4 Easy Ways To Get Started With Eco-Living

1. Get Outdoors

When I started to spend more time working indoors, and not as much time out in the natural sunlight I started noticing significant shifts in my hormones, weight and moods.

I made the commitment to myself to spend more time outdoors every day, and get out in nature every chance I got. That might mean standing barefoot out in a park for 10 minutes, with my face looking into the sun. Gently breathing and eyes closed. With a big smile on my face. I must have looked really strange! But the benefits of feeling energised and centred and grounded were immeasurable.

A Man Hiking In The Mountain

So whether it’s hiking in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, or working in the soil with your hands – remembering your connection with the earth as well as the energy binding all of us together is an easy way to reconnect. Whenever we are in tune with this feeling, we are naturally drawn to those things that respect nature.

2. Spend Time With Yourself

As my grandmother used to say, ‘you cannot give what you do not have.’

So if we don’t invest time into caring for ourselves, then how can we expect to be able to take care of anyone else? The great form of self-love is to take the time for yourself to replenish your energy and reconnect.

So whether it is having a nice soothing cup of hot tea while reading a book, enjoying a soothing lavender bath or mediating for 5 minutes after you wake up – whatever you love to do that brings you some joy, just do it. Even if you only have time to do it once per week.

Feeling centred and rested will allow you to bring awareness to your emotional and physical states – which are a very reliable indicator of how you travel through life. Whenever you start feeling a bit off, your body lets you know that its time for you to stack a step back and become reconnected. When you are able to catch those feelings early you can reduce the chances of burning out and other health issues that are associated with it.

When you feel balanced, happy and loved, you are the best version of yourself, and you will be able to provide others with your best love. Your choices will gravitate naturally to things that are good for the planet and you.

3. DIY

Eliminating toxic chemicals out of my life has made a huge difference to my entire family’s health. Just taking this step during the first year that I re-committed to ‘going eco’ helped me save more than $15,000. Both my daughters and I have sensitivities to chemicals and foods, so I made changes throughout my whole house. It was a lot of fun to learn how to make products and infuse them with all of your love that aren’t harmful to your health. Another bonus is the reduced packaging.

The following are a few things that are easy and fun to make:

A simple household cleaner that uses essential oils (like eucalyptus), bi-carb and vinegar.

A luxurious facial scrub that uses cacao powder, coconut sugar and coconut oil

Room mists made of essential oils and filtered water

Almond milk – my favourite is lavender infused that I serve warm at bedtime.

4. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

An old saying, but it definitely is timeless. There are numerous products that are available in the market these days that are made solely out of recycled materials. Clothing, cutlery, crockery, razors, trainers – and the list goes on!

When you choose to use reusable materials like stainless steel containers, glass jars and so for, you help to conserve valuable energy resources and reduce use of the landfill. I have a pantry full of beautiful jars which now serve as storage containers. I really love how beeswax food wraps smell, and how the fabric food pouches look that my daughter take with them to school.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the knitting and sewing talents that my great-aunt and Gran had, but it can be just as effective to find a good seamstress or relative who can repair clothing. I have a lot of fun participating with people in online groups who loving clothing as much as I do. We trade and swap what we don’t want any more and refresh our wardrobes that way. We have also been able to form some beautiful friendships.

History of Asbestos Use

Historically, as well as being used by the Greeks, asbestos was also widely used in Persia, where many believed it came from the fur of an animal, and in China, where there is some evidence to suggest it was used for shrouds and funeral garments.

Asbestos was known to have been used woven into cloth right through the Middle Ages and into the 18th Century but it was not until the Industrial Revolution in the 19th Century that its use grew rapidly as it started to be used in the burgeoning factories as an insulating and fire-resistant product.

Asbestos is found naturally in many parts of the world including the North American, Eastern European and African continents. The mineral is extracted from rocks by crushing them and then milling the crushed rock to produce raw asbestos fibres.

Commercial mines began to be developed in the late 1800’s and by the middle of the 20th century asbestos was being widely used in the construction industry not just as a fire-retardant and insulating material but also in concrete, bricks, pipes, flooring and roofing. It was also widely used in the ship-building industry in boiler, engine and turbine parts, and in brake pads and clutch discs for cars and many other vehicles. For a short while in the mid-fifties asbestos was even used in the filter tips of some brands of cigarette.

But although asbestos was still being widely used up until the 1970’s, warnings of the hazards to health, particularly in asbestos mining towns, were already being published as early as the 1930’s. Medical research at that time had started to reveal a connection between prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres and lung diseases although the early deaths of young people in asbestos mining towns had been noted many years earlier.

