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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

― Luther Burbank


Yes, flowers are one of the best gifts by nature that makes your life more colorful and vibrant. Even on your worst times, a glimpse of flowers can bring solace. Similarly, in the harsh and dry winters, flowers can add a rainbow of colors by its presence. But, if you are wondering how can flowers survive the harsh winters then, you must not have heard about the flowers that only blooms in winter.


Here is a list of 7 wonderful and beautiful flowers to keep you warm in the winter season:



One of the beautiful and common flowers that rules during winter season are Carnations. These long-lasting blooms are commonly known as “pinks” and have a spicy floral fragrance. Found in different hues of colors, carnations symbolize love and fascination. Hence, a bouquet of carnations is perfect to convey your love for your dear ones.


Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies are just another significant flower that blooms in winter. These blooms are found in several colors like yellow, red, white, orange and pink. Rewarded as the fifth most popular flower in the world, Gerbera Daisies symbolize purity and cheerfulness. So, whenever you want to cheer up your dear ones, you can send them Gerbera Daisies.



Lilies are one of the notable winter flowers often used in decoration. You can often see them in winter weddings or festivals. Lilies are perennial flowers which symbolize royalty and purity. Found in a variety of colors, Lilies also symbolize rebirth, motherhood, and fertility.



Pansies are a staple flower for gardeners in the winter season.

These cheerful blossoms can add so much of brightness to your garden. Like most of the flowers, pansies also symbolize the love your heart holds for another person. An interesting fact about Pansies are that they are edible and are a good source of nutrients.



Also known as “Pot Marigolds”, these flowers are similar to daisies in look and are found in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, and other pastel hues. These beautiful flowers are also considered sacred in India and are used in religious rituals. Calendulas generally symbolize cheer, happiness,and success in life.


Winter Jasmine

These are evergreen shrubs that grow up to 4 to 6 feet wide. The peak blooming season of this aromatic and heavenly flowers is the late February and the early March. Associated with love, these snowy white blooms symbolize beauty and sensuality too. That’s why garlands of white Jasmines are often used in weddings.



These trumpet-shaped yellow bright flowers can uplift and energize your soul by its presence. These blossoms are also known as Narcissus and come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, pink, white, and several others. Oils extracted from daffodil plants are used by people to reduce stress. Daffodils symbolize creativity, energy, vitality, and memory.


These were some beautiful flowers that blooms in the winter. You can easily get order these flowers from online flower shops. Suppose you want to send a bouquet of Gerbera Daisies in Mumbai then, all you need to do is to order your flowers from the best online flower shop in Mumbai to experience an impeccable delivery service. So, send your loved ones one of these flowers to brighten their day this winter.


In UK personal loan among the masses is in huge demand. The personal loan helps to turn your dreams into reality. As the name suggests personal loan is a loan taken for personal reasons. And the best part about the personal loan is that you do not have to reveal the reason for which you’re taking the loan, not even to the bank or financial institutions offering you personal loan. A personal loan could be of varied reasons like marriage, honeymoon, purchasing luxurious items etc. The repayment of personal loan varies from minimum 1 month to 7 years or as per the terms of the contract. There are many companies offering online personal loans UK.

The best thing about a personal loan is that you do not need to have a guarantor for the loan. Many institutions also offer loan to people with bad credit. There are two documents which you need to show to avail personal loan.

1.    Pan card/driving license or passport as proof of identity

2.    Electricity bill/house tax bill/ telephone bill, bank statement for proof of address of the house.

Types of personal loan

1.    Car finance personal loan: if you’re in urgent need of a car or wish to have the latest model of the car, then you can avail car finance personal loan. This loan is a boon for those who live in a rural area, where public transport is scarce.

2.    Home improvement personal loan: if you wish to repair your home, or want to have latest design furniture, you can avail this loan. By taking this loan, you can add value to your house. You can also build multiple stories with the help of this loan.

3.    Debt consolidation personal loan: when you take a loan to pay off other installments of other loans, it is called debt consolidation. You can take a personal loan to pay off every other installment. However, it is advisable to seek debt counselor advice before consolidating your debt.

Types of interest rates on personal loan

The terms upon which you will receive loan will depend a lot upon your credit score. Some financial institutions offer instant personal loan but these loans generally have a high rate of interest. A person with bad credit history may get a personal loan at the high-interest rate. Generally speaking there are two kinds of interest rates: a fixed interest rate is the one whose interest rate remains the same throughout the loan period. A variable interest rate remains to change depending upon the market situation. It is advisable to take the personal loan on a fixed interest rate.


Sustainability has become more and more important in society now with ever changing climates, and overcrowded cities. This has lead a big increase of sustainable programs and social enterprises over the past decade.

Sustainability is seen to be the answer to the depletion of natural resources due to the increase in demand caused by more overpopulation. Sustainability can be what helps change the world and make high demand and overcrowded cities into self-sustaining locations. Although Sustainability has been around for a while now. It is beginning to pick up more and more momentum and more and more governments and large businesses.

Hong Kong is one of the most populated cities in the world with skyscrapers covering most of the streets with open space becoming more and more harder to find. More and more methods are being tried to find a sustainable food source in the future. Thus resulting in communities growing novel food sources like vegetable, fruits and even insects in their apartment and rooftop. With technology being so rich and accessible, more and more designers and pioneers are opting to explore the opportunity to have a sustainable food source in their homes and changing the diets of the many. With more and more tenants looking to opt for locally grown sustainable produce, businesses are starting to rise making sustainability and social enterprises an attractive business venture with over 574 Social enterprises currently operating Hong Kong.

There is still a lot to be done. This is because of the lack of availability and high price of produce grown using sustainable methods compared to produce grown using old methods. Actions are being taken to address this issue however with some leaders and industry experts addressing the issue at the EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum held at the end of October 2017. EAT is a organisation that looks to seek out solutions to solve the outdating food production methods that will soon become obsolete due to the continuous rise in demand in overpopulated cities. EAT brings together many users from different industries to count on their field of expertise to help collaborate to find a new revolutionary solution.

It’s not just the food industry that is revolutionizing businesses in Hong Kong. The fashion industry is also looking to and exploring sustainability using unused recycled clothes to help create new lines and trends like shoes wallets and watches. Social enterprise fashion industry is also starting to rise with more young innovators starting platforms to allow users to swap, buy & sell second-hand clothes.

With the climate constantly changing it is important to support social enterprises when the opportunity arises to keep businesses who care about sustainability in businesses. With more support not just from the community around but the government as well, Social enterprises and sustainability will be the solution to keeping our world moving.


With an attic, the main thing that people have to think about is the accessibility they have to it. However, most attics and roof lofts are so old that when it comes time for home improvements, people don’t always consider picking loft ladders for their homes.

Loft ladders, based on the type you choose to use are extremely helpful and have a number of different benefits to offer. In many cases, considering them a part of your home improvement plans can be a huge plus point. Fakro and their loft ladder ranges offer a wide range of choices for you. However, the following arealso a few things that you should consider about loft ladders when picking one for your home.

1.     Availability of Space

Saving space is a huge issue, particularly if you live in a small house. With a loft ladder, you can easily cut down on the total space that a loft ladder eats into by ensuring that you get it your hands on a collapsible loft ladder. These can easily fold upon themselves and save up space.

Moreover, based on your space requirements, you can either get vertical loft ladders or horizontal loft ladders that save space and ensure that you don’t get annoyed with how much space your loft ladder is eating up.

2.     Functionality

If you’re wondering how to make your home more accessible and friendlier, you might benefit from having an electronic loft ladder. These ladders are perfect for anyone who has trouble in mobility. They also have great load bearing qualities and can be used for places where it is not possible for manual loft ladders to be installed since they would be out of reach otherwise.

