Steel: An Environmentally Friendly Material

The rise of environmental concerns has led to searching for alternatives to extracting metals. That’s why it seems natural to look into recycling them. To get there, there are a few steps to follow.

The Steel Deposit

Steel is an alloy of carbon and iron. It is a material at the base of industrial development. It is also the first material to be recovered as it is easy to collect and reuse.

There are 2 main types of steel deposits:

The professional deposit is linked either to the iron and steel industry or to the manufacturers themselves. It includes:

  • Industrial packaging such as drums and cans used to package liquid industrial products
  • End-of-life products such as shipwrecks, electrical equipment, and automotive steel, representing between a quarter and a third of the scrap metal collected.
  • Household scrap: includes “monsters” (found in landfills, old household equipment, waste disposal sites) and household packaging.

Steel is used for three types of packaging:

  • Steel can represent three quarters, i.e., about 4 billion “drink cans” consumed in France;
  • Canned food or “operatized” cans;
  • Specialty cans.

There are many reasons to recycle these metal wastes:

  • to avoid environmental damage from mining ;
  • to save raw materials such as metals;
  • limit or reduce air pollution, etc.

These types of steel were known as “tinplate” in the past. Grouped under the acronym APE (steels for packaging), they are thin (about 0.24 mm and coated with varnish and tin).

The dominance of steel in the food packaging market is undeniable. Indeed, it constitutes three-quarters of the food packaging. It is used for:

– more than 85% in ready meals ;

– 94% in canned food for animals.

Statistics show that one thousand tons of steel are used to manufacture 13 million packages. However, those that are rejected represent more than 500,000 tons.

The Recovery of Steel

Concerning the time of recovery of steel, we count:

– one year for a “beverage can” ;

– ten years for a used car

– 30 to 150 years for a building or a bridge.

The steel recovery method is based on “positive sorting”. It consists of selecting products with more than 50% or 60% iron content. There are different ways of sorting this: either in the bottom ash treatment center or at the incineration outlet.

The residues must be well separated to improve the iron concentration in the final scrap. This is achieved by shredding, followed by magnetic sorting. The succession of sorting operations makes it possible to obtain scrap with more than 90% iron content. Once this is done, the scrap is cleaned, crushed, and densified by successive magnetic sorting to recover about 87% steel. In addition, there are also other ways to recover steel:

  • by composting ;
  • by selective collection or sorting of waste.
  • Instead of throwing away your household waste, call a scrap metal dealer to recover and recycle it.

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The Benefits of Steel

Recycling steel helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This material can be recovered from deconstruction sites. It can also be reused after transformation.

Steel does not produce any toxic substances in contact with water or air. Thus, it does not represent any direct danger. Also, it does not create any waste. New coatings made from this material are increasingly environmentally friendly.

Every ton of steel produced by recycling reduces one ton of future production. Moreover, recycling represents a real opportunity in the field of steel construction.

How To Consume Responsibly?

Let’s assume you need a new set of cookware, a new party dress, or simply a new tube of toothpaste or a bag of coffee beans.

How do you choose which brand to purchase?

Advertising or a friend’s advice might sway your decision. Maybe you just purchase the same brand every time because your mother did or because it’s the only brand you’ve ever tried, and it’s the simplest option.

However, an increasing number of us are deliberating before making a purchase. We’ve heard that out-of-control consumerism is wreaking havoc on the environment. We all know that product safety isn’t always well-regulated and that businesses don’t always think about our health and safety. We’re concerned about manufacturing and farming methods’ social and environmental consequences.

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What Does It Mean To Be A Conscious Consumer?

The notion of conscious consumption is not new, and there are several distinct definitions available on the internet.

This is how I see it: Before deciding what to buy, an aware consumer examines the health repercussions and the environmental and social impacts of a product.

 A thoughtful shopper considers their options before making a purchase. They’re involved in the buying process and will ask a few questions before making a purchase:

  • Is this something that my family and I can do safely?
  •  Is it causing any harm to the environment?
  • What is the societal impact?
  • Instead of buying goods, they don’t need, an aware consumer makes intentional, educated decisions.

An aware customer expects companies to be transparent and real and avoid items that do not align with their beliefs. Someone is confident in their decisions because they have done their homework and identified the greatest options for their family.