Huge amounts of asbestos were used during World War II by the US Navy in the building of ships, even though the dangers to health were already publicised and it wasn’t until many years later and into the beginning of the 21st century that all forms of asbestos were finally banned in the UK, US, Australia and many other countries. Buildings that contain asbestos have sprouted an entire industry of companies like Fresh and Clear who conduct asbestos removal at Perth buildings and homes, luckily they stopped using asbestos in 2003 in construction in Australia. Unfortunately, not all countries have yet banned the mining, export or import of the chrysotile form of asbestos. Canada continues to mine and export chrysotile to developing countries in Asia such as India, Indonesia and The Philippines.

So while more than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), some countries continue to ignore the extremely serious risks that asbestos exposure poses to human health. Since the time of the ancient Greeks warnings about the health risks of asbestos have been ignored and they continue to be ignored today in some parts of the world.

The properties of asbestos that historically made it a useful material (its strength and its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical erosion) mean that there is still demand for it in certain countries. Even in countries where it’s use is now banned, commercial and residential buildings constructed as late as the 1980’s can still contain a whole variety of asbestos products such as industrial roofing, asbestos cement walls and asbestos roofs on outbuildings.

The largest solar farm in the U.S (for now)

After a great response about the solar farm video last week. We thought we’d post this other video we came accross.

This 290 Megawatt Solar farm based in arizona will supply power to the State of California over the next 25 years under an agreement with the energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric.

The farm consists of over 5,000,000 photovoltaic modules scattered over roughly 10 square miles. Procucing enough energy to 230,000 residences.

These videos do make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Video: Solar Farm in Halifax County

This inspiring video comes from a Solar farm in Halifax County, North carolina.It’s the biggest solar array ever installed in North Carolina.

The farm went live in 2014, before that Geenex had been working on building the farm for 2 years, the video shows them flipping the switch.

Once they fillped the switch it was producing 95% of required power at 10.30am in the morning!!

Biggest Contributors to Climate Change

Recent years have been characterized by major climatic changes. The climate is changing dramatically. This is shown through the unpredictable rain patterns. The expected rains are not received as they used to before. The rainfall is experienced earlier or later than the expected period. This is affecting economic activities that rely on rainfall. Economic activities such as agriculture. The temperatures that are becoming so hot also indicate adverse changes of the climate. Particular regions are experiencing higher levels of temperature than they used to. This leads to the question. What are the biggest contributors to climatic change? Here are some of the biggest contributors to climatic change.

Greenhouse gases

Many researches done mostly point to greenhouses gases being the biggest contributors to climatic change. These are gases that behave like a blanket. The blanket is a thermal blanket that covers the earth. The gases absorb heat from the sun. The greenhouse gases then trap radiating heat that is moving from the earth. These gases prevent the heat from escaping from the earth’s atmosphere. When this happens the greenhouse gases cause global warming. This is what is referred to as greenhouse effect.

Global warming is a major cause of climatic change. It accounts for most of the dramatic climate alternations. The increased temperature may increase the level of the sea by melting the frozen water. The sea level may also be increased by water expanding due to increased levels of temperature. Global warming also encourages heavy rainfall in particular areas while encouraging desertification in other areas. Some pests and diseases are known to thrive in high temperatures.

Some greenhouse gases include Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Nitrous oxide (N2o), Carbon dioxide (CO2), water vapour and methane gas. These gases are among the biggest contributors to climate change.

Climatic forces

Climatic forcings are determiners of climate. They also contribute a lot to climatic change. The climatic forcings include: (a)Solar irradianceThis refers to power produced by the sun per unit. The power is in the form of magnetic radiation. This is also a great contributor of climatic change. Solar irradiance at areas facing directly to the sun is more intense than other areas. Variation in solar irradiance may entirely change the climate of an area. (b)Reflection coefficientThis is also known as Albedo. It is the reflecting power of the earth surface. Areas which are unable to reflect sunlight away experience changes in climate. The Albedo may change in certain regions. This may also lead to climatic change.

Deforestation

Greenhouse gases may be causing great climatic change but cutting down of trees also contribute to climatic change. Green plants like trees act as reservoirs of carbon dioxide. They absorb carbon dioxide during the day. This happens when the plants are making plant food through photosynthesis. Absorption of this gases reduces its emission to the atmosphere. This reduces the greenhouse effect that bring about climatic change. Deforestation destroys carbon dioxide reservoirs. These leads to more carbon dioxide been released to the atmosphere. Trees also contribute to formation of rain. Forests are regarded as water catchment areas. Through transpiration trees loose water which is evaporated to the atmosphere. The water that evaporates forms clouds which eventually bring rain. Cutting trees down may change the climate by leading to desertification. Areas with few or no trees do not receive sufficient rainfall. These areas may dry up leading to change in climate of the regions.There are numerous contributors to climatic change. The above are among the biggest contributors to climatic change.