The world has been going through a global economic crisis for years. While some countries strive for ways to put an end to this growing strain on humanity, others are fuelling this increasing disease. All the economic policies in the world won’t help us in the future when some cannot see how their lifestyles are destroying the economy.
Human nature perpetuates the cycle
This is because some countries would rather pursue their own goals, which are driven by a wide variety of issues. These issues lead to further crises. One of the worst reasons is culture. We all understand that culture is a complex issue around the world, especially in countries that have to balance differing cultural needs.
What is the wine industry best known for? Well, wine, obviously. Perhaps a better question is: what is the wine industry not known for?
It’s not traditionally known for its eco-friendliness.
That’s largely because it’s never really bothered to publicise its eco-friendliness. Way back in 2007, in an article for Food Today, Joe Bastianic said that a significant number of vintners had already started biodynamic or organic growing and production methods, simply because the resulting wine tastes better. But, not many people knew about the move because it all happened quietly – organically, if you will.
These days, however, being green and advertising your eco-friendliness is one of the best ways to punt your business. And so the wine industry has begun to gain the ground it should already have won.
Businesses can do a lot of little things that will lower their carbon footprints and help them do their bit to for the environment. They can do a lot of big things, too; one of which is to commit themselves to hosting environmentally-friendly business functions and events.
It’s a big thing because it involves a mindset change. It also takes a little more time and research, and if there’s one thing that businesses can’t really spare, it’s time.
Why more research?
Because you’ll have to research just about everything.
1) It starts with the venue.
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Have you ever looked at a polystyrene container and wondered if there isn’t a replacement? These containers are functional for fast food as they keep food hot or cold and don’t leak like cardboard containers would, but they contribute to the waste disposal problems countries face. Many fast food places have opted for laminated cardboard to save money and raise their company’s environmental awareness, but plastic-covered cardboard is still not biodegradable and recyclables are seldom recycled. Think of all the plastic and glass bottles and tin packaging that end up in landfills – surely there must be a better way to transport food.
Many young girls dream of being mermaids one day, but Hannah Fraser decided to make this dream a reality. The thirty-something ex-model now calls herself a “professional mermaid performing artist” and features in advertising campaigns, music videos, short films and the like. She has come a long way since the orange plastic table cloth tail she had as a little girl and has trained herself to hold her breath for over a minute while swimming up to, or rather down to, 30ft. She also has a passion for conservation and rounded up her pro-surfer husband and actresses Hayden Panettiere and Isabel Lucas to paddle out in the Taiji bay in Japan to protest the annual slaughter of dolphins.
In the world of mobile phones, SIM only deals are beneficial for a variety of reasons. As a consumer, you definitely get a lot more flexibility in switching SIM cards, while being able to use your old phone or buying a new one independently. When buying only a SIM, you can end up spending far less money and do not have to be contracted to any particular wireless carrier, which also offers freedom.
Another benefit to SIM exclusive deals is that the consumer can support the environment and go green. If the individual chooses to use their old phone as opposed to buying a new device or recycling their old one, it is environmentally friendly. This saves electronic waste in addition to enabling people to save money.
A vehicle tracking system can be used for many reasons and, generally, will have an overall positive impact on a business. Tracking systems enable scrutiny over fuel consumption, driver behaviour and whether or not the vehicle is used only within business hours or for unauthorised use. Such benefits will not only have a beneficial impact on profit made by a company but the environment will also be positively affected.
Van trackers are used far more in contemporary society now than in the past due to many businesses, such as utility companies, needing to know where their repairmen are at all times. This knowledge enables efficient response to call-outs as the closest vehicle can be dispatched which reduces the amount of time the customer has to wait. This also has a beneficial impact upon the environment, as it reduces the amount of vehicle mileage by dispatching the vehicle which is already closest to the area.
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Today I came across an article that exhibited everything that deflates hope and inspires indifference. It features on a Namibian newspaper blog and is ironically titled to make it sound like it is about caring for seals.
Namibia is being boycotted by The Seals of Nam because the country still clubs seals, even though it has been pointed out to the government that the industry is not lucrative, and destroys the balance in the marine life as well as one of the country’s biggest commodities, tourism. In fact, according to Seals of Nam, Namibia is ignoring a report that states it can make three hundred times more revenue from seal-viewing ecotourism and continues to up its Total Allowable Catch (TAC) quotas even though scientific data states that is totally unsustainable. The leaders might have skipped their tourism course, but it is evident to everyone else that this will adversely affect the county’s economy.
Gerd Ludwig’s “Long Shadow of Chernobyl” project is a series of photographs depicting the town of Chernobyl, Ukraine and its surroundings at different times since the disaster. Ludwig went to the town for National Geographic Magazine in 1993, 2005 and 2011. The disaster occurred on 26 April 1986, when a systems test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant went wrong, causing an explosion and fire that released large quantities of radioactive fuel and core materials into the atmosphere.
The town of Pripyat is closest to reactor number four and its 50 000 residents were evacuated after authorities eventually told residents that they were in danger, it was 36 hours after the disaster. People left behind all their possessions as the fled. Ludwig’s photographs capture the haunting emptiness of the town that was once bustling with life. Plants grow over some of the dilapidated buildings and gas masks litter the floors of others.
If you have decided to go green, you are likely searching for ways to further implement the lifestyle into your every day routine. Going green can very easily change the way you clean your home. Below are 12 natural cleaning tips for your home that will limit the negative impact on the environment. Will you take your “go green” mentality and implement it into your house cleaning skills?
- Avoid cleaning with harsh chemicals. Chances are that the chemicals under your sink aren’t environmentally-friendly. Take a minute to read the labels on your cleaning products. You will quickly find that they are highly toxic. Get rid of them and invest in products that have a green label. Be cautious, however, when choosing the products. Don’t fall for gimmicks but invest in products that truly are eco-friendly.