Paper, Paper, and Paper, in our daily activity, every people always use, bring, and also get it from others. Even in the digital age, paper is still very much a modern reality. Don’t let it be a burden. Instead, manage it all with many ways. Here are tips to help you manage and minimize the paper in your life.
- Banking. Sign up for e-statements and do your banking online. Use local banks or credit unions that offer paper-free transactions.
- Bills. Check with utility companies and other people you pay on a monthly basis to see what the digital options are.
- Photographs. Sort. Toss the duplicates, bad images, and pictures of things you don’t want,need or remember. Scan or display the rest. They aren’t doing any good stuffed in a box under the bed. (note to self)
- Journals. Extract your best ideas and let the rest go.
- Printing. Turn your printer off and try a 30 day print-free challenge. It’s easier to live without than you think.
- Use a Tablet or Cell Phone for Notes. Yesterday, grocery lists is onsmall sheets of paper. Now, type of lists out on Blackberry. Tablets and smartphones make it easy to stop using paper for short lists, calendar entries, and notes. An added bonus: Since you always have your cellphone with you, you won’t lose or forget your notes.
- Digitalize Signature. Avoid wasting paper by saving a digitalized image of your signature on your computer.
- Rethink Toilet Paper, Facial Tissue, and Paper Towel Use. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with 100% recycled toilet paper, we could save 423,900 trees.
- Documents. Scan documents that need to keep, and store them electronically on computer hard drive. Scanning old papers saves a ton of space and reduces clutter.
- Start Purging and Recycling. Essential steps to going paperless include sorting, purging, and organizing your paperwork. On the bright side, this boring and tedious large-scale project can give you an awesome feeling of accomplishment when completed.
There are three word means anything, green backyards, green garden, green lifestyle and anything. Here, is about share anything about green living such as;
- Reduce and Reuse
The basic idea to make a new product is requires a lot of materials and energy. Raw materials must be extracted from the earth, which is if we not save and keeping it that will be run out. The other way for recovery itself is take a long time, so As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and also save money too.
when we reduce and reuse we get a lots of benefit;
- saving energy
- saving money
- helping recovery for next generation
- prevent pollution
- reduce many waste
- make more creative because of DIY project
Recycle are extracts valuable materials from items that might otherwise be considered trash and turns them into new products, such as toilet paper made from recycled pulp.
Recycling that we can do;
- Paper recycle, use an creative way, build your idea to made something cute such as paper lamp which can decorate your room and also environmental friendly.
- Kitchen and garden waste become a compost, the best idea to make your own compost, less money get benefit.
- Glass recycle, make reusable glass when you buy some drink, that will save nature by reduce the number of plastic use.
- Plastic recycle, recycle plastic bottle, plastic cup, spoon anything become something useful such as pen case, flower pot, lamp, etc.
Garden is importance area in a house, that is how people express them self. Nowadays, organic food is a lifestyle that can be proved from celebrities, chef, athlete and many more which is care about human healthy. There are many way to apply healthy lifestyle start by your garden! planting and harvesting in your backyards, ready to start planting, here is how improve your green garden;
- Seed, here are many kind that seed you can plant such as fruit, vegetable, and also spices. Just choose your favorite fruit or veggie or spices seed.
- Appliances, choose gardening appliances which is have good design that you like, such as color and pattern, this way can improve your spirit to keep it up.
- Designing your own garden, layout and decoration is importance. Realizing your own design, as creative as you can, you will be love it!
- Limited space, no problem! realize to plant many kind of spice, use this good idea and just maintain.
- Limited time no problem! just call gardening every two days to keeping your plant!
- Make your garden as a your favorite spot at home, use that place to relaxing your day, family gathering even barbecue party, small patio is the best idea!
Green food is anything about organic foods, which is about vegetable and fruit. Organic food is produce from special farm, that is organic farming they use nature ingredients to grow all plants. There is no pesticides or chemical in growing food. In general, organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or synthetic food additives.
Why organic food? organic food is safer, possibly more nutritious, and often better tasting than non-organic food, about the other reason also organic production is better for the environment and kinder to animals.
Organic food is healthier? “People believe that organic foods have higher levels of nutrition and leave less of an environmental footprint. It’s better for the environment and organic food tastes better.” American food philosopher and journalist Michael Pollan, whose most recent book, Food Rules.
