Tanzanian and Zanzibar Tourism to get new flagship Green Hotel.

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The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com) has appointed Verde Hotels (http://www.VerdeHotels.co.za) from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar, 2km from Stone Town. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, Zanzibar’s greenest hotel.

“ We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we approached the developers of Africa’s Greenest Hotel, Verde Hotels to ensure that Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be the Greenest hotel in East Africa” stated Mr. Said Salim Awadh Bakhresa, Chairman of the Bakhresa Group.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and become a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania.

Mr. Bahkresa has commissioned the Verde Hotels Group to manage the development and operate the hotel as a certified sustainable establishment that offers a carbon neutral hotel experience (http://apo.af/RfXqP1). Verde Hotels will work with Estim Construction (http://www.EstimConstruction.com) who have a strong reputation for project excellence in the East African region. Hotel Verde Zanzibar will be pursuing independent certification, utilising the Green Star rating tool from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Verde Hotels intends to integrate sustainability into every facet of their involvement in the construction, as well as throughout the hotel’s daily operation.

Sustainability strategies that will be implemented in the redevelopment phase include passive and active design, that optimise resource efficiency; these include: renewable energy generation; regenerative drive elevators, a grey water recycling system, responsible procurement, waste minimisation and management and indoor environmental quality optimisation, to mention just a few.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar will showcase the integration of 5 star luxury and environmental best practice. The hotel will feature 142 ultra-stylish rooms, luxury suites, a spa, gym, restaurants, entertainment and marina. The contemporary design fused with local Tanzanian elements will be an attraction for local and international guests to enjoy whilst keeping to the standards and practices of responsible tourism principals (http://apo.af/RsCK3H).

Verde Hotels is a sustainable hotel operator who is responsible for the success of Hotel Verde in Cape Town, South Africa. Hotel Verde, Cape Town is Africa’s greenest hotel and the first hotel in the world to be certified with a Platinum LEED green building certification (http://apo.af/pJ4lqO) for both the Design & Construction and Operations & Maintenance. In May 2014, Hotel Verde became the first hotel in Africa to offer a carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing experience, at no extra cost to the guest. Hotel Verde has won a number of local and international awards for its sustainable initiatives (http://apo.af/MU5n37), including the Internorga Company Trendsetter award (http://apo.af/W1K3b8) in Hamburg and the award for World’s Best City Hotel for Responsible Tourism (http://apo.af/TWr91v) at World Travel Market London.

As a hotel management group, Verde Hotels specialises in a turnkey management approach that includes the construction phase of new hotels and the renovation phase of existing buildings that are subsequently operated and managed by Verde Hotels, with sustainability at their core. The aim is to transcend conventional hotel and business standards whilst entering into a new era of environmental consciousness and responsible tourism.

Verde Hotels is proud to have signed this management contract with the Bakhresa Group (http://Bakhresa.com), proving that going “green” is not only viable on the triple bottom line but makes good business sense” stated Samantha Annandale, CEO of Verde Hotels.

The Ethos of the Verde Group and Hotel Verde Zanzibar will align itself with a core belief of the Bakhresa Group “ in continuously improving environmental performance through efficient operations, reduced impacts, natural resource and cost savings.”

30 Ways to Protect the Environment

It does not need rocket science for one to save and protect the environment,We have very simple,easy and quick ways to do it……Check Below:-

Clean Air

  • Painting your house? Use a latex paint. Oil-based paints release hydrocarbon fumes.
  • Get a tune-up. Properly maintained vehicles get better gas mileage and emit fewer pollutants.
  • Don’t top off your gas tank. Overfilling causes spills that release hydrocarbons and other toxic chemicals into the air.
  • Conserve energy. You’ll lower your utility bills and help avoid peak demands on utility plants.
  • Don’t burn your yard waste. It’s illegal in many areas of Ohio because burning yard waste releases mold spores, soot, and other contaminants that can aggravate allergies and cause respiratory problems.
  • Plant a tree. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
  • Park the car. Walk, bike or use mass-transit whenever you can. Vehicle traffic is a major contributor to smog.

