Eco Blog

  1. Saving Energy in the Summer: Top Tips

    Saving Energy in the Summer: Top Tips

    Don’t let your energy bills skyrocket when the thermometer does this summer. Here are some useful eco-friendly tips for saving energy whilst keeping cool this season. 1. Replace your air filter Whilst upgrading your A/C is the best way to keep it running as energy-efficient as possible, this can be costly to do. A much simpler way of making sure your A/C is efficient is to frequently replace the air filter. Air filters can get clogged up with dust and pet hair, which gets in the way of the cool air that your air conditioner is trying to pump into the room. This means your A/C is going to have to work harder and for longer to cool down a room. Changing the air filter can reduce energy usage by 15% to help you with saving energy in the summer. 2. Closing blinds = Saving energy If you have South or Western-facing windows, the sun will have a greenhouse effect and cause the inside of your room to heat up. Prevent unnecessary heat from getting into your home (whilst saving energy used by your A/C) by keeping blinds or curtains on this side of the house closed during the day...
  2. Eco-Friendly Exercise: Go Green with your Fitness Regime!

    Eco-Friendly Exercise: Go Green with your Fitness Regime!

    With the rise in awareness around environmental issues today, many of us are making green lifestyle changes. Some of us now opt for organic food choices, have switched out single-use plastic shopping bags for reusable totes, or even drive an electric vehicle to reduce our carbon footprint. The thought of eco-friendly exercise isn't one that comes up often, but is worth exploring. Making even small adjustments to our daily lives can have a big difference, and you can apply your eco-friendly ambitions to your fitness regime, too. Choose an eco-friendly exercise Large gyms can have a negative impact on the environment, due to their high energy consumption and the fact that people have to drive to get to them. Many of these gyms are open 24/7, which means all of their electronic machines, lights and music are, too. Ditching the gym will not only save you money in membership fees, but could also help save the environment. Eco-friendly exercises like hiking or running don’t require any energy usage except your own body’s. Choosing to go for a hike or a run also exposes you to nature, which has multiple benefits. Numerous studies show that spending time outside has a positive...
  3. Solar Energy: US Boosts Production

    Solar Energy: US Boosts Production

    Latest news shows that the Biden administration has made a push for growth to the US solar energy industry. New developments are seeing solar projects get back on track. This action lines up with the US’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2035. What's halted solar energy growth in the US? We've seen limited growth of solar energy in the US recently due to ongoing investigations into trade-law violations. China dominates the market for solar materials, as the country can sell at much lower costs than elsewhere. Many of the large-scale solar energy projects across the US source their materials cheaply from China to keep expenses down. Cheaply importing materials from China means US companies in the Solar Industry suffer. It's impossible for them to match prices for products such as silicon. In 2011, the US imposed tariffs on cheap solar energy materials from China. This was to help support US companies compete in the market. Unfortunately, many Chinese manufacturers then set-up companies in other parts of Southeast Asia to avoid paying these tariffs. Investigations into companies in Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand have halted the growth of US solar energy projects by preventing the import of cheap materials. New pause...
  4. 5 Tips to Make Your Business More Sustainable

    5 Tips to Make Your Business More Sustainable

    Get off the starting line of the Race to Zero with these easy-to-action tips for making your business more sustainable. Businesses are looked at with extra scrutiny when it comes to going green, as they have a greater impact on the environment than the individual. With the UN’s plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, it’s a good idea to start putting an eco-friendly foot forward. Consumers are becoming more eco-conscious about their spending choices, so it’s more important than ever to look at creating a sustainable business. 1. Reduce Energy Consumption One of the easiest ways to make your business more sustainable is to look at the way you use energy. It’s no secret that utilities can get out of hand in a bustling office or store, but there are some simple actions your team can implement to help with this. Turn off computers at the end of the dayUse sensors to activate lights (or just make sure you switch them off when nobody’s around!)Switch to LED lightbulbsUse smart thermostatsInsulate your property Small changes can have a big impact in the workplace if everybody’s on board. Try having a team meeting to discuss what you could all...
  5. Sustainability in the Wine Industry

    Sustainability in the Wine Industry

    In recent years, we’ve seen a shift toward sustainability in the wine industry. Eco-friendly farming practices have gained popularity, and there's been a growth in the sales of organic or biodynamic wines from this. We’ve come a long way from the humble beginnings of the wine industry and vineyards haven’t managed to avoid being swept up in the expansion of intensive farming. How does intensive farming impact the environment? The industrial revolution gave us tools to farm the land on a scale previously unseen in human history. Intensive farming grew rapidly. With little care for sustainability of the earth, it kept expenses low, hiked profits, and helped meet increasing consumer demand. This has reduced biodiversity across the globe, and is causing potentially irreparable degradation of our soil. The wine industry widely employs harmful chemicals such as pesticides to maximize harvests. Such chemicals affect not only the crop, but also negatively impact the ecosystem through contamination of water supplies and soil. These pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are also toxic to insects, birds and fish, as well as having links to human health issues such as cancer. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that using less chemicals is better for...
  6. Seed paper promotion and how it can boost your business