He says that large-scale conventional farming has so overtaken food production that average consumers have lost connection with their food sources. The result of this is large-scale farming that produces food too cheaply and too quickly, with little concern for quality. So, organic food is the best choice, just choose which one you will consume it!
Organic food save environmental? absolutely yes there are many reason about that;
- Eliminates soil and water contamination
- Organic food production helps conserve biodiversity
- Organic food production helps the fight against global warming
- Reduces erosion
Green for daily lifestyle is how people save the environment, and save money too! why we should care? save it for next generation, not for a year but also next many years. there are many tips that we can apply in daily lifestyle;
- Green Transport, Bicycling, public transportation are the best way to go office, save money save energy too. Other benefits when bicycling and public transport to work is healthy by this kind of exercising and come on time at office, the other way is to avoid traffic jam in busy time.
- Green Cleaning products, Vinegar! is the best home cleaning product, it’s non toxic, not harmful to you, your little children and also environment. There are many green cleaning product made from nature such as baking soda, citrus, natural salt, washing soda.
- Green shopping, tote life is a good idea! Don’t forget to bring tote bag anywhere you go. That will show how you care about the environment!
- Save energy, turn off all electronic devices if you not use it. Small action that you do will save more energy globally.
- Save water, minimizing water use by turn off faucet while you brush teeth also will save many water when many people do this thing!
Sometimes travel is the way you connect to the earth, celebrate culture, or even give back to global communities through volunteer efforts. Travel is one of the things that ranks high on our values and priorities list. There are some tips to make it as green as possible. Let’s traveling with happy!
- Plastic bottles are one of the biggest pollution problems in natural spaces I have visited. Bring your own water bottle with you when you travel.
On the Spot :
- Don’t encourage local people to keep wild animals as pets by paying to have your picture taken with them. This may actually provide incentive for them to hunt endangered species in order to obtain pets to display for tourists.
- When you encounter animals in the wild, blend into their world. Don’t feed them, don’t taunt them, and most importantly don’t try to take them home with you. If you come across people selling wildlife or wildlife products, be aware that those “souvenirs” could very well be endangered species that have been poached from the wild and are being sold illegally.
- Choosing a fuel efficient aircraft such as the Boeing 777 or Airbus 345 is one of the ways to reduce your carbon footprint on your next trip. Soon, the Boeing 787 aircraft will be the best option since its fuel consumption will be 27 percent less than other similarly sized aircraft.
- Don’t forget use e-ticket that will be paperless!
- If you need to rent a car for your whole trip or even part of it, choose the smallest vehicle possible or rent a hybrid. Larger cars are gas guzzlers, so you’ll save on money and gas and help the environment.
- Whenever possible, opt for bus or train over planes for long distance eco-travel. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), two people traveling by bus instead of air can reduce CO2 emissions anywhere from 55-75% depending on the length of the trip. A bus is even better then using or renting a hybrid car and should use just half the emissions the two would build up in the car.
- Don’t forget to turn off the lights and air conditioner / heater when you are not using it. Yes, it’s nice to come back to a cool or heated room depending on where you are, but wasting energy not only costs the hotel more money (and if everyone’s doing it, then rates will go up), it leads to more burning of coal and other fossil fuels that contribute to global climate change.
- Ask when you check in that your sheets and towels not be changed every day, but every three days instead (or longer if you can manage). Often, housekeeping will swap out your towels even if you follow the “towel on the floor means exchange” rule. This way, the receptionist will make a note of it. Don’t worry, you’ll still get service.
- Don’t use the trash can in your hotel room, which is usually lined with a plastic bag. Each time housekeeping comes in to clean, they will change out the bag. Instead, try and use the trash bins in the hotel lobby.
Eco friendly house means minimizing or savings more energy than the other houses. Having good ventilation can reduce the number of lightning used, use solar energy is the best way to eco life, good indoor air quality (without air conditioner). The other way when build it that house should produce less waste in building process, such as use efficient energy appliances, also the design.
The Energy Policy Act was legalized in 2005, which allowed tax reductions for homeowners that could show their utilization of energy efficient changes to their homes, such as solar panels and other solar-powered devices.
Have many plant in house area is the good way in keep the fresh air, that will help absorption of water, produce more oxygen which is make your house shady or has a clean air, reduce pollution, make us more healthy.
