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Go Green with Your Furniture

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If saving the planet is top on your priority list then you you will want to consider purchasing furniture which is made of material that is one hundred percent natural, made from recycled materials or completely biodegradable.

Keep in mind that it is important to have your priorities weighed out before you begin shopping green. Are you sensitive to chemicals? If this or other factors are in play, then you want to look for furniture which uses less amounts of bonding agents and whose formaldehyde content is minimum.

Once you know exactly why you want to purchase green furniture there are three tips and pointers which may help you out:

  1. Recycling and Reusing is Smart

Recycling is an important aspect when it comes to being ecologically smart, every day there is much waste dumped on our beautiful planet so why not put it to use. There is no reason to toss it out just because it is not natural, it already exists, and it has been converted from its original natural state into whatever it is at the moment.

By keeping it around and using it again you are helping improve the current situation. Although our recycling skills are quite advanced if we are not actually using these recycled materials they end up where they always do, accumulating in a dump area or worse yet floating around the ocean.

Another sound ecological choice is using antiques — the length of life is a crucial side of being green. Antiques are generally well cared for being as from generation to generation these pieces have been valued. Being able to get your hands on a prized heirloom is a great aspect of recycling. It is a smart choice to save up for a more unique pieces of furniture that are not only higher quality but their beauty is something that generation to generation will appreciate as opposed to investing in cheap purchases. Look here for instance and see what we’re on about

  1. Look for Materials Which Are Not Toxic and are Sustainable

When purchasing furniture made out of new wood it is important to inquire s the wood used has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council or not. This means that the wood was harvested in a sustainable manner and that the chain of control has been properly documented.

As far as the health and environmental impacts are concerned you should also consider wood finishes, batting, fire retardants, adhesives, fabric used to upholster as well as coatings used to waterproof and prevent soil damage.

This may seem a bit overwhelming and as if there are so many aspects to take into consideration but for the most part companies which are green or Eco friendly have generally already seen to these concerns even if it is through their thought processes if not via their products, they are able to address these issues in with you in an intelligent manner.

  1. Keep the Chain of Production in Mind

Keep in mind that the people manufacturing these materials and products are affected by the decisions you make. Although relatively harmless by the time synthetic materials such as adhesives they have been quite toxic during the process of cultivation and or manufacturing. A perfect example of this is cotton which is conventionally grows, although this only represents six to ten percent of the crops worldwide the amount of fertilizers herbicides and pesticides used on the crop represents thirty-five to forty percent worldwide. Most cotton fabrics such as upholstery, linens, clothing and even bedding are made this way.

As more and more people begin to purchase and the demand for organically grown cotton which is untreated as well as other fibers agricultural practices which are harmful will have no other choice than to find a more sustainable way to produce. With a more consumer demand the prices of sustainably grown and manufactured fibers will become lower. This is not only good for mother earth but for you, your family and even those harvesting these fibres.

I find that much like a healthy diet adding environmentally friendly and green furniture into your home it is a healthy choice. Organic, untreated pieces which are made with natural materials are better for you, mother earth and those manufacturing these products.

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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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