Give your old appliances a green makeover

It’s a great thing that the world is becoming more eco-aware. With the news of just how much plastic is suffocating our oceans and how our carbon emissions are putting the world at risk (with London reaching its whole year’s quota for air toxins in under one month this year!) everyone is taking pride in defending our planet. After all, it’s us and our children who must live here, and no one wants to live in an unclean, unhealthy, toxic environment.

No doubt you’re dutifully recycling your cans and plastics, and maybe trying to use the car less and walk more. But a lot of environmentally-friendly advice seems to fall on investing in new, greener appliances. While newer models often come with a range of eco-friendly elements, they can be expensive and not all of us can afford to replace our larger appliances just yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to help reduce carbon emissions and have an energy-efficient home or workplace.

We’re here with [keyword] experts, Daikin, to find the best ways to transform your existing appliances into better, more efficient, greener versions of their old selves!

Nix the night-time stand-by

We’re all guilty of this — leaving the TV on standby all night. Charging our phones overnight when they really don’t need that long. Games consoles left to hum away in the dark. If you’re looking to lower your bills and your carbon footprint, switch them off completely before you go to bed.

According to Energy Saving Trust, the average UK home spends £30 every year just on appliances left on standby. Spending £30 for something you’re not using isn’t good, and worse, it’s not good for the environment.

So, when you’re doing your check around the house that all the windows and doors are locked before going to bed, be sure to cast a quick eye to your plugs and devices and switch them off properly before hitting the hay.

Save a few degrees

Your boiler should be ideally replaced every 15 years, but your old boiler can still do a better job of being eco-friendly with a few easy changes. Simply turn the thermostat down a few degrees and turn it off at night. You’ll sleep better if your body can cool down anyway, and a few degrees less during the day won’t make you uncomfortable. Consider popping another layer on next time you reach to turn up the thermostat, as usually, this is enough to warm you up!

Fridge coils

Like your boiler, fridges tend to last a while; around 10 to 20 years. But if your fridge is coming up for replacement, an eco-friendly model is definitely the way to go.

But let’s focus on your current fridge. When was the last time you cleaned the coils? According to Architectural Digest, cleaning the coils of your fridge can encourage better energy use.

Your fridge’s coils are usually located on the bottom, the top, or the back of your appliance. Turn your fridge off before you start, and remove the base grill if the coils are on the top or bottom, or pull your fridge carefully out so you can see the coils at the back.

With a refrigerator coil brush, you can brush out any dirt or debris that has gathered on the coils. Take the opportunity to sweep the floor too! Then, pop everything back in place. Be sure to wear gloves, and be careful when moving your fridge — if it’s too heavy, ask for help moving it.

Dryer filter

Next, turn your attention to your tumble-dryer. The filters are meant to be cleaned after every use, but everyone has forgotten once or twice…

Clear out any lint that has gathered in the filter, then pour a little water on the filter screen to see if the water passes through. If it doesn’t and pools on top of the filter, your filter needs a thorough cleaning. Give it a good scrubbing in soapy, warm water, then rinse it off and try pouring a little water through again. If it still pools a little, repeat your soap-water attack on the filter!

Cold water clean

Your washing machine can be easily more environmentally sound by cooling down a little. Opt to wash your clothes on a cold wash setting for the following benefits beyond saving the planet:

  • Protect colour vibrancy
  • Protect elastics
  • Better stain removal (warm water actually keeps the stain in!)
  • Money saving

Dutifully eco-dishwashers

Keep your dishwasher working hard; always wait for a full load before setting your dishwasher off. Also, be sure to have your full load placed efficiently in the dishwasher to fit in as much as possible without compromising on cleaning.

Tree Hugger advises that, if your model has the option to, turn off its drying cycle and just let your dishes air dry. You can open the door at the end and leave them overnight to dry off.

AC check

A good air-conditioning system can provide effective relief from an overly-warm home. But, like any other appliance, it needs a little TLC every now and again to keep it working effectively and prevent any overuse of energy.

Greener Ideal recommends getting a professional out to inspect your air-conditioning unit to make sure it is still running efficiently and effectively. If your system is making any strange noises, best to give a professional a call.