House ventilation as a key to eco friendly houses, because good ventilation make house more comfortable. Change of air in a house is importance thing, that will reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi so will make people who live inside more healthy. Reduce lighting in a day just need more in night, also save your money more!
Solar panel is alternative to take advantage from solar in fulfilling daily needs which is friendly environmental but also save money too.
Earth is the most green planet than other, we and more milion people live inside. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility, it’s a privilege. Going green is easier than you think. So little thing can be different. The way to help the Planet:
- Turn off computer at night : By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year.
- Dont rinse : Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you’re saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.
- Change your light : If every household in the United State replaced one regular lightbulb with one of those new compact fluorescent bulbs, the pollution reduction would be equivalent to removing one million cars from the road.
- Recycle glass : Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn’t recycled it can take a million years to decompose.
- Wash if yo need : If all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Only launder when you have a full load.
- Vegetarian think! : One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.
- Less paper napkin : During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year.
- Hang dry : Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air. Your wardrobe will maintain color and fit, and you’ll save money.
Your favorite t-shirt will last longer too.
- Wrap creatively : You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that’s environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.
- Choose matches than lighter : Most lighters are made out of plastic and filled with butane fuel, both petroleum products. Since most lighters are considered “disposable,” over 1.5 billion end up in landfills each year. When choosing matches, pick cardboard over wood. Wood matches come from trees, whereas most cardboard matches are made from recycled paper.
Saving energy, saving money too!
An energy-efficient home will keep family comfortable while saving money. Whether, just take simple steps or make larger investments to make more efficient house, by lower energy bills. Over time, those savings will typically pay for the cost of improvements and put money back in pocket. That home may also be more attractive to buyers when it sale. There are many tips for save energy at home!
- Placing lamps or TV sets near room air-conditioning. Thermostat can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary because the thermostat senses heat from the appliances. Set them apart and save energy.
- Running your air conditioning at 78°F instead of 72°F, can save between 6 and 18 percent on your cooling bill. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be, so set your thermostat as high as possible during the summer months.
- On average, households lose about 20 percent of their heated and cooled air through the duct system to the outside. To avoid wasting energy, have your ducts inspected to ensure they’re sealed properly and insulated if necessary.
- By using the microwave, toaster or a counter-top grill rather than an oven, you’ll use less energy and avoid excess heat that increases room temperature.
- Leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day, or about $75 per year. Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use – a task made easier by using multiple-outlet strips, which can turn everything off with the flip of a switch.
- Programmable thermostats can save up to $150 a year on energy costs when used properly. Use one that can automatically turn off your cooling system when you are not home, and turn your system on in time for you to arrive home to a cooled house.
- Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs. Save up to 75 percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They also last longer, saving money on replacements.
Water covers 70% of the Earth, but only 3% of it is clean and suitable for human consumption.
Even if you live in an area with ample rainfall, using water requires energy to process, pump, heat, re-pump, and re-process it. Save water will be save life, there are the ways and tips how reduce water in our daily life.
- Take shorter shower ; Every two minutes you save on your shower can conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day.
- Shower with your best partner ; Sneak in a shower with your loved one to start the day with some zest that doesn’t come in a bar. Not only have you made a wise choice for the environment, but you may notice some other added…um…benefits.
- Save water from your taps ; Turn the faucet/tap off while you are brushing your teeth, shaving, washing your hands, doing dishes, and so on. Turn the tap off when you shower, too. Get wet, then turn off the water while you soap up. Turn it back on for long enough to rinse. Look for a twist valve that installs behind your shower head to keep the water temperature where you set it while the water is off.
- Check your plumbing for leaks, especially leaking toilets and faucets ; Fix anything you find leaking. A silent toilet leak could waste from 30 to 500 gallons every day!
- Use waste water or gray water from the bath, washing machines or dish washing on the garden ; If possible, hook up a hose to the outlet on your machine to send the water outside onto your garden. To re-use bathwater use a hand-operated Syphon Pump. When hand-washing dishes, rinse the dishes into a container, and empty the container into your garden.
- Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face ; Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
- Convert your toilet to low flush ; Place a plastic bottle of water in the tank to displace some of the water used for each flush. Weigh the bottle down with pebbles or sand, if necessary. Or, try ordering a ‘save-a-flush’ or ‘hippo’ from your local water board.