TAG: Pollution

Real vs Fake Xmas Trees

Real or fake Christmas trees

Many people choose fake trees over real ones because they believe that plastic trees are better for the environment, but are they really the more eco-friendly option? Fake trees are convenient and reusable. However, they’re made from PVC plastic, which creates a number of environmental problems. Production of PVC triggers the release of toxic chemicals such as dioxin, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, and additional chemicals that are used to make plastic trees more pliable have caused damage to the kidneys, livers, brains, and reproductive systems of laboratory animals. Many fake trees contain lead, which can cause brain damage if… read more

More Than a Health Choice

Apple, Jennifer Copley

Although many people argue that organic foods are the best choice for health and environmental friendliness, for some, the most compelling reason to favor organic agriculture is the protection of human rights. Organic farming is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as “A production system that is managed … to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.” This definition encompasses not only environmental friendliness and sustainability, but also the cultural practices of a particular region. Organic food is better for public health… read more

Organic Agriculture

grapes

Current industrial farming methods are responsible for mass deforestations; reduction of biodiversity; mining of non-renewable groundwater; and pollution in the form of pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and greenhouse gas emissions. Many critics of the organic movement argue that while organic farming is nice in theory because it’s so much better for the environment, it’s not a feasible method for feeding the world. A recent United Nations (2008) agricultural study found that although organic growing methods produce lower yields under some conditions, when best management practices are applied, they actually produce significantly better yields. Furthermore, such methods produce more healthy and… read more

Conserving Water at Home

Tips for saving water

Water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes and rivers.  It will also save you money on the next utility bill.  Here are 10 tips for saving water at home: Check your faucets and pipes for leaks.  A small leak can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day and larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons! Install water-saving shower heads.  Inexpensive water-saving, low-flow shower heads are easy to install.  Also try to limit shower time; get in, get clean, get out.  You can also install a shower head converter, which pauses a running shower once it gets… read more

The Problem With Plastic

Polluting Plastic Bags

Shopping for groceries at the supermarket is an inescapable part of our lives, some of us do it on a daily basis, some weekly and some monthly. Regardless of which store and in which country, what is guaranteed is that if you buy something you will get a plastic bag to carry it in. In Swaziland, plastic bags at till checkpoints are free of charge to customers, unlike in South Africa where plastic bags are sold to customers for a small fee, in part to encourage customers to either purchase durable reusable grocery bags, or to use plastic bags more than… read more

Coffee Powered Car

The Coffee Powered Car

Coffee is everyone’s morning friend. Every morning is boosted by sipping a cup of coffee and using it as our fuel for the day. Researchers say three cups of coffee a day can even prevent cancer although they admit that coffees magic is still a mystery. As well, a Guinness World Record was made by a car that was “a vehicle run on gas from organic waste,” and this car interestingly runs with coffee as fuel. Coffee’s magic runs a car too! The Coffee Car team from England have entirely remodelled a Rover SD1 to run with the gas produced by… read more