People who are truly environmentally friendly don’t just settle for driving a hybrid or cycling to work. Those who really care about our planet are a bit more concerned with indirect consequences of their actions and constantly try to reexamine and reevaluate these causal links. Let’s just take one’s nutritious habits into consideration. Yes, food can be organic or genetically modified but even past this, an organic food can be non-environmentally-friendly. How is this possible, you probably ask by now? Well, this all depends on the way in which the food you’re consuming is produced.
In order to make your eating habits friendly, you need to ensure that you’re taking all the necessary nutrients. Here, we have various minerals and vitamins but the three major groups that make up the majority of your meals are fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The last nutrient is vital in your muscle building process and your body’s ability to recover from a demanding physical activity. With this in mind, people who truly care about the environment need to learn which sources of protein are the most environmentally friendly.
Myths and misconceptions
When it comes to eating healthy, most people first point at lamb, beef, cheese, pork and farmed salmon as the major sources of protein. Consequently, these five are the best example that protein-rich and eco-friendly are not the one and the same thing. Carbon emission that gets produced during the fabrication of these foods is disproportionally large to their nutritious value. In other words, if the entire world became exclusive to mentioned sources of protein, this could cause a serious threat to our, already endangered environment.
The reason behind this is the fact that these animals either produce methane to digest food or their manure creates gases that produce the greenhouse effects. Aside from this, it is known that cooking and processing these foods also increases the carbon footprint.
Most efficient protein sources
As for the best protein sources you can find in the store, milk, tofu and eggs are fairly high on this list. Some might be a bit surprised by finding milk here, yet, of all animal-source foods, it was discovered that milk has one of the lowest carbon footprints out there.
As for people who simply imagine a meatless life, wild game is definitely the eco-friendliest source. Situationally, some cultures have entire cuisines based around edible insects, although some people aren’t adventurous enough to even consider such a menu. From all of the above-listed, it is more than clear that the options are ample and there’s something for both carnivorous, vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.
The next thing worth considering is food supplements. While a lot of people see them as something used by bodybuilders and professional athletes, they often fail to realize their true nature and their full potential. First of all, you need to consume about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of your mass, while leading a sedentary lifestyle. Needless to say, there are days that simply don’t allow you to follow your regular eating schedule, which is where dietary supplements can come off as lifesaving.
Apart from this, some people are lactose intolerant, which means that milk is a definite no-no. Seeing as how we already classified milk as a major protein-rich ally in your struggle for the preservation of the earth, this could pose a certain problem. According to experts behind True Protein, their whey protein isolates contain only traces of lactose, fat and carbohydrates, which makes them into a safe alternative choice.
Finally, when it comes to supplements, we need to talk about bioavailability. The amount of nutrient that enters your body is important, yet, not all of it can be used. This puts your dietary considerations into a completely new dimension.
Whey protein is the undisputed ruler with the greatest bioavailability on any chart. Eggs and milk come right after it. The best thing about this list is the fact that all three of these items come off as environmentally friendly food sources.
Regardless of the source of protein, your options of knowing that the food is 100 percent environmentally-friendly aren’t that great. That is unless you’re producing your own superfoods. Nuts and seeds are extremely rich in protein and so are grains and legumes. Some of the examples that are the easiest to produce in your own garden are quinoa and beans. In fact, these foods are capable of providing you with all essential amino acids, which, by definition, makes them into complete proteins.
As for the eco-friendliness of this entire endeavor, you want to learn how to make your own compost, start conserving water and employ various other traditional (out-of-the-box) farming techniques. For instance, by looking into great vegetable pairs, you can try out the trend of companion planting. In this way, you will make your garden into something much easier to manage. Apart from this, you will also create an environment in which your garden can become more self-sustainable.
In the end, it is important to notice that this list stands as a testament to the fact that for all those who care about the eco-friendliness of their dietary habits, there’s always a better alternative. Sure, taking the high-road is always a difficult task but you first need to determine whether this is the road worth taking. This depends on the end goal and, seeing as how the end goal is the preservation of our planet, there should be no doubt in your mind on whether this is the right thing to do.
