Practical ways to reduce your carbon print

Practical ways to reduce your carbon print

Small changes can have a big impact. Climate change is happening all around us and we need to start thinking about ways of reducing our carbon footprint and ‘going green’.

In your home Although planes, offices and factories produce the vast majority of the country’s CO2, as individuals we contribute 40% to the UKs total greenhouse gas emissions and two thirds of this comes from our boilers.

However, you can reduce your CO2 emissions from heating by switching to an energy-efficient boiler. These high-efficiency condensing boilers use the heat that normally escapes through the flue to turn more water vapour back into water. This means as much heat as possible is transferred from the boiler’s burner and as little as possible is lost through the exhaust flue.

Add a complete set of heating controls like timers and radiator thermostats we can reduce the amount of CO2 we produce as a country by 1.4million tones and save over £275 a year.

British Gas is helping you on your way to becoming ‘green’ by offering £825 worth of discounts on replacing your old boiler for a new energy efficient one to. If you buy and new or replacement boiler by 25 July you’ll get £400 off the boiler, free home care for a year and free radiator and controls installation.

It is also important to get the proper insulation as half of all heat loss is through the roof and walls. This will save you around £365 on your heating bills because you won’t need so much heat and you’ll also get a tax rebate of £125.

Out and about Transport is the biggest offender to global warming. We can make a big impact if we reduce our car usage. Walk or cycle on short journeys, and when in cities make use of the much better public transport facilities.

Plus it’s not just how often we drive it is the manner in which we drive. By less hard use of the accelerator and the brake you could make your fuel go a lot further, reducing your emissions and saving you around £200 a year.

At the shops Always buy energy efficient light bulbs. They last on average 12 years longer than standard bulbs and you could save around £100 over their lifetime.

Buy recycled products and remember to reuse your shopping bags. Make sure food packaging also comes from a sustainable forest and is recyclable or has already been recycled.

British Gas is not just a gas supplier. They can also provide you with a greener electricity supply and even help you to upgrade to a more eco friendly heating system.

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Reduce Your Company?s Carbon Footprint and Save Money

Reduce Your Company?s Carbon Footprint and Save Money

The environmental cost of commerce has become an important part of business in America and the world as we all become increasingly aware and concerned about the impact of our actions on climate change and our environment.  Many businesses are creating sustainability plans, training environmental impact officers and implementing company wide recycling and reduction programs.

For many small and medium sized businesses, the option of hiring a college degreed sustainability officer and staff is really not in the budget. There are however new online training programs which cater to small and medium sized businesses such as CarbonProfessionalSchool.com But short of taking a course and becoming an expert, what can your business do to be environmentally responsible and reduce your carbon footprint…all while saving money.

Here are 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save some money.

(1) Recycle Toner and Ink Jet Cartridges. These things, which always run out at the most inopportune time, cost way too much and, contrary to what the big companies than manufacture them proclaim with their “send it in recycling programs” – end up in the landfill, usually in the poorest areas of the world.  The technology and quality of recycled toner and ink jet cartridges in many cases surpasses the original equipment manufacturers…and you get to support a local business like yours when you patronize them.   And don’t forget to set your printers to “draft” mode when you’re not printing for official communications…it’ll save you money and toner/ink.

(2) Use Less and Buy Recycled Paper. Back in the early 90’s when email was gaining popularity we all proclaimed that it was the beginning of the paperless office.  But the paper companies weren’t scared. Paper sales went through the roof because now we had more information to print out, copy and share with each other. Now there are a variety of document sharing services, including free ones like Google Docs, while allow immediate sharing of and collaboration of documents without having to print out 5 copies for the group to mark up.  It saves money, time and is much more efficient.

Furthermore, as the quality of recycled content paper has gone up to photo quality level and the cost has gone down to below the cost of “new” paper, it clearly makes no sense not to include the procurement of recycled printer and copier paper in your corporate sustainability plan.

(3) Go Paperless with your invoices. PayPal and Google Checkout both have electronic invoicing capabilities for those of you who process payments via credit card, and for many companies, their PayPal and Google Checkout accounts are tied directly to their corporate checking accounts for seemless, and transaction fee free payment processing.  They both offer a variety of export formats and integrate with popular accounting packages like QuickBooks and Microsoft Accounting.  

