Where Is the Environmental Sustainability Movement Headed? Experts Offer Their Predictions.

Where Is the Environmental Sustainability Movement Headed? Experts Offer Their Predictions.

People, planet, and climate: none of these are predictable and yet there are many who have already predicted how the world or the environment will look in the future.

People Would Eat Less Meat

People Would Eat Less MeatWhile I respect people who make the decision not to eat meat or even become vegan, and while I also perfectly understand that meat production has side effects –both on the organism and on the planet – I just love to have a nice cut or stew…every second or third day. Of course, I try to buy from sources that are or have a reputation for being on the “humane” side of animal treatment.

Anyway, where were we?

Right, meat consumption varies widely around the world, with some countries consuming much more meat than others. In general, people in developed countries tend to eat more meat than those in developing countries. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the average global per capital consumption of meat is about 43.7 kilograms per year. However, this number is heavily influenced by high meat consumption in a few countries and the actual amount of meat consumed by individuals within a country can vary greatly. Some people choose to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, which does not include meat (of course), while others choose to consume meat only occasionally and obviously, there are some who are great meat lovers and cannot live without it (like me).

However, according to Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology at the University of Leeds, UK, by 2030, people will eat less meat. Just like old times, meat would be considered as a luxurious treat rather than a staple.

Gender Equality and Sustainability

Gender Equality and SustainabilityMy views on gender equality are that the concept in itself is quite unfair and reduces both men and women into molds of sameness. Equality between men and women would be like both of them having the same sex organs, same body types, same body strength, same height and same emotions. In other words, for me, for men and women to be “equal” would mean that there’d be no men and women.

Anyway, that’s what I think, but according to Susan Adams, “educating the next generation regarding gender equality can help create a sustainable environment.”

We Will Be Able to Control the Weather

We Will Be Able to Control the WeatherExcuse me, what?

Control the weather? Really?

Weather forecast is based on rigorous, multidisciplinary sciences of the atmosphere, ocean, and land, and the interactions among them. The weather forecast that you see on TV or on your mobile app actually starts with collecting real-time data using satellites, weather radars, and ground and upper-air in situ measurements. There are now over 20 weather satellites worldwide and over 150 weather radars in the US alone. For each round of data forecast, many billions of data points are integrated into a numerical weather prediction model using a process called data assimilation.

Weather forecast is an initial value problem. To produce a forecast, a model processes today’s observed weather parameters (hence the name initial value) based on millions of highly nonlinear differential equations that evolve the dynamics, thermodynamics, and radiative processes for the entire earth surface, allowing the atmosphere, ocean, land surface, and snow and ice to interact with each other. These equations describe the earth’s atmosphere at tens of layers in the vertical, the upper and lower layers of the oceans; and the entire earth at horizontal intervals of tens of kilometers and at time steps of minutes. These models are very computationally intensive and run on supercomputers.

The accuracy of weather forecasts still has much to be desired. This is because within the description above, there are several ways (not in a particular order) that errors could be introduced. This is why weather observations are not perfect. But, apparently, it is predicted that hundred years from now people will be able to control the weather.

 

6 Tips for Reducing Your Child’s Carbon Footprint

As a mom or dad, you often stop and think about the state of the world, because your little one deserves to grow up on a clean planet, right? That’s why it’s essential to reduce your little one’s carbon footprint as much as possible, for example, by not buying too many things. Marketing experts have led people to believe that children need lots of stuff. But, in fact, this is not necessary. A little love and a functional bust can go a long way. Here are some ways you can help reduce your child’s carbon footprint!

1) Be Careful Not to Overbuy

To quickly show that we are serious and not just talking the talk, don’t overbuy in advance. If you need something (e.g., clothes): consider whether you can borrow it or buy it used. If you still want to buy something new, you can definitely find a list of eco-friendly and sustainable items locally or online. After use, put everything in a recycle store or fair, or give it away to someone around you who could use it.