The word ‘Madagascar’ might be associated with lemurs bounding through treetops, exotic reptiles and stunning beaches, but it’s also home to some of the poorest people on the planet. 92% of its population live below the poverty line of $2 a day and as many as 4 in 10 children in rural areas die before the age of five from easily preventable diseases such as diarrhoea. For those trying to help there’s the added complexity that the island is home to an incredible array of vulnerable animal and plant species, with around 80% of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth.
A small UK based charity, called SEED Madagascar, look to help the people, animals and plants of the island in a sustainable and ecological way and as part of this run an innovative project called Stitch Sainte Luce set up by art lecturer Sarah Brown.
Sewing the seeds of change
Like many others, when Sarah Brown, an art lecturer from Leeds, went on holiday to Madagascar she was unaware of the problems the people on the island face. She was hoping for a relaxing couple of weeks amongst the island’s unique wildlife, but the trip changed her life forever and led to her setting up an incredible charity programme, which looks to empower women through embroidery.
It was not just the extreme poverty that shocked Sarah, but also the lack of self-belief and purpose in the women she met; many of whom were living in terrible conditions, illiterate and had no options beyond marriage and motherhood. Often prevented from accessing paid work as a result of domestic responsibilities, cultural expectations, and a lack of earning opportunities, women in Madagascar often suffer the most from the effects of poverty.
Sarah decided she wanted to do something about what she’d seen, so left her job and home in the UK to move to a small village in the South East of Madagascar called Sainte Luce. There she used her embroidery skills to teach women how to put their traditional creativity to use in a project that has been named ‘Stitch Sainte Luce’.
By bringing in an income stream and teaching them a new skill set, Sarah has helped empower the women of the village and given them hope for the future. In the beginning the women produced small embroidered items for sale to charity volunteers who passed through the village. Seven years on and the project has launched a website to sell the women’s beautiful, original and creative produce, including a range of stylish make-ups bags and purses, alongside cushions and kindle and iPad cases, which take inspiration from Madagascar’s colourful and vibrant culture, wildlife and storytelling, and make beautiful and unique gifts, whether for yourself or a friend. Each design is unique and individual, with no two items alike and you can discover exactly who made each item. The beautiful products are brought back to the UK by volunteers working for the charity and so no extra air-miles are created in their delivery to this country.
How to help
For more information visit the Stitch Sainte Luce site, where you can learn about the talented women behind the products and view or buy their incredible work – www.stitchsainteluce.org
In 2018, there are a dizzying number of ways to tackle going green. For many, however, so many environmental solutions are sometimes much more expensive than their less eco-friendly alternatives. Environmentally safe soaps and personal care products are great, but they will end up costing you hundreds in the long run compared to regular options. Buying organic, locally produced foods is all well and good, but they can cost a lot more than their imported or chemically treated cousins. While you may be happy to fork out to help save the planet, many of us simply don’t have the resources. Here are 5 Eco-Tips for those people to try in 2018 that are not only green, but will save a decent amount of money as well.
Taking a Staycation
Think about taking your vacation local this year – see what your home country has to offer. If you live in the city, there will more things for you to do than you could ever squeeze into a single holiday abroad anyway. If you live in the country then check out the local national parks, historical sights, towns and villages – we guarantee you you won’t have been to even half of what’s on offer. Holidaying at home instead of flying abroad is a far more sustainable and eco-friendly option, and the savings you’ll make by not paying for those exorbitant tickets will allow you to take many more than that one big vacation a year.
