Top 10 Eco-Innovations That Could Change the World

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Today whole world is saying “Go Green.” All the educated people are trying and suggesting others to avoid extra use of fossil fuels and other natural elements. It is really causing damages to our nature and creating atmosphere similar to poison. By recognizing this fact scientists have started developing Eco-friendly vehicles and other daily use things. So let me tell you the top 10 eco-innovations that could change the world.

1: Bike Shares

Maximum pollution occurs in our atmosphere because of vehicles. There are millions of vehicles running on the ways of different countries. Bike shares are an small approach started in several big cities of our world. People hire bikes from one kiosk and check out it at another kiosk of the city.

2: Electric cars

What you think about electric cars, can it help us in making better atmosphere at earth? Well, experts say yes, these cars can help us in reducing pollution. At now there are not too much electric cars, but people are getting attracted by them.

3: LEED building standards

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Today’s commercial sector is preciously taking part in betterment of our environment. US Green Building Council have prepared LEED building standards, which are now being followed by many others.

4: Renewable Energy resources

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In upcoming years energy is going to be a biggest demand of the world because conventional energy resources are getting reduced. There is not much fossil fuel to generate energy. Scientists are developing solar energy system to provide enough power to cities of our world.

5: Usage of reusable bags:

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Polyphone bags are creating biggest pollution in land. They are not disposable ones that’s why pollution increases and now people are tending towards reusable bags to reduce needs of polythene.

6: Sustainable Fashion

The organic cotton made clothes exists since starting of 90s, but recently people have started using them. Clothes, which we use today leave too much carbon, while organic cotton made clothes do not leave that much carbon.

7: Better Garbage Management:

Every city of the world produces a very large amount of garbage. Today authorities are planning to develop fertilizers using that garbage. The process is started in thousands of cites of our world and probably it will bring changes in production of farming.

8: LED lights:

Today it is become very common to know that LED lights are the most power efficient lights. People are widely accepting these lights and using these lights in their homes, buildings and many other places.

9: Bio Gas:

In UK government is planning to generate Bio Gas by using wastage of crops. Every year lots of wastage is produced in farms, which can be used to produce bio gas. This can complete demands of cooking gas in whole country. Similarly other countries are also planning to apply such easy ways of producing gas.

10: Community gardens:

In many cities of many countries people are developing community gardens. These gardens just not provide enough space to play and enjoy the time, but these gardens are being used to produce organic things.

Energy Efficiency

Moving Towards Energy Independence
Energy efficiency is the cheapest and easiest way to make a difference.

Goals of the Island Energy Plan
Reduce the amount of energy required to sustain the commercial activities and lifestyles desired by the Martha’s Vineyard population.

jimmy carterReadily available technology can make dramatic improvements in energy efficiency both cost effective and reliable. Examples include fluorescent lighting, super-insulation, high performance windows, Energy Star appliances, and high efficiency heating systems. Retrofit projects can save up to 50% of energy use.

In the oil crisis of the 1970’s, President Carter asked us to put on a sweater and turn down the thermostat. That is an example of energy conservation. Today, technology advances offer us the opportunity to provide the equivalent services using smaller amounts of energy. Compact fluorescents provide the same amount of light using 1/3 the amount of energy. This is an example of energy efficiency.


Targets

Our energy reduction targets, expressed as reductions from 2005 levels, are:

Lighting energy use in 2015 50%
All electric energy use in 2015 13%

Per capita reduction in fossil fuel:
by 2015 39%
by 2030 67%
by 2050 85%
Hitting these targets will cut the Vineyard’s total energy use in half by the year 2050, by greater efficiencies in transportation, heating and cooling, and electricity use.

CURRENT STATUS
Annual energy use by Martha’s Vineyard in 2005, our base year, may be broken down as:
Source GBtu
Electricity 1,496 34%
Transportation 1,576 35%
Building Heat 1,054 24%
Non-GHG Energy 293 9%
Total 4,419

A GBtu is one billion British Thermal Units. For reference, the heat value of a gallon of heating oil is .00014 GBtu.
Non-greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sources include electricity from green generators, nuclear, and hydro off-Island as well as cordwood (the largest component of this category), biodiesel, wind and solar generated on-Island.
The electricity shown is all from fossil fuels. It is valued in this comparison as GBtu of fuel burned at the generating plants.
Transportation and building uses shown are all fossil fuels. Since most electricity is used in buildings, we can also say about 58% of our fossil energy use is in buildings.