There’s plenty of ways older appliances can still do their bit to be environmentally friendly! Take these tips on board and your home and workspace can be its greenest. When the time does come to replace your older appliances, be sure to keep in mind whether or not it is energy efficient. For example, if you're looking to replace an old, noisy air conditioning unit, your main focus might be on a quiet model. But don't neglect to check how exco-friendly it is! With a quality air conditioning unit from a supplier such as Daikin, you can have both an energy efficient and quiet air conditioning system.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 17, 2018 at 6:25 am

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Tap vs Bottled Water

Worldwide (and especially in the United States), bottled water is a booming industry, and its sales continue to grow. In the US alone, 97 billion bottles of bottled water are bought each year.

But, is bottled water really that much better than its tap water counterpart? Is it any safer, tastier, or healthier than tap water? And, what about the environmental impact of plastic bottles?

As a matter of fact, in the United States, Canada, and other developed countries, tap water is just as safe as bottled water. There are stricter regulations for the safety of tap water, and quality testing is done regularly. On the other hand, bottled water quality tests are essentially done voluntarily by bottled water companies, and there are very few safety and quality regulations in place.

In the infographic below by Get Green Now, we compare the differences between bottled water and tap water. You'll also learn more about why bottled water really isn't much better than tap water:

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 17, 2018 at 6:15 am

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All You Need to Know about WEEE Recycling

Household recycling in the past was nothing more than going to the nearest public bin and disposing of garbage. With years passing by we now see green,blue and brown recycling bins that are filled with recyclable materials ready to be reused. Easy to recycle materials like paper, vegetable peels are easily taken care of but what about E-waste? Do you even think once before throwing your old phones or computer parts in the bin? Certainly not.

E-waste is something that needs to be sorted first before you throw them and needs special care considering environmental repercussions.

What is WEEE?

WEEE’ stands for ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ and is an umbrella term that sums up the recycling of household electronics large and small, such as fridges, computers, TV.

Technology these days have fast outpaced the needs of the population. Companies world over are  constantly innovating and improving their products. This has led to upgrading and discarding the old devices. In this age of quick disposal of goods, it is significantly important to take up recycling seriously.

Importance of recycling

Recycling is one of the best ways you could cast a positive impact on the world. It is best both for humans and the natural environment. As per the UN report on Global E-waste monitor, the world generated about 44.7 million metric tonnes of E-waste.  It is estimated that out of this only 20% is recycled through appropriate channels.

For many of us, we don't know what to do with our electronic waste when they reach their end life. We generally stuff them in boxes and carelessly throw away with the rest of general rubbish. But do you know much of electronic waste could be reused? Aluminium is a good example. It is an element which does not degrade in quality when it goes through the recycling process.

If all the aluminium is recycled through proper channels, then the need to cast fresh aluminium will no longer be required.

The steel from your computer and mobile phones could be melted and made into new machine parts. The IC(Integrated Circuit) boards contain precious metals like gold, platinum that could be transformed into just about anything.

With so many advantages of recycling your e-waste, there is no way you  should be throwing it off in the garbage.

Why is safe disposal of WEEE necessary?

The reason why we need to ensure safe disposal of WEEE are the health risk associated it.

The harmful gases like HFC (Hydrofluorocarbon)  which are associated with the improper disposal of your fridge and air conditioner are just some of the risks. Even the smaller electricals contain potentially damaging substances like cadmium and lithium. Batteries contain lead and mercury that have a devastating impact on the environment as it enters the food chain.

In fact, metals like cadmium can accumulate over the years into the food chain, and the toxicity levels of these metals can cause severe kidney damage.

Why do you want to put something in the environment that will eventually come back to you? So recycling and eliminating it altogether is the best option and the most sensible decision.

Moreover, if you own a business and fail to comply with government’s WEEE regulations, then you could face several financial consequences. So in order to save yourself from unnecessary fines, it is important to dispose off WEEE appropriately to reduce the risk of incurring government penalties.

Types of WEEE and their hazards?

WEEE recycling is one of the best ways to get rid of the electronic waste. Companies like TDS Safeguard provides the best WEEE service, and they can get it disposed off legally in an eco-friendly manner.

Treatment of WEEE includes a complex mix of product types and materials, and every metal has to go through proper recycling channels. These are lot of health hazards associated with improper disposal and recycling of these wastes.  Some of the commonly found metals in e-waste include the following :

Refrigerants– Mostly found in cooling or heating appliances like freezers and radiators. They must be carefully removed before going ahead with the crushing process. These refrigerants contain ammonia that pose a risk to fire and explosion and is poisonous too.

PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)– They are found inside your computer motherboards in resistors and capacitors. These chemicals could cause potential harm to the environment if not treated properly before recycling. If they enter the food chain, they can cause liver damage or  even cancer.

Volatile organic compounds– Found in almost all printers and photocopiers. They should be removed from the machine before recycling as they are potential cancer-causing agents. The Toner cartridges must be emptied first before going ahead with the recycling process.

Radioactive substances–  Radioactive materials are cancer-causing agents. Your smartphones and tablets contain traces of indium oxide that pose serious health risks to the environment so proper method of recycling should be followed.

Components containing mercury– Mercury is commonly used in mobile phones and fluorescent lamps. They are also found the computer monitors (commonly known as CRT monitors) and in almost all the indoor and outdoor lights.

Upcycling

Upcycling is great idea where you find new uses for your old devices. Old components could be swapped and made best use if you frequently work on computers.

Save the old batteries or chargers that could be used with new computers when something goes wrong with your new device

What should you do ?

You must make sure you store waste safely and securely to prevent pollution and try keeping hazardous, special waste separately.And in case you are unsure about what to do contact  TDS safeguard London  who are experts in WEEE recycling. They will take care of all your needs as they have proper government permit you can rely upon.

So if you have old electronic items that are fit for use, it’s always best to sell them before you decide to dispose them. Else you can get them recycled and get money out of it. These wastes when not disposed in the right way could account for a large amount of waste in the environment.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 17, 2018 at 6:10 am

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How to Move Your Business to a New Location in an Eco-Friendly Way?

Being eco-friendly today is becoming increasingly important in both domestic and business arenas. By monitoring your energy consumption and the amount of waste you produce, businesses are accepting responsibility for their environmental impact with multiple benefits. Conserving and recycling reduces your running costs, while promoting your environmentally friendly methods can set your business apart from the competition and attract new customers who support the idea of a green enterprise. Let’s explore a business relocation scenario done in an eco-friendly way.

General thoughts

When organizing a business move, there is a variety of tasks that need handling. For many companies, eco-friendliness is not high on their list of priorities. However, making your transition both smooth and green doesn’t really take much of time and money. Hauling all your equipment and furniture to a new location already takes a heavy toll on Mother Nature, just considering the amount of fuel the moving trucks burn. Environmental impact adds on quickly, so you need a solid plant that mitigates all the negative effects of the move and reinstall some green practices.

Reduce, recycle or reuse

The main objective is to reduce the amount of resources spent, and waste generated during the move, as it simultaneously benefits our planet and your budget. Instead of getting rid of stuff and dragging it to the landfill, recycle and repurpose as much as you can. At least today everything from electronics and old batteries to doors and floorboards can be recycled in specialized centres. In addition, there are many charities that will happily pick up your donation of unwanted furniture, printers, computers, and phones which will be put to good use. Alternatively, there are specialized second-hand furniture shops that are capable of taking bulk items of furniture off your hands.

Packing green

Once you figure out the packing schedule, get your hands on some green packing supplies. Leave the bubble wrap, tape and packing peanuts to the others. Instead, use reusable plastic containers and storage boxes. They are a more sustainable solution and once your move is complete, they can serve as useful storage units. Also, make good use of the items you already have, such as crumpled newspapers, towels, and blankets for wrapping up electronics and other fragile items. In addition, many professional companies of movers offer returnable boxes so you don’t end up with a pile of unwanted plastic clutter in the end.

Transport and logistics

Organizing the logistics of the move is also one of critical matters. Your goal should be to minimize delays and waste during the whole process, but also pay attention to time management and fuel economy. Do your research and rent a vehicle form a local company such as reputable Budget truck hire service, which has a long record of satisfied customers and a diverse fleet of moving vehicles. Discuss the route with the drivers, ensuring that you choose an optimal one that saves money both on gas and rental truck time. If there is a possibility to ship one bulk of your stuff by railway, do it so and combine with a moving truck to produce as little emissions as possible.

Prepare the new location

People tend to use a lot of harmful chemical cleaners that infuse toxins and carcinogens into our life. Although the practice is equally observed in households and business environments, in offices it impacts a large number of people daily. Such practices are more unacceptable when there are various natural alternatives available such as lemon, baking soda, vinegar and ammonia. Used with water, these green cleaners can take care of all your dirty surfaces, leaving the environmentally-friendly shine, why not adopt some of these toxin-free cleaners in your home as well?

