About Malaysia’s first ever Rainforest Fringe Festival

It's a great way to raise awareness and bring the plight of Malaysia's rainforests to the attention of more people. The first ever Rainforest Fringe Festival takes place in Kuching, Sarawak in July, a ten day extravaganza of art and craft, music, exhibitions, fashion, performance and more. It's on from 7th July and is the precursor to the Rainforest World Music Festival, an extremely popular two day day event held at the Sarawak Cultural Village, celebrating its 20th birthday this year.

The festival is designed to support the Rainforest World Music Festival, and has an interesting remit: to educate and inspire local people, giving them an understanding of the “huge treasure trove” that the region's forests offer, and about the funds that have been set aside for the development of arts and culture in the region.

The rich heritage of Sarawak will be portrayed by a concert featuring local talent: the pop singers Dayang Nurfaizah and Pete Kallang, the Indie musician Noh Salleh, the actor-singer Tony Eusoff, and the highly respected sape player and artist Mathew Ngau. There will be plenty of art exhibitions, including paintings, sculpture, installations and photography, providing a fascinating insight into the region's people and traditions.

Some of the major highlights of the ten day festival

  • Sarawak photographer K.F Wong’s 1940s-50s photos of the many ancient tribes in Sarawak, including the Dayak people
  • Photojournalist Jimmy Nelson’s images of indigenous communities
  • Photographer and botanist Ch’ien Lee’s stunning wildlife and nature photography
  • Sarawakian artist Kendy Mitot combines the traditional arts and culture with innovative mixed media works
  • Alena Murang, the musician, dancer and artist looks back at into the past at the nature and people of Borneo
  • Spencer Byles presents an outdoor exhibition of natural sculptures, using the rainforest as his canvas
  • A craft and vintage market selling vintage and contemporary artisan items
  • Daily film screenings
  • A colourful fashion show
  • Fascinating talks about British explorers and naturalists Charles Hose and Alfred Wallace

If you are fortunate enough to be in the area when the festival kicks off you are in for a treat. The Rainforest Fringe Festival takes place in the Old Court House, Kuching Amphitheatre, Waterfront Hotel and Culture Club. It has been organised thanks to a collaboration by Joe Sidek Productions, the local Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport, Sarawak Tourism, and the Rainforest World Music Festival.


To help protect some of the worlds most vulnerable rainforest, please consider making a donation to the Rainforest Foundation.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 7, 2017 at 5:07 pm

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Types of Solar Power Systems and How Solar Energy Is Produced

Environmental awareness is getting higher and higher and many homeowners and businesses are searching for new ways to power their buildings. Luckily, today we have several sources of renewable energy that everyone is trying to incorporate into their lives. One of the most efficient sources certainly is the Sun and its energy. To be precise, solar energy is light and heat from the Sun, harnessed by a range of evolving technologies, such as solar thermal energy, photovoltaics, solar heating, and many other solar power systems.

Another reason why solar power systems are entering our homes and businesses is because of their benefits for the environment. Firstly, solar power reduces the emission of toxic gases into the air, thus reducing the pollution. Secondly, it reduces water pollution because it doesn’t use water to generate electricity. Thus it preserves the local water resources. Lastly, since sunlight is a renewable source of energy, solar power reduces the need for finite energy resources.

How does it work?

Solar power systems, like ones you can put on your roof, produce the needed power directly from the Sun. Sunlight is directly transformed into electricity by the solar cells situated in the panels. Each solar cell is made of silicon, combined with other materials in such a way that there are some missing electrons in one part of the cell, while in the other there are extra electrons. When the sunlight hits the cell, the extra electrons in the silicon are knocked by the photons in the light and they freely flow to the missing electron part of the cell. The flow that is created thus produces the electrical current that reaches the inverter, which transforms that current into usable electricity.

Grid-tied utility interconnected systems

These systems don’t require any batteries, because they are designed to contribute power back into the existing supply, and not for back-up power. Utility interconnected systems are perfect for residential and commercial buildings because they will pay for themselves throughout the years, because they will significantly lower the utility bills. By installing these solar power systems on your roof, you are powering your home with green power which will also reduce pollution in the environment. Since this is a convenient power solution for renewable energy, you have a vast variety of models to choose from, such as the 5kw solar systems, and supply your home with clean energy and lower bills. Utility interconnected systems are designed to lower the power demands from the utility or to sell power back to the utility, in some cases.