2) Breastfeeding

Of course, we know this is easier said than done, and not everyone can do it. However, breastfeeding is the most climate-independent way to feed your baby; it takes about 10 liters of milk to produce 1 kilogram of formula. This means a lot of CO2 emissions. There are basically no requirements for breastfeeding, but of course, there are many useful aids that make breastfeeding easier.

3) Eco-friendly Diapers

As you will soon realize, if you have just had a baby, disposable diapers create a lot of waste (about 1000 kg per child!). And even though they require more washing, washable diapers are more environmentally friendly. It may seem like a hassle, but it is not that much of a hassle. Moreover, they are adorable. For example, even if you only use the type of diapers that you wash at home, they can still help a little. Not your thing? Then choose eco-friendly diapers.

4) Ecological Products for the Home

With children, hygiene becomes even more critical. Without exaggeration, children should not grow up in sterile conditions. This is to the detriment of their natural resistance. However, as babies begin to crawl and put things in their mouths, cleanliness must still be maintained. Using safe and environmentally friendly products is at least as important as hygiene. Contribute to your baby’s health and ecology by choosing environmentally friendly products to help you keep your home hygienic.

5) Open Toys

So-called “open” toys have no set pattern of play. Therefore, the “purpose” of the toy is not immediately obvious, but the children usually know immediately what to do with it. The sustainable aspect of this type of toy is that the child does not get bored quickly. This is because children are always thinking of different things to play with. That’s why they last longer. Also, choose good quality toys that are not easily broken. Wooden toys such as Grimm, Stapelstein, Wobbel, and Bilibo are good examples.

6) Ecological Baby Care

You are often burdened with many non-ecological baby care items if you give birth in a hospital. To avoid this, bring environmentally friendly items, such as washable diapers, eco-friendly wipes and or a jar of coconut oil. Simple, pure, multi-functional. Coconut oil can be used as a butt cream, bath, or massage.

Everyone is doing what they can. It is a feasible idea and worth trying. Plus, what’s good for nature is also good for your baby’s health and usually (in the long run) good for your wallet. In any case, whether you try all the tips or apply one, every little bit helps.

What are you doing to reduce your child’s carbon footprint?

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Recycling Demolition Materials In France: What Do You Need To Know?

Many of these wastes contribute to environmental pollution. Among these are demolition materials. There are entities that are specialized in the recycling of these materials. Would you like to know how it goes? Find out everything you need to know about recycling demolition materials here. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know about the subject at hand.

Some benefits of recycling demolition materials

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The rules in force require that inert waste that cannot go to landfill must be recycled by companies specializing in the collection and treatment of waste from inert demolition materials. Although inert waste presents no risk of pollution or danger to humans, illegal dumping is a source of visual pollution.

However, demolition materials after construction work constitute a potential source of raw materials, and as such, they must be valued more. Their recycling has the main objectives of preserving the environment, saving exhaustible resources from quarries, and increasing the competitiveness of recycling companies. In addition, this contributes to the reduction of surfaces for the storage of waste. This makes better use of the land.

Classification of recycled demolition materials

Demolition materials from recycling are generally waste. These are classified into several categories. First, there is inert waste which does not undergo any modification during storage. They do not burn and cause no chemical or physical reaction. In other words, these materials are not harmful to human health or the environment. These materials include tiles, glazing, concrete, earth, and other types of waste without hazardous substances.

Then, non-hazardous and non-inert wastes present no danger. These are non-toxic or explosive. They come from the packaging of all kinds, insulation, untreated wood, hardware, etc. Finally, hazardous waste represents 2% of waste. They pose a risk to health and the environment. Among these wastes, you have asbestos, electrical equipment, chemicals, etc.

Recovery of demolition materials

In many countries, there is no regulatory provision defining the acceptable conditions from an environmental and technical point of view relating to the use of waste as a secondary raw material in the construction of buildings or civil engineering works. However, certain regulatory texts have been created in order to supervise each project for the recovery of certain materials. These include foundry sand, bottom ash from the incineration of household waste, and ash from coal-fired power stations.

