Paper

December 6th, 2010 - 
 

Paper is separated into the following groups: 

Magazines
Newspapers
Office paper
Cardboard
Phone directories

– Deposit used paper at your local recycling bank.
– Most home recycling bins, provided by your local council, usually accept paper products.
– Only recycle gummed paper if specified, such as envelopes and stickers.
– Reduce paper waste by canceling unwanted deliveries, or read news online as opposed to buying newspapers.

– Put a “no junk mail please” sign on your letter box to reduce unwanted deliveries.
Reuse paper around the home as scrap paper or packing material. Envelopes can also be reused.
– Set your printer to print on both sides of the paper.
– Buy recycled paper whenever possible.

Composting

December 6th, 2010 - 
 

Composting is an excellent way to recycle kitchen and garden waste. It is very easy to build your own compost bin and use the compost to help your garden grow.

How Composting Works
Composting is the decomposition of materials that originated from animals and plants. These organic materials can be things such as plant trimmings, vegetable cuttings, eggshells and teabags. The composting process produces a dark, crumbly matter that can be used as fertilizer in garden soil. The main stages of composting are:

– Adding organic materials to a compost bin
– Micro-organisms, such as bacteria and fungi, break sown the soft material.
– This causes the compost pile to heat to around 60°C. This is the ideal temperature for micro-organisms to work at.
– The compost pile then cools to below 30°C.
Small creatures such as worms and insects then break down the tougher material.
– The whole process usually takes about 3 – 9 months, and results in a nutrient-rich fertiliser to use in your garden.

– The compost that is ready to use can be taken from the bottom of the pile, leaving the rest to finish the process.

 
How to Build a Compost Bin
– You can buy a compost bin or build your own. Compost bins are usually sold at DIY and gardening stores.
– Build a compost bin by creating a frame out of wood and attach it to the ground using posts.
– Your compost bin should be able to hold about 200-300 liters, try and use a bin with a lid to keep out the rain.
– The compost bin should be placed in a well-lit and well-drained area of the garden.
– Try and keep the compost bin out of the wind.
– Improve drainage by breaking up the soil underneath the compost bin.
What You Should and Shouldn’t Compost

What TO ADD to your compost pile:
Hair and fur
Shredded paper
Straw and hay
Animal bedding and sawdust
Crushed egg shells
Grass and plant cuttings
Raw fruit and vegetable trimmings
Teabags and coffee granules
Horse manure
Leaves
What NOT TO ADD to your compost pile:
Meat or fish
Coal Ash
Animal waste
Nappies and used tissues
Dairy products
Cooked foods
Colored or treated paper
Chemically treated wood
Diseased plants
Persistent weeds

10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 1

December 6th, 2010 - 
Changing a few of the things that you take for granted like how you go about your daily routine can add to the benefits of using green energy. It may not seem like much at first, but the accumulation of your efforts over the span of a year and over the span of your lifetime will become a mountain of difference to the planet. Consider if everyone were to make these small changes, the impact would be widespread and noticeable almost right away. A relatively minuscule amount of sacrifice is all it takes and you’ll barely notice any difference in how you take on your day to day rituals.

1. Take shorter showers:
Shortening your shower by a mere 2-3 minutes will save money on water of course, but you’ll also be affecting how much water your utility has to treat and how much your tank has to heat thereby saving energy.

2. Turn off lights and appliances: This is one you’re folks have been preaching for years, but keeping lights and appliances off when they’re not needed is the single easiest way to save energy and save on the environment.

3. Switch to Energy Efficient appliances and light bulbs: A great program that has been around for some time now, EnergyStar rated appliances use 10-50% less energy and/or water then their inefficient counterparts. There are several different types of high-efficiency light bulbs out there now, so do a little research to find what type is right for your home.4. Thermostat settings = $$$: Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees warmer for the AC in the summer, and 4-5 degrees cooler in the winter. This adjustment may be one of the more difficult ones to make, but it also makes the largest impact in energy/money savings. Wear more cloths in the winter, and less in the summer is my best advice. Muscle through this one and you’re on your way to really making a difference.
4. Thermostat settings = $$$: Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees warmer for the AC in the summer, and 4-5 degrees
cooler in the winter. This adjustment may be one of the more difficult ones to make, but it also makes the largest impact in energy/money savings. Wear more cloths in the winter, and less in the summer is my best advice. Muscle through this one and you’re on your way to really making a difference.
 
5. Wash larger loads of laundry: Some people are very particular about how and when they wash their clothes, and some people just heap it all together like it doesn’t matter. Well, it’s you heapers that are the environmental helpers. Washing larger loads means you do it less often, which means you use less resources (water/power/time). Not only should you wash more clothes less often, but do it with cold water, and only use only eco-friendly detergents that come in recyclable containers.

Save Water_part 1

December 6th, 2010 - 
 











We need to be smart about the way we use water or we could end up looking at a dry future. Effective ways to reduce water use start with us. Making just a few changes adds up to big savings for you and the environment.


On your lawn 
– Limit your amount of lawn area and use drought-tolerant grass. Don’t mow lawns too short (at least 3cm stalks).  
– Care for your lawn by applying compost or organic fertilizers; aerate the lawn with a fork for more efficient watering and water deeply with rainwater or grey water (water from your laundry and shower).  
– Let your lawn go brown, it will rejuvenate when it rains.
Water-saving devices 
– Install a rainwater tank to capture and store rainwater for use on the garden and lawn (when using water from your rainwater tank, water restrictions do not apply).  
 – Grey water systems divert laundry and bathroom (shower, basin and bath) water onto lawns and gardens. Be careful
not to poison the soil with all the detergents in the water. 
– Connect your hose to your rainwater tank to deliver water directly to the soil and roots. 
– Install a pool cover, this can save up to 100 liters of water a day that would otherwise be lost to evaporation.  
– Install low flow taps to reduce water consumption.  
– Check taps for leaks and repair. 
– Use a broom to sweep driveways and paths.

    Plastic recycling

    January 22nd, 2008 - 

    Welcome to the Plastic recycling area of our site! Apart of ideas on recycling plastic bottles or plastic bags, here you will enjoy some articles about rubber recycling and Eco solutions on how to go green. Lamps, sandals, purses or jewelry can be made from re-used plastic objects. Stay tuned and read more articles each day and if you have something interesting to share with us and our readers, you are most than welcomed to send us an email together with your stuff! Thank you!

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