The Earth’s surface is 71 percent water- with a mass covering of this caliber, it can be easy to assume that the natural resource is in abundance by mistake. However, a closer look at this statistic will reveal that 97 percent of this water is not suitable for drinking. As reported by the U.S Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, only 3 percent of freshwater resources would be available for consumption. Even then, only 0.5 percent is ready for consumption. The additional 2.5 percent is untappable due to being encased in ice caps or deeply polluted.
With the human population growing at a steady rate within the past decade, it becomes increasingly necessary to conserve water. Water conservation does not mean going without water. Rather, it means utilizing the small water supply available as wisely as possible. If you’re still not convinced, educate yourself on the benefits of going green with your water and ways in which you can make the switch to a more sustainable lifestyle.
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As bills rack up and carbon footprints become measurably worse, it’s no wonder living off the grid is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle. According to the Conservation Institute, over 1.7 billion people are living off the grid, meaning they do not rely on public utilities (electricity, water, etc.)
Off-grid living isn’t for everyone, but once you’re up and running and pay off the starting costs, you’ll wind up saving tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. This radical lifestyle change can present many challenges, which is why this visual is a guide for building a life off the grid, from the need-to-know stats to the cost estimates and equipment needed to get yourself going.
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Around 22 million pieces of furniture are discarded per year in the UK and fewer than 1 in 10 people consider repairs to extend the lifespan of their furnishings.
For the sake of the environment and to avoid perfectly good pieces of furniture going to waste – a change of attitude to becoming more mindful of eco-friendly options is necessary, and it’s crucial that we aren’t compromising on this for the sake of chasing an interior design bargain.
Mattress Online have created a guide to upcycling and sustainability including what we can do to reuse, renovate and recycle.
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If you’re passionate about the environment, it’s likely that you’ve looked for places in your life where you could reduce your waste. Whether you’re a business owner running a sustainable restaurant or you’re a stay-at-home parent looking to reduce waste, there are opportunities all around us to make the planet a little greener.
That’s what the zero-waste movement is all about—the idea of completely eliminating all of your waste and living an entirely sustainable life. It sounds lofty because it is, and it may not be feasible for everyone. Like all lifestyle changes, it won’t happen overnight. Making small changes here and there can make a significant difference.
Not sure where to start? These e-checklists from our friends at Self Lender offer sustainable swaps for products we use at home and when we’re out and about. Download them by clicking the links below:
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Many food industry restaurants are finally coming around to sustainability in ways that we haven’t seen before. Sustainability presents ways in which businesses can run more efficiently, saving them money and time while helping to save the planet. Here is a quick list of the different methods restauranteurs can incorporate into their business to become more sustainable, as well as some chains who have already successfully made the switch.
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