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  1. People feel more and more determined to go green because they are aware it's their role to change the world, they're living in. Pollution and climate change triggered some extreme, tragic events that destroyed both life and nature. From record heat in Europe to floods in the USA and fires in Australia, they are all consequences of human actions. It's shocking to find out that a small choice you make in your everyday life can trigger a chain of reactions and lead the planet a step closer to collapse. The environmental issues the world is experiencing will always be a hot subject due to their ever-changing characteristics. But during the last years, there was registered a shift that showed people are ready to take responsibility for their actions and make changes. 2019 was about sustainability stories that inspired everyone to get involved in a movement they supported in silence until now. Without further introduction, here are some of the most exciting sustainability stories we witnessed in 2019. Greta Thunberg made the climate protest movement explode Before Greta, climate change protesters made a buzz around the idea, but they never managed to draw global attention. When Time Magazine named the young activist their Person of the Year, she was the youngest to get this title, but also one of the most controversial figures. Greta first introduced herself to the public in 2018, and she quickly started a global movement because she was not afraid to speak truth to power and engage her followers in diverse subjects. She used social media as a tool to draw attention to the problems the planet is facing and educate young people in becoming the leaders of the green movement. Her influence is so strong she convinced tens of thousands of Belgian teens to march weekly to the EU headquarters in Brussels. On 15 March 2019, she encouraged people to march in various locations worldwide, and over 15 million participants joined the movement. In September she also drew attention towards the bad choices, world leaders make when she decided to travel by boat to the UN climate meeting and shame the ones who opted for flight solutions. Greta proves that Gen Z young people are more than ready to lead the way in environmental actions and come up with strategies to lower the level of pollution and destruction. Activists pointed out the seriousness of the climate crisis through distressed messages For many years, environmentalists didn't show the accurate results the climate crisis has on the planet because they were afraid the public would find them too depressing. But as the problem evolved and people refused to understand its extent, they had to go with the gloom and doom. When David Wallace Wells published the book The Unhabitable Earth, he made sure the facts he presented will panic the readers and show what really happens if the planet is warming more than it already did. The scientific community weighed in the ups and downs of sharing with the public how harmful the effects of pollution and climate change are. Still, they concluded that it's best people to know the threats that endanger their existence, than living with the misconception Earth will remain a safe planet no matter what their actions are. The Unhabitable Earth showed that the future could bring some apocalyptic scenarios. If humans continue to change the planet's land to adapt to their ever-growing demands without considering the long-term effects, they will threaten global food security and the planet's ability to capture carbon. If they don't lower the amount of trash, they dispose they will endanger ocean life and bring extinction to plants and animals. The only solution to avoid this outcome is to cut emissions. People and companies have started to take notice of their effect on the planet. They are slowly integrating green practices and use social media and the Internet to point how significant change is. Companies use video content to share their measures and inspire the public to follow their example. They use videos to describe the effects specific actions have and recommend solutions. They try to educate their clients through example. Governments joined the green movement Two significant measures marked 2019, the USA created the Green New Deal's legal environment, and the EU's Green Deal listed its circular economy principles. Some people state that these measures are still not enough to improve the environmental landscape, and they are right, but they put the base for other changes that will support change. The new regulations support brands worldwide to adopt green practices. We will list some examples to show that the world is facing towards sustainability. CleanO2 created a device named CARBiNX that traps CO2 emissions and transforms them into potash to make detergents and soap. Lush Cosmetics is another company that uses technology to lower CO2 emissions in their manufacturing processes. Lyft has joined the Green Cities Initiative that encourages companies to switch to electric cars. Companies like Lyft have a significant impact on the environment because they run fleets worldwide and generate emissions higher than other brands. Lyft has started to replace its old cars with eco-friendly alternatives and allows clients to request a green vehicle using the Green Mode feature. IKEA is another worldwide famous brand that adopted the green initiative. They created a project named A Sustainable Everyday that aims to replace single-use plastic items with disposables made from recyclable materials. Considering that plastic is one of the greatest problems the planet is dealing with, any initiative that promotes plastic cut is more than welcomed. The above names prove that government regulations enabled them to adopt bolder decisions and switch to sustainable leadership. It's expected in 2020 that companies can use their political influence and have a more aggressive role in climate policy. Magazines like Vogue already announced they would use their power to reach companies and individuals and lower the footprint of apparel by educating their audiences.
