Effective Ways to Stop Using Single-Use Plastic (part 1)

The proliferation of single-use plastic all over the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted. It is clearly proved that plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at all stages of its lifecycle, from its production to its refining to the way it is a waste product. Therefore, we all need urgent action to stem production and flow of single-use plastic. There are a lot of effective ways to stop using single-use plastic to protect the environment.

1. Use Reusable Bags

There are too many plastic bags that end up in our oceans and marine life is becoming endangered and even dying because of them. We hope that plastic bags will be eliminated all together as soon as possible. Consider bringing reusable bags with you, keeping them in your purse, car, house and office. Some grocery stores offer quicker check out lines for customers who bring their own reusable bags. There’s no need to put your tomatoes in a separate bag from your avocados.

2. Use Reusable Straws, Say NO to Plastic Straws

Not using plastic straws is a very simple and small change that you can contribute to make a difference. If you really need a straw in a certain case, use reusable metal straws, or paper straws instead of plastic straws. There are metal straws that are sold in packs, so you can keep one in your purse and leave the others at home, car, and office.

3. Use Reusable Water Bottles

Plastic water bottles are a threat to our oceans and the Amazon Rainforest. Moreover, drinking from single-use plastic water bottles is also very toxic and harmful for our health. There is multiple choices of reusable water bottles in various shapes and sizes and there is no reason for you to keep using plastic water bottles.

4. Ice Cream Cones Instead of Cups

Make sure to choose cones instead of cups when going out for ice cream. Ice cream cups are a unnecessary use of plastic that takes years to fully decompose.

Tips for Hosting an Eco-Friendly Sporting Event (part 1)

Although there are various models, approaches, and certification systems, the most important elements of an eco-friendly event are reducing carbon emissions and energy use, conserving water, minimizing waste headed to a landfill and maximizing recycling opportunities, building a positive legacy within the community, providing access to all, and supporting local businesses.

So, what does an eco-friendly sporting event look like? How does it work? Let’s consider the following tips for hosting an eco-friendly sporting event.

Green Basics: A Little League tournament or a local high-school football game are great ways to begin cultivating new sustainable options and discovering local green resources. There are a lot of simple things that sports planners can do to produce more eco-friendly events. The first step is to call for agreement from your board, organization, and/or stakeholders so that your efforts are supported by the overall event management system.

Rethink Waste: Find effective ways to reduce or eliminate plastic, paper, and packaging waste. One of the easiest ways with the greatestt impact is to default to double-sided printing and use recycled paper in printers and copiers as much as possible. You can go further by opting to replace programs, flyers, and paper tickets with social media, Web sites, electronic ticketing, and even mobile applications. Choose recycled or biodegradable materials for items such as lanyards, T-shirts, and food service-ware. Provide water stations for fans to serve condiments in bulk and fill reusable water bottles in order to reduce individual packaging waste. Place clearly marked recycling bins in easily visible and convenient locations throughout the sports venue.

Reduce Emissions: Transportation and energy use are the two major sources of greenhouse gas emissions for most sporting events. Utilities across the country can be approached as a sustainable sponsor and offer renewable power options for customers. In addition to dercreasing overall carbon emissions, utilizing mass transit can help reduce local traffic congestion. Use low-carbon fuels like biodiesel, hybrid, ethanol, or all electric vehicles whenever possible. Moreover, offering corral parking or bike valet also encourages more bicycling to the event.

Greywater Reuse: Types of Simple Systems

 

  1. From the Washing Machine

Typically, the washing machine is the easiest source of greywater to reuse because its greywater can be easily diverted without cutting into existing plumbing. Each washing machine has an internal pump which automatically pumps out the water. You can use that to pump the greywater directly to your plants.

  • Laundry Drum:

If you don’t want to spend much money on the system or have many hardscapes (patio/concrete) between your house and the area to irrigate, you should use a laundry drum system.

Washing water is pumped into a “drum,” temporary storage or a large barrel called a surge tank. The water at the bottom of the drum drains out into a hose which is moved around the yard to irrigate. This is the easiest and cheapest system to install, however, requires constant moving of the hose for the system to be effective at irrigating.

  • Laundry-to-Landscape:

If you’re looking for a system which takes very little maintenance and gives you flexibility in the plants you’re able to irrigate, you should use the laundry-to-landscape system invented by Art Ludwig.