Clean Water

  • Use less fertilizer on your lawn. When it rains, excess fertilizer runs off into storm sewers and pollutes streams.
  • Never pour anything – especially waste oil or leftover lawn chemicals – into a storm drain. It will end up in the nearest stream.
  • Don’t trash our streams. Volunteer groups sponsoring annual cleanups find everything from old tires to old appliances in our waterways.
  • Water your lawn in the early morning, when the water will soak in and not evaporate in the heat of the day.
  • Don’t water more than once a week, and then only if it hasn’t rained. Established lawns need only one inch of water a week.
  • Don’t water the sidewalk – it won’t grow. Set your sprinkler to keep the water on the lawn.
  • Mulch around your landscaping. A three-inch layer of mulch holds moisture and prevents evaporation, reducing the need to water.
  • Use a bucket when you wash the car, instead of the hose. Letting the water run while you work costs money and wastes water. Only use the hose to rinse.
  • Sweep your driveway and sidewalk instead of cleaning them up by spraying with the hose.
  • Don’t do the dishes until you have a full load. Your dishwasher uses 12 gallons of water whether it’s full or half-empty.
  • Wash a full load of laundry. Your washing machine uses 40 gallons of water. Run it full, or adjust the water level to the size of your load.
  • Don’t let the water run while you shave or brush your teeth. Turn it on only when you need it. Every minute the faucet runs, five gallons of water go down the drain.
  • Take a shorter shower. And switch to a low-flow shower head.
  • Repair leaky faucets and toilets. You can tell if the toilet leaks by putting food coloring in the tank. If color shows up in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak.
  • Install faucet aerators. You can cut your water usage by up to six percent.

Clean Land

  • Recycle. If your community does not offer a recycling program, ask local officials to start one.
  • Don’t put hazardous materials in the trash. Save paints, pesticides, lawn chemicals, car batteries, waste oil and similar materials for your local household hazardous waste collection day
  • Turn in your mercury thermometer and replace it with a digital one. Mercury is a persistent pollutant that moves up the food chain and can cause serious health problems. Never vacuum spilled mercury.
  • Don’t buy more than you need. When it comes to lawn chemicals, pesticides, paints and other hazardous materials, buy a smaller package so you won’t have leftovers to dispose of.
  • Paper or plastic? Better yet, take a canvas bag to the grocery and re-use it each time you shop.
  • Use both sides of the paper. Set your copier to make double-sided copies and you’ll substantially reduce your paper use.
  • Use rechargeable batteries. Many batteries contain metals that are better kept out of landfills.
  • Give it away, don’t throw it away. Many charitable organizations accept donations of wearable clothing and gently used household items.

See,Easy right?Slowly practice the above and see if we will not have the earth smile soon!!!

My Worry On Climate Change!!

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Our food system, our economies, our cities and our communities — they’re all adapted to the climate we currently live in.But what if the climate changes too fast for us to keep up?The fate of the one and only planet we’ve ever called home is uncertain. It is in everyone’s interest to come together to address the challenges we face.

Maybe you ask…..What are some of the issues?

Dependence on fossil fuels
The burning of fossil fuels is the #1 source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. If emissions continue to rise, we’ll be locked in to devastating rises in temperature. A more diversified, cleaner energy portfolio and increased energy efficiency are critical steps toward reducing our emissions.

Vulnerable coasts
About 50% of the global population lives near the coast. But habitat destruction and land use changes are degrading and destroying wetlands and coastal forests — the natural buffers that help protect coastal areas against storm surges, rising sea levels and erosion.

Deforestation and land use change
Massive amounts of carbon are stored in tropical forests. When we destroy these areas to clear land for ranches or farms, that carbon gets released into the atmosphere and accelerates climate change. Studies show that deforestation accounts for 11% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Insufficient funding
Global contributions to climate finance fall severely short of what is needed — even though it would only take an estimated US$ 70 billion per year (less than 0.1% of global GDP) to make the changes humanity needs to adapt to a warming world.

What can you do?

Earth’s climate affects everyone. Your actions  can make a difference in how the world responds and adapts to its changing climate.My Blog has given so many ways in which we can combat climate change,please go through and lets save Mother earth!!!!

As you Celebrate World Ocean,Know that ,That plastic bottle is Harming the Ocean!!!!