Reduce meat consumption by getting creative
Veganism is now a natural part of our social fabric. Restaurant consultancy Baum + Whiteman predicted that the global number 1 food trend for 2018 will be “plant-based”, and that reflects the last 15 years of growing interest in Veganism. It’s grown steadily but surely and its not going away anytime soon. A big argument from the movement is environmental – industrial scale pastoral farming is harming our planet, as covered in some now very famous documentaries like Cowspiracy. What’s more, meat is becoming even less affordable. Here are some standard prices for cheaper cuts of meat:
1kg – Chicken: £8-9 1kg
Beef Mince: £7 1kg
Compare that to a meat alternative like tofu or quorn and those seem very steep indeed:
1kg – Tofu: £5
1kg – Quorn: £6
It’s true though that despite their attractive price-tag, quorn and tofu are famously not that interesting to cook with. Here’s our advice – get creative! A new wave of vegan alternatives to your much loved classics have rejuvenated what it means to substitute. Produce such delights as: Tofish – a seaweed wrapped tofu bar coated in batter and deep-fried (sounds weird but it’s genuinely delicious, and tastes very authentic). Vegan Fried Chicken – uses nutritional yeast as a good chicken-y alternative. With a bit of experimentation, the gentle learning curve of making simple substitutions will have you squashing your budget and your carbon footprint without missing your favourite meals.
Take a look at the new ‘sharing economy’, services under it including BlaBlaCar and AirBnB. These platforms are driven by ‘collaborative consumption’ and are linked by their emphasis on more efficiently using the resources around you – take spare seats in cars and free living rooms over cab companies and hotels. A recent addition to the sharing economy, Fat Lama allows anyone to rent out anything to anyone, insured. Instead of wasting money on buying something people only use once, they can now rent it from a professional looking to make a little more from their gear – and they usually charge a lot less than standard rental houses. Fat Lama is slowly but surely making the environment a little healthier by reducing harmful factory production . The next time you need something – from a bike to a drone – rent it from your neighbours. You’ll save the planet, and a bit of cash along the way.
Cut Down on Plastic Packaging in the Kitchen
In 2016, the Guardian reported that only a third of recyclable plastic packaging was actually recycled by all British households. The main reason? Sorting out the recycling is a frustrating and time-consuming process which is relatively unrewarding, especially if you don’t think you’ve done it right. Here are two ways to reduce the amount of packaging you produce in the kitchen, making that process just a little simpler.
A) Get A Soda Stream
If you like soft drinks, or even just fizzy water, you may benefit from investing in a sodastream. For less than £100 you can buy a sodastream which carbonate water at the click of a button resulting in a fresh fizz every time. Cut down on plastic bottle use like this today!
B) Ditch Coffee Pods
Coffee pods have taken the world by storm in recent years, and despite their convenience, they are expensive, absolutely terrible for the planet, and you are missing out on the pure joy of making coffee with a proper cafetiere or a drip filter. If you need that caffeine hit, put down that plastic pod and pick up a hobby to last a lifetime – and save yourself cash in the process.
Investing in Smart Home systems
The smart homes of 2018 are a real look into the future. With the popularisation of devices such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home, we are looking at totally voice controlled home systems that have never been easier to use. Smart homes are now capable of automating all things domestic, from controlling the heating and lights to individual rooms to turning on cookers, boiling kettles and opening windows. Automated energy control is the future of home energy efficiency. Admittedly the startup costs can be a little hefty, but its a thoroughly worthwhile investment in the long term. And what’s more, the reduced energy consumption is unbelievably good for the planet, so really it’s a win win. So there you go, 5 tips to help your bank account while also living a sustainable, globally conscious lifestyle in 2018 – give them a try and see how much you can save today.
By reducing the amount of natural resources you consume, reusing items that would otherwise go to waste, and recycling trash so it can be re-purposed, you’re helping ensure a brighter future for the children of today. However, planning for the future not only includes taking steps in the present day, but also preparing for tomorrow. By teaching children good conservation practices today, you’ll contribute to a cleaner future. Children who learn how to reduce, reuse and recycle now will gain the foundation they need to pass those practices on to their children and continue preserving natural resources.
Although you may live the principles of “reduce, reuse and recycle” every day in your life, it might be difficult for your children to see what you’re doing and understand why it’s important. Getting your kids involved in your efforts to reduce your family’s environmental footprint is a great way to inspire them to make eco-friendly choices later in life. There are numerous ways to teach your children how.
