Why Artificial Lighting is bad for the Environment [Infographic]

Light pollution is on the rise, with more and more LEDs lighting our homes, offices and streets at night. In 2011, LEDs made up just 9% of the global lighting market in 2011 but it’s predicted that this will rise to 68% by 2020. This increase in LED lighting will not occur without consequence however, as LED lighting already causes more damage to the world around us than we realise.

Many species of wildlife depend on natural light to regulate their circadian rhythm, sleep patterns, mating habits and feeding. Our artificial lighting interferes with the way other species live, putting them at risk and causing many fatalities.

There’s no way of avoiding artificial lighting, since society is so dependent on it to function, but luckily there are various ways that we can reduce its negative impact. By spreading awareness of the issue, actions can be taken to protect wildlife from danger whilst we continue to enjoy all the benefits of modern lighting systems.

This infographic created by 4ever Deck shows the ways in which our artificial lighting solutions affect the wildlife around us and provide some potential solutions to the issue.

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DIY Pest Control [Infographic]

Summer is the best season to enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s also the time when you and your family are at the greatest risk of bites, stings, and the vector-borne disease that common summer pests can carry.

But did you know that there are steps you can take to make your backyard less attractive to these pests?

In the infographic below, you’ll know what to do to protect your family from pest threats this summer.

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Decorate With Greenery [Visuals]

Want to add some life to your home, but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips and tricks for how to decorate every room in your home with greenery. From the moment you step through the door to the second you drift off to sleep, you’ll be surrounded by all the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of plants.

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DIY Kokedama: Japanese Moss Ball Garden [Infographic]

Based on the ancient Japanese art, Kokedama or “moss ball” gardens are becoming a new trend in indoor gardening. In this DIY Kokedama tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a Japanese moss ball that can be suspended in mid-air by string or fishing line, or set down in a decorative tray or bowl.

Contrary to what one might think, kokedama are very easy to care for—easier than a traditional potted plant! In general, all they need is a bright location such as a window to provide them with adequate light, and a 5 minute soaking about once a week.

The process is simple and easy to do, so scroll down, read the guide, and you can be on your way to creating your own hanging garden of Babylon in no time!

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The power of plants in the workplace [Infographic]

Whether it’s that tabletop philodendron lining your office hallway or that dramatic ficus tree you see every morning in your building’s lobby, plants are quietly making the indoor spaces you inhabit healthier everyday.

This infographic shows some of the amazing benefits plant life can have indoors.

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