Then, certain wastes have been used for years given their particular technical characteristics and make it possible to bring a particular property to the building materials in which they are incorporated. For this, technical standards make it possible to control the technical suitability of some secondary raw materials for recovery.

These concern the use of demolition waste in road engineering and silica fume in the production of high-performance cements. It is also fly ash from coal in the production of cement and blast furnace slags.

Texts relating to the storage of demolition materials

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The storage of waste from demolition materials is governed by texts. Indeed, the decree of December 30, 2002, relating to the storage of hazardous waste, provides for the storage conditions of hazardous waste. The storage conditions for non-hazardous waste, in particular the storage of bound asbestos and plaster waste, is defined by the decree of 09/09/1997.

According to the decree of September 22, quarries in progress or at the end of operation can be backfilled with external materials. First, sorting must be done beforehand. With regard to the storage of inert waste, the decree of October 28, 2010, provided for the possibility of adapting the behavior of a precise quantity of waste in a given storage facility and the impact on the environment and health.

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Everything You Need To Know About Thermodynamic Hot Water Tank

Several laws and benefits have been put in place to promote ecological development in everyday life. The methods and strategies used by construction companies in thermal insulation or in the installation of low-consumption systems are multiple. For example, the thermodynamic hot water tank is a device for supplying hot water and heat with very low energy requirements. Here is how this system works.

Benefits of installing a thermodynamic hot water tank

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Nowadays, the goal of all the achievements and actions undertaken in the real estate field is to reduce energy consumption as much as possible. To this end, ecological systems have been created to meet the needs of the inhabitants. The purpose of the thermodynamic hot water tank is to produce hot water at will in a residence. Its rate of electrical energy needs is reduced to a third or even a quarter of the amount of energy burned by a conventional system.

Device operating mode

The thermodynamic hot water tank perfectly imitates the basic operating rules of an aerothermal system. The device provides continuous heating of the water by first drawing energy from an electrical source. Second, it draws it from the surrounding air. It is this principle which made possible the permanent supply of hot water with a strong reduction in consumption.

Under tension, the device brings in air and subtracts all of its heat through the action of compression. This heat is conducted to the water to bring it to a boil. It follows a rejection of fresh air, which will mix with the ambient environment to be further reabsorbed with lime. Air is an inexhaustible source of energy which makes the continuous operation of the device possible.

At the same time, the water is heated from below by the influence of the capacitor overheating by electric current. The freshness resulting from this alchemy is released in the form of cold water. The thermodynamic tank ensures the harmonious combination of the two heat sources for a hot water supply.

The advantages of the thermodynamic hot water system

Several positive consequences can arise from the use of this water heating tool. The majority of the advantages are ecological or related to the proper functioning of the device.

Simplicity in use

The device is very easy to use. Just turn it on, and you have hot water. It is neither bulky nor hot. It is very practical and does not cause you any major inconvenience if you follow the rules of use.

Low energy consumption

It is estimated that the electricity consumption of a thermodynamic hot water tank is reduced by 50% or 70% compared to a conventional system. The amounts of hot water bills are considerably reduced.

Operation time

The speed of this system to heat water is remarkable. Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., 250 liters of water can be heated without difficulty. This makes the adoption of this device very profitable at all points, that is to say, less energy consumed and more hot water in a reduced operating time.

Tax benefits

The State has implemented several tax reduction formulas to encourage the use of ecological systems. The energy transition tax credit, for example, is very beneficial to users of equipment recognized as energy guarantors.

The preservation of the environment

The thermodynamic balloon system mainly uses a renewable and inexhaustible source of energy. Its components are totally ecological and holy. Low gas emissions and energy consumption contribute greatly to preserving the environment.