OBJECTIVE 1: Reduce amount of energy used in buildings.
There are about 15,000 housing units on the Vineyard (houses, guest houses, apartments). Buildings account for 58% of the energy used on the Vineyard. Reducing building energy use will have a significant impact on our overall energy needs. Requiring higher efficiency in new construction will reduce our future energy demand and improve the energy performance of our existing housing stock as it is replaced or renovated.

Amend the energy portion of the Building Code by 2010 to improve energy performance in all new construction would be a good first step.

OBJECTIVE 2: Implement pricing structures that encourage energy efficiency.
We have seen unprecedented growth in the last few decades. The average house size has increased and more houses over 6,000 s.f. are being built. Seasonally occupied houses are using increasing amounts of energy year-round. Greater numbers of vehicles are registered on the Island. Consequently, energy price increases or supply disruptions will be of increasing significance to our economy and way of life.

Communities in California and Europe have shown that inverted pricing (the more you buy, the higher the unit price) is an effective way of changing behavior. Vachon Island in Washington State is instituting energy fees to feed a revolving loan fund for energy improvement programs.

OBJECTIVE 3: Energy Efficiency is embraced throughout the community.

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Changing attitudes and behavior is the most challenging part of this work. For generations, energy has been an inexpensive commodity and has been taken for granted. We need now to foster greater understanding of the energy challenge before us and the critical role that energy plays in our lives. If we are to succeed at creating an energy paradigm shift, we need to have the commitment of islanders of all ages– essentially a mass movement.

Emphasize the Vineyard Lighting Challenge– every residence replaces 15 incandescent bulbs with more efficient ones– as a simple first step in gaining commitment to island energy efficiency.
Bring together the energy establishment (utility companies, Cape Light Compact, fuel transporters, wholesalers and retailers) to build consensus for effective strategies.

 

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Are motorcycles greener than cars?

When a person lives outside a city or the grocery store is 5km away then it is not possible to walk to the destination. Unfortunately for many of us vehicle transport is a necessity. With the rising concern for environment pollution some believe motorcycles to be a greener option than cars. This question will be analyzed further as the discussion goes on.

Factors

In reality the belief that motorcycles are more eco-friendly than cars may not hold true. A lot of factors work towards determining the rate of pollution and harm any vehicle may cause to the environment. In the case of motorcycles some factors must be considered before coming to this conclusion.

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Fuel Usage

As in the cars, motorcycles too come in various shapes and sizes, implying that there are a variety of models available. These variations determine the rate at which the motorcycle is either eco-friendly or regressive to the environment. To truly get fuel economy from a motorcycle you need to get a small one. A Harley Davidson has a combined fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon. Even though the numbers are good a hybrid or small car can match up to it.

Eco-friendly

According to motrev.net, There have been many cases where a lot of controversy has been undertaken by big bikes in terms of harm to the environment. So to combat this problem many companies today are coming up with ideas to make motorcycles which are more efficient and eco-friendly. The methods used to achieve this model are the use of lighter metals, fiber bodies, alternative fuel systems and many more  modern and adaptive developments.

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The eco-friendly initiative is being supported by the big manufacturing companies like Honda and BMW. The recent compact scooters by Honda are 25 percent more fuel efficient than the previous models manufactured by Honda. Also these scooters have 40 percent more efficient mid-sized engines compared to the old ones. BMW has gone ahead with a completely different approach and is aiming at creating manufacturing techniques possessing a better environmental blueprint. This is reflected in its use for water based paints and efficiency in the manufacturing process.

Are motorcycles greener than cars?

Despite all attempts by various manufacturing companies both big and small there is still doubt concerning the question of whether motorcycles have really achieved the prestige of being more greener than cars. What is often overlooked is that in addition to the size of the vehicle the aspect of transporting the finished motorcycles to the designated places of dealership from where they will be sold. This brings additional cost which is often overlooked especially as the majority of motorbikes are imported from overseas.

All this contributes to harming environmental resources and somewhat defeats the purpose of making changes to the motorcycles, almost making it seem like a facade. This overview shows that motorcycles both have positive and negative impacts on the environment. So the decision to buy or not buy a motorcycle depends on individual preference.

This entry was posted in Ecology.