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Standalone DC systems

These systems are usually a substitute for a utility power. They include solar charging modules, a charger regulator, storage batteries and controls. A smaller standalone DC system is a perfect replacement for noisy generators and kerosene lamps on a boat, recreational vehicle or a remote home. This system uses photovoltaic (PV) array to charge the batteries during the day and the battery supplies power where it is needed. The sizing will depend on the wattage of the loads and how often you are using them.

Standalone AC-DC systems

This system is similar to the previous one, but it uses DC to AC inverter. Additionally, this system can power the common appliances in your home, such as vacuum cleaner, computer, power tools, kitchen appliances and washing machines. DC to AC inverters are available with a variety of power outputs, ranging from 100 watts to 10 kilowatts. What is more, larger inverters can also serve as battery charges from a backup generator when you need more power than the solar module can supply.

We have to pay good attention to how we are using energy resources around us. Our environment is at stake, as well as our homes and health. Luckily, with massive advances in technology each year, we have the opportunity to utilize the renewable sources of energy, such as sunlight. This only results in green ways to power our homes and business buildings without leaving a trace in the environment.

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm

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The Global Species Crisis: Mammals on the Brink of Extinction

For some animal species, time on planet Earth is running out. There have been five mass extinctions in the planet’s history, and animal populations so far suggest that we may have entered what will be the sixth great extinction wave. Since the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the idea of saving many of the world’s animals was first recognised, scientists have strived to save dwindling animal numbers. But, despite efforts, the list of endangered species has more than doubled in the past two decades according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). More than 23,000 plant and animal species are listed on the IUCN, including corals, birds, mammals and amphibians.

What classes an animal as endangered?

The IUCN accounts for all of the endangered species, classifying them on a spectrum that ranges from “near threatened” to “extinct”; with “endangered” species in the middle. Factors that are examined to determine the level of extinction include a vulnerability analysis of a species’ habitat, an indication of a shrinking population, and observing issues that prevent reproduction.

As it stands, 3,406 mammal species are categorised as threatened. In 2015 the number stood at 1,201. Extinction rates have reached levels unparalleled since the dinosaurs died out 66 million years ago, and this is mainly because of air and water pollution, forest clearing, loss of wetlands, and other man-induced environmental changes. As human beings, we are responsible for being the biggest threat to endangered species. Habitat loss is the greatest threat to wildlife globally, affecting over 2,000 mammals.

How losing species could create a butterfly effect.

Species loss threatens to reduce biodiversity and ultimately the collapse of ecosystems across the world. One of the biggest examples of this are endangered bees. The rusty patched bumblebee’s population has plummeted nearly 90% since the 1990’s in the United States. Bees play a vital role in pollination for agriculture, globally honey bees are the world's most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one-third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees.

The Countries with the most threatened mammal species.

For World Environment Day on 5th June, Eco2Greetings have used World Bank data to highlight where in the world mammals are most in need of protection and conservation. The map reveals the top 10 countries with the most threatened mammals.

The number of mammals in Eco2Greeting’s top 10 list who are on the brink of extinction is 898, and they are struggling to survive in all corners of the world; from Australia and Malaysia to Mexico and Brazil. Indonesia is the country taking the top spot of the most threatened mammal list. A gargantuan 188 species of mammal are classified as endangered here and will be wiped out completely if more is not done to conserve them in their corner of the world. Madagascar, home to the favourable Lemur is next with 120 of their national mammal species under threat.

Find the full interactive map here.

 

Global Species Crisis

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Posted by Eco Warrior - June 2, 2017 at 6:45 am

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DIY Car Cleaning Tips With Baking Soda

Motorbazee.com an automotive portal in India has come up with an informative infographic on car cleaning with baking soda. Yes, you read it right baking soda one of the most common items available in almost all kitchens. To help you clean your car in a green way, protecting the environment from harsh chemical based car cleaners Motorbazee has created an infographic on the topic – Car Cleaning Tips with Baking Soda. Now you can follow this DIY green car cleaning approach to make it shine to the best.

So, let’s explore the infographic below on how you can clean your car – make it shine and can get rid of the bad odour all with an effective product in your kitchen i.e., baking soda.