  2. Recently, sustainable shopping has become more popular. Consumers are now looking for businesses that care about the environment and their impact on the planet more than ever. Consumers are currently looking for ways to become more eco-conscious in their own lives, which includes the way they purchase products. Here are ways to make sure you are buying the most sustainable products possible. High Quality Investing in high-quality products means you will be less likely to need to replace that item in the near future. This leads to higher sustainability. Through this, you will be using less materials and be requiring less energy to manufacture the product. Thrifting high-quality pieces of clothing or furniture can be a great move toward sustainability as well. However, if thrifting isn’t your thing or you are having trouble finding the right products, making new high-quality purchases is the next best thing. Sustainable Materials Today, more businesses are becoming mindful of the materials they use for their products. A great way to ensure you are consuming products made from sustainable materials is to look for ones made with recycled materials. This is becoming a more popular option. There are many options available for clothing and accessories made with recycled bottles or even recovered plastic from the ocean. Companies, like BionicYarn.com, are making this possible. Locally Made The less a product needs to travel to get to your home, the more sustainable it will be. Less travel cuts down on carbon emissions and leads to a better impact on the environment. Now is a great time to start supporting small, local businesses. A great way to do this is to visit farmer’s markets in your area for local food and handmade goods. Ethical Manufacturing Green manufacturing processes are more important than ever right now. It shows how responsible a business is when it comes to doing their part for the environment. Treatment of factory workers also plays a role in flourishing the economy and leading toward general sustainability. Look for businesses that offer transparency about their production practices. Only support those that act responsibly and are doing what they can to minimize their environmental and economic impact. Transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle can seem overwhelming in a world full of consumerism. However, each individual doing their part can make large strides in improving climate change and the environment.
  3. Increasing operational efficiency and lowering the output of emissions are goals that companies across all industries have in common. Developing optimal strategies for controlling costs and limiting environmental impact is both a challenge and opportunity, so it’s something companies need to embrace rather than avoid. Not all of these strategies are appropriate for every business, but most companies can find numerous simple and surefire ways to improve their operations. Make the Most of Materials Reducing resource consumption and learning how to reuse or recycle materials whenever possible is essential for streamlining operations and ensuring environmentally responsible operations. Business leaders need to consider every aspect of their production process when looking for opportunities for efficiency, including onsite resource management, supply chains and product packaging. Rethink Policies and Procedures Just as companies examine and redesign the way they use materials, they also need to think about the workplace and operational policies that they have in place. Enshrining safe and efficient practices as workplace policy is a step in the right direction. However, educating employees about the importance of lowering emissions and how they can help the company reach this goal is also necessary for achieving meaningful results. Optimize Industrial Boilers Manufacturing, extraction and other industrial environments often rely on boilers for part of their production process. Whether these machines are permanent fixtures in a workplace or just a temporary augmentation, learning how to optimize and use them responsibly can make a big difference in long-term emission generation. Installing a rectifier or SCRS for water tube boilers can give companies more control over their boiler’s performance and can significantly reduce emissions associated with combustion. Stay Ahead of the Curve While many companies have taken their own initiative to minimize their environmental impact, all commercial operators also have to think about mandatory requirements enforced by national and local laws. Staying ahead of the curve means reading new research, exploring fresh ideas and preparing for possible legislation even before it has passed. Looking at potential future requirements as a milestone for internal efficiency can help companies avoid racing against a deadline in the future. Efficiency and emissions reduction don’t always go hand-in-hand, but most business can take advantage of various opportunities to improve both of these areas simultaneously. Cutting down on waste should always be a priority, as this strategy often yields sheer benefits across the board. Business owners should always consider all the optional available and think about the impact of industry rules or regulations before coming to their decision.
