Harnessing Energy from Renewable Sources

08 Apr

Harnessing Energy from Renewable SourcesThe search for alternative energy sources has now escalated to global proportions. Government agencies, educational institutions and scientists are all working together to look for alternative sources of fuels other than the traditional fossil sources. The direction is to find methods that are environmentally friendly. Most people would agree that the price that’s paid for the latest technology is the progressively increasing demand for fuel. This scenario has lead to the depletion of the some of the earth’s natural resources. Continue Reading

Teaching Energy Conservation in Schools

19 Mar

Teaching Energy Conservation in the ClassroomGiven that classrooms all over the country are used at a minimum of 40 hours each week, the accumulated cost for consumption can be overwhelming. Older institutions often occupy large buildings with wide rooms and high ceilings rooms which results in huge energy bills for public schools across all states.

By implementing energy-saving measures however, school administrators can help reduce their expenses by thousands of dollars each year. Continue Reading

Smoking Near Your Kids Should be Illegal

22 Apr

If you are a parent who regularly smokes at home, in the car, at the park, or anywhere, AND if you smoke near your kids, you are harming your children in ways you don’t know.

Smoking should be made illegal in this country, and that is a point I’ll gladly make even without the argument that it harms kids. Smoking tremendously harms the environment. A thousand smokers release huge amounts of carbons and other toxic gases to the atmosphere, and nobody is happy with this. The earth is warmer and natural disasters are worse.

That’s the effect of your smoking on a global basis, but several researches have already established the fact that children are more exposed to secondhand smoking because of irresponsible adults, and they suffer severe health effects because of this. Harming your kid’s health in any way can be a valid reason for a little visit by the child protective services. For instance, in Canada, it is in the provisions of the family law Edmonton that neglecting to provide basic medical care is considered as child neglect and is punishable by law.  

Effects of Secondhand Smoking to Kids

Any level of exposure to secondhand smoke is dangerous for children. Whether you smoke once a day or once a week while your kids are around, it harms them. They may develop severe respiratory diseases and can even impair the normal growth of their lungs. It will also cause asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, middle ear infection, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and low birth weight if pregnant moms smoke or if the pregnant mom is exposed to secondhand smoke.

 The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is caused by pregnant moms who smoke. Babies that die from SIDS have higher amounts of nicotine in their lungs than other babies.

The cognitive abilities of your kid are at risk too. Not less than 21.9 million children in the USA are at risk of reading impairment and math and visuospatial reasoning because of exposure to secondhand smoke. Not only that, babies born to women exposed to secondhand smoke during pregnancy have higher risk to suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other conduct disorders.

These disorders are so serious I’m wondering why there is no specific law with regards to this. Although there are laws in Canada that bans smoking in public places, there are no specific laws that ban parents from smoking in the presence of their kids. I think that should be a priority. 

How to Find the Right Solar Panel Financing for Your Home

18 Apr

When you have finally decided to go for solar panels as your main source of energy at home, you are making the right decision. Take note that once they are installed, your electricity bill will be reduced drastically. Though this sounds like a good idea, the problem is that it could be very expensive. Installing these solar panels would cost thousands of dollars. This depends on the amount of energy that you need and the company that you hire to install the solar panels.

The best part is that you can now find the right company to finance your solar panel installation project. Most of these companies promote the use of eco-friendly alternative energy sources. This is why they extend help to people who have decided to go for solar panels. There are also some other companies that are involved in mortgage refinance, using the FHA Streamline refinance program and provide excellent financial assistance to those who wish to have solar panels. Here are some options if you wish to have a company fund your solar panel project:

• Go for companies that provide an early buyout opportunity. After using the solar energy panels that were installed over a specific period of time, you have the option of either renewing the contract, buying the solar panel, or returning the panels to the contractor. This is perfect especially if you are still unsure whether buying solar panels is the way to go.