While moving inevitably produces a lot of moving parts, pardon the pun, the environmental impact of the undertaking is not to be underestimated. A low-impact relocation calls for a bit of planning, but it’s definitely worth it. Encourage your entire staff to take active part in making the transition as green as possible. Instead of throwing away, reuse, recycle, and donate the surplus items, and avoid producing emission and waste every step of the way. Finally, continue to commit to maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle in your new offices as well.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 17, 2018 at 5:58 am

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Going Green: Disposing of Business Signs

Plastic signs are a thing of the past for businesses — with many organisations pushing to become more environmentally friendly. Due to the advancements in technology and more quirkier forms of advertising, the possibilities to stand out from the crowd are endless.

In fact, more businesses are beginning to place portable gobo projectors outside of their buildings to showcase their company logo, as well as any other marketing materials that they want their customers to see when passing. Unlike plastic alternatives, these illuminated signs can capture anyone’s attention and drive forward a message.

Not only is this new trend of business signs more visually pleasing, but they’re also extremely cost efficient and don’t require a lot of maintenance time. Plastic signs are notorious for breaking and can become quite a regular expense for businesses — whether this is replacing a missing letter or having a fresh coat of paint.

Gobos are extremely cheap and long-lasting, which are two of the main reasons why businesses now opt for them over plastic signs. As well as this, they’re much easier to dispose of in comparison to plastic!

The Environmental Problem

Plastic is a growing problem that is having a profound impact on our environment. Made from non-renewable resources, the manufacturing and incineration of the product pollutes the air, land and water while releasing toxins that can have a harsh impact on the wider society.

The world has become very dependent on plastic and reports have suggested that we now produce over 300 million tonnes annually — due to the cheapness and versatility of the material. But what may seem like a positive financially is outweighed by the countless negatives that come with its use.

You won’t be surprised to find that 50% of plastic is used once and then disposed of. But is this then recycled? Apparently not. Studies have shown that only 12% of plastic is actually recycled and properly dealt with in a way that can cause less harm to the environment. The area that accounted for the highest plastic usage was in packaging — occupying around 40%.

This has led businesses around the country to remove the use of plastic from their operations or make it less accessible to the public. In England for example, stores with over 250 employees have been instructed to charge their customers 5p for a plastic carrier bag to reduce plastic bag use and encourage people to support the ‘bag-for-life scheme’. Since this initiative was introduced in 2015, plastic bag use has dropped by 80% in the country, which highlights the success of such necessary measures.

One of the biggest issues raised is the fact that plastic is making its way into our oceans. Dame Ellen McArthur has claimed that the amount of plastic in our ocean will outweigh the number of fish by 2050, which is becoming seemingly more realistic by the day.

Research has also suggested that eight million tonnes of plastic is distributed into our oceans every year. This has led to one in three marine mammals being tangled in litter. So much so, that 50% of turtles have consumed plastic and 90% of seabirds have had pieces of plastic wedged in their stomachs. But this is an issue that can make its way back to the land. For example, once plastic has been in the ocean for a while, chemicals will be released which could potentially be inhaled by fish — this then has the potential to contaminate our food supply chain and cause greater problems to human health.

Removing Plastic

As a business, it’s your responsibility to make more informed decisions around the use of plastic across your operations. There are countless steps that you can take to make your company eco-friendlier in a way that you can cut down costs at the same time.

Begin by preventing plastic use where you can. Instead of replacing your old, torn outdoor notice, opt for revolutionary gobo that utilises the finest areas of technology while making your business look good.

Why not promote an eco-friendly lifestyle to your employees, too? If you have a water dispenser in your office and find yourself constantly replacing it with plastic cups — why not invest in reusable bottles? From this, you’ll be able to cut down on the cost of plastic cups while helping your staff become more proactive with the use of their products.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 17, 2018 at 5:24 am

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Thai street artist supports Greenpeace rainforest campaign

Art really can change the world. Take the renowned Thai street artist Mue Bon, who is collaborating with Greenpeace in an attempt to stop Indonesian rainforests being cleared and destroyed to create palm oil plantations. His new mural, made especially, is an artwork called Wings of Paradise, featuring a bird of paradise, and you can see it on the walls of the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, on display until 14th October.

About Mue Bon – Thoughtful and talented

Mue Bon is a highly respected Bangkok-based artist. He creates paintings and installations using mixed media and started his artistic career at a time when street art had a low profile in his homeland. Part of the early Thai street artist revolution, Mue Bon's work embellishes the streets, and he's determined to carry on improving the reputation of street artists in Thailand by making their work more accessible to the public.