  4. A sustainable venture has tremendous benefits, such as enhancing productivity and attracting more customers. For this reason, you can ensure that you adhere to the environmental law practice by safeguarding nature. This way, you will conserve and not waste resources in your business. Recycle Products It is prudent to recycle items such as electronics, paper products, fluorescent bulbs, and supplies to sustain the environment. If you can reuse some things, it will be the best approach to minimize wastage. You need to analyze the items fists so that you can decide if they are fit for recycling. Utilize Green Energy Sometimes it is better to harness other sources of energy such as solar to minimize electricity bills. What’s more, you need energy-efficient bulbs that will conserve the power as well. This way, you can cut down on the excessive use of energy at work. Ensure that you switch off lights that are not essential at night. Repair Water Leakages When water leaks from pipes in your business, it causes both health and financial harm. On that account, you need to look for a plumber who can repair faucets, sewer lines, and water lines as well. The expert should also assess running toilets and remedy the situation as quickly as possible. Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly If your organization deals with toxic substances, you need to follow the right safety standard while getting rid of the waste. Alternatively, you can contact a disposal company that knows how to handle the unwanted stuff. This way, everyone will be safe, and your employees will not get exposed to harmful items. Train Employees Your employees are the best people who should know about protecting the environment at all costs. On that account, you need to equip them with skills and knowledge on how they can practice sustainability. You can also ask for some ideas from them as they have concepts on how to go about it. It should be a collaborative effort so that everyone can play their part in maintaining eco-friendly standards. Your business will thrive, and you will cut on bills that come at the end of the month. Ultimately, it is prudent to manage resources so that natural phenomena can be at peace. Resources will not strain or suffer from depletion since your venture is striving to protect them. For this reason, you can reduce wastage by switching to green power and fixing water leakages. The other approach is recycling and discarding waste using the correct means.
  5. Solar energy solutions aren’t a brand-new technology, but they have become much more refined, versatile and accessible in recent years. As homes and businesses around the world start incorporating these systems more frequently, many people outside of the industry struggle to separate fact from fiction. Solar power isn’t a perfect solution, but many of reasons that stop people from exploring the technology are little more than myths. The Costs are Too High Minimizing environmental impact is an important factor for many people, but homeowners often have to prioritize the financial impact when making a decision. Unfortunately, there are still many people who believe that any kind of solar solution is going to be too expensive or won’t yield a return on investment quick enough. While every situation and home has different factors that influence overall affordability, solar technology can help homeowners start cutting monthly costs almost immediately. Unreliable Performance Based Weather Another common myth about this technology is that it only works in warm climates or areas with clear skies. Weather patterns can influence the efficiency of solar panels, but you can leverage the technology even in areas prone to cold temperatures and overcast skies. Panels are often a much more reliable power source than modern myth suggests. Panels Reduce Home Value Worrying about the impact of panels on your home’s aesthetic or resale value is a reasonable concern, but it’s ultimately an unfounded one. Modern panels and related technology are a lot more flexible and minimal than older equipment, which gives homeowners more options when it comes to location and presentation. Installed panels can make a home more attractive to buyers and are generally easy to remove if the new owners don’t want them. Installation is Disruptive There’s nothing wrong with embracing a “do it yourself” attitude towards your home’s energy supply system, but there are also plenty of specialized professionals who provide complete installation services. Planning and preparing a home for panels can take some time, but there’s little risk that the actual installation and initialization will be a serious inconvenience for residents. Despite the many myths surrounding domestic solar energy systems, they are becoming a common sight across the United States. Even a minimal system that only provides partial power to the home can yield significant savings in the years ahead. Anyone who takes the time to consult with experts and research their options can find plenty of compelling reasons to incorporate this technology into their home or business.
