Category Archives: Environment

Steps and ideas to keep a check on the evil of plastic pollution

Have not we all been hearing about plastic and its dangerous effects? Does it look impossible to get away from this harmful thing in everyday life? It all seems correct when we look at the widespread use of plastic in our daily routine. Continue reading Steps and ideas to keep a check on the evil of plastic pollution

Asian cities that have become flagships of sustainability for the continent

With the changing climatic conditions, it has become important to follow sustainable practices to save the environment and resources. There are many cities across the world, which have been leading the efforts being made in a greener direction. When we look at the Sustainable Cities Index for this year, we can notice that there are also three Asian cities that have been improving life for everybody. Continue reading Asian cities that have become flagships of sustainability for the continent

Individuals who have emerged as leaders in sustainability to inspire the world

Dealing with severe social and environmental crises is not possible without effective leadership. Sustainability leaders are those how support and inspire the world in tackling energy issues through greener alternative strategies and ways. Continue reading Individuals who have emerged as leaders in sustainability to inspire the world

Tips to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

Today it is important to get on board and make your home environmentally friendly.  This is not only good for the environment and the world around you, but it is also good for your wallet.  Environmentally friendly homes are more energy efficient which means that they cost you less to heat and cool.

 

There are many easy changes that you can make in your home to help you have a more environmentally friendly space.  If you are building a new home then you can actually choose to build a green home from the ground up.

 

Environmentally Friendly Renovation Tips

 

Buy Gently Used Furniture – Buying gently used furniture helps keep these pieces from ending up in landfills.

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Choose Green Furniture – Today there are also a number of green furniture companies that make furnishings with glues, stains, fabrics, and paints that do not cause harm to the environment.

 

Pick Out Natural Rugs – There are a lot of great benefits to choosing a rug that is made with natural fibers.  One big benefit is that many of these are allergen free which makes them perfect for children who have allergies or sensitive skin.

 

Replace Insulation – When you replace your inefficient insulation you are making it cheaper to heat and cool your home.

 

Choose Eco-Friendly Insulation – Today there are a number of alternative insulation choices that will allow for you to have insulation that is less damaging to the environment.

 

Install a Water Aerator – A water aerator is a great addition to your faucet.  It allows for you to use less water when washing dishes or cleaning because it inserts air into the water.

 

Pick Energy Efficient Appliances – Make sure that you pick appliances that have the Energy Star rating for efficiency.

 

Add a Compost Bin – A compost bin is the perfect addition to the kitchen to help you reduce overall waste.  Plus it will give you fresh compost for your garden so you do not have to pick up fertilizer as you will be making your own.

 

Use Recycling Bins – Recycling bins are also a great addition to your home.  Recycling can help you reduce the amount of garbage that you have.

 

Re-purpose Old Furniture – Another great tip is to take old furnishings and create something new out of them.  This is a great way to save money and help the environment at the same time.

 

Choose the Right Paint – Make sure that you choose paints that do not contain harmful toxins or chemicals that can be damaging to the environment.

 

Choose Eco-Friendly Refinishing Materials – Choosing water based paint strippers or using heat guns can help you to reduce your eco-footprint by not using harmful chemicals.

 

Use Ceiling Fans All Year Long – Most people realize that using a ceiling fan during the summer is a great way to cut back on energy costs.  What most people do not realize is that using a fan in reverse on low in the winter can help reduce heating costs as it helps the hot air to circulate.

 

Use the Right Window Treatments – There are some great window blinds and curtains available today that help to trap or block heat throughout the year.  Using these can reduce the amount of energy that it costs to heat or cool your home.

 

Pick Decor that is Organic – There are a nice wide range of organic cotton and bamboo bedding and linen choices.  You can also find throw pillows and decor that is eco-friendly.

 

Just because you want an environmentally friendly home does not mean that you have to cut back on key style elements.  Real Simple gives some great tips for choosing to be environmentally friendly throughout your home while still having the style that you desire.