With electronic loft ladders, you can also enhance the security they provide by getting rails attached to them. The degree of accessibility and security they provide will make them a worthwhile investment and a great home improvement project for you.

3.     Safety

If you don’t people going up to the roof, you can easily have loft ladders that come with a locking hatch. This makes them extremely secure. Even electronic loft ladders can have a locking hatch too. This is great to keep inquisitive children out of the roof since they do tend to be able to manipulate manual or electronic loft ladders.

 Keep in mind that most loft ladders are only required in any attic or roof if you’re using the area for storage. If you’re using the area for living purposes, it is always advised to have a permanent staircase installed instead. The best part is that installation is also easy so you can easily get the loft ladder you want in your home installed on the very first day. 

If you want to get a loft ladder installed, take a look at Fakro and their loft ladder ranges to get the best loft ladder you want. With their help, you can easily pick a loft ladder based on your needs and choose from a variety of different designs.




The Coral Triangle—which encompasses the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste—is recognized as the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity. In fact, even if it only covers 1.6% of the Earth’s entire oceanic area, the Coral Triangle is home to approximately 76% of the world’s entire coral species, 37% of the global coral reef fish species, and 56% of coral reef fish species in the Indo-Pacific region.

Dubbed as the “Amazon of the Seas,” the Coral Triangle is a global priority for conservation, as its natural beauty and riches are threatened by climate change, overfishing, extractive industries, and poor governance, among others. This is among the primary reasons why the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is working together with different groups across the world to protect and preserve the ecological health and the economic potential of the Coral Triangle.

Protection of Livelihood and Food Sources


Apart from hosting thousands of species of marine life, including 6 of only 7 kinds of marine turtles, the Coral Triangle is also home to the world’s largest area of mangrove forests. Mangroves are the habitat of different species of fish, crab, shrimp, and mollusks, which are a significant food source for most of the world’s population. Mangrove forests likewise support many other wildlife populations.

The dense root systems of mangrove forests also act as a sediment filter, which protects coral reefs and sea plants from being smothered. Mangrove roots also prevent erosion from huge waves and storms, thus stabilizing the coastlines. Indeed, areas where there is a marked decline in mangrove population suffer from significant coastal damage due to hurricanes or typhoons.

Finally, mangrove wood is very resistant to rot and to infiltration by most insects, making it an extremely valuable resource in the construction industry. Coastal and indigenous communities actually depend on mangrove wood not only for construction but also for fuel in the form of wood chips or charcoal. Other parts of the mangrove tree are also used for animal fodder and medicinal purposes.

Fish and Coral Reefs

The wealth of seafood caught in the Coral Triangle alone provide nutrition for nearly 1 billion people in the world. The fishing industry also exports $1 billion worth of tuna yearly, which powers local economies within the Triangle. More than 120 million people, 2.25 million of which are fisherfolk, also directly depend on the Coral Triangle for sustenance and livelihood.

Similar to mangroves, coral reefs also help protect coastlines from the damaging effects of waves and storms. Healthy coral reefs also serve as spawning grounds of fish, in addition to being a source of nitrogen and other nutrients that help marine ecosystems thrive. These diverse resources help fuel a nature-based tourism industry, which brings in $12 billion yearly.

Threats to the Triangle

Apart from economic and ecological benefits, coral reefs also provide a wealth of scientific information. The study of the Coral Triangle, in particular, where it is believed that coral reefs began, is essential in providing a clearer historical picture of the sea and its denizens.

However, rising water temperatures, sea levels, and ocean acidity—the effects of climate change—are having a negative impact on the Coral Triangle and reefs all over the world. Overfishing and destructive fishing techniques like cyanide fishing are also depleting fish stocks. The reduction of fish populations, in turn, slows down the recovery period of coral reefs, which suffer from bleaching and from being infested by invasive species.

There is hope in the horizon for the Coral Triangle, however, as some coral species here are seen to be more resilient to the effects of climate change. The scientific community is hopeful that certain characteristics of Coral Triangle reefs, if and when determined, may help boost resilience of other coral reefs.

This isn’t to say that we, as a global community, should stop developing efforts and measures to help protect the Coral Triangle. In truth, people are the most valuable resource in achieving sustainability and in preserving the natural beauty and resources within the Coral Triangle. Likewise, we are also the ones who will reap the most benefits if we succeed.


For your kid, a bedroom can be the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Neverland, the Land of Narnia, Arendelle or Wonderland. The four-cornered space is like the whole world. But, true or not, children’s imaginations always go beyond the doors and windows of the bedroom.

You might be stressing out right now. How are you going to transform the room to achieve your little child’s wishes? Small or wide, you can still turn the whole space into a lively and fantastical one.

In the midst of your improvement lists as a parent, bedroom transformation must be part of it.  Out of all parts of your home, a bedroom becomes a sacred place for resting. Transforming your child’s space should be a part of your priorities to make sure you can provide comfortability and quality sleep to your child.

According to National Sleep Foundation, kids spend 40% of their childhood asleep. The environment affects their sleeping patterns, and having sleep deprivation will only create an enormous effect on your child’s mental and physical health.

A good sleep hygiene while understanding the aspect of affection and active caretaking in the initial development of neurobehavioral systems of your child is essential. It proves to give an impact to social policy and children’s health.

Since you want your children to grow up well as they spend time in the room, you should transform it. Here are the ways to achieve it while you save space. Make your child happier than ever before.

Creative Walls and Corners

A normal looking corner can become lively when you place a closet, box organizers or a sofa.  You can stimulate your child’s creative side by making a chalkboard wall. The good thing about it is, you don’t have to worry about wallpapers. Corner layouts make a bedroom complacent for moderns designs that are good for homework and play.

It means that you have space for everything. You can also place wall and over-the-door pockets which keep the toys in sight. Put something natural like the multi-storey wooden rack to keep their favorite shoe in place.

Innovative 3-in-1

When a bedroom is not spacious enough to install bookshelf, desk, and bed, there’s a way to put everything all together. The three-in-one design means every piece is close at hand. If you only have one child in a room, you can modify a bunk bed. Make the lower part of it as a space for study, put desk and shelves and use the upper deck as the bed. 

If your child can already climb and down the stairs, then it’s a good choice.  Also, you can use the floor as a play area. Paint or put a mat with your kid’s favorite character or hero. It will make them feel secure and relaxed during sleep.

Sleep on Storage

Kids continuously gather new toys, books, and clothes so it is almost impossible to have too much storage in their bedrooms. The wonderful thing of getting a bed with built-in storage is that you acquire useful, comfortably accessed space for storing away stuff, without taking up space on the floor.

Clever Shared Space

Make standard-looking bunk beds extra special. While you guarantee the quality of the beds, don’t forget to get creative. In a shared room, place two beds, giving every child their territory.  You can follow the "3-in-1" style. Provide sleeping space on top and use the spot below for their stuff. Prevent your child from falling by placing a guardrail.

You may also want to take advantage of vaulted ceilings. Feature fanciful yet comfortable pillow and use window shades. For example, getting a mattress like the Sealy King Single Mattress is a good idea because it saves space and is more economical in the long run.

Themes and Color Compromise

Make a room with cohesive color schemes for your child. If a space shared by brothers, match up colors that compromise their tastes. As for the themes, incorporate it equally. If one likes soccer and the other likes baseball, make sure to divide the transformations without bias to make a peaceful relationship. 