For example, you could help your kids learn the importance of reducing the amount of waste they generate during your regular trips to the grocery store. You can explain to them why you use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic or paper ones from the store. You can encourage them to help you find the products that use the least amount of packaging such as bulk breakfast cereals.
Helping your kids understand the importance of reusing can be as easy as encouraging them to donate their old, unwanted toys or books. You could use refillable soap dispensers and ditch paper napkins in favor of cloth. Attempting to repair damaged or broken toys before getting rid of them also helps teach kids that simply throwing items away is often extremely wasteful. Finally, asking your kids to help around the house by separating waste into recyclable and non-recyclable trash can teach them the principles of recycling and why it’s good for the environment.
There are so many ways to get your kids involved in good sustainability practices around the home. The following guide includes many of the best ideas. You reduce, reuse and recycle because you want to leave behind the best possible world for your children. It’s important to help kids understand that they need to take responsibility, too.
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According to the World Health Organization, green spaces contribute to reducing air pollution, tackling obesity, and improving mental and physical health, amongst over benefits. Governments are now placing huge emphasis on sustainability, welfare and thoughtful urban planning; for example, Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay are the wonderful culmination of urban planning, green space and art for the benefit of the city’s public.
To give an idea of how much our green spaces might be worth, Flymo has been looking at green spaces in twelve of the world’s most highly populated urban areas, where this space is most limited. By taking twelve of the world’s most famous parks and working out their potential minimum value if they were turned into apartments, it was found just how much green space is worth to a city,
View the infographic below for more information about the Value of Green Space.
Technology is continuously improving and setting new standards, including higher environmental sustainability. Winds of green change sweep across construction yards, propelling building projects to another exciting year. Yes, many trends come and go, but there are also those that become an integral part of the industry.
Green building falls into the latter category as something that is no longer considered optional or a passing fad. Forward-thinking designers and architects are leading the race introducing bold new solutions. Consequently, companies have to keep up the pace if they want to stay competitive.
So, here are some trends that are sparking attention on the world stage and are poised to dominate the construction sector this year.
Need for speed is a major factor in modern construction business. The prices of materials are still high, but modular construction projects are sprouting up everywhere and breaking new ground in terms of resource and energy-efficiency. They involve both pop-ups and permanent modular buildings built with latest technological solutions.
Environment protection is integrated into building processes and the result is something much more sustainable than a conventional building. Namely, modular construction aspires to provide maximum user comfort, minimize the environmental impact, and bring to life displaceable, “smart”, and 100% recyclable buildings.
One mainstay of this trend is effective prefabrication, an innovative method of construction that is gaining traction across the globe. Without compromising the quality, it cuts construction waste, decreases the time needed to set things up, and eliminates toxic substances from the assembly process. Everything plays out quietly and as clean as possible, using flexible components like high-grade steel frame solutions.
Prefabrication allows materials like steel to be recycled for sustainable resource management. Furthermore, once the buildings are constructed, the removal of thermal bridges and great insulation value ensure optimal energy efficiency. All in all, prefabrication is a win-win: Companies are able to achieve greater cost-effectiveness, and sustainability is taken to the next level.
Green and sustainable building materials
The market for green materials is expanding at a rapid pace. It includes materials made from renewable resources, as well as those that are recyclable at the end of their lifespan, manufactured with the help of eco-friendly processes, or contain salvaged, waste, and recycled components.
Concrete and steel are two of the most common building materials of today, but innovations in manufacturing processes have led to a substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. There is still a long way to go before these two can become truly sustainable, but in the meantime, we can rely on solutions such as mass timber (cross-laminated timber, for instance), which can be used even for large-scale projects like skyscrapers.
Zero net buildings
Reducing the energy and water usage in buildings is one of the main frontiers of sustainable innovation. In the US, residential and commercial buildings account for 40% of the total energy consumption in the country. The good news is that things are changing fast. Take the example of local government projects that set zero net energy goals.
