by HeatherRoberts on Tuesday July 28, 2015

It’s hard to imagine your bustling behemoth of a warehouse being eco-friendly.

As you look out from your office upon endless rows of products and hundreds of overworked employees who look like assiduous ants, you smugly count your profits and laugh manically at the thought of ever becoming a friend of the environment.

But, as Bob Dylan famously sang, the times they are a-changin’ …

While devilish business practices may put more wonga in your wallet, turning your back on processes that are beneficial to the environment may see your business eventually shunned by its conscientious customers.

Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

However, modern consumers are rightly concerned with not only how their products and services are made, but how they’re handled along the way – which can influence their buying decision if your link in the chain is found wanting.

By making your firm’s warehouse green, though, you can start to implement other changes throughout the business that will curry favour with customers and benefit the environment. Here are a few tips on how your firm can get started …

Call in the Experts

Although the internet is great for settling arguments about who played Sloth from The Goonies (John Matuszak) or finding out the boiling point of milk (212.3 degrees Fahrenheit), it’s not much good at pointing out less obvious holes in your company’s eco-friendliness.

As a result, make sure you call in the environmental experts who can give your warehouse the once over and help you formulate a strategy to quickly stop your business becoming an unmitigated PR disaster.

Choose a Mezzanine Floor

While it’s tempting to spread your corporate wings and move to bigger and better premises as your profits increase, the ecological effects of a sprawling new warehouse are damaging. Consequently, it’s vital to consider working with what you have to create more space.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by installing a warehouse mezzanine floor, which will fit in the gap between your floor and your ceiling, allowing you to make the most of this space for storing more products or a new office for your hardworking employees.

Harness the Sun’s Power

Solar power in the UK is on the rise and with almost 650,000 solar installations boasting a total capacity of over 5,000 MW of solar power, countless homes and business around the country are keen to hop onboard.

Indeed, these sun harnessing beauties may not overtake other power sources, they will often act as a supplementary outlet, allowing you to cut down on your use of fossil fuels and make sure your business runs kicking and screaming into the new dawn of alternative energy.

 


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by firespin on Saturday June 20, 2015

Many websites, like this one, have taken on the challenge of trying to promote healthy living and environmentally friendly living by promoting what’s positive and negative to the environment. It’s all well and good having the information and writing an article to try to present the writing in a easy to read fashion, however, if the website has clashing colours, low resolution pictures, buttons that don’t work etc, chances are that the user will just click the back button and won’t even attempt to read the information presented. You may not think that web design is important for green and environment sites but you’d be wrong. Everything needs to be displayed clearly and efficiently whilst the website needs to be easy to navigate through. Because web design is so vital for green sites, I spoke with a web design business in Essex about some of the best designs they’ve seen for eco sites and what makes them so effective.

WWF

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Probably the most famous wildlife and environmental issues site there is, the WWF website has an easy to read user-friendly homepage and sub pages attached to it. This enables clear reading and presentation of the important information. It has the most recent and important issues clearly displayed, such as becoming a WWF member and helping to save the rainforest, whilst also having large and clear photos which clearly show the visitor what species they are protecting and where. The website design is efficient yet not boring. It’s the perfect combination!

Live Science

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This website is more science related than specifically all about animals and the environment, however, the health and planet earth sections of the website is well known as being very popular for green enthusiasts. The website has a standard top banner style with the various different sections displayed clearly at the top, whilst the moving photo section in the middle of the homepage instantly grabs your attention. This is really a great design.

Green Lichen

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This website primarily focuses on pictures on the homepage to entice the visitor to click on the article that interest them the most. However, the text that accompanies it is cleverly set on a faded black section of the bottom of the photo so the white text never clashes with the picture. The white background of the site is simply but very effective, which is basically all you want to have when presenting important information like this website does.


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by firespin on Thursday April 16, 2015

Everyone who has a garden knows how relaxing and unwinding it is sitting back with a nice glass of wine on a balmy summers evening whilst getting rid of the days stress. There’s honestly nothing better. What some people don’t realise is that having your garden and flowerbeds looking nice might require you to leave the sprinklers on it all afternoon. This results in a massive amount of wasted water and a very “un” environmentally friendly garden. So what techniques are there for you to stop wasted water and other un eco practices to keep your garden as eco friendly as possible? We spoke with Far Away Furniture, who specialise in teak garden sets and garden designs, about some of the practices they’ve encountered and they submitted to us some clever and interesting ways to keep your garden eco friendly during the summer months.

Harvest rainwater

 

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If you happen to live in sunny California and the rain stays away most of the time, harvesting rainwater may not be on the top of your agenda, but you’d be wrong. Because of the lack of rain, every time it does rain it’s important to harvest the water to use on your garden at a later date. Wasting water isn’t needed in this modern day of age so staying eco friendly and collecting the rain is a great way of being greener. If you live in a rainy climate, this isn’t such a pressing need, however it’s still a good idea to implement during the summer months.

Less pesticide more natural

 

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Most of you know that if you have a garden, annoying bugs and insects can often find their way in to your precious flowers and plants and can have a negative effect ton their growth. Using pesticides to prevent this from happening isn’t particular healthy on the garden long term and not healthy on any other animals that might frequent your garden. Try to use natural alternatives and less pesticide like natural compost mixed in to the layers of soil.

