Gifts helping build a sustainable future in Madagascar

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

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 29, 2018 at 7:39 am

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5 Green Ways to Save Cash in 2018

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

Pork: £9

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.

Collaborative Consumption

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.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 29, 2018 at 7:25 am

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Autumn Gardening Projects to Keep Your Backyard Green and Breathtaking

Autumn is one of the best parts of the year for gardening, and you can do so much every day in order to prepare your plants for the upcoming weather changes. Weather conditions starting from March are fit for planting herbs and veggies, but also different sorts of flowers in all colours, as these can blossom even at low temperatures. No matter how big or small your garden is, you can find a quiet corner to relax and enjoy some gardening you’ll be proud of later.

Start with preparing the soil

First, you’ll need to build a strong foundation for your plants. You can achieve this by using fertilizers and nourishing the ground that’s still warm from the summer heat. This will provide your plants with enough nutrients to start growing, as well as with some additional pesticides so that they will start to spread quite soon. You need to keep the soil moist: after being constantly dry during the summer, these cooler autumn days are a true relief not only for the plants, but also the soil. This doesn’t mean you should reduce watering, though; it just means you won’t have to do it as frequently. Although the surface seems like it’s moist, deep down, the soil is still dry and you’ll need to water it quite a lot before the water reaches the roots of your plants.

Plant without worrying about it

Autumn is a glorious time for many plants because the weather conditions suit lots of different species. The most obvious choice would be planting bulbs, because they can survive these conditions and will add some much-needed colour to your backyard. You’d be surprised at the variety of colours, sizes and shapes these flowers come in. Moreover, as they reach their full potential in the spring, this is the perfect time to plant them and show them love before they start blooming. Another great choice is Boronia, a native Australian shrub famous for its unique, fresh, perfume-like smell. Not only do its pink, yellow and green colours really pop in any garden, but they also stand out thanks to this overpowering smell.

It’s all about the design

Because of the specific weather conditions, many Aussies decide to ask experts for help when it comes to planning their backyard. They know how changeable the weather is, so they often seek out professional help to make sure their plants will survive until the warm weather comes back. People often have a tendency of wanting to do everything on their own and, to be honest, this isn’t always the best solution. Landscape design is a complicated process that includes all the landscape planning, planting and incorporating additional water features. This is why it’s worth hiring experts in landscaping from North Shore to keep your garden flawless and ensure you’ll get the most out of it by the springtime.

Lawn care and fertilizers

After a hot and dry summer, your lawn is quite dry and far away from its signature green colour, so autumn is the perfect time to take care of it. First of all, you need to recover your lawn and fertilize it without using any strong products you used during spring and summer. You need to find a solution that contains a low percentage of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, as these repair damaged roots and help new ones grow. Time organization is crucial here because you’ll need to do all of this before the temperature seriously drops and prevents your lawn from recovering before the cold weather. This will ultimately result in strong roots and thick grass in the spring. What you also need to take care of is your garden’s hygiene, and although this seems like something you can skip, make sure not to do so. Clean all the garbage, remove the grass after mowing your lawn and see if there are bugs eating your plants or trees, because this can be a rather serious problem. This is the time to react; don’t rely on the cold winter temperature to remove the unwanted guests from your backyard, but be prepared for any situation. After that’s done, just pay attention to the final touches and enjoy your garden and its beautiful features.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

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Sustainable Summer: How to Reduce Energy Consumption

During colder seasons, people usually sacrifice sustainability in order to live in a cozy, comfortable, well-heated environment. Summer months on the other hand give ample opportunity for responsible energy usage, and yet far too often we end up consuming more power than needed due to habit, negligence, and being uninformed.

Fortunately, with the abundance of heat and sunlight during summertime, saving energy is much more manageable than during other seasons. With a little bit of creativity and effort, you too can reap the benefits of lower electricity bills, a sustainable relationship with the environment, and even healthier living. If you don't have the time to figure things out on your own, please check out our guide on sustainable energy consumption during hot summer days.

 1. Give The AC a Rest

The main culprit when it comes to energy use during summer is an air conditioner. It is easy to give in to the temptation to keep it running throughout the day, but this attitude can incur significant costs down the line. Getting blasted with cool air all the time is not healthy, and the temperature difference you get to experience between whenever you go outside is not pleasant either. Instead of keeping the AC running, consider installing a ceiling fan. They are cheap to buy and maintain, and they make the room temperature feel a couple of degrees lower, close enough for comfort during summer.

2. Set Up Shade

Set Up Shade

Another alternative to keeping the AC on all the time is providing adequate shade for your living space. Sunlight is the main source of heat during summer, so keeping it out of your living quarters can bring room temperature to manageable levels. Various kinds of window curtains are available on the market to match your needs for shade. If you live in a house, setting up awnings above your windows and doorways can substantially decrease the amount of light that enters your home.

