Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Important Items Businesses Need To Recycle

Everyday businesses improperly throw away office materials, contributing to the growing amount of pollution. This is usually a combination of lack of education on the topic, lack of interest, and general apathy. Below are four important items that businesses need to be recycling.

Paper

This is one of the most common contributors to waste. Although many businesses are attempting reduce their paper usage, the paper that is still used isn't being recycled. There are even some new items such as Tetra-paks and aseptic that are now able to be recycled with paper products; simply double check on the packaging to ensure correct disposal.

Scrap Metals

Scrap metals actually make up one of the largest industries in the US, but many forget that these materials can be recycled. According to General Recycling Industries Ltd, a business that provides Edmonton scrap metal prices, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, red and yellow brass, lead-acid batteries, and nickel alloys are all materials that can and should be recycled. Companies that specialize in scrap metals can provide services and specified bins to make recycling these materials very simple.

What the Oil Industry Can Do To Protect the Environment



As anyone who has read the news over the last few decades knows, there have been plenty of times when the oil industry has devastated the environment. From the massive oil spill of Exxon Valdez to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf Coast, there have been many times when oil companies have failed to protect the environment they were operating in. Going forward, it is their responsibility to do everything they can to be safer. Here are a few of the best ways that the oil industry can start to protect the environment.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

7 Ways to Make Your Home Water Supply Cleaner and More Sustainable


Potable water has a long journey to get from nature to your tap, and it requires a lot of energy to get it there. Making your home water supply cleaner and more sustainable helps save energy, save you money, and improve your water quality.
Skip Bottled Water
Bottled water generates a lot of plastic waste, and there's no guarantee it's cleaner than what comes out of your tap. Make your drinking water supply more sustainable by skipping plastic bottles entirely.

Try Kishu
Kishu charcoal sticks are pieces of sustainability harvested charcoal that are placed in a pitcher or other container of water. They absorb impurities in drinking water, and the only maintenance they require is a once-a-month boiling. When the Kishu sticks are spent, they can be composted.

Install a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel can help make your home's water supply cleaner and more sustainable by letting you use collected rainwater to water your yard. You'll be using free water that hasn't been purified, chlorinated, or pumped all the way to your home.

Use Greywater
Greywater is water from baths, sinks, showers, and washing machines, and can be used in toilets or outdoors. Since the average home's toilet can be responsible for up to 27% of its total water usage, this can conserve a huge amount of water over time.
Portable Water

Having portable drinking water can come in handy when your home comes under an emergency such as a flood. You never know when such a disaster could happen. This may not solve all of your problems when you have this kind of an emergency, but it can make a disastrous event much easier to handle (Source:
Alberta Water Services).

Avoid Harsh Chemicals in Your Home or Garden
Anything that makes its way into a shower, sink, mop bucket, toilet, or yard will eventually end up in the water supply where it'll need to be treated or filtered out again. Reduce your home's impact on ground and surface water by using natural, biodegradable cleaning products and avoiding synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.


Limit Your Water Use
Even with the best sustainability strategies, overusing water is still wasteful. Turn your water off while brushing your teeth or shaving and only turn the water on when it is time to rinse. Add a brick or bottle to your toilet tank to limit how much water it needs to fill up. Do whatever you can to trim your home's water usage.

Water is a precious, finite resource. With these tips, you can help you home's water supply be as clean, healthy, and low-impact as possible. 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Five Ways to Save Energy and Money Better at Home


Saving energy at home is not only a way to cut back on bills, but also necessary to help with improving the overall atmosphere and surrounding environment. Knowing how to save money and energy is a way for you to feel relief from overpaying your electric bill each month, in addition to allowing you to feel guilt-free about electric usage altogether. Take these tips into your house to create a greener environment and a lower impact on the wallet.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Eco-Friendly Home: Five Simple Ways You Can Go Green

There are little decisions each person can make daily which will truly help protect the environment. While purchasing and installing solar panels and new energy-efficient appliances are awesome choices, there are simple daily practices that can help in the end as well.

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