Fun Roulette

Transform a plain and small room into a space that saturates playtime for kids. It will encourage them to have fun without gadgets. Spare boxes for toy storage that fits within the grid system. Make it height-friendly to make it accessible for the younger ones.

Sometimes, age range stirs sibling relationships, but through smart bedroom layouts, you can create an avenue that will make your kids closer together.

Get Crafty

You can use fabric to add an element of adventure. Kids admire the exhilaration of having a camp in a tent, which you can simply recreate using a couple of wooden poles and a canopy hung from the ceiling on four hooks.

You can make a reversible canopy with two different fabrics to easily alter the atmosphere of the room. If you want to have the entire camping ambiance for your kids, oversized floor cushions and bean bag covers are perfect for playdates and bedtime stories. And to keep the floor space free, you can attach a few hooks so that it is easier to hang it on the walls.

Forget It Not

Aside from saving space and integrating their likes, finding the best bed and mattresses must also be on top of the list. Find a breathable and comfortable pillow to help them sleep better. You can place scents to fit your child’s mood. Also, think about a good room lighting fixtures and color tones that can give off a warm light at night.


It’s only natural for kids room to be messy, but with proper and stylish organizing and storage systems, you can make the room lively while keeping it uncluttered. Keep the things that they love throughout the sound night and boost their mental clarity and happiness


Moreover, get rid of the things which are not in use and donate it to the less fortunate. Incorporate the things which they love to boost their mood and to make them feel your love. Let them feel like princes or princesses and less like a brat. Make the room uniquely stylish while keeping the mess to a minimum.

Author Bio

An interior designer by profession, Rachel Minahan is a mother of one who likes stuff that talks about parenting and home improvement. Regardless of her busy schedule, she never forgets to spend time with his daughter. 



“Scrap metal” is a common business term that refers to excess metal that has been discarded within the workplace. If metals are being used for production in any factory, there’s a very high chance that a lot of scrap will be produced. Scrap metal is generally discarded by the company and taken to waste treatment centres. However, because metals do not decompose quickly, it’s actually not a wise idea to throw away such large quantities of scrap metals. Instead, you should seriously think about recycling the metals rather than throwing them away. Here are just a few reasons why recycling is such an excellent idea.

Consumes Less Energy

The excess amount of energy being used for extracting virgin ore for metals could be significantly reduced if scrap metal is used. The amount of energy being used for such tasks has increased dramatically over the years, primarily due to the rise in demand for metallic ore. The excess amount of energy used in extracting virgin ore costs money, the burden of which is passed to the end-consumer. If you want to save money the next time you order metallic goods from any place, you should think about ordering from a place that utilises scrap metals. Scrap metal recycling in Perth could significantly reduce the amount of energy being used while processing metallic ore.

Environmentally Friendly

The benefits of recycling have been touted for many years now, and also play an important role in recycling scrap metals. As mentioned above, scrap metals do not decompose quickly, so they lie under the earth in landfills for hundreds of years. Instead of discarding the scrap metals, you should think about recycling them simply to play your part in protecting the environment. Recycling is environmentally friendly and minimises greenhouse gas emissions by a significant margin. When a recycled material is used as compared to a raw material for making any product, a significant amount of energy is conserved. This prevents greenhouse gas emissions and also reduces the amount of excess resources being used by the business. The less amount of energy being used ultimately translates into lower waste, and also proves to be an excellent way you can play your part in saving the environment.

Conserving Resources

Conserving resources is very important in the modern age, especially because most metallic ore is on the verge of running out. As demand has increased significantly over the years, awareness has begun to increase about the importance of conserving resources. If resources are not conserved, there’s a chance that the earth will run out of certain metals within only a few decades. The major reason why scrap metal recycling is so important nowadays is because it significantly helps in conserving resources. In order to convince more and more businesses to recycle scrap metals, the government has also begun to offer tax rebates to businesses that can prove they recycled a specific amount of scrap metals in the last year.



Nowadays with the ongoing concerns about our environment becoming more and more polluted from carbon dioxide emissions from cars, planes, and power plants and other human activities, it is more important than ever before that companies reduce their carbon footprint and actively do things to protect our climate. Courier companies are now stepping up to do something about this! This short article and guide will examine what exactly courier companies are doing to help the planet to be more sustainable for future generations. Specifically it will refer to DHL, UPS and FedEx.

We often think in terms of cheapest this cheapest that, where can I get the best deal? Naturally then it would follow suit that the cheapest international courier service  is a good fit. However I would like to point out that the cheapest service may not be the most environmentally friendly. So if climate change and a reduction of co2 emissions are things that are important to you and you value a sustainable future then perhaps it would be better to do some further research before selecting a domestic or international courier.

Leading green courier services include, DHL worldwide, who are implementing more environmental technology to ensure a greener planet. In Manhattan DHL have released a ‘green fleet’ of delivery vehicles, this is a direct reflection of their environmental strategy and ultimately shows proper action being taken. DHL goal is to reduce their carbon efficiency worldwide by thirty percent by 2020. Their eighty vehicle green fleet is using fifty hybrid trucks, and thirty battery powered vans.

I suggest that you specifically research the type of vehicles that will be used by a specific courier service like UPS, FedEx etc. for moving your shipment on a specific route for example sending a courier to Australia.

FedEx state on their website, that they plan to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by twenty percent by 2020. They also mention that they are going to expand their on-site renewable energy usage, although they are not specific as to how this will be achieved. 

Regarding UPS, and their environmental protection; they have a shipping option called UPS

carbon neutral shipping option which is a greater environmentally friendly option, UPS plan to also use more renewable fuels. In 2015 UPS added 1750 vehicles which has the newest technology to further reduce its carbon footprint. Aside from this UPS plan to plant 15 million trees by December 21st 2020.

Hopefully as they all modernise their fleets they will be using more green vehicles to achieve their reduced emission targets.


Soil pollution or contamination of any kind can pose a significant threat to the ecosystem of an area, as well as the people who live there. Often, pollution can go unnoticed for many years, causing silent damage. Fortunately, there are ways to treat contamination, as well as professionals who know how to deal with the problem efficiently and effectively. These companies should be your first port of call if you suspect that soil contamination or pollution is effecting your home or local environment.

Who Can Treat Soil Pollution?

Specialist earthworks remediation contractors will be your first contact if this problem is suspected. They have plenty of expertise in this issue, and will be able to assess the land in question, run tests, and carry out a range of treatments to decontaminate the soil and remove any pollution present. A variety of treatment techniques have emerged in recent years, allowing remediation experts to deal with a vast range of hazardous contaminant materials, from heavy metals to pesticides. They should be able to treat your soil quickly and at a reasonable price, so making contact is key to the swift decontamination of your land.

What Is Soil Pollution?

Soil contamination and pollution primarily occurs as a result of human activity, such as infestation of pesticides from agriculture, industrial waste emitting toxic chemicals into soil, or biological waste. These can include:

·         Industrial waste, including textiles, pesticides, drugs, petroleum, glass, steel, and other materials from industrial factories and oil refineries

·         Urban waste, including rubbish and sewage

·         Agricultural waste, including fertilizer, pesticides, manure, and debris

·         Biological agents coming from animal manure

·         Radioactive contaminants, including substances like Nitrogen, Radium, and Uranium (these substances can be particularly toxic and dangerous when released into soil)

When these contaminants are released into the soil, they disturb the natural balance of chemicals that exists in healthy soil, causing a build-up that exceeds the natural level of a particular substance. This causes pollution that spreads through the soil and is then released into the atmosphere of the area.

What Are The Effects Of Soil Pollution?