  6. Since World War II ended, agriculture has dramatically changed. New technologies have caused food productivity to soar. Mechanization, specialization, and increased chemical use hinder farmers from producing lower-priced foods and fiber. Government policies that favor maximized production is a key factor. These developments have many positive effects and reduce the risks associated with farming. But they also have significant costs. Topsoil depletion, air pollution, groundwater contamination, and greenhouse gas emissions only scratch the surface. Also, there is the decline of family farms, neglect of farm laborers' living conditions, and human health threats due to new pathogens. As well, rural communities are being disintegrated due to the concentration of economics in the agricultural and food industries. Over the last four decades, a growing movement has come forth that questions the need for high costs. This movement offers more innovative and reasonable alternatives. This movement is toward sustainable agriculture. It continues to garner increasing acceptance and support in the food production sector. The three main goals of sustainable agriculture are social equity, environmental health, and economic profitability. Although the concept is made up of a wide range of practices, policies, and philosophies, there are a few common principles that define sustainable agriculture. Throughout this movement, practice and science have led to many key farming techniques aimed at sustainability. Crop Rotation and Diversity Maintaining plant variety can be very beneficial. It results in improved pest control and healthier soil. Incorporating intercropping and complex crop rotations are ways of implementing crop diversity. Irrigation Rainwater can be collected or harvested with the use of gravity feed water tanks. Harvesting rainwater helps the environment and saves money. Water from wells, lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and other sources can also be stored. Cover Crops Clover and hairy vetch are two types of cover crops. Cover crops are planted off-season when an area would be left bare. Planting cover crops allows the soil to be protected and builds soil health by replenishing nutrients, lowering the need to use herbicides, preventing erosion, and keeping weeds at bay. Reduced or No-Till Methods To prevent weed problems and to prepare fields for planting, traditional plowing known as tillage has been used. However, this generally causes massive soil loss. Reduced or no-till methods allow seeds to be directly inserted into undisturbed soil. This reduces erosion and improves soil health. Overall, more diverse and complex agricultural practices have proven to be the most productive and sustainable.
  7. After living in your house for some time, you may realize it looks old and tired. Ideally, this does not mean you move into another new home if you can't. Thus, it needs some little refreshing to look more updated. So, if you have opted to renovate the room, don't perk it up only with modern lifestyle and expensive facilities but eco-friendly ones. Make sure the materials have a unique style but harmless to the environment. Recently thousands of homeowners are going with homes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but with low environmental impact. How do you renovate your house in a stylish and environmentally friendly way? Use bamboo floors You might be wondering what makes bamboo distinguishable from other wood. Well, bamboo is a unique wood on itself that grows faster than other woods, durable and moisture resistant. The percentage of the bamboo population is higher compared to other wood that takes time to grow. To have a bamboo floor, you only need to hire someone with high expertise on how to install it. Use of discarded metal or reclaimed woods Copper recycling and use of salvaged wood for house renovation is one of the most prevalent techniques used by homeowners today. They have been giving homes stylish and contemporary looking. You don't have to worry about durability. Rarely do they rust to hold house beauty for a long time. Recycled woods are becoming popular in home renovations as they are sublimely handsome and environmental sound. Go for solar energy Nowadays, use of the sun has become predominant in most households. This is one of the most potent and renewable sources of energy. Use of the sun as energy will satisfy your heart with guilt-free contentment as collecting power through solar powers is environmentally friendly. So, as little as less than 250$, you can build your home solar power system, which is less expensive compared to electricity bills. Recycled glass Today there is new cell bio glass that looks new, but they are eco friendly. If you want your house to have a new look you can add the recycled glasses in the kitchen and bedroom. They will enhance lighting and vibrant brightness under morning sunshine. Having a green home is one of the most lucrative things to owe in this era. To renovate your house with environmentally friendly materials isn't as difficult as you may think. Try these ideas while renovating your home to have a comfortable life!
