The Art of Recycling – How resourceful are you?

Packaging supplier Rajapack have commissioned a piece of artwork, and created a video documenting the work of cardboard artist and sculptor James Lake, along with a survey to raise questions on resourcefulness.

  • 94% of British adults say they care about the environment
  • Half of British residents admit they could recycle more
  • London regularly underperforms when compared to the rest of the country, with 1 in 6 residents admitting they don’t recycle most of their household waste
  • 18-24-year olds were the least likely of the age groups to agree that they recycle most of their household waste at 79%

The YouGov study of over 2,000 British adults shows that almost half of GB residents (47%) felt that they could recycle more of their household waste than they currently do, even though more than two-thirds of GB residents (74%) believe that their council makes it easy to do so.

When looking at recycling and resourcefulness by region, London regularly underperforms when compared to the rest of England – with 1 in 6 Londoners admitting they don’t recycle most of their household waste, despite, 70% of Londoners thinking their local council makes it “very easy” or “fairly easy” to recycle through household collections. For the residents surveyed in the North East who said they could recycle more (54%), 37% said it was because they don’t always have recycling bins/bags available.

It was those aged 18-24 that revealed they were the least likely of the age groups to agree that they recycle most of their household waste (79%). Following that, 77% of full time-students think they should recycle more than they currently do, compared to 19% who think they can’t recycle more. A further 40% of students cited they could recycle more say they don’t because they don’t always have recycling bins/bags. Another 39% cited they don’t recycle because they simply forget.

The Earth is currently using its resources 1.7  times faster than they can be regenerated. This means we would need 1.7 planets to meet its resource demand,[i] emphasising the need for us to recycle more and be resourceful. James Lake visually represents this in his commission designing a large sphere on an axis to represent the Earth. At any one time, half the Earth is enclosed in a larger half sphere of an urban/industrial landscape to represent the overconsumption of ecological resources.

Using the naturally biodegradable material in his work, James Lake states that cardboard has always been his material of choice despite it being a cheap material that most people would throw away: “Using a material that can be recycled is ideal, because if it needs to be recycled to become something else – it can be”.

In the feature video, James Lake states, “cardboard became really the only material I wanted to work with” despite it not being a luxury material, which prompts the public to be more resourceful when disposing of used materials, especially cardboard. Whether that’s recycling, making art, throwing it in the compost pile or lining garden beds to use as mulch for weed control – with climate change, being resourceful is a necessity.

Andrew Wood from Rajapack, who promote sustainability through environmentally-responsible packaging, states:

With climate change, and hence the need to preserve the environment, its more important than ever that we become as resourceful as possible. From recycling to repurposing materials, we have to make more of a conscious effort

[i] Earth Overshoot Day Org – http://www.overshootday.org/newsroom/press-release-english-2017-calculator/

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm

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Alarming indoor CO2 levels

London’s alarming levels of pollution are always a big topic of conversation. However, though the city's outdoors gets plenty of flack in the news, new research has discover that indoor air pollution in London could be a much bigger concern. To get a understand the levels of air pollution better, Dyson asked four volunteers across London to conduct some studies. They asked them to measure dust particles – an important measure of pollution – as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the places they visit on a daily basis.

The highest carbon dioxide (CO2) reading, 2284ppm, was recorded inside a packed train at Baker Street Station, almost five times the threshold for normal CO2 levels.

Bromley recorded a worryingly high at-home reading of 1172pm – the highest at-home reading throughout the course of the study.

Exposure to high levels of indoor air pollution can lead to health problems including asthma, respiratory irritation, heart disease, cancer and sick building syndrome.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 17, 2018 at 5:20 pm

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How to Travel Green

When we think about the impact that our life and habits have on the environment, transportation needs to be up there with the other most important aspects that need to be considered. It’s something we can’t live without, but we often don’t do enough to make it as environment-friendly as it could be.

Luckily, the situation is changing for the better. More and more people are actually becoming aware of the carbon footprint problems and are trying to do something to minimise the negative effect. Also, we are helped by numerous new inventions in the field that are making it possible for us to travel much greener than before. So, what are the most popular choices for such transportation nowadays?