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Today as we celebrate the world Ocean Day….it is sad to know that Around eight million tonnes of plastic washes into our seas every year, polluting our waterways and threatening our marine ecosystem. The scale of contamination is immense, stretching across all our planet’s oceans from the equator to the polar regions. Plastics, from bags to bottles, also litter our beaches – affecting the health and well-being of animals, plants and humans.

This year’s theme for World Oceans Day, marked on 8 June, is “healthy oceans, healthy planet” – to raise awareness of the devastating impact of plastic pollution on our wildlife, climate and health.

What is plastic pollution?

Millions of tonnes of plastic debris such as bags, bottles and food packaging enters our oceans annually. As plastic degrades slowly, it pollutes our seas for a long period, breaking down over time into fragments called micro-plastics. Living organisms are also affected badly by the waste, as they ingest it, become tangled or their biological functions are affected by the exposure to chemicals in the plastic.

In a United Nations report published in May, scientists warned the chemicals in the plastic – or the chemicals which are attracted to the plastic in the natural environment – could lead to poisoning, infertility and genetic disruption in marine life and potentially humans if ingested in high quantities.

Even the smallest pieces of plastic can have a disastrous impact on our seas. Microbeads, made from polyethylene or other petrochemical plastics, are found in thousands of cosmetic and domestic products from toothpastes to household cleaners. Small enough to wash down the sink and breach water filtration systems, hundreds of thousands of microbeads end up in the ocean where they are ingested by marine creatures.

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What you need to know about plastic pollution

Eight million metric tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year, according to a UC Santa Barbara study in February 2015.

This is equivalent to five plastic shopping bags filled with plastic debris for every foot of coastline on Earth.

Plastic is gradually eroded into small fragments known as micro-plastics, which along with plastic pellets, are already found on most beaches worldwide.

The amount of plastic waste will be greater than the number of fish in our oceans by 2050, research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found in January.Researchers estimate the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to increase ten-fold by 2020.

More than five trillion pieces of plastic weighing over 250,000 tonnes is afloat in the sea, according to a study published in the scientific journal Plos One.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a vast gyre of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, but while the term is widely used, it is not entirely accurate. Marine debris concentrates in various regions of the North Pacific.

Eighty percent of marine pollution comes from the land, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

 

 

Malaika Festival….Tomorrow’s Plan?

Looking to take me out on a date? i have a plot…..Lets do the Malaika festivals climaxing tomorrow in Voi…….

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I will attend,with or without a date,hahahaha….its been long since i looked forward to so much fun so trust me,Nitawakilisha.

I know you are wondering what exactly the festival is about, its an initiative aimed at paying tribute to the late Fadhili William- the internationally-acclaimed author/composer of the World-famous song “Malaika”. Although Fadhili William’s remains were buried in Kariokor, Nairobi in February 2001, he, hailed from Rong’e-Juu, in Mwatate Sub County,Taita Taveta County where his memory is still cherished.

The Festival Team previously has held similar events in Nairobi prior to the event’s devolution to the County and now we understand why it takes place in Voi one of the buzzing towns of Taita Taveta County.

As you may be aware, the Festival’s 5th Edition was successfully held at Galaxy Voi Restaurant on Saturday, February 14, 2015 and was presided over by HE Madam Hope Mruttu as Chief Guest of Honor, accompanied by MCAs {Hons) Ruth Ilao, Hope Mwakio, Rose Mshambala and Fundi  Maskuji..

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Madam Hope Mruttu,Taita Taveta County First Lady (Wife to the Governor Taita Taveta County-H.E Eng John Mruttu)

The  Festival’s Objectives include:

  • Celebrating the life and music times of the late Fadhili William;
  • Identify and celebrating the historical origins of the song ‘Malaika’
  • Bringing people together
  • Promoting local music talents
  • Promoting Environmental Conservation
  • Promoting Taita Hills and the Greater Tsavo as a Tourist Destination

Your probably wondering what exactly the festival is about? The list of Festival activities include traditional dances, music, food and drinks, exhibitions, singing, acrobats, tourist excursions, speeches, tree-planting, poetry, sports-including a football tournament dubbed “Malaika Football Tournament” etc

Malaika Festival has come a long way! This year’s theme of “Rehabilitating Voi River Basin and Managing Waste”– being a re-hash of the Fest’s 2012 theme of ‘Restoring Our Water Catchments'” is an acknowledgement of our degraded environment, climatic changes, which we hardly talk about, even as Voi River lies on its death-bed and, people living in this area are lacking drinking water in their homes.