Final thoughts

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In conclusion, the thermodynamic hot water tank is water heating equipment that combines the use of two heat sources. These are electrical energy in small quantities and natural wind energy in majority. It is basically very ecological and recognized as a guarantor of the environment. Sound off in the comments section below, and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about water heaters.

Veganuary: An International Campaign to Become More Sustainable

While plant-based eating has drawn a backlash over the years, particularly from the dairy and agricultural industries, the environmental benefits are hard to ignore. And as global pressure for sustainable consumption mounts, vegan diets show no signs of abating.

Greenpeace has estimated that the number of vegan and vegetarian has quadrupled since 2014, with around 1% of most countries now consuming plant products. And that’s how the Veganuary concept was born. Never heard of it? Or you know about it but want to learn more? You’ve reached the right place. In today’s article, we talk about Veganuary, this recent international sustainable campaign. Read on!

Veganuary is the name chosen by its creators in 2014 for the world’s largest project for the dissemination of the vegan choice.

It is not a diet but a different eating style to the one we are used to and which is mainly based on the consumption of completely vegetable foods and the suspension of animal proteins.

An initiative that has now gone viral: veganuary is the most searched word and has conquered curious people from all over the world, including us.

What is Veganuary?

An initiative that has also attracted many celebrities and that provides a style of nutrition completely devoid of content of animal origin. An international campaign, born in 2014, to help spread a food culture that is respectful of the planet, free of animal cruelty and an opportunity to experience this way of eating and living.

In 2020 it also comes to Italy thanks to Be Animali, a non-profit organization for animal rights that focuses in particular on the food industry.

It takes its name from Veg + January ; January precisely, the month in which the participants have to start the “challenge” as the beginning of a new year, has always brought with it goals to achieve and great willpower.

But then there is the hope that we do not stop in January and that this new “monthly” lifestyle becomes a true lifestyle that respects the environment and the animal kingdom.

The challenge is to try a 100% vegan diet for 31 days with the hope of doing so in the next few days as well.

From these bases, in 2014, Veganuary was born ; a British non-profit organization that decides to challenge the world: 31 days to discover and learn a plant-based diet, go beyond the stereotypes that still often represent it today and understand its benefits. From the United Kingdom, year after year, this challenge has managed to cross borders and become known everywhere, going from 3,000 registered in 2014 to the current 500,000; a high number that, among other things, does not take into account those who have accepted the challenge without registering on the site.

Veganuary has become a path that has been able to involve many people but not only.

Companies also play a decisive role because by promoting their offer of vegan products they can also increase awareness about this lifestyle.

Since 2020, therefore, our country has also been added to the Veganuary list and the credit goes to Being Animals; non-profit animal rights organization that gives importance, in particular, to the food industry.

The activists of this non-profit organization carry out investigative work, verifying, in particular, the conditions in which some farms live.

They take photographs and record videos to bring the images to the attention of newspapers, social networks and public institutions in order to promote a food system that ends the exploitation of animals and is more sustainable for the planet.

The organization thus becomes the promoter of this food initiative by activating a site where it is possible to register and receive, every day, advice, newsletters with practical information and events, a list of things to buy and recipes to make.

So what are your thoughts on this campaign? Are you going to join it too? Let us know in the comments below.

DIY Fertilizer Recipes Using 9 Food Scraps

Looking for nutrition for your garden plants? Just take it from your kitchen. Many food wastes are suitable for compost-making. Crush them into small pieces or turn them into plant smoothies, and your plants will grow like never before. The ultimate cheap find for your garden!

1) Orange Peels

Orange peels are a very beneficial fertilizer. Crush the orange peel into small pieces and sprinkle it over the soil or mix it into the soil. In a short time, the soil will absorb and compact the orange peel. This method is also effective in repelling insects and cats.

The addition of orange peel also acidifies the soil. This makes it ideal if you want to increase the acidity of your garden, but not so suitable for plants that require alkaline soil.

