by Martin on Wednesday November 19, 2014

First of all I would like to thank all of our frequent readers, our eco-friendly blog started back in February of 2009 and we wouldn’t have lasted if it weren’t for all of our frequent fans, subscribers, feed readers and one time visitors.

After a couple of years of frequent blogging we saw an increase in traffic and realized that we could pay for our hosting and domain registration with pay per click adverts. In the early days I had enough time to contact specific advertisers and work out deals over the phone etc. but that all changed when my wife and I had kids. The kiddos took over our lives and my blogging fell to the way side. That’s where our wonderful guest authors stepped up to the challenge.

We have a select handful of amazing guest authors who make frequent contributions to the site (Shout out to Sarah and Jay for keeping the site fresh!)

So fast forward to present day, I have recently become obsessed with crypto currency and all things Bitcoin, Dogecoin and Blockchain technology in general. I’ve found amazing contacts with people like singer / song writer Tatiana Moroz and many others within the crypto universe. My latest discovery has been stumbling on ChangeTip through the Reddit community.

ChangeTip - A Love Button for the Internet

ChangeTip – A Love Button for the Internet

ChangeTip allows people to quickly and easily send micro-payments to each other over social networking sites. For example, I could send 50 cents to someone by commenting on their Reddit post if they shared an interesting article, drawing or song. I can send a $1 to a charity of my choice simply by sending them a Tweet! The most exciting development from ChangeTip is that they now have nifty tools and widgets for us bloggers.

After researching how to implement ChangeTip on our site I took a leap of faith and made the following pledge;

“NO MORE PAY PER CLICK ADVERTS!”

We’ve completely removed any annoying pay per click advertising and replaced them with a simple tipping system provided by ChangeTip. Avid readers may notice that there is now a “Tips are welcome” button in our sidebar.

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Integrating ChangeTip was easy, we created our ChangeTip account and grabbed the tipping code and simply pasted into a widget on our sidebar.

You will also see the “Tip Me” buttons on individual posts, this feature is enabled by installing the ChangeTip plugin and again it was a breeze to setup.TipMe

If you’re interested in learning more about ChangeTip for your own site please visit them at the following;

https://www.changetip.com/

http://blog.changetip.com/

https://twitter.com/changetip

https://www.facebook.com/ChangeTip

https://plus.google.com/+Changetip

We communicated with the wonderful Victoria van Eyk from ChangeTip throughout the process and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

We hope you enjoy reading our articles without the annoying adverts anymore and we would love to hear your feedback on the new look and feel for the site.

Many thanks,

Martin


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by Sarah on Tuesday November 18, 2014

bedding

There’s a lot of hubbub surrounding the organic movement, and with all the chatter about switching to organic food, organic beauty products, and organic clothing, you might be suffering from a bit of organic fatigue. But if you’ve decided to use your consumer dollars to support a growing industry that is not only better for yourself and your household, but also for the planet and everyone on it, then you’ll no doubt be interested in upgrading to organic bedding. Considering you spend eight hours out of every day in contact with your sheets (ideally), you want to make sure that they’re safe and healthy. And organic bedding can provide. Here are just a few major benefits you’ll enjoy when you switch to organic linens in the bedroom.

  1. No chemicals. Organic bedding is created without the use of any toxic chemicals. That means no fertilizers or pesticides are used in the growing process, preventing the further pollution of soil, water, and air. Furthermore, no chemicals are used during the manufacturing process. Non-organic bedding may be treated with chemicals that add shine, prevent wrinkling, and perform other functions. And these chemicals come into direct contact with your skin while you sleep. So choosing organic linens could not only protect you and your family from any potential side effects these toxins could cause over time, but you’ll also do your part to protect the planet in the process.

  2. Reduced allergens. If anyone in your household suffers from allergens, asthma, or skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, you may find that chemical-laden linens can exacerbate such problems. Even those with sensitive skin may suffer rashes or discomfort associated with non-organic bedding. Taking steps to reduce these irritants can make a huge difference in quality of life.

