Taking the Green Approach With E-Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes are the new way forward – and this isn’t just for your health. E-cigarettes are having a positive impact on the environment. They lead to cleaner streets, beaches and parks and they lead to cleaner air because you’re not rebuying the same disposable product: a plain old cigarette or a disposable e-cig. This seems too good to be true doesn’t it?

So, how are electronic cigarettes leading the way forward with a healthier application to smoking? Instead of the thousands of chemicals that you will find in normal cigarettes, mixed with tar and heavens knows what else, e-cigs release comparatively less. This is good news for people when they exercise, e-cigs sit less heavily on your lungs and exercise is easier.

Plus, you’re getting the chemical you want: nicotine – without all that hassle of thousands of other chemicals. Apart from being healthier, you also get a great range of flavors so you can enjoy smoking a richer range than ever before. This part of e-cigarette smoking is really enjoyable; you can mix and match choosing the flavors you like the best.

E-cigarette companies like Ippuku have developed organic e-liquids for their e-cigs, so that your smoke isn’t tainted by chemicals. Instead of a crazy substance like propylene glycol, organic e-liquids use a vegetable glycerin base. These are certified by the USDA and won’t cause you any allergic reactions. It’s worth mentioning again: they also have fewer chemicals present than regular cigarettes.

Ippuku have electronic cigarette products that are aware of the environment. It’s easy to be fed up with seeing butts in the streets and people throwing their cigarettes into the sea. These e-cigs are refillable and have rechargeable batteries. Using refillable and rechargeable e-cigarettes means you’re not throwing away a disposable e-cig, nor are you throwing away a regular cigarette butt.

Regular cigarettes are everywhere these days, but disposable e-cig products are also a problem, you throw away the packaging and the e-cig- sounds silly really. Butts are a pain in the eyes, but waste is just waste. Electronic cigarettes aren’t the kind of thing you want to just throw away.

Also, without trash bins, the countryside and the ocean really suffer. It’s a real problem for our local environments and our tourist attractions which are being damaged by careless people. The plastic butts of regular cigarettes take a long time to break down in the environment, sometimes up to hundreds of years! With this, discarded butts poison the local environment and damage the local wildlife. They shouldn’t be harmed by the toxic chemicals in discarded butts, this isn’t fair on nature.

Well, it’s all there, electronic cigarettes are better for your health with less chemicals and easier exercise. With brands like Ippuku you’re also getting organic e-liquid flavors tailored to your needs. E-cigs are also better for the streets, the beaches and the countryside, with less stuff thrown away- butts and packaging too. Making the switch to electronic cigarettes- as a healthier option and as an option which does less damage to the environment- is a must.

Give Your Old Clothes and Socks a Second Life

Our personal wardrobes often change depending on the season, the fit, and the purpose. Clothes that we used to wear frequently may be relegated to the bottom of the closet if they are no longer fashionable. Some jeans may have become too small or too big. Some socks may lose their former appeal. Although we have pulled them out of the regular rotation, many of these items are in good condition. Other people may be grateful to have them as part of their collection or as materials for different projects. By recycling old clothes, we free up valuable storage space and help the planet by minimizing waste. We can do this through the following ways:

Give Them Away to the People Close to You

Friends, relatives, colleagues, and others in your tight personal network might appreciate some of the items in your closet. Try to segregate the nicer ones from the rest and think of the people who would love to have these clothes. Certain family members might be into this style or that. Give them the ones which fit their personality. These unique gifts are sure to bring smiles to their faces. You will also help them save some cash while still being fashionable.

Donate the Old Clothes to Charity

There are a lot of charitable institutions which accept used clothes. Just make sure to send items that are in fairly good shape and keep the tattered clothes which are no longer wearable. Heavily stained and damaged pieces can still be recycled but in other ways. Try to donate shirts, pants, and socks that perhaps have designs that you have outgrown. You might not like their colors and patterns but somebody else might love them.

Look up recycling programs by textile companies. A number of them accept clothes that fit into specific categories. They classify items according to the material, type and state. Some of the more valuable pieces may end up restored to their original glory. Others may be used as materials for an altogether different product like a tennis ball or a rag.