DIY Car Cleaning Tips With Baking Soda

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 30, 2017 at 6:11 am

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Tips for Creating Innovative Co-Working Spaces

Co-working is a specific type of work that involves different companies and employees who all share the same space. Workers are often working for different companies and organizations, but each is searching for a place to get work done or a place where they can access specific tools for their job.

Co-working spaces have been growing in popularity, mainly as a result of businesses embracing a more relaxed office atmosphere and giving employees more power over where they work. The idea has been growing for a few years, now, with companies like Google taking the initial lead with their innovative workspaces that encouraged creativity and stress-free environments, as opposed to uniformity.

Nowadays, improved technology is allowing businesses to work with employees who never step foot into the office, and it’s giving workers the power to create their own schedules and avoid long commutes. This is where co-working spaces have become so useful.

To create an innovative co-working space, there are a few key elements that will make it an effective and efficient workspace for all those who join.  Consider these tips for creating innovative co-working spaces:

Ensure There Is a Need

Before you start designing a co-working space, it’s critical that you ensure that area is in need of a space like this. It’s not necessarily a type of business that will intrigue and bring in people from all over the place; these kinds of spaces are built specifically in locations that are easy to reach, located in highly-populated areas, and in high demand.

A city that has hardly any start-ups or open-office spaces likely isn’t looking to send its employees to another location to work. Do your research ahead of time and be sure to find out if there are existing spaces that already fit the bill.

Decide on an End Goal

Is the purpose of your co-working space to make money? Or it is simply to offer a great workspace that will bring amazing people together for hardly any profit at all? For many co-working spaces, there are daily or monthly fees that are required to participate; these are often spaces that include high-tech equipment, meeting rooms, and other quality features.

However, other co-working spaces will charge very little to use the space, but their profits are usually used just to keep the space open. For many, it is more about the potential of these people meeting in their space than it is about making an income from it. Be sure you know your reason for creating a space like this before you start investing, purchasing, and charging.

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Provide Utilities Before Furniture

Individuals who are looking for a space to work will likely be more willing to sit on the floor, so long as they have an internet connection and the tools they need. While having comfortable places to sit and tables to work on is important, providing your workspace with the necessary utilities trumps any kind of need for furniture.

Keep this in mind when you’re creating your innovative co-working space; items such as high-speed internet, scanners, ink cartridges, and printers will be much more valued by people who are using your space to work. Once you have all of the necessity utilities, then it will be time to think about a budget for your desks, tables, coffee machines, etc.

Offer Different Options

It has been argued that some of the open-concept office spaces are doing more harm than good when it comes to specific workers. For example, while sales workers will thrive in an open floorplan where team communication can flourish, another worker who is trying to focus on deciphering code may find this approach very distracting. Arguments stretch from an easier spread of common colds to an onslaught of distraction that puts efficiency in reverse.

When it comes to your co-working space, there will be all different kinds of needs of the people who join. While some will want that open concept idea in which to bounce ideas, others will be seeking silence and calm.

To make sure your space is effective for all needs, try to be very creative when it comes to utilizing the area for different requirements. Perhaps you’ll want to incorporate “quiet only” rooms, as well as specific rooms for meetings and open-concept spaces. The larger the space, the more you’ll be able to accommodate the needs of each worker in the space that suits them best.

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Have Every Requirement Met

Those co-working spaces that do best are often ones that can offer lots of different services for their members. If you envision your co-working space growing in the future, you might consider adding in a community kitchen, vending machines, larger washrooms, and even an independent coffee shop.

Workers who know that all of their needs can be met in this one place won’t have to worry about making different stops throughout the day; your co-working space will essentially become their one-stop shop for getting work done, having their lunch, hosting a coffee meeting, and maybe even hitting the gym if you’ve got the space for it. The options are endless when it comes to these spaces, so long as you can continue to offer the best tools and a great space to get work done; after all, this is the initial goal for co-working spaces.

Workers

Location Is Everything

If your space is hard to find or inaccessible for some people, then you’re definitely going to be missing out on a lot of traffic. It’s very important that you choose a location where you know people will have no trouble finding you, especially if you want to cater to people who are passing through the area from out of town.

This is also why it’s important to have a space that is accessible by car or foot, and which has ample parking in the area for those people who are from out of town. Locations that are hard to reach or that lack parking availability will likely not cater to a large group of people.

