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Environment - SIMPLE TIPS

Conservation & Awareness

COMPOST

Give back to eath what you didn't use

Left overs, peels, or any biodegradable product should return to the soil, nurture it, and thus complete its cycle, with its deserved respect.

There are many ways to do a compost, and many rules depending on what you want to get from it. But I like to keep it simple and it works perfectly fine:

 

1. Choose an area of your garden: a square, around a tree, whatever, it

is your choice!

 

2. Dig at least one hole in the soil, you will have to dig some more when

this one is full.

 

3. Have a container in your kitchen in which you will put all the

biodegradable products, such as peels and left overs you want to

discart.

 

4. When full, take the container out to your composting area, throw it in

the hole and sprinkle* a layer of soil on top of it.

 

5. when the hole is full start the same process in a new one*.

 

*After about two weeks (or more, depending on the climate), you will be

able to come back to the previous hole, this time it will be easier to dig.

You will probably still find some materials that take longer to biodegrade

(such as egg peels and citric peels), but it doesn't mater, it doesn't stink.

 

*It is important not to compress the compost, since the secret is to always

have oxygen in it, you may even want to stir your compost every now and

then.

 

 

What I prefer is to see "surprises" goring in it!

So in parallel you can replant them and have a plantation of random surprises :-)

WATER

It is limited and without it we die

70% of life is water, lets respect it by minimising our use and keeping it clean.

1. When cleaning (yourself or things), only open the water to get wet

and rince, in between (when using soap, toothpaste, etc.) keep it

closed.

 

 

2. Wash your car with a bucket, not with the hose!

 

 

3. Use biodegradable products, avoid soaps with a lot of chemicals

and artificial odours. Bicarbonate and vinegar are a cheap and

excellent alternative! (click here).

It is so SIMPLE...

The hard part is to change habits, keep it up!

ENERGY

It has a cost, be clever!

Great part of the electricity we use is created by burning fossil fuels, which releases CO2 into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change.

1. Turn off the lights and any electronic device when not needed.

 

 

 

2. Minimise the use of air conditioning, turn it off when nobody is in

the room and close windows and doors if it's on.

 

 

 

3. Use a bicycle to move when the distance allows it: this will i) keep

you healthy, ii) contribute reducing CO2 emissions and iii) make you

save money - by not buying fuel.

 

 

 

3. Share vehicles: if many people is going to the same place, use the

minimum vehicles possible and share gaz expenses. This will also

contribute to the two previous points (ii and iii).

 

 

 

Simple actions can reduce emission of CO2 and make you save money! It is about your health, life and economy...

About 100 million tones of plastic are produced each year, 10 million end up in the sea!

Over a million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals and sea turtles are killed each year by either eating or getting tangled in plastic!

TRASH

It is all coming back to us

1. REDUCE your consumption of goods:

- only buy what you need

- if stuff is needed, buy second hand if possible

- share stuff

- avoid buying gadgets

- watch less TV (which makes you think you need stuff)

 

2. REDUCE your production of trash:

- choose the product that has no or less packaging

- take your own bag, basket or backpack when shopping

- avoid places that provide food in disposable containers, or

bring your own container

- don't use disposable plates and cutlery for any event

- don't accept straws in in drinks

- Have your own metal water bottle with you, don't buy

discartable plastic ones

- this list is infinite, so, in general, use your best jugement to

avoid the creation of trash (mainly plastic).

- Compost your organic materials (point 5.)!

 

3. REUSE what can have a "second life":

- Such as containers

- Use draft paper, cardboard boxes, etc. to write, maint, draw, etc.!

- Be creative, or copy some good ideas (example: click here)

 

4. RECYCLE what you cannot reduce or reuse:

- If a packaging is not recyclable, avoid buying that product (like

tetra packs)

- If they dont pick it up at your home, find places where you can

take your recyclables

 

5. COMPOST organic materials. By doing so you reduce the volume of

trash, eliminate stinky odours, give value to it and reduce emission of

methane in the air (more details bellow).

 

 

 

Then... whatever is left that is not compostable, reducible, reusable or recyclable is trash; try to make it minimum!

 

 

Integrate these 4 steps to embody a more Eco/Logical life.

 

 

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