2) Eggshells

Finely ground eggshells are an excellent source of calcium. Eggshells should be washed, dried, and crushed into tiny pieces before mixing them into the soil. This not only makes the soil more alkaline but also keeps slugs away! It is especially ideal for plants such as geraniums and lavender to help them grow healthily.

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3) Cooking liquid

We usually pour the water from cooking rice or potatoes down the sink, but did you know that there are nutrients left in it that make plants healthy? Water helps plants absorb nutrients and water, which means less fertilizer and less watering. For example, rice water contains a good amount of phosphorus and potassium. These elements are essential for healthy plant growth.

4) Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds have several advantages. It attracts earthworms and also repels slugs. Earthworms are useful for making compost. Fresh coffee grounds are more acidic, but used coffee grounds will not affect the soil’s acidity because the PH value is neutral at 6.5 when washed in water. Therefore, they are suitable for plants that require alkaline soil.

5) Walnut Shells

Crushed walnut shells, when spread on the soil, generally prevent weed growth. Pistachio shells are also effective as a deterrent for slugs, and pecan mulch is an effective nutrient for acid-loving plants.

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6) Banana peel

Banana peels are a source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. These minerals and nutrients speed plant growth and keep pests at bay. Boiling banana peels in water, straining the liquid, and pouring it over the plants provide a great source of potassium.

7) Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not strictly a food waste, but this popular spice works wonders on moist soil. Sprinkling a small amount of ground cinnamon on the soil’s surface can reduce the risk of mold growth. Cinnamon is a natural antibacterial and fungicidal spice, which helps protect plants from disease. Try using cinnamon on seedlings and on moisture-loving plants such as ferns and monstera.

8) Pepper Leftovers

After making homemade salsa, save the seeds and leftovers of hot peppers. These food leftovers can be utilized to create natural, cost-free bug deterrents. The pepper leftovers should simply be mixed with water, strained to remove any solids, and the liquid saved in a spray bottle. Use the pepper water to mist plants to ward off insects and pests. Just bear in mind not to touch your face afterwards!

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9) Onion Fertilizer

Onions can enrich the soil by incorporating crucial nutrients for your plant’s growth.

The leftover onion pieces should be pureed and combined with one liter of water. Give the solution a two-day break. Once the solution’s color has changed, filter it and, after diluting it with water in a 1:1 ratio, use the liquid to water the plants.

Do you have any other tips? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Top 4 Things To Know About Recycling Plastic

We produce more and more waste. According to a World Bank report, the world generates 2.01 billion tons of waste per year. However, little of this waste is recycled today, which can create tensions between certain countries. This is the case of Malaysia, which recently decided to send back the tons of plastic waste that arrived illegally on its territory. So how can you contribute to more efficient recycling? So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know about recycling plastic.

1. Mechanical recycling

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Sorting, grinding, and heating are the three stages of mechanical recycling, the technique used in 99% of cases worldwide. After being collected and sorted by a family of polymers with optical sorters or flotation systems, the plastics are washed and crushed into granules. And then melted down and reused. This technique does not rid the plastic of its additives (colors, etc.). Food packaging plastic cannot, therefore, return to a quality allowing it to come into contact with food.

Users are driven to make lower-quality products, such as garbage bags. The recycling loop is not complete. As a result, manufacturers prefer to use cheap new plastic rather than recycled. And a large part of the waste from developed countries is sent abroad, denounce the NGOs.

Under societal pressure, the processes are improving, especially for PET: thanks to poly-condensation, the degraded molecules are restored, and the impurities are evacuated by heating and under pressure. In recent months, water bottles made of recycled plastic have been found in Europe.

2. A molecule, a factory

Each molecule practically requires a specific type of factory and equipment. However, there are dozens of types of polymers. The most common polyethylene (PE) is used for shampoo bottles and plastic films surrounding a pack of water bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). As for their caps, they are made of polypropylene (PP)! Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used in construction for flooring or windows.

