We are all used to online shopping with tons of sites offering a huge number of choices at our fingertips. We no longer have to make several trips to find something we really like. This decreases the number of times we use our cars, and thus reduces emission due to our cars. However, when we shop online, the products are delivered to us using trucks and they have to be packaged, increasing waste and emissions. So, let’s take a look at the debate of online shopping vs. offline shopping and make an informed choice.
Eco Friendly Guide
Consumers, nowadays, are focusing on buying greener products. Sustainability is a very popular term among millennials. This concern for the environment has led to many advances and technological breakthroughs. However, there are many issues left which we need to address. This is particularly the case when it comes to our methods of production. Factories are amongst the primary causes of pollution. Unless they become eco-friendly factories, there’s no hope for any respite. Some changes are easy but even though others may be trickier and more expensive to carry out, still they are essential for the planet’s future well-being.
Protecting the environment and reducing personal carbon print is the responsibility of every person. An easy method of decreasing your personal carbon footprint is by using public transport. A sizeable percentage of the public prefers this form of transport. Although merely opting for public transport brings downs your carbon footprint, we can bring down even further. Rather than relying on buses operating on oil and gas, we should prefer electric buses. The only main problem to this move is charging the buses. However, with sustainable bus stop concept designs, it won’t be much of a problem.
There is a growing awareness about eco-friendly environment and the need to protect nature. Several different and innovative methods and approaches are being adopted by people to protect the environment. Even when it comes to packaging, people have come up with some very inventive and novel ideas which are simply superb.
One of the results of the Coronavirus pandemic is that there has been some reduction in air pollution levels and warming levels as travel has been impacted severely. Thousands of flights have been cancelled globally leading to cleaner skies. Governments have advised people to stay in their homes, and there has been lockdowns in many parts of the world. All this has had an unprecedented impact on the world’s economy and the lives of everyone. But what about the nature? Has coronavirus made the world eco-friendlier or is it the other way around? Let’s take a look.
We relish the taste of ‘Indian’ Chinese, and try as we might, we can never reproduce the same taste at home. The spicy, tangy taste is present in Chinese/Asian food in the trendy restaurants as well as roadside food vendors. The special taste is due to the presence of MSG or Monosodium Glutamate, known also as Ajinomoto. Ajinomoto used to be quite widely used, but in recent years, due to the conflicting opinions surrounding it, there are many restaurants and products which mark their dishes/products as ‘No MSG’. Does MSG in Asian food actually harm you or is it a myth to be taken with a pinch of salt? Let’s find out.
Petroleum based fuel or conventional fuel is not at all sustainable or environment friendly, do not biodegrade easily, and are rapidly getting depleted. The world has to start using fuel which is effective yet safe for the planet and is renewable. Scientists are working with materials which were considered waste and dumped in the garbage bin, such as grass clippings, vegetable oil and wood chips. Solar, wind and geothermal energy can be treated as fuel for heating up homes and office. Take a look at this list of environmentally friendly fuels which you can use and support.
Sustainability is the new revolution or evolution, which has taken over the entire planet. This is the revolution which everyone is endorsing and supporting, from governments to citizens. Urban areas world over are under the scourge of pollution and decreasing air quality. Even though urban areas account for only 2% of the land area on Earth, the pollution caused has led to global warming and climate change. The change towards sustainability has begun, as most people are conscious of the various types of pollution and how they can reduce their carbon footprint. Green urbanism is the need of the hour, so that growth happens, but at a lesser cost to the environment.
In concrete jungles overcrowded by buildings, it seems no longer possible to add any green cover to the city. However, if you look at green cities from around the world, you’d find out that that’s not completely true. A slightly more expensive but space-saving alternative is still available. Why not simply plant the greenery on the wall? Simple isn’t it? Well, not quite, but Canada’s NSCC’s exterior living wall and many other locations around the world it is gaining a bit of success. A sister to the terrace and vertical gardens, if this concept becomes mainstream, then it might help in bringing down the rising city temperatures.
Thanks to the mineral water and cold drink industry, we produce millions of plastic bottles every year. However, unlike the glass bottles, we don’t recycle them. They usually end up in landfills. There too, they don’t sit still. They leach toxic minerals into the place there are and in the form of microplastics affect literally everything around them. Therefore, we should think twice not only before dumping these bottles but before buying them too. Nevertheless, If you have a few of these bottles and in your home, you can create a lamp from old plastic bottle and a couple of spoons.