Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sustainable Living Tip Of The Day




Sustainable living tip of the day is to shave your underarms every week instead of using cancerous deodorants.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sustainable living tip of the day




Sustainable living tip of the day is not to drive a gas guzzler. Do you really need that SUV? Six cylinders are not as sustainable as of four.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sustainable living tip of the day


Sustainable living tip of the day is to grow your salad at home in a small pot on your window sill. Its sustainable to grow food on our own.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sustainable living tip of the day



Sustainable living tip of the day is to buy local food. Its sustainable to buy locally grown organic food.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sustainable living tips last week


1: Sustainable living tip number one was that you are not really recycling unless you're buying recycled. Sustainable living requires consious efforts like consuming recycled products.

2: Sustainable living tip number two was to Deep soak your lawn instead of light sprinkling. It’s sustainable to let the water seep to the roots. Sprinkling is not sustainable as the water tends to evaporate faster and results in shallow root system.

3: Sustainable living tip number three was to check your taps for leaks. its sustainable to add a new washer to stop that drip. One drip per second wastes around 1200 litres of water in a year, that’s around 4 litres a day.


4: Sustainable living tip number four was to grow shady plants in front of the Sunny walls and Air Cons. It's Sustainable because it reduces cooling needs in summer, and it's also Sustainable cos it can improve Air Cons efficiency up to 10%

5: Sustainable living tip number five was to Purchase a water saving toilet for sustainable water efficiency.

6: Sustainable living tip number six was to check your fridge door seals, It not sustainable if cold air is slipping out. It is sustainable to spray some silicone spray to renew the rubber sustainably. It is also sustainable to check on the availability of replacement seals.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Solar Balloon Creates 400 Times More Energy Than The Average Solar Cell


There are many new forms of alternative energy but maybe none as interesting as the Cool Earth Solar “Balloon.” The concept behind this design is that they create an “inflatable plastic thin-film balloon (solar concentrator) that, upon inflation, focuses sunlight onto a photovoltaic cell held at its focal point.

The design produces 400 times the electricity that a solar cell would create without the company’s concentrator.” Cool Earth has already began construction on a power plant in Livermore, CA that will utilize this new technology. The plant is modest in size, creating only 1.4 Megawatts but if this plant works as well as they expect it to, they plan on launching a full sized plant next summer. One great thing about this device is that it’s made up of a very common and cheap material. “Plastic thin film is abundant and cheap,” said Cool Earth Solar CEO Rob Lamkin. “It only costs two dollars for the plastic material necessary for our solar concentrator.”

It’s ideas like this that I think will stick. It’s cost efficient. It’s made of an easy to find material and it’s an environmentally sound concept. Read More

Sustainable living tip of the day




Sustainable living tip of the day is to check your fridge door seals, It not sustainable if cold air is slipping out. It is sustainable to spray some silicone spray to renew the rubber sustainably. It is also sustainable to check on the availability of replacement seals.

How Green is the New MacBook


So how green is the New Mcbook is the next question since Apple recently rolled out its new family of Macbooks with a bold claim of the World’s Greenest Family of Notebooks. The new Macbooks are lighter, less toxic, and more energy efficient than previous generations, but are they really the greenest laptops in the world?

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Two years ago, Greenpeace challenged Apple and other major laptop producers to reduce the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs), which are commonly found in electronics. PVC is made from a known carcinogen, and can release chlorinated dioxins when burned for disposal or leach chemicals if buried in a landfill. BFRs bioaccumulate and can release bromine in hazardous forms when burned for disposal. Children in India and China who dismantle our used electronics are then exposed to these toxins.

After Greenpeace determined Apple to be one of the electronic companies that were least responsive to their concerns about electronic waste, Greenpeace launched its “Green My Apple” campaign specifically targeting Apple’s environmental policy and asking for greater transparency.

Steve Jobs issued a statement in May of 2007 titled “A Greener Apple,” pledging to reduce the BFR and PVC content of its products by the end of 2008 and “explore the overall carbon ‘footprint’ of our products.” To evaluate the verdancy of the new Macbook, I looked at five things: toxic content, carbon footprint, recycling potential, energy efficiency and commitment to continued progress.

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TOXIC CONTENT:

While Apple has not reduced the use of BFRs and PVC to zero as they promised, they have reduced the allowable level of bromine and chlorine to 900 parts per million, or .09% of the product’s weight. This level is low enough that it becomes impractical to rely on BFRs, which are normally used to prevent fire, because they are ineffective in such small volume. Producers that use BFRs to fireproof their electronics add 50,000 ppm of bromine on average, so 900 ppm is a large reduction. Still, the company is careful to say “No BFRs in logic boards and all internal cables are free of PVC” instead of claiming that the entire Macbook is BFR- and PVC-free.

The battery is lead, cadmium and mercury free, which complies with EU directives. The Macbook display contains no mercury or arsenic, which are still found in other notebooks (including some made by Apple). In September, Dell announced it would transition to mercury-free displays.

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CARBON FOOTPRINT:

The new Macbook is lighter and its packaging has been reduced by 41%, allowing the company to transport more units at a time. Apple would not release specific information about where its products are made, how far they travel or by what method, but the company is claiming that transport only accounts for 10% of the product’s carbon footprint, while production accounts for 50%, customer use for 39%, and less than 1% for recycling, for a total of 460 kg of greenhouse gas emissions - the equivalent of about 52.2 gallons of gasoline.

It surprised me that Apple says transport is such a small part of the carbon cost, since the company has factories in China and transports its Macbooks at least part of the time by air.
RECYCLING POTENTIAL:

Apple has a fairly convenient (you have to pack it and FedEx it) recycling program for anyone buying a new Mac in 95% of the regions where Apple products are sold. If you are buying a new Apple, you can recycle your old computer, even if it’s a PC. All the recycling collected in North America is processed in North America, not shipped overseas. In contrast, Dell will recycle any old Dell product without requiring a new purchase.