He's just one of many artists lending their skills to help campaign for rainforest conservation. The campaign also involves collaboration with artists from as far away as Australia and Kuala Lumpur. And the message is crystal clear: we need to protect and save Indonesia's rainforests.

The palm oil industry – dirty, greedy and cruel

The palm oil industry, in the meantime, steamrollers on without so much as a thought for the future. It has already ravaged the precious forests of Borneo and Sumatra, and now it has finally reached Papua, where the bird of paradise depicted by Mue Bon lives. According to Greenpeace the mysterious, little-known birds and the forest they live in are under serious threat. As Mue Bon said in The Nation (http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/event/30355700), “Forests, home to endangered animals and precious treasures from the earth, are being destroyed by the hands of humans. I hope this artwork will be able to reflect the voices of these animals, voices that otherwise might never reach the concrete jungle.”

When business and street art collaborate…

These days business is finally starting to realise the commercial potential of street art collaborations in Thailand. The artwork attracts tourists and reflects well on brands. In effect the businesses become art curators, which gives them an essential sense of ownership and spreads the message far and wide. In a world where large tracts of rainforest are being felled daily, every effort we can make to stop the destruction matters. Thank you, Mue Bon.

We'll leave the last word to Greenpeace. “It’s time for us to stand together for the future of Indonesian forests. Artists, students, bird enthusiasts or consumers buying palm oil products in supermarkets, we need to come together and act.”

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Posted by Eco Warrior - October 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

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£9 million boost set to protect Wales’ magical Celtic rainforest

Vast areas of forest once covered the land between northern Scotland and Portugal. All that's left in Britain is the Celtic rainforest in Wales. The words ‘rainforest' and ‘Wales' don't seem, at first glance, a logical fit. But they are, thanks to this stunningly lovely and seriously endangered rainforest. Now the ancient woodlands have received a boost in the form of £9M funding from the Welsh government and the EU.

Why Wales' rainforests matter

These forests are some of the most valuable landscapes in terms of wildlife and culture. Woodlands are a valued natural asset in Wales, vital for the environment. They protect the land against floods, generate beautifully clean, fresh air, and give shelter to livestock. The project will improve the condition of key woodlands in Wales significantly, and that in turn will help the UK meet its European and international

biodiversity targets.

How the money will be spent

The funds are going to be spent on protecting and improving the wet and temperate forest, which is full of sessile oak, downy birch, ash and hazel. A precious British rainforest, it has deteriorated thanks to conifer plantations, invasive Rhododendron, sheep and deer. The damage caused has put rare flora and fauna under more stress than ever. Lichens, tree lungwort and birds are at risk, as well as the rare lesser horseshoe bat, otter and dormouse.

At the same times these incredibly biodiverse oak woodlands are the stars of the show in many a Welsh folk tale and song, which adds an important social and cultural element to their protection. They are special, mysterious places celebrated and enjoyed by thousands, and with a bit of luck they'll be around to inspire future generations.

Hopefully four key areas of Celtic rainforest will be cleared of of invasive species, in north and mid-Wales, including north Wales' Coed Felinrhyd and Llennyrch, both in Snowdonia. The people involved will also be looking for more ways to improve the forests' management, things like altering the way the land is grazed, and some of the money will  be used to generate interest and bring more visitors.

Brexit won't affect the funding

Happily, leaving the EU won't affect the funding, a good piece of news that has been officially confirmed by Welsh and English governments.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 30, 2018 at 6:18 am

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Environment Friendly Ways Of Managing Waste

Environment preservation and conservation has picked up as one of the major concerns in the country and every human being should play their part in the movement to take care of our Earth. There are many aspects of environment conservation and preservation that require efforts to be made by us on a daily basis and waste management is one such aspect.

We all generate different kinds of waste daily, and this waste should be processed and managed in a way that it does minimum harm to the environment. There are small ways of ensuring this and it can be done in the comfort of our homes. All that is required on our part is a little bit of effort and awareness. Most of us get lazy to do things the eco- friendly way, because it requires a little bit more of our time and energy, but the bright side is that our Earth is going to benefit from this and as inhabitants of planet Earth, it is our duty to at least do this much, i.e. manage waste, the environment friendly way.

Here are some of the ways you can manage waste, the eco- friendly way.