This year’s inclusion of ‘Miss Mwambirwa Forest’,  ‘Miss Mbololo Forest’,  ‘Miss Ngangao Forest’ and,  ‘Miss Kasigau Forest’, are all beautiful attempts at attracting attention to the enormity and, monstrosity of the environmental Beast to be slayed.

What would the likes of Fadhili William whose ‘Úkifika Taita’ in praise of the hitherto green and lush pastures, say of the cleared forest covers, were they to return today?

See you Kesho in Voi my people!!!! and dont forget the climax at Galaxy Resort in Voi.

 

41 Eco-Friendly Tips to Save Cash

Njaanuary is here (January) but hey, who said as an environment lover, you can’t live green at a low cost? you want to know how? Please read this:

There are a lot of misconceptions about living an eco-friendly lifestyle, particularly the idea that it’s expensive, inconvenient, and requires a full head of dreadlocks. But in reality, it is easy being green—giving the planet a helping hand is just a matter of making one simple change at a time. And there’s a big bonus: These small lifestyle changes can often save you money, too.

Sure, organic foods and hybrid cars cost more than their conventional counterparts, but there are many cheaper ways to lower your waste output and reduce your carbon footprint (or the amount of greenhouse gas emissions—which are largely responsible for climate change—that occur as a result of your activities and purchases). In many ways, the environmental movement isn’t about adding things to one’s life; it’s about simplifying our actions, cutting out middlemen, thinking economically, and being more hands-on—and that usually means extra change in your pocket! Put some (or all!) of these easy tips into practice to be friendlier to the planet and your wallet.

 BE COOKING WISE

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Cloth Napkins

  1. Use cloth napkins

Not only are they more durable (one cloth napkin will make it through a lot more BBQ sauce than a paper one!) but ditching disposable napkins will also save plenty of money over the years. It’ll also reduce your trash outputwhich means less energy is used transporting and processing your waste. Using recyclable paper napkins is good for the planet, but it’s even better to not have anything to recycle in the first place. Plus, cloth napkins make dinner feel oh-so-fancy.

  1. Cook from scratch

We all know that cooking at home saves a hell of a lot of cash, but it also uses fewer resources than dining out or by buying pre-made food. Although what you eat is usually more important than how it’s cooked, eating food that’s been processed in distant industrial kitchens, wrapped up in plastic and cardboard packaging, and trucked to your local supermarket eats up a lot of energy. Besides, no meal gets appreciated as much as one you’ve made yourself, so get cooking! Need some help getting started? Check out thisroundup of healthy recipes.

  1. Use a pressure cooker

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This is a terrific way to save time, money, and energy all at the same time. Pressure cookers can take up to 70 percent less time (and less energy) to cook a meal, and they’re more versatile than one might think: They can make chili, pot roast, soup, whole chickenscorn bread—and even desserts!

  1. Cook with residual heat

Turning off the oven five minutes before the meal is ready will allow the food to continue cooking while also saving some energy. It’s even easier with pasta: Once the pot’s been boiling for five minutes, cover the pot, switch off the stove, and let it sit for five more minutes. This will free up the stovetop and the pasta will be cooked perfectly al dente in less than 10 minutes.

  1. Eat less meat

Meat isn’t cheap, and it’s not great for the environment, either. Seventy percent of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed to raise cows, and meat production results in more carbon emissions than any other protein. We’re not telling you to go completely vegan (unless that’s your bag), but learning to cook a few choice vegetarian  meals will save money, add variety to your palate, and give the planet a helping hand.

  1. Grow your own food

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It’s nowhere near as complicated or time-consuming as it sounds, and it’ll eliminate the Sasquatch-sized carbon footprint of all those refrigerated trucks and planes importing berries from South America. Cherry tomatoes, salad greens, and green beans are the best foods to grow if saving money is the goal. For those of us who don’t have a garden, simply growing herbs on a windowsill can save hundreds in the long run.

