Air pollution is one of the most important, and worrying, of the environmental issues society faces today. Defined as the introduction of harmful materials, such as biological molecules and particulates, into the Earth’s atmosphere, air pollution can cause:
- Damage to living organisms, such as food crops, and animals
- Damage to the built or natural environment
- Death to humans
As consumers, being environmentally friendly is one of the most important considerations when purchasing a new product or household appliance. Throughout the last few years, shoppers have been heavily focused on buying cost-effective products that are energy efficient and therefore have less of an impact on the environment.
Although sound is something that is essential within our daily lives, noise is not. Sounds that cause discomfort to the ears, that produce unpleasant effects, or are unwanted, are considered to be noise. Noise pollution generally interferes with normal activities, for example, conversing or sleeping. This type of pollution can also diminish or disrupt quality of life. Not all noise is considered to be pollution. If it happens on an intermittent basis, noise is usually termed as “nuisance.”
There used to be a time when most of us would take getting our cars (and us) from A to B for granted, not even giving a thought to what happens when our car battery gets old, and well, dies. Of course, nowadays we’re all so much more eco-friendly, so we need to be aware of the damage that not recycling our car batteries — or recycling them incorrectly is doing to Mother Earth.
Most of us love a glass of good wine with our dinner. There’s nothing better than unwinding at the end of the day with a nice red, white, or rose. However, how often do you spend time thinking about whether or not your favorite vino is eco-friendly?
School is back in session, and that means it’s time to pack school lunches. Waste-free lunches are a “must” for green living. Every school age child that uses a disposable lunch generates nearly 70 pounds of waste per school year on average, estimates the Environmental Protection Agency.
The word “landfill” conjures up images of huge piles of decaying waste that are slowly polluting the earth. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the U.S. alone there are over 10,000 old municipal landfills as well as 3,091 active landfills. Landfills, which used to be known as “dumps”, are the oldest known form of waste treatment in the world.
Solar panels allow ordinary people to harness the nearly limitless power of the sun to power their lives in a clean way that does no damage to the planet. The more people who use solar panels to create electricity for their homes, offices, and even automobiles, the better it is for the planet.
There are many millions of packaged items shipped throughout the world on a daily basis. Each and every one of these creates waste, and many conventional packing materials cannot be recycled. With the huge amount of companies transporting goods from factories to warehouses and then to retailers, as well as the huge amount of online orders placed daily, there is a hugely wasteful amount of plastics, Styrofoam, cardboard, and paper used in the process. Thankfully, sustainable packaging offers a solution to this problem.
We’re in the middle of a heat wave here in many parts of the country, but cooling your home during the dog days of summer doesn’t need to mean switching on expensive air conditioning, worrying about energy bills, or stressing about the potential impact of your carbon footprint. Dependent on your climate, as much as 20-50 percent of your annual energy use can go to cooling your house. This can account for as much as 5-15 percent of your household carbon footprint.