 I’m guessing that most visitors to my blog are already mindful consumers in some form. Perhaps you’ve replaced some harmful cleansers with better alternatives, or you’ve begun to use reusable containers instead of plastic wrap. Perhaps you’ve shifted to natural, non-toxic goods or invest in sustainable apparel instead of quick fashion.

Congratulations on what you’ve accomplished so far in becoming more conscious of the effects of the things you purchase! Let’s have a look at what more you may do to make yourself a more socially conscious shopper…

What Does It Take To Be A Conscious Consumer?

First and foremost, being a conscientious consumer is not about being flawless. There is no set route to follow. There is no requirement to pass an exam. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m all about mindful moderation, baby steps, and doing what works best for YOU!

Ultimately, being a conscientious consumer means concentrating on the most important values to you, educating yourself, and doing your best within your time and financial limits.

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 My objective is to assist you in being the best conscientious shopper you can be! Here are my top ten recommendations for becoming a socially conscious, long-term consumer:

1.) Do Your Homework – Spend some time researching what you intend to purchase.

 Visit the brands’ websites and read the About Us section to learn more about the manufacturing process. To understand the health and environmental effects of goods, consult reputable sources such as the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

2.) Know Your Compounds – You don’t have to be a scientist to know which ingredients and materials are dangerous to humans and the environment. There is a lot to learn about this topic; however, the following are the most important ones:

 Hormone-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates, bisphenols, and flame retardants are found in many items, from personal care to plastics to home furnishings. Nonstick cookware and food packaging contain perfluorinated chemicals, which are possibly carcinogenic. Yes, these hazardous compounds are permitted in goods by law. It’s the wild out there, so the more educated you are, the better.

Are you ready for a more conscious way of living? Let us know in the comments…

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Greenwashing: What Is It, How to Spot and Avoid It

Invented in the 1980s by Jay Westerveld, an environmental activist greenwashing refers to deceptive marketing practice. A brand is greenwashing when its customers wrongly believe that its products, actions, or commitments are eco-responsible. This post will tell you how to disentangle the truth from the false, identify and avoid greenwashing.

The importance of reliable ecolabels against greenwashing

Many brands abusing the ecological argument do not hesitate to use fake ecolabels to make their speech credible. Some even create their labels with no value because they are not subject to independent controls.

Sometimes, manufacturers use logos on their packaging that deliberately confuse the consumer. For example, the famous “Tidy Man” logo, which represents a person throwing a waste product in the trash, does not indicate that the packaging is recyclable but aims to encourage consumers to throw the packaging in a trash can rather than in nature. 

Some mentions, such as “preserves the environment”, “non-toxic”, “non-polluting,” or “zero-emission, zero impact,” are not officially protected and are not legally framed. In reality, therefore, these are only unverifiable claims.

It is essential to make sure that the labels put forward by the brand are real ecolabels, guaranteeing a fundamental ecological approach. Take, for example, the EU Ecolabel. A real ecolabel must be awarded by an independent body, based on precise specifications, integrating all stages of product design.

Greenwashing: check the labels to analyze the composition of a product

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On some products, brands practicing greenwashing do not hesitate to put a lot of “without” mentions: without parabens, without sulfates, without chlorine, etc. Although this expression is regulated by law, it does not mean that substitute products, sometimes even more harmful to health or the environment, are not present.

You can read labels carefully, using specific tools such as the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) list, making it easy to identify the ingredients of cosmetic products or particular applications that analyze the composition of food products.

You should know that the ingredients are listed in descending order of weight or volume whatever the product is marketed. The first ingredient listed is the one that is present in the most significant quantity in the product. For example, in a food product, you can know if the ingredient that is supposed to be in the majority is present. 

Find out more about the company to identify greenwashing.

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A little research on the Internet will usually tell you more about a brand that claims to be environmentally responsible. The companies that implement real actions in favor of the environment most often communicate with sourced and verifiable data. If this is not the case, and if any concrete proof does not accompany the announced values, there is reason to wonder about greenwashing.

For example, a brand that communicates on its carbon footprint in full transparency is an authentic ecological approach, while not all companies are obliged to do so.

