As soon as we hear the word natural, a warm and fuzzy feeling wakes up inside us. Natural is always better, there is simply no room for debate about it, but most people aren’t exactly sure as to why, and even when they have a vague idea, they ask themselves in which ways and to which extent turning right and landing in the Natural Skincare Lane and Natural Makeupville is really beneficial for them. If you need any convincing, steering in that right direction, read on, because the list of benefits will be enough to persuade you.
Bottled water is a booming industry, and its sales continue to grow. In the US alone, 97 billion bottles of bottled water are bought each year.
But, is bottled water really that much better than its tap water counterpart? Is it any safer, tastier, or healthier than tap water? And, what about the environmental impact of plastic bottles?
In the infographic below, we compare the differences between bottled water and tap water. You’ll also learn why bottled water really isn’t much better than tap water:
This useful guide shows how you can make an eco-friendly classroom by making some switches regarding energy, water and supplies and encouraging recycling.
Every day, homeowners and landlords use a wide variety of cleaning products to spray, scrub, buff and polish our properties in the efforts of creating a cleaner, safer and welcoming environment within which to live and work. Unfortunately, whilst these cleaning agents may leave our homes looking sparkling on the surface, it can be shocking when you scratch the veneer and unearth the detrimental impact these cleaning agents can have on your health and the environment as a whole.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outside air due to the accumulation of volatile organic compound (VOC) levels caused by chemical cleaning agents. Moreover, every year over 100,000 marine lives are killed as a direct result of the plastic packaging pollution related to commercial cleaning products. Combine these numbers with the additional marine and animal fatalities caused by toxic pollution (when synthetic cleaning chemicals enter our natural waterways) and the result is a dramatic decrease in wildlife numbers and the degrading function of local, national and global ecosystems.
Despite these dire circumstances, there are several steps which homeowners and landlords alike can implement to improve their health and to safeguard the environment for the future. Using eco-friendly cleaning agents within your home can improve air quality, reduce your personal carbon footprint and inspire others to adopt environmentally conscious cleaning practices. To help you do so EP Cleaners have created an extensive resource, which will equip you with everything you need to know in order to clean your home in an efficient, affordable, and eminently eco-friendly manner.
For many businesses, going green is a matter of changing the way they work. By reducing waste in their operations or using sustainable materials in their production, these businesses lessen their impact on the environment. However, these are not the only means through which companies can become more eco-friendly. In fact, many businesses can shrink the size of their ecological footprints through the places in which they work.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program provides builders and property owners with standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Achieving LEED certification means a building exemplifies many of the principles behind sustainable building design. LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly, which therefore helps the businesses inside of them reduce their overall impact on the planet. Even if they don’t employ other methods, sustainable building design helps businesses become greener.
Businesses in the green industry — or any that simply want to become more sustainable — need to understand LEED and what it means for their properties. There is a strict process through which buildings can become LEED-certified. Additionally, there are specific standards those properties must meet before they can be certified through the LEED program. Property owners and businesses also need to understand the different levels of LEED certification and what they mean.
The accompanying guide breaks down what LEED certification entails, and can serve as a helpful resource for any business working to go green.