Polystyrene (PS) produces yogurt pots and, in its expanded form, trays, while polyamide (PA) is reserved for textiles and automobiles. Polyurethane (PU or PUR) is for foams and insulation. Hence the interest in investing upstream in quality sorting equipment to correctly separate plastics, as Japan does. This makes it possible to limit losses in nature, welcomes the WWF, which regrets, however, that this country does more incineration than recycling.

Since China closed its doors to Western waste at the end of 2018, some 70 big “plasticizers” (Dow, Exxon, Henkel, TotalEnergies, Mitsui Chemicals, etc.) united in the “Endplasticwaste” collective have supported collection and sorting projects in India and Thailand in particular, and recycling.

3. Europe, best student, but can do better

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Faced with a global recycling rate of 9% of plastic waste, often due to a lack of collection and sorting infrastructure, “just over a third (34.6%)” of the plastics collected in Europe were sent to the recycling in 2020, according to the OECD.

The northern countries (Germany, Sweden, Norway) are ahead, around 40%. The specialized ENF directory lists 161 factories in Germany, 173 in Poland, 132 in Italy, 89 in Spain, and 46 in France. But according to the European Patent Office (EPO), Europe and the United States between them concentrate 60% of global patents on plastic recycling or bioplastics. Even in Europe, there is still a huge step to climb; we should at least reach 50-60%.

4. Is Chemical recycling desirable or worse?

Chemical recycling makes it possible to “depolymerize” the plastic by returning to the basic molecules (monomers) or even to go back further by remanufacturing “naphtha”, an oily compound derived from petroleum and precursor of plastic. By adding a solvent to a cake, it’s as if we come back to eggs, flour, and butter. With the basic elements, we remanufacture plastic of the same quality as virgin plastic from oil.

Its advantage is to complete the recycling loop for all molecules, PET, PE, PS, PP, etc. Its disadvantages are enormous investment costs, in particular for the collection and separate sorting of fragile parts such as jars of yogurt. However, recycling is only done if it is profitable. In addition, it requires a lot of energy and many uncertainties remain about its emissions of greenhouse gases and toxic by-products, underlines the Heinrich Böll Foundation and other experts.

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Why And How To Apply Ecological Printing In A Company?

Even if the digitization and dematerialization of documents are in full swing at present, a paperless office is still impossible. As an alternative, tertiary employees can opt for digital printing. How to adopt this mode of production? What are the benefits of adopting it? So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of the things you need to know about ecological printing.

How to apply ecological printing?

Use recycled paper

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Knowing that 1 out of 4 papers are rejected after printing and 16% of printed documents is not even read, it is important to limit printing as much as possible. In contribution to respect for the environment, more and more professionals opt for the use of recycled paper. It can be adapted to a range of media for a communication campaign: flyers and business cards. When there is a pressing need for printing, opting for recycled paper also makes it possible to apply green technology. Not only do you reduce waste, but you also reduce energy consumption.

Manage waste

To be ever more ecological, several actions can be applied on a daily basis. In favour of the environment, you can eliminate hazardous waste: ink boxes, used solvents, soiled rags, etc. You can also opt for a refillable ink cartridge. You just need to refill them with the ink refill that comes with the refill kit. You can also favour cardboard packaging over plastic packaging. By adopting an ecological approach, you pay particular attention to the treatment and recycling of waste.

Use sustainable printing materials.

The use of vegetable ink, based on soya, for example, is becoming commonplace in an ecological printer. The classic ink cartridges generate, in fact, significant pollution because of their composition based on hydrocarbons.

An aging printer consumes a lot of ink. If you don’t already have an economical and ecological device, consider buying one. The new printer models have a nozzle cleaning system and waste less ink. Since there is not yet a completely ecological printing device, choose devices with an Energy Star label.

Why opt for ecological printing?

Having an ecological business generates a lot of profit.