• Get solar panels loans. There are lots of solar power companies that provide assistance to those who really wish to have solar panels installed. The amount can be distributed over a certain period of time so as not to make it difficult for you to pay. There are also others that provide you with a choice on how you can possibly repay your loans. Another type of solar loan provides you with the benefits of ownership as well as other tax related benefits. For other companies, you have the option to own the entire system and have everything cleared by the time you have fully paid the loans.

Since the entire endeavor involves thousands of dollars, these companies would also require a security blanket. Therefore, these loans are only available to those who meet certain criteria.

• You must have a good credit score. Though there are some companies that offer help to those who have messed up credit scores, this can be a challenging task to find.

• You must also have a proof that you are able to manage your monthly bills well. If you have receipts showing that you pay your bills on time, then this will make you more qualified to apply for the loan.

• You must agree with the terms and conditions set by the financing company. This varies from one company to another. Thus, you need to know more about the details first.

Indeed, moving from fuel energy to solar energy is a great decision. Now that you know how you can find the right partner for the task to be accomplished, you can start doing your search, saving money on energy and really supporting a greener future!

Keeping Track of Shared Equipment

10 Apr

Some large community housing projects may require inventory management software. A good system can be used to track all shared equipment, for example ladders, gardening tools, lawn mowers, power tools, saws, wrenches, and some other shared items. Most communities usually share these items among their residents. In order to track all shared inventories, many large community projects have installed tracking programs. Tracking software has many benefits for all users. Here are some advantages for all people who want to track their shared items easily. Because of these benefits, many people want to find the best inventory control program.

1. Track the Equipment’s Location

A good management system is required to track the position of all equipment easily. Without a proper tracking system, most communities are not able to identify the location of their items when community members borrow them. There are some applications offering real-time tracking system. A good tracking system can be connected to the internet, so you can gain access to the information at any time from anywhere with connectivity. An effective tracking system lets you know who has what item and where it is located right now.

2. Schedule the Borrowing Period

A good inventory management software allows all users to schedule their time to use the equipment. Such a schedule is particularly important for seasonal items. Usually everyone wants snow shovels and gardening equipment at the same time. However, if everyone is responsible about scheduling only what they really need and when they will actually be using it, the calendar should work.

3. Easy Controlling

Many community housing projects function better when they do use proper inventory management software for controlling their shared equipment, tools and other supplies. At least once a year, the housing manager updates the inventory just in case some pieces have gone missing or are in need of repair or replacement.

The software can also track and produce reports or send alerts on other information. For example, items such as lawn mowers can be flagged when they are due for maintenance. In the fall, the condition of the gardening equipment can be noted in the software where it is available when it is time to prepare the budget for next year.

After learning about some benefits from a good inventory control system, people can start finding the best software for themselves. There are many types of inventory applications on the market today. You can find the best software for controlling your shared equipment easily. Some programs are designed to have great features for all users. It is important to compare some available inventory control apps on the Internet today. You can start looking for the best software, which is suitable for your organization or business. Try to compare their features, so you can find a good tracking system with good features for yourself.

It might take some convincing for the management board of the community housing to understand how inventory software is an investment. It can save time, money and a great deal of frustration for everyone involved. Do your research and prepare the arguments for installing such a program. It will be well worth it.

Are Solar Panels A Good Choice For Your Home?

08 Apr

Solar panels baking in the sun creating clean alternative energyMany people find that with the advances in technology, there is always something to do or change about your lifestyle. For those who own their home, they may be thinking about solar panels in their home as a way to decrease the amount of electricity that they use, as well as do something that is going to allow them to be more green. The main question that homeowners needs to ask is whether solar panels for a home is really a good choice for them or not?

The Pros of Solar Panels

There are several things about solar panels that make these great options for those who put these into their home. One of the main benefits is that a person can cut down on the electricity that they are using since these solar panels can collect the energy that they may be using and allow them to reuse the sun’s energy. This is the main reason that people usually install solar panels onto their home. Other reasons why solar panels are great is that they are a way to utilize less in the environment and give back in a way that can make a difference. Since fossil fuel production can cause great harm to the environment, endanger the lives of and injure gasoline workers, finding an alternative source of energy like solar is very important. There are many stories of people getting severely injured while processing oil into gas. When was the last time you heard about someone getting injured at a solar plant?

