15 Aug
2015

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.

Reduce

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

Reuse

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

Recycle

  • 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
2015

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.