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HOW GOING GREEN SAVES THE PLANET

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Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more. Basically, it means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is respectful to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth. It means contributing towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, and preserving the planet and its natural systems and resources. It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.

You can go green with just adopting five basic principles in your daily life:

Reduce pollution

  • Walk or ride your bike whenever possible. One of the best things you can do to help stop pollution is to stop using your car for short trips. If the weather is nice and you don’t have to go too far, consider walking or riding your bike. You will help reduce air pollution and you will get some exercise and fresh air in the process.

  • Use public transportation. Riding the bus, train, or subway is another great way to avoid using your personal vehicle and reduce carbon emissions. 

  • Recycle everything that you can. Almost everything that you buy can be recycled. Try to avoid products that do not have a recycle symbol on the package or that are made of mixed materials that may not be easy to recycle.

  • Dispose of toxic waste properly. Some substances should not be thrown out with the trash, because they'll seep into the ground and poison the groundwater. If you have a toxic chemical and you're not sure how to throw it away, contact your local sanitation department to find out where there's a toxic waste disposal site

Preserving natural resources

  • Make sure to use your washer and dryer when you have a full load. You could save 1,000 gallons of water a month!

  • Replace your old light bulbs with energy saving fluorescent bulbs. Sure, they may cost more money, but you will save on your energy bill in the future and they last longer.

  • Try shortening your shower by just a minute. You could save 150 gallons of water a month!

  • Print double-sided. If possible, advocate to make your office or school paper-free.

  • Turn off lights and electronics when you are not in the room. You can also unplug them for even more energy savings.

  • Choose organically grown fruits and vegetables. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown by farmers who use sustainable farming practices.

Producing Less Waste

  • Bring reusable bags and containers when shopping, traveling, or packing lunches or leftovers.

  • Shop at second-hand stores. You can find great used and unused clothes at low cost to you and the environment. Buy quality clothing that won't wear out and can be handed down, whether to other people you know or on to a thrift store.

  • Compost food scraps and yard waste.

  • Purchase items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrate forms.

  • Buy reusable items. Lots of waste is generated by disposable cups, plates, utensils and storage containers for food.

Protecting Wildlife

  • If possible, plant native plants instead of non-native varieties in your yard. Many environmental weeds originate from individuals' gardens. Seeds can be spread by the wind or birds. 

  • The reduction of consumption of paper products, buying recycled and recycling whenever possible can help to slow the rate of extinction for species that live in wooded areas. 

  • Going green also reduces the threat to marine wildlife that dies each year as a result of encountering pollutants or trash in the water supply.

Our extensive un-conscious activity causes harm to the environment. We loose priceless natural resources, fresh air, water, forests, animals, birds, fish, insects, etc. By adopting green daily habits, we can significantlychange the course of our planet and preserve its life for future generations.

7 EASY EVERYDAY TIPS TO SAVE WATER

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Since all of us depend on water for life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our water pure and safe for generations to come. We must help conserve water so that we may continue to enjoy these benefits. here are seven easy tips you can apply to your daily routine and help the planet.

  1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 liters of water per minute.
  2. Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
  3. Take a shorter shower. Shower can use anything between 6 and 45 liters per minute.
  4. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  5. Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face.
  6. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator.
  7. Buy recycled paper products. Products made from 100 percent recycled paper require much less water in their manufacturing than do those made from virgin paper.

Reducing the amount of water that goes to waste at home helps protect the wildlife that lives in rivers and wetlands, while cutting the energy needed for treating and pumping water for domestic use. Conserving the water we have minimizes the effects of water shortages and helps build a better defense against future drought years. If we save water now, we are helping to ensure a water supply adequate for future generations.

VEGAN ALTERNATIVES ENTER OUR CLOSETS

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We all love plants and fruits, thankfully some bright minds have found new ways for them to have a more important place in our every day life.

For all the pineapple lovers, you can now wear clothes and accessories made from you favorite fruit. The Piñatex, or Pineapple leather, is the new 100% vegan and sustainable leather made from the leaves of your favorite fruit.

This new leather is a wonderful alternative for those who do not want to wear animal leather, it is solid and beautiful, and ideal for every nature lover. However, it is complicated to produce this material, but it has no impact on the environment because instead of throwing away the pineapple leaves, we keep them to produce leather for clothes, shoes and accessories. Clothes made from Piñatex look almost exactly like the real leather. This leather is certified 100% vegan and is 100% biodegradable .