No more 3 copy carbon based invoices, no gas guzzling postmen delivering the mail and no more licking envelopes!

(4) Recycle Everything. Soda cans, newspapers, used equipment, furniture and materials (if you’re manufacturing things) all carry a price.  Aluminum cans trade for around $ .80 a pound (32 12 ounce cans = 1 pound) – so figure you can sell them to a local recycler for a bit better than half of that.  Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have an office full of Red Bull crazed employees or “Diet Coke Fiends” it can actually add up relatively quickly.   

List your used equipment on Craigslist or Google for a local company that will pick up and “recycle” your used equipment – or better yet, donate it to a local charity and take the tax deduction.  Goodwill and the Salvation Army will send out a truck to pick up larger items and most likely make weekly or monthly trips through your area.

(5) Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Carbon Credits

While Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is key in preventing climate change, offsetting your carbon emissions is the next great step in the preservation of our environment for generations to come. The Carbon Calculator Math is below, or you could use a Carbon Footprint Calculator at ecoaidnow.com/Calculators.aspx

To offset your carbon emissions simply means to neutralize your part in the polluting of our environment. In technical terms, a carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions.

Certified Projects are developed such as a reforestation project that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, every ton of emissions reduced will result in the creation of one certified carbon offset (ecoaidnow.com)

Since carbon dioxide emissions are the principal cause of climate change, purchasing carbon offsets is key to promoting a greener environment.

When you offset your personal carbon emissions, you are doing your much-needed part in helping to put an end to global warming and climate change. In addition to making the world a better place, you just might also score a few popularity points with your friends and family.

Going Green at work doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to build a new building out of used tires, or procure all new energy saving computer and office equipment.  It is possible to work towards carbon neutrality without breaking the bank, and then supplement your efforts with cost-effective carbon credits.

Dr. Ken Pollock is EcoAid’s Chief Executive Officer, sets the strategy for the company. www.ecoaidnow.com. Read more of his articles at www.buycarboncreditsandoffsets.com. In addition, he will be launching http://carbonprofessionalschool.com in the near future to provide the training and tools for individuals, businesses and institutions. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

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Labthink Introduces New Beer PET Bottle Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Permeation Testing Instrument

Labthink Introduces New Beer PET Bottle Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Permeation Testing Instrument

Labthink?www.labthink.cn?has newly developed beer PET bottle carbon Dioxide CO2 permeation testing instrument, PERME G2/130 Differential Pressure Package Gas Permeation Testing Instruments,  to test carbon dioxide permeation rate for beverage industry. This testing instrument can rapidly test the carbon dioxide permeation rate so as to bring forward evidences for beer shelf life confirmation.

Besides, this Labthink PERME G2/130 Differential Pressure Package Gas Permeation Testing Instruments can be widely applied in gas permeation testing of plastic, metal, glass and other finished packages. The test gases include air, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The finished packages include various bottles, punches, boxes, cans and barrels, as beverage bottles, tin cans, milk bag & box, oil containers and other metal/non-metal packages.

 

Specifications:

Testing Range: 0.0001?100ml/pkg·day

Specimen Range: 1, 2 or 3

Humidity: closed mode: 100%RH?0%RH?2%RH?98.5%RH

         Open mode: ambient temperature

Testing Gases: Oxygen, Nitrogen or carbon dioxide

Air Source Pressure: 0.4MPa?0.6 MPa

Specimen Size: Closed mode: max. out diameter is less than ?114mm, height is less than 360 mm; min. inner diameter of bottle mouth is 8mm; max. out diameter is less than 50mm (also customization)

Open mode: max. size is no less than?195mm

Dimensions: 670 mm?L?× 490 mm?B?× 653 mm?H?

 

PERME is one of the product brands of Labthink Instruments CO., Ltd.

 

Labthink Instruments Co., Ltd.

No. 144 Wuyingshan Road, Jinan 250031, China

Tracy Bao  info@labthink.cn

Tel: 0086 531 85061153  fax:0086 531 85812140

 

Labthink, the excellent provider of testing instruments and testing services, is devoted to provide most excellent and complete quality control solutions for pharmaceutical, foodstuff, cosmetics, packaging, printing, adhesive, automotive, petrochemistry, environment, biology, new energy, construction, aviation and electronic industries worldwide.