To save money

When you get used to eco-friendly document printing, you save on paper usage. Saving space is also one of the advantages of document scanning. As you run out of files to fill filing cabinets and cabinets, your desk becomes less cluttered. You can work efficiently even in a smaller workplace than before. By digitizing your data and documents, your bin will no longer be filled with waste paper. You just have to use Cloud to store and share photos and various documents.

To have a better picture.

As you ensure the reduction of the carbon footprint, you highlight your ecological values. The vast majority of customers love supporting companies taking action on climate change. In addition to consumers, many government agencies and public sector organizations prefer to partner with green businesses. To take advantage of this, all you have to do is let the general public know about your commitment to the environment.

To work efficiently

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As part of the digitization of documents, you help your employees to work efficiently. Document exchanges have become faster and easier. As travel is reduced, each employee saves time. Each person spends less time sorting, scanning, printing and sending emails so that productivity is naturally optimized. All you need to do is improve your company’s IT security to prevent leaks of information and confidential data.

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What Sustainable Development Is All About

Sustainable development is the concept that defines the need for transition and change that our planet and its inhabitants need to live in a more equitable, healthy, and environmentally friendly world.

A model for the organization of society:

Sustainable development comes from the combination of two words, which define a model of the organization of society.

    – By development, we mean improving a society’s performance (economic, social, etc…).

    – The term sustainable characterizes something that is stable and resistant.

The combination of the two words defines sustainable development: the improvement of the performance of a society to make it stable in time.

Sustainable development is a way of organizing society to meet the needs of the present as effectively as possible without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Today, this transition to a more sustainable model is necessary to live in a more equitable world and to preserve our planet and its natural resources.

The model of a sustainable society is based on fundamental pillars and principles.

The foundations of sustainable development:

A sustainable economy is a healthy management of human activities without harming humans or the environment. Sustainable development implies a mode of organization based on 3 essential pillars:

    – The environmental quality of human activities to limit environmental impacts and preserve ecosystems and natural resources in the long term.

    – Social equity ensures that all members of society have access to essential resources and services (education, health, food, housing, etc.) to meet humanity’s needs, reduce inequalities and maintain social cohesion.

    – Economic efficiency by reducing extreme poverty and guaranteeing employment for the greatest number of people in an economic activity that pays a decent wage.

These 3 pillars make up the challenges of sustainable development. These pillars are accompanied by fundamental principles to establish a more sustainable society.

The fundamental principles of sustainable development:

    – Solidarity between countries, people, generations, and members of society. For example: saving raw materials so that the greatest number of people can benefit from them.

    – Precaution in decisions not to cause catastrophes when we know there are risks for health or the environment. For example: limiting CO2 emissions to slow down climate change.

    – Participation of everyone, regardless of their profession or social status, to ensure the success of sustainable projects. For example: setting up children and youth councils.

    – Responsibility of everyone, citizen, industrialist, or farmer. So that whoever damages, degrades, and pollutes the environment has to repair it. For example: make the industries that pollute a lot pay a tax.

These principles are sometimes incompatible with the consumer society in which we live.

This is why many people (elected officials, associations, companies, individuals, young people…) are asking that our economic system be rethought to move towards a more sustainable society to preserve the planet and its resources.

Sustainable development is an urgent need and a real opportunity to redesign our society.

Why is sustainable development essential today?

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In 1800, there were 900 million human beings on earth. In 2020, our planet was inhabited by 7.8 billion people. This strong population growth is accompanied by increased demand for goods and services and production methods that lead to environmental and social disorders.

In the 1970s, many experts and scientists sounded the alarm about the impact of human activity on the planet. Since the industrial revolution, our society has experienced unprecedented development, but without really measuring the consequences of the evolution of its lifestyle. To this have been added :

    – the acceleration of exchanges with the rest of the world (globalization) ;

    – the increase in inequalities between rich and developing countries;

    – the demographic growth forecasts aiming at 10 billion inhabitants on the planet by 2100.

