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Why the Future of Laser Material Processing Is Green (and Blue and Red and Purple)

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For decades, the laser industry has expanded slowly but steadily. Regardless of economic conditions, laser companies regularly see growth in high single-digit percentages, and experts predict that the industry can sustain this pattern for years to come. In the past, the laser market has been so reliably successful because laser companies have been able to diversify in their technological offerings; indeed, lasers are endlessly useful, providing all sorts of solutions to all sorts of professional problems.

However, perhaps most importantly, lasers are proving among the most harmless, most environmentally friendly, and most accessible of material processing tools. Several laser companies and their clients are committed to reducing the environmental impact of other technologies, and in doing so, they are making the world a safer place. Here’s why we should embrace lasers now and in the future as some of the greenest tech available:

Lasers Are Safe

Misconceptions about what lasers are and what they can do are rampant. Thanks to science fiction, many people believe that lasers are incredibly dangerous, that they can sap the life from people or blow up planets. While lasers can be immensely powerful — there are some military applications of lasers as weaponry — for the most part, laser material processing solutions are safe to use as long as users understand the proper procedure.

First, lasers that are not eye-safe — which include all lasers used for material processing — should be observed at all times by a trained operator.  The best laser cutters, engravers, and markers are designed to meet Class 1 safety requirements, which means the laser is fully contained and no operators can be exposed to laser energy — which means no getting cut in half like Anakin Skywalker. Additionally, high-quality laser processors are made from aluminum, safety glass, and other fire- and heat-proof materials, so the laser cannot accidentally ignite the unit and cause extensive damage and harm. When monitored and used appropriately, lasers are perfectly safe.

Lasers Are Sustainable

Yet, safety isn’t the only concern for emerging manufacturing tech. Humans have a legacy of excessive wastefulness when it comes to manufacturing, and that carelessness has led us directly to the disasters of climate change. Thus, for laser processing systems to be widely accepted, they must offer something other machines and technologies cannot: Sustainability.

Fortunately, lasers have the potential to be sustainable, depending on how they are built and what they are used for. For example, users can input their designs into a computer-aided manufacture (CAM) program to minimize waste of material. Recently, engineers have produced a gas laser cutter, which does not produce heat while making precise, intricate cuts. Alternatively, there are fiber lasers, which utilize 70 percent less electricity than typical lasers, conserving energy.Advancements in laser tech are occurring every day, and lasers are becoming greener and greener.

Some laser processing does release toxic and harmful fumes — as is the case with any method of processing certain types of materials. With appropriate exhaust considerations, such as air filtration systems, users can trap those fumes and prevent them from escaping into the environment. Furthermore, some laser processing companies are committed to reducing waste wherever possible. For example, Universal Laser Systems (ULS) is eager to assist in recycling defunct or outdated products, they collect them from users to prevent products cluttering of landfills.

Lasers Are Inexpensive

Finally, lasers could be the manufacturing technology of the future because they provide more use options for less expense. Laser material processing systems vary widely in price depending on size and wattage: Users who need higher wattage lasers to cut through metal or other thick materials should expect to spend upwards of $10,000 for an appropriate machine, and high-quality, top-of-the-line models can cost as much as $50,000. Still, these prices are roughly on-par with other manufacturing machines, and because lasers are more efficient — requiring less energy (especially with fiber lasers) and producing less waste thanks to CAM programs — users typically see returns on their laser processing investment relatively quickly.

Finally, laser processors tend to have less-demanding maintenance needs than other manufacturing machines. Laser cuts and marks are more precise and accurate than other options, which means users spend less time (and money) deburring and finishing their projects. Ultimately, the less time, money, and effort spent on inefficient, imprecise, and expensive material processing, the better — which is why the future will be filled with lasers.

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Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage

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While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.

If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.

Repair and Maintain Appliances

Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.

Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.

When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.

Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full

It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.

The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.

Recycle Water in Your Yard

Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.

You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.

Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants

Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.

Install Water-Saving Features

The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.

There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.

Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City

Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.

If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.

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Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism

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When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.

After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.

How was it started?

It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.

How to go about it?

So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.

If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.

What can be learned?

Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .

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