Torn clothes are not necessarily useless. They can still be utilized as hand towels and similar cleaning materials. In this manner, households no longer need to purchase new towels which will inevitably get dirty anyway. Socks are ideal for this purpose.

Use Them as Materials for Arts and Craft Projects

Handcrafted toys are quite popular online. Those with a talent for sewing can make use of old clothes for their personal projects. Little children will be delighted to receive stuffed animals as gifts for their birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions. The textile may also be converted into more practical accessories like purses, bags, and the like. It may even be possible to produce blankets, curtains and quilts. You can get plenty of ideas on what to create by browsing the Web.

Try to Sell Them to Interested Parties

There may be items in your collection that are still quite valuable despite their age. Second-hand pieces from known brands can sell very well if you find the right buyer. You could try to go to stores that specialize in this trade if you have a lot of things to dispose of. Online selling is another feasible route.

Cleaning up Our Act: One Oil Spill at a Time

The world wasn’t like this when we were young. It was cleaner, greener, less chemicals and pesticides and people respected nature. We fished only for what we needed, kept the lakes clean so we could swim in it and didn’t dump waste on our rivers and oceans.

Times have indeed changed. A few decades later and we’re told that there’s a hole in the ozone layer. What used to be clean oceans are now filled with toxic waste and chemicals. It’s a sad, sad thing for us elderly people to see – because we’ve seen better. We’ve seen this world at its best and we don’t want to leave without doing anything to make it better.

One of the environmental issues that we are concerned about is an oil spill. It brings so much damage to the affected area not only because it kills plant and animal life, but because it poisons everything that it comes into contact with. Children and adults should not be swimming in an area where industrial-grade oil has been spilled.

Whenever we receive news of such an occurrence, we organize a clean-up drive and help educate the people in those communities about the proper thing to do. The petroleum companies do not always react immediately when situations like this arise. It is true that the first line of defense is the people living there.

We’re old people so we can’t do all the back breaking work by ourselves anymore. What we can do is call for a meeting and orient the community leaders on what to do. We tell them how long they should not be fishing, how far from the infected waters and beaches they should and so on. We also bring the necessary clean up supplies such as hessian bags, shovels, protective gear and so on. We also have rubber boats and oars to help people get in the water much more quickly.

Other members in the group likewise teach the women and children how to do handicrafts and other livelihood programs. Since their breadwinners cannot fish for some time, it will be good if they knew an alternative means to make a living. After all the world does not stop because of one oil spill. We just hope mother nature’s regenerative powers are still intact.

3 Reasons Why Wooden Decking is Better than Plastic

If you intend to build an aesthetically pleasing patio, or extend your living space by adding a deck at your residence there are multiple choices that have to be made in the entire process. The number one factor that most people take into consideration is, affordability and budgeting. Almost every other person wants an impressive, luxurious yet affordable option for their decking needs. This leads to the selection of composite materials over wooden materials. Here are 3 reasons why wooden decking is better than any other alternative. 

Environmentally Friendly
By using wood as the primary material to construct a deck, one of the major benefits that it offers over others is its friendliness towards the environment. Wood absorbs carbon dioxide from the air and keeps it locked until it decays. Plastic, on the other hand, is created with a mixture of wood and composite materials which makes it unsustainable and it's after life is not productive in any way either. The only thing that can be done to demolish plastic is to burn it, which sends harmful emissions in the air causing air pollution. Comparatively, wood can be recycled in a number of green friendly ways, such as having it sent to the local council for recycling or chipping it to turn it into soil. 

Long Term Sustainability
While wood has a quality of being flexible according to the weather, it lasts longer than plastic. The benefit of installing wooden decking is it is a long term solution to your decking needs. Installation of a good quality deck lasts longer than 10 years without a lot of maintenance and overhead costs. A few companies offer the services of installing high quality wooden decking that also comes with a guarantee of lasting for a number of years. Decking samples like  http://www.softwoods.com.au/ are some of the best examples of long term sustainable designs and materials. 

