14 Easy Ideas for Families to Help the Earth

You don’t need to go far to protect the environment. You can be Earth’s hero without getting out of home. It’s easy to help improve the future world for our grandsons and granddaughters by simply reducing water and energy consumption in your home and generate less waste. Being a greener family is not complicated. That’s why I want to give you some ideas to start saving Earth and teach the youngest at home how to help environment.

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If parents explain to children how to recycle and save energy since they’re really young, and make them participate in the measures we take at home to care for the environment, they will integrate these customs and ecological values as something natural.

So here we go…

14 measures to protect the planet in family

1. Start by buying only what you need and don’t allow yourself being swayed by fads or aggressive companies advertising, be sure many of those things will only become garbage a few months after you get it  

2.Use reusable products: cloth napkins and handkerchiefs, glass or ceramic dishes, etc. If you must take the lunch with you to going work or to go to another place, It is preferable to use glass lunch boxes and avoid using food aluminum foil or plastic films.

3. Use recycled and recyclable products. When doing this, you are saving water and other resources besides you help reduce pollution. Let me explain you why. As an example: To produce one ton of virgin paper 115,000 liters of water are needed; in the case of recycled paper 16000 liters, it means 89% less.

So before throwing any object, take a look of it and think if you can take advantage of it. Toys, used clothing or books can be useful to people in need, that way you’ll help environment and people at the same time. What a great human being!.

4. Separate litter at home to facilitate recycling and use the recycling center of your town to deposit oils, car batteries, fluorescents, remains of paintings, films, computer waste, etc.

5. Eat fruits and vegetables according to the season, select those that are organic and produced locally. This will stop promoting intensive productions of orchards that require large amounts of water and use fertilizers and pesticides that pollute the water.

6. Do not thaw food under running water. It’s much greener to get them out of the freezer the day before and place them in the refrigerator.

7. Choose chlorine-free cleaning products and avoid using detergents with phosphates and chemical surfactants.

8. Use ecological bulbs: Here we go with an interesting information that maybe you didn’t know… compact fluorescent bulbs consume only 20% of traditional energy and last eight times longer!

9. Turn off lights and appliances when they’re not in use. Remember that having the devices in standby (with the red light on) also consumes energy.

10. Reduce battery consumption. In addition to have  containing toxic substances are inefficient and waste energy.

11. Close taps when water is not needed and be sure to check that there are no dripping faucets in the house. One drop per second means 30 liters of water a day.

12. Shower, better than the bath. When taking a bath you can spend 100 liters of water; when you go shower you only use about 30 liters of it.

13.Do not throw down the drain anything but water. Organic waste, such as oils and other waste, pollute our rivers and hinder the work of the purification systems.

14.  If you wash your car at home, do it with a bucket and not with the hose. Washing your car with a bucket of water consumes 60 liters of water, compared to 500 which is hosing down.

So now you know. Earth needs our help, it’s time to start educating our children and ourselves in how to improve with little actions the future world and avoid a bigger disaster for humanity.

 

70 Things to Do Instead of Watching TV

Watching TV is one of the activities in which many people spend the majority of their free time. Either watching sports, cartoons, series, news or documentaries, any kind of programs we can find for all likings take us to even forget the time and not wishing to do anything else in that moment. Well, the idea is not exactly to go all the way against technology but think a little bit more in what’s really happening. TV and internet are the biggest reasons to turn devices on and keep them that way during hours and complete days with (almost in all cases) laisure objectives.

But what if instead of watching TV we invest our time on other things?

Here are 70 proposals for everyone in which we can use those hours currently spent in front of the idiot box.

1. Learn to play a musical instrument.
2. Go to concerts.
3. Visit a public library.
4. Listen to the radio.
5. Write an article or a story.
6. Paint a picture, a mural or a room.
7. Learn about trees and flowers native to your area.
8. Plant something.
9. Go for a swim.
10. Read a book.
11. Read to someone else.
12. Plan a trip to the mountains.
13. Go bird watching. Learn the names of the local birds.
14. Fix something.
15. Visit your city.
16. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
17. Learn how to make bread.
18. Learn to make jams.
19. Prepare homemade liqueurs.
20. Enjoy a moment of silence.
21. Become a member of a choir. Sing.
22. Check your wardrobe and clothes that you don’t use and take it to the parish in your neighborhood.
23. Start a journal.
24. Go to a museum.
25. Play cards.
26. Visit a used bookstore.
27. Make a craft object gift.
28. Note the night sky using binoculars. See the moon.
29. Learn about a different culture.
30. Take pictures.
31. Organize your photos.
32. Attend a play.
33. Join a theater group for amateurs.
34. Make physical exercises.
35. Repair or renew a cabinet.
36. Read poetry. Try to memorize the poems that you like.
37. Go dancing.
38. Watch the sunset or sunrise with a friend.
39. Go to the movies.
40. Get together with friends or family to discuss a book you have all read.
41. Organize a social gathering.
42. Change the pots of plants that you need.
43. Try to grow in pots aromatic and medicinal plants.
44. Listen to music.
45. Know the cultural center in your neighborhood and get involved in some of its activities.
46. Participate in the activities of the Social Ecologist Center.
47. Prepare a press kit on a topic you feel interested in.
48. Learn a language.
49. Reuse cooking oil: make your own soap.
50. Locate your neighborhood fair trade shops, second-hand and traditional trade ones too.
51. Take stock of your unnecessary expenses.
52. Visit exhibitions.
53. Learn the properties of medicinal plants. Try using them.
54. She makes an alternative kit with home remedies and plants.
55. Have romantic moments (remember to use condoms).
56. Learn to fix your own clothes.
57. Read the newspaper.
58. Enjoy moments of doing nothing.
59. Plan your diet: organize a balanced menu.
60. Take a walk in the park.
61. Order your library.
62. Interchange books and music with your friends.
63. Study a subject that catches your attention.
64. Practice a team sport.
65. Learn how to reduce energy consumption at home. Take it to practice.
66. Get actively involved in organizations that defend social rights against the system.
67. Visit the film library.
68. Visit the newspaper and periodicals library.
69. Join a self-managed Consumer Group or create a new one.
70. Attend a public event such as conferences, round tables, talk-debates, social gatherings.

Plus all that has a place in your imagination!

Is it Possible to “Go Green” Without Being an Ecologist?

Go Green! It is for sure an expression that just in case you don’t know the meaning, has made you thought a lot about it. Well, go green is the name by which we know the trend that has been on the rise lately.

Which trend? A fashion or musical one?

No…It is directly linked to the commitment felt by some human beings to care for the environment, which (as you can notice) has been terribly damaged by humans ourselves. So the sensible thought of wishing to compensate nature (a minimum little bit compared to what we’ve done) is the trend we are speaking about.

But isn’t it an ecologists trouble? I shouldn’t know how to do it, I didn’t study for it. My goals are absolutely apart from ecologism.

Well, think for a while about the family you might wish to have someday or you already have. For sure you’re not the one who will live a world war for water or even pure air to breath, but your beloved younger relatives will. Don’t you feel worried about such undesirable fate for them?… How would you feel if in a future you could see all of that disaster and think that someday in the past and somehow you could do something to avoid it?… And yeah! this will not change all of a sudden, and you won’t be the only one thinking of the biggest universe happening or the most complicated strategic formula to make this stop, but… we really need you!

So I’ve decided to write how Go Green can also be applied in different areas in which you can be earth’s hero such as home, office, diet, clothing and products that are used daily.

But let’s begin by understanding this trend in philosophy:

We can synthesize Go Green lifestyle by mentioning three words: REDUCE, RECYCLE and REUSE… All of these are terms that we recognize and are able to handle. When we talk about “reducing,” we link it directly to the exercise of rational consumption. If you’ve not noticed, everything we buy is eventually translated into garbage and this entails a disproportionate waste of natural resources. There are actions that we can use to reduce, for example, you can start by:

  • Taking with you a cloth bag when shopping
  • Reducing the use of aluminum foil
  • Paying attention to energy and water consumption
  • Leaving aside the disposable products
  • Opting for purchasing products with less packaging

Now see something about “reuse” (Another action that help us reduce). It is about finding more and more uses for objects we have at our disposal. Also an option for reuse, is to donate those items that have already been used and are well preserved to others who need them instead of throwing them. Thus, our Go Green contribution will be in saving energy that would have been spent to produce them again. With small actions we can join to reuse, for example, when we go to the supermarket we can choose to bring drinks in returnable containers, we can also take the time to see pieces of clothing we have in the closet and use no longer, giving away clothes that we don’t use anymore can help a lot; also begin to restore furniture, this trend with vintage decorative or reused accessories for the home is fantastic.

And the idea of “recycling” can not be forgotten. A true Go Green person transforms things. He also knows the importance of preserving the raw material and therefore adapts to give new ways to use materials he has at home and that can be very useful. On the issue of recycling it’s important to highlight the work of our community. Being interested to know if in the area in which we live there are specific places that we can bring paper, glass, plastics and metals accumulated at home to make the most of them can be really useful.

With our actions at home, no matter how small they are, we can generate a minimal impact on the environment. Thus a person, a family or an entire community can join the trend Go Green! What are you waiting for?

Solar Panels – One of the Greatest Ways to Help the Planet

Choosing natural and environmentally friendly alternatives involves several added benefits. I want to to tell you the advantages of solar panels, a system that takes advantage of the sun’s energy and that is becoming more common among people who want to save money and preserve nature.

The use of solar panels is a very functional way to develop electricity that can be used in many areas. The first benefit would be for people who “live off the grid.” This means that you live in a place that is not supplied by the main service of electricity. The remotely locatedhomes and even cabins take advantage very well of the benefits of solar energy systems. You do not need to pay great fees for the installation of electricity poles and wiring to the nearest access to the main grid center. A solar-run electricity system is going to be save you moneyand can provide power for more than 30 years, as long as it is maintained properly.