Do not hesitate to inspect the legal information on the site and check, for example, the proclaimed independence of a brand. If the brand belongs to a large group that has not taken any environmental action, it is legitimate to doubt the brand’s opportunism.

Finally, a brand that markets eco-responsible products while at the same time selling polluting and unethical products is probably not the most sincere about its true intentions.

As responsible consumers, it is up to us to regularly inform ourselves to set a course for a sustainable consumer society.

Hope you have liked this post which is incomplete without your participation. Remember to share your opinion in the comments below. 

Your Extensive Guide To Natural And Non-Toxic Period Products

Sustainability is trending right now- everyone is aiming to be more sustainable to save our resources and limit waste. It is a trending topic on social media; actors, activists and influencers are all talking about sustainability, but one aspect is constantly disregarded.

According to statistics, women have an average of 456 periods in their life, which translates to 9,120 tampons used all of them end up in landfills. It is also good to highlight that single-use menstrual products generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste annually.

There is a lot of misinformation concerning period products, even though they are readily available. On top of this, green-washing is becoming more prominent. If you don’t know about green-washing, it is a marketing strategy used by different companies to make their products seems as if it was sustainable even if it is not.

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If you are willing to be more sustainable, you may want to research before buying a product. We have noted some important things that may be useful;

Natural materials; You will want to look for period products with little to no synthetic materials such as plastics. As you may already know, plastics are not biodegradable and can last for hundreds of years. Plastic can be as bad for you as for the environment; period products made of plastics can develop rashes and are uncomfortable compared to cotton. 

Non-Toxic; Apart from the primary materials, other things made up period products, for example, phthalates, parabens, dioxins, and PFAS. Your vagina is a sensible part of your body, and when you use any period products, these toxins may enter your body. 

Sustainable packaging; Apart from the product, the packaging should be made sustainably. Stay away from plastic, even if it is recyclable. I would recommend you go for paper. 

Ethics; Some brands claim to be sustainable but are not, so it is better to choose a completely transparent brand. Be honest and truthful about their supply chain, where they are getting their material from, their workers’ conditions, etc. 

Impact; The brand you choose should be only looking to make a profit; of course, it does count a lot, but they should be impacting the world and contributing in their ways. There are a lot of girls in the world that don’t have access to proper sanitary products, which affects their lives as they cannot go to school during this time which is 5-8 days missed. Please choose a brand that contributes to making the world a better place. 

Now, different options are more sustainable than the standard pads or tampons seen in supermarkets.

Period Panties

The name describes itself; it is panties used when you have your period. There is no need to use pads or tampons. Different models depending on your flow. The maximum time you can keep them on is 6 hours. If you take good care of it, it can last 6 months. 

Menstrual Cup

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These menstrual cups, also known as period cups, are made of medical latex, so they should be inserted into the vagina during your menstruation. It does not absorb the blood but instead collects it, and then you should disregard the content every 6 to 12 hours, depending on your flow.

Menstrual cups are made of 4 % plastics but compared to standard pads made with 35 % and tampons 6 % plastic, they are reusable. Studies have shown that menstrual cups have a less environmental impact than pads or tampons.

Reusable Pads

The reusable pads have the same set of instructions as the period panties. Except for this one, you have to attach it to your panties and then wash it when you are done using it, instead of throwing it away as regular panties.

There are a lot of alternatives to standard period products right now, and we should embrace them. Let us know in the comments if you are willing to try these Eco-friendly alternatives…

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Working Towards Workplace Sustainability in 2022

remained at the top of many countries’ agendas. With COP26 promoting further global cooperation, an increasing number of businesses are looking to consider where they can make more fundamental changes to create a sustainable environment.

According to statistics revealed in early 2021, just twenty companies are responsible for producing more than half of all the single-use plastic waste in the world. It is therefore clear that all businesses must contribute if we are to achieve our global targets. With this in mind, we would like to share five top tips for creating a more sustainable office in 2022, according to experts:

1. Make conscious product choices

Every year, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean. Some of the most common waste found in the ocean includes plastic bottles, caps, and fishing gear, which can break down into harmful microplastics. When thinking about supplies for your office, you can eliminate single-use plastics by opting for reusable or compostable alternatives for employees to use.

When it comes to outfitting your space, you can also reduce the impact of products by sourcing safe, durable, high-quality goods. The longer they last, the less impact they have over time.