Reuse

This is a very common practise in the environment preservation community. However, more often than not we find ourselves still throwing away things that could be easily reused. We don’t even realise when we’re discarding waste that this could probably be reused. For example, glass bottles like that of wine and other beverages, can easily be used to store water at homes or office spaces. Just wash the bottles properly and start storing water in them. You will save money on bottles for storing water and you’re managing what would have been waste. You can also reuse gift packing material. Again you will be able to save money on gifting material and reduce the amount of waste you’re generating. Each time you are throwing something out, ask yourself can i reuse this for the same purpose or something else? Try to reuse as much waste as you can.

Recycle

Recycling waste is really big and popular right now. All you have to do is ensure that you are separating out the recyclable waste from the non-recyclable waste. This requires effort on your part for separating out the waste and also in being aware to buy things that are recyclable. These lifestyle changes are required on your part if you want to make the small difference which will make a big impact in conserving and preserving the Earth.

Compost Pit or Worm Bin

This one really requires a lot of effort on your part, but if you’re truly passionate and concerned about the wellbeing of planet Earth, then you’ll definitely enjoy doing this. A compost pit is made of all the waste, like food remains and other waste material, that is biodegradable. You can collect all your waste at a spot in the garden and have a compost pit which will also be beneficial for your plants and flowers.

A worm bin is a faster compost pit. While a compost pit will take longer to break down the waste, a worm bin will do the job faster, owing it to the worms. This is would be the best and most environment friendly way of getting rid of biodegradable waste.

Professional Waste Management Services

If you find the above mentioned methods of managing waste, too time consuming and tasking, you can then choose to spend some money and get professional waste management services. Companies like A Better Service Ltd. offer many waste disposal services that will do the waste management job for you, at a price. They offer not just regular waste disposal services, but also liquid waste removal, cesspool emptying, septic tank emptying, pump chamber cleaning, pump station cleaning, wet well cleaning etc. all kinds of waste disposal services. Waste is not just what is found in our garbage bins, waste is also sewage, blocked drains etc. and so it’s important to get this kind of waste disposed off properly.

Getting a waste disposal company to do the job for you has many advantages. You will save on your time, which you can then utilise to do something else. You will be disposing off your waste smartly because waste disposal companies ensure that the waste gets disposed off in an environment friendly way. They will do the recycling job for you. And also, you and your surroundings will remain hygienic and healthy. You will be able to ensure that your surroundings are clean and green.

Conclusion

Waste management and disposal is one of the most important environmental concerns because waste is reject material. Waste is something that is not used again and does not have a purpose anymore. So this means that all things and material that is not useful anymore will keep piling up on this Earth spreading diseases and degrading the environment. A lot of the waste, more than half that is produced, can be managed smartly and efficiently, so that it does not pile up as reject material on the Earth and does not harm the environment. So next time you get ready to dispose off your waste, ask yourself can you reduce it and make less to pile up on Earth?

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 29, 2018 at 7:56 am

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How to Renovate an Older House in a Green Manner

Moving into a brand new house is everyone’s dream, but opting for a fixer-upper has its benefits as well. These spaces have a ton of personality and you can almost feel all those happy families who used to live there before you, enjoying their life to the fullest. However, old houses require some renovations, and if you too are fixing up a fixer-upper at the moment, here’s what you need to do in order to keep this project as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.

Get second hand furniture

Old homes and new, futuristic furniture simply don’t go hand in hand, and when you’re updating your old place, it’s better if you opt for old furniture as well. This means secondhand choices you find online or at your local flea market are quite all right, and besides giving your home a new dose of elegance and personality, they’re cheap and easy to fix. You can reupholster an old sofa quite easily and get an amazing new focal point for your home for just a couple of bucks!

Bring in the LED light

Although they’re aware of how amazing LED light bulbs are, most people are afraid of using them because they are costlier than those regular incandescent bulbs, which makes quite a difference if you have to add dozens of these all around the house. However, LED bulbs are up to 80% more effective than regular options and can last up to ten years, which means they’re a much better solution in the long run. So, get a bunch of these as soon as you can and your monthly bills will start plummeting right away.

Remove asbestos

Though it was considered every homeowner’s best friend half a century ago and is therefore still present in almost every old property, asbestos is probably the last thing you’d want to see right now. Whether it’s crumbling or already damaged, it can cause serious health issues when it’s released into the air. That’s why you need to remove it from your home, and the best way to do so is by contacting an experienced asbestos removal service and let these professionals take care of your problem. Once that’s done, your home will immediately become a healthier and nicer place to live.

