Archive October 2013

Best green apps for your Smartphone

There are more green apps than you may think. Apparently, apps on how to be green or related to green matters are a bigger deal than usual. It is probably not a sign that people are going to give up their cars for bicycles and stop eating Brazilian beef, but an interest in green matters is better than nothing.

It was difficult to compile a list of the best green apps because there is such diversity, plus there are a lot of good ones. Nevertheless, here is a list of some the many good ones.

Seasons (iPhone)

This is an app that tells you if seasonal foods are currently in. It is really nice when you have things such as apples that were grown down the road instead of coming from Spain. This app will tell you when your countries foods are currently in. You will find that your local supermarkets even have these foods in stock.

Good Guide (iPhone)

This is a rather nice app for finding out how green and ethical your current products are. It has over 70,000 products and gives you some very interesting and worrying facts, such as how a bag of cement is responsible for its own weight in CO2 emissions. It is a vital app to have for people who actually care.

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How to Choose the Right Native Plants for Your Landscape Design

Not everyone has a green thumb, but ask any Landscape design expert and he or she will tell you that there’s always hope! This hope comes in the form of native plants. Native plants are those that naturally thrive in your area, like in the wilderness, without any human intervention.

Because these plants have adapted to the local conditions, they make a beautiful, rugged, weather-resistant landscaping alternative.

Benefits of Native Plants in a Landscape Design

  • Simpler to maintain: Because the plants are in their natural environment, they’re simpler to care for. They require less of your time, and less pruning and fewer fertilizers than common garden plants.
  • Save water: Most native plants do not need more water than the normal rainfall provides, which helps conserve H2O and money.
  • Fewer chemicals:  Native plants naturally resist the pests in the area, so you don’t need to use pesticides in your garden.
  • Attract wildlife: Native plants attract the local wildlife to your garden, including butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects.

Tips & Considerations when Choosing Native Plants

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5 Sustainability Metrics to Pay Close Attention to

These days, most businesses and institutions recognize sustainability is important. Now more than ever people are aware of how everyday actions like heating a room or taking a shower are impacting the world around them.

Organizations across the board are taking steps to be more eco-friendly and often consider sustainability to be one of their core values.

However, when all’s said and done there is minimal awareness about how sustainability is actually measured. Many workplaces say they engage in green business practices, but few of them have concrete data to back up their efforts.

Often, this is unintentional, as people simply don’t know how to quantify how green they are. In order to really make a difference in energy conservation, though, we all need to use sustainability metrics to measure our impact on the environment. Here are five sustainability metrics every business should know about — and implement — in the future.

1. Material Intensity

Material intensity refers to the amount of material wasted during the creation of a new product. The metric is important because any material wasted causes us to create more of it later on and is ultimately unsustainable.

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Green Landscaping

Do you currently have a yard to take care of? Maintaining a clean and manicured yard can be difficult and time-consuming, but is a chore that must be done. How do you take care of your yard? What specific products do you use to get the job done?

Have you ever considered using eco-friendly supplies or “green” materials? Take a look below at a few tips that could not only help you take care of your yard, but do so in a new way to help protect the earth.

The Benefits

Have you been contemplating to “go green” or use eco-friendly products in your yard? Once you make the decision, you will be able to take advantage of numerous benefits, such as: nurture wildlife, reduce air, soil, and water pollution, and make healthy recreation spaces. Does this sound appealing to you?

The Beginning

When “going green,” you must start by choosing the appropriate plants. For example, you’ll want to choose native plants or parts of plants that are native. Why is this method essential? Native plants will naturally adapt to your regional environment.

Do you currently have a fence in your yard? Though you may be concerned with privacy or keeping certain things in (or out) of your yards, fences aren’t the best for wildlife habitat. Instead, consider planting a living wall or a large hedge. These two methods will also look more pleasing than a fence that can and most likely will rot or rust over time.

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What is the Next Step for Home Furniture and Appliances?

Furniture and appliances have been designed with the same technology for hundreds of years. In the past, a bed was just a tool for sleeping. In today’s technology-advanced and greener world, however, it is no surprise that the furniture and appliances of today are more technologically advanced than ever before.

In fact, the new trend uses “smart” technology to enhance the usability and technology for all users with a new twist. Take a look at some of these smart designs used in the world today to help people live in a more environmental-friendly home:

Tech-Ready Furniture

Since gadgets are such a part of our lives in the modern world, it is hardly surprising that new furniture designs reflect this fact. That is why many new furniture pieces are tech-ready. The furniture contains places to hide plugs and cords, built-in charging stations and USB ports, and even wireless technology and chargers to eliminate the need for cords in your home. Some furniture pieces even have stations to control the electronics in your home.

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