  1. Start a compost pile

A compost heap will save money on fertilizers, maintain soil health, and keep all those food scraps from rotting in a dump and belching methane (a greenhouse gas) into the atmosphere. It takes up to 18 years for a corn cob to decompose in a landfill, but only a couple of months in a compost pile. Plus, compost can be used to grow new food, making it the ultimate recycler—now that’s eco-friendly!

  1. Ditch disposable bowls..

… and plates, and knives, and forks. While the temptation of having nothing to wash up after a meal is hard to resist, increasing the pile of garbage left after dinner is no way to help the planet. Following this advice is important for all the reasons it’s important to use cloth napkins over paper ones, and besides: the less you throw away, the less you spend.

  1. End food waste

Forty percent of food in America gets thrown away—that means 40 percent of all the greenhouse gases released by agriculture, food transport, and food decomposing in landfills simply doesn’t have to exist. A lot of the waste takes place in supermarkets and restaurants, but you can help out and save money by only buying what you need (think two carrots instead of a bag), saving or freezing leftovers, and repurposing scraps. Check out this article for more easy tips!

  1. Become friends with your toaster oven

Toaster ovens are a lot cheaper and less wasteful than conventional ones. They’re also faster, requiring none of the “pre heating” nonsense of those clunky, power-mad ovens. In fact, using smaller versions of traditional appliances is practically always cheaper, faster, and more environmentally friendly: A toaster beats a toaster oven (for toasting, at least) and using an electric kettle beats boiling water on a stovetop.

  1. Microwave when possible

They use even less energy than toaster ovens (and way less than conventional ovens), plus you might be surprised by the range ofmeals (and desserts!) that can be made in a microwave

BE WATER WISE

  1. Opt for reusable water bottles

Here’s a secret a lot of people don’t seem to know: Tap water is drinkable. Keeping a nice, BPA-free water bottle in your bag is aninsanely simple way to save the cost of a three-dollar bottle of water—the same cost of 700 gallons of water out of the tap at home. Bottled water is incredibly wasteful on so many levels: An estimated 80 percent of them don’t get recycled and, because of the plastic production process, it takes three times the amount of water in a water bottle to produce just one!

  1. Install a low flow showerhead

Jerry and Kramer aren’t big fans, but we’ve come a long way sinceSeinfeld. Going with the (low) flow is an easy way to use 25 to 60 percent less water in the shower, which means big savings on the water bill. Most showerheads are adjustable, so it’s easy to use the low flow setting when lathering up and a high flow when it’s time to rinse. Most of them cost about five dollars—talk about a no brainer!

  1. Turn off the tap

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It’s an all-too-common habit to leave the tap running while washing your face, brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, and so on. Sure, the tap might get a little soapy if you turn it off while lathering your hands, but think of it like turning off a light when it’s not being used—it’s simple, brings no inconvenience, and saves a lot of resources in the long run.

  1. Repair that leaky faucet

Drip, drip, drip… it’s not just agonizing to listen to. A leaky tap can waste 140 gallons of water a week—that’s a pretty big dent in the utilities bill. People are often unaware of leaks, so make a note to check all fixtures (including pipes under sinks) regularly.

  1. Cover your pool when it’s not in use

Not only will it keep the water from evaporating and prevent the need for refills, but the pool will stay cleaner, require fewer chemicals, and reduce the need to run pumps and filters—all of which can save water and energy.

  1. Take shorter showers

We all love the feeling of a nice, hot shower, but five minutes is really all we need. Shaving even one minute off of the daily shower will save nearly a thousand gallons of water every year, which translates into big savings on the water bill—and it’s better for the planet.

  1. Wash produce and save the water

There’s no reason we can’t wash fruits and vegetables in a large bowl and save the runoff for watering the garden or lawn (or those little potted plants). The same thing can be done after boiling pasta or potatoes—just make sure the water’s not salted!

BE ENERGY WISE

  1. Change that light bulb

How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb? We’re not sure either, but we know they’d be replacing it with a CFL, or “compact fluorescent light.” Like most eco-friendly gadgets, they’re more expensive up front (about five dollars a bulb), but they use a quarter of the energy and last 10 times longer—so the steeper cost will more than pay for itselfWith lighting comprising 13 percent of the standard energy bill, it’s worth the change.

