21 Oct

Do you know that statistic shows that an average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day? That sounds disturbing isn’t it? With that, it certainly calls for us to do something about it. With the amount of garbage that we all are producing every day, landfills are now bursting with garbage, which can probably create a long term environmental hazard.


In order for us to save the earth and keep landfills clean, we should start thinking about recycling. We should at least reduce the garbage we dump in landfills up to 50 percent. For instance, some of our household items such as old, damage upholsteries, carpets and rugs. They all can be recycled and not end up being thrown away as garbage.

Recycling is a Must

For some reason, not all people believe that recycling or reusing is necessary. Probably because throwing away things is much easier than recycling them into something useful. Or maybe because they just don’t have much idea about how to recycle things. You can find tons of recycling ideas online that you can check out to give you the best ideas how to recycle some waste items that you have at home.

For instance, you can even find ways to recover damaged and old rugs. Other than doing some area rug cleaning, you can also do some repairs and recovery. You can always find some professionals to assist you. Remember, recycling old, damaged rugs is your best share in cleaning landfills and saving the environment as a whole.

Keeping the Landfills Clean

That may sound odd, how can you even keep the landfill clean? It’s about not dumping big, non-biodegradable wastes such as textile, upholstery and even rugs. Things like them can fill up dump sites, creating those mountains of wastes. Since most landfills are starting to get filled, and it’s running out of space, maybe it’s time for us to do something. All we need to do is to minimize our wastes. And the best way to do that is to recycle huge and non-biodegradable items.

old rugs

Getting Involved

Since we all are living in this world, we need to get ourselves involved. In almost everywhere, the government and other institutions are conducting seminars and talks about recycling. It’s their way of keeping us informed. And if all have the best ideas about recycling, we can do our share of cleaning our environment clean.

In almost every part of the world, wastes and garbage is the main culprit of the many calamities that occur. Flood and even global warming are some of the results of improper handling of waste. The sad part is, not all of us are even aware of this truth. But for you and for everyone who knows the real effect of garbage, it’s time to make a difference. And you can start at home. It’s time to learn how to recycle junks at home.

Keep this in mind. What you have actually thrown away today, might come back to you a few years after, even worse!


15 Aug

Waste management is an essential part of any business or home, especially those who are buying a lot of things. In addition to that, an effective waste management for a business can help promote an excellent working place for your employees, and you can also help preserve our nature for the betterment of the future. One of the most important things to keep in mind is a very popular phrase: reduce, reuse, and recycle. By implementing these, you can make sure that your business is always clean and green. Plus, reducing your waste can help save you money, and help the environment.


Reducing the amount of rubbish that’s sent to the landfill is a great idea. Here are some tips that you can use:

  • Buying in bulk – this can reduce the amount of plastic and packaging you take and it can save you money
  • Buy what is needed – ask yourself if you really need something before buying it
  • If you print copies, proofread it before printing to reduce the amount of paper used from erroneous copies
  • Try to bring your own bag or box when shopping
  • Send messages via email rather than fax to save paper
  • Try to buy items with packaging that can be reused
  • Avoid using disposable items like tissues, nappies and razors
  • Take your lunch in a reusable container


The following tips can help you save money by reusing an item:

  • Papers – use both sides of the paper and reuse them if appropriate
  • Reuse old cards or wrapping papers for wrapping presents
  • Milk cartons can be reused by planting seeds in them
  • Buy reusable items like refillable pens and containers
  • Give old clothes, toys or furniture to charities or second hand stores
  • Try to repair toys, furniture, or clothes instead of buying new ones.
  • Use the back of an envelope as a shopping list
  • Place a tray next to the photocopier, if any, for reusable papers


  • Create a compost pit
  • Compost garden clippings and wastes
  • Food contaminated paper can be used in your compost
  • The following items can be recycled
    • glass
    • cardboard
    • aluminum cans
    • sump oil
    • car batteries
    • PET plastic bottles
    • HDPE plastic bottles
    • steel cans
    • paper
    • LPB milk and juice cartons
  • Try to buy products that can be recycled
  • Instead of trashing unwanted items, try to sell them online via eBay or similar websites

Those are just some of the tips that you can use in to reduce your waste. Not hard to follow, right? If you start doing these things, you can see that your environment will be cleaner and better than before. It will also give you a good feeling of helping not only your wallet but also our nature.

15 Aug

There are a lot of new environmental hazards that appears from time to time and it seems that every time we incur a new hazard to our environment. Fortunately, we can do a lot of things to reduce the environmental hazards that our industries produce or even eliminate them completely. With that in mind, we will tackle yet another major problem that plagues our environment from the recent years, carbon footprint. What is it and what does it do?

Carbon footprint is defined as the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions from an organization, event, product, or person. In other words, it’s a remnant that is dangerous to our environment due to the emissions produced by human activities.

When people talk about climate change, the term footprint is defined as the total impact of something has. Carbon is probably well known as the definition of all the different greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. Therefore, we can infer that the term carbon footprint is a shorthand way of describing the rough estimate of the climate change impact of a human activity, or even natural occurrences.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon footprint is the shorthand term for the amount of carbon emitted or being emitted by a certain activity or company/organization. According to the journal entitled “Carbon Management”:

A measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources, sinks and storage within the spatial and temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest. Calculated as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) using the relevant 100-year global warming potential (GWP100).

Direct and Indirect Emissions

There are two different kinds of emissions that can happen. Indirect and direct emissions are produced by a certain activity and/or product. One example to illustrate this is the use of a plastic toy. The toy can produce direct emissions during it manufacturing process and transportation, whereas carbon is released. It also has an indirect emission caused by the oil extraction and processing to make the plastic used for the toy. There are still a lot of things that can be involved in determining the total carbon footprint of the plastic toy.

For example, if we track back all the things that happen in between the toy’s creation to its final destination, there are a lot of things that can affect its overall carbon footprint. Let’s try following every pathways that the toy undergoes. First, the staff in the office of the plastic toy factory used paper clips made of steel and inside that steel is the amount of the maintenance used by a digger in the iron mine that the steel used to create the paper clip originally came from and so on and so forth. Therefore, accurately measuring the carbon footprint is nearly impossible.