Conclusion

Creating an innovative co-working space can be a lot of fun, and you can often incorporate your own kind of style and preferences when it’s time to bring the décor and style together. However, before you get too far along, be sure that the demand for your space is there and that you can provide all of the necessary utilities for workers to get up and running.

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 26, 2017 at 6:35 am

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Going Green! 5 Eco-Friendly Small Businesses in America Changing the Game

The idea of sustainability has become a very commonplace term in the last decade. More and more, we are becoming aware of the permanent effects our actions have on the planet, and we are increasingly aware of our personal responsibility to make better choices when it comes to making eco-friendly choices.

Not only do we have a personal responsibility in our homes and daily lives to be more proactive about the environment, but it’s also becoming more important for businesses to start making these moves as well.

Nowadays, companies could be losing out on a lot of business when their customers realize where their products come from or if they don’t at least try to practice sustainability. Often, consumers will go with a competitor who is doing more to work toward sustainability, even if it means spending a little more for their products and services.

New goals for sustainability have been set in the United States in terms of reducing emissions and greenhouse gases, and everyone from large corporations to small businesses will need to start adopting more efficient practices. The following are 5 eco-friendly small businesses in the U.S. that are changing the game for the better:

1. Andean Collection

The Andean Collection was founded by Amanda Judge, an individual with a master’s degree in economic development and a desire to make a positive impact on the world. This jewelry collection was founded to bring sustainable change to impoverish communities in South America, by helping them to create jewelry in a profitable market.

It is an eco-fair-trade jewelry company, where the jewelry is made from seeds that are harvested from the South American rainforest. The nuts are then processed and dyed in a way that is less impactful on the environment. The company uses environmentally friendly textile dyes for coloring the seeds.

Not only is the process of making the jewelry sustainable, but the company also helps to provide women in Ecuador with a way out of poverty.

2. Bennu, LLC

Bennu

Bennu is a marketing company that provides services for a wide variety of businesses with an eco-friendly mindset. They only make and work with eco-friendly products and use sustainable business practices to lower their carbon footprint.

For example, Bennu works with a company that sells shirts and backpacks that are made with only 100% recycled materials, and they insist on working with certified plants that use decreased emissions and recycled materials.

3. Wash Cycle Laundry

The Wash Cycle Laundry company is a triple-bottom-line business (TBL) that, essentially, picks up your laundry, cleans it in a sustainable way, and then returns it to you—all via bicycle. The company uses natural, locally produced products, as well as high-efficiency washing machines to ensure that the process is eco-friendly from start to finish. The process helps to save on water, energy, and gas in order to beat out regular washing and drying machines that use up a lot more of all of these elements.

Aside from the eco-friendly system they use, Wash Cycle Laundry is working to form relationships with various non-profit job training programs and is the perfect opportunity for those who are having a hard time looking for employment. Those who want a job in a sustainable market that also includes some outdoor exercise are the perfect candidates. The company is growing to serve universities, gyms, salons, and spas and continues its outreach to improve other companies and the way they clean their laundry.

4. Tropical Traders Specialty Foods

Tropical Traders Specialty Foods

This company works to provide vendors with a triple-bottom-business model that creates amazing honey. Tropical Traders Specialty Foods sells honey under the names Royal Hawaiian Honey and Bee Well Honey brands. Their honey is 100% raw and comes from a family-owned apiary on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The honey itself is certified organic and was named the nation’s first certified carbon neutral food. Honey made under the Bee Well Honey brand is harvested in Brazil and is also available as certified organic and Fair Trade Certified. Aside from the product being certified organic, the company ensures that they are certified carbon neutral and that the beekeepers involved are paid fair wages (fair trade).

The integrity of the company is to treat co-workers, bees, and the environment in a fair and respectful way. The success of their business relies on ecological awareness and preservation, and this small business uses their platform to share their world views and help others to become more aware of the effects of sustainability.

5. Liberty Bottleworks

 

Liberty Bottleworks

Liberty Bottleworks is a green company that works entirely within the United States. Manufactured from 100% recycled aluminum, Liberty Bottles are the only product with their process completed entirely within the U.S. The equipment used for manufacturing uses less water and resources, and their waste water is cleaned for reuse. Any metal scraps are also melted down so that they may also be reused to make more bottles.