5 Tips for Eco-friendly Cooking

Many of us are searching for an eco-friendly life and the best place to start is from the kitchen. Below you will find five tips on Eco-Friendly cooking and if you are able to impliment three of them in to your life, then you will be able to make a huge difference to the environment. More eco-friendly cooking tips can be found here: http://thegreenists.com/food/20-tips-for-eco-friendly-cooking/7945

Go for organic foods

Everyone has heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’. Therefore you have to understand that the food we eat today is what we become tomorrow. Today what we are buying in the supermarket is all grown with the help of various chemicals and pesticides, and I don’t care what anyone say, it really is not good for your health. Every single day we are consuming chemicals in our body and this is making us extremely unhealthy. So in order to reduce the amount of chemicals we consume it is clearly better to switch to organic food which is not completely chemical free but is far healthier than non organic foods.

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Use a wooden chopping board

Studies have shown people who use a plastic or glass cutting board have a higher risk of getting Salmonella poisoning then the people who use a wooden cutting board in their kitchen. A plastic or a glass cutting board form cracks once they are used on a daily basis and hence encourage bacteria to live in such cracks if the board is not cleaned thoroughly which results in high infection rates.

Reduce your wastage

If your waste is anything like ours there’s a lot it! Food waste doesn’t need to be thrown into your trash can. You can start using a composting system where you can use the food waste by using it is as a fertilizer in your garden, where it will get decomposed and will return back to nature. With this act, you will be able to reduce the wastage and as well as you will be able to save a good amount of money, as you will have your own fertilizer. Find ways to recycle whatever you can from the kitchen, so that you will be able to save some more money for your next grocery shopping.

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Non-stick cookware

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and/or perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are found in the coating of Non-Stick cookware and they are capable of producing highly hazardous fumes when they are burned at high temperature, which is really not good for the health of you and your family. So it is better to use cast iron, copper, glass and as well as stainless steel instead of Non-Stick cookware.

Say no to plastic

Plastic is hazardous to this world. Most of the environmental problems are caused due to the overuse of plastic all over the world. If you want to have a healthy life, then it is important that you get rid of any of the plastic utensil, vacuum sealers that use plastic bags, box or anything from your kitchen, and make sure not to even serve your food on plastic and the heat of the food will make the food get mixed with the material of the plastic and it will end up in your stomach, which will make your sick in the coming future.

 

 

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Tips for Creating an Eco Friendly Interior

A product tagged with the words ‘eco friendly’ is almost quite guaranteed to sell just like hot cakes. And this is specifically true in case of home accessories, as more and more people are looking out for ways to introduce environment friendly trends in their home décor and accessories. Of course, designing a home décor that is both eco friendly and beautiful can be a bit challenging. But in any case, the trouble is worth taking since you are taking a huge leap towards environment safety by ensuring that you don’t use materials that put you as well other people at the risk of respiratory or any other problems. There are lots of small things that you can do every day for creating an environment friendly interior space that is green, affordable and amazingly beautiful.
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There are a host of eco friendly solutions (check houzz.com for more info) out there in the market; you just have to look out for them. Eco friendly paints are one among them as conventional finishes and paints are quite dangerous according to investigations and scientific reports. They are believed to release lower quantities of toxic emissions once they have dried completely on your walls. Using friendlier paints with low or no volatile organic compounds should be your choice. You can straightaway feel the difference as they are free of odor and impart a different and more calming look and feel. Some of these paints may be however expensive but it’s important to remember that you will benefit yourself in the long run.

For those who love a bit of vibrancy around them, eco friendly wallpapers are the key. Such wallpapers use water based inks that are printed upon chlorine free paper, bought from forests that are managed specifically for the purpose. Low volatile organic compound adhesives can be used for medium weight or light weight paper based wall decorations. If you are in the market next time to buy something new, be aware of some really great environment friendly decorating materials like bamboo and organic cotton. Bamboo floors, sheets, baskets, fabrics and shades are items that you can find anywhere. If you fancy a rug, try one that is made from natural materials like wool, sisal and jute. Even cork makes a great option for floors and walls.

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There are a few more simple decorating tips you can follow to save energy each day and cut your monthly bills. Firstly, replace all your regular light bulbs with white CFL’s. The compact fluorescent light bulbs will add up your energy savings big time and they also don’t cause a bluish harsh tone. Secondly, if you are planning on buying new appliances any time, look for the ones with energy star labels as they consume nearly 10-50% less water and energy than their regular alternatives. Finally, do not hesitate to reuse the existing items in your home. Reusing and refinishing old furniture will not only save you a lot of bucks, but will also put less toxins and waste into the environment.