3. Hang Your Clothes To Dry

Hang Your Clothes To Dry

Next in the line of energy hogs is the dryer. The convenience of just throwing your clothes in a dryer cannot be understated, but summertime temperatures can do the job equally well, and for free. Put your clothes on a dryer stand for a couple of hours, or let them hang on a balcony under the sun. In terms of wear and tear, letting clothes dry naturally is the preferred option as well.

4. Use Alternative Cooking Methods

Use Alternative Cooking Methods

Cooking can require a lot of energy, especially when making dishes in the oven. Even cooking on the stove can produce enough heat to make your kitchen feel uncomfortable. Instead, try using the microwave to quickly heat-up your dishes. Alternatively, try eschewing cooking all-together, and make a healthy meal out of raw ingredients. A light salad with seasonal fruit and vegetables is especially refreshing during summer, and it's good for your health to boot.

5. Install Solar Panels

Install Solar Panels

Sustainable energy consumption doesn't just mean using less energy – it can also include using the right kind. If you live in a particularly sunny part of the world, putting a couple of solar panels on the roof can provide a clean, efficient source of electrical energy. They take some effort to set up, and it may take a while for them pay for themselves, but in the long run, they are your best bet for sustainable, environment-friendly living.

6. Replace Inefficient Light-bulbs

Replace Inefficient Light-bulbs

We usually need less lighting during summer due to longer daytime hours, but going the extra mile by installing energy-efficient light-bulbs in your home can reduce expenses even further. Fluorescent light consume less energy and are more luminous, making them perfect for use during summer. If you want to upgrade further, LED are the next logical step. They significantly more energy efficient than even the best fluorescent lamps, and their share in the marketplace is scheduled to grow in the years to come.

7. Take A Cold Shower

Take A Cold Shower

One energy-saving measure we are naturally inclined to take during summer is taking colder showers. The warmer weather drives us to find ways of cooling off, and cold running water is the perfect solution. The upside to this is that we are spending less on heating and electricity, as we don't have to keep the bathroom warm and the boiler filled with hot water.

8. Spend The Day Outdoors

Spend The Day Outdoors

The fact of the matter is, while you are spending time inside of your home, your are consuming a lot of energy. Then, the best way to reduce consumption would be to spend more time outside. Luckily, summer is the perfect time of year to have a taste of open air. There are plenty of leisure activities outside that don't require fuel or electricity, and you can hardly get more sustainable than that. However, even everyday activities such as drying clothes or cooking are more energy efficient when they are done outside.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 22, 2018 at 9:54 am

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Sustainable Travel and Tourism

The UN’s World Tourism Organization defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts.” The idea behind it is to ensure that future generations can visit and enjoy a given destination. It includes supporting local economies, social development, and environmental conservation. It can involve such practices as hiring people from the local area, recycling waste, and/or selling locally produced products at gift shops and restaurants.

Ecotourism is a related but narrower concept that stresses biodiversity and environmental protection. The ecotourist also wants to learn about plants, animals, and indigenous cultures as well as protect them.

Transportation

One book on sustainability snarkily advised, “Stay on your own continent.” Unfortunately, there’s a large element of truth to that. The farther you travel, the more energy you will use. As environmentally friendly as biking and walking are, you can only use such methods to travel relatively short distances.

A staycation can be a very environmentally friendly option, especially if you live in a big city like New York that has a good public transportation system. Not only are there probably attractions you haven’t seen, but you likely know where they are and the best way to get to them. Your main challenge will be to sort through the possible attractions to pick the ones with the best environmental practices.

What if you need to go on a business trip, or you have your heart set on going to Hawaii? Unfortunately, traveling overseas is, so far, not environmentally friendly. As of 2015, airplanes are the world’s fastest-growing source of carbon dioxide emissions. A round-trip flight between Los Angeles and New York produces about two tons of carbon dioxide per passenger. Someone driving a Prius would have to drive 10,500 miles – or the equivalent of two round trips between Los Angeles and New York – to produce that much carbon dioxide.

Cruise ships are also problematic; a big one can use as much as 250 tons of gasoline every day. They can also produce about 80,000 liters of sewage every day – and the less responsible lines have been known to dump their sewage in the ocean. A Japanese company called Peace Boat has been working on a more sustainable cruise ship called the EcoShip that will be at least partly powered by solar and wind power. It will need 50 percent less electricity and emit 30 percent less carbon than conventional ships. It is scheduled to take its maiden voyage sometime in 2020.

