Packaging waste continues to be a major concern here in the U.S. and across the world. With so many products moving through the supply chain, the packages used to deliver these products can have a sizeable effect on the environment. Throwing packages away instead of recycling them and generating product packaging from scratch will only make matters worse, boosting carbon emissions and polluting the planet with toxic, non-biodegradable materials. You can reduce your company’s effect on the environment by reducing your packaging waste. From recycled materials to reusable storage containers, you can save money throughout the manufacturing process and show your support for the environment. Learn more about how your company can make a difference.
Recent studies have been released stating that even our homes can be contaminated by the daily pollutants usually only reserved for metropolitan epicenters. While these pollutants are on a much smaller scale than, say, city smog, it’s important to eliminate them for the safety of the entire household.
The consequences of efficiency are the main culprit. From household cleaning product fumes to smoke from burnt cooking ware, everyday products need to be considered with care before purchasing and while using. It’s inevitable — we need to buy modern products to function normally in today’s society. However, this doesn’t equate to carelessness.
One step to take to a greener home is to ditch artificial air fresheners. Science Direct report that 20 percent of the American population is allergic to such smell enhancers — and some may not know it. Opt for a naturally scented candle or organic and natural popery bag.
Microplastics are not a new type of plastic, but small fragments of plastics of any type. Microplastic pollution has been a debated topic among environmentalists for many years. In early January 2019, a comprehensive study revealed that microplastics are present in every part of the environment, classifying them as a global environmental problem and thereby bringing mainstream attention to this topic.
It’s no secret the Earth is facing its fair share of issues. With global warming, pollution and biodiversity decreasing, it’s more important than ever to help show our support for our planet. With Earth Day approaching April 22nd, there are all kinds of ways we can help bring awareness to the importance of taking care of the planet, not just for Earth day – but every day.
Saving Our Beaches: Engineering Solutions for Tourists’ Impact
Everyone loves a beach vacation. In colder climates especially, more and more people are taking advantage of cheap airfares for a long weekend of sunbathing and swimming in the dead of winter. In fact, 12 of the top 15 destinations were in coastal countries.
In 1995, there were around 528 million international tourist arrivals. That number jumped to 1.138 billion in 2014, and emerging economies are experiencing faster tourism growth than advanced economies, making the increase in tourism an important part of many countries’ growth.
Local economies encourage increased tourism, as it helps to grow local wealth and jobs that pay well. Unfortunately, this relaxing trend is having some serious consequences on the environment that may outweigh the economic benefits.
Some of the downsides of increased tourism include resort development, boating, snorkeling, diving, and fishing, cruise ship presence, litter, coral reef damage, and even the creation of artificial beaches. These activities introduce toxins and other harmful substances, cause physical damage and sedimentation, and exploit local fish populations.
So what can be done to preserve the benefits of tourism for developing economies while balancing the need for environmental responsibility? Engineers have a few ideas. Eco-friendly roofing systems, designs that catch rainwater for later use, innovative wastewater management, and considering the landscape when constructing resorts and hotels can all help to reduce the impact tourists have on the local environment.
These innovative solutions are key for helping to ensure that tourists, locals, the local environment, and wildlife can all exist harmoniously now and in the future. Find out more about how serious the problems caused by coastal tourism have become and how engineers are working to solve them with this resource from Ohio University’s Master of Science in Civil Engineering Program.