    Seed paper promotion and how it can boost your business

    Seed paper has become very popular in the past few years. It is being used to create products such as envelopes, wrapping papers, and notecards among other things. People, including businesses, are enthusiastically using seed paper promotion products now and then.  Seed paper is a great option because –  Seed paper is made from recycled paper, hence, helps to reduce paper waste. It is embedded with seeds that can bloom into beautiful plants. The seed paper is fully compostable so that no waste is added to the environment.  Seed paper is an exciting gift or promotional product to receive as it makes people excited to plant it and see it bloom into a beautiful plant. That is why you can use seed paper promotion as a tool to connect with your audiences and grow your business.  Here’s why seed paper promotion is a great choice for your business  Apart from being an eco-friendly and sustainable choice, seed paper promotion can also help your business in more ways than one. It can help generate brand awareness and boost your business growth.  Here’s why it’s a great option to choose –  Everyone wants to go green  Almost everyone wants to recycle, adopt green habits...
  7. The Plastic Problem – and why you should be worried?

    The Plastic Problem – and why you should be worried?

    Environmental degradation is something everyone is talking about nowadays; and, rightly so. The rate at which the environment and our natural resources are depleting is alarming, to say the least. And, the accumulation of plastic waste is at the heart of it all. Did you know that only about 9% of the plastic ever made has been recycled to date? Imagine all of that enormous amount of plastic floating around in our oceans, filling up landfills and causing irreparable damage to our planet. Plastic pollution is a big problem and everyone, including you, should be concerned about it. Here are some facts that will make you sit up and take notice  Awareness regarding plastic consumption and its ill effects on the environment has increased across the world. One might think that it would have successfully persuaded people to shift to eco-friendly options such as using reusable bags or making smart lifestyle choices. However, that is far from the truth. In fact, despite several countries banning plastic use and production (especially, single-use plastics), studies indicate that overall plastic production has doubled in just 50 years. Leading players in the industry further plan to increase production by 33% over the next five...
  8. Here's why you should switch to eco shopping bags

    Here's why you should switch to eco shopping bags

    Eco-friendly products are on the rise as more and more people are getting aware of climate change, excess plastic waste, and other elements that are causing irreparable damage to our dear planet. People are worried about their future and the future of the generations to come.Even businesses are actively recognizing the need to align with eco-friendly practices. One of the highly-adopted practices is to reduce the use of plastic bags and try to switch entirely to reusable shopping bags or eco shopping bags.Here’s why you must switch to eco shopping bagsAn increasing number of businesses are making the shift to eco shopping bags or reusable shopping bags. If you have still not made the switch, here are 5 points that might compel you to do so –1. Helps to decrease plastic wasteIt is estimated that people in the US alone use about 100 billion plastic bags a year. Even a simple switch to a reusable bag or an eco shopping bag can make a huge difference. Your business can help in eliminating plastic waste or at least reduce it to a great extent. There are many options that you can consider including promotional tote bags or customized shopping bags as...
  9. Top 3 Invitation Card Ideas for Your Next Event

    Top 3 Invitation Card Ideas for Your Next Event

    Businesses need to host a wide variety of events now and then. It might be a big exhibition or a small showcase of your products or an event for your investors. One of the crucial things at such events which often gets overlooked is the invitation card. An invitation card says a lot about your event and, even, about your brand as a whole.  It is the first thing that a customer or partner or investor will see. It is important to make a good first impression on such people and making a unique, aesthetically pleasing invite will help you create a powerful impression.  Let us look at some great invitation card ideas for your next big event.  Top 3 Ideas to Design an Invitation Card If you are planning an event somewhere in the future, check out these top 3 ideas to design an invitation card that will attract and intrigue the reader –  Invitation card on a seed paper  Consider creating a stunning invitation and printing it on a seed paper. You can find a wide variety of seed papers that can be later grown into a plant or a tree. It is a wonderful way of showing...
  10. Why all businesses should adopt sustainable practices?

    Why all businesses should adopt sustainable practices?

    Businesses across industries are adopting eco-friendly practices. They are getting concerned about metrics such as carbon footprint and are trying their best to ensure that their operations leave the lowest possible impact on the planet. Going green has a wide variety of benefits for all kinds of businesses. Whether you are running a small business or managing an enterprise, adopting sustainable, eco-friendly practices can help you in multiple ways, such as –  Reduce business costs  The cost of creating a sustainable, eco-friendly environment is a big expense for most businesses, however, in the long run, it is known to reduce costs significantly. It can help you save a lot of money in the future. Also, the federal government offers a lot of benefits in the form of tax credits and rebates which can help to reduce the cost further.   Create a Competitive Advantage  Most industries, today, are highly competitive, however, by adopting and promoting green practices you can help to position your business uniquely. It can help you create a competitive advantage for yourself which will benefit you in the long run.  Increase revenue (and, profit) A significant cost reduction will also show an effect on your margins and as...

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