The basics of this company were to support the United States, create more jobs in the country, support U.S. suppliers and to do it all in clean factories. The goal is to be a zero-waste business, and, even after all of the eco-friendly actions that are already taken, the company still donates 5% of net sales of their Karma collection bottles to charities, including Keep America Beautiful, National Parks Conservation Association, and Canned Water 4 Kids.

Conclusion

It’s important for all business to take responsibility for their company’s carbon footprint and for them to have an understanding of the kinds of effects it will have on the environment. Even now, as many companies work to reduce their footprint, the planet still needs more help to reverse the effects of some of our poorer choices of the past.

Working with certified companies is important, in order to ensure that the businesses you’re supporting are providing you with products and services that you can trust. It’s a great idea to speak with companies you support to ask them about their processes or to offer some suggestions to help them reduce their impact on the environment for the future.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 26, 2017 at 6:25 am

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Climate Change and You: How to Protect the Environment in Your Community

Climate change is a huge issue facing the world today. So huge, in fact, that you might feel like there’s nothing you alone can do about it. However, the fight against climate change requires the cooperation of everyone, and no effort to protect the environment is too small. Read on to discover how you can make a difference in your changing climate.

What is climate change?

Climate change refers to a shift in the usual weather patterns, or climate, of a particular location. On a larger scale, climate change is the changing temperature of the Earth’s air, land, and oceans. While weather patterns can vary from month to month and year to year, climate change refers to shifts over long periods of time.

What causes climate change?

Climate change is the result of heat becoming trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere. Heat gets trapped because of greenhouse gases, which prevent the Sun’s energy from leaving the atmosphere. This is known as the greenhouse effect.

Greenhouse gases come from different places, but use of fossil fuels is the biggest way that humans contribute to the greenhouse effect. Fossil fuel emissions come from a variety of sources. Industry contributes over 20 percent of total emissions, while transportation in the form of vehicles, airplanes, trains, and ships is responsible for about 27 percent of emissions. The energy you use to light and heat your home contributes to the greenhouse effect, as does agriculture and deforestation.

What are the effects of climate change?

When you measure climate change in degrees, the issue may seem small. However, even a small change in the Earth’s temperature can have a severe impact. Climate change can cause:

  • Rising sea levels.
  • More severe and frequent storms.
  • Drought and heat waves.
  • Plant and animal extinctions.

How could climate change impact my community?

The effects of climate change could mean real problems for communities around the globe. Extreme weather events can devastate communities, causing deaths, destroying livelihoods, and leading to years-long rebuilding efforts.

Changes in rainfall and weather can disrupt the production of food crops, increasing the cost of groceries and creating food insecurity in communities not accustomed to wondering where their next meal will come from. Floods and droughts can disrupt the supply of fresh water for drinking, crop irrigation, and energy. If you live in a coastal area, you could even see the landscape transform completely due to rising sea levels.

What can I do about climate change?

It’s not hard to reduce your carbon footprint. With a few small changes to your lifestyle, you can reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions you produce. Here are some ways to get started:

  • Reduce how much you drive. By opting for walking, bicycling, or public transportation whenever you can, you can reduce the amount of fossil fuels your vehicle consumes. When you have to drive, try to carpool to reduce the number of emissions-producing vehicles on the road.
  • Choose vehicles with better gas mileage. Cars contribute to emissions through their gasoline usage, so the less fuel you need, the smaller your carbon footprint. Driving a more fuel-efficient car will also save you money.
  • Lower driving speeds. Driving at speeds over 70 mph consumes more fuel than driving at lower speeds.
  • Reduce your meat consumption. Meat production is a major contributor to climate change, especially beef and lamb. Since people in industrialized nations eat, on average, twice as much meat as is considered healthy, cutting back could benefit your health as well.
  • Moderate your thermostat. Keeping your house cooler in winter and warmer in summer reduces the amount of gas and electricity you use. Both gas and electric temperature control systems use fossil fuels. If you can’t sacrifice comfort, look for other options for making your home green, like passive solar heating or a geothermal heating and cooling system.
  • Switch light bulbs for LEDs. Since LED lights consume less electricity than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, this swap can create a more eco-friendly home.