Electric cars

If you haven’t already switched to an electric car, it might be the time for you to do so. Not only will you not create any poisonous gases, but you’ll also be able to reduce the amount of noise that traditional cars with internal combustion engines make.

Many governments are encouraging their citizens to purchase such cars by subsidising their purchase, allowing free parking and introducing more charging stations, so that you shouldn’t worry about running out of energy on the road. Even if you are driving a hybrid car, you’re helping the planet, but for even better results you should really think about an electric car.

Multiple occupant vehicles

If you can’t afford a hybrid or electric car for some reason, you could at least take carpools into consideration. The fewer cars on the street, the less polluted the environment, which is why multiple occupant vehicles are gaining popularity around the world.

Travelling to work with colleagues or sharing a car with friends for a night out is a great way of both reducing the transportation costs and preserving the environment. So, if you want to do your part in helping us keep our planet as clean as possible, you’ll definitely think about this option as well.

Bicycle

One of the traditional, yet highly beneficial ways of travelling is cycling. To begin with, you don’t create any toxic gases. Next, you keep your body in great shape, which means you’ll be able to stay healthy for much longer. Finally, in places where traffic jams are a common thing, using a bicycle often means that you can get to the destination faster than by car.

You could also consider electric bikes as a mode of transportation. They often have a speed limit set at 20 mph, but are extremely efficient and useful, especially in urban areas. Even if your battery runs out of power, you can peddle your way around other vehicles stuck in traffic.

Green public transportation

Green trains and hybrid buses are some of the cheapest eco-friendly transportation options. The former feature hybrid locomotives and use electrified third rail, overhead lines or devices that store energy like fuel cells and batteries. They are also quite fast and safe.

The latter boast lithium-ion batteries and electric motors. A diesel generation creates energy that is stored in the battery. This efficient form of transport is already present in many cities all over the world and you can hopefully use it where you live.

Walking

Probably the most obvious choice, walking is not only good for the environment, but for your health as well. Unless you live really far from school, work or shops, there’s no reason why you should walk to those places. Replacing a short drive with a walk is not only cheaper in terms of saving money you’d otherwise spend on petrol, but you’ll also get a good workout, which means you won’t need to spend additional time to go jogging, for example.

It’s clear that green transportation has many benefits and that they are not only related to the environment, but your health, too. It helps us preserve our planet, it saves you quite a lot of money and it can also have a great effect on your health. So, there’s no reason why you should go green when transportation is concerned.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm

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Cleaning the Mess: How Construction Clean-up Makes a Difference

Anyone who’s worked in construction will tell you that when you’re on the job, you’re always thinking about the finished product. Taking a concept from blueprints and transforming it into an actual, physical building is an amazing accomplishment. It’s an achievement that takes devotion and single-mindedness to achieve. Unfortunately, perfecting your project can lead to a whole lot of waste as well as an impressive building.  If not handled properly, that waste can hurt both the environment and the community around the construction site.

Here are a few details on how proper clean-up makes a difference, and why you should never be satisfied until you’ve done your duty in this area.

Community

You might think of your construction project as a gift to your community, and it probably is. Whatever you’re building, there will probably be people going in and out of the building on a regular basis. Leaving sharp bits of metal left in the grass, or dusts that could be harmful if inhaled is a bit like giving someone a cake and leaving rocks in the frosting. It stands to reason that your project will be better appreciated by those that use it if it’s hazard-free when it’s presented to them.

Debris

Leaving waste from a construction project is like exponential littering to the. Piles of debris aren’t usually left lying around after a building is finished, but even dust can be harmful in large quantities. In addition, there are often plenty of smaller scraps that don’t make it out with the rest of the trash. Bits of plastic, screws, and oil stains can not only look bad, but they can also have an effect on the plant and animal life living in the area. Animals can hurt themselves walking across the area, or can ingest something harmful by mistake. Construction dust mixing with topsoil can kill insects and worsen soil quality, making it harder for things to grow.