This system doesn’t alter the household plumbing: the washing machine drain hose is directly attached to a diverter valve which switches the flow of greywater between the septic/sewer and the greywater irrigation system. This system is easy to install, low cost and gives flexibility for irrigation. Commonly, this is the perfect choice to start when choosing a greywater system.

  1. From the Shower:

The shower usually produces a lot of relatively clean water and is also a great source of greywater. To have a simple but effective shower system, you should use a gravity-based system without a pump. If your yard is located uphill from the house, you’ll need a pumped system.

  • Branched Drain: This system was also invented by Art Ludwig. In this system, the water is divided into smaller and smaller quantities by using a plumbing fitting which splits the flow. Each branch’s final outlet flows into a mulched basin. Branched drain systems require time to install, but once finished, they require only little maintenance and work well for the long term.

 

Sports & Recreational Activities Damaging to the Environment

 

Off-Road Vehicles

For many backcountry hikers, cross-country skiers, and bird-watchers aggravation is spelled “ORV”. Off-road vehicles crush vegetation, shatter the wilderness silence, leave rutted trails, terrify wildlife, and cause erosion. The number of high-octane thrill-seekers which are blazing their trails in four-wheel-drive trucks and cars is increasing day by day along with dune and swamp buggies, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and fat-tired tricycles, all of which are called all-terrain cycles (ATCs). Sales of these ATCs have risen dramatically.

Current Regulations

There are a number of Executive Orders which govern off-road vehicle use on BLM lands and National Forests. Executive Orders 11644 (signed by President Nixon in 1972) and 11989  (by President Carter in 1977) were issued to “ensure that the use of off-road vehicles on public lands will be controlled and directed so as to protect the resources of those lands, to promote the safety of all users of those lands, and to minimize conflicts among the various uses of those lands.”

These Orders require the agencies to monitor the effects of off-road vehicle use and to immediately close the trails or areas to off-road vehicle activities if their use is determined “will cause or is causing considerable adverse effects on the soil, vegetation, wildlife, wildlife habitat or cultural or historic resources of particular areas or trails of the public lands.” Executive Orders 11989 also authorized the federal agencies to adopt a policy which closed all areas to off-road vehicle use unless specifically designated open.

The Solution

It is necessary to place reasonable limits on off-road vehicles use which can make enormous impacts on public lands. There are four regulations to manage off-road vehicles:

  • Limit off-road vehicle use to designated trails and roads; prohibit cross country travel.
  • Designate off-road vehicle routes only where the use of a route will not cause negative environmental impacts.
  • Prohibit off-road vehicle use unless enforcement and monitoring are fully funded and implemented.
  • Prohibit off-road vehicle use in proposed roadless areas and wilderness areas.

About Greywater Reuse

 

Greywater is gently used water from your showers, tubs, bathroom sinks, and washing machines. It is not water which has come into contact with feces such as water from the toilet or from the washing diapers.

Greywater may contain traces of food, dirt, hair, grease, and certain household cleaning products. Although greywater may look dirty, it is a safe and beneficial source of irrigation water. Remember that if greywater is released into lakes, estuaries, or rivers, it becomes pollutants, but to plants, it is valuable fertilizer. Besides the obvious benefits of saving water and even money on your water bill, reusing greywater keeps it out of the septic or sewer system, thereby reducing the chance it pollutes the local water bodies. Reusing greywater for irrigation reconnects our backyard gardens and urban residents to the natural water cycle.

The most simple way to reuse greywater is to directly pipe it outside and use it to water fruit trees or ornamental plants. In addition, greywater can be used to irrigate vegetable plants because it doesn’t touch the edible parts of the plants. In each greywater system, it is necessary to use “plant-friendly” products, those without much boron, chlorine bleach, or salt. The build-up of boron and salt in the soil can damage plants.

Basic Greywater Guidelines

Greywater is different from fresh water so it requires the different guidelines to be reused.

  1. Don’t store greywater for more than 24 hours. If you store greywater, its nutrients will break down and create bad odors.
  2. Minimize contact with greywater. Greywater might contain a pathogen if the feces of an infected person got into the water, therefore, your system should be designed for the greywater to soak into the ground and not be available for either people or animals to drink.
  3. Keep your greywater system as simple as possible, avoid pumps and filters which need upkeep.
  4. Install a 3-way valve to easily switch between the system and the septic/sewer.
  5. Match the amount of greywater that your plants will receive from the system with their irrigation needs.