Aesthetically Pleasing
Wood can be carved into rich textures and shapes, or can be polished into beautiful colors to maintain its original look with a class of elegance. Not only is wood an aesthetically pleasing material to be used for outdoor and indoor architectural needs, the final result of a wood product can outweigh the final look of any other alternative material. Along with its inviting look, wood is naturally capable of fighting off climatic changes and with only a few precautions can be safeguarded against termites and other insects. 

How Solar Air Conditioning and Heating Can Cut Your Power Usage

Air conditioning and heating a home or business is expensive and air conditioners and heaters are often high energy draw appliances. Electric heating and cooling is now one of the highest yearly household expenses and much of the electricity generated for this purpose produces carbon emissions. This means that the cooling and heating of your home could actually be contributing to climate change! The human race needs to find ways to reduce our reliance on electricity from coal and other sources of pollution, which is why we advocate solar air conditioning and heating where possible. These systems have been developed in recent years and are now available for commercial and residential use.

Solar Air Conditioning
There are many different types of solar air conditioning systems, but the most common are split system/inverter air conditioners and ducted systems. The solar split system design uses a special solar collector (thermal unit) to pressurize the gas in the compressor. This can cut energy bills and power usage by up to 90%! The ducted systems are mainly used for multiple room installations and are far more expensive in the initial outlay. However, they can be fully solar powered and cost nothing to run once they are setup.

Solar Heating
The basic system of solar heating uses evacuated tube collectors to heat air and/or water. This heat is then distributed around the house to produce allergy free heating, even in overcast conditions. An alternative is ducted heating, which is similar but offers multiple room installation. These are more expensive in the initial outlay than electric or gas heating, but the running costs are considerably lower. The disadvantage of this option is that these systems become less effective on days with heavy cloud and they will not work at night.

Potential Developments
The Australian national science agency, the CSIRO, has developed a new solar heating and cooling solution that is currently being trailed. This technology relies on a patented system of using solar collectors to heat water, which is then used to heat or cool the home. It is currently in trial phase and will be released to the public in the near future. You can find out more about these and other new developments in solar air conditioning and heating here. We are certainly excited about this technology reaching the mainstream!

Energy Savings and Environmental Impact
The energy savings from running solar heating and cooling can be quite considerable. For example, installing a single solar air conditioning unit can cut a summer power bill by more than $200. A ducted system in a larger family home could cut your cooling costs by more than $400. A business, which operates only in daylight hours, could save more than $1000! It is important to carefully calculate your current heating and cooling energy usage to determine how much you will be able to save. There are also environmental factors to consider as well. Reducing your energy usage means that you will be reducing your carbon emissions and reducing your impact on climate change. This is a positive change, and we can only hope that more people will begin to adopt solar heating and cooling options for their homes and businesses.

Mobile Office: A Real Environmental Saver

In this world where a lot of people are becoming more irresponsible, the existence of volunteers for keeping the environment clean and safe has become indispensable. Regardless of how much environmental propagandas are being released by the government, the number of people that do not pay attention to the current state of our surroundings remains high. Thus, we baby boomers are still continuing our advocacy for a clean environment, which started a few decades ago.

Almost all the parts of the country have been modernized and turned into commercial areas. This set up is completely understandable because it is needed for the development of the country’s economy, but the sad part is that people tend to forget the importance and benefits of a healthy, natural environment. Since most areas are now populated and full of concrete buildings, it is now a bit harder to have a breath of fresh air.

It is such a good thing to know that young entrepreneurs today are thinking about nature conservation.  Instead of constructing more buildings for business operations and production, office trailers are now used, which benefits nature a lot. Office trailers look like a big metal cargo box that is designed to provide multi-purpose space. Originally, these containers are used in freight management and shipping, but because many people never stop looking for environment-friendly alternatives, the old cargo containers are being refurbished.

There are many available office trailers for rent, just like what they have on this website. Small businesses are the top clients of office trailer rentals because it gives them savings on rent for permanent office space. Mobile office trailers also offer many benefits:

  • It can be taken anywhere the client would like, which is perfect for businesses that require a lot of traveling.
  • Since there are no minimum rental days required, office trailers are great as temporary offices, classrooms, and emergency management centers.
  • Office trailers are also used for outreach programs and rescue operations handled by organizations. These are used as a temporary stock room for goods and other supplies for distribution.