When handling your clean up, try to think like a boy scout. While it might not be possible to “leave no trace”, as their motto goes, you may find that taking an extra hour to set your employees working on picking up any leftovers they can see will make a big difference.

Toxins

There are all kinds of hazardous materials that can be involved in a construction project. These toxins and chemicals won’t go away by magic, but take a concerted effort to carefully remove. Obviously, as far as toxins go it’s easier to avoid contaminating the area with them than cleaning them up, but accidents happen. If there are any spills on the job, be sure that they are cleaned up as soon as possible. The longer you sit on this, the worse it can become. If you think you may have something more than an ordinary clean-up on your hands, consider contacting a professional like Alliance Demolition Services Inc. or someone similar for help handling it. Make sure that all involved with the removal have proper safety materials on as well.

Jobs

Your construction projects can bring in jobs for your community, but have you considered how construction clean-up can do the same? You can hire people who are well-equipped to handle such demanding jobs. To be involved in construction clean-up, you need to be as strong-willed as possible. Make sure anyone you hire is able to attack this task with absolute vigor.

We hope this has given you a great idea of how construction clean-up makes a difference. Taking the time to ensure that your cleanup is done correctly will make a huge difference in the health of the environment, as well as the community. Take it seriously.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 17, 2018 at 4:59 pm

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5 Ways of Upcycling Junk for Building Construction

Humans produce 1.3bn tonnes of solid waste every year. The predominant cause of  such an atrocious volume of wastage is not recycling the waste efficiently.   Most of the waste is neither processed nor upcycled. Man-made depressions like landfills leak through the base causing extensive soil degradation, air pollution, seeps in and pollutes ground water and leads to visual and health impact. Construction sites contribute to a lot of air pollution that include land clearing, demolition, burning of toxic materials etc. Recycling construction waste not only conserves natural resource but also saves energy.

So here are 5 ways by which we can upcycle junk for construction purposes:

Newspaper Wood

Start by hoarding your paper, paper towels and toilet paper rolls. The pages of old newspapers are wound up very tightly resembling a log of wood. A special water-soluble glue is used to keep the pieces together. The result is a material which has exactly the same features of a wood that can be cut, milled and sanded. Newspaper wood is very elegant and chic when it’s incorporated as a part of your interior.

Bottle Bricks

Bottles, not only serve the purpose of storage containers in kitchens but can also be used to build structures. Companies these days have started making bottles in cuboid shapes to make them easier to transport. Converting plastic bottles into  bricks has allowed so many houses to be built in the most cost-efficient way possible in developing countries. The plastic bottles are stuffed with trash to give it a brick-like compaction.

TDP (Tire-Derived Products)

Recycled or shredded tire obtained from tire shredding process where in tire chips are processed through tire shredders is fused into many products used for building construction both inside and outside. Most TDP sellers provide documentation on recycled content or other advantages that can help with the green building requirements.

  1. Accessibility Ramps – Recycled rubber ramps have no weight limits unlike other construction materials like aluminium, wood and plastic. Rubber ramps are solid, durable and slip-resistant. They can be installed in minutes and a do not require  jack-hammering or concrete saw cutting.
  2. Flooring – Crumb rubber from tires is used extensively to make a variety of flooring products like anti-fatigue tiles, rolled flooring and rubber flooring underlayment. They can be fixed under tiles, wood or synthetic turf to improve padding or provide vapour protection.
  3. Sealants – Crumb rubber is added to a variety of sealants and fillings to enhance the functioning. Application includes sealing surfaces, repairing and reducing the erosion. The crumb is added to acrylic paint to make the perfect sealant.

Plasphalt

It is one of the greatest inventions that could help save the modern world and reduce the negative impact. Plasphalt is made up of grains of plastic produces from plastic waste which substitutes for the sand and gravel. Asphalt mixture blends better with plastic than with gravel or sand. Plasphalt roads are at a far lower risk of wear and tear than regular asphalt. 

Recycled Blocks

Bricks made by recycling old plastic bags are known as Recycled blocks. Old plastic bags are difficult to recycle in any other way. The bags are heated and forced together to form the blocks. They are extremely light in weight to act as load bearing walls, so they can be used to divide walls and corridors.

