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The Lazy Person’s Guide to Being Environmentally Friendly



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It has been mistaken that the entire responsibility of keeping environment clean and taking care of it lies with the government and other governing authorities. Rather, it is everyone’s duty to reduce his/her carbon footprint and play his/her role to clean the environment and save its health from ebbing away. No doubt, the pressure is more felt on the states, localities and authorities; but, individuals should not detach themselves from this ubiquitous cause. After all, we all have been part of bringing the environment to the state where it is today.

You would be thinking that an average person cannot save the planet no matter how hard he/she tries. That’s true! But see this from a macro level where every individual would be engaged in doing his/her own part to save the planet. It is going to have a drastic effect. So, no matter what, you should not shy away from doing what you can to save environment at your level. Now, the question is when you are so busy with your life or when you don’t feel like sparing your time for it, how you should incorporate this role seamlessly into your life. There are things that you can do without breaking a sweat. Yes, you can be a greener guy or girl easily. Here are ways to get started.

Don’t use water and electricity unnecessarily.

It has been something that we are being taught from our kindergarten days, but little do many of us care to heed the advice. Your home might be located in the area where there would be 24/7 supply of water, but think about people living in areas that are hit by severe drought conditions or where water supply is restricted. So, whenever you go to the wash basin to brush your teeth, do the planet a favour by turning off the tap when you are not actually using it. You can also save water by adopting alternative ways of cleaning your cars, homes, etc. Besides, switch off A/Cs, TVs, computers and other electrical appliances when not in use to minimise your load on electricity consumption.

Don’t depend on imported food items.

Having imported food items might seem promising, but consuming fresh local food items is a better choice any day. As local fruits and vegetables are fresher, they would be high in nutrients. Plus, there would be less chances for them being processed or met any treatment to preserve their freshness and wholesomeness. Now, how this is going to help the environment? By not supporting imported food items, you would give lesser incentives to the import companies to grow their business and engage in transportation, which results in greenhouse-gas emissions.

How about hiring eco-friendly rubbish removal specialists?

Rubbish removal in Mosman, Inner West and other regions across the world is a task which needs to be dealt daily, fortnightly, weekly, monthly or routinely. Most of the residents, industrialists and business owners end up doing it haphazardly for the sake of getting rid of rubbish any way, any how. With the aid of eco-friendly professionals who do rubbish removal in Surry Hills, Rockdale and other areas, you would be able to have an environmentally friendly and easy solution to waste disposal. They know means to recover, recycle and reuse the waste that you hand over to them. This is far better way than to let your waste end up in landfills or in water bodies.

Live a paperless life

Start living a paperless life right away. Think twice before ordering a paper copy of every deposit slip, statement from your bank, withdrawal slip, bills, etc. If you are well wired, you do not really need to have a paper copy. You can receive all of them in the form of emails. And by doing so, you also work towards cutting down on your footprint.



Road Trip! How to Choose the Greenest Vehicle for Your Growing Family



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When you have a growing family, it often feels like you’re in this weird bubble that exists outside of mainstream society. Whereas everyone else seemingly has stability, your family dynamic is continuously in flux. Having said that, is it even possible to buy an eco-friendly vehicle that’s also practical?

What to Look for in a Green, Family-Friendly Vehicle?

As a single person or young couple without kids, it’s pretty easy to buy a green vehicle. Almost every leading car brand has eco-friendly options these days and you can pick from any number of options. The only problem is that most of these models don’t work if you have kids.

Whether it’s a Prius or Smart car, most green vehicles are impractical for large families. You need to look for options that are spacious, reliable, and comfortable – both for passengers and the driver.

5 Good Options

As you do your research and look for different opportunities, it’s good to have an open mind. Here are some of the greenest options for growing families:

1. 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

Vans are not only popular for the room and comfort they offer growing families, but they’re also becoming known for their fuel efficiency. For example, the 2014 Chrysler Town and Country – which was one of CarMax’s most popular minivans of 2017 – has Flex Fuel compatibility and front wheel drive. With standard features like these, you can’t do much better at this price point.

2. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

If you’re looking for a newer van and are willing to spend a bit more, you can go with Chrysler’s other model, the Pacifica. One of the coolest features of the 2017 model is the hybrid drivetrain. It allows you to go up to 30 miles on electric, before the vehicle automatically switches over to the V6 gasoline engine. For short trips and errands, there’s nothing more eco-friendly in the minivan category.

3. 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Who says you have to buy a minivan when you have a family? Sure, the sliding doors are nice, but there are plenty of other options that are both green and spacious. The new Volkswagen Atlas is a great choice. It’s one of the most fuel-efficient third-row vehicles on the market. The four-cylinder model gets an estimated 26 mpg highway.

4. 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

While a minivan or SUV is ideal – and necessary if you have more than two kids – you can get away with a roomy sedan when you still have a small family. And while there are plenty of eco-friendly options in this category, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is arguably the biggest bang for your buck. It gets 38 mpg on the highway and is incredibly affordable.

5. 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel

If money isn’t an object and you’re able to spend any amount to get a good vehicle that’s both comfortable and eco-friendly, the 2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Diesel is your car. Not only does it get 28 mpg highway, but it can also be equipped with a third row of seats and a diesel engine. And did we mention that this car looks sleek?

Putting it All Together

You have a variety of options. Whether you want something new or used, would prefer an SUV or minivan, or want something cheap or luxurious, there are plenty of choices on the market. The key is to do your research, remain patient, and take your time. Don’t get too married to a particular transaction, or you’ll lose your leverage.

You’ll know when the right deal comes along, and you can make a smart choice that’s functional, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.

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How Climate Change Altered this Engineer’s Life



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Living the life of an engineer likely sounds pretty glamorous: you are educated and highly regarded, typically have high paying gigs, and with the breadth of knowledge and array of fields of specialty, your possibility for jobs is usually immense.  But what if there was something else that needed your attention? Something bigger than just being an engineer, going to work every day and doing the same technical tasks typically associated with the profession?

For Kevin McCroary, that is exactly how it played out.  A successful engineer, gainfully employed in a prosperous job, a simple trip to the Philippines made him see that there was a bigger issue at hand than using his engineer training in a traditional profession.  This bigger issue was that of climate change.  And working as a volunteer for underprivileged children in the Philippines, he saw first-hand the extensive pollution and poverty that existed here and that impacted the livelihood of these kids and their families.

Upon returning home, from his trip to the Philippines he had a new perspective of the impact we as individuals and as humanity have on the earth, and more than that Kevin wanted to know more.  He started to do some research and study these human-environmental interactions, and shortly thereafter ended up in Greenland.  There, he spoke to a man who had lost his home in a tsunami, and, who, through consistent weather tracking could indeed confirm that the current weather trends were “strange:” there was undeniably a general warming tendency happening in the arctic, causing an array of negative effects.

The combination of these observations, as well as his own research, led Kevin to conclude that something had to be done.  With that in mind, he launched his project Legend Bracelet.  The mission is simple: create a reminder of the legacy we are leaving behind.  As individuals and as humanity, we are leaving behind an imprint on the earth, and the magnitude of it is something that needs to be brought to the forefront of public awareness.  The idea is to have a bracelet that can serve as a daily reminder of the impact on the earth that each of us can have every day, regardless of how big or small.  The bracelet has two capsules: the first is filled with sand or earth, and the second is empty.  As the owner, you are to fill the empty one with your own earth, carrying it with you as a reminder and symbol of your connection and commitment to helping look after our environment.

We are all impacted by climate change, and we all have a responsibility to help.  And it can start with something as simple as putting on a bracelet.  Support Kevin on his Kickstarter campaign for Legend Bracelet, tell others about it, or take action in your own way and play your part in slowing down the effects of climate change.  You may think “but I’m just one person!” You are indeed.  But so is he.  Every change starts with one.

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