  8. The costs related to running and maintaining an industrial plant tend to rise every year and even sometimes every quarter. Energy costs are one of the top areas to see the most increases. Simple inflation and business growth are factors. Of course, regulatory and other changes in industrial practices and changes in energy creation can skyrocket energy costs as well. Follow these tips for lowering your industrial plant's energy consumption this year: Improve the Lighting It's time to rethink how light is distributed and handled in the plant. Employees often leave lights on in unused areas. Some plants have older lighting systems that waste power. Wherever possible, bring in natural light, such as via indirect light window shades and overhead skylights. Inspect the lighting systems and replace outdated, low-efficiency parts. For example, install natural light LED bulbs. Also, invest in motion-detection systems that automatically turn off indoor and outdoor lights in empty areas and after hours. Inspect Systems Regularly Since unclean, old and broken systems run inefficiently, it's important to maintain them regularly. Motors and fans in some systems, such as HVAC systems, usually work harder because of overheating caused by debris buildup on parts and air flow issues. Some equipment, such as air compressors and pressure washers, are normal energy wasters and then cause a higher amount of energy loss when malfunctioning. For example, your employees waste energy if they have to work longer with these systems because air or water leaks destabilize needed pressure. Use Energy-Efficient Devices It might seem obvious that energy-efficient devices can help, but many plant administrators forget about or fail to see the long-term benefits of using these cost-saving options. For example, SCRs for water tube boilers not only reduce environmentally harmful NOx emissions, but also operate better and provide greater energy efficiency. Automated outlet devices and whole-system panels can turn off outlets and power to equipment that normally causes an energy drain in idling or standby mode. A programmable thermostat can detect via attached sensors changes in outdoor and indoor temperatures and adjust settings per your specifications. Establish Direct Oversight Continuous energy management is critical to maintaining control over energy usage. Review your current workforce or bring in outside help to administer an energy-efficiency program. Make certain that this program has more than one person working on it so that you have people with different viewpoints assessing the plant and researching and offering ideas. The team should also regularly provide cost-comparison reports that help you to understand short-term, upfront and long-term costs versus overall savings. It's not difficult to use less energy at your industrial plant. The process merely requires creativity, time and patience. It's also important to motivate employees by showing them that energy-efficiency changes are beneficial to everyone. When plant workers are invested in energy loss reduction, these types of changes occur more smoothly. Additionally, invested employees typically offer ideas of their own without prompting through company-wide employee feedback tools.
  9. According to NASA, 800 million people are vulnerable to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events caused by climate change. At the same time, carbon dioxide emissions are at an all-time high and rising temperatures endanger the polar ice cap every year. The time to act is now and everyone from governments to businesses and homeowners needs to make a change and embrace more sustainable alternatives. The measures required to protect the planet are, of course, extensive, and more than one sector needs to go green if we want to see lasting changes. However, some improvements are more impactful than others and one that can definitely benefit the planet and society as a whole is green buildings. The size of the green building market has increased considerably in the past few years and is expected to grow by an additional 10% by 2023. There is overwhelming evidence that building sustainable constructions, both for residential and commercial use, can reduce greenhouse emissions and create better conditions for everyone, while at the same time saving money. At present, North America has the most mature green building market, but the trend is starting to pick up in Europe and Asia as well. Building rating standards are also beginning to change, so that modern developers no longer have to design beautiful buildings that stand out against the urban landscape and offer the latest tech innovations, but also that have a low carbon footprint. Here’s why: Green buildings help the environment In order to understand how green buildings help the environment, first we have to define what makes a building be green. First of all, green buildings stand out through the efficient and responsible use of resources and energy. The materials used for green buildings are sustainable, come from ethical sources (meaning that they don’t contribute to deforestation), they’re non-toxic, and don’t affect air quality. Secondly, their environmental impact was considered every step of the way, from design to implantation. Green buildings use energy efficiently, and often feature elements such as solar panels and smart roofs, which reduce dependence on heating and cooling systems. Green building developers may also use special equipment to add greenery to the roof and increase eco-efficiency. What are the results? Green buildings produce 34% fewer carbon emissions compared to conventional buildings and consume 25% less energy. According to UNEP data, the building sector has the biggest potential to reduce greenhouse emissions than all other sectors and, if the current trend continues, the industry has the potential of saving as much as 84 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050. Another 2016 study also found that green buildings could help prevent the rise in global temperatures. At present, almost every country has set up sustainability ratings to help developers design and build greener constructions, and provided data to back up their benefits. For example, buildings that have obtained the Green Star Certification in Australia have been proven to use 50% less potable water