Eat more raw foods; not using the oven or stove will save you energy. And once again, eating raw food is good for your health. Avoid products with excessive plastic packaging; for example, coffee pods contribute tons of plastic waste to the environment. Switch back to a drip coffee maker.


Make Your Own Compost


Don’t scrape your leftovers and kitchen scraps into the trash, turn them into compost. Learn about composting, and start a backyard compost pile or get a compost bin for your yard. You can make lots of high-quality fertilizer for your garden for free.

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If you feel that your company is losing energy, then it may be because your processes are no longer efficient. Fixing this issue may seem daunting, but we have four ideas that you may find attractive. Check out some excellent ways to cut energy consumption.

Invest in renewable energy

Industrial production accounts for over 30 percent of the energy America uses. Expert predictions say this number will rise by 11 percent in the next quarter of a century. By changing power sources to incorporate wind farms, solar panels, or biomasses, these companies can reduce power usage over 20 percent.

Upgrade old equipment

Worn out machinery is inefficient. Old equipment tends to break down more often. Maintenance crews lose precious work hours when machinery moves from helpful to sucking energy. Pulleys, brakes, wiring, and hydraulic equipment wears over time. There is a tipping point when equipment is past its life cycle. It is at this point the machinery stops being profitable.

With newer machines, a simple part change is effective. For example, buying new rotary shaft seals for various industries will keep the system running smoothly. There is no drag or hesitation in the equipment. When machines operate at an even keel, they use less energy.

Get an energy audit to find more efficient wiring methods

Energy audits discover places where businesses are losing energy. When electricity rates are high, the wiring or the machinery could be to blame. These inspections offer tips on ways to cut down lengthy stretches of wire. How to route tight areas, which wires are too small or large, and loose connections are a few things the inspector checks. Adding additional outlets or breakers can lower demand.

Cut down on duplicate functions

Sometimes, the simplest way to cut back on energy loss is by getting rid of doubles. For example, if you have two grinders, but people only use one, then shut the second one down until you need it. Automation is one of the most efficient ways to manage duplicates.

With regular inspections and a keen eye for detail, your business can save money on energy costs. Keeping machinery in tip-top shape, getting rid of worn items, and using automation can reduce utility usage. By simplifying production, you save time on processing adding more benefits. When you constantly evaluate the need for multiple machines, you will find more ways to save costs and consumption.

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Although we wish that large corporations would implement more green alternatives into their day to day, the fact is that because of their size; it simply may be impossible. However, one particular area of the business community does hold that power. The small business community is able to implement these features quicker and more efficient due to their smaller status. Not only is going green a great way to protect the environment, but it can also save a good amount of money on your yearly budget. The following list entails four inexpensive ways your business can start being greener today.

 

Allow People to Go Paperless

 

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to update your company to go green is to offer your customers or clients the ability to receive everything electronic. Often when large deals are in play, clients and vendors tend to provide both electronic and paper copies of their orders. This, of course, can really accumulate very quickly. In fact, according to The Daily Green, over 25% of our nation's landfills consist of paper. One of the reasons more companies don't follow this is because they are told they should completely eliminate paper. This, of course, is an impossible thing to do within any business. However, by actively attempting to eliminate the use of paper as much as you can is a way better strategy than trying to run a business without it.

 

Office Lighting

 

Keeping an office lit up for eight-plus hours a day plus outdoor lights that may be on throughout the night can be both harmful to the environment and to your pockets. Therefore, our second tip to update your company to a greener alternative is to eliminate the traditional light bulb. You could either invest in longer-lasting light bulbs that, although cost more, will provide you with a longer-lasting energy source, or you can invest in motion lighting. Motion lighting will essentially turn off any lights within rooms not being used. This can really help you save on your electric bills as unnecessary lights will be automatically turned off.

 

Window Sealing

 

You might be thinking to yourself that your business is pretty well insulated. However, there are areas that are often overlooked and often the major cause of lost energy. The most common are poorly insulated windows. Older buildings tend to have this issue, but over time, even new buildings will experience it as well. The best way to protect your energy costs and reduce the amount you use is to seal your windows. These sealers are easy to use and find, or you can hire a professional such as a hermetic sealing solutions provider in order to get the job done well and right the first time.