6 Worst Sports for the Environment

 

Modern life is really hard. Without exercise, our health suffers. But what will we do if our favorite physical activities hurt the environment as well? However, fortunately, most of these sports are only harmful to the environment at the professional level, or in places where a lot of people are participating at once. The below sports are six of the most harmful sports to the environment:

  1. Skydiving

Skydiving doesn’t at first seem like to cause a large environmental problem. It’s the activity which people do once for every couple years, rather than every day. However, there is such a thing as competitive, professional skydiving, as well as each plane requires constant refueling. If you really enjoy, instead of skydiving, try the base-jumping, which is more sustainable and less harmful to the environment.

  1. Football

Football is one of the world’s the most popular sports. Therefore, the players are traveling around the planet, burning lots of fossil fuels along the way. Though, backyard pick-up games are still fine.

  1. NASCAR

It isn’t too surprising to include NASCAR into this list. Not only do the cars emit air pollution, but the events drawing large crowds of people also drive.

  1. Skiing and Snowboarding

Perhaps skiing is one of the best sports in the world. However, resorts are often not easy to get to and a lot of energy and material goes into making gear. Fortunately, many resorts have been switching over to use renewable energy, as a result, the skiers will be able to indulge guilt-free.

  1. Drag Boat Racing

There may be just a few drag boat racing enthusiasts and perhaps they are far between, but surprisingly, there are special boats which are designed just for this purpose. In order to achieve maximum speed, they also emit a lot of pollution.

  1. Golf

Golf is one of the most beloved sports in this list and might be a tough pill to swallow for someone. Golf courses use up to 4 billion gallons of water every day, and their increasing popularity means that more and more of them are being built every day.

Amazing Ways to Help Protect the Environment (p3)

  1. Capture rainfall in barrels and use this water for irrigation of your garden or to wash garden equipment.
  2. Instead of turning up the heat in winter, wear a sweater and wooly socks.
  3. Use heavy thermal drapery instead of light curtains in cold months to keep warmth inside your house.
  4. Clean shutters closed to keep your house cool on hot days so that you don’t have to rely on air conditioning so much.
  5. Unplug the TV and other electronic appliances to avoid creating a slow electricity drain due to their LED lights constantly on. While you’re sleeping, you have no need to know the time on your cable box.
  6. Clean up spills and countertops with cotton kitchen towels instead of using paper towels.
  7. Instead of an electric-powered or gasoline mower, consider using a reel mower to cut the grass. Reel mowers use only muscle, not any other power sources. They also help to decrease noise pollution.
  8. Buy foods from local farmers as much as possible. Transporting and refrigerating foods across the highways costs highly to the environment.
  9. Avoid using the pesticides because after entering the soil and groundwater, they will end up killing the soil nutrients. Instead of using them, consider natural gardening techniques to keep pests and weeds at bay.
  10. Avoid buying individually wrapped items such as cookies, candies, or medicine. The more wrapping, the more harmful it is to the environment.
  11. Instead of electric tools, use manual ones as much as possible. Instead of miter or chain saw, use a hand one.
  12. Instead of an electric powered or battery alarm clock, use an old-fashioned wind up one.
  13. Buy products which are less packed to cut down on packaging materials.
  14. Instead of getting a plastic bag from the dispenser whenever you go shopping, place your produce directly into your personal reusable bags or into your shopping cart.

Amazing Ways to Help Protect the Environment (p2)

  1. Cancel the intention of buying any new gadgets that hit the market because they usually use electricity. The more gadgets you use, the more energy you waste.
  2. Instead of throwing electronics away, please recycle them. Recycling electronics programs may even pay you to do so.
  3. Instead of a funeral with a casket, consider a cremation. Caskets usually use precious wood. Moreover, the preservatives which are used in a traditional funeral will end up in the soil and groundwater.
  4. Instead of buying laundry detergent, use soap nuts for laundry. They are made from the Sapindus tree and contain natural surfactants that are harmless and effective to the environment.
  5. Instead of using a blow dryer after washing your hair, allow hair to air dry. It is better for your tresses and helps to save on your electricity use, too.
  6. Use more raw food items such as salads and crudités because cooking uses energy and water.
  7. Cook all meals of a week in one day. It takes up much more energy for cooking one dish for an hour than cooking an entire menu or entire roast during that same period of time.
  8. Encourage your whole family to have meals together. If all members are eating on individual schedules, your family will have to use more baking, more refrigerator door openings, more microwaving than if everyone eats at the same time.
  9. Before throwing anything away that will end up in the soil, consider the second uses. For example, you can use paper bags to store leftovers in the fridge, use onions bags to scour the sink, use bread ties to control electrical cords, use large plastic bags to line wastebaskets.
  10. Instead of buying and drinking bottled water, consider a home water filter and fill up stainless steel or glass water bottles with tap water.

