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HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogConstruction can have a large impact on the environment. The use of heavy machinery and invasion of wildlife habitat are just a few of the more common problems when it comes to the construction industry. Here are some of the ways that construction companies can work to reduce their impact on the environment. Use Sustainable Products Sustainable building products work to reduce the amount of natural resources that are being used up. For example, you can reduce the impact on the environment that’s caused through the use of concrete by switching to timbercrete. This is the combination of some concrete being mixed with sawdust. The sawdust comes from the waste products of the lumber industry. Other sustainable products include the use of bamboo, ferrock, and other renewable wood products. Reduce Energy Consumption The type of heavy machinery that’s typically used on a construction site produces large amounts of pollution and noise. Replacing this type of equipment with more energy efficient models, or even their electric counterparts help make your construction site better for the environment. Another thing to consider is your fuel usage. For example, not leaving your equipment idling when it’s not needed will reduce the amount of fuel that’s required for the job. Focus Recycling Efforts The amount of waste that’s generated on your construction site can be reduced. Using industrial scrap metal recycling services will ensure that your leftover metal can be put to good use. It will also give you the benefit of not having so much to clean up on your jobsite. This will work to reduce the amount of materials that are transported to the landfill and can make for a greener worksite. You may even be able to recycle some of the other construction debris. Low Impact Solutions The manner in which you go about the building process plays a large part on the amount of impact that the environment experiences. For example, minimizing your impact on the natural habitat around you starts with site planning. You may be able to keep larger trees and build around them. Reducing the amount of dust that’s generated on your site is another solution. You could use recycled water or rain water instead of fresh water when you’re spraying down the dirt. Construction companies can change the way that people think about the building process. Use these solutions so that you can reduce your environmental impact when it comes time to erect a new development.
HannahWhittenly posted a blog entry in HannahWhittenly's BlogOld electrical components fill up entire portion of landfills. Many of these parts could be used to make new electrical components. Here are some of the ways that society should focus its efforts on recycling over disposing of electrical waste. Create a Program A program needs to be implemented in cities so that you’re aware of how to go about recycling electrical components. Some cities have taken the initiative on this step and have implemented a recycling depot. These depots collect all of the electrical waste that you discard. In some places, you’re asked to bring your old components to these drop-off sites for proper disposal. Once the material has been collected, it can be repurposed. Reuse Parts Many of the components contained within these electrical devices still have some value. This could be in the form of gold and copper that is used to aid the flow of electricity. You can do this step at home as well. Remove the portions that still have value and repurpose them into another form. Facilities can become a certified recycler for these types of components. This allows for the proper disposal and reuse of potentially toxic substances. Focus on New Forms Many of the components that have value can be used in order to create new products. This can be done in an industrial setting using an industrial transformer in order to aid with the correct voltage of electricity for the machinery. Another benefit of having a centralized area for generating new components is that less electricity is used for their creation. You can also reuse some computer and other electrical components making new items for around the house. Advertise Your Efforts Advertising the fact that these efforts are ongoing is important. You can assist with this process by letting others know about the importance of recycling electrical components. If they aren’t disposed of properly, many of these items can be detrimental to the environment. Melting the usable portions down and reusing them could help you to have a greener source of energy. It takes time to mine and refine the minerals that are used to make new components. You already have a source to help keep the environment a little cleaner in your own home. There are lots of ways that recycling old electrical components can help efforts to make green electricity. Advocate your local community leaders to develop a recycling program if one doesn’t already exist in your area.
RachelleW posted a blog entry in Shades of an Apple Green HomeWhen designing buildings and homes, you need to take into consideration their impact to the environment. This means that each project needs to be carefully planned in order to reduce the amount of damage inflicted on the landscape. Here are some of the ways that structural engineering can be cleaner and greener overall. Invest in Design Efforts The size, shape, and position of the structure needs to be taken into account for how it fits within the landscape. This means that hills and other features need to be considered during the design process. Many engineers know that the number of windows that face the sunny side could impact the energy consumption of the structure. The type of insulation that is required may be different depending on the climate and the overall positioning of the building. You need to take all of these things into account when drafting the design. Use Reclaimed Products Recycled products are more eco-friendly than purchasing all new products. You can add many of these elements to give the building a more unique appearance. Many job sites will discard pieces of wood that are still usable for another project. The only thing that would be needed in this case is for you to find a place to store all of these leftover supplies. Discarding large quantities of usable items makes it more expensive for each project that is completed. Integrate Sustainability You can use products that release less chemicals to increase the sustainability of the structure. One example of this is in using less cement based products for the foundation. This can be done by using products that are more carbon-based. These could be recycled products or even aggregates that reduce the overall carbon footprint of a new structure. Designing and planning for these things in advance will make the project greener. Install Green Areas One of the biggest problem with the construction of newer buildings is that they tend to lack green space. This can present of problem when it comes to water drainage issues. If it’s left uncorrected, it can lead to erosion or even flooding concerns. Drainage basins and other green spaces can help to alleviate this problem. You can plan out courtyards and other unique green space features of the structure to save on energy consumption. The design portion of any structure is the most important part of making sure that the structure employs green methods. You can combine several elements to ensure that it’s as green and clean as possible.
Whether you're concerned about the chemicals in cleaning products or you simply want to save money, natural cleaning solutions are a healthy, cost-effective way to ensure that your home sparkles. With a little research and a few common ingredients, you can make DIY cleaners for every crevice. Here are five recipes to get you started. 1. Lemons Yes, just lemons. Citrus fruit can clean everything from your garbage disposal to your countertops (provided they aren't marble or stainless steel). You can also mix lemon juice with sea salt for a natural scouring solution or with one or two tablespoons of cream of tartar to make a paste for cleaning grout. 2. Natural Tile Cleaner Avoid the chemicals in commercial tile cleaning products with this easy DIY solution. Start with a half cup of baking soda, then add your favorite natural liquid soap slowly until you achieve a frosting-like consistency. Top it off with five to ten drops of your favorite essential oil. Make the paste with water instead of soap and leave out the fragrance for a green oven cleaner. 3. Citrus-Infused Vinegar Grab the lemon peels from the fruit you juiced for the first tip to make this versatile solution. Just fill a jar with lemon, orange, and lime peels, then fill to the top with white vinegar. Let it sit for anywhere from three to 14 days before straining out the vinegar. The resulting solution can be used to clean windows and glass, disinfect germy surfaces, and mop floors, though you might want to contact a company like A-Plus Window Cleaning if the windows are extremely dirty. On its own, vinegar can be used to clean your coffee maker, dishwasher, drains, and showerheads. 4. Natural Laundry Soap For this easy, money-saving recipe, mix one part soap flakes or grated bar soap with two parts each of Borax and washing soda. Store the mixture in a glass jar or other closed container, and use between two tablespoons and a quarter cup for each load of laundry. 5. Heavy-Duty Toilet Scrub Instantly clean and disinfect your toilet by mixing a half cup of baking soda, 10 drops of tea tree, and a quarter-cup of white vinegar. The fizzy mixture easily washes away accumulated grime while you scrub with a brush. When you're done, mix baking soda with essential oil in a clean jar with a lid for an instant air freshener. Once you've tried these quick-and-easy, all-natural cleaning fixes, you'll never want to go back to the harsh smells, damaging chemicals, and prohibitive cost of commercial cleaning products.