They aim to capitalize on the trend called zero net building (not to be confused with passive houses), a construction that is designed to generate as much energy as it uses throughout the year. How is this possible? Well, zero net buildings, although connected to the grid, use on-site renewable energy sources such as solar photovoltaic panels to cover all energy needs or even create a surplus of juice.
There are a lot of things businesses can do to help increase the awareness about global warming. They can donate money to worthy causes in this field or organise their corporate practices in a way that reduces their carbon footprint. Probably the most important things that can be done is raising awareness about ecology and promoting responsible environmental behaviour.
This is something that can be done alongside running your business, it won’t prevent you from making a profit and it will create a stronger bond with your customers.
A green blog
A corporate blog usually has a much larger following than a private one because it’s a useful promotional tool, and there’s often a sense of community among the clients. This could be used to promote an eco-friendly message and point out the efforts made by your company.
The message should be subtle, or it at least shouldn’t overwhelm the reader right away. It should be a part of your day-to-day marketing efforts. That way, the message will carry more weight because you’ll be leading by an example.
Going paperless is a bit difficult for a business that already has a set routine because everyone will need to adapt to the change. However, paper waste is probably the biggest type of waste a business can generate, so quitting it altogether will send a powerful message to both your customers and your employees.
In the long-run, going paperless will save you a significant amount of money because everything you used to do and store on paper can be stored and organized digitally for a fraction of the price. The change should be implemented gradually in order to prevent losing any valuable data and to make it more convenient for everyone involved.
Use promotional materials
Promotional material can be used rather effectively to hammer in the point you’re trying to make. It’s used every day, by almost everyone, and it’s usually always within reach. That makes it a great tool for raising awareness about your business.
The only way to do this right is to try and be clever. For instance, using a promotional USB that warns against printing its content could be more noticeable than a paper or a card with a lecture about the importance of recycling.
The biggest addition to the personal carbon footprint comes from driving. That’s how our cities are structured and there’s rarely something you can do about it. Asking someone to use a bicycle or another self-powered method of transportation isn’t enough, and most employees won’t listen because it’s too inconvenient.
The best solution for this is to organize a car pool to and from work. This way the employees will save money by paying for just a portion of the ride and will reduce their carbon footprint.
Gardening and food
Farming and gardening usually have a devastating effect on the environment and it can be expensive to buy food from organic gardens if they are far away from your company. Since providing healthy and eco-friendly food should be the company’s responsibility, you might take an extra step and buy a local garden and grow your own food.
This could also be a great move for office productivity and morale. Having a company garden is something that will attract employees and allow them to relax and recharge their batteries when the daily tasks become too overwhelming. If this step is too radical for you, you may start with supporting local farmers and creating long-term deals with them.
Promoting eco-awareness is equally important as trying not to endanger the environment. Leading by example and explaining the importance of green businesses is just as difficult as running such a business.
Although summer is long gone, soon enough the weather will be warming up again and with it will come the usual hordes of blood sucking pests. Not only are mosquito bites extremely uncomfortable to deal with, they also in some cases carry dangerous diseases – so it is imperative that you protect yourself from these airborne irritants. Most mosquito control solutions involve applying mosquito repellents that contain chemicals like DEET which, it is now emerging, is harmful (toxic) not only to humans and to the natural environment generally. So if you want to avoid getting eaten alive by mosquitoes once the summer season hits again, and do so in a manner which preserves instead of destroys the biosphere, then we're here to help with these eco-friendly forms of mosquito control. Read on to find out more.
First, though, mosquitoes are attracted to the smell and heat of human skin, as well as the carbon dioxide we exhale in our breath and sweat at every moment. To deter mosquitoes from your person, the best solution is obviously to make your skin less attractive to mosquitoes. This is what conventional mosquito repellents do, they hide human scent from insects. On top of that the activities ingredients like DEET that reside in these chemicals are anathema to mosquitoes, repelling them to the same degree that carbon dioxide attracts. As we have seen though, DEET is toxic to the environment, so the question arises: are there any natural ingredients out there that repel mosquitoes and can be used in an eco-friendly mosquito repellent alternative?