 

Start a Recycling Program

 

Even when companies opt-in for greener alternatives such as energy-efficient light bulbs or going paperless, the fact is that you will still be throwing out the trash every day. Often this trash is compiled into a single can that goes into a single trash compactor at the end of the day. Therefore, a great and easy solution to implement into your company is to start adding recycling bins in your offices. Motivate your staff to throw their trash out accordingly so recyclable items can be processed and reused in your city's facility.

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There are plenty of good reasons to look at reducing your energy consumption. You might want to save money, for example, or you might want to do your part to help the environment. No matter what your needs, you can take a look at the four systems below to make an impact on your energy efficiency.

Water Heater

Your water heater is probably one part of your home that you don't think of as inefficient, but technology has marched on to the point that many heaters that are fifteen or twenty years old are wildly out of date. Switching over to a tankless heater will not only save you quite a bit on your energy bills, but it will also allow you to get hot water faster. Switching over to a new unit can be a great way to save money over the long run.

The AC Unit

Your AC unit is another home system that can be incredibly inefficient. This time, it's not just technology that's at fault - if you have a system that's the wrong size for your home, your energy bills might go through the roof. It's a good idea to have an AC installation service come out to your home and take a look at your system to see if it could be replaced with something that's a bit more efficient.

Your Washer and Dryer

This is another area in which technology has changed for the better. Many modern washers are much more efficient than their older counterparts, washing more thoroughly while still using less water. Modern dryers, on the other hand, use less energy while still getting your clothing dry. Upgrading to a new washer and dryer can actually save you the money over the course of a few years while still allowing you to do something to help the environment.

Lighting

Finally, lighting is an upgradable area that is often overlooked. At a bare minimum, you can switch out old lights for energy-efficient lighting. If you really want to go all-out, though, you can switch over to smart lights. These lights automatically turn off when you're not in the room, adjust their brightness based on personal settings, and can even be set to timers so they're only on when they are really needed. If you want the most efficient lighting, smart lights are the way to go.

Reducing your energy usage may really be as simple as replacing some common systems in your home. Look at the lighting, air conditioning, washing, and even your water heater as places where you can make a change. With a little effort, you can really dial down your energy consumption.

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Making eco-conscious choices can be a barrier because they often require serious lifestyle modifications, and that makes it hard to stick with the environmentally friendly choice. Effortless choices are more likely to stick and become part of your lifestyle, routine and daily life. Try these four methods for making effortless environmentally friendly choices daily.

 

Don't Believe Labels


 

Buzzwords related to environmentally conscious choices are used in marketing and product design to get you to buy those organic-reusable bags, bleach-free paper products and countless other products you use on a daily basis. Labels are helpful for choosing eco-conscious products, but they don't always tell the full story. For example, organic cotton is often touted as a better choice over regular cotton, but that is hardly the case. What you aren't told is that organic cotton is one of the most environmentally damaging crops, and it's an especially finicky crop to grow and harvest. Processing organic cotton also uses just as much water as conventional cotton. It's not as eco-friendly as previously thought.

 

Reduce Consumption


 

Everyone gets hung up on recycling, but reducing consumption of new goods is often forgotten about. It's one of the easiest ways to make eco-conscious choices for sustainable living. Instead of buying a new reusable bag, search a thrift store for some or repurpose old t-shirts. Several little choices throughout the day or week can make the biggest impact.

 

Choose Appliance Settings Carefully


 

Appliances, including heating and cooling systems, drain energy on a regular basis. They're necessary to have, but they don't have to be a drain on the grid. Choose settings for your ducted air conditioning carefully in hotter months, and set heat temperatures wisely when it is colder. Take this a step further by doing some research on your home appliances to figure out what is most eco-conscious, and from there, it's effortless.

 

Buy Only What You Need


 

Buying only what is needed is critically important when it comes to food waste, but it also applies to everything else you buy. Bulk food is only a sustainable choice when that food will be consumed before it goes bad. Where it's permitted, taking your own containers to the grocery store can make this lifestyle change effortless.


