Monday, March 19, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
SIMPLE INITIATIVES THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP YOUR ENVIRONMENT
A seed in the hand can plant a tree or two
Flash your green thumb and plant more trees. One tree absorbs 1,000 kg of CO2 in its lifetime.
That would be more than two of your lives!
Sit on the fence
Bamboo absorbs four times more CO2 than its equivalent stand of trees and releases oxygen into the air. Cajole, coerce or convince your building management to plant a bamboo fence in your building.
Out with the plastic!
Compact and convenient it may be but reusable it most definitely is not. So get the plastic under the knife and cut it out of your life!
Recipe for a cooler earth: Can the cold cuts. Say yes to organic food
Here’s something to chew on. Frozen and packaged food takes up 10 times more energy than fresh produce. All that energy wasted when it could have been put to better use.
Buy Local. Think Global
Eat, drink and be happy with things that grow in your own backyard. Give planes a rest and avoid imported goods.
Garbs in Green
Update your wardrobe with clothes made from organic cotton and bamboo. Put your fashionable foot forward and let your friends go green… with envy!
Serious issue over a tissue
Forget the tissue. Use the reliable old handkerchief instead. A tissue paper is a major source of waste; it takes 6,000,000 trees to make one year’s worth of tissues for the world!
Deck your desk with pots of Green
A plant on your desk acts as a natural filter, absorbing airborne pollutants and computer radiation while replenishing oxygen levels.
Have a car? Now own a tree!
Plant trees to sap car pollution. Car owners need to plant 17 trees every year to counter the greenhouse emissions of their cars.
The first blush of green. This is the way to do it!
DID YOU KNOW?
Buying local products, instead of imported goods can save up to 4,000 kg of energy.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Things you can do to recycle and make less of a mess.
Trim that waste
Every aluminum can recycled will allow you to keep your television sets or computers on for an extra three hours.
Don’t leave a paper trail
Try and pay all your bills on-line. You will not only avoid the red tape, but also use less paper. Advantage internet!
Give that printer a break
If you want to ensure the longevity of your printer, make sure you use less printouts. Aim for a paper-free existence.
Make sure your printer uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper and save 2 kg of CO2.
Use… and use again
Make sure to make optimum use of all blank paper that you get. Each paper that goes waste is a tree that died without a cause.
Bag that paper
Discover your creative streak and make bags out of paper. This way you can get a new bag every week.
Your friendly neighbourhood raddiwalla
Make him your fortnightly stop and visit him without fail. He loves your paper.
The gift of Green
In a fix over the perfect gift? Just buy recycled presents. Your friends will appreciate the gift and the planet will appreciate the gesture!
Avoid products with a lot of packaging. You can save 545 kg of CO2 if you cut down your garbage by 10% and keep the earth that much cooler.
Monitor your computer
Computers too have toxic waste. Next time you buy a new one, sell the old one, donate it to charity, or return it to the company for recycling.
We value your waste
You can save 1,000 kg of CO2 per year by recycling just half of your household waste. So make recycling a way of life.
Reclaim, Reprocess, Reuse. Waste not… others want what you’ve got!
DID YOU KNOW?
It takes 6,000,000 trees, to make one year’s worth of tissues for the world.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Easy-to-do things to make your travel earth–efficient.
Save fuel, save money, save the earth
Keep your car parked and rely on public transport to take you where you want to go.
One bus load of people takes 40 vehicles off the road during rush hour, saves 70,000 liters of petrol and avoids over 175,000 kg of emissions every year. And for short distances, just sweet those legs!
All for one and one for all
Carpool to work. Gather your friends, colleagues and assorted individuals headed in the same direction all in one car. You will not only contribute less carbon to the climate, but also face less traffic jams.
Size does matter
Small cars require less fuel and are a dream to drive. Small after all, is beautiful, or so Mother Nature will tell you. And she will be right.
Fill the right air fare
Keep the air in your tires filled to capacity. Low pressure can cause the car to use more fuel and energy. You may leave the car in the garage but keep the pressure on!
Put your planes on hold
Try and fly less often. The perfect way to give a miss to air traffic, turbulence and that something blanket of smog.
Drive right to reduce the planet’s strife!
Zoom in to the future with a hybrid car. The average hybrid car drive(r) can save 7,250 kg of CO2 and approximately Rs. 29,900 per year.
Good Car Care, Low Flight Fare
DID YOU KNOW?
Car owners need to plant 17 trees, every year to counter the greenhouse emissions of their cars.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A TRICKLE OF EFFORT IS ALL IT WILL TAKE TO HELP SAVE ‘ENDANGERED’ WATER
Let your cloths hang loose instead of using energy while tumble-drying. The longer it takes to dry the more you can delay the folding and ironing.
You will save 300 kg of CO2 and about Rs. 2,900 per year.
Give your grey water a job
Grey water – the water that goes waste after using in washing laundry, food etc. – can now be recycled and used to water your plants or flush toilets. Get creative and you may come up with other uses for grey water.
Can the skies ever dry up? Well, if you never want to find out, set up a reservoir on your roof, collect all the water from the surfaces it falls on, and bank it in a storage tank.
Use the right head
Showers account for two-thirds of all water-heating costs. If you want to manage your dough, low flow shower-heads is the way to go!
Not up to the brim
Kettles use up a lot of energy when water is filled to the brim. Fill them with the exact requirement of water. Don’t let your kettle runneth over! This way, you’ll save water and power.
Don’t be a drip!
You cannot put the taps under lock and key but you can certainly close your taps tights after use or better yet, replace those leaking taps. A drip can waste over 20,000 liters of water every year.
Don your cape of public responsibility. Check public taps and public pipelines in your area and arrange to plug the leak.
Be a rebel with a cause.
Can Water go extinct?
DID YOU KNOW?
A shower takes 10% less energy than a long bath.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A power list to help you use less energy
Tune out the tube
Switch of your television sets, reduce your satellite consumption and think about how your ancestors entertained themselves before the couch potato revolution.
Turn off when you turn in
Always switch off the lights when you leave the room. Your carbon consumption will go down by 100 kg!
Put your charger on a power diet
All of you who are gluttons for gizmos and gadgets, chargers eat a great amount of electricity. Always unplug when they are not being used. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.
It’s cool to be hot
Keep the air conditioner at an optimum 24˚C, and if you feel the heat, just open the windows. In with the good, out with the bad!
Save 900 kg of CO2 and around Rs.3, 900 per year.
Fluorescents in fashion
Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use one-third of the energy of regular bulbs and dazzle with equal brilliance, and last 10 times longer.
Water down the supply
Have a shorter showers and don’t let the water run when being. Whatever anybody says, longer showers do not a cleaner person make!
Hot showers account for two-thirds of all water heating cost.
Loaded with laundry
When using a washing machine make sure that it’s fully loaded so that it is put to optimum use. Now you can hoard dirty laundry for weeks together without any guilt.
You will save energy – yours as well as the machine’s.
Save 45 kg of CO2, and approximately Rs. 1,500 per year.
Go for solar
Install a solar water heater instead of an electric geyser. A 10 liter solar water heater can save around 1,500 units of electricity every year.
Less is definitely more
Buy appliances that use less energy. Opt for a hand-held eggbeater over an electric one. It will help you reduce your carb (on) consumption.
Power off for a cooler world
DID YOU KNOW?
If every family changed three bulbs in to CFLs, it will be equal to taking of 3.5 million cars off the road.