Overland transportation options include cars, buses, and trains. The best choice depends on the distance traveled and the number of passengers. City-to-city buses like Greyhound, for example, can be a surprisingly good choice. While the bus itself may get a pitiful six miles to the gallon, it can carry upwards of 50 people, and city-to-city buses are typically at least 70 percent full. Trains can get as much as 56 mpg and are therefore another good choice. The main problems with driving a car are that people tend to drive alone, and they don’t always choose cars that get good gas mileage. Driving a car can be a good choice if the car is a fuel-efficient hybrid and you’re traveling with other people.

Tour Companies

Traveling with a tour company has advantages. They make all of the hotel and transportation arrangements; you just have to meet them at the appointed time. Some are ecotourism companies that stress sustainability. Such companies follow practices like hiring locals as guides, reducing waste, and conserving water and energy.

Intrepid Travel, which was established in the late 1980s, might be the grandfather of the eco-tour companies. It is also one of the largest and offers itineraries in over 120 countries. Like many such companies, it emphasizes “small group” expeditions. Not only does this provide travelers with a more personalized experience, it also reduces the amount of resources used during the tour. Small groups also enjoy easier access to smaller restaurants and sites, and they have an easier time interacting with locals. By contrast, a big group of 40 or 50 people is limited to places that can accommodate their numbers.

Some companies focus on specific places. Rainforest Expeditions takes people on tours of the Amazon rainforest in Peru, and it works with locals to protect native species. Undiscovered Mountains concentrates on the French Alps. They make a point of hiring locals as guides and instructors. Similarly, they work with independent hotels who support the local economy by buying food and other goods from local suppliers.

Accommodations

Green hotels will often be certified as such. They may have earned LEED, Green Leaf, and/or Green Seal. Such hotels will have often used recycled materials in their construction. They will also conserve energy and water and have recycling programs.

The organization Green Globe certifies companies that run sustainable accommodations. Its website includes a directory of its members that are organized by region and country. Clicking on a specific hotel, lodge or resort will take you to a page filled with information about that particular accommodation – including how it earned its certification. A hotel in Madagascar, for example, is the world’s first hotel to run solely on solar power.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 17, 2018 at 9:14 am

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Bright Future – The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage

There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as results of global warming become more evident year on year. While you may struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system on your property – rooftop solar energy is available, affordable and on the rise.

The global community is taking steps to ramp up renewable energy programmes and solar energy is one of the most widely discussed due to its simple implementation. The ready availability and frequent technological advances make it one of the most viable options.

Solar panels on your rooftop, absorb solar energy which is then sent through the rest of the components to be sorted in the battery. This energy can then be used directly by your appliances or can go straight back onto the grid to be used by others. You are able to measure and display your solar system’s performance and status, meaning you will always be aware of how much energy you are creating, and get to know really how well solar energy is benefitting you.

With the positives for solar power becoming stronger every day; with environmental benefits, money saving, low maintenance and even monitoring and controlling your solar panels through an app – the benefits of solar power are becoming undeniable.

Learn more about the rise of rooftop energy storage from Roof Stores below.

Bright Future – The Rise of Rooftop Energy Storage

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

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Top 5 UK Urban Areas Fighting Climate Change

Our climate is transforming due to natural processes and industrial impacts created by man. Heatwaves, droughts, cold snaps, and floods are four of the major environmental risks the United Kingdom is facing due to an increase in extreme weather patterns. The risks of these environmental changes can have grave effects on our habitat and make life difficult for humans, animals, and plants.

Pollution in urban areas create “heat-islands”, and the air within and around these islands  is of poor quality. CO2 emissions from the transport sector and personal transportation spark local climate degeneration. Among many changes, global climate degeneration leads to sea level rise, reduced river flow, water shortages, and groundwater pollution.

Therefore, the UK is taking measures to curb risks and to be prepared for the increase of natural hazards. The entire United Kingdom is bound to the Paris Climate Agreement and is dedicated to become energy independent by 2050. Energy independence means restraining the usage of carbon fuel and becoming dependent on renewable energy sources.

The five major urban areas London, Manchester, West Yorkshire, West Midlands, and Glasgow, are determined to carry out several measures that enable them to adapt to the changing environment. These include expanding flood defenses, improving spatial planning, and installing green space covers.

What’s more, each of the five major urban areas will decrease the emission of greenhouse gases by promoting 0% CO2 emissions transportation. Cities will reduce their overall energy consumption through smarter energy use, implement street lighting, and curb internal waste. Moreover, they express the need for waste prevention and the implementation of the method of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

This is why GreenMatch has made an infographic in which the natural threats for the five urban areas are discussed, together with what preventative measures can be taken.