Labthink is devoted to share excellent quality testing and control techniques with global clients and is known for wide coverage of international testing standards. Labthink participates in the drafting of several important standards of food, pharmaceutical and packaging industries, and is the excellent partner of national certification institutes.

Labthink has also established cooperation with IGT, Rycobel, Metrotec, Chilton, Moroka and other renowned distributors to provide attentive and prompt technical services for her customers in more than 40 countries and regions.

Labthink aims at creating satisfactory value and professional services for her customers.

Labthink, think for you only!

Labthink, the excellent provider of testing instruments and testing services, is devoted to provide most excellent and complete quality control solutions for pharmaceutical, foodstuff, cosmetics, packaging, printing, adhesive, automotive, petrochemistry, environment, biology, new energy, construction, aviation and electronic industries worldwide.

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Labthink Introduces New Soda PET Bottle Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Permeation Tester

Labthink Introduces New Soda PET Bottle Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Permeation Tester

  Labthink has newly developed soda PET bottle carbon dioxide (CO2) permeation tester, PERME G2/130 Differential Pressure Package Gas Permeation Tester, to test carbon dioxide permeation rate for beverage industry. This tester can test the carbon dioxide permeation rate rapidly so as to bring forward evidences for soda shelf life confirmation.

  Besides, this Labthink PERME G2/130 Differential Pressure Package Gas Permeation Tester can be widely applied in gas permeation testing of plastic, metal, glass and other finished packages. The test gases include air, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The finished packages include various bottles, punches, boxes, cans and barrels, such as beverage bottles, tin cans, milk bag & box, oil containers and other metal/non-metal packages.

Specifications:

Testing Range: 0.0001?100ml/pkg·day

Specimen Range: 1, 2 or 3

Humidity: closed mode: 100%RH, 0%RH, 2%RH?98.5%RH

         Open mode: ambient temperature

Testing Gases: Oxygen, Nitrogen or carbon dioxide

Air Source Pressure: 0.4MPa?0.6 MPa

Specimen Size: Closed mode: max. out diameter is less than ?114mm, height is less than 360 mm; min. inner diameter of bottle mouth is 8mm; max. out diameter is less than 50mm (also customization)

Open mode: max. size is no less than?195mm

Dimensions: 670 mm(L)× 490 mm(B)× 653 mm(H)

 

PERME is one of the product brands of Labthink Instruments CO., Ltd.

  Further information please feel free to contact Shirley Wu via trade2@labthink.cn, skype:shirley-labthink, MSN:shirleywu_labthink@hotmail.com or (tel)0086-531-85068709.

About Labthink:

Labthink, the excellent provider of testing instruments and testing services, is devoted to provide most excellent and complete quality control solutions for pharmaceutical, foodstuff, cosmetics, packaging, printing, adhesive, automotive, petrochemistry, environment, biology, new energy, construction, aviation and electronic industries worldwide.

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Labthink Introduces New Beer PET Bottle Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Permeation Instrument

Labthink Introduces New Beer PET Bottle Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Permeation Instrument

  Labthink has newly developed beer PET bottle carbon Dioxide CO2 permeation testing instrument, PERME G2/130 Differential Pressure Package Gas Permeation Testing Instruments,  to test carbon dioxide permeation rate for beverage industry. This testing instrument can rapidly test the carbon dioxide permeation rate so as to bring forward evidences for beer shelf life confirmation.

  Besides, this Labthink PERME G2/130 Differential Pressure Package Gas Permeation Testing Instruments can be widely applied in gas permeation testing of plastic, metal, glass and other finished packages. The test gases include air, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The finished packages include various bottles, punches, boxes, cans and barrels, as beverage bottles, tin cans, milk bag & box, oil containers and other metal/non-metal packages.

 

Specifications:

Testing Range: 0.0001?100ml/pkg•day

Specimen Range: 1, 2 or 3

Humidity: closed mode: 100%RH, 0%RH, 2%RH?98.5%RH

         Open mode: ambient temperature

Testing Gases: Oxygen, Nitrogen or carbon dioxide

Air Source Pressure: 0.4MPa?0.6 MPa

Specimen Size: Closed mode: max. out diameter is less than ?114mm, height is less than 360 mm; min. inner diameter of bottle mouth is 8mm; max. out diameter is less than 50mm (also customization)

Open mode: max. size is no less than?195mm

Dimensions: 670 mm(L)× 490 mm(B)× 653 mm(H)

 PERME is one of the product brands of Labthink Instruments CO., Ltd.