compared to other homes, while the buildings that have obtained the LEED certification in the United States consume 35% less energy. Whether you want to build a new home, an office building, or any other commercial construction, complying with these sustainability standards can help you protect the planet. Green buildings are good for the economy The fact that green buildings have a lower carbon footprint is a strong enough reason to consider them. However, that’s not their only benefit. Studies have shown that green buildings are also highly economical, not only because they require fewer resources to make but also consume less energy in the long run. In fact, the average green building saves energy by 50%, helping owners and occupants spend less money on gas and energy bills. On a global scale, green buildings have a huge financial potential. According to the European Commission, sustainable building standards could save up to €410 billion on energy spending. Additionally, each country’s economy can benefit. For instance, Canada’s green building industry alone generated $23.45 billion and created 300,000 jobs in 2014. As for developers, they can benefit too. According to a 2016 study, new green buildings or renovated old ones get a 7% increase in asset value. In other words, everyone benefits. When green buildings started being popular, many feared that they were just a fad and that the costs weren't worth it. Now, it’s clearer than ever that sustainability is not just a trend and that green buildings can pay for themselves in the long run. Green buildings are better for society If environmental and financial benefits weren’t convincing enough, studies have also shown that green buildings also help society as a whole. First of all, green buildings are healthier because they are made with non-toxic materials. As a result, indoor air quality isn’t affected and this reduces the incidence of respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies. Furthermore, living and working in green buildings with good ventilation have better sleep quality and show better cognitive performance. The latter is particularly relevant for the green office building trend, which more and more corporations are interested in. When they work in a green building with optimal comfort levels, workers are more productive and, since they’re exposed to fewer health risks, take fewer sick days. Green buildings are also better for children’s development, which is why schools all over the world are rushing to renovate old buildings or at least expose kids to more daylight and environmental practices. Last, but not least, there’s also the fact that people are now aware of the importance of sustainability and want to be part of the change. Working in a green office or renting an apartment in a green complex creates a sense of pride and people are happy to contribute to the solution by choosing green buildings over the ones that merely meet the minimum requirements.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. As more and more people continue to move to cities, the need for more effective management of resources continues to rise. It is projected that approximately six out of ten people will be populating urban areas by the year 2030, and this calls for major changes in the way that cities function. An increase in the number of city dwellers means an increase in the use of natural resources, and for countries with more developed economies, this means taking a smarter, more sustainable approach to meeting the basic needs of the urban citizens. Here are some of the examples of smart city solutions that are slowly, but surely, shaping the future. Improved traffic flow When it comes to dense urban areas, one of the priorities is finding ways to improve traffic flow. Major cities such as New York make use of electric buses as a means of reducing traffic. Sensors are installed in both buses and at traffic lights, and the way this works is when the bus nears the traffic lights, they either extend the green light so that the bus passes or in case of red light, it changes to green so as to prioritize buses and reduce the time spent commuting. In Oslo, we’re seeing attempts at reducing the carbon footprint of cars. The way they’re cutting down the emissions is they’re banning the circulation of passenger cars as well as reconstructing transportation network. Traffic management for improved air quality Another big issue that urban areas are facing is the low quality of air, especially in densely populated areas. Not only is air pollution having a detrimental effect on the environment, but it’s also responsible for a number of health problems city dwellers are experiencing. One of the ways cities are trying to improve air quality is through efficient traffic management. Copenhagen is one of the cities that are conducting an experiment that has the goal of acquiring data about traffic and air quality at the intersections, and the results they yield should improve traffic management. By closely monitoring the intersections experts are able to establish a connection between air pollution and the regulation of traffic, thus providing a better understanding of health benefits that data-driven traffic management would bring. Public lighting solutions Speaking of the high frequency of people and vehicles in urban areas, public lighting is another aspect of city design that requires a modern approach. Because they operate non-stop, public spaces need to be well-lit at all times, which calls for durable, energy-efficient public lighting solutions that require little to no maintenance. From streets and intersections to metro, airport, and railway stations, a quality LED street lights manufacturer could be the answer to the increased need for optimal visibility and low energy consumption, two important aspects of sustainable public lighting solutions. Once integrated, these installations will enhance the flow of passengers and vehicles while ensuring a smarter, eco-friendlier approach to illuminating public spaces. Smart healthcare system As technology progresses, we’re seeing its effect on a wide range of systems, and healthcare is no exception. This is especially true for Asia, where the healthcare system is witnessing a revolution. HOSPI is one of the innovations in the Changi General Hospital located in Singapore. This transport