Temporary mobile spaces are indeed a quick solution for businesses short on operational cash. The material is recycled, does not require hardwood and saves land from being turned into commercial spaces.

Environmentally-Friendly Outdoor Living Furniture and Fixtures

Green living, environment-friendliness, and sustainability are quite popular in the home design and construction industry right now. This is not unexpected considering how concerns over climate change and global warming are getting considerable media exposure. Environmentally-friendly products and solutions take center stage as more people realize how important it is to contribute in whatever way to the global effort to address the human impact on environmental concerns.

When it comes to buying outdoor living products, it’s advisable to always be mindful in making choices. As much as possible, carefully examine the products being offered not only for the quality but also for their ecological friendliness. Companies like Patio Living offer wide selections of outdoor living furniture and fixtures that include those that are deemed to be sustainably designed and are a good match to green homes. However, it’s important not to fall for misleading labeling or advertising.

To be considered environmentally-friendly, an outdoor furniture (if it’s made of wood) has to be produced using recycled or repurposed materials. Newly cut wood is a no-no. Basically, what’s important is that these furniture and fixtures should have not been created by using resources that are considered as unsustainable. Those that are made of plastic or steel can be acceptable if they are recyclable. Additionally, there should be no environment-damaging supplies used in creating these products. For instance, the paint used should biodegradable and non-toxic. It is also very important that the process used in producing the furniture is environmentally-friendly or eco-friendly. It should be highly efficient and should see to it that the wastes are reduced and no unacceptable supplies are used. One example of biodegradable furniture that are produced using highly efficient means is the earth-made stool from Adital Ela, which require zero energy to produce.

While these properties to be considered environmentally-friendly sound rather demanding, they don’t really translate to higher costs in most cases. This is because the use of recycled materials actually lower down costs. Also, ensuring that efficient processes are used and that supplies are biodegradable does not necessarily mean higher costs. In most cases, efficiency translates to lower costs. Hence, they should also bring down the costs of the furniture and fixtures.

Meeting Friends at The California Coastal Cleanup Day

Finally, the California Coastal Cleanup Day has arrived! This event attracts a number of people who join together to clean up California’s coastline. Every year we collected over 600,000 pounds of trash. It was there that I first met Kate and Sam, when we were all part of the kayaking group that paddled the waters collected trash that had already reached the bay. This was my first time with this specific volunteer program, though both of them had done it the year before.

Kate and Sam had spent the past thirty years working together at the same tax relief company (california.instanttaxattoney.com). They both enjoyed the challenge and the fulfillment that their job provided. Though apparently many of the people who worked in this industry had reputations as crooked, they both claimed that their aimed to help individuals out of some of the tricky financial situations they had found themselves in.

When I first met Sam he said that on a daily basis he helped people “settle their tax debts for a fraction of the amount owed; stop wage garnishments, levies, property seizures, and overly difficult monthly payments; and significantly reduce their tax debt.” “We even give free tax consultations” he added with a wry smile. “When people do their research, they see that there are some really trustworthy tax debt relief companies out there. As Sam talked Kate nodded her head in agreement and then added “we really like what we do, even if most people find it boring.”

The conversation then drifted to the cause at hand – cleaning up the California Coast Line. They talked about what an exciting and fulfilling experience it had been. Kate explained “that these events not only work to cleanup California’s coast and beautify the region, but also to bring our community together.” “Though we find our daily work fulfilling” Kate said “these volunteer experiences really make us feel like valuable contributors to our community.”

“And don’t forget” Sam added “that when through these activities we get to meet such wonderful people.” “It’s great to meet people from our generation who are also interested in staying active and cleaning up the local environment.”

They continued to chat excitedly for some time. I got the sense that they were the type of people who pursued every avenue of their life with passion and fierce dedication. I mean, what type of people are truly interested in everything from helping people in their day jobs to volunteering at an environmental cleanup event?

As we neared our destination, their excitement couldn’t help but wear off on me. I couldn’t wait to begin my work and embrace my current adventure. The three of us would spend rest of the day together working hand in hand. From them, I learned a lot about teamwork and communication – two skills I’m sure they sharpened in their day jobs. They worked patiently, worked well with others, were beacons of positivity, and attacked every goal with steadfast enthusiasm.