The effects of soil pollution on a population will depend on the type of contaminant in question, as well as the extent of the exposure. Unfortunately, contamination can have a drastic impact on people, animals, and plants, so the entire ecosystem can be under threat from pollution. Children are particularly vulnerable to soil contamination because of their weaker immune systems, and the closer proximity they tend to have to the ground.

Because gases coming from the soil can move upward through the earth, moving by wind and spread through the air we inhale, certain contaminants can present a major problem. Pollution in soil that’s used for agricultural purposes is of particular concern, as the contamination can spread into the food being grown at the location, which then causes illness in those who eat it.

 Certain symptoms in a population can indicate the presence of soil pollution. These include nausea, headaches, widespread and unexplained fatigue, rashes, eye problems, kidney and liver problems, and certain types of cancer. These symptoms can be triggered by a broad variety of types of
soil contaminants, so it’s crucial that the land is tested thoroughly by specialists to avoid pollution taking place and causing widespread damage.



Over the next 20 years, it is estimated that we will reach our maximum capacity for oil consumption. Furthermore, as the global production of oil decreases – and demand continues to increase – the construction industry is going to need to consider how it can be sustainable and function in a world that will need to be more environmentally friendly.

Used within manufacturing processes throughout the Western world, the construction industry depends upon cheap crude oil. Within the UK alone, the construction industry accounts for 50% of all carbon emissions – produced by machinery, production and other building techniques.

Regarding the long-term effects of pollution and our planet, as well as the way construction techniques can damage the environment, the industry as a whole is beginning to change and recognise how it can rectify its problems when it comes to the consumption of oil. In the US last year alone, eco-friendly construction firms found that revenues had reached $245 billion, marking a positive step forward and change in light of the ever-changing needs of our planet.

Construction techniques
If the design of a proposed structure is to be ecologically sound, then three things needs to be considered before the structure is built.

First, materials should always try and be locally sourced. If they aren’t, have they been renewed or can they be renewed and recycled in the future?
The second thing to consider is whether energy used to build the structure is being wasted. During the construction process, energy can be wasted when machines are overused and overworked, wasting expendable energy. On the flip side, Nifty Lift boom lifts are designed so that they do not waste expendable energy during the construction process. This is because they use a hybrid motor, so while the electric engine is being used, 0% emissions are produced so that the diesel engine is never overworked or overused onsite.

Thirdly, when used as insulation, recycled paper – as opposed to more expensive alternatives – can be used during the construction of roofing. As opposed to incurring the cost of roofing insulation required for that job, recycled paper can be used as it saves time and money. It also counters the requirement to wait for insulation specifically needed for the onsite construction job. Sourced from sustainably managed forests, timber should be used that doesn’t negatively impact the environment. Reclaimed wood should also be used where possible, rather than chopping down a tree.
The main benefits of eco-friendly construction.

Accounting for 80% of a building’s total running costs over its lifetime, operation and maintenance account for a significant proportion of total costs. If those constructing these structures aim to implement green energy initiatives, the operating costs of using water and energy can be decreased by a third.

After construction, how daylight is used in the structure should be considered to decrease artificial lighting costs. This is because vitamin D can help to improve the ‘indoor environment quality’ of a building, which can benefit all of the occupants within it.

Ultimately, if these processes are utilised by construction firms in the US and throughout the world, then this will help to radically decrease the rate of climate change. This is of course the end goal of any green construction firm aiming to become greener, economically conscious and more efficient.



Gardening goes beyond just a hobby. It’s not just watering and plucking leaves. It’s more than just finding a seed and planting it in the ground. And it’s true that planting your own food can help cut down costs from your monthly grocery budget. But it goes beyond even that. When you decide to make a garden, you don’t just do gardening for yourself. You do gardening for the environment.

Here are some of the reasons why:

Plants Oxygenate The Air

This is Science 101. Plants are essential to our ecosystem because they are the ones that cleanse the air we breathe. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide we release and in return they release the oxygen we need to survive. Trees and plants are the lungs of this world.

Purifying Bodies of Water

Your garden plants can also help in water purification. By having a garden such as a rain garden, you can make use of run-off rain water and prevent harmful substances and pollutants from making it into our bodies of water (e.g. lakes, river, and streams) where we get not only our drinking water, but our other sources of nutrition. The run-off water can be used in reed bed systems for filtering gray water that can be reused around the home and yard, and can even be recycled for consumption purposes.

What Noise?

Having a garden rich in trees and plants has been proven to reduce the effects of noise pollution. Trees and plants absorb these loud sounds making its surrounding free from — or at least have lesser effect — of noise pollution. So if you live near a motorway or road with frequent passing vehicles, it can be a good idea to start this new “green hobby.”

Wildlife Habitat

It may just be a small garden with little patches of greens, but it can still be a very important place for wildlife to be. Plants can be both the home and food source of animals and/or insects that no matter how small are still essential to the balance of natural processes and phenomena. Imagine that, simply by planting a garden, you are even helping life thrive, even unconsciously.

Plants Help Regulate the Temperature

There’s a big and significant difference between a barren land and a land that’s filled with plants. In winter, a barren land can be really cold and in the summer it can be very hot. But a landscape with plants (in this case, a garden) can warm your home in the winter and cool it down in the summer. Such is the importance of even a small hobbyist’s garden.

If you don’t have space for your own garden and want to rent a garden plot, check out YardYum! They help you find available garden plots for rent in your neighborhood. Think of this as an extension of the community gardening concept.

So tomorrow when you go out and water your plants, wear a smile knowing that you are actually doing Mother Nature a favor, no matter how small a contribution it may be.



According to statistics gathered by Nextgreencar.com, the electric vehicle market is strong. With the number of electric vehicles on our UK roads increasing year-on-year, it is clear the market is growing.

Their data shows that the number of new registrations of plug-in cars has increased from just 3,500 in 2013 to over 85,000 by the end of 2016. In addition, there are around 5,000 registered electric vans across the UK as well.

With interest and demand for electric vehicles on the rise, it’s no surprise that more businesses consider adding an electric van to their fleet. With so much choice, buyers can face a tough decision when choosing the right van for them. To help you along, commercial vans specialist Van Monster has some of the most popular electric vans against key characteristics such as battery range, speed and power.

Table 1

Name of van

Release date

Battery range (miles)

0-62mph time (secs)

Top speed (mph)

Minimum kerb weight (kg)

Renault Kangoo Z.E.

All models out now except for revised model, which is due to arrive in late 2017

106 (Though a revised model revealed at the 2017 Brussels Motor Show is claimed to offer a range of 168 miles)

20.3 (for standard model)


22.4 (for Maxi Z.E., Maxi Crew Van Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. models)


1,426 (for standard model)


1,505 (for Maxi Z.E model)


1,553 (for Maxi Crew Van Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. models)

Renault Master Z.E.

Late 2017





Nissan E-NV200

Out now






1,542 (for TEKNA RAPID, TEKNA RAPID PLUS models)

Peugeot Partner Electric

Out now






Table 2

Name of van

Maximum power (hp)

Maximum torque (Nm)

Gross vehicle weight (kg)

Gross train weight (kg)

Maximum payload (kg)

Renault Kangoo Z.E.



2,126 (for the standard model)


2,175 (for the Maxi Z.E. model)


2,260 (for the Maxi Crew Van Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. models)

2,500 (for the standard model)


2,497 (for the Maxi Z.E model)


2,260 (for the Maxi Crew Van Z.E. and Kangoo Maxi Crew Van Cab Z.E. models)


Renault Master Z.E.