The Cons of Solar Panels

Those who are serious about thinking about installing solar panels are going to find that though these are great pieces of technology, there are a few cons about these that people need to consider. The first being that these can be quite expensive. Though in the long run, most people believe that they pay for themselves in energy savings. Secondly, these solar panels are easily broken. When installing these on a home, those who live in areas in which storms frequent will find that even hard hitting rain can cause damage to these solar panels. And to fix the damage, it can be relatively expensive.

Installing Solar Panels on Homes

For people who are consider this, they need to know that this installation needs to be done by a professional. Solar panels are not something in which a person wants to mess with if they are unsure of how these work. Even moving these solar panels wrong can cause a problem in their functionality. Should you consider these solar panels?

If you are living at home full time, have the funds to install these solar panels, and the necessary funds that will fix these solar panels should they become damaged, then you may find that this may be a great decision. If you are serious about making a green alternative to your life, then solar panels are a great way to make a splash into the green world. Those who are not living at their home full time may find that this is not much help, and that this becomes an expense that they simply cannot afford.

There are several factors to consider about solar panels before jumping into putting these on your home. However, for those who are serious about saving the environment, these are a natural choice for doing so.

The Benefits of Trees in Urban Areas

06 Apr

Everyone knows what tremendous benefits trees provide the surroundings. These benefits become more pronounced in the urban areas where a larger number of people live. Compared to the rural environment, conditions in the city areas are relatively less than ideal. Temperatures and noise levels are higher, the air and water are not as pure and the landscape is more man-made than natural. Considering the capabilities of trees in helping to solve these problems, an increasing number of communities are making efforts to have more trees and vegetation in their neighborhoods.

Trees aid in lowering temperatures. In cities, urban heat islands are commonplace. These are places where temperatures are significantly higher than the surrounding air, owing to the presence of concrete buildings and roads and other human activities. With the presence of trees, however, ambient temperature of an area can become cooler. To achieve the maximum cooling effect, trees or other forms of vegetation can be planted around buildings or near parking lots and walkways, where the ground is mostly covered by concrete.

With cooler air, there is less demand for air conditioning, reducing energy consumption. Further, trees are very effective in removing pollutants and contaminants in the air, thus improving the air quality that people breathe in. Also, the vegetative cover that trees provide for the soil reduces erosion and runoff. This absorbent and water filtering abilities enhances the quality of the water that seeps underground and prevents floods. Dense vegetation made up of trees and shrubs can largely reduce noise pollution when it screens sound waves. In the area of road maintenance, studies indicate that tree shade can deter the deterioration of pavement. This can save the government a lot of expenses in infrastructure maintenance. A tree can also be a space where birds, insects and other organisms can take residence. In this way, it contributes to the overall ecological health of an area.

In addition to environmental benefits, trees also offer social advantages. Green areas in communities are favorite places for the inhabitants, providing recreation places to rest, play or gather together. Gatherings foster interaction, thereby enhancing feelings of kinship and solidarity. A neighborhood that has more solid ties is more responsive and more cooperative to the government’s development programs; and, more likely to help one another, which promotes progress. Trees also add to an areas aesthetic value. A landscape that is mostly made up of concrete buildings can look harsh and uninviting. However, with the addition of trees and greenery, the view can be made more refreshing appealing.

The benefits of trees far outweigh the costs of caring for them. Results from a cost-benefit study made on trees showed that benefits from a tree can amount to thirty to ninety US dollars per year, while the annual cost to maintain it ran up to just fifteen to sixty-five US dollars. These expenses included costs incurred in planting, inspecting and pruning. Among the three, pruning was the largest expenditure, mainly because pruning requires not just the purchase of pruning devices; but, also costs for large pieces of equipment like rental of scissors lifts and acquisition of boom lifts.

Having trees in our surroundings are indeed advantageous, whether you live in the city or in the country. If you can’t plant a tree where you live, you can volunteer to care for one on your street or give support to your community’s greening programs. By doing so, you will be doing an important part in making your community more livable.