To understand the impact of a product at a granular level, lifecycle assessments are an important tool. This measures impact through the raw materials used, the impact during production, and how the product is used at end of life. From these assessments, businesses can get a clear measurement of carbon, water, and a range of other impact metrics about the products.

2. Choose the right suppliers

Sustainability measures are increasingly becoming the top requirements for new office fit-outs. That’s why it’s important for the manufacturers, suppliers, and other partners to all work towards common goals of reducing our environmental impact.

Businesses must look at their supply chain and partnerships purposefully, working with organizations that share their values and vision. For example, some larger organizations are now part of initiatives such as the NextWave Plastics consortium, which aims to keep plastic in our economy and out of the ocean, and has committed to preventing 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste from entering the oceans by 2025 across countries most impacted by plastic pollution.

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3. Think Circular

The Circular Economy is a move from traditional ‘take, make, waste’ models of production to a system that keeps resources in use as long as possible. This encompasses how products are designed and made, as well as business models that include sharing, leasing, repair, refurbishment, and recycling. Finding new life for new materials is a good example of circularity. For example, the Aeron Onyx chair is made from ocean-bound plastic.

Some companies are also implementing sustainability schemes, such as prompting employees to stop bringing disposable lunch containers to work, or ‘take back’ schemes, whereby products can be returned to suppliers when a business no longer has any use for them, ensuring they are reused or recycled correctly.

4. Include your employees

Employees who understand the impact of their choices are more likely to take actions to reduce their own environmental footprint both within the workplace and at home. Gather feedback, develop sustainability champions and offer leadership. Make sure everyone understands your sustainability goals and the larger impact that this will have on the planet.

Helping employees understand how to recycle materials is a simple but crucial step to becoming more sustainable. Recycling bins should be spread throughout the office and marked clearly so they can be used correctly. Promoting a paperless office is also easy but effective.

Another simple step to becoming more sustainable is to conserve energy within the office. Turning off lights and equipment outside of work hours will not only save energy, but it will also be more economical for your business. This could also be extended into work hours, ensuring meeting room lights are switched off when they aren’t in use.

5. Set transparent, measurable targets

Setting targets is imperative to give the business a clear direction. While it is easy from a carbon or electricity usage perspective to quantify the impact on the business and therefore set clear targets, with decisions like choosing sustainable products, it is more difficult to quantify exactly how much of an impact it has on a business.

The best way to set these kinds of targets is to monitor the impact they have on winning business partnerships and client retention. Over time, it will become clearer how sustainability initiatives improve potential client and partnership perceptions, resulting in winning more business and therefore better business performance.

Is your business implementing changes towards a more sustainable model? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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The Benefits of Recycling

In a year, humans produce about 2 billion tons of waste. A figure that is constantly increasing. The selective sorting of waste is now part of our daily lives. Many countries are already investing in this system. By opting for sorting and recycling, the resources used are minimal. This makes it possible to save energy, water, and materials. Recycling means collecting used materials and transforming them into new products rather than throwing them away. It is a very beneficial process for our lives and our future offspring. This article informs you about the benefits of choosing to recycle.

Respect for the Environment

Sorting your waste helps preserve the environment. Recycling cardboard reduces the cutting down of thousands of trees per year. This of course, favors the conditions for rain to fall and helps balance the climate. Recycling glass saves sand. Furthermore, the high consumption of oil can be reduced by recycling plastic waste. This system reduces the amount of waste produced because instead of throwing away, you transform. This means that by recycling, you contribute to preserving the environment. Apart from that, recycling guarantees to reduce the use of resources while limiting their use and consumption, even decreasing waste.

Energy Saving

The use of plastic bags constitutes the majority of the waste produced on the planet. However, the manufacture of the packaging consumes much more energy than its recycling. A study has shown that recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 1 year of energy consumption for an inhabitant and 6 months of water consumption. It should be noted that any material consumes more energy during its manufacture than when it is recycled.

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Job Creation and Support to the Economy

Recycling, reconditioning and repairing end-of-life objects also help create jobs. The same is true for the reuse of materials and the ecological design of products. Moreover, creating new jobs is a lever for the national economy because various positions that do not require special skills are offered, which is ideal for professional reintegration. In addition, these jobs are diversifying so much, starting from the position of simple technician to engineer. Currently, many companies are also active in recycling. For instance, you can find companies specializing in purchasing, recovering, and recycling metal waste.