  Further information please feel free to contact Shirley Wu via trade2@labthink.cn, skype:shirley-labthink, MSN:shirleywu_labthink@hotmail.com or (tel)0086-531-85068709.

About Labthink:

  Labthink, the excellent provider of testing instruments and testing services, is devoted to provide most excellent and complete quality control solutions for pharmaceutical, foodstuff, cosmetics, packaging, printing, adhesive, automotive, petrochemistry, environment, biology, new energy, construction, aviation and electronic industries worldwide.

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Food chain start from a low carbon economy 1

Food chain start from a low carbon economy 1

Abnormal weather, global warming, global warming world time and again warned that far do not say a single China, Yunnan, Guizhou, since the beginning of the great drought to Yushu in Qinghai Province earthquake, once again let people know that the Earth is in danger, low-carbon emission reduction has become the world to change the status quo the most recent efforts.
The short term, low-carbon emissions so that Chinese companies are generally involved a “low-carbon shock”, “carbon tariff” for the survival of the enterprise introduced onto the market at the cusp, if carbon emissions is national policy of the future, business will face a new transition. The long term, low-carbon economy companies put a higher demand, it is the driving force for sustainable development of enterprises, but also enterprises in the fierce market competition can win a key factor. Therefore, the implementation of low-carbon economy, enterprises, is a strategic choice.

So, how food companies to low-carbon shift? The radius of view, the low-carbon time has come for serious food consumption of resources enterprises, survival is the transformation of low-carbon path. Therefore, from raw material procurement, production technology, quality and safety, packaging and a series of processes, the company is destined to go a new line of energy saving, reduce operating costs, start from the industrial chain, which is a natural food trend in the implementation of low-carbon economy.
Low-carbon era, the food industry crises and opportunities

Everything has a “double-edged sword,” low-carbon economy is no exception. It as a kind of low power consumption, low pollution, low-emission-based economic model is conducive to sustainable economic development, but on the other hand, it requires great efforts from the corporate structure, product upgrading and technological innovation links reborn, on China’s current business, it is an unprecedented challenge.
From the perspective of micro-enterprises, strict low-carbon economy is bound to implement the reduction, it needs a fundamental transformation, in fact, many Chinese enterprises are doing now can not afford such a transformation, especially for SMEs, No money, no technology, they face barriers to competition, therefore, low-carbon economy will be implemented in the industrial chain improvement and adaptation.

In developed countries, many companies have developed emission reduction targets, to take measures to try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of products, but the market also appeared to encourage the trend of low-carbon production. Such as Wal-Mart, which were required in the procurement chain, the product carbon labeling, which the purchase of which the low carbon content. This approach will impact the whole industry chain, and did not take a low-carbon means of production would undermine the competitiveness of enterprises.
In the beverage industry, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other beverage giants Wal-Mart and other retailers have begun to jointly explore a green from production to consumption chain, and create a green economy operating environment.

Liming Li that the food industry is inseparable from the overall layout of the development of low-carbon economy, simply to stress from the original manufacture, assembly and other areas of localization extends to marketing, and service value chain system on the localization of software and hardware upgrades and enhance production supply chain management, has to seize favorable opportunities to further help enterprises to form new industry pattern.
“New Standard” market as a strategic transformation to a low carbon
The layout is like playing chess, chess game started, the two sides to seize the main points, arranged battle, ready to enter the battle site, which requires enterprises to global awareness.

Currently, the layout of a low carbon economy in the world launched its impact on China is “carbon tariff” introduced, emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will be credited to the cost of business through our extensive, high-energy-intensive modes of production will difficult to maintain, so businesses will need more consideration to the use of raw materials through the carbon savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to “squeeze” profits.
To ease the “low-carbon shock” impact, some power companies may be a strong value chain through integrated approach to ensure the stability of earnings.

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Making our skies eco-friendly with more carbon offsets and energy-efficient techniques

Making our skies eco-friendly with more carbon offsets and energy-efficient techniques

Does your environmentally-friendly conscience prevent you from enjoying your trip? If you’re worried about all the wasted energy and CO2 pollution taking place during travel, think again. Although we are a long way off from planes being powered solely by solar or wind energy, there are still ways to offset the negative effects of flying. The good news is that you can help make your trips as “unpolluted” as possible, from beginning to end, by following a few simple steps:

Try booking direct flights. They may be a bit more expensive but a giant energy saver since the most amount of fuel is utilized during takeoff and landing. Think of all the extra time you’ll be saving as well by avoiding layovers.