Grow your own food

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Nothing says environmentally friendly than growing your own food right? It’s a lot easier than it sounds too! You can easily grow your own vegetables and fruit, depending on the climate of course, and there are plenty of places online that can advise you how to do it. Potatoes are a popular vegetable to grow as they require little maintenance and produce a larger yield. Also the versatility of the vegetable means you have a huge amount of ways to cook and eat them!


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by firespin on Tuesday February 24, 2015

This past week we had the opportunity to test drive, and put the Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel truck to the test and see whether it really delivered on many of its high-end marketing promises. Our tracking of fuel consumption made it very obvious early on that the truck lives up to its reputation as being eco-friendly. Like all vehicles its fuel economy is lower than stated by the manufacturer but is much higher than the competing vehicles we tested getting 19-27 miles per gallon depending on if we were doing city driving or country driving.

The vehicle delivered a smooth high-powered ride from its diesel engine, and the all-wheel drive was a pleasure to experience. When we were doing our test drive we encountered a large quantity of mud. Needless to say fuel efficient in the context of the Dodge Ram 1500 does not mean low on power. It easily and comfortably navigated the mud, leaving it well behind in our tracks. American trucks are becoming more and more popular and because of this, the Dodge Ram 1500 is now easily available to buy in the UK and to be honest, it’s easy to see why after our test drive.

Here are the highlights:

Interior

Interior

Another high point of the Dodge Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the spacious interior with seating for 5. While the vehicle drives like a truck and has the utility of a truck, it does not feel like one inside the cab. It is a comfortable environment decked out with leather trims and an impressive sound system.

Engine

Engine

The EcoDiesel Engine is a powerful tool, capable of producing 240 horsepower and 420 lbs of torque. Featuring an 8 speed automatic gearbox this vehicle is powerful and easy to drive.

Towing

Towing

With nearly 10 tonnes of towing capacity the Dodge Ram 1500 is certainly amongst the best in class and head and shoulders above its pickup truck peers. It can handle an additional two tons in the back box making it highly suitable for anyone who needs to haul equipment and supplies for a living.

Style

Style

There is no question the Dodge Ram stands out in the style department. With smooth clean lines, a high ride, and plenty of chrome it is one great-looking truck. Compared to other light duty trucks the Ram 1500 says both truck, and eco-friendly with a great dollop of masculine. The only question is if the style can make up for the high price.


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by Grace Alison on Thursday February 05, 2015

According to the U.S EPA, saving on electricity use is the single most effective method of reversing environmental degradation.

To appreciate the reason why experts cite electricity as the major culprit in environmental pollution, consider these factors:

  • EPA reckons that electricity generation contributes to 40% of carbon emissions globally.

  • Coal generates 44% of electricity used in the U.S and it is the single biggest air polluter in the country.

  • An individual American contributes over 24.5 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

  • The largest percentage of electricity in the U.S comes from burning fossil fuels with only less than 1% coming from wind and solar.

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As a property owner you might be wondering where you come into the picture. From these figures, it is obvious that your home or office electricity use leads to more harmful gases in the air leading to catastrophes instigated by global warming.

What’s more, exploration and exploitation of fossil fuels damages ecosystems and leads to more emissions through transport of these fuels, production and finally powering up your home. The Earth Hour Movement argues that this is enough reason to learn how to save electricity and in turn saving planet earth.

Innovative Techniques on Saving Electricity

Well, it is time to walk the talk and mind you, it doesn’t take a lot of effort. Take a look at some of these techniques:

  1. Schedule a home energy efficiency audit: There is no way you can try to manage what you don’t know. As such, you need to get an expert to help determine areas where energy wastage is prevalent. Such will determine areas where you can get improved efficiency for you to take action promptly.

  2. Exploit technology to monitor energy use: Before even calling for an energy auditor, you should invest in a plug-in monitor that will help you get an idea of the power consumed at various outlets. The internet also comes in handy to help you compare electricity rates from different companies in order to leverage on an affordable plan.

  3. Lifestyle change: Now that you appreciate the impact of electric wastage on the environment, it is time to make some sacrifices. For instance, avoid using hot water if it is not necessary or dial back the temperatures on the water heater. You can also dry your cloths out on sunny days instead of using the high-energy consumption drier.

  4. Invest in a programmable thermostat: Heating and cooling are the second largest energy expense. This device helps to turn off the HVAC system when you do not need it and with its override function, you can change the settings any time.

  5. Insulation: Air leaks affect your air conditioners function leading to more power consumption. To avert this make sure you invest in weather stripping in your garage and other rooms with doors and windows.

  6. Energy saving lighting: Using CFL or ambient LED lights saves you a lot of money while reducing landfill dumping and wastage of electricity.

You should also invest in ENERGY STAR-rated home and office appliances to enhance energy efficiency in order to save planet earth.

BIO

Grace J. Alison is a prolific environmental writer who has worked for various conservation projects around the globe in the last 32 years. She is a vocal advocate for cheaper electricity rates as an incentive for energy efficiency.


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