Between 1,000 and 1,100 (in van form)


1,400 (in flatbed form)

Nissan E-NV200




Information not available


Peugeot Partner Electric




Not suitable for towing



If you have noticed that your energy costs are on the rise, there are some things that you can do to improve your energy usage and put some extra money in your pocket. Here are a few ideas that may help you avoid a hike in your energy bill.

Consider Switching to a New Provider

If you have been with the same energy provider for several years, you may want to look into the new businesses in your area that offer electricity services. Over the past few years, there has been a major gap between the standard variable tariffs that most people in the area pay for their energy and the cheaper fixed-price deals. Those who have been with the same provider for a while may want to consider going with a different company that has recently started offering their services in the UK, such as Selectra UK.

Make Your Payments Using the Right Method

If you have been paying for your monthly energy charges by cash or cheque, you could be paying out excessive fees that are unnecessary. It is possible for you to save even more on your energy costs if you choose to prepay or use the direct debit option that will automatically debit your bank account when your bill is due. The best way for you to manage your payment methods is to create an account online and manage things from there. This will allow you to keep up with all your different payment methods and find out which require an additional fee.

Obtain More Control Over Your Heating

For homeowners in the UK, the best way to save on your energy costs is to look at any issues with your heating. Most of the energy used in homes in the UK is due to heating. Many people consider their heating bills to be the same as fuel costs but what they don’t know is that what they are paying out for the most is heat loss.

Simple Fixes Around the Home That Will Decrease Your Energy Costs

If you believe that your energy bill is higher than it should be, you should look at the reasons for heating loss in your home and fix any issues that you find. You may need to add more insulation to your home or check the windows to see if there are any cracks in the framework.

Once this is taken care of, you can also turn down your thermostat to a comfortable level and leave it there. You can also time your heating sensibly by turning off your heat while everyone is gone for the day or lowering it at night when you can use more blankets to stay warm. You may even want to use radiator valves to zone the heat in each room so that bedrooms and bathrooms receive less than family rooms.

You don’t have to live in a cold home to see a major difference in your heating bill. Just make some routine changes throughout your home and with your thermostat to ensure that you lose less heat and place more money inside your wallet.


When considering fundraising ideas, there are certainly a wide variety of options available, including everything from car washes to bake sales; just about anything that can be traded, bought or sold can also be used for effective fundraising. However, fundraising bricks are an idea that can be very unique. These bricks can have many different uses in addition to various brick options. This fundraising idea can actually be used to build everything from buildings to planters and walls. It is simply a matter of choosing which option would work best for your fundraising goals.


First of all, it's important to keep in mind that these fundraising bricks aren't limited to only traditional clay bricks. Obviously, clay bricks are typically the default choice, but there are other options available that can be used for your fundraising. For example, fundraising bricks can also be made from glass or stone. For some purposes, stone bricks might be a better option, such as when you want to use the bricks to replace bricks in an aging cobblestone street or for a better choice for memorabilia; likewise, glass bricks can be a beautiful choice for dividers or decorative windows. Of course, metal bricks are also available and can be a wonderful option for some situations. In fact, these bricks don't even need to be full-sized bricks in order to be workable. So, when planning a fundraiser with bricks, don't feel like you must be limited to clay bricks.

Of course, clay bricks certainly have many diverse uses, but it's important to keep in mind that fundraising bricks also offer an excellent selling point when you're trying to raise funds. While everyone likes the opportunity to contribute to some type of community project, they aren't always willing to actually come out and carry bricks, but having a location to place the bricks can help solve the problem that many donors face. They can have their brick placed in a public and prominent location, which can also stoke donor egos. Clearly, if small metal bricks are used for fundraising, a person might want to actually keep it; however, other types of bricks are generally not something that a donor will want to carry with them.

Fortunately, this means that having somewhere to place the brick is important. A typical solution is to use them to build a wall, but this is certainly not the only thing that they can be used for. Fundraising bricks can be placed in a retaining wall or even used to make a planter. If a group is trying to raise funds to improve a garden area or build a playground, the idea of using the bricks for a retaining wall could be a wonderful solution; the wall will provide an excellent way to surround a structure or keep sand in place. Likewise, a group that is raising money for trees or to decorate an area might find that building planters works great for their purpose. Donors like when they see their gift being used in an interesting way, you might even see a rise in your fundraising results when you keep that point in mind.

In short, when you use fundraising bricks, you not only have an excellent way to raise funds, but you'll also be able to help build a community. It's also important to remember that donors often like to support creativity, and creative placements of fundraising bricks can help benefit your cause.


Whether you are planning a fundraising campaign for your school, church or club, fundraising bricks are a great idea. Getting people to open up their wallets and contribute to a good cause can be trying. However, with customized bricks you will find that the job maybe a little easier. Many people like it to be known that they made a contribution and they like acknowledgment for their support. And fundraising bricks offers them just that.

A Simple and Effective Idea

This a simple but effective way of raising funds. You can choose a dedicated walk or wall where the bricks will be placed. Brick companies that design and create such bricks offer products in several sizes and styles. If you find that you have limited space you could also opt for miniature bricks. Do speak to a designer at the company so that he or she can explain how the bricks can be used not only to raise funds but to also create a sidewalk, path or a structure that could be used.

An online survey will reveal that brick companies that specialize in fundraising bricks offer many online resources that can help you and raise the required funds. These include virtual brick tools that help you choose the right style and size of brick, and the also the design and message that will go on it. You could also create free online presentation to support the cause.

Altruism is the basis for most charitable acts. However, when people also receive a physical acknowledgement for their contribution, they are more than pleased. Also they are likely to remember the cause and contribute to it again in the future. It is vital that you design your fundraising campaign well and generate enough publicity about it. This will ensure that it gets the attention that it needs to make it a success



Unlike the olden days there are many facilities available these days for better stay and to enjoy with the family. Those who plan for vacation with the family would expect a best place of stay that can give them feel at home experience. In the modern world there are more facilities available for people to enjoy their stay as they can have feel at home experience but more than beyond home experience. In such places the stay would be more comfortable and enjoyable as the provided facilities will be much more than our expectation. Camps Bay is one of the best places for tourists and those who want to enjoy their vacation with their family or spouse and it can be considered as the most beautiful popular destination in the world. The trueness of the nature is that at different places the beauty of the nature will be different and especially in some places of the world it will be much more beautiful which you can’t expect in any other place except that place. You will have same kind of feeling if you choose any villa to stay from Camps Bay Villas

There are many villas in Camp Bay to choose and you can browse about the places and take a virtual tour so that you can decide on choosing a particular villa. The best of villa at camp bay is that you can have a quality time with your family because it is the place of solitude. You can have all the facilities to enjoy your accommodation. The balcony view is where you can start energetic morning, because from balcony you can see the scenic beach that allures your eyes. It would be feast to your eyes. You can spend relaxing tine with your loved one at the deck from where the mountain and beach view will be fantastic to you. Your family can have best time with you all the time from morning to evening because they can rest and relax in the living room, master bed room and also in various places of the house.

No other place can be much luxurious when it comes to villas like camps bay does. The kitchen is fully loaded with sophisticated features so that the family or the individual can enjoy hassle free cooking. You don’t need to worry about safety and protection because the place is always the safest and there are many people who say that they had best experience of staying at Camps bay villas and there are no chances for risk.

Those who want to have a stay in a different luxurious and sophisticated place with the family can choose Camps bay villa. Though people love to taste different recipe, they mostly love to taste the home made, self-prepared or the recipe made by spouse or the family member than restaurant food. This is easy and possible in camps bay villa because the modern advanced and sophisticated kitchen in camps bay villa will be the best place for cooking for any person in the world.


