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Cate Palmer posted a blog entry in Cate Palmer's blogEvery day we are witnessing how our actions have caused climate change, degradation of nature and animal species being wiped out. While most humans are not even aware of their part in these, there are those who advocate changes in behaviour and lifestyle which could make this world a better place for future generations. Among those is sustainable travel, a new and eco-friendly manner of tourism and travelling gaining more and more supporters and promoters, not only among individuals but also among companies and governments. If you’re planning to join this growing community of eco-travellers, here are a few things you should know. Choose a responsible manner of travel How you travel to your destination does matter. If you’re going by plane, take a non-connecting flight since the fewer plane flights you take the lower carbon emissions will be. Also, choose one of the 30+ IATA airlines which are investing in carbon reduction projects in order to neutralise the pollutants harmful to the environment. If you’re not flying, you can rent a hybrid or electric car if yours is not eco-friendly, or travel by train, bus or ship since it’s more environmentally responsible. Collect the info before the trip By getting all the facts about your travel destination, you can learn a lot about how to be a green traveller. Nature reserves, endangered species, customs, national parks, wildlife, sustainable energy programmes and a number of pollutants in the air, those are just some of the issues which can influence your travel plans and stay. Find a green hotel Nowadays, many hotels are focused on being more responsible towards their environment. Look for hotels using solar panels for electricity and heating, recycling programs, wind turbines and treatment of rainwater for drinking and utility. Also, if you’re planning to do hotel hopping, you can still continue staying at eco-friendly hotels by checking their seal of approval from certification programs and whether they’re using native resources and thus invest in the local economy. Save water People rarely pay attention to how much water they’re using and wasting. By taking shorter showers and never baths, you can use three times less water than you usually do. Turn the tap off while you shave, brush your teeth and perform other hygiene activities. The same applies if you wash the laundry or dishes, just like when you’re at home. Don’t request new towels after each use because it means fewer washing cycles for the hotel laundry and subsequently decreased usage of water. Also, buy a water bottle which you can refill. Save energy Don’t forget to turn off all the lights, television, heating and air conditioning unit and unplug the devices from chargers to save energy. There are hotels where this will be done automatically when you take your key card and leave the room so you might choose that kind of boarding. There’s no better way to do some sightseeing and tours than by foot, using public transport or biking. That way you will participate in less gas consumption and save money in the process. Also, if you use the hotel room cleaning service only when really needed, you’ll help cut down the use of electricity for vacuuming and washing. Be a good tourist It is very important that you are not only choosing eco-friendly means of travel and stay but that you are the one being environmentally responsible too. Don’t throw garbage outside the places designated for waste disposal. Whenever you can, recycle and stop using materials damaging to human or animal health. You can even help by picking up the trash and disposing of it in the right way. When going for hikes, walks or any other activity which involves contact with nature, don’t wander off and respect the rules of conduct. Never feed animals since that way they get used to humans and when an attack happens, the animal is euthanized. Keep your distance from wildlife since trying to come closer can be interpreted as a sign of aggression, and yet again the animal will be killed for attacking you. And watch your step, because you wouldn’t want to harm the indigenous flora. And lastly Choosing the green way of life isn’t put on pause when you go for a business trip or vacation, or even when you’re visiting relatives in another town. It should be more than a lifestyle and philosophy. It’s who you are and how much you respect your home – planet Earth. Even by doing some of the things we mentioned you can impact the negative climate change and other people’s perspectives on eco-friendly principles. So be proud to participate in making this world a better place for all life and its miracles.
Lisa Wilson posted a blog entry in Green BlogAs you search for your next apartment, you have multiple considerations to make. From location to amenities, the options available to you may seem a bit overwhelming. One factor to consider is whether or not the apartment you're considering is a green apartment community. Here are some perks of choosing a community that's just a little bit more eco-friendly. Efficiency Throughout Your Home One of the factors that makes an apartment community "Green" is greater efficiency. From lighting to appliances, more efficiency translates into lower energy bills. You will likely be responsible for at least a portion of your energy bills, so this can help keep your costs low. Improved Comfort An efficient home is likely heated and cooled as efficiently as possible, and this means that the home is going to have few hot or cold spots due to drafts or inefficient heating and cooling systems. This increases the overall comfort of those who live within the apartment. While you enjoy lower utility bills, you may be enjoying a higher level of comfort. Easy Access to Services "Green" apartment communities often provide their residents with recycling programs, community gardens and community compost areas. Having easy access to these types of services can make your home more enjoyable while also helping you have less of an impact on the environment yourself. In addition, green apartment communities often boast locations near public transportation and city services. This helps residents cut down on their emissions by allowing them to leave their cars at home. Some will even have cycling centers, so residents can cycle through town instead of driving. High walkability scores are common in communities with green apartment homes as well. Improved Air Quality Finally, green apartment communities are built with green materials whenever possible. This includes low-VOC paints and finishes, which do not off gas toxins into the indoor environment. Also, many of these apartments employ improved air filtration to further purify the air inside the home. Better air quality can lead to better health for you and your family. As you can see, a green apartment building definitely has its perks. Take some time to shop for an apartment community with these benefits, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have done your part to protect and care for the environment.