Chose airlines which make significant efforts towards green travel whether by utilizing newer, energy-saving airplanes or working towards cutting flight times.

Do your best to always pack light and remember to put the travel size toiletries into reusable containers instead of packages. When you have too many bags not only do you waste more time checking in during departure and at baggage claim upon arrival, but the extra weight on the plane engages the engines that much more, thereby causing it to utilize more fuel. Our goal is exactly the opposite.

Consider taking public transportation to and from the airport instead of your own car or taxi. A bus is like carpooling. It saves cash, pre-trip aggravation, and most importantly energy. It also gives you the opportunity to pass on your green-travel ideas.

Water is always a must so precisely for this reason plan to invest in a water bottle. It will come in handy during air travel. Ask the flight attendant to refill your bottle en-route instead of using plastic cups.

Forming a bond with your destinations and becoming loyal to them will ensure their future. Make plans to revisit your favorite places. Your support will help keep them just as they are.

At the end of each trip, think about ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Become a member of a tree-planting project, start investing in wind energy, purchase a carbon calculator, sponsor green activities and donate to eco-friendly causes. Impart useful information to your fellow tourists. There’s plenty of time before, during, and after your trip to discuss ways in which you’ve contributed to saving the environment. Set an example for others and this too will be a part of your carbon offset.

Caring about the environment does not have to impede your travel plans in any way. Now that your conscience is clear go ahead and book your next getaway. Plan ahead and make the right decisions before and during your trip and aim to reduce your carbon footprint afterwards. So relax, visit your favorite place, and spread your positive, eco-friendly influence all over.

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Carbon Footprint: How Creating a Sustainable Business Makes You Money

Carbon Footprint: How Creating a Sustainable Business Makes You Money

You don’t have to wait for “Cap and Trade” to pass the US Congress to embrace carbon neutrality. Carbon Credits are a responsible and cost effective way to not only help produce non-oil energy projects, but reduce your corporate costs, engage your employees and gain a Green Marketing advantage over your competitors.

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse are the first part, and below I’m going to give you 5 ways to do it. But if you can’t, don’t want to, or would rather just write a check then understand Carbon Credits.

Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Carbon Credits

While Reducing, Reusing and Recycling is key in preventing climate change, offsetting your carbon emissions is the next great step in the preservation of our environment for generations to come. The Carbon Calculator Math is below, or you could use a Carbon Footprint Calculator at (www.ecoaidnow.com/Calculators.aspx

To offset your carbon emissions simply means to neutralize your part in the polluting of our environment. In technical terms, a carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions.

Certified Projects are developed such as a reforestation project that reduces carbon dioxide emissions, every ton of emissions reduced will result in the creation of one certified carbon offset.   

Since carbon dioxide emissions are the principal cause of climate change, purchasing carbon offsets is key to promoting a greener environment.

When you offset your personal carbon emissions, you are doing your much-needed part in helping to put an end to global warming and climate change. In addition to making the world a better place, you just might also score a few popularity points with your friends and family.   

Here’s 4 ways to save money while reducing your carbon footprint.

(1) Recycle Toner and Ink Jet Cartridges.  These things, which always run out at the most inopportune time, cost way too much and, contrary to what the big companies than manufacture them proclaim with their “send it in recycling programs” – end up in the landfill, usually in the poorest areas of the world.  The technology and quality of recycled toner and ink jet cartridges in many cases surpasses the original equipment manufacturers…and you get to support a local business like yours when you patronize them.   And don’t forget to set your printers to “draft” mode when you’re not printing for official communications…it’ll save you money and toner/ink.

(2) Use Less and Buy Recycled Paper.  Back in the early 90’s when email was gaining popularity we all proclaimed that it was the beginning of the paperless office.  But the paper companies weren’t scared.  Paper sales went through the roof because now we had more information to print out, copy and share with each other.   Now there are a variety of document sharing services, including free ones like Google Docs, while allow immediate sharing of and collaboration of documents without having to print out 5 copies for the group to mark up.  It saves money, time and is much more efficient.