  1. Turn down the water heater

When was the last time you used the “hot” tap without also turning on the “cold” one? Whether showering or washing up, we rarely need tap water as hot as it can get, so why not turn down the hot water heater? The standard setting is around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but adjusting it to 120 degrees could save up to 10 percent in water heating costs. Try it out!

  1. Get insulated

President Obama said it himself: Insulation is sexy stuff. Uninsulated homes don’t just lose heat and cool air, they’re also wasting energy and money—two things we should keep an eye on! Up front, the cost can seem hefty, but like most things, the benefits come over time. It might even take a few years to make back the installation cost, but the reduced energy expenditure means your carbon footprint (and energy bill) will start reducing immediately. Pay special attention to insulating the attic and basement (but don’t worry so much about the garage).

  1. Carpool

It saves gas and means fewer cars on the road—which means less carbon emissions. Plus, it’ll keep you punctual and save the passengers from all the road rage that comes with fighting rush-hour traffic.

  1. Think about solar

People are so serious about solar energy these days that the US government now offers tax credits to homeowners who install some panels to supplement their energy expenditure. It’s not a bad deal, but for those unwilling to take the risk that the initial cost will pay off, some companies, like SunRunSolarCity, and Roof Diagnostics, are willing to take that risk for you. If you’re in a state that they work in (and your roof gets enough sun), they’ll set everything up themselves free of charge, and shave at least 10 percent off the electricity bill by doing so.

  1. Watch those windows

When running heat or air conditioning, keep all windows and doorsclosed as tight as possible so air doesn’t escape the room. It’s easy to forget that a window might be open a crack, but when air is seeping out of a room, the heater or air conditioner is working harder than it needs to, which means unnecessary cash (and energy) is being spent.

  1. Unplug everything

A lot of appliances, (un)affectionately called “vampire appliances,” use up electricity even when they’re switched off. Set top boxes (like Google TV and Apple TV) are the worst culprits, but DVD players, modems, and computers also act like little Draculas, sucking up power even when they’re meant to be “dead”. Taking a wooden stake to your appliances is one solution, but the cheapest might be to invest in a power strip and turn it off every time appliances aren’t in use—or just go the manual route and pull the plug.

  1. Buy energy-efficient appliances

Look for Energy Star Appliances, which cost a bit more money to buy initially, but are more durable, more environmentally friendly, and will save cash on utility bills. An Energy Star clothes washer, for instance, uses 50 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than standard washers, which means big savings… over time. You’re patient, right?

  1. Fix stuff when it breaks

Sites like Taskrabbit and Gigwalk make fixing the unfixable way easier and cheaper than it used to be. If the washing machine burns out, don’t throw it out with the bathwater (or laundry water). Getting help is now a simple matter of online crowdsourcing, and it’s a great way to reduce waste and add years to an appliance’s lifetime. You wouldn’t kill an appliance that didn’t have to die, would you?

  1. Line dry

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If you have a clothes dryer, there’s a good chance it uses more energy than anything else in your home. Grab a clothes rack, set up a clothes line outside, or just hang wet laundry on clothes hangers around the house. Hang ‘em high and they’ll be dry in a day or two—without spiking the electricity bill

  1. Turn off the lights

There’s a reason light switches are located by the door! Make a habitof turning them off when leaving a room, and especially whenever you leave the house—you’ll save energy (and save on the energy bill) in the process.

  1. Know your dishwasher

Switching on a half-full dishwasher wastes water, energy, and money like nobody’s business. Always fill it to the brim, and learn to use the “delay” feature. A dishwasher that doesn’t run until after midnight will rack up some of those sweet off-peak energy hours, saving some cash and helping the planet by reducing peak hour electricity demands.

  1. Know your washing machine

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Front-loader washing machines use less water and energy than their top-loading brethren, which is something to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new one. Choose an Energy Star washing machine with a low (six or lower) “water factor,” which is the number of gallons per cycle, per cubic foot that the washer uses. It’s also best to wash with cold water as often as possible—about 90 percent of the energy used by a top-loader is for heating the water—and never run half a load!