There has been a huge effort to recycle and reuse for years. We need to take a stand responsibly rather than making the place we live in a mere dumping ground.. Developers and owners should consider building materials with recycled content. Resources with recycled content are available both for exterior and interior uses. Recycled wood products for cabinets and countertops made from glass and plastic are not just appealing but also add a lot of character to your apartment or condo. Reducing, reusing and recycling helps reduce carbon dioxide emission, limits the amount of landfill space created and lessens humanity's environmental footprint.


Author Bio: 

Erich Lawson is very passionate about the environment and is an advocate of effective recycling. He writes on a wide array of topics to inform readers on how modern recycling equipment can be used by industries to reduce monthly wastage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment saving techniques by visiting his blog Compactor Management Company.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 13, 2018 at 8:37 am

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House Insulation: Innovative And Eco-Friendly?

It's a well-known fact that good insulation is a key factor in having an energy efficient house, while it also saves a lot of money on heating bills. However, not many people know that the majority if commercial insulation is something nobody would like to breathe in every single day. It is believed that the chemical insulation, which can be found in most households, can lead to asthma, cancer and various other problems. So before you start buying eco-friendly kitchen appliances and installing solar panels  let's see what you can do for your insulation.

1. Nanogel insulation

This is insulation of the future. It is a super-porous silicon foam that is actually 99% air. It's light but very insulating and strong at the same time. The secret is in its tiny spores that provide excellent insulation. Another great thing about it is that it's transparent, which means you can use it for insulating your windows or get creative and insulate translucent ceilings and walls – the light will get in, but the room temperature will be just as you want it. Regarding the packaging, nanogel is always sealed into fiberglass panels that are safe to work with.

2. Recycled denim (cotton) insulation

This organic insulation is usually made from pieces of denim and other textile plants that left unused, which means it's formaldehyde free. To be more precise, recycled blue jeans have been used for this type of insulation. Sounds cool, right? It can be bought as loose fill or gathered in a batt. As it's basically textile products, it is treated with boric acid and is great as a pest repellent, fire retardant and it's excellent as antifungal means. Boric acid is a good choice, as it isn't remotely toxic as other acids. Cotton insulation is easy to install, and there's no need for you to wear any special clothes during the process. Its performance is as good as if you were using fiberglass, although its acoustic qualities are far superior. The only downside is that it's about twice as expensive as fiberglass, but its longevity can make up for the cost.

3. Sheep wool insulation

For thousands of years, sheep wool has had the reputation of providing excellent insulation. People have been using it for centuries in the process of making garments, so it's weird that this much time had to pass until we started using it for building insulation. The right term for sheep’s wool insulation material is thermafleece. In comparison to engineered types of insulation, thermafleece requires only s small fraction of energy for production. It is also safe to handle and very easy and quick to install. As wool fibers are breathable, the moisture is absorbed and released without the thermal performance being affected at all. When comparing material thickness, its R-value is about 0.6 points higher than of fiberglass. And additional bonus – in case of fire in a home, sheep's wool will contribute to slowing down the fire, as it is not flammable.

4. Living roof insulation

Planting vegetation on your roof, okay this isn't a traditional replacement that can be applied to the whole house but the benefits are worth considering. Using a living roof as insulation will reduce indoor sound even up to 40 decibels. Although this might up your home renovation costs It could also influence indoor temperature during summer, which helps you save up some money on air conditioning. Even though it doesn't help during wet weather, the vegetation on the roof can trap blowing snow. And let's not forget the fact that it protects the whole roof from various weather conditions, prolonging its life expectancy and that it gives a great contribution to the general aesthetics!