Today, 80% of natural resources are consumed by 20% of the world’s population. This creates areas of great wealth and great poverty. In some regions, the inhabitants do not have access to drinking water, health care, education, and a dignified job.

But how can we ensure access to food and drinking water, health, and education for all? How can we protect biodiversity and fight against climate change?

This is why it is urgent to find a new model: sustainable development.

Human societies will have to enter a transition and rethink all their activities. Hopefully, many actors are already engaged in this transition towards a mode of operation that is more respectful of the environment and human beings.

The actors of sustainable development

Everyone is concerned by this transition to a new, more sustainable model of society. The different actors who are already acting, at their own level, by carrying out sustainable development actions are :

US and international citizens: children, young people, parents, etc…

The eco-delegates in high school and college

Educational institutions: schools, colleges, high schools, universities, campuses

Associations and clubs

Companies

Farmers

Local authorities: cities, departments, regions…

The State

The European Union 

The United States

And many others… 

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5 Ideas to Reduce Your Water Consumption in an Apartment

Saving water is not a new practice, but it is important. Every little thing you do to conserve water in your apartment can make a big difference, not only to your water bill, but also to the planet.

Did you know that about 10 liters of water come out of a typical faucet every minute? Small changes in your daily habits can mean the conservation of thousands of liters of water. In the following article, we will explain 5 ways to reduce water consumption in your apartment.

Fix Leakage Problems

Water leaks are common in all homes, whether they are old or new. However, we don’t realize the huge amount of water that is wasted if leaks are not identified and corrected immediately. Therefore, before implementing any other water saving measures, the first thing to do is to look for leaks in the pipes and eliminate them.

Even if it is a small leak, it is important to address and eliminate it as soon as possible, as this problem can waste thousands of liters of water per year. So it’s important that you make sure your home doesn’t have a leak problem.

Use Low-Flow Faucets

One of the best ways to save water in your apartment is to make sure that all common and public areas are equipped with low-flow faucets. Low water toilets, sinks and showers are great options because they reduce the amount of water you use, without having to think about it.

Here, we recommend that all apartments for sale be equipped with low-flow faucets, so that tenants can save up to about 65% on their water usage. In addition, as an apartment owner, you should allow for water treatment for irrigation of green areas. This not only optimizes water usage, but also minimizes maintenance costs.

Buy Efficient Appliances That Use Less Water

It may not be possible to change your appliances that are still working optimally, but when it’s time to buy new ones, consider looking for models that use less water.

As technology develops, more and more technological equipment, such as dishwashers, are available with multiple features to optimize the smart use of water. In fact, newer appliances tend to be more energy efficient, while also being more water efficient.

Reuse Water

Reusing water may seem odd at first, but if you think about it, it could be a pretty smart move on our part in terms of contributing to the planet and the financial burden of monthly bills. Here are some ways to reuse water effortlessly:

  • Reuse the water you use to wash vegetables when watering your houseplants. Remember, this water is rich in protein, which helps your plants grow stronger and healthier.
  • Place a plate under the pots of your plants, this way you can reuse any excess water left over.
  • Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you clean them.
  • Also, another way to reuse water is through wetland treatment, where gray water is treated to irrigate green areas.

Controlling Water Use

In addition to putting into practice some ideas to conserve water, you need to control the use of this natural resource, because this is the main aspect when you start saving water. Therefore, you should always be aware of its use and control it. Here are some ideas to reduce water consumption:

  • Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth, washing dishes, etc.
  • Use the correct amount of water to water plants or water them with the water you use to wash fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • Turn off taps when not in use.

In addition, you can educate your family and children about the importance of water and the value of saving it. This way, no water will be wasted in the future and you will certainly pass on this message of saving water to your friends for future generations.

Now you know how to save water at home. Don’t forget that by applying this type of innovative ideas, you can optimize the consumption of this natural resource so important for our planet, and at the same time you will contribute to the protection of the environment. We hope you have enjoyed this information!