One significant element of power system design is to select the right distribution equipment.  Based on the design of the power system and different other criteria one amongst the switchgear and switchboard is chosen. Switchgear and switchboard both of these two systems are used to redistribute electricity to other electrical equipment or power circuit, but their structures are fabricated and tested to different standards. The type of the circuit breakers used in the system marks the key difference between the switchgear and switchboards.

The three different sorts of circuit breakers are available in several interrupting ratings. However, initial installation cost also pays a crucial role in the selection process, the price between a high-end distribution switchgear and low-end switchboard differs a lot and requires to be assessed against issues of reliability, maintainability, and downtime.

An insight on switchboards

Electric switchboard directs electric current from one end to another source. Each of the panels is integrated with switches that allow electricity to be redirected. The switchboard is immensely helpful in protecting the technician and other operators from possible electrocution or shock. The switches control the amount of current that passes into the switchboard and they are fed from generator featuring AC frequency as well as load sharing controls. Prior to open the switchboard for maintenance, it is crucial to separate the power, as the busbars are bare. The electrolyzed busbars are a strong source of power and while working on energized live switchboard, taking important precautionary measure is highly essential. Hence, the technicians must be ready with the protective equipment like gloves, thick rubber mats while working on an open switchboard.

Now let’s have a look at different sorts of circuit breaker out there in the market

Molded case circuit breakers

This sort of breakers is commonly referred as MCCBs and widely used in panel boards and switchboards. The voltage ratings in this type of circuit breakers generally range from 15-3000 amps. Here the breaker mechanism is completely sealed within the external molded case. When the breaker has problem or failure, it needs to be replaced. The breakers are usually bolted onto the bus or may be integrated with plug-in designs. The addition or removal of MCCBs to a switchboard must be performed after turning off the power source of the switchboard.

Insulated case circuit breakers

Insulated case breakers or ICCBs is designed to offer features usually available in power circuit breakers. The voltage ratings range from 400-5000 amps. This sort of breakers is available as additional options in switchboards and designed to the similar standards as MCCBs, they offer access to replaceable parts like contacts.

Power circuit breakers

Here the voltage ratings range from 800-5000 amps, the power circuit is tested under different standards from the ICCBs and MCCBs. They are connected to the bus in a draw out design enabling the breakers to be withdrawn fully or partially while the entire switchgear is powered on. PCBs is integrated with numerous components which can be replaced, inspected like pole assemblies, contacts, and arc chutes.

Complexity and project type often dominates the selection; naturally, a manufacturing facility is much different in comparison to the office facility. However, the most viable way of selecting the right switchgear system is to consult with high voltage engineers.


Doing your regular laundry task through the washing machine and tumbler, literary devour electricity. It has been estimated that in average household laundry consumes nearly 5 percent of the overall electricity bill. By bringing small changes to the regular procedure of washing clothes, one can cut down the energy bill to a significant level. Nearly 90% of the electricity used in a washing machine goes behind heating up the water and the rest of the energy is needed to run the motor of the machine. There are effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint to the environment and make the burden lighter on your pocket. Let’s catch a glimpse of them-

        Only bad stains, dirty clothes and stinky underwear require warmer temperature to be washed properly, otherwise, 300 C is enough to wash off the regular clothes. Choose a laundry detergent that is made to use with cold water for availing best result. Most of us are not aware of the fact that washing machine can actually work equally well with cold water. Wash the clothes through the lowest water level and shortest cycle feasible for your requirement. However, it’s important to wash the clothes with hot water occasionally as it prevents the forming of bad odors and accumulation of bacteria in the machine.

        Instead of washing your clothes regularly via the washing machine use it only when you amass a full load of clothes as partially loaded washer consumes as much electricity as a completely loaded machine. However, when you need to operate the machine with a partial load make sure you place it in proper load size. However, never overload the machine, as it will impede the washer to clean the clothes properly.

        Use an outdoor washing line instead of an electric dryer as it’s not only the eco-friendly way of drying your clothes but also save a large amount on your electricity bill. However, when the weather makes it impossible to dry your clothes outside, an indoor wall mounted clothes line can come into great help.

        When you are running out of time and it’s become important to use an electric dryer, take out the clothes out of it as soon as possible as modern appliances continue to rotate to avoid creasing thus consume more energy.

        Before putting your clothes inside it, sort them out by the type of fabric, as different fabric requires different timing to dry and clean the lint after every use. By cleaning out the fluff you can help the machine to operate efficiently.

Instead of using old appliances bring home energy efficient washer with higher energy rating that tends to consume nearly 37% less electricity. If you are not ready to invest in energy saving appliances then investing on the clothes line is certainly a good alternative way to save on electricity bill. There are wide variations in clotheslines in Australia that can be easily bought from the online website.



What is mill scale? It is found on all hot-rolled steel products. A particularly thin outer film of hematite, Fe2O3, is found on the surface of steel. The inside part of the magnetite contains very fine metal grains as well as residual black FeO that contributes to the coarseness of descaled metal. Found on all hot-rolled steel products this waste product is not able to be used unless handled in a protecting air or descaled.

What is mill scale?

The oxidized, hardened, surface that advances on steel as it goes through its process that is hot is what is called mill scale. It contains oxidized iron, iron as well as other undefined contaminants such as oils and carbonates.

Byproduct waste

Mill scale is the by-product waste of steel which can be used again as the prime substance in many other industry processes. There are other companies that produce by-products that other industries can use in their recycling processes and can deliver materials of good quality to other industries. These quality materials have value among the companies that recycle material and that are reliant on the industry as well as the application. The price for mill scale depends on the application as it can vary.

Add FE units

Even through the material mill scale is a waste stream, when there is depletion of standard scraps many iron or steel manufactures prefer mill scale as an addition to the FE units. But the composition depends on what type of steel is being produced.

More uses

There are many uses and more are being investigated all the time. This helps with the cost attributed to recycling. The recycling business has become costly often costing much more than a company can afford. This is what happened with companies that first recycled paper, glass, and aluminum cans. When all of these products are recycled it cost money and uses other materials. The solution of this problem is to find ways to use the waste-products of recycling.

Steel industry

An example is of the steel industry. Tons of materials are moved from mills into landfills using space and resources that are valuable. But by keeping these streams clean and using separating, they are able to take these materials to sell and reused in other industries. Mill scale in all its forms can serve other uses in other industries.

Replaces iron ore and limestone

Usually mill scale consists of large amounts of FE or iron with smaller amounts of silica and alumina. This is common when recycling using the “sintering” process. Recycling by this method assists in sparing raw materials such as iron ore and limestone that are normally used. Often these raw materials need to be shipped from far away so by using mill scale this addition expense is avoided.

Used in sinter process

There are numerous studies investigating the potentials by-products of recycling in the process known as ‘sintering’. Aside from the sinter process, several of the preferred sinter goods are able to be accomplished by the use of 40 up to 50 kg of mill scale per sinter ton.

Sell of mill scale

There are companies that get mill scale (iron oxide) from sources of production in the United States and sell it for export or domestic use.

Use in China

This waste product by most U.S. steel producers is being used in China especially when China first became a worldwide steel maker. All FE materials that were by-products were considered by China as potential supply options which made the process of making steel for them cheaper.

For more information on mill scale you can found information at http://mineralrecycling.com/




The natural beauty cannot be replaced by artificial things. The positive externality that you feel when moving in a peaceful green area cannot be achieved when travelling in a metropolitan city full of sky scrapers. The size of the homes have unfortunately shrank in the past few decades. Large homes are not affordable and flats are becoming more common. This has also resulted in evolution for gardens and they are being adjusted according to the size of flats and small homes. Therefore, whatever type of home you have, you can have an exquisite garden. Here are some of the top trends that you may consider for garden at your home.