Furthermore, as the quality of recycled content paper has gone up to photo quality level and the cost has gone down to below the cost of “new” paper, it clearly makes no sense not to include the procurement of recycled printer and copier paper in your corporate sustainability plan.

(3)    Go Paperless with your invoices. PayPal and Google Checkout both have electronic invoicing capabilities for those of you who process payments via credit card, and for many companies, their PayPal and Google Checkout accounts are tied directly to their corporate checking accounts for seemless, and transaction fee free payment processing.  They both offer a variety of export formats and integrate with popular accounting packages like QuickBooks and Microsoft Accounting.  

No more 3 copy carbon based invoices, no gas guzzling postmen delivering the mail and no more licking envelopes!

(4)     Recycle Everything. Soda cans, newspapers, used equipment, furniture and materials (if you’re manufacturing things) all carry a price.  Aluminum cans trade for around $ .80 a pound (32 12 ounce cans = 1 pound) – so figure you can sell them to a local recycler for a bit better than half of that.  Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you have an office full of Red Bull crazed employees or “Diet Coke Fiends” it can actually add up relatively quickly.   

List your used equipment on Craigslist or Google for a local company that will pick up and “recycle” your used equipment – or better yet, donate it to a local charity and take the tax deduction.  Goodwill and the Salvation Army will send out a truck to pick up larger items and most likely make weekly or monthly trips through your area.

The Challenge is not so much Global Climate Change, but more of a personal one. Do we want to live in a clean world or a dirty one!  Do we want to be subject to wars over fossil fuels?  Are we, as individuals, stewards of business, operators of government, and elected officials, willing to take action to right the environmental wrongs we might create?  The global becomes personal.

Buying Carbon Offsets is one way to deploy our resources towards a better Future. The best first step is to always think about the very real consequences of your actions.  Protecting our air and water isn’t something that can be taken care of by someone else, we have to do it for ourselves.

To take an active role in neutralizing your carbon emissions today use our individual carbon calculator (www.ecoaidnow.com/Calculators.aspx).

Dr. Ken Pollock is EcoAid’s Chief Executive Officer, sets the strategy for the company. www.ecoaidnow.com Read more of his articles at http://buycarboncreditsandoffsets.com. In addition, he recently launched http://carbonprofessionalschool.com in the near future to provide the training and tools for individuals, businesses and institutions.

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    How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    It’s a fact: the environment is in dire need of attention, and it has never been more important for people to do their part in reducing and offsetting their carbon footprint. Of course, many individuals – as well as groups – have long been working hard in favour of environmental issues. But many more can get involved, taking simple steps at home to make a difference.

    However, there’s one common hurdle. Many people are daunted by the idea of making a difference for the environment. After all, many environmental issues are massive, and a lot of people wonder how they can make a difference. But the reality of the issue is that if everybody did their part – however small their actions might seem – they would collectively make a difference. So, the first step is to know that each individual can positively impact the environment by making a few changes.

    The next step is to identify and implement measures to help the environment – and a great place to start is in your own home. One action you can take is to save resources such as energy.

    Begin by ensuring your home is well-insulated. Place a jacket on your hot water tank, insulate your loft, and make sure all your wall cavities are filled. You can also eliminate draughts by installing a seal on your exterior doors, letterboxes, and gaps in floorboards.

    Next, switch to energy-saving light bulbs, which produce less CO2 and save a significant amount of electricity. And finally, ensure you switch off all lights and electrical items when not in use. An estimated £140 million a year is wasted in leaving lights on in unused rooms, so everyone can make a difference by turning lights off.

    You should also avoid leaving electrical items on standby. Leaving items plugged in and turned on means they’re still using energy – £800 million of which is wasted each year through standby electrical items. So unplug such items or turn them off at the mains to save energy and money. Many energy suppliers also offer tips on how to save electricity, helping their clients save money and make a difference for the environment.

    Next, you’ll want to take some steps to save water in your home. You can do this by choosing a water-efficient dishwasher or washing machine, and by fitting a flow regulator or aerated shower head in the bathroom. You should also fill your kettle only with the water you’ll need, turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, and take shorter showers. In the garden, it helps to use a watering can or a bucket rather than a hosepipe. Finally, ensure all dripping taps are fixed and, if possible, install a leak detector.