Stopping the progression of climate change requires a global effort, but the change begins with you. To help in the fight against climate change, start incorporating these strategies for energy efficiency into your life today. For more information on tax rebates and incentives for green home improvements, click here.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 26, 2017 at 5:45 am

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Easy Ways to Recycle Electronics

We enjoy upgrading our electronic devices when new brands and new models are released, but that leaves us with a pile of old devices that need to be given away or recycled. It can seem like a complicated process, but with a little research, electronics recycling is the safest way to dispose of your gadgets to make room for new ones.

Electronic waste has become an important topic of discussion with environmentalists because of our dependence on these products to work and live. Laptops, smartphones and tablets can all be recycled and you’ll be satisfied to know that you’re protecting the environment with these methods.

Why Recycle Your Devices?

There are several reasons you shouldn’t just throw your old devices in the trash, but the most significant is the presence of toxic chemicals in these products. Elements like lead, mercury and cadmium can be very dangerous when they’re absorbed through air, water and food, so it’s imperative that all your electronics, including televisions and PC’s are recycled safely and responsibly.

The toxins are created through chemical processes used to make your devices, and when they’re exposed to the environment, they will cause harm to the population in the surrounding area. When we don’t use electronics recycling and choose to dump our devices into a landfill, we leave ourselves open to birth defects, cancer and organ damage.

What Are Your Options?

High standard e-stewards are located in every U.S. state that will not only recycle your devices, they will also refurbish things that still work. You’ll need to make sure you delete any personal data you might have on your items, but this is one of the most beneficial and easiest ways to dispose of your gadgets. You can also donate functional devices to organizations that will redistribute them to areas of need like schools, non-profits and other parts of the world to help with job training and economic growth.

Recycling cell phones is probably the easiest thing to do, since there are several ways to mail out your phones free of charge. A quick web search will give you enough comfortable options to choose from.

Earn Money While Going Green

Electronic manufacturers will sometimes offer to take back your devices for responsible recycling, and depending on the company, you may get money back with the trade in. In most cases, you can contact the manufacturer directly to find out how they handle recycling their products. Apple especially has an extensive recycling program for all their products.

Locally, you can check your town or city’s calendar for a collection date for used electronics. If this isn’t an option, however, you can bring most of your old products to retailers like Best Buy and Staples. These stores are known to be responsible recyclers since they partner with the brands they sell.

If your devices are in good working shape, you can also try to sell them yourself. Again, make sure that all your personal data is wiped or deleted from the item. Websites like eBay and Green Buyback are great places to try and make some money back on the devices you’ve outgrown. There are plenty of people who will want your devices at a discount.

Electronics recycling doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated, but it is a very important part of being an environmentally responsible consumer. With a little research, you can donate, return, sell or simply find a reputable recycler to dispose of your gadgets without using landfills. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that someone else might be getting use out of your devices, and you’re also helping to avoid environmental illnesses from electronic waste. Being responsible will ensure you enjoy your upgrades even more.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 24, 2017 at 5:53 am

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Scrap Tyres – Waste Not Want Not

Once a tyre is no longer fit for its primary purpose of moving your car along a road, what do you do with it? Do you simply toss it aside or jettison it in a landfill, or do you try to find a practical way in which it can be customised to give it a new lease of life?

This infographic from Titan Australia explores the alarming extent to which scrap tyres are wasted and suggests several different ways in which they can be repurposed. By finding a new use for scrap tyres rather than just dumping or burning them, you’ll be helping the environment and exercising your inner creator.

Next time you have a tyre that’s served its time propelling your vehicle, think about how it can be revamped into a solution for something in your home or garden instead of dumping it and creating another environmental problem in a world that’s full of them.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 22, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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Beauty products – How ‘organic’ are they really?

Did you know that it's the Soil Association’s Organic Beauty & Wellbeing Week?

To celebrate, Ethical Consumer have put together a list of the 68 certified organic brands covered in their recently updated beauty guides.

Their list will help you find certified organic products. Many products on the shop shelves claim to be ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, while containing zero organic ingredients.

This is because, unlike organic food, there are no legal standards for using the terms ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ on beauty products. See our beauty list to help you shop organic.

Ethical Guide to shampoo – a look behind their research

They sat down with Anna, their lead researcher on the Shampoo guide to find out more about the sector. Watch their interview to find out how they rated the brands, which companies responded to their questionnaire and the best ethical alternatives.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - May 19, 2017 at 7:56 am

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