I truly hope that more people can get involved in cleanup events like these. Not only do you get to do your part in keeping our environment beautiful, but also get to meet awesome people along the way who share the same interests and standards as you do.

The Environmental Disasters of South Africa

The state of the environment in South Africa is seldom talked about but it is getting worse and there are many reasons for that. As a group, we decided to take a holiday to South Africa and see what we could learn about what was happening.

We booked our South Africa Tours through an award winning company that specializes in tailored-made tours. While we stayed in a couple of top-notch hotels, our tours took us to some of the more out of the way places, places where we learnt about the environmental issues that face this beautiful country.

Insufficient water

Some of the rivers have an extreme run-off rate and this contributes to soil erosion as well as a lack of fresh running water.  This lack of water is also caused by deforestation, climate change and the ruin of natural habitats.

Industrial waste

Mostly caused by mining, solid waste is left in huge piles after the precious metals are removed and liquid wastes are just left to go stagnant in pits. This waste contains tiny amounts of radioactive uranium, which is partly responsible for the high number of cancer cases in South Africa.

Overfishing

This is becoming a huge problem along the coastline and many species of fish are being threatened.  Unfortunately, overfishing is a way of life here, especially of fish that have a high commercial value.

These are just a couple of the problems facing South Africa, and to deal with them requires a targeted approach. This is something we can’t do overnight but, now we’ve seen for ourselves we can at least get in touch with the right people.

We didn’t spend our entire holiday on this problem. As well as that, we visited some spectacular places. We went on a short safari – amazing sights, all that beautiful wildlife living at one with nature.

We visited breathtaking beaches and walked trails that we never knew existed. All the way, we thought about what we had seen and what we could do but we also enjoyed the peace and tranquility of an amazingly beautiful country – thanks to a top class travel company.

Take Good Care of the Environment by Dealing with Roofing Problems

When it comes to taking care of the environment, we really have to do our best. Although it might seem like there’s no harm when we make lapses in our duty to protect the environment, each action we take can actually cause great harm to the environment in the long run. Researchers have discovered that we have already caused irreversible damage to the environment and that in just a little as a hundred years, we won’t have as many habitable regions as we do today. Considering this, we really need to make it a point to modify our lifestyles so that they become environmentally friendly. In this post, I’m going to concentrate on one thing people should do in order to make sure that they’re not causing great harm to the environment: deal with their roofing problems. It doesn’t matter whether we get help from professional roofers, roofing problems must be dealt with as promptly as possible.

Now, you might be asking yourself, what do roofing problems have to do with environmental harm. If you didn’t know, even small roofing problems such as leaks can actually cause your home’s energy needs to increase significantly. Now, you might be thinking, such a thing should only cause harm to my personal finances, right? This isn’t actually the case. If you recall your science lessons from high school or college, you will remember that the world depends on fossils fuels for its energy needs. This is still the case today, and unfortunately, the use of fossil fuels produces products that end up causing great harm to the environment. Carbon emissions continue to shoot up, and although such things are not harmful in normal amounts, the amount of carbon being release in today’s world is too burdensome for the environment to handle – we have fossil fuels to blame for this.

Considering these things, we really have to commend the citizens of Toronto. When it comes to roof repair Toronto citizens are very diligent. This is because they are aware of what exactly they’re causing when they’re ignoring their roofing problems. Toronto citizens can thank their government for this. Through their government’s efforts, Toronto citizens have been made aware of the impact of even their tiniest actions on the environment. Because of this, they have made it a point to deal with things that cause damage to the environment as promptly as possible, and these things include roofing problems.

Hopefully, this post of mine proves very informative and helpful to all of my readers. Whether you’re from Toronto or not, you really need to make it a point to deal with your roofing problems as soon as you notice them. The good news is that in today’s world, dealing with roofing problems isn’t as hard or as expensive as it used to be. You can even deal with your roofing problems on your own if you’re really diligent. The internet is your friend when it comes to dealing with roofing problems. By doing research, you will surely know what you should do with regard to your roofing.