The Eco-Friendly Sustainable Solution to All-Weather Gardening

04 Apr

When you live in a country with haphazard conditions you quickly get used to not being too dependent on the weather. This can often lead to employing methods that are damaging both to the local community and the environment. Pesticides, artificial lighting, chemical nutrient solutions all come to mind. In this article, I want to propose an alternative.

It can be sunny one day, then raining the next, red hot one day, then freezing cold! The typical “British Summer”, for example, is an incredibly confusing time and nobody knows what to expect.

As a gardener, this causes me an immense amount of frustration.

I like to grow a range of specialist plants, but the problem with this is that they require very specific conditions in order to grow. It’s just so hard to guarantee these conditions, and so often I would pass up the opportunity to grow a plant that I was interested in.

It wasn’t just me that suffered with this problem; the more gardeners I spoke to, the more I realized what a pain this was!

Recently I’ve been using a hydroponic system to grow my plants indoors. I’ve found that this nifty little system actually offers me an incredible amount of control over my growing without resorting to harmful methods, and this allows me to grow a considerably larger range of plants. If you want to grow more complex plants and improve your skills as a gardener, a hydroponic system is definitely a worthwhile investment.

No longer am I at the mercy of the unreliable British weather – my hydroponic system controls ever variable naturally and sustainably.

I have an LED light which gives the plants all the sunlight they could ever need. In fact, the light can produce lights at different ends of the light spectrum, meaning I can switch to different settings to give my plants the light they need at whatever stage of the growing cycle they’re at. Because the sunlight isn’t natural, I can allow my plants to bask in the artificial light for longer, meaning they actually receive more light than they would outside.

The same goes for temperature. I have a thermostat in place and can select the exact temperature I require. It can even be adjusted to provide a different temperature during the day to the night time. By providing an optimal, and most importantly, constant temperature, I know that whatever plant I choose will be able to thrive in the conditions I’ve provided.

Finally, the watering process. I’ve always tried to use soluble nutrients when watering my plants, and my plants can also absorb the nutrients that naturally occur in the soil. In a hydroponic system, the nutrients my plants receive can be tailored to a far greater detail, encouraging strong all round health. The system is designed to water the plants itself, which really saves your back. A few tweaks on the preprogrammed control panel and I’m good to go! The system will water my plants at the desired time of day and will even water them the amount I select.

You really do have complete control over your plants environment. There’s no greater feeling for me than growing a brand new type of plant and tweaking my system until I get it exactly right. By recording everything down, I know that if I ever want to grow that plant again I can have my system up and running in the best possible way in absolutely no time at all.

Without doubt, a soil-less growing system was the best investment I’ve ever made when it comes to my gardening.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – What Does This Really Mean?

03 Apr

In today’s generation where most people are very environmentally aware, you have likely come across the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Obviously, it is a tagline that reminds people to be more circumspect in throwing away things that they think they no longer need. It is also a reminder for each one not to generate too much waste.

According to statistics, the average human being produces about four pounds of waste every day. Multiplying this figure with the number of individuals in a locality amounts to millions of tons of garbage produced each year. Most of these go to a landfill, the most common way of disposing garbage. Decomposing organic matter in a landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas which causes global warming. If amount of garbage produced is lessened, then there will also be a subsequent reduction in the methane gas released to the atmosphere. It is appropriate, therefore, to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce
Reducing waste is the most effective method in waste management because it signifies efforts to minimize waste at the source, so there won’t be any need to recycle or dispose of it. At home, you can buy your groceries and other items in bulk so you do not have to dispose of too much packaging. When shopping, bring your reusable bag for your purchases so you do not have to use the stores’ plastic bags. At the office, try to use less paper by sharing files digitally instead of printing them on paper.

Waste reduction can also be practiced by businesses, even those who carry out their business on water. Cruise ships, which are touted as one of the most waste generating establishments, adhere to stringent waste reduction processes. In Europe, where governments strictly maintain the quality of freshwater resources, the waste generated by the cruise ships is highly regulated. It is not surprising that people rave about the continent’s clean rivers when they participate in one of these enjoyable and relaxing European river cruises.

Reuse
Instead of throwing out used items such as tin cans, glass jars or old clothes, find other uses for them. Use tin cans to grow herbs that you can use for preparing meals. Use the jars to store food or drinks. Reusing is the second most effective means of waste management since it prevents waste generation by salvaging items from being thrown away.

Recycle
Recycling is the third of the three methods but it doesn’t mean that it is not effective. The process involves creating a usable product from an item that has been thrown away. The most recyclable items are those made from glass, aluminum and paper, which industries can use in the manufacturing cycle again. There are recycling facilities in your neighborhood that you can contact to pick up recyclable items in your home.

Because each of us has a responsibility towards the environment, then it is just right for you to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Helping the Homeless Through Binary Options Trading

28 Mar

Everyone deserves to have access to affordable housing. Unfortunately, though, despite the efforts of the government, many people still don’t have adequate shelter. They remain homeless and because of this, are not able to live their lives the way they want to. The sad part is that governmental efforts are often hampered by corporations. Such corporations often undermine the interests of the people because giving in to their demands would mean them losing business.

The good news, though, is that people can actually help out in providing shelter to homeless people on their own. They can give amazing help without having to rely on government programs. One way they can do this is through doing binary options trading online. By doing binary options trading, people can now earn enough to be able to regularly donate money to causes which aim to provide shelter to the homeless.

How does one do binary options trading? Binary options trading, unlike other kinds of trading, relies on people guessing which direction the price of an asset will move in. Correctly guessing the direction of the movement will net a trader a good amount of fixed money. Because of its relative simplicity, so many people from all over the world are now doing it.

What’s great is that unlike most kinds of trading, binary options trading can be profitable even when one only spends an hour or two doing it. Just by doing binary options trading a few hours a day, anyone can donate a good amount of money to the causes they favour on a regular basis. Of course, it goes without saying that people need to work with a brokerage that is actually legitimate and offers amazing services to their clients. Unless one works with such a brokerage, one won’t be able to make the most of binary options trading.

To most people, Banc de Binary Limited is the best binary options brokerage in the world. Most of the people who donate to charities regularly actually work with the brokerage. There are many reasons for this. One is that the brokerage’s trading platform guides everyone to actually make amazing trades virtually all of the time. So long as one is careful when using Banc de Binary’s trading platform, one can earn a good amount of money regularly. Such money can be used to benefit the many charities out there that aim to benefit the homeless, among other things.

Hopefully, this post of mine will get people to actually consider doing binary options trading for charitable purposes. In today’s world, it’s really amazing how such a tool can be used to circumvent the anti-progressive efforts of evil corporations. By doing binary options trading, you can definitely benefit the charitable causes of your choice on a regular basis. All you need to do is make sure that you are working with the right brokerage and actually make an effort to learn everything you can about binary options trading. It doesn’t matter how much of your profits you keep and give; what’s important is that you help out.

How to Have a Green Wedding

27 Mar

A wedding is usually regarded as an “once-in-a-lifetime” event. For this reason, weddings are mostly extravagant, with every detail planned and vast resources committed to it. If you are planning a wedding in the very near future, a wedding would be a good opportunity to show your family and friends how environmentally aware you are by having a green wedding.

A green wedding is an eco-friendly wedding; meaning, the event will leave a very minute environmental footprint. This may come as a surprise to you but there environmentally sustainable alternatives which you can incorporate in your wedding plans.

If it is feasible, consider sending out all or some of your wedding invitations electronically. You can send emails that link to a website containing the wedding details. With a website, you can include so much more information than the printed one. If you think this is too informal, find a printer that prints invitations from recycled paper. This will truly make your invitation unique.

Additionally, choose a store that sells eco-friendly products for your wedding registry and choose items that are environmentally sustainable. If you can forego the gifts, ask your guests to make donations to environmental organizations instead.

Consider renting the wedding clothes or recycling them. Having a new one made and using it only once can be really wasteful. A greener alternative would be to pick one from a vintage or second-hand store and have it altered to your size and taste. You will be saving a lot on your expenses, too, as second-hand dresses cost significantly less than a brand new one. The same can be done for your entourage as well. Otherwise, there are many shops that sell wedding clothes at reasonable prices. This site can help you choose beautiful discount flower girl dresses.

For the wedding reception, opt for a caterer offering a menu that uses local organic produce. By doing so, you will already have done your share in lessening the use of chemical fertilizers and the energy consumed in transporting food products. You can also arrange to have leftovers brought to a solid waste management facility for composting.

If you want a wedding that is truly memorable, then have a green one. Your friends and family will remember it as a unique event and they will also appreciate your social responsibility to the environment.

Is Coal Still Relevant As A Power Source?

23 Mar

A train car filled with coalCoal….even the word sounds dirty. As we all know coal is bad for our environment in a very big way. From the way it is mined, to the way it is burned and the toxins put into our air, coal is often times identified as enemy number one with environmentalists. However, is coal still important to society? Is coal going to be with us forever? We delve into these issues and come to the conclusion that the days of coal’s dominance in power generation are truly numbered.

Let’s start with consumers of coal. In the United States coal production has actually been dwindling, albeit slightly, over the last few years. By no means should you think that it is drastically diminishing, however, we believe that is in decline. Although many power plants in the U.S. still burn coal for energy, many others have gone to wind and solar power generation techniques. This is obviously a good turn of events in the United States. However, as you venture out, you will find that many other countries still use coal at an alarming rate. The biggest consumer is obviously China whose appetite for coal seems insatiable. China will be the biggest obstacle to coal reduction and that is why alternatives to coal should be our top priority. China is followed by the United States and India as biggest consumers of coal in the entire world.

What are some good alternatives for coal. Websites describe solar, hydro, and wind power generation as the next big waves. This would bode well for us. However, countries like China don’t potentially have the sun, water and wind potential that those in the United States or elsewhere have. In the United States there is a large transition to solar. In fact, in states like California, solar plants are popping up in the deserts West of Arizona and elsewhere. Tremendous dollars are being put to use to develop these power plants and we feel that this is a huge step in the right direction.

What about water power generation? Water power is possible, but we find that due to the environmental issues it isn’t our preferred method of getting power to the homes that need it. Other ways to generate power include wind which is actually a great option. However, not everywhere is windy enough to sustain continued energy production. California again leads the United States in this area. In the Palm Desert and Borrego Springs regions, wind power delivers fairly consistent energy to homes that need it. Although wind isn’t an option in all areas of the world it certainly is a preferred power source as it is environmentally friendly and fairly low maintenance. Clean natural gas is also an alternative to coal. Many different types of industrial machines are being retrofitted from dirty power sources to clean ones. A good example of this are forklifts that have been refit with batteries instead of burning gas. For those looking to obtain a license to operate the vehicles, the will need to learn the safe usage protocol for batteries instead of gas on forklifts. These changes in energy sources have long reaching effects on many other industries as well. Although change is never easy, the benefits to the environment can not be understated.

For all of the reasons above we believe that coal, although still a very big problem today, is on its way out. Countries, lead by activist minded citizens like you, are pushing to eradicate coal from our energy production cycle. We encourage you to stay active, protest, and let your government officials know that coal has no place in our world being burned for energy.

Are Trampoline Walkways An Environmentally Friendly Transportation Method?

17 Mar

trampolineThe public transportation structure in this country and in many other developed nations around the world is falling apart to say the least. Outdated and antique systems and structures are being held together with some new modifications but at its core it is inefficient, expensive and harmful to the environment.

There have been many suggestions for new transportation systems over the years however a unique and interesting one that is coming from Europe is that of trampoline walkways.

It might sounds like a strange idea however they have been proven to be environmentally friendly and healthy which is certainly no bad thing.