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As well as providing power for those who live deeply rural, and even bigger benefit of using solar energy is that it is friendly to the environment and a source of renewable and clean energy. With the quick approach of global climate change, it is now crucial that people doeverything within their power to lighten the pressure that is being put on our atmosphere due to the emission of gases, called the greenhouse effect. Solar panels are stagnant machines and don’t require as much maintenance as most energy systems. They are a tough construction that lasts decades if they are given sufficient maintenance.

The ultimate benefit of using solar panels, is that once the price of a system has been exceeded by the savings made by not using traditional electricity, it produces quality energy for the rest of the life of the system, which could be anywhere from 15 to 20 years. If the system is kept up with properlythe energy is produces will eventually be absolutely free!

And a question that usually arises in those who are planning to install solar panels is, “What happens if it is cloudy many days?” Well, probably the most important advantage is that it’s the only system that allows continuous renewable energy supply, no matter if there is sun or not. In order for solar panels to produce electricity it’s only required that the presence of light (photons) reaches the panel, it’s not absolutely necessary the radiation directly above it.

For owners of solar systems connected to the grid, the you will notice benefits from the time when the system is installed, potentially eliminating the monthly cost of electricity bills or, (this is my favorite part) the owner of system earns revenue by selling his surplus of electricity to the power company. But …How?

Well…  If you use less energy than solar power system produces, you can sell the excess of energy, sometimes to the electric utility company!

The installation of solar panels is increasingly sought by people, which contributes to the care of the planet and makes devices cheaper and cheaper.

Avoid noise pollution. Both for installation and during the use thereof, the panels are noiseless, something we can not say about other alternatives such as wind and hydropower.

Are there disadvantages?

Well…  there’s nothing perfect in the world but if we think of the closest thing to perfection the answer is the Solar Panel. The investment cost is high because it is a relatively new system of renewable energy and its demand is still not enough to significantly reduce costs, but it will reduce gradually.

Another drawback is the aesthetic, since the panels are not especially attractive.

But those don’t turn out to be really big problems.

More and more people are deciding to do something to protect the environment, just like the action of installing solar panels on their homes. And you, what steps will make to take care of our planet?

Time To Go Biking

According to Bike Picnic,

European countries such as Spain, Denmark, Poland, Holland and France, and in some Asian as China, the bicycle is a very common means of transport among its inhabitants. And it is believed that around the world, 800 million bicycles roll every day, with benefits not only for people but for the care of the environment.” (http://www.bikerevolution.ca/bike-or-car-easy-decision/)

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So why isn’t this means of transport much used by people? Many people complain about thepossible danger in their cities as an excuse to not bike regularly. Others argue that the designof their cities is not suitable to ride bikes and that people in cars do not respect the biking path, so they feel at serious risk of being a victim of a traffic accident.

For these reasons as well as others, bicycling in many countries is still mostly done for recreational purposes only. So, if you have not yet considered using your bike as a form oftransportation, whether it be a short or long distance, you should seriously think about it. Biking can benefit your health, help the environment and it will save you money.

Let’s see some of the benefits of using bicycles as means of transportation:

Riding Your Bike Will Improve Your Emotional as well as Physical Health
-It will improve the activity of your cardiovascular system, make your muscles stronger, and increase the capacity of your lungs.
-The cholesterol levels in your blood will be reduced.
-Increase your motor skills
-Biking is a great aerobic exercise that will decrease the risk of becoming obese or overweight
-Your mood will improve and your level of stress will go down
-It is a great family fun activity

Riding Your Bike Will Help the Environment
A city with many cyclists riding the streets is a city that makes the environment very happy. Itwill reduce environmental pollution and the amount of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide,hydrocarbons and other toxins that contaminate the air.

Thanks to these benefits, many cities in the world now bet on the massive use of bicycles as an alternative for mobilizing people. In many cities around the world, governments promote programs of public policies development that favor driving bicycles, such as constructing bike paths, public bicycle rental and other innovative projects that have achieved a significant increase in the use of two-wheelers vehicles in the world.

Bicycle transportation is a totally ecological practice and also promotes healthy lifestyles for people and decreases the mission of toxic gases to the atmosphere.

And I understand that going green is not as easy as it seems sometimes, that’s why, besides telling you the benefits that it brings to your health, I want to make it sound even nicer, that’s why I wrote also for you the…

Advantages of Caring for a Family Economy

It’s getting more interesting now, ain’t it?

Well… here we go…

When riding a bike, you will be saving a good amount of money, because you won’t be spending money on maintenance, car insurance, gas, toll roads, parking, bus fare, etc.

Safety First

So if you decide to Go Green and use your bike for your daily commute, you should take some precautions to make your travel safe.

  • Use the right shoes. Using comfortable shoes is preferable to avoid sprains or other foot problems. 
  • Always use sunscreen to prevent skin diseases such as skin cancer due to a prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • Remember always wear a helmet and colorful garments to achieve being seen by other drivers at night or when weather conditions are difficult.
  • If possible, protect your eyes with glasses to prevent environmental pollution or smog that might affect your vision. 
  • Avoid using headphones and other distractions that affect your concentration when driving your bike.
  • Always respect traffic signals.
  • If you have muscle, bone or heart problems, consult your doctor before making the decision to ride a bike.

 So thanks to you and your bike for helping humanity by taking care of mother Earth!