Reduction of the Production of Greenhouse Gases

When manufacturing various products, factories emit more greenhouse gases, which leads to global warming. However, this CO2 emission is reduced or eliminated in a recycling process. For example, recycling 30,000 tons of material is equivalent to avoiding nearly 140 million kilometers of travel by car. These cars are a significant contributor to carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Nowadays, production industries emit more CO2 because they use machines and other diesel fuel tools. Hence, this high carbon emission pollutes the air. So, opting for this recycling system reduces the production of greenhouse gases and avoids the overconsumption of natural resources.

5 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions For A Greener Year

5 Sustainable New Year’s Resolutions For A Greener Year

For many, New Year offers more than just a glimmer of celebration; it is a strong wave of hope for the future; an opportunity to set new resolutions.

If there’s anything that we have learned in 2021, other than the fact that remote work and virtual workspaces are probably the future, it’s not to take anything for granted. And, so in 2022, more focus on lifestyles and priorities should be found on the top of your list. And, when I talk about lifestyles and priorities, I’m not just talking about a new gym membership or a new diet.

Did you know that setting your sights on the planet and making small yet meaningful changes to save the planet can transform your living spaces and lifestyles?

Minimize Waste In Kitchen

Minimize Waste In Kitchen

It seems insane, but I believe it when experts from EPA claim that the kitchen of an average American household produces the most waste in a house.

Kitchen waste is perceptible: there’s excess packaging from kitchen products and groceries, food scraps lying on the table, leftovers that you’ve probably forgotten in the fridge, bunches of herbs that have turned brown, expired items on the shelves and frozen meat that has got freezer burned.

It’s a lot to deal with and if you want to reduce the amount of waste coming from your kitchen, I suggest the following tips:

  • Purchase groceries in bulk rather than in packaging to limit the quantity of plastic trash that ends up in your landfills.
  • Instead of buying frozen foods wrapped in plastic bags, how about buying fresh products and freezing them yourself using cloth bags?
  • Always opt for eco-friendly sponges.
  • Reduce kitchen waste by recycling food cartons and beverage cans.
  • It may seem strange because you are used to tossing away old cooking oil, but there are various institutions that can recycle this oil.

Only Buy What You Need

Only Buy What You Need

Home quarantine is not the only reason behind all the stream of brown boxes arriving at our doorsteps, carrying the latest online purchases, isn’t it?

Way before the pandemic, people always had the urge to buy more of the latest gadgets, fads or products. Psychology provides a few possible answers to explain why people seem to buy more than they need.

A minimalist lifestyle is one of the best ways to conserve the planet’s resources as well as your wallet. Reduce your consumptions and you’ll be creating a calm and serene space.

Choose DIY Projects

Choose DIY Projects

People have been DIYing since like forever, but there are thousands of reasons why this huge Do-It-Yourself market is exploding. And, among the endless reasons feature the inspiration for a smart, practical and sustainable resolution.

DIY projects are more than loads of fun and creativity; you’ll be sharpening your mind, staying away from too many purchases, saving money, heck you can even make money with them.

Change Your Dress Code

Change Your Dress Code

You are probably wondering what does dress code has to do with the environment?

Let me explain: Wearing a suit or a shirt, jacket, and heavy trousers during the hot summer season is not only uncomfortable and unpleasant, but it is also not very sustainable because you will most likely use the air conditioning.

This is why adopting a more climate-appropriate dress code is always advised.

Use A Bicycle

Use A Bicycle

Still remember who said, “nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”

Today, it appears that public transportation and automobiles have stolen away from that small joy of life (not that we no longer require automobiles). However, it’s undeniable that the pandemic has given us a few reasons to leave the car in the driveway or that crowded bus and grab a bicycle.

 

 

 

How To Shop Online Ecologically?

Since the advent of online shopping, we have been able to order anything from the comfort of our homes. There is nothing wrong with this as it saves us time and effort. However, your shopping behavior may be unknowingly having a negative impact on the environment. What’s wrong with that? And what can you do about it?