Overall conclusion

Whatever type of insulation you opt for, there will always be advantages and disadvantages, whether it costs more, it needs more time to install or it's a difficult type of insulation to obtain. Nevertheless, if properly chosen, insulation will have huge positive effects on the energy consumption inside the house, your family's health and comfort, which, as you will probably agree, leads to a happy household.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 13, 2018 at 8:29 am

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Tips on How to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly

The consequences of global warming have not yet reached the apocalyptic fever pitch many people (and scientists alike) fear. Yet the proof of these stark climate changes has already nudged people into complete energy-efficient overhauls of their households. One of the rooms that needs this green turnover the most is definitely the bathroom. If you are financially ready for such an endeavour, here are some tips on how to make your bathroom eco-friendly.

Think about water

Water consumption is the key element when it comes to making your bathroom green. You can always start off by replacing your old faucets and shower heads with water-efficient ones. They increase aeration, which means the flow of water itself is reduced without compromising pressure and performance. You can even install a faucet that has sensors onto your bathroom sink – this way you will save up a staggering amount of water when it comes to washing hands and teeth. Furthermore, there are some really impeccably designed modern toilets that filter and chemically treat the sink water for reuse.

Do not forget the electricity

The aspect of electricity is fairly easy to solve – eco-friendly lighting has been introduced to our households over time, and it is almost certain you are already using LED lights in other rooms of your home. Believe it or not, LED fixtures use only 10% of the energy compared to their incandescent counterparts. Try to utilise your ceiling for a smaller number of sources of light, as they will be able to cover more space. On the other hand, if you already have wall fixtures, you should do your best to utilise natural lights. If your eco-friendly financing options are flexible, you can redo your windows and build higher ones (so nobody can peek at you) or simply add a skylight – which adds plenty of natural light without sacrificing privacy.

Green Bathroom

Make it stylish and make it work

Though there is an ongoing debate on which one is more eco-friendly: the bathtub or the shower, you should always opt for an element that meshes with the style of your bathroom. Technically, showers might be greener, but then again, it depends on the length of the shower – some people actually use more water with long showers than they would with a hot soaking bath. Furthermore, nothing spells out class like stylish freestanding bath tubs which are designed to turn your bathroom into a comfortable, small paradise that will easily serve as a second bed after a long day of work. Why would you waste water on a long shower when you can just lie in your bath tub and spend just as much time relaxing without wasting water?

Sustainability

If you are also remodelling your bathroom besides adding new energy-efficient utilities, use sustainable materials. The best thing to do is to use recycled and salvaged materials from a nearby salvage yard or other location to minimise the impact on the environment and preserve the planet’s resources. You can reintegrate old tiles into your design to create an interesting contrast or purchase an already used mirror, a refurbished vanity, etc. These old materials will give you plenty of amazing opportunities to create interesting designs.

Universal design – think about the future

However, if you are not the type of person with a visual creative streak, you can find countless extremely creative universal bathroom ideas online. Universal design is an important aspect of keeping your bathroom eco-friendly. If you create a bathroom for all people and all occasions, there is a higher chance you will not need to do a renovation of your bathroom for a long time – which always bodes well for the environment. Make sure both children and elders can reach the light fixtures and add waist-high railings to the walls. Make sure everything works perfectly and keep the number of your repairman in your cell phone in the case lights start to flicker due to bad wiring.

Such a bathroom remodel is an excellent opportunity to decrease your household’s negative impact on our surroundings. It appears to be such a small step for the environment, but if every person accepted this green frame of thinking, the cascading effect of decreased carbon emissions and energy spending could really help us preserve the entire planet. Today, your bathroom goes green; tomorrow, the world.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 13, 2018 at 8:23 am

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Green Up Your Home On a Budget

Today, humanity is facing one of the biggest challenges that threatens our very existence. It's never been as important as today for all the people of this planet to come together and do something in order to prevent the global warming and the undeniable consequences that are already showing. While the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions are certainly factories and transportation, every individual can help lower it by changing their habits. And in doing so, the biggest polluters are likely to change as well, if for nothing then to get on good terms with their target audience.

Here, we'll take a look at some of the best ways you can go green inside your household without spending a lot of money on it.