robot is able to autonomously navigate through the hospital, carrying medications, documents, and specimens, operating throughout four buildings this hospital consists of. Robots are also transforming the healthcare industry of Japan, where robotic nursing care is replacing the need for human nurses, thus saving hospitals’ time and money. Better control of electricity consumption As the electricity expenditure continues to grow, many countries are trying to gain better control over the electrical energy that is being distributed. While this notion is still just a goal for countries in the European Union, Britain has already managed to achieve real-time electricity consumption control. Numerous homes across England, Scotland, and Wales are currently making use of smart meters, and the citizens are given an insight into the light and gas consumption in their household, and the plan is to install these devices in all the homes on the island by the year 2020. While the number of urban citizens continues to rise at a rapid pace, cities are facing an array of challenges brought by urbanization and a significant inflow of people. Improving the quality of life of city dwellers is one of the guiding principles of smart cities, with sustainability as their top priority. These five smart city solutions offer a green, eco-friendly approach to the environment, and are a prime example of what we can expect to see in urban cities of tomorrow.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Water is a scarce resource in many places around the country. A few cities in drought-stricken areas have implemented watering rations. They give fines to homeowners who violate these regulations, and this has caused many of these homeowners to search for alternative materials for landscaping, ones that help conserve water. You’ll find four of those materials below. Rocks and Gravel Rocks come in many sizes and types; you can even buy multi-ton boulders. Nothing drinks less water than a rock, so that’s a plus for the environment, and landscaping stores have truckloads of them in all different sizes, colors, and shapes. Gravel may not sound like the most beautiful landscaping material, but it works great. You can buy it in different colors and sizes, and maintaining it won’t cost you any water at all. Drought Resistant Plants When water’s tight, there’s no better choice of a plant than one that has low water needs. Many of these hearty plants can go weeks without water yet still retain their beauty. When introducing drought-resistant plants to your area, make sure they’re not invasive, or they might cause you some headaches. Also, after planting them, contact someone local that offers residential mulch services to mulch and maintain the mulch around the plants. Artificial Turf Artificial turf has come a long way and is no longer the surface of years ago. Today’s various artificial lawns are much softer than those in the past. They are also more heat-resistant today. There has been some controversy surrounding some of the chemicals that make up certain artificial turfs and their risk to human health. The way to avoid this risk is to purchase non-toxic turf. Concrete Pavement and Pavers Putting down concrete pavement will cost you some water upfront, but after that, it’s water-free forever. If you have a piece of lawn that’s drinking too much H2O, you might consider throwing a small slab down and turning it into a patio or sitting area. Concrete pavers don’t need any water at all and come in an array of different sizes, shapes, and colors. They make an excellent replacement for the areas of your yard that are too water-intensive and are easy to install. The materials listed above may not be the first landscaping choices of many. However, they are a great option if you are wanting and needing to conserve water. Remember, water conservation can lead to a beautiful landscape and a healthier environment.
  23. More people are becoming more environmentally friendly. More of us are realizing how important it is to use various measures for a cleaner, healthier air for our families. And while many eco-friendly measures have been adopted in our homes, we can also implement these practices in our businesses. Sustainability is often ignored in businesses, and as a result, there are more toxins released in the air which can cause different health ailments, ranging from allergies to even cancer. Because of this, it is vital to implement the sustainability of resources in your business, and the following includes four ways to implement sustainable usage of resources in your business: Change Your Light Bulbs Changing to LED lighting is great. These lightings utilize much lower energy than regular light bulbs. Also, these bulbs don’t have toxic gases, like mercury, that are contained by fluorescent and incandescent lights. And even though they are more expensive than other bulbs, they last five times longer than other bulbs as well. Stop Using Plastic Bottles There are millions of plastic waste bottle generated in the US every year even though some of these bottles were recycled. To reduce this ecosystem burden, installing a water filtration system is a good idea for your office. The water will be clean and fresh, and you will save money and time by eliminating the package water buying routine. Use Green Vendors From septic tanks to recycled paper for your printer, you can do business with reputable companies. Perform your due diligence in researching which companies are serious about their sustainability efforts. Doing this is key to finding the right vendors. Search for businesses that use energy-efficient manufacturing plants and vehicles. Conserving Human Energy An energetic, healthy staff is more productive and creative. To help keep your team healthy, you can serve healthy snacks at meetings, such as nuts, dark chocolate, and organic fruits and vegetables. You should also maintain a safe, non-toxic environment. There are more toxins released in the air which can cause different health issues. In some cases, health issues can be dangerous. Nevertheless, we all can join the movement to sustain a healthier environment even at our companies. Using these sustainable ways will help businesses significantly in this movement. Not only are more homes participating, but businesses are doing their part as well to make a difference.