The answer, fortunately, is yes! Here is one such recipe for an all-natural, environmentally friendly insect repellent.
Environmentally friendly insect repellent recipes
Simply mix 2 tablespoons olive oil together with 10 drops essential oil of either eucalyptus, basil, lavender, lemon balm or citronella, peppermint, rosemary, geranium or cloves. All of these natural ingredients are effective at repelling mosquitoes, and can be purchased in most cases at health food stores. Combine the ingredients in a glass jar, then stir and dab a few droplets onto your skin or clothing.
Meanwhile, for an eco-friendly anti-mosquito spray, take a half cup of rosemary and add to one cup of boiling water. Let steep for an hour, then once cool, refrigerate. Spray on yourself as required.
Here's another recipe for an anti-mosquito dab. Mix a half cup of crushed parsley with apple cider vinegar, refrigerate and then dab the mixture on your skin as required.
Lemon balm or citronella was mentioned above as a potential ingredient in an all-natural, eco-friendly mosquito repellent – this substance can also be used in candles that release citronella as a vapor, and which are also quite effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Quite apart from the mosquito repellents that you apply to your skin as a lotion or spray, there are plenty of other simple tricks and tips out there for deterring mosquitoes – that don't involve damaging the environment.
Other mosquito deterring tips & tricks
For example, when you are outside during peak mosquito season and hours of the day, you should always wear thick, long sleeved shirts and pants, with equally thick socks and shoes that you can tuck into your pants. Essentially the less skin you expose to mosquitoes, the more protected you are against them.
Another point: sources of still, standing water are a literal breeding ground for mosquitoes, so to avoid getting swarmed by mosquitoes in the summer, remove all such sources of water from your home – including wading pools, empty flowerpots, pet dishes, bird baths. If you have a swimming pool, cover it when not in use, and also remove any leaves form the surface of the water (they attract mosquitoes). If you must have a pool or pond in your yard, stock it with mosquito fish or some other native fish that eat mosquitoes. Also regularly cut back the grass and weed your garden, as these provide potential places of shelter for insects.
A few other suggestions: encourage bats onto your property by building a bat house. The reason? Bats eat mosquitoes. When you are sitting out on the deck, have a fan running nearby – the swirling, turbulent air makes it more difficult for mosquitoes to navigate a straightforward path to your skin.
Everyone is already more or less aware of the conventional methods on how to properly recycle. Some routinely do these in the name of going green, but for some reason the waste everybody produces has gotten even worse. It seems like everybody is talking about saving the environment and they try to recycle, but it's not doing anything significant.
Purchasing that bottled water might not seem like a big deal to one person but imagine everyone having the same perspective.
In one year there are over 200 billion bottles of water consumed globally of which 176 billion ends up in landfills or the ocean. There are 1,500 bottles of water consumed per second in the United States alone. Considering that bottled water is 2,000 times more expensive than tap water, it's a wonder everybody loves overpaying for H20.
This is one of the most important things a human being needs. Good, clean, safe drinking water. Instead of buying bottled water from an external manufacturer, it would be more cost-effective and ecology friendly to install a reverse osmosis water filtration system for use at home.
This water purification system works by using household water pressure to push water through the reverse osmosis membrane as well as additional carbon and sediment filters, what's left is good tasting drinking water.
If you have one at home, then it's like drinking the water from your favourite restaurant. That's because they have the very same system installed in their kitchen, so rest assured that the quality of water your home system produces is up to par with the bottled version. Most of these water filtration systems are designed to fit under your sink, and there are a lot of options available.
Having safe drinking water straight from the tap is definitely something every home needs. This particular investment would save time, money and not to mention all the plastic bottles that would otherwise be generated by your household. Make sure to stock up on the needed filters and that's all there is to it.
Use a reusable water bottle
Everybody remembers using a water bottle as a little kid, it's not that unusual, but you hardly see grown adults walking around going about their day carrying a water bottle around. Why is that? Is it because it's not considered fashionable to be bringing a water bottle when you’re out and about.