These tips will help pave the way for a greener online shopping:

Right Time and Location

For many people, it is customary to have a parcel delivered to their doorstep within a week, and the long (and not very environmentally friendly) journey to get there is forgotten. Packages are usually delivered during the day when no one is around. As a result, the ordered items must be returned to the collection point, which increases unnecessary CO2 emissions. Please choose a time when you are at home or enter your work address as the delivery address. You can also choose to have your package picked up at your local pickup location.

The Right Size

Since return shipping is often free, many packages are sent back. This is especially a problem in the fashion industry, but e-commerce giants are also facing this problem all together. According to a recent study, about half of the clothes purchased from online stores are returned, which has a significant impact on the environment. Furthermore, it is said that some major online stores are disposing of these returned clothes in landfills instead of reselling them.

To minimize returns, the first thing to do is carefully check the clothes’ size. Read reviews from other users, take measurements at home, and choose clothes from brands you already have in your wardrobe.

Second Life

Are your new clothes but not what you expected despite the advice above? Before you put a return sticker on it, there are plenty of options to give it a second life. You can sell them on second-hand websites, give them away to friends, or participate in something like a swap event (clothing exchange).

Don’t Shop at the Last Minute

Online shopping not only makes one lazy but also impatient. Many web stores promise to deliver items ordered by 10 p.m. to your home the next day. However, this leaves much less time for the carrier to plan and bundle the flow of goods. Therefore, please be patient and make it clear that you can wait a few days during the order process.

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Pay Attention to New and Old Electronics

When buying appliances online, paying attention to their consumption is advisable. Please pay attention to the number of kWh needed to run the device and whether or not it has a reusable battery.

You should also pay attention to your belongings after buying online. Take the phone or device you are replacing to garbage can park or recuperator recycling station instead of throwing it in the trash. As for old clothes, many upcycling stores will take care of them for you these days.

Putting Together an Order

Before ordering anything, always make it a habit to check with your family and friends to see if they want something from the same web store. In some cases, this can help you save on shipping costs. It is also essential to choose group orders for your packages. The delivery time will be a little longer, but it is desirable considering the lower CO2 emissions it will generate.

Choose Sustainable or Second-hand Labels

Online shopping is not only about how you shop but also about what you buy. Choose sustainable labels that focus on environmentally friendly production processes and those that do not use harmful materials. You can also buy used products online.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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The Impact of Bitcoin On The Planet

The way we see and use money has changed drastically, and we’ve come a long way since the barter system. More and more of us, Gen Z and Millennials, are using less and less physical money and are more likely to use our cards or internet transactions to pay for our bills. With the advent of technology, we are more and more in tune with technology, and it has become one with us. Bitcoin or cryptocurrency are gaining in popularity these days, and people are investing in them, but apart from their names, how much do you really know about Bitcoins. Fear not because we are here to help you discover what Bitcoins are and their impact on our planet.

What is Bitcoin?

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The identity of the person who created Bitcoins is still a mystery. It was created in 2009 and is a decentralized form of digital currency and follows the ideas that were set by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto and his idea of white paper. This specific cryptocurrency offers a promise of lower transaction fees compared to traditional online payment mechanisms do. In addition, it is operated by a decentralized authority which is the opposite of government-issued currencies. It is kept secure by cryptography, and this is why it is known as a cryptocurrency. Unlike dollar bills, there are no physical bitcoins, and only their balance is kept on a public ledger that everyone can have access to. Bitcoin transactions are verified by a massive amount of computing power, a process known as mining. Bitcoins are not issued by any banks or governments, and they are one of the most popular cryptocurrencies on the market. Currently, there are about 15 000 different cryptocurrencies on the market, and there are over 400 exchanges that exist worldwide.

The flaws of cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies alike have some major flaws, and the mining process is highly energy-intensive. Here are some of these flaws:

Energy consumption

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The mining of Bitcoin uses about 122.87 terawatt-hours of electricity every year, and this is more energy than the entire countries use. The mining of cryptocurrency uses more energy than the United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, and even Argentina. According to a study conducted by Digiconomist (which is a cryptocurrency analytics site), to mine a single cryptocurrency, we need to use 2.106.37 kilowatt-hour of electricity. This number equates to the amount of power that the average America Household uses in about 72 days. The Ethereum network, according to the Digiconomist, uses or requires an estimated 99.6 Terawatts-hours of electricity to run annually, and this is more energy than the Philippines or Belgium uses. One single Enthereum transaction consumes about 220.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity, approximately about the same amount of power an average American household uses in 7.44 days. The energy demand to mine cryptocurrency is predicted to increase in the coming years as crypto increases and mining efficiency decreases.