Lisa Wilson posted a blog entry in Green BlogProtecting the planet is a great goal, and everyone is doing just a little more to have a part in ensuring our planet will be here for future generations. While some changes are big and costly, in other ways you can go green with just a few small changes at home. Here are some small changes that can add up to big difference in your overall impact on the environment. 1. Learn to Unplug Everything, from your computer to your power tools, needs to be unplugged when not in use. Many homeowners do not realize that leaving appliances, electronics and other electrical devices plugged in actually uses energy, even when the device is not in use. Simply being plugged in causes a little bit of electricity to flow to the device then back into the home's circuits, and in that process some energy is lost. Make this easier by plugging most entertainment devices into one power strip, then switch off the group when you head to bed. 2. Adjust the Fridge Many homeowners have their refrigerators and freezers set too cold. Invest in a small fridge thermometer, and test the temperature. The fridge should be between 37 and 40 degrees, with the freezer between 0 and 5. If it's too cold, adjust the temperature higher and save money. 3. Bring Reusable Bags When you go shopping, bring your own cloth grocery sacks. Your grocery store may actually pay you a few cents for doing so, but the biggest reason to do this is to prevent more plastic bags from ending up in the landfill. Remember, plastic does not decompose, so you are putting everyone at risk when you throw out plastic bags. 4. Turn off the Tap Turn off the tap while brushing teeth. If you brush for two minutes and leave the tap running, your family can waste around 5 gallons of water a day. Turning it of is simple. The same is true for washing dishes. After filling the sink, turn off the tap while you scrub the dishes. Remember, it really is small changes that make a big difference when you're trying to go green. Make these changes, then enjoy the energy savings that come as a result!
emon2 posted a topic in Science and TechnologyOne might assume that recycling is a modern idea created around the hopes of preserving the environment. The green movement feels new, modern, 21st century. But the idea of recycling has been around centuries; research suggests that recycling has been around as early as 400 BC, and earlier. Those Recycling RomansWe don’t exactly have ancient literature advocating curbside recycling initiatives, but Archaeological finds and research have indicated that the Byzantine Empire, a powerful Greek-speaking society also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was hard at work thousands of years ago recycling glass in the great ancient city of Sagalassos, now in present day southwestern Turkey. Evidence has also been found that the Roman Empire incorporated recycling into their daily lives. By recycling old bronze coins into the magnificent bronze statues that could still be found today, the Ancient Romans were able to reuse old materials and cut the cost of building new statues. It’s been found that the Romans recycled weapons from their conquered foes, and even recycled glass when it became scarce in the 4th century. Researchers and archaeologists have also discovered that recycling goods such as coins and jewelry was a necessity in times of hardships and war. These valuable goods were needed to be melt down and transformed into weapons and other items necessary for a viable and successful war. It has been noted that during archaeological digs, less recyclable waste was found around places thought to have experienced war and disease. It is thought that during hard times it was harder to come across and find the proper materials to make new important items, resulting in the recycling of waste being an important survival tactic. 1750s-1850s – Recycling for ProfitRecycling is known to be a common practice during the pre-industrial era. It was more economically viable to recycle worn materials into new products. Materials such as aluminum, glass, bronze, and even wood were recycled.It has been discovered that the waste that coal fires created, such as ash and dust, were recycled into a key ingredient for building bricks. Bronze was also recycling in much of Europe as a way to save money on new materials. Although today the main idea behind recycling is to save the environment, the motivation of recycling in pre-industrial times was simply to save money and make cost effective new products – both highly motivating reasons. The Great Depression and World War 2 Recycling became essential for people who were affected by the Great Depression. Unable to afford new materials, they relied on recycled goods to satisfy their needs. Flour sacks were used as clothing. “Make do, and don’t throw anything away” was a popular expression at the time. Recycling was very popular during the Second World War. It was considered patriotic to recycle during the time, after a number of propaganda campaigns by the warring parties. There was a very tight budget and limited materialsduring the war in countries like Britain, causing people to recycle their old goods into new weapons and other materials essential to daily life. Recycling in Modern Day Society Nowadays recycling isa practice followed by millions of people and has become a movement for completely new reasons. Recycling in modern day society focuses not only on common metals and glass, but also electronics and batteries. For example, the goal of an electronics recycling company like All Green Recyclingis to take old, unusable electronics, salvage the rare earth metals inside them such as praseodymium and dysprosium, and reuse them in new electronics. With the every-rising demand of electronic devices such as computers and cell phones, recycling of rare earth elements and metals plays a crucial role in keeping our society from running of the materials that we need. Conclusion Recycling, although it has come a long way since ancient times, has always been apractice important for economical and even personal survival. Recycling has indeed played an important role all throughout history. Our society will continue to rely on recycled goods, and it is has become of global critical importance as we run out of essential rare metals.