Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let There Be Light: Tips to Incorporate More Natural Light in Your Life



Natural lighting is important to our health and wellbeing. It also helps the environment by reducing our reliance on electricity. With more people learning about the benefits of natural lighting, many are undertaking projects to get more sun at work and at home. Here are a few ways to increase the amount of natural lighting in your home.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

5 Green Home Updates for the Modern Home



There’s many ways a person can take action to lessen their impact on the environment. One place where this should certainly be the case is at home. Below are five green updates you can install into a modern home for a fun remodeling project.

Common Threats Your Business May Have To The Environment

As society's awareness of environmental threats grows, the future of businesses may hinge on the company's ability to adapt to a changing environment. What businesses put out into the world has the power to come back and haunt them. Companies that depend on the consumption of raw materials will lose business when the availability of such materials begins to dwindle and profits will shrink when operating costs rise. Additionally, as the population becomes more concerned with environmental threats a company's reputation can be maintained by adapting and remaining conscious of the threats their businesses may have to the environment.

Pollution

Businesses cause pollution in a variety of different ways including air pollution, chemical pollution, and solid waste pollution. Earth's atmosphere is exposed to millions of tons of air pollutants every single month. When carbon monoxide is released into the environment through the burning of fossil fuels and the use of refrigerants, the earth can naturally absorb it. However, at the rate in which society releases the gas, nature is unable to maintain a healthy balance. Chemical pollution is often caused by the unsafe disposal of chemicals found in every day products like detergents, fertilizers, and pesticides, while solid waste pollution is caused by the excessive amount of garbage being thrown away.

Degradation

Degradation of the land includes deforestation which refers to the reduction of trees throughout the earth. Businesses contribute to this threat by cutting down trees for use in building structures and creating products to sell. Deforestation and overgrazing can lead to desertification by stripping the land of its usable components and turning it into a desert area.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ways Different Cities Are Becoming Eco-Friendly

The last ten years has seen an explosion in the desire and understanding of the average person that being eco-friendly in the home is a viable way to have a positive impact on the environment as well as lowering bills. If there were any doubts that the way cities operate was a mere reflection of the people that call it home they have been wiped out with the current trends in eco-friendly construction and operation. Cities are going to great lengths to be as environmentally conscious and friendly as possible.

Recycling Centers

There has been an absolute boon in the recycling industry. The opportunity and push to recycle materials has been made easier and more available in the last few years. It reduces demand on landfills and the overall cost of producing new products. Durham, Ontario, implemented curbside recycling to reduce amounts of materials ending up at the landfills. Durham’s recycling efforts managed to divert 39 metric tons of batteries away from the landfill. They were given the Gold Excellence Award in the special waste category and Bronze Excellence Award in public education category from the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Energy Saving Designs

There is a remarkable difference in city buildings that were designed and built more than 10 years ago as compared with recent projects. There is more thought given to using natural lighting, water and energy saving appliances and better insulating materials. They are now setting the standard in eco-friendly construction. Vancouver is leading the world in green building design and construction due to the Greenest City initiative. Their plan is reduce the amount of energy used by each home up to 33% by year 2020 and crating carbon neutral homes a standard for all new construction by 2030.

Green Cleaning: How to Choose Eco-Friendly, Toxin-Free Products



Are you looking to clean your house without using toxic chemicals? This is an admirable goal—however, sometimes it is difficult to choose eco-friendly, toxin free products. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to select the products that will clean your home and keep our world cleaner. Consider using some of the tips below.

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