    Of course, recycling is another big step you can take. But before you throw something into the recycling bin, consider whether you can re-use it for something else. Whether it’s a glass jar, an unwanted toy, or a broken appliance, there’s usually something you can do with such items instead of simply throwing them out or placing them into the recycling bin. Many charities will take used clothes, unwanted toys, and even appliances for repair; and many plastic and glass containers can be re-used around the house.

    Finally, consider growing your own fruit and vegetables, as well as starting a compost pile. Keeping a fruit and vegetable garden is a fun way for you to cut your carbon footprint, as it eliminates the energy required to transport such goods otherwise. What’s more, keeping a compost pile at home means you’ll have free compost at hand to tend to your garden. Over 30 per cent of an average household bin can be composted – so imagine how much less rubbish you’ll send to the landfill simply by starting a compost pile. Don’t have a garden at home? Many towns and cities have a community garden scheme – so it’s worth enquiring about where you can start your garden.

    Ultimately, there are many ways individuals and families can positively impact the environment – right from home.

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    Green Bride Guide Launches Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry with Carbon Neutral Shipping

    Green Bride Guide Launches Green Wedding Gift Shop & Registry with Carbon Neutral Shipping

    (1888PressRelease) Specializing in sustainable wedding gifts, this new registry offers hundreds of eco-friendly and affordable products screened by the green wedding industry’s most credible resource.

    New Haven, CT – Green Bride Guide, the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services, announced this week the launch of its new green wedding gift shop and registry service. From non-toxic cookware and recycled wine glasses to earth-friendly fine china and organic cotton textiles, the shop features hundreds of eco-friendly home goods. It is also the first store to offer free carbon-neutral shipping with every purchase.

    According to the “What’s on Brides’ Minds” 2009 survey by David’s Bridal, almost half of all brides (48%) are committed to going green this year, and this includes registering for eco-friendly products.

    “Guests spend billion a year on wedding gifts,” said Kate L. Harrison, Founder and CEO of the Green Bride Guide. “Our new website offers couples the opportunity to use their wedding registry to support environmentally-conscious businesses. We offer hundreds of pre-screened environmentally responsible and affordable choices couples can feel good about adding to their wish list, without sacrificing style or quality,”

    The Green Bride Guide registry provides detailed information about each product, including how it is made, where it is made, and what materials were used in its production.

    The easy-to-use search functionality allows shoppers to sort by:

    •    Country of origin-buyers can choose to support fairly paid artisans from around the globe
    •    State, if the products are Made in the USA -couples can register for gifts that are made closer to home, which decreases the carbon emissions produced during transport
    •    Eco-strategy information – guests can opt to see only handmade or ethically sourced products
    •    Certifications-shoppers can search quickly for goods produced under specific labels, like USDA Organic

    “The idea is to provide shoppers with as much information as possible so they can make informed decisions about the products they are buying,” said Harrison. “Every product is hand-picked by our team and carefully screened to avoid ‘greenwashing,’ the practice of passing off non-green products as eco-friendly.”

    Free Carbon-Neutral Shipping

    The Green Bride Guide’s online gift shop is the first green wedding registry to offer free carbon-neutral shipping. When a package is shipped, the transportation process generates CO2 and other greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming. To neutralize this effect, the Green Bride Guide calculates the impact of each shipment and purchases carbon offsets from its partner, Brighter Planet.

    Each offset supports community-based alternative energy projects in the United States that remove CO2 from the air, and reduce the country’s dependence on “dirty” carbon-emitting sources. Customers automatically receive free carbon-neutral shipping with any purchase through the Green Bride Guide gift shop and registry.

    About the Green Bride Guide

    The Green Bride Guide, founded by Kate L. Harrison, is the most comprehensive and credible resource for engaged couples seeking eco-friendly wedding ideas, products and services. The site is a companion to Harrison’s book, The Green Bride Guide: How to Plan an Earth Friendly Wedding on Any Budget and, in addition to the new green wedding registry and gift shop, it offers pictures and stories from real green weddings, decor ideas, educational resources, an approved green wedding vendor directory, planning tools, and advice from industry experts. Kate L. Harrison has a background in environmental law and conservation. She recently developed the country’s first Green Wedding Professional Certification Course.

    http://www.greenbrideguide.com

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    http://www.greenbrideguide.com/

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