Essential Principles of Green Living to Live By

Nowadays, green living is a concept that many households are starting to get into. However, when it comes to ideas on how to live and run a more sustainable household, there are so many ideas floating around that sometimes we may be overwhelmed with choices. To help you decide which ideas are feasible and applicable for your household, here are some essential principles of green living that you should guide yourself by


• It’s all about reducing your electric consumption.

There are several advantages to lowering your household’s electric consumption. Aside from reducing your monthly expenses (thus resulting in more savings), it is also extremely beneficial for the environment as this also reduces the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. Take this opportunity to take advantage of another source of energy that’s available to you for free—sunlight. If installing solar panels is too expensive an undertaking for you yet, you can opt instead for bigger windows and skylights that will let in sunlight so you won’t need to turn on your electric lights during the daytime. 

You can also opt for a programmable thermostat so your heater doesn’t have to use up much energy when you and your family are out of the house.  Also, don’t forget insulating your home. It’s payback is one of the greatest besides lighting. It’s what they call a low hanging fruit. 

Finally, make it a house rule to turn off all switches and unplug all electrical appliances when they are not in use.


• Cut down on household waste. 

Currently, the world’s population stands at seven billion. Imagine how many households that makes. And if we were to consider the amount of waste that each household throws out every day, that would accumulate into tons and tons of garbage per day, which would take a lot of toll on the environment. It falls to each and every one of us to do our part in reducing the waste we put out. There are various ways we can do this. One is to recycle and reuse household items. For instance, plastic containers of food can be recycled to store your household knickknacks. Plastic bottles and glass can be reused to decorate your house. If you have old clothing and toys that you no longer use, instead of throwing them away, you can donate them to a charitable organization so other people can still put them to use.


• Grow your own garden.

Growing your own food has many advantages to it. One is that it will reduce your household’s monthly expenses for groceries. Another advantage is that it is healthier for you and your family because you will have offered more organic fare in your meals. Finally, it will reduce your carbon footprint because you will make fewer trips to the store. To grow your garden, you can use rainwater to water your plants in order to further conserve on resources. You can store rainwater in containers provided by Rain Water Tanks Direct.

The green lifestyle is not just a trend that will pass in time. As time passes, more and more people are starting to realize the urgency and importance of leading more sustainable lives and making healthier choices that are beneficial to them, their families, and the environment.

Source: Rain Water Tanks Direct

 

5 Terrible Things That Happen When You Don’t Recycle

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, America produces over 258 million tons of waste every year ― which is close to a ton of trash per American citizen. The EPA believes as much as 75 percent of that waste to be recyclable or reusable, but instead of properly disposing of unwanted goods, many Americans choose to carelessly toss anything and everything into the garbage can. The results of this behavior are quickly becoming disastrous, impacting not only natural environments but also urban areas and human livelihoods. Here are a few ways failing to recycle negatively impacts the world around us.

1. Landfill Growth
Nearly all of America’s trash goes into landfills, which are essentially gigantic midden heaps that are eventually covered with soil and potentially used for urban development. The positive idea behind landfills is that trash will eventually decompose and settle, turning into fertile land. The problem is that much of our waste is not biodegradable; plastics require between 10 and 1,000 years to begin breaking down, and even then, the chemicals used in them can leach into groundwater and destroy surrounding environments.


2. Marine Pollution

Not all garbage is safely tucked into a landfill. At least 10 percent of all plastics created have found their way into the oceans, creating enormous gyres where the non-biodegradable waste is more plentiful than plankton. Most of the pollution comes from poor waste management on land, but some is dumped by unscrupulous ocean liners. The plastics wreak havoc on marine environments, as animals ingest or become entangled in the waste.

3. Incineration

For many, burning trash seems a viable solution to land and water pollution. However, incineration might be even more disastrous than landfills. For one, many products and packaging materials are made using toxic chemicals that are released into the air during the burning process. For another, glass as well as many plastics do not burn except at exceedingly high temperatures, which requires excessive amounts of fuel ― which itself releases dangerous emissions. Studies have found that air pollution causes all sorts of terrible diseases, from chronic asthma and cancer to birth defects.

4. Resource Waste

It isn’t just the items or materials themselves that are wasted when you throw something away; all the effort and energy used to create those items are also squandered. Between 2.5 and 4 percent of U.S. energy consumption is devoted to the manufacturing of plastic and plastic products; what’s more, at least 24 gallons of water is used to create just one pound of plastic, and about 2.5 million plastic bottles are produced every hour. Those resources could be diverted to more beneficial endeavors if everyone recycled more.

5. Economic Trouble

Though it might seem an economic advantage to create disposable goods that must be repurchased, pollution actually hinders economic advancement in notable ways. For example, many beaches experience lower tourism because the sand and water is covered in trash; fishing and shipping industries have reportedly suffered losses of $365 million and $279 million thanks to debris-clogged waterways. Less trash is almost synonymous with more profit for much of the economy.

How to Reduce Trash the Right Way

Though some waste is inevitable, it is possible to drastically reduce the amount of trash you personally produce. For example, one woman committed to a minimal-plastic lifestyle and managed to produce less than 16 ounces of waste over a two-year period. Not everyone has the luxury of avoiding plastic and packaging so thoroughly, but there are a number of effective ways you can increase your recycling efforts.

• First, you should strive to reduce the amount of purchases you make. This doesn’t necessarily mean becoming minimalist; instead, you should merely consider investing in a few well-designed and manufactured products rather than many cheap and disposable ones.