  3. Longer lasting. With all the chemical processing most textiles undergo, it’s really not surprising that they don’t hold up as well under daily wear and tear. On the other hand, organic textiles have proven more durable, lasting up to ten times as long as their chemically treated counterparts. So although you’ll probably notice a higher price tag associated with organic bedding, you can consider your expenditure an investment that will pay off in the long run. Paying a little more up front could net you greater use value.

  4. Greater comfort. Generally speaking, you’ll find that organic textiles tend to be softer and more comfortable than those that are chemically treated. So you’ll certainly look forward to using them, and you might even sleep better as a result.

  5. Safety standards. You might worry that green bedding does not meet the safety standards required for fire prevention because they aren’t doused in fire-retardant chemicals. But this simply isn’t true. This type of bedding must meet or exceed standards for fire safety just like any other type of bedding sold. So whether you head to an organic retailer like Nest Bedding in search of toxin-free linens or you’re looking for an organic mattress, you can feel confident that you will enjoy the same safety features inherent to any such products.


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by Sarah on Wednesday November 12, 2014

ocean sceneWhether you’re lucky enough to live within spitting distance of the ocean or you have to travel a ways to get a gander at some beautiful coastline, you no doubt find yourself awed at the majesty of the world’s largest bodies of water. And even if you haven’t put too much thought into the state of our oceans, you’d probably prefer to keep these stunning vistas pristine. Unfortunately, rampant pollution doesn’t just affect the air we breathe and the land we fertilize or mine – it spreads to our oceans. And you might be surprised by just how much damage is being done. It may not be as apparent as the layer of smog over New York or Los Angeles because it is more diffuse, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t impacting the unique ecosystems that make up our network of oceans. And you can do your part to help prevent ocean pollution. Here are a few easy strategies to try.

  1. Carry reusable bags. States like California, Washington, Texas, and New York are amongst the many beginning to enact bans on the use of plastic grocery bags (although they are enacted at the local level by means of ordinances), as you may have noticed if you live in such a locale. While this means you have fewer options for carrying your groceries and other goods, you don’t necessarily have to rely on paper bags and the deforestation they entail. You can, instead, opt for reusable bags – in fact, you should think about converting even if there isn’t a ban on plastic bags in your area. The reason is that these bags often end up polluting the environment and they’re especially dangerous in oceanic settings where marine life can become tangled in them and suffocate.
  2. Conserve fuel. We all know that hydrocarbons from car exhaust are a major contributor to air pollution and climate change. But you might not realize that the same particulates that permeate the air are also settling into the ocean, changing the chemistry of the water and harming the organisms that call it home. By finding ways to use less fuel – walking, biking, public transit, alternative fuel vehicles, electric car, etc.) – you can reduce this form of pollution and help restore the balance of nature.
  3. Reduce energy consumption. It’s hard to say whether petroleum-fueled vehicles or power plants produce more pollution, but the outcome is the same. So once you’ve squared away your driving habits, it’s time to focus on the amount of energy you use in the home. You needn’t go so far as to install pricy solar panels or a residential wind turbine (although you should definitely consider such sustainable options if you are able). But you should take strides to monitor your energy usage, cut back when possible, and make your home more energy efficient.
  4. Cut back on seafood consumption. The fishing industry not only decimates marine populations, but it is also a major polluter when it comes to our oceans. Luckily, there are sustainable resources for many popular forms of seafood.
  5. Support marine organizations. There are a huge number of organizations working to preserve ocean ecosystems and enact environmental remediation in damaged areas, from the Blue Ocean Institute to Ocean Conservancy to Greenpeace. And whether they’ve got workers in polluted waters using filtration systems from Freytech Inc. to separate oil from water or they’re trying to raise awareness of individual contributions to ocean pollution as a way to enact change, your support and participation could help to ensure that the oceans remain clean and beautiful for generations to come.