Use Smart Power Strips

Electronic vampire is a term for those appliances that waste energy even when turned off. In fact, nearly 25% of all energy that an average household spends is wasted by electronic vampires. This is huge, as this energy isn't used for anything, you're paying for it, and it's damaging our planet. Whether it's a cell phone charger that stays plugged in, or your laptop when it's on standby, or even your TV – these appliances need to be completely unplugged, or you can use smart power strips. With these strips, you'll have the power to turn everything you want with a single button. They are very affordable and you can get them at the nearest store, plus they'll save you a lot of money on your electric bills.

Insulate Your Home

We're also wasting a lot of energy on temperature control and the biggest reason is that most houses aren't insulated properly. You can check all your windows and doors for the draft and insulate them accordingly, or better yet – you can insulate your entire home with recycled materials and go green all the way! Whatever you decide, you'll again be saving quite a lot of money on energy bills while you'll also help reduce the CO2 emissions. And the chances are you'll be spending time in a cozier home than before.

Ditch the Old Bulbs

While LED bulbs are more expensive to buy initially, they can save you up to 130$ during their lifetime. Not only will you be paying less for your lighting, but you also won't need to replace them as often. Most people have no idea just how big of a spender lighting is in an average household. LED light bulbs are perceived to be the biggest energy saver in the upcoming decade, especially when it comes to the residential sector. And the times when you had to adapt to the LED light are gone, as today all sorts of LED lights are manufactured and you can pick the ones that suit you the best.

Forget Organic, Buy From the Farmer's Market

While organic food is great, in most cases you'll be paying more than double for organic products when compared to regular ones. Instead, you can take a walk to the nearest farmer's market and get the products there. Not only did this food travel less distance and thus is ‘greener', but these products are often farmed with organic practices, even if they don't have a label on them. This means you'll get your products cheaper and you'll be supporting local businesses instead of the big boys, which is always good.

Think Before You Buy

One of the best (and least talked about) ways to go green is to actually really think about every purchase that you're going to make. When you're about to buy something, ask yourself if you really need this and for what reasons. Consumerism is one of the largest contributors to global warming and we're so used to wanting stuff that we rarely think about the consequences. This way you'll avoid buying stuff that rubbish removal Sydney will have to move to a landfill in a couple of months, which means you'll both be saving money and helping the planet heal.

Plant a Tree in Your Yard

I don't need to tell you just how much trees are important for cleaning the air, but you may not be aware just how they can be beneficial for your household. By having a couple of trees in your yard you'll protect your house from elements like wind and sun, which means you'll be paying less on air-conditioning. Trees can also increase your property's value and you'll get a cool shade to hang out in the open when the summer arrives.

Bottom Line

We've tried to show you that going green doesn't have to be expensive. On the contrary, you can save quite a lot of money all while trying to help the planet. Getting in the right mindset is of utmost importance, however, as everything after that will come with ease. You won't feel like you're sacrificing anything if you're fully aware just how much we're hurting nature by our everyday habits. By following these simple tips you'll be able to go green on a budget – and we guarantee that you'll love it.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 12, 2018 at 8:12 am

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Norway’s brilliant anti-palm oil campaign

Half of all the packaged and processed foods in your nearest supermarket contain palm oil, a cheap and versatile product whose growth also happens to have dreadful environmental consequences.

The palm oil industry is booming but at the same time is responsible for cutting down literally millions of acres of rainforest, particularly in Indonesia and Malaysia, the countries that make 88% of the globe's supplies of palm oil. This means countless vital rainforest species are being pushed right to the edge of extinction, and the wildfires that break out as a result of the deforestation, fanned by climate change, have led to a thick blanket of smog so bad it's breaking every air pollution record.

Now Norway's food chain contains almost no palm oil

Since the year 2000 palm oil production has more than tripled. But the small yet determined nation of Norway has brought about a dramatic change in the face of all this wanton destruction. Their long term national consumer boycott went viral, and it means that Norwegian food producers, who used 15,000 tons of palm oil in 2011, cut their palm oil use by two thirds in 2012, thanks to eight major food producers slashing their palm oil use by just short of ten thousand tons, a drop of more than 60%.

“Stop eating the rainforest”

The campaign in question asked Norwegians to ‘stop eating the rainforest', and it proved an uncannily  powerful message. These days all the nation's food products are produced either completely without palm oil or with only very tiny amounts of it.