The new Macbook body is made from a single piece of aluminum, which makes it “highly recyclable.” The Macbook got full points for recyclability from the EPA’s EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) rating system, which declared the laptop to be at least 90% recyclable, however it received 0 out of 3 points for materials selection from EPEAT for not using any post-consumer recycled content or bio-based plastic.

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“The use of aluminum for the body takes it up a notch or two – plastics can be difficult to recycle, and demand for the recycled material fluctuates,” points out Thomas Tierrney, of Paydirt, a consulting firm that teaches businesses how to go green. “Aluminum, on the other hand, is highly recyclable and is in relatively constant demand – it’s one of the few materials where production of virgin stock is more costly than recycling.”

Apple hopes to recycle 30% of the weight of the products it sold in 2003 – presuming a 7-year average life span for its products – and figures it has recycled 83 million pounds of electronic waste to date.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY:

The new Macbooks are ENERGYSTAR 4.0 compliant and Apple brags that the Macbook can run on a quarter of the power needed for one lightbulb. Its LED-backlit display uses 30% less power than conventional LCD displays. Apple is claiming a battery life of up to 1,000 charging cycles (complete charge and discharge of the notebook battery), up from 200 to 300 cycles for existing Apple batteries, which is fantastic if true.

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COMMITMENT TO PROGRESS:

Apple is vague about its plans for the future and seems reluctant to set concrete goals, but says they are “continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of the work we do and the products we create.” The strongest evidence of this is that they are now preparing and releasing “environmental status reports” for all Apple products. These reports include an estimate each product’s carbon footprint.
Is it the Greenest Laptop In the World?

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Apple is not just calling the new Macbooks green - it’s saying they are the greenest laptops in the world. However there are 113 laptops that received EPEAT’s Gold rating. The highest-ranked notebook is the Toshiba Portege R500, which received an extra point for “energy conservation” because it has a solar charger.

Toshiba’s new Portege R600 was named the greenest notebook in Greenpeace’s second annual “Green Electronics: The Search Continues” survey, and the HP Elitebook 2530p was a close second. ASUS has a notebook with a bamboo case.

But when it comes to green laptops, I remain unconvinced that the Macbook or any laptops built for American consumption can beat the solar cell and hand-cranked powered XO, which has a battery that decomposes into fertilizer.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sustainable living tip of the day




Sustainable living tip of the day is to Purchase a water saving toilet for sustainable water efficiency.

Blue Earth Solar Powered Cell Phone


With the release of Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone by Samsung the world witnesses a new era of solar-powered mobile phone. Blue Earth phone. Blue Earth is a gorgeous green touch phone that has a full solar panel on its back which can generate enough power to charge the phone, but the gadget is still small enough to slip in your pocket!
As if releasing a Blue Earth solar powered phone wasn’t enough, Samsung is going beyond to achieve greenest phone on the market. The body of Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone is made out of recycled water bottles and has no toxic substances. Blue Earth is solar powered, so really, a charger?

Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone is set to be energy efficient, with a new user interface making it easy to activate the phone’s energy saving mode. Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone is also includes a pedometer, and CO2 emissions calculator. Samsung is aiming to pack Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone with entirely recycled paper.

With Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone Samsung is clearly throwing the gauntlet to all phone manufacturers, and we hope to see solar cells integrated throughout the rest of their line. Blue Earth Solar Powered Phone will be unveiled on February 16th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Sustainable living tip of the day


Sustainable living tip of the day is to grow shady plants in front of the Sunny walls and Air Cons. It's Sustainable because it reduces cooling needs in summer, and it's also Sustainable cos it can improve Air Cons efficiency up to 10%

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SunCat Solar Batteries Powered by Sun shine


Designer and inventor extraordinaire Knut Karlsen recently unveiled SunCat, Solar Batteries Powered by Sun shine an inspired approach to portable power that can’t be beat for its elegant simplicity: a prototype battery capable of charging itself when exposed to sunshine. His slick set of SunCat C-cells are wrapped in flexible photovoltaic panels and will slowly recharge when left to bask in the sun - just like a cat.
Rechargeable batteries like SUNCAT are a boon to eco-enthusiasts who use portable electronics, however all too often they require additional peripherals in order to keep them charged. These devices generally take the form of a black box loaded with non-biodegradable plastics and heavy metals - not very earth-friendly.

Karlsen’s SunCat batteries circumvent chargers completely by integrating solar cells within the batteries themselves. To make these prototypes he attached 1.8V flexible photovoltaic cells onto 1.5V NiMH rechargeable batteries and connected them with a conductive silver pen and a few flat wires. The effect is similar to a trickle charger, which slowly charges a battery and can be left attached indefinitely without overcharging.

Karlsen plans to continue to tweak the batteries, adding capacitors to charge the batteries more efficiently and electronics to check when the batteries are full. We’re excited to see the results of his testing - finally, a justification for all those see-through gadgets with clear cases!

Sustainable living tip of the day


Sustainable living tip of the day is to check your taps for leaks. its sustainable to add a new washer to stop that drip. One drip per second wastes around 1200 litres of water in a year, that’s around 4 litres a day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sustainable living tip of the day


Sustainable living tip of the day is to Deep soak your lawn instead of light sprinkling. It’s sustainable to let the water seep to the roots. Sprinkling is not sustainable as the water tends to evaporate faster and results in shallow root system.

Sustainable living tip of the day


Sustainable living tip of the day is that you are not really recycling unless you're buying recycled. Sustainable living requires consious efforts like consuming recycled products.

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