More than likely it's because people have grown accustomed to the convenience of just buying bottled water the moment thirst strikes and do not take into consequence one plastic bottle.
Some might own a water bottle for when they hit the gym, go for that run, enjoy the outdoors, or go camping but that is not enough anymore.
Carrying a personal water bottle wherever might seem like a chore, but imagine all the cash you can save by no longer having to buy water from a store when you're thirsty.
If you don’t own a reusable water bottle, start researching the best options. If you want to completely avoid plastic, try a stainless steel or glass version. Buy two for good measure.
Try and picture what the world would be like if everyone contributes in this little way. The world would be saved from having to deal with 105 billion tons of disposable water bottles.
Granted this is one of the more popular options for going green, but not a lot of people know that they can make money by getting a solar power system installed at home. Most environmentally conscious nations have government programs and incentives available to its citizens to help them go green.
If you qualify, then you can even take advantage of these government-sponsored renewable energy programs which would then help to pay for the system in part, or at times the whole cost.
Once installed, because of net metering or feed-in tariffs, the excess energy your solar panels create will be sent back to the utility companies and they will be the ones paying you.
The UK has some has environmental programs currently in place for its citizens. The U.S also has some federal and state grants available for eligible homeowners. The monetary incentives are what's unusual about going solar in these cases. Some may not even be aware that government funding for transitioning to solar exists.
They do. And it's best to take advantage of it while it's available.
Definitely the most unusual item on the list. The average individual throws away 15 tons of plastic from food packaging in his or her lifetime. Who would think something so small could contribute to so much waste that it ends up creating mountains of trash in your local landfill.
The idea of utilising edible utensils is intriguing, to say the least, and has created quite a buzz for eco-warriors all over the world. The idea came from an Indian company, and it was a big hit on Kickstarter.
It is surprisingly easy to make these edible utensils. Anyone with rudimentary baking skills would be able to create their very own set of consumable tools. All you have to do is first prepare the ingredients: 3.5 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup water, lined baking sheet, 1 tbsp. Salt. Then set up your tools: rolling pin, scissors, knife, metal utensils and then follow this video.
If the idea of making your edible utensils seems too cumbersome, they are available to be purchased in bulk from Bakeys (100 edible spoons per order).
With these in your eco arsenal, one could bring them along for camping trips or for any activity that would otherwise require plastic utensils. The best part is that when you’re done using these, just eat them for a lite snack.
Plastic recycling machine
This is not for the half hearted eco-warrior. Since most plastic ends up in landfill and the recycling rate of plastic is below 10%, building a personal recycling machine for use in your neighbourhood would be a brilliant solution.
There is an open source plastic recycling machine which would allow the user to reuse, recycle and reform plastic into any mould they sees fit. There is a multitude of applications.
This type of machine would enable old materials to become new again. It’s not a big machine and can comfortably fit in a tiny garage or a shed in the backyard.
Making new products from recycled materials can prove to be profitable as well. Selling these items locally or online and making a few dollars would be a nice return for helping to save the environment.
Action the unusual
These environmental woes will not disappear by themselves. Everyone has to do their part in managing our wasteful ways to keep the planet habitable for the future generations.
These are just a few unusual examples of how you can save money saving the environment and avoid unnecessary plastic. Filter your water, use a reusable water bottle, get paid for transitioning to solar and recycle.
We’ve found that 35% of people are actually willing to try eating bugs, which shows a potential shift in people’s opinions when it comes to eating insects. With edible bugs containing more protein than the likes of chicken and tofu, it’s also a sustainable food option. Cricket farming costs less money and resources than chicken farming.
The survey found that out of those who said they exercise daily, nearly half (47%) were up for giving bugs a taste. PureGym have also worked with Eat Grub to create three staple recipes that everyone enjoys, but with the added twist of bugs or cricket powder.
You can see a video experiment of three gym managers trying out these dishes here: