Fresh air always does the body a lot of good. In fact, anyone is happier when they are outdoors than when they are indoors.
There are many benefits of getting fresh air, but above all, it can help to boost an individual’s physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Some of the specific benefits that fresh air can give us are it helps to boost the body’s immune system, it helps to decrease stress, it makes one happy, it makes the body more energized, it cleans the lungs and sharpens the mind.
Do we need any more reason than this? In the light of what has been just said, there is an urgent need for everyone to act collectively to reduce the alarming levels of air pollution that is all-pervading and affecting our the quality of our lives negatively. We have attempted in this article to make clear some environmentally friendly habits, in fact,
some easy inexpensive ways that people can adapt to make way for cleaner air to breathe and enjoy.
Easy Methods to Reduce Air Pollution
1: Use public transport
Use public modes of transport and carpools when there is more than one person wanting to move out of the same locality. Both these methods are way cheaper than traveling in one’s own car and save tremendously on energy costs and contribute to a reduction of exhaust and air pollution.
2: Save electricity whenever possible
In most cases, electricity is produced by the burning of fossil fuels. This practice releases large amounts of exhaust gases that add to the dangerous levels of air pollution that is already destroying human lives. Therefore, as a rule, make it a practice to switch off any burning light or moving fan as you move away from a room.
3: Control waste: reduce, reuse, and recycle
Do not throw away all that you do not use now. It is easy to throw stuff, but remember that any object that ends up in a landfill contributes to the generation of more methane and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and its harmful effects. Put every unwanted or old object to new use. Make seats out of used tires and chairs with old bathtubs.
4: Explore alternate energy sources
Alternate clean sources of energy that are much in vogue today are wind, geothermal, solar, etc. Governments of countries are offering various sops for those that are ready to install solar power plants in their homes. This will serve to reduce air pollution to a considerable extent.
5: Use devices with high energy ratings, energy efficient devices
Use CFL, and now, LED lamps, instead of fluorescent or filament lamps. They last longer and consume less energy. Use electric devices with a ‘five-star’ energy rating. These are the more energy efficient devices. By consuming less energy they contribute to the reduction of air pollution.
If a large number of people adopt environmental friendly ways to reduce air pollution, the job is half done. As an example, you could choose to wear an extra sweater to feel warmer and help to save energy spent on heating your home. Turn off the water tap when you are not using the water (while brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc.). Dry out your clothes on a clothes-line. Do not use a dryer.
These are only a few ideas. You can come up with your own inexpensive and innovative ideas to reduce air pollution and encourage sustainable living. It pays to spread these ideas in groups so that the balance can be achieved faster. More environment-related volunteering activities by large groups (personal, industrial and governmental levels) will surely help in the longer term.
The threat of global warming and dangerous levels of city smog are all too big to be neglected. They can be attributed to the intense pollution of the environment caused by increased waste production. A lot has been said about how to clean up waste at home, and so this time it is all about office waste reduction. Actually, exercising a little control in the office can end up creating a huge positive impact on the environment.
Recycle Paper Waste – What Next
Any office, be it big or small, relies on the use of a large amount of paper. Whereas most of the paper can be recycled, it is still true that a large portion of these wastes ends up in the landfill. To make a sustainable business means it is time to think about how to recycle more and waste less. Some of the ways you can reduce paper waste are to create more digital files, thinking of email before posting, always choosing to print on two sides of the paper, etc., among others.
The other kind of waste that is bothersome and neglected often is the office packaging waste. This is known to create more carbon footprint than regular office stationery waste. Dealing suitably with this waste requires some thought but the outcome is closer to running a sustainable business.
The keyword is ‘reuse’ packaging. More often than not, the packaging that comes along with office supplies is thrown away. Packaging includes all the cardboard boxes, bubble wraps, wrapping paper, etc.
Given below are a few simple ways for handling this menace:
1: Firstly, pick out suppliers that would send you reusable packaging. Let them know that you mean (sustainable) business! Request them to send your requirements in recycled paper bags or reusable tote bags. You can even ask them to collect these bags back from you at regular intervals. Finding out such companies can be the first major step to reduce the carbon footprint.
2: Once you pick out a supplier. You can request them to reduce the amount of packaging that they would want to send to you with the supplies. Some of the suppliers can even send you multi-trip packaging in which they can send your stuff over many times. If the last one is not possible, you can settle for reusable, or in other words, more sustainable packaging. However, you have to make sure to reuse the packaging material.
3: Visit any office and you are sure to find anything from currently unused items to old financial records and files sitting comfortably in old cardboard boxes. With time, these boxes become unfit for usage and are thrown away. An office can change this practice, by switching to plastic bins and tubs to store such items. Ensure that the plastic used is of the recycled variety. They will last for decades.
4: As the last one, conduct an audit every year to find out as to which existing office packaging can either be reused or recycled. What is lying unused can be given to someone else to use. Ultimately, before throwing away any packing, see if you can find yet another use for it.
Reusable packaging, when used in the office, will help to cut down on disposal costs. With technological progress, recycling options are many. Nevertheless, it pays for every individual in the office to think these three words – reduce, recycle and reuse for moving towards a sustainable business.
If you are young, there is a good chance that it is likely that you are currently unemployed and even when you seek one you get hold of only low-quality jobs. The jobs are not permanent either and are likely to be underpaid. If you are young and a woman, it is worse. You are likely to be more underpaid than men your age.
Energy conservation is essential to make sure that future generations have sufficient resources to lead a comfortable life and continue on the path of progress. Everyone, including individuals and businesses, is responsible for ensuring the same. The aim of this post is to discuss a few aspects related to energy conservation for business.
Don’t lose hope if you have not been successful in volunteering ideas for World Earth Day. A few great environment-friendly activities have been listed down for your consideration. They will remind you as to why it is wonderful to spend time on this planet. Actually, the Earth Day should be celebrated every day.