5 UK Urban Areas Fighting Climate Change

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 14, 2018 at 7:25 am

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CO2 Polluters

Until recently, global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels had levelled off, but estimates from the Global Carbon Project (GCP) suggest that this is all going to change, with global emissions set to grow by around 2%. In a new report, researchers from the University of East Anglia and the Global Carbon Project (GCP) say CO2 emissions are projected to rise by 2% to reach 41 billion tonnes by the end of 2017. The increase is largely down to growth in coal-fired electricity generation, and oil and gas consumption in China.

However looking at a country’s total carbon emissions alone, doesn’t always tell the full story of the country’s contribution to global warming.

This interactive graphic by Eco2 Greetings shows us the the top 10 countries who emit the most carbon emissions per capita and which countries overall emit the most CO2. Take a look here…

World's Biggest Co2 Polluters

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 14, 2018 at 7:12 am

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Five Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

In this day and age, people are searching for ways that help them become more energy efficient. With the growing awareness of our impact on environment as well as increasing energy costs, it’s easy to see why. Energy efficient homes save energy, lower unnecessary energy consumptions, prevent greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the demand for non-renewable resources.

You might think that energy efficiency is only for the elite but we’ve come up with a list of 5 simple solutions – 3 of which you can use even if you don’t own your property. With the latest tech to help you conserve energy, anyone can take steps to reduce their energy load. Our guide provides you with a set of precise instructions to enable you to develop an energy efficient home. It also offers step-by-step DIY instructions for every house owner who wishes to create a more efficient home. With this information, you will improve your quality of life, increase the value of your home if you’re a home owner and become more aware of your energy efficiency options.

#01. Invest in Proper Insulation and Draught Proofing

Whether you want to manage condensation, prevent heat loss during winter, or ventilate your home, appropriate insulation systems and draught-proofing will do the trick. Improper insulation leads to a lot of heat loss, a situation that could be costing you as you spend more on replacing the heat that has been lost, and is also detrimental to the environment.

#02. Do Not Overuse Appliances

Even after installing energy efficient appliances, you do not want to overuse them. Use your heater fewer times during the winter months, unless you absolutely have to. Keep your thermostats at a comfortable setting rather than changing them up all the time and turn particular things off when they are not in use.

#03. Purchase Energy Efficient Appliances

When shopping for new appliances to help make your home more energy efficient, look for devices that have the HE logo.  High energy-star certified appliances use low power, and while they may cost extra in the beginning, they are an incredible investment for you than the conventional devices. For example, an energy star certified hepa air purifier consumes around 40% less energy than a standard air purifier, this equates to a saving of around $30 per year (and saves 225 kWh/year!)

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#04. Make Smart Landscaping Decisions

With proper plant landscaping outside your home, you will be able to protect your home from the intense sun during summer days and chilly winds during the winter season. Trees and their leaves will safeguard your house from the sun’s rays during hotter days and make it cool to live inside comfortably. If you are a high energy efficient appliance user and you make use of sound insulation, the effect will be much smaller as your home is already blocking all the heat.

#05.Invest in Reliable Solar Panel Systems

If you can afford it, solar panels can serve as a significant investment. You can place them on your rooftop, and they will help cut down on your electricity costs because solar panels will help you produce your electricity. It is something to consider, especially when you think about the fact that they are becoming increasingly more affordable. Solar-panels might not be for everyone, but as we head-on to the green movement, you will begin to see more people opting to have solar panels installed in their homes.

Energy is the driving force behind all living creatures and human-made systems, and in today's fast-paced world, people take it for granted, misuse it or waste it. With a shift on the horizon, recent environmental issues coupled with the ever-growing energy demands of modern life have resulted in more and more people applying energy-efficient solutions to their homes. Most of us tend to believe that energy-efficiency is difficult and expensive. However, with these few simple, practical steps you can make a real difference.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 7, 2018 at 8:36 am

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Food Waste Around the World: What’s Being Done

Food waste is a big issue around the world. In fact, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted each year — equating to a value of $750 billion dollars.

The Food Sustainability Index recently discovered the extent of this global food waste, finding that many countries around the world are wasting food each year due to spoilage, stockpiling, and a lack of being resourceful.

Magnet, the UK’s leading kitchen specialists, have discovered the innovators and organisations around the world that are tackling the food waste issue head on by helping to make our consumption of food smarter and more sustainable.

Some of these efforts include the French government’s decision to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food, a rescued food supermarket in Sydney with a ‘take what you need, give what you can’ policy, and the development of a ‘smart’ food card in Greece that helps consumers track their shopping habits and keep an eye on what they have in their fridge.

Check out the infographic below and see what’s being done around the world to tackle food waste.

Global Food Waste

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 7, 2018 at 8:24 am

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