• Next, you should research what objects around your home can be reused. In fact, most things can find new life, and many charities gladly pick up or take in items you don’t want to sell. Some of these items will directly improve the lives of the needy, but others, especially valuables like digital devices on up to larger items like broken-down cars or boats, can be refurbished and sold for funds to benefit charities.

• Finally, you should learn more about recycling services in your area. Not all cities have the resources to recycle all types of materials. Instead of tossing any paper, plastic, or glass good in the recycling bin, you might need to find facilities designed to recycle specific goods. Items that are improperly recycled are likely to end up as pollution.

The E-Waste Problem and How to Help created by Digital Doc

Did you know Ford recycles enough aluminum to build 30,000 F-150 bodies every month?

Did you know that the toughest, smartest, most capable and safest F-150 ever is also the greenest F-150 – thanks to advanced materials like high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy and EcoBoost® engine technology?

Ford recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds F-150. That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies in the largest configuration – a SuperCrew body including doors, plus hood, tailgate and 6.5-foot cargo box.

 
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Opting for aluminum over steel in new automobile construction is the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, according to Oak Ridge National Lab.

Recycled aluminum avoids 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production. It uses significantly less energy and water – another reason Ford F-150 leads the full-size truck pack in terms of lifetime carbon footprint, according to Automotive Science Group.         

Weight savings from aluminum alloy helps F-150 reduce its lifetime emissions compared to the previous steel-body version. Between 30 percent and 40 percent of a typical aluminum coil is turned into scrap in the stamping process. This is recycled into new metal for the truck using the closed-loop system.
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When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, F-150 4×2 has best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined (actual mileage will vary). The Green Living Guy got better than that in test drive. Stay tuned for test drive results folks!

F-150 SuperCrew and SuperCab with available collision warning are the only trucks in their class to earn a Top Safety Pick from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. F-150 also is the only full-size, light-duty truck to earn National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s highest rating, a five-star overall vehicle score and five-star rating for driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations – SuperCrew, SuperCab and Regular Cab.

Check out Instagram.com/Ford – Earth Day – to see the closed-loop recycling process in action.

Conscious Collection and Garment Collecting by H&M Clothing

H&M is the first fashion company to launch a global garment collection initiative. Today, you can hand in any clothes you no longer want. That way, we can reduce waste and give old products a new life. Eventually, we’ll close the loop on textiles so nothing ever goes to waste.

 Effluent treatment plant. Water plays an important role throughout the life of a garment; from growing cotton to making fabrics and finally how our customers take care of their garments after they leave the store. But water is a scarce resource. This is why H&M, together with conservation organisation WWF, has set a water strategy to improve responsible water use throughout the value chain. Our goal is becoming the fashion industry’s leading water steward. Copyright: GMB Akash
Description: Effluent treatment plant. Water plays an important role throughout the life of a garment; from growing cotton to making fabrics and finally how our customers take care of their garments after they leave the store. But water is a scarce resource. This is why H&M, together with conservation organisation WWF, has set a water strategy to improve responsible water use throughout the value chain. Our goal is becoming the fashion industry’s leading water steward. Copyright: GMB Akash

 

Of the thousands of tonnes of textiles thrown away every year, 95% could be re-worn or recycled.

We’re committed to changing the way we make, use and dispose of our clothes. Of the thousands of tonnes of textiles that people throw away every year, as much as 95% could be re-worn or recycled.
 We’re committed to changing the way we make, use and dispose of our clothes. Of the thousands of tonnes of textiles that people throw away every year, as much as 95% could be re-worn or recycled.

There are some exciting new materials that will have an important role to play in achieving this change. That’s because many of them use fewer resources to make, and last for a really long time. But there’s also a lot we can do to improve our current system.

Don’t let fashion go to waste

No true fashion lover likes seeing clothes go to waste. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to give your garments a new life. For example, we’ve already made some new collections from worn clothes – many of which came via our own Garment Collecting service.

Looking ahead, there are three ways to repurpose the unwanted garments:

  • Rewear – clothing that can be worn again will be sold as second hand clothes
  • Reuse – old clothes and textiles will be turned into other products, such as cleaning cloths
  • Recycle – everything else is turned into textile fibres, or other use such as insulation.

We’ll invest any money we make from this service into social projects, as well as research and innovation projects on how old textiles can be turned into new fibres. Which means in the future we’ll be able to get rid of clothes waste altogether.

Commonly used UI components on HM about and career sites.

Source: Garment collecting

Plastics Aren’t Going Away Just Yet so Recycle for Earth Day

Although plastic bag bans are spreading throughout the country, more manufacturers are switching to producing plastic pouches – meaning plastic will remain a part of everyday American life. But – there’s a solution.

In fact, Trex decking and railing products are made up of 16 percent post-consumer plastics – and there is potential for that number to considerably increase with help from consumers.

Trex Outdoor Furniture (included in images) is manufactured from more than 90 percent recycled content and is durable, weather-resistant and low maintenance.
Trex Outdoor Furniture (included in images) is manufactured from more than 90 percent recycled content and is durable, weather-resistant and low maintenance.

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Trex encourages everyone to become an active polyethylene recycler and help raise awareness about the importance of keeping plastic out of landfills. For information on how to get involved locally and learn about successful Trex recycling programs nationwide, visit http://www.trex.com/recycling/.