 

Looking at your choices through the lens of what is sustainable will make it easier for you to make better decisions about how you live. No one is perfect, but daily choices add up to benefit your local environment and beyond.

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Learning to take care of the environment outside is something that should be passed down to your children. There’s no one right way to institute this knowledge. Each family will be a bit different in how they show their love for the environment. If you’re not sure where to start, here are four eco-friendly activities that you can do with the family.

Composting

There are many guides out there on how to make compost bins at home. You can make this project as small as a Rubbermaid container or as large as a trash container in your backyard. You and your family can decide on what size compost pile works best for you. Balanced compost piles should have browns, such as wood chips and dead leaves, greens, such as fruit and vegetable scraps and lawn clippings, and water. Aside from that, how you compost is completely up to you and your family. Your family will have fun building your compost area and taking care of it regularly.

Opt for Reusable Items

The convenience of throw-away items tends to get the attention of many families. However, by opting for reusable items that require a little bit of cleaning from time to time, you and your family can do your part to save the environment. The best part about this strategy is that it’s one that you can continue to employ well into the future. Make it a regular activity to find ways to replace throw-away items with reusable ones. Some popular examples are lunch bags, water bottles, and shopping bags.

Replace Incandescent Bulbs

One really cool way to visually show your children how little things can make a difference is changing out the incandescent bulbs in your home. When you replace these with CFL lights, they use significantly less energy. Allow your kids to read the labeling to see how much each CFL bulb is saving in energy costs compared to your old incandescent bulbs.

Teach the Off When Not in Use Policy

Conserving energy and reducing your family’s carbon footprint is as easy as just remembering to turn off items when you’re not using them. This is an important habit to teach your children to help them conserve energy in the future. Start with items like lights and televisions. When they get into the habit of turning those off whenever they’re not using them or when they leave the room, you can move on to bigger things. Next teach them to turn off and unplug appliances and other items once the most-used ones become a habit. Not only will this decrease your family’s carbon footprint, it will safe you on your power bill. Your kid might not appreciate that now, but if they get the habit down, they’ll appreciate it when they’re older and paying the bill.

Teaching your children the importance of being eco-friendly is a priceless trait. While there are many ways to do so, you may find that some tactics work better for your family than others. The above are just four activities you can try out with your family.

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There has been a lot of discussion about the climate in recent years, and there is no doubt that doing everything you can to conserve the resources of the planet is the right move. Is it worth it to make the exterior of your home eco-friendly? Yes, it is. It will not only save you a lot of money but will also allow you to contribute towards making this world a better place. Moreover, you can take the opportunity to apply architectural designs that enhance the beauty of your home. The following four tips will help you make your home environmentally friendly.

Go for Green Materials

 

There is no better way to make the exterior of your home environmental friendly than by using green materials. What are green materials? These are materials that are, for the most part, renewable. Examples of these are recycled and reclaimed wood. Normally, they are cheap, not toxic, and can be used to conserve energy. You can use these materials to create a deck for your home. There is no better way to spend an evening than feeling the soft breeze of the summer as you admire the wonders of nature in your backyard made from materials that are in harmony with the planet.

Upgrade Your Energy System

 

Few things are as eco-friendly as a solar power system. The addition of solar panels to your home will not only allow you to energize every bit of it with a renewable source of energy but also save you a ton of cash on your electricity bill. Of course, while the cost of solar panels have dropped over the years, they can still be a bit pricey. If they are out of your price range, you can opt for energy-efficient lights such as LEDs that emit less heat and reduce the consumption of electricity in your home.

Create Natural Soil

 

Why spend money on mulch when you can make your own. Select a small area in your backyard to make a compost pile from food scraps and dead leaves. Turn it often, mix, and after a few months, the components will become a nutrient-rich dark soil mixture. This can be used to grow any vegetation that you want to have in your garden, which will add extra oxygen to the planet.