Bitcoin mining produces about 96 million carbon dioxide emissions annually, which equates to the amount of carbon emission generated by some smaller countries. Mining for Ethereum also produces more than 47 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year. Studies conducted by the University of Cambridge report that 35% of most Bitcoin mining in 2021 took place in the United States. This is detrimental to the environment because the US gets most of its electricity from burning electricity. Interestingly enough, the study conducted by Cambridge University also discovered that renewable energy sources powered 39% of proof-of-work mining. It should also be noted that the mining of cryptocurrency also generates an insane amount of electronic waste because mining hardware becomes obsolete quickly. According to the Digiconomist, the Bitcoin network alone creates approximately 30 thousand tons of electronic waste annually.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you want to read more about Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies and their impact on the environment.

How To Create a Sustainable Workspace?

The business world occupies an important place in the lives of every one of us. People spend more time at work than they do with family and friends. With the increasing pressure of competition, the need to create a sustainable workplace is becoming more and more critical. A sustainable environment is essential to help people relax and be productive during a long, stressful day.

Eco-sustainability has become one of the major concerns in today’s business world. All companies, whether in industry or technology, are contributing to global warming and pollution. However, these companies and employees can also help design workplaces that contribute to environmental sustainability. These capabilities include incentives and opportunities to repair damage to ecosystems. Here’s a few ways you can help create a sustainable work environment!

Enough Paper

Drafting, duplicating, and reviewing documents clogs printers and creates discarded piles of papers. The green solution is to reset the method. By printing only what you need, you can reduce the waste of printing documents and presentations. Save drafts to your laptop or a shared cloud, where they can be easily be deleted with a single click.

Maximize the Use of Natural Light

Not only is natural light environmentally friendly, but it also provides excellent visibility. All you have to do is adjust your chair or desk to the best angle and adjust your curtains well. The later you turn on the lights, the better it is for your mood and the environment.

Unplug Everything

When you are done, unplug everything. This not only feels liberating, but it also saves all the power consumed by printers, computers, and mobile device chargers that are unnecessarily on standby or connected to the network.

Set Up Recycling Centers

It’s easy to say separate collection simply, but it often creates worse consequences due to negligence and lack of shared rules. That’s why it’s essential to clearly state the rules and name each container with their specific collection items to be recycled.

Smart Commuting

How do you get to work every morning? Have you ever wondered if you’re optimizing your resources? Carpooling may be the best way to save money and CO2 emissions. If possible, it is even better to use a bicycle. Most importantly, your choice should not be an isolated one. Present your transportation problems to your colleagues and create a network of smart commuters.

How to Create a More Environmentally Sustainable Office for Your Employees

Green Initiative Proponent

If you work in an office or coworking space, you can become a proponent of green initiatives and raise awareness of the people you work with and around you. You can even form a “sustainability team” with other coworkers to recommend common protocols for waste disposal, energy conservation, and products used for cleaning. Such bottom-up efforts are far more effective than any business decision.

Office Plants

Whether large or small, having a plant near your workplace will improve the air around you and remind you that there is a beautiful world out there.

No Plastic

Do not bring disposable bottles, glasses, cutlery, or plates into the workplace. Always choose glasses, plates, and water bottles that can be washed and reused.

No to Unnecessary Meetings

How many useless meetings do you have every week? How much valuable time are you taking away from your workflow to address issues that could have been resolved via email? Unnecessary meetings also impact the environment, with vehicle travel leading to environmental pollution, trash and plastic from impromptu snacks, and extra cleaning at the end of the day. Optimize your time and set up moments to confront your team and customers according to a specific agenda.

Relax and Breathe

Don’t underestimate the impact noise can have on your productivity and mood. Ensure your workspace has an area or corner dedicated to silence and relaxation. This can be a place for people to meditate, take a minute to themselves, or take a little “power nap”.

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