 

Amazing Ways to Help Protect the Environment (p1)

The Earth is a huge ecosystem which deserves our protection. Without the environment, we would not be able to survive as humans. It’s the duty of each person to protect the environment. You can help protect the environment by starting out with little but important things like reducing the use of water, electricity, gasoline; preventing items from going into landfills or saving on natural resources.

  1. Instead of throwing your food leftovers away or sending them down the garbage disposal, compost them for your garden.
  2. Walk or ride a bicycle whenever you can instead of driving a car or motorcycle, which use gasoline and emit carbon monoxide.
  3. Instead of washing dishes by hand, use a dishwasher. That can help save water and energy.
  4. Set up a small vegetable garden so that you save some car trips to the grocery store and easy to grow items like tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, and garlic.
  5. Instead of using an electric blender, use hand blending whenever you can in order to save electricity.
  6. Turn off the hot tub when not being used or get rid of it altogether. They use a continuous supply of power, even if you keep them on the lowest setting.
  7. Replace your standard toilet with a low-flow toilet. It saves up to seven gallons per flush in compared with a regular toilet.
  8. Lead the fight for better environmental practices throughout your neighborhoods.
  9. Spot clean clothes, don’t throw them into the washing machine when just a little spill happens.
  10. Install a greywater system on your property in order to reuse the water from sinks and washing machines. Then divert the water to the garden to use for washing cars, grills, garden equipment, etc.
  11. Use the reusable bags when shopping to help cut down on the use and manufacture of plastic bags.
  12. Use candlelight instead of electric lighting whenever you can, especially an hour before and during your bedtime. That’s a savings of electricity use, plus the candlelight will be better for your night’s sleep.

 

The top environmental problems should make you worry

It cannot be denied that our environment is constantly changing. However, as our environment changes, we must increasingly aware of the environmental problems our planet is facing.
These are major global environmental problems that must be solved if the Earth is to remain a supportive habitat for humans and other species.
Pollution


Pollution comes in many forms: pollution of air, water, and soil. It poses a threat to human beings and the environment. Your body is affected due to the polluted air you breathe and water you drink. Animals and the environment are put in critical condition by pollution that only humans can restore. By replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, reforestation, reducing emissions from agriculture, changing industrial processes, there is potential for recovery from pollution.
Climate Change


Climate change is happening everytime and everywhere. Global temperatures are warming, ice caps are melting, and droughts, wildfires, and super hurricanes are increasing day by day. Not only the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, but also the sea levels are rising. Both the ocean and the Earth are warmer.
The best way to reduce climate change is to build sustainably, use renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, limit waste and pollution.
Deforestation


Deforestation simply means destructing forests in order to make the land available for other uses such as residential, industrial or commercial purpose. It occurs around the world, especially in the tropics, where a wide variety of forests exists.
Forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change because they are natural sinks of carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen as well as helps in regulating temperature and rainfall. Deforestation undermines this important carbon sink function.
Although forests may regrow after being cleared, we should preserve the remaining forests by stopping cutting down trees and planting a new tree in the place of any tree that has been cut down.
Overpopulation


The number of inhabitants on the planet continues to grow rapidly worldwide. This is putting greater pressure on essential natural resources, like water, fuel, and food. So, overpopulation is one of the most important environmental concerns. We can limit overpopulation by many solutions, such as raising awareness among people regarding family planning and letting them know about the serious effects of overpopulation.
Environmental problems affect every individual, organization, community, and country. Solving these complex issues requires the cooperation of all sectors and there are still so many things we can do to solve them. By making adjustments, we can have a much more positive impact on the environment.