Implement a New Water System

 

Keeping a luscious garden can be more expensive than you think. Instead of using a sprinkler or water hose, you can reclaim the water with a drainage system that takes rainwater from the roof and deliver it to your lawn or backyard. This allows you to enjoy abundant vegetation without an exorbitant water bill. You may also use septic tanks that prevent contaminants in the wastewater from leaking to groundwater.

There are endless ways to make your home eco-friendly. Using green materials, upgrading your power, making natural soil, and implementing a new water system are a few approaches you can use to save your hard-earned cash, conserve the planet, and remodel your home. Apply at least one of the strategies discussed and show everybody you know the benefits of going green.

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The planet needs our help, but we also need to manage to stay warm during the colder winter months. Staying green while staying warm this winter may be easier than you think. Here a few tips to help you get started.

 

Bring Mother Nature Indoors

 

A great to help combat multiple issues during the winter months is by having some indoor plants to keep you company. Not only can plants make living spaces more inviting and pleasant to the eye, but they also have the ability to trap moisture and heat inside your home. You can also find plants that work to keep you cool during the summer months, as well as warmer in the winter months.

 

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

 

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is by reducing the amount of energy your home is wasting. This can include things such as keeping the heater a few degrees cooler than normal and making sure doors stay shut, but it is more important to ensure you are using the most energy-efficient appliances and heaters. The Energy Star logo is a good way to make sure you are selecting the products that have been tested and proven to be energy efficient.

 

Replace Your Windows

 

A lot of our home’s heat is wasted through our windows. Even when we keep them shut, there is still a lot of air that is seeping through. A great way to maximize your energy efficiency is by replacing your windows with something that is more energy-efficient, such as double glazed windows. These windows put multiple panes of glass into one window with spacers in between. This offers more durability and reduces your heating costs throughout the winter.

 

Buy In-Season Fruits and Vegetables

 

While most of this list is centered on keeping us warm, it is important to remember that our actions can have a greater effect on the world as a whole. When we buy produce that is not in-season, that food must be shipped from other parts of the country or world. This increase in transportation burns more fuels and releases more harmful chemicals into the air. Delicious winter produce to try includes pears, beets, blackberries, and carrots.

 

It is going to take all of us working together to help heal our planet. You can do your part more easily by following these handy tips when the weather starts to turn colder.

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Park cleanups are a helpful way to heal the environment and to beautify the community. When planning a successful park cleanup, organizers should consider all the necessary details in order to make the event a success. Hosts of local park cleanups should keep the following information in mind:

Use Eco Trash Bags

When cleaning the park up, it's important to avoid contributing further to polluting the environment with plastic trash bags. As regular trash bags take over 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill, participants in park cleanups should avoid using these bags at all. When cleaning up the park, hosts should provide participants with eco-friendly alternatives like compostable trash bags, These bags are made of organic materials that won’t cause any additional harm to the environment over time.

Rent an Industrial-Sized Dumpster

With over 100 million pounds of garbage found in the nation’s parks every year, hosts of park cleanups need a suitable way to dispose of this garbage. With a dumpster rental of an industrial-sized container, volunteers are able to effectively collect and dispose of trash. Once the cleanup is complete, the dumpster will be picked up and the park will be trash-free.

Highlight Sections with Safe Access

From the trash left by park visitors to debris from trees and plants, navigating a park cleanup can be dangerous if the necessary precautions aren’t taken. It is up to the cleanup’s host to identify the safest sections of the park for volunteers to clean. This way, participants can work in teams to clean the park as efficiently as possible.

Speak with Proper City Authorities

While it is possible to perform a park cleanup with a few people during an informal event, this isn’t the ideal way to plan a park cleanup. For cleanup to have the most impact, interested parties should get in contact with the city government. When planning a community event like a park cleanup, it’s best for the organizers to speak with the proper city authorities beforehand.

As parks are the responsibility of the government, events like cleanups should always be ordained by the authorities in charge. Once the go-ahead is given by the city, it's time to publicize the event and search for volunteers.

Cleanups help to bring the community together as dedicated residents work to keep their local parks beautiful. With these four tips, your next park clean up will be a success.

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