Get energy-efficient appliances

Equipping your home with the latest appliances is quite all right, but keep in mind that not all appliances are the same. Instead of getting just any sort, be sure to purchase only those with a nice little Energy Star logo on them, because these are the only appliances that are energy-efficient. They use less power and water on a monthly basis and will surely help you save a ton of money in the future, but also help Mother Nature as well.

Use low-VOC paint

Repainting every single wall in the house is usually the first thing all new homeowners do as soon as they move in, especially when moving into an older property. But, this is another thing you have to pay attention to and instead of just any paint, get some low- or no-VOC paint. This kind of paint is completely acrylic and doesn’t smell at all, which means it won’t cause any allergic reactions and harm your health, and that’s just one of its many benefits. So, by using this sort of paint, you’ll be contributing to the health of your family and the planet at the same time, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

As you can see, renovating an old home in a green manner is more than possible, and all you need to do is get informed, get organized and try out some of these ideas in practice.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 29, 2018 at 7:50 am

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Eco-Friendly Homes That Embody the Earth Day Spirit

As the effects of climate change are felt across the world, being green and eco-friendly is an uprising trend and both individuals and governments are taking this task more and more seriously. April 22nd is the annual celebration of Earth Day, and on this date raising awareness about preserving the environment is the main mission  for people worldwide. With this in mind, there are various ways for you and your home to become eco-friendlier and to reduce your environmental footprint.

Renewable power sources

Photovoltaic, or PV for short, solar panels are producing electricity by absorbing sunlight and are the most common renewable power source systems. They are vastly used in both residential and commercial applications, therefore very developed and convenient to install and use. Once installed, running costs are barely a factor and the initial investment pays off after just a few years. When going green, using  wind as renewable power source is a great idea to consider as well. Massive array of wind turbines, also known as wind farms, are very popular and more and more countries are starting to use and benefit from these systems. However, wind turbines are applicable in small scales, too, and are convenient to set up in almost every household.

 

Like solar panels and wind turbines, geothermal heating and cooling systems also use the forces of nature to provide us with energy, and are therefore very environmentally responsible as well. Because geothermal systems do not burn fuel to provide heat, greenhouse gasses and carbon monoxide are not emitted into the atmosphere. They also use less electricity, which effects in lower demand from your local power plant.

Insulation

Investing in insulation is definitely a thing to consider, as reducing energy for heating during cold winters and hot summers is not only eco-friendly but can have a big impact on your monthly bills as well. It keeps the warm air in during cold weather and hot air out when it’s warm, which will have a great effect on your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. A lot of renowned project home builders are offering eco-friendly materials as insulation solution, which makes it even “greener” if it’s made of cotton or sheep wool. To provide even better thermal insulation you can install double or even triple glazed glass with a vacuum in between on your widows, which is proven to be very successful when it comes to preventing heat, i.e. energy loss.

LED lighting system

Using LED (light-emitting diode) system as light source, which is up to 80% more efficient then the traditional fluorescent and incandescent lights, will have a great eco-friendly effect on your household. Less energy use reduces demand from power plants and therefore decreases carbon and gas emissions. Additionally, LED lights don’t use toxic elements, such as mercury, which avoids contamination of the environment when disposed.

Green roofs

Eco-friendly roofs are uprising, trendy and unique solutions when it comes to environment reasonability and going green. Planting gardens on rooftops helps insulate buildings during winter and absorb rainwater, which reduces the water pollution in urban areas.

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When it comes to environmentally responsible homes, some people, however, aren’t happy to stop at solar panels, wind turbines, insulation or LED lighting. Instead, they went even further and built houses which are mainly or even entirely made from natural and eco-friendly materials. Wood and stone are obvious choices, but recycled glass and tires provide great insulation and are convenient to use as eco-materials as well. Houses are surrounded with vegetable gardens and food farms, and combined with renewable energy systems, they can provide total off-grid lifestyle, which reduces the environment footprint enormously.

These are some of the solutions that can make your household eco-friendlier and more responsible towards the environment, in case you decide to go green and embrace the Earth Day spirit. Most of these solutions are beneficial for your wallet as well. Yes, the initial investment can be quite pricey, but it pays off over some period of time and as going green is uprising trend, the value of your property will increase with no doubts as well.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - September 29, 2018 at 7:34 am

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