Different color plants

Color combination matters a lot when you intend to decorate your home. Having plants in your home of different colors give unique look to your entire place. Dark walls are becoming more trendy and gray and golden color plants appear more beautiful with them. With some green plants, you can always paint few plants in the above mentioned colors in order to give a trendy look to your indoor/outdoor garden. Moreover, you can use Coleus plants that are multicolored. They come in different sizes and colors and you can always match them with color combination of your home.

Growing vegetables indoor

Gardening becomes more lucrative when you get some tangible benefit out of it. Many people consider gardening as a time taking activity that has got little benefits. However, you can reap fruits of gardening by growing some seasonal vegetables that you can actually eat after they are ready. Growing vegetables do not require large space, you can easily grow them indoor. Tomatoes and Peeper are the most popular home grown indoor vegetables. They require proper sunlight.Other certain conditions must be checked before growing them. Care must be taken to give them adequate water and sunlight. Carrots and Mushrooms can also be grown at home and you can eat organic and healthy home grown food from your own garden.

Outdoor Fire pits

It is one of the most joyful feelings to sit in mild winter in your home with a fire pit. Having a fire pit in your garden gives it an exclusive look. Fire pits are becoming more trendy and you can have one in the center of your garden. You can even have barbecue on that fire pit. It will be something adorable. Care must be taken when deciding the position of fire pit in order to avoid fire in the ground.

LED lightening in your garden

Lightening your garden with LED's is economical, yet the most creative thing you will ever see. Lightening embellishes your garden. The LED lights use minimum amount of electricity. They also come in different colors. The best thing about LED lightening is that you can use different color LED's for different events. You can have red lightening for Christmas and blue lightening for your birthday. If you make good color combination of LED lightening with the plants, your garden will appear more beautiful and appealing.

Swimming pool in the garden

Swimming pool between your gardens is the most luxurious thing to experience. However, you must have a big garden in order to accommodate a reasonable swimming pool. In-ground pools are expensive to build but they look more coherent with your garden. You can discuss with a professional swimming pool design and construction company on different options for designing and constructing a beautiful swimming pool within your budget and space. You can have a small swimming pool that can help you to exhaust your everyday stress and tiredness. Safety precautions must be taken if there are kids in your home.




The electrical energy owing to the high voltage nature has to be carefully managed and channelized. The dangerous property of carrying the huge amount of electrical charge can trigger catastrophe if goes out of control. The power stations and the sub-stations have the involvement of heavy electrical machinery and gears. The maintenance of this equipment is necessary both for the effective functioning of the station as well as the safety of the workers who work there.

The substation services of heavy electrical equipment are offered by a number of maintenance professionals spread all across the globe. The increasing demand for electricity the world over due to the increased use of consumer goods have made the electricity distribution substations to provide electricity without any failure on an almost non-stop basis. This makes it all the more important to keep the equipment functioning in top notch condition. A typical power transmission involves equipment like switch gear, transformers etc.  High energized zones make the formation of electrical arcs. This electrical arc needs control and to be dimmed as and when required for maintenance and repair work.

The involvement of maintenance professionals from places like that of the United Kingdom offer solutions like high voltage protection and design or commissioning of work involving power projects, overall maintenance of power lines and substations. The maintenance services are also extended to the companies through technical and professional advices. Most of the companies provide expert guidance through a highly skilled team of electricians and engineers and too on a 24-hour basis 7 days a week. A company of this sort offers services through the maintenance of gears, the installation of heavy sub-station equipment, the maintenance of essential electric components like switchgear, the decommissioning and removal of old gears and stations which lead to the demolition and strip down of the same, design work adhering to the technicalities that are involved. Assistance is also provided regarding the purchase of equipment, and maintenance help according to one’s individual preferences.

A reputed line-up of clients is already asserting the need, importance, and popularity of such maintenance work. The voltage span, which is covered while providing services, ranges from very low to as high as 400KV. The services can be availed from most of the United Kingdom. The aim of such organisations providing assistance lay in minimising the defunct or breakdown aspect, increase the overall life expectancy of the equipment, increasing the work efficiency level of the machinery with the timely intervention to check the overall machine parameters.




More and more the people of the world are becoming aware of our cultural and societal effects on the environment. There are now several initiatives in many countries that are focused on setting and enforcing standards. With the help of the federal government they help ensure that our reliance on energy and resources have as little to no effect on the environment as possible. While we’re not quite there yet, these entities have made significant strides in many aspects of our lives while helping to create better, more functional and greener furniture that is still stylish and desirable.

The Forest Stewardship Council

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international non-profit organization that is tasked with promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. They set standards on forest products and also label them as eco-friendly. Established in 1993, the FSC promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world’s forest products. It has over 800 partners including some big household names, such as IKEA. The FSC and its support partners work to abide by and maintain the standards set in order to ensure as little harm to forests as possible.

Eco-Friendly Furniture

As someone who is in tune with the how we as a society can affect our environment, it’s likely that you put forth the effort to do what you can to mitigate potential damage through the use of green and eco-friendly products. The FSC shares the common belief that we not only must do this as a society, but also have the means to do so. Through the use of these types of products, you and your family will be doing your small part to help lower your contribution to the different issues affecting us all.

There are now many products and office furniture that you can purchase that are indeed eco-friendly yet stylish and functional. From an ergonomic office chair to an adjustable height workstation, there are literally hundreds of types of unique office furniture pieces that you can choose from that  will look fantastic. You’ll also know that you have taken the time to ensure that the furniture in your home, small office or even at work are as environmentally friendly as possible.

How the FSC Has Contributed to a Greener World

Because the Forest Stewardship Council has created standards that all of its support members must adhere to, more furniture than ever is certified green or eco-friendly. Furniture companies for example, must ensure that they are logging the right trees, ensuring the preservation of forests deemed to be “no-cut” forests.

While the system that the FSC has in place is not without its critics, its core values are true and they continue to improve the integrity of their organization and certification system. Some opinions on the FSC for example suggest that only the largest of companies can afford to meet the standards required for certification. This makes it much more difficult for local and smaller logging companies to meet the standards set, which in turn can be viewed as anti-competitive. Because large brands can afford the certification, their product may be looked at as favorable. To its credit, the FSC has implemented specialized requirements for smaller companies that are logging areas 100 hectares or smaller.

The Benefits to the Consumer for Purchasing Eco-Friendly Products

Companies have recognized the demand for green and eco-friendly furniture and this is a market that will continue to grow. The benefits to the consumer then, are also growing. There are government subsidies for companies that meet green standards set by organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council, which means higher margins to the spreadsheets. The added bonus is that it will also help market their brand as one that is environmentally aware. For consumers, the biggest benefit of course is in knowing that you have purchased a product that meets these standards - that your furniture did not contribute to adverse effects on the already depleting resource that is the world’s forests but was instead made from sustainable resources.

Well made wood products can also last a really long time. If taken care of, furniture can last generations. Additionally, it can also be reclaimed and possibly built into something else and will look beautiful for years to come.


Like pretty much any question posed to the Internet, trying to determine which product is superior can be a monumental, if not impossible task. Frustratingly, if you research long enough, you will find ample reason as to why product A is better than product B and a number of equally compelling reasons that claim product B is better than product A – ultimately leaving you with just as many questions as when you began your search.

If you’re mulling over several different furnace replacement alternatives, there are a number of differentiation that should be considered; of course, cost (both as an initial investment and in terms of the price of operating the unit), lifespan of the system, and ease of maintenance are pretty standard considerations. But one differentiator that doesn’t always get its due is which type of furnace is best for reducing the carbon footprint of a home. The answer to that comes down to three things: the energy source used by the furnace, its performance efficiency, and the building in which it is installed.