BE “STUFF” WISE

  1. Host a yard sale

Cha-ching! While buying secondhand is a great way to save money, selling your old stuff will actually make money. Yard sales epitomize “reduce, reuse, and recycle” — meaning there’s no energy wasted on producing new stuff—and they can only result in more space at home and more money in your wallet. Include your neighbors—a bigger garage sale will attract more customers.

  1. Buy pre-loved everything

Thrift shops, Goodwill stores, Craigslist, and eBay—there’s simply no end to the places one can find secondhand stuff. Since reducing our consumerism might be the number one way to improve our eco footprint, and since secondhand stuff is cheap, there’s every reason in the world to buy what’s been used. We’ll forgive you for buying new underwear, though!

  1. Make bank on recycling

If there’s a bottle return center near you, it might not be a bad idea to save your bottles and cans for a monthly trip. Meanwhile,Recyclebank straight up pays people to recycle. Okay, it’s not “straight up” so much as it is “via coupons,” but the average user saves $130 every year through discounts and deals in their rewards program. Check them out to see if they’re active in your town and if there are other ways to “do well by doing good.”

  1. Take junk out of your trunk

A lighter car uses less fuel and saves more money, so remove the roof rack and empty out that trunk! (But maybe keep the spare tire.)

  1. Reduce your book-print

It’s way cheaper and a lot less tree-murder-y to buy e-books or secondhand ones. If you don’t have a Kindle and the used bookstore is lacking in your choice titles, pay a visit to your friendly neighborhood library—remember those?

  1. Make your own cleaning supplies

Household cleaning supplies are jam-packed with the most powerful bacteria killers in existence, expertly engineered to completely annihilate just about every organism they come into contact with. Unsurprisingly, these manmade poisons aren’t great for the environment, and many have toxic effects on animal and plant life once they enter our waterways via sewer systems. Check out our article on DIY green cleaning products that are super easy to make—the secret is lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda. Cheap and easy!

  1. Borrow, don’t buy

Before any big purchase, think: How often will I really use this ladder/leaf blower/wheelbarrow? If the answer is “not a lot,” it’s soeasy to borrow stuff (especially if you like making “thank you” cookies). If your social network is lacking in the products you require, there are plenty of websites, like Freecycle, that help people borrow, rent, or just take whatever they might need. This is some next-level human generosity, and it’s a beautiful thing to behold.

  1. Go paperless

Switching to paperless billing lowers the odds of losing bills in the mail and getting the electricity cut off right before your movie marathon. Plus, many billers offer a discount for doing so because it saves them money on stamps and printing—it also cuts down on paper, which cuts down on tree deaths (and don’t you know that trees are hugely helpful in combatting climate change?). If your biller doesn’t offer a paperless option, petition them to do so!

  1. Swap your wardrobe for someone else’s

It’s not hard to find someone who’s willing to swap his or her clothes for yours. There are a lot of websites dedicated to hooking up likeminded people (who want free clothes), but if you’d rather be in charge of selecting what clothing comes your way, check outMeetUp.com to find out if there’s an upcoming swap meet near you. This’ll save you the cost of new clothes, reduce two people’s waste, and lower carbon footprints all around—the production and transportation of even a single cotton t-shirt generates several kilograms of greenhouse gases that could be avoided with second-hand shopping.

  1. Opt for DIY beauty products

Beauty products are often expensive as all hell, and they can have some seriously sketchy environmental consequences. Many contain mercury and other toxins that can wind up polluting waterways, and let’s not forget the carbon footprint of an imported product  .

Ways to Make Your Classroom Eco Friendly This Year……

As we gear up for another school year it is important to get started on the right foot.  I have come up with a list of 23 ways to go green in the classroom. This list covers everything from ideas for classroom décor to ways to make your classroom more energy efficient, Am speaking to teachers here