Vegetable Ivory, also known as Tagua, is a fruit seed that comes from the Phytelephas Macrocarpa palm tree that grows in the tropical rain forests of South America. Unlike animal ivory, the collection of the Tagua nuts do not involve killing which means no harm to nature as it is harvested once the nuts falls in the grown.

The nut processing includes drying, polishing, cutting or slicing and dye. The drying is natural and can be done outdoors or indoors. The processing is almost 100% handmade making it extremely eco-friendly.

Tagua or Vegetable Ivory has resurged and has become more popular recently as an ethical and sustainable alternative to the sourcing of mammal ivory, from elephants, whales, walrus and other species and offering an attractive economic alternative for Rainforest conservation and more than that, helping families of artisans in South America. Interesting fact: In one year, a single Tagua palm can produce the same amount of "Ivory" as the tusks of a female elephant.

Cork is another 100% sustainable material being used to make an endless array of products, from the traditional to the most innovative and unexpected. Harvested every nine years, without any tree being felled during the process. Made of bark of the cork oak, which means that it is 100% natural plant tissue. It is impermeable, buoyant, elastic and fire resistant properties make it very durable.

The montados (cork oak forests) are an important environmental, social and economic pillar in Mediterranean countries. They support a unique and fragile ecology which constitutes a habitat for rare and endangered species. They are the foundation of one of the 35 most important ecosystems in the world for preserving biodiversity - on par with Amazonia, the African Savanna and Borneo. Over 200 animal species and 135 plant species find ideal conditions for survival in the cork oak forest.

It is estimated that every year cork oak forests retain up to 14 million tons of CO2, a sizable contribution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change.

These forests are a perfect example of the balance between preserving the environment and sustainable development - just the fact that no tree is felled during the stripping of the cork is a unique case in terms of sustainability.

Having the knowledge it is up to us as conscious consumers to make responsible decisions when we purchase goods for our everyday life. By choosing sustainable eco-friendly materials we are contributing to the longevity and preservation of our planet.

EASY DAILY TIPS TO CUT DOWN ON WASTE

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Living greener doesn’t need a lot of change in your everyday life, all it takes is a small effort. Here are some tips to help you cut down on waste.

Buy in bulk when possible rather than individual packages.
Avoid individually wrapped items, snack packs, and single-serve containers. Buy large containers of items or from bulk bins whenever practical. Be aware of double-packaging - some "bulk packages" are just individually wrapped items packaged yet again and sold as a bulk item. 
Purchase items such as dish soap and laundry detergents in concentrate forms.
Also, remember that buying in bulk rather than individual packages will save you lots of money and reduce waste! Packaging makes up 30% of the weight and 50% of trash by volume. Buy juice, snacks, and other lunch items in bulk and use those reusable containers each day.

Carry your own jars and re-usable bags.
Canvas bags are a treehugger’s staple. Avoid plastic altogether by always carrying a reusable bag or tote in your purse or car. If you’re going bulk shopping, bring along jars with lids for any liquids.
Keep a stash of reusable bags in an easy-to-remember place so you can grab them any time you go shopping. Whether it’s your car, below the kitchen sink or next to the car keys - just designate a place and stick with it.

Compost food scraps and yard waste.
Food and yard waste accounts for about 11 percent of the garbage thrown away in the Twin Cities metro area. Many types of food scraps, along with leaves and yard trimmings, can be combined in your backyard compost bin.

Buy items made of recycled content, and use and reuse them as much as you can. 
For instance, use both sides of every page of a notebook before moving on to the next clean notebook.  Use unneeded, printed on printer paper for a scratch pad. Choose products that are returnable, reusable, or refillable over single-use items.
Before trowing things in the trash, double check to see if the items you’re throwing out are actually recyclable. Toilet paper rolls, non-aerosol deodorants, and cooking oil bottles are just some items people mistake for non-recyclable.

Reduce the amount of unwanted mail you receive.
These days, most companies offer the option to receive bills via email or through an online account. Checking this box means cutting out a lot of unwanted mail and paper waste - much of which you probably throw out without opening anyway.
To avoid receiving paper-heavy pamphlets and promotional materials as well, pop a 'No Circulars' sign on your mailbox. The average resident in America receives over 30 pounds of junk mail per year.

Shop at second-hand stores.
You can find great used and unused clothes at low cost to you and the environment.  Buy quality clothing that won't wear out and can be handed down, whether to other people you know or on to a thrift store.