 

Picking up the right way to manage your home waste

Every day homes across the world send billions of tones of household waste to landfills, causing various health and environmental problems. If we keep disposing the household waste with the same pace and volume, we will have huge piles of garbage all around us. Therefore, it becomes important for us to reduce or manage our household waste to keep our surroundings clean and green. All we need to do is be a bit more thoughtful and organized while managing our household waste. Here are some simple but at the same time effective ways to manage our household waste. Continue reading Picking up the right way to manage your home waste

Energy Efficient Televisions for clean, green entertainment

Television may be a great source of entertainment for many but conventional TV sets also consumes a lot of energy, increasing our carbon footprints. With increasing energy coasts and so many gadgets and appliances running in modern homes, need for some energy efficient entertainment devices has been felt more than ever before. However, with upgraded technology, now a large number of hi-tech TV sets are hitting the market that not just possess energy efficient features but also offer great picture quality to enhance the experience of users. Here are some of the most sustainable TVs available in the market. Continue reading Energy Efficient Televisions for clean, green entertainment

Electronic waste is a scary troublemaker for our environment

The life span of electronic gadgets and appliances is not very long. Advancement of technology spurs gadget, tablet and smart phone owners to quickly discard their old electronic items and buy the latest models. This increases the amount of electronic waste created by us. If not recycled properly then electronic waste can cause serious damage to our ecosystem. Continue reading Electronic waste is a scary troublemaker for our environment

Yorkshire’s eco friendly plant turns cooking oil into electricity

Greener initiatives are on a high throughout the world. Adding to these initiatives, a new green power plant in Yorkshire has made it big enough, to gather appreciation from all ends. This new green power plant has the ability to turn cooking oil into electricity. Waste oil, even the fat from the fryers at the fish and chip shops, is being collected to generate green electricity from them at this all-new green power plant. With measures like these adopted each new day, one can surely say that the world has become responsible in their living. Continue reading Yorkshire’s eco friendly plant turns cooking oil into electricity

The Green Jobs

If you are someone who has a passion or an inclination towards being Green, now you can even make this passion your profession as well. They say, one should do a job that they find to be interesting and exciting, as one excels only in things that are of their interest. If doing something related to sustaining the environment and the ecosystem makes you feel good then imagine how well you would do if given an opportunity to serve in the same field. Scroll through to find out some green jobs or the environmental friendly jobs that people with a penchant for green life would love to do: Continue reading The Green Jobs

Gardening on the Wild Side

Just because you live in the city and your garden is a patch of concrete, it doesn’t mean you can’t propagate a little wildlife garden. Even a few pots of the right plants and a washtub pond can attract an amazing array of creatures. And with bees, hedgehogs, sparrows, song thrushes and stag beetles in decline, everyone’s help is needed.

Pond

Whether you use a rigid form, bitumen liner or even a builder’s bucket, your pond will soon be visited by all sorts of guests, including dragonflies, water boatmen, frogs and even newts. Birds will use it for bathing and drinking too. If you introduce fish, which aren’t actually necessary, you’ll want a pump and UV filter to keep the water clean and clear. Underwater lighting can be an attractive feature to really show off your pond and the creatures in it. Ensure you have shelves so that amphibians or anything that happens to fall in can get out, and include marginal plants such as purple loosestrife which attracts bees, and meadowsweet, which is great for birds in the autumn. It’s also good to include oxygenating plants to help keep the water clear. Try to keep to native plants if possible.

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Floors and Walls

Decking and paving aren’t the best choices for a wildlife garden but at least try to include patches of grass here and there. Wood chippings can help keep weeds at bay and woodlice, earwigs and ants will move in. Blackbirds and robins will forage for tasty treats too. If you’re on good terms with your neighbours, discuss ditching the fencing in favour of hedging. There are many suitable, native hedgerow plants, many of which provide flowers and berries for insects, birds and mice. Hedges that aren’t over pruned can provide shelter, a nesting or hibernation spot, and a feast for a plethora of grateful guests. Varieties such as holly, juniper and hawthorn made terrific wildlife hedges and those with thorns can be a deterrent to burglars. If you plant ivy with your hedge, butterflies will overwinter in it and its berries will provide additional food. For more information on hedges, the Wildlife Trusts have produced an excellent factsheet.

Containers

Even if container gardening is your only option, you can still create an amazing wildlife sanctuary. Plant your tubs with peat-free compost and include nectar-rich species for butterflies and other insects. Choose early varieties such as English bluebells, as well as late species like lavender, so there’s food for most of the year. Include long-lasting marigolds and buddleia too. Many herbs are adored by bees, such as borage, sage and comfrey. Stinging nettle and nasturtiums will be munched by larvae, and ivy can provide hibernation cover. Your containers can be as quirky as you like: old watering can, birdcage or even an old Wellington boot. Have them hanging and at ground level.

For very little cost and with a bit of imagination, your urban garden could be a welcome respite for UK wildlife.

 

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