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  1. Create a Recycling Center : A classroom recycling center is a great way to get kids excited about recycling. You can reduce the burden of sorting materials by designating a student “recycle ranger” to make sure everything is in its place.
  2. Upcycled Art: Reuse household items to decorate bulletin boards and classroom displays. Create colorful artwork using plastic bottle caps. Pinterest has some beautiful examples to help spark your imagination!
  3. Get Some Fresh Air Adding a plant to your classroom is a great way to incorporate nature into your teaching space and purify the air. According to NASA, bamboo palms, English Ivy, and rubber plants can purify air and help reduce stress.
  4. Creative Organizers Create organizers from common household goods.  Use plastic milk cartons to create a student supply center or use cans to create portable supply caddies.
  5. Got Scratch Paper? Create a special bin for scratch paper that has only been used on one side. Encourage students to use paper from the bin before using a new piece of paper.
  6. Data, Data, Everywhere Practice graphing and data analysis skills by creating a “green data wall”.  At the end of each week count up the number bottles and cans in your recycle bins and weigh recycled paper.  Create a graph in your classroom to track your recycling efforts over time. Incentivize students with parties and prizes for increasing the number of items recycled, just remember to reinforce to students that while recycling is good, the overall goal is reduce consumption!
  7. Green Mantras Unify your classroom theme by adopting a green mantra. Display it prominently in your classroom. Ideas include: My choices make a difference. We have the power to make a difference  in the world.

Eco-Friendly School Supplies

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  1. Acid-Free Glue Sticks Acid-free glue sticks create fewer messes than liquid glue and are better for the environment.
  2. Petroleum Free Crayons Most conventional crayons contain petroleum. There are many alternatives on the market made from soy, vegetable wax, and beeswax.
  3. Make Your Own Watercolors Finally, a way to make use of dried up markers! Squeeze the last bit of ink out of your markers to make your own watercolors.
  4. Use Refillable Dry Erase Markers Purchase refillable dry erase markers to reduce the amount of plastic waste you send to the landfill.
  5.  Clean Green Making eco-friendly cleaners can be a fun science project to do with your students at the start of the year. Many cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals. Create environmentally friendly alternatives by using common household items such as vinegar and baking soda.
  6. Go PVC Free Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is found in many household items and is a major source of phthalates – which can harm a child’s health and development by interfering with hormone functioning.  PVC has been banned from children’s products in many states but is found in many school supplies including lunch bags, backpacks, and binders. Opt for cardboard binders and natural fibers instead of PVC based-products to reduce exposure to phthalates.
  7. Save A Few Trees Encourage your school to purchase paper products made from post-consumer waste.

Energy Efficiency in the Classroom.

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  1. Let in the Breeze Turn off heating or cooling units and open the windows when the weather is nice. Enjoy the fresh air!
  2. Power Down Turn computers off instead of putting them in sleep mode when leaving school, you can reduce energy use by nearly 40 percent!
  3. Don’t Block the Airflow Books and other bulky items absorb warm and cool air coming from heating and cooling units. Be sure to keep vent areas clutter free to maximize efficiency.
  4. Stop Leaks Heat can escape through windows. Have students determine areas of energy loss by creating “draftmeters” made from thin plastic wrap and pencils. Create a lesson where students use draftmeters to identify leaks. Report major leaks to your custodial staff for repair.
  5. Create “Green Teams” Student jobs make cleaning up the classroom easier. Put students in “green teams” and use the last 5 minutes of class to power down computers, close the blinds, check faucets, and sort recycling.
  6. Conduct and Energy Audit The US EPA has a simple energy audit lesson available online. PEAK also has a great lesson plan where students calculate the cost it takes to power their classroom based on the number of fluorescent lights. Have students brainstorm ways they can reduce energy consumption in the classroom as a follow up activity.

 Environmental Change Starts with You.

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  1. Go Meatless Meatless Monday is an international campaign encouraging people to go meat free one day a week. Reducing meat consumption has been shown to improve health and reduce and individual’s carbon footprint.
  2. Skip the Brown Bag Skip paper and plastic bags when packing a lunch. There are many practical (and cute) lunchboxes on the market.  Stackable containers like Bentgo are functional and stylish.  Be sure to talk to your students about the importance of using reusable containers.
  3. Reduce Paper, Go Digital! Electronic calendars and gradebooks are great tools that can be synced directly to your smart phone or tablet.  Google Calendar and Engrade offer free and user-friendly applications.  Use productivity apps likeEvernote and Wunderlist to generate digital to-do lists with reminders on the go.
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