  24. Perhaps the most important factor in choosing the insulation for your new home is its ability to reduce energy costs. In the winter, insulation should keep warm air in, and in the summer, it should keep hot air out. Choosing the right insulation can reduce your energy bill by as much as 30 percent. For decades, most homes were constructed using fiberglass insulation; however, fiberglass can cause many health issues. Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling, consider an eco-friendly insulation alternative to make your home both comfortable and safe. Consider removing your ceiling insulation and replacing it with one of the following upgraded, eco-friendly options. Recycled Cotton Since cotton is both natural and a renewable resource, it’s among the most eco-friendly insulation options. Scraps from old blue jeans and other used clothing are shredded and produced into heavy batts that fit between your wall studs just like fiberglass insulation. To make cotton insulation non-flammable, it’s treated with a borate solution. Cotton does not contain harmful formaldehyde and does not cause respiratory problems. Likewise, cotton insulation is a natural insect repellent. Cork This option is made from the outer bark of cork trees. It’s free of toxins, renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable. It also helps to deaden noise. Cork is among the most versatile materials, and can be used for a wide variety of products. Although cork has been used for more than a century as a building material, it’s eco-friendly value has only recently become widely known. Cellulose Cellulose insulation is made from recycled paper; it’s toxin-free and safe to install. Modern cellulose insulation is often made from recycled newspaper with an added fire retardant, made from a combination of ammonium sulfate and borate. The insulating performance of loose cellulose insulation compares well to other types of affordable insulation. Sheep’s Wool Sheep’s wool is a natural fire retardant, and in recent years, the insulating qualities of sheep’s wool have been applied to home construction. The wool fiber’s outer layers are water-resistant while the inner layers absorb moisture. This insulates your home while preventing condensation within the walls. When you insulate with sheep’s wool, you will save both energy and money in the long run. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to green options for insulating your home. Just do your own research, weighing the pros and cons of each type of insulation to find the one that works best for your home.
  25. There are so many businesses around the United States and planet that, simply put, do not take green and eco-friendly approaches to going about things. If that fact upsets you, then you can go ahead and take action. You can do so by being a positive role model to all of these wasteful and unmindful businesses. Remember, your aim should be to get others to do the right thing. Conserve Energy Any Time You Can Energy conservation can do a lot for people who care about green approaches. If you want to conserve invaluable energy, there are all sorts of things you can daily. You can employ light bulbs that do not consume substantial amounts of energy. You can depend on decreased laundry temperatures. You can even turn off your television any time you’re not sitting directly in front of it. Learn about Carbon Taxes and other Benefits Learning can be a powerful tool for people who want to be role models to companies that aren’t exactly savvy in the eco-friendly sector. You should learn about carbon taxes that apply to vehicle fossil fuels. These kinds of taxes strive to decrease emissions of greenhouse gases. They promote alternative energy choices as well. Carbon tax benefits abound if you know how to look for them. Focus on Your Water Consumption People who care about the planet should not use water mindlessly. If you want to get American businesses to do their part to aid the planet and environment, then you should try to think at length about your household and its water consumption. Employ short cycling any time you take on your laundry duties. Prioritize showers that are on the brief side. Take care of annoying household leaks without any hesitation, too. Leak water can get out of hand before you know it. Make Carpooling a Priority Gasoline consumption isn’t ever a laughing matter. If you want to prompt businesses in America to take on green methods, then you should aim to carpool any time the option is accessible to you. Try to carpool with people who work with you each morning. Try to carpool with them on the way back from work in the evenings as well. There are so many companies in America and around the globe that aren’t exactly environmentally-friendly. If you want to change that permanently, then you need to take action and lead a green existence yourself. You can do so pretty easily nowadays, too.