The Rainforest Foundation Norway and Green Living launched the campaign to expose the link between palm oil production, deforestation and social conflicts in Indonesia and Malaysia, to cut the country's consumption of palm oil in foods, and force Norwegian food producers to demand traceability and transparency from their palm oil suppliers. It was designed to fix the status quo: an almost complete lack of traceability and transparency in palm oil supply chains.

Targeting all Norway's biggest food producers, the campaign involved a survey, meetings with food producers, an online guide for the consumer, the tactical harnessing of traditional and social media, a nationwide petition plus lots of readily-available information and news about the palm oil industry.

Let's roll it out!

The campaign worked beautifully in Norway, and there's no real reason why it shouldn't work just as well elsewhere. Let's hope we see similar campaigns being rolled out in other nations where foods commonly contain palm oil.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

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Sustainability Benefits of Using Concrete

There’s no need to say that concrete plays an important role in our everyday lives. After all, it’s the material that’s been used to build things like apartment blocks, schools, bridges, and many other constructions we tend to visit on daily basis. And even though concrete is used so much, very few people understand just how sustainable concrete is. That’s why we’ve decided to compile a list of 6 sustainability benefits of using concrete. Read on to find out more.

Durability

Green Concrete

One of the best things about concrete is that it’s pretty durable. This means that all the concrete constructions are more likely to come to the end of their life because there’s no further use for them rather than concrete failing due to old age. Even then, demolition isn’t always the only option since a construction can easily be stripped down to its concrete core and rebuilt into something new.

Reflectivity

Green Concrete

We’ve all heard about heat islands that are constantly becoming a bigger problem for metropolitan areas. That’s where concrete comes in handy since it minimizes the effects that produce urban heat islands. This is the case because light-colored concrete roofs and pavements absorb less heat. Moreover, concrete tends to reflect more solar radiation than some other materials like asphalt. Due to the reflectivity of concrete, less energy is used on air-conditioning during the warm months.

Less waste

Another great thing about concrete is that it can be produced quite effectively. What this means is that usually, concrete is produced in quantities necessary for a project that’s about to take place, thus reducing the waste. Not only this, but the concrete that has been used for constructing a building can be used once again, even once there’s no further use for that building. Concrete can be crushed, recycled and used for pavements or as a road base.

Thermal mass

Green Concrete

Homes built with concrete foundations, walls and floors are more energy efficient than homes built with any other material. Concrete possesses the ability to both absorb and retain heat, which allows homeowners to spend much less on their heating bills. On top of this, due to concrete’s thermal mass, people with concrete homes need to spend less money on air conditioners since even the small-capacity ones can do the job.

Resource efficiency

Limestone is the most popular option when it comes to raw materials for producing concrete, which is great since our planet is extremely rich in limestone. Some other materials used for producing concrete include ash, silica fume and slag cement, which are all byproducts from manufacturing facilities. So, if you turn to experts in tilt up construction, you can rest assured no rare materials have been used for producing your concrete tilt panels.

Retaining stormwater

Green Concrete

The problem with paved surfaces is that they block natural water infiltration into the soil. This can easily create an imbalance in the ecosystem and can result in issues such as pollution and erosion. Luckily, we now have pervious concrete which allows water to infiltrate the soil. This is due to pervious concrete’s sponge-like void networks. So, when this type of concrete is used for sidewalks and roads, it can help when it comes to replenishing local water supplies.

Flood resilience

Floods have the potential to destroy homes and that’s why it’s very important to use water resilient materials when constructing a building. Only this way can all the damage floods can do be prevented. Concrete is pretty water resilient, but whether a building is waterproof or water resilient, depends on what type of concrete is used for construction. Of course, there are other design details that determine just how efficiently a building can keep water out.

All in all, concrete really is an eco-friendly environment you can’t just go wrong with, no matter what kind of building you’re constructing. And since today it’s all about being environmentally-friendly, relying on concrete is always recommended.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - December 30, 2017 at 5:11 pm

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