There is no disputing the raw heating potential of a furnace that is powered by natural gas. Natural gas, as far as fossil fuel energy sources go, burns relatively cleanly, but extracting natural gas from the earth can have some pretty serious environmental consequences.

For their part, electric heat pumps can also do an admirable job of heating your home but, like natural gas extraction, generating electricity isn’t always without issue. Hydroelectric facilities, while they do provide a renewable source of clean energy, can displace wildlife and destroy ecosystems. Nuclear power is also clean energy, but comes with significant risks, and isn’t renewable. Coal burning power plants are much worse than the previous two, expelling copious amounts of carbon into the air, exacerbating the planet’s greenhouse effect. If the environmental impact of your heating unit is of consequence, knowing your local energy sources is just as important as any other consideration when choosing the heater or furnace that is destined for your home or business.

Energy sources aside, either a modern, high-end gas-burning furnace or electric-powered heat pump can be remarkably energy efficient from an energy/heat generated ratio perspective, but if the environments they are required to heat are not designed to reduce heat loss, any gains received by investing in an efficient furnace or heater will be offset by the increase in frequency the unit has to heat the space.

For this reason, proper insulation plays a key role in a heating system’s efficiency regardless of heat source. By selecting the proper insulation/windows/doors for your particular climate, your home will experience much less heat loss, thereby reducing the number of times per day your heating system is required to turn on.

Modern, efficient, home building supplies have allowed the pervasiveness of heat pumps in northern climes to rise dramatically, as these enclosures are much better at retaining heat than they once were.

Ultimately, if the home heating system satisfies everything you’re looking for, then that is the right heating solution for you. Even if being green isn’t at the top of your priority list, it can be a fortunate by-product of investing in a system that is designed to save you money on heating costs.

For better or for worse, advances in technology have made gas-powered furnaces and electric-powered heat pumps much more effective. The fact that the area in which heat pumps are used in is expanding northward may indicate to some that heat pumps are surpassing the use of natural gas. While that may or may not be true, one thing is for certain – everything else being equal (cost, maintenance schedules, etc.), one can admit that heat pumps possess the greatest potential thanks to the limitless potential of green energy.


The power consumption on a global scale is escalating at a faster rate than can be arranged and provided for. The find for an alternate source of energy is always being contemplated along with the absolute need to minimise the excess waste of energy and money. The effect of global warming and greenhouse gases is a concern in terms of the environment, but effective means to minimise this excess of carbon footprints can be developed and implemented from a very nominal stage.

The energy that is generated by the power plants for transmission to households and industries dealing in heavy electrical machinery end up unused and lost during the transmission itself. The machinery ends up heated and drawing up excess power in order to make up for the deficit supply of power. This also reduces the life expectancy of the machinery. The effective measures can be undertaken with the simplest of approaches. The measures might not be cutting the bills in a drastic manner but yet is realistic and comes up with variable outputs.

The effective means to save on power bill can begin with switching off devices that are not needed or are lying unused. This measure may look to be too minimal in comparison to a hefty electricity bill, but, is highly essential to switch off idle devices, for minimising the standby power consumption or ‘phantom load’ of plugged in devices. The next comes is the usage of modern illumination devices in the form LEDs. LEDs are improved means of environment-friendly illumination than the previous counterparts of CFLs and electric light bulbs. The energy is used less and heat dissipated is also less, consuming up to 20% less. 

When it comes to finding the most effective means of reducing the electric bill count, the focus remains in the key areas of heavy electricity consuming devices like heating and cooling devices, water heaters and large appliances in the form of motors and pumps. A thermostat enabled heating or cooling device help maintains and regulates the temperature in a room. Unused room’s vents can be closed to prevent wastage of electricity. Also, energy starred devices help reduce the electricity consumption. The insulated water heating devices also prevent over usage of electricity through the prevention of repeated heating of water in cold climes and lower the electric bill.

Another way that has come up of late is the introduction of Electric Savers. The electric savers are devices that ensure the power that is lost during transmission is accumulated and made to flow back into devices. Mostly power gets lost while in transmission from transformers to households or in factory fitted machinery circuitry. The end user machinery tends to heat and end up drawing a lot more power than it was intended to. An electric saver device helps save up to 25%. Also having the feature of an inbuilt power surge protector protects the devices that the electric saver is attached to from spikes in electric current.



The climate is changing, and everyone but the most delusional and those with a particular political agenda accepts this as a fact. A warming planet will give rise not only to generally increased temperatures and higher sea levels, but a greater variation in local temperatures and more extreme weather. The race is on to limit warming to a manageable amount so that humanity does not face a catastrophic future, and the recent COP21 climate change conference in Paris has come away with an historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions and slow warming. But has it gone far enough?

A Heated Issue

The physics of climate change is deceptively simple. Sunlight falls on the earth and is partially absorbed by the ground, the ocean and the atmosphere, but a large proportion of it is reflected back into space. However, burning fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide (CO2), which rises through the atmosphere and acts as an insulator, trapping more heat on the planet and increasing global temperatures. Worse, as temperatures rise, high-albedo ice caps melt, causing more sunlight to be absorbed and increasing temperatures still further.

Those worst impacted by climate change are poor countries who are disproportionately affected by sea level rises directly caused by melting ice caps, and those developing countries whose economies are just beginning to rev up. The COP (Conference of Parties) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is the supreme decision-making body, and is tasked with finding an agreement that can satisfy all parties. Leaders of 150 nations, along with 40,000 delegates from 195 countries, attended the recent summit in Paris in the hopes of hashing out a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions meant to hold global average temperatures below a 2 degrees Celsius increase over preindustrial global temperatures.

Agreement Reached

Among many disagreements that had to be dealt with in the 48-page document are those pertaining to the responsibilities of rich and poor countries, as well as those somewhere in the middle. African Ministers for the Environment, for example, held a high-level meeting during the conference and pushed for a legally binding agreement, which did not end up being a factor in the final version. The deal was finally agreed on December 12, 2015, but will not go into force until 55 countries who produce at least 55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions ratify the agreement. It is not yet known which countries will ratify, though the agreement will open for signature in April 2016.

The agreement itself has three major aims:

• Holding the increase in global average temperature rises to well below 2 °C above preindustrial levels, and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 °C

• Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development

• Making finance flows consistent with a pathway toward low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development

Countries also aim to reach a global emissions peak as soon as possible. Crucially, if the first aim is not met, then the second aim will become even more important.

Dealing With Change

So how will countries be able to reduce their emissions without impairing food production, while simultaneously armouring themselves against the effects of rising temperatures? There are various issues, and various methods. One result of rising temperatures is the expansion of so-called Hadley cells, which currently exist between 30 °N and 30 °S latitude, and are responsible for carrying heat and moisture from the tropics to the northern and southern mid-latitudes. Increasing their size means that deserts in the deep tropics will become drier and expand, and nations whose territory these deserts fall within will have to be watchful – just because the environment changes doesn't mean that cities are able to move, so municipalities will have to be vigilant stepping up water conservation programs, their water main monitoring and the detection of leaks in their pipelines.

Other methods will include carbon capture, in which the CO2 given off by the burning of fossil fuels can be captured and stored so that it does not escape into the environment. And financial methods include carbon taxes, where industries are punished for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they give off. It is a huge challenge for humanity, and to achieve it the world may have to change beyond recognition, but the world’s nations are in agreement that it has to be done. It remains to be seen, however, how successful they will be.