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by firespin on Monday October 13, 2014

Whether you’re green conscious or not, the environment is something that we all have a hand in keeping as healthy as possible. The aviation industry, whether it’s for commercial or business reasons, contributes significantly to the economies of the countries it reaches. It’s important that whilst the aviation industry is large, it’s also kept as environmentally friendly as possible. Certain commercial airlines and airports have already taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint, such as solar panels and wind turbines to create their own energy, and a group of air freight companies have also taken steps to reduce their waste and carbon footprint by researching low carbon fuels and streamlining their business to make sure freight is sent in the fewest possible trips. So what else can be done by the aviation industry to further reduce their carbon footprint and waste?

Green house gases and carbon emissions are the main culprits that have a negative effect n the environment and in turn adds to climate change. One of the ways to limit these emissions is to research and develop bio fuels, which will produce less toxic emissions. Bio fuels are produced from organic materials, such as food crops, and are broken down to produce fuel. There is a drawback however. The amount of crops needed to fully supply the aviation industry would be astronomical and simply impossible. A more likely alternative is to supply kerosene with part bio fuel, part regular fuel so fewer emissions are being produced but not at the expense of wasted crop growing. The technology needed to develop these fuels has had a hugely positive effect on the speed of the research.

Some airlines and airplane manufactures have also realised some of the benefits of using Algae to extract vegetable oil. Research undertaken has established that you can harvest vegetable oil from Algae and they’ve managed to conclude, even in this early stage of the research, that this method of producing bio fuel could be far more productive and efficient than using food crops. Currently the research has been accelerated as the potential effects of the outcome could have a major change on the fuel used in the aviation industry.

Further research is also going into studying the world’s most natural flyers, birds. It may sound a little strange but birds are constantly evolving and changing their flight directions to minimize effort and flight time. Birds will always migrate for the winter; however, very few will take the same route. They will change their direction to daily depending on the environment, but they will always end up in the same place as before. If this was carried over to the aviation industry, some experts believe that if planes from air freight or commercial flights were to choose the best path possible for that day, that a significant amount of carbon emissions would instantly be cut. The technology needed to research this is in place at the moment and helping greatly to further understand why birds take the paths they do and how that could be implemented into our world.


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by firespin on Monday October 13, 2014

The UAE is certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world; simply due to it’s amazing weather and stunning architecture. Its rapid development has been simply amazing and with that rapid development, comes in an increase of tourism and a steady stream of income to boost the economy. What isn’t known about Dubai is that the country is taking huge steps to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. In this modern green conscious world, it’s important that every country in the world do their part to make sure our world is green and sustainable. So what initiatives and projects have been completed/commissioned to help reduce excessive waste and significantly lower negative environmental issues? How is Dubai and the UAE turning green?

It sounds a small step but recycling has become commonplace throughout the city of Dubai. Recycling bins are located throughout the built up areas and recycling is promoted all through out the city. Although this sounds like a basic step, you’d be surprised how many countries and cities within them don’t actively promote recycling. A lot of new residential apartments and homes, most of which can be found online at green conscious property sites such as AAJ Property, are built with the environment in mind from the start. Solar panels are commonplace and excessive energy waste is curbed by various means throughout the new apartments and homes.  The solar panels are used for residential homes in most cases, however, the government also commissioned to build a solar park which plans to create power for a great many of the city and countries population. Earlier this year, the park was operational, although there is quite a way to go before it is fully built (2020 is the aim).

The government has even hired outside professional environmental consultants to advise and to guide the government on the best possible strategies to reduce waste and significantly lower the city and countries carbon footprint. These strategies are being put into place slowly but they are having an effect on the countries carbon footprint. The local residents themselves are now more aware of the negative impact they could have on the environment and are being more vigilant about recycling and energy wastage. This can only be a great thing for not only the environment, but also the country and for the future of the city of Dubai.


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