Indeed, these walkways are still very much in their infancy and it some cases it looks as though the pioneers behind the systems have went online to look at Skywalker trampoline reviews like this one or this one and used these models as the basis for their innovative pathways.

In a sense this is actually not a bad thing and we can look to Estonia as a place where they have been implemented and actually work.

There has been a reasonable about of investment to trial these trampoline walkways in the country and in the places that they have been implemented in they actually done very well. The public has received them with positivity, they are low cost to build and maintain and they have been shown to show at least marginal improvements to fitness and health.

When you think about it our daily commute isn’t actually that energetic. Beyond running for the subway or a cab it is a case of walking, sitting and then getting to our place of work. While this is more exercise than you would get if you just sat at home it doesn’t offer as much fitness as a trampoline walkway.

So before any local councils get on the internet and start looking at trampoline reviews by hunting through TheTrampoliners for inspiration what are some of the drawbacks of such a scheme?

Maintaining the walkways is one. While costs can be low using trampolines they are obviously more susceptible to damages than concrete pavements and even in pilot areas there have been damages. However beyond this the environmental effects actually outweigh any costs that the walkways incur.

For instance rather than spending money on other environmental measures to combat building new traditional walkways these trampoline pavements are one of the most environmentally friendly ways to produce a short, healthy and cheap transportation system in any city.

While we don’t expect to see everyone jumping down the sidewalk on a trampoline walkway the environmental impact has to be considered and they do represent a more efficient way especially on a small scale.

Until someone can come up with a viable way in which to get commuters to their place of work in a cheap, environmentally friendly and healthy manner then trampoline walkways is something that should be considered for certain section. They might not be a viable solution to the whole city however on a small scale they certainly aren’t the worst idea in the world.

How Eco-Friendly Is Your Smartphone?

07 Mar

There are not many people that purchase a smartphone on the basis of its environmental record.

Given all the different models available from Apple, Samsung and Google and the billions of dollars that goes into producing each one there is not much emphasis on ‘green issues’ within the industry. Today, in this blog post update, we want to pose the question regarding the Apple iPhone and its environmental credentials. We thought that Apple as a company had a lot of potential for being the first major green corporation however we worry that this just isn’t going to work especially given their recent announcements.

The new iPhone which is going to be released this year has already got a higher carbon footprint than the current one. Is this progress? We certainly don’t think so and Apple don’t seem to worry about finding a solution to this even if the general public do.

This is why jailbreaking is so popular. When folks jailbreak iPhone 5, it can significantly help the device’s environmental impact and ensure that it is more eco-friendly.

Let us explain.

Jailbreaking the Apple iPhone consists of hacking into the source code and basically opening up the device. This allows the iPhone 5 user to have more control over the smartphone and it also gives the iPhone new features and benefits. One of these is a better battery life. For many people the poor battery life was one of the reasons to ignore the iPhone 5 not just from a practical standpoint but from a green one too. Charging the Apple iPhone 5 might not cost thousands a year for each member of the public but collectively it has an impact.

A jailbroken Apple iPhone 5 requires less charging therefore the battery last longer and it causes less environmental problems as a result. It is kind of like rooting Android and the iPhone device is generally much greener after it has been jailbroken.

Is this a reason to fund a big corporation like Apple? We are realists here and we know that the public won’t just stop buying Apple devices as they are so popular these days. However if we can find a way to make these Apple devices and in particular the iPhone 5 and latest releases from Apple more environmentally friendly then that is a success. Jailbreaking provides this and while it is obviously frowned upon by Apple themselves it is their own fault and we have no sympathy for them.

At the end of the day Apple are one of the icons of the modern phone industry and they won’t change in the space of weeks and months. This is why it is up to us, the public, to act on their behalf. Jailbreaking an Apple iPhone 5 ensures that it is better for the planet. One jailbreak might not make a difference but thousands will and if you are charging up your iPhone 5 devices less then you are helping to save the planet and getting one up on a major company like Apple.

We hope that you, as readers, take action here and we will update again if there are any future developments on Apple and their environmental record.