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What Does Eco Friendly Mean?

We encounter eco-friendly terminology everywhere nowadays: at the stores you visit, on the products you purchase, in the news you read, in eco friendly blogs and in casual conversation.  Over the past few years, environmental sustainability has become a hot topic, due partly to the buzz surrounding global warming.  People have become increasingly aware of […]

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Steps & incentives to saving energy

In the current energy landscape in South Africa everybody agrees on the need to consume and waste less energy. But how? Many tips to saving are free and involve simple behavioural changes; such as switching off lights which aren’t in use, turning off your geysers when you go away for the weekend or switching off […]

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The Water in Our Food

By Arjen Y. Hoekstra, University of Twente, the Netherlands One single component in the total water footprint of humanity stands out: the water footprint related to food. About 85% of humanity’s water footprint is related to the consumption of agricultural products; 10% relates to industrial products and only 5% to domestic water consumption. Within the […]

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What is your Nitrogen Footprint?

Are you looking for something to flagellate yourself over? Carbon footprints are last week’s news: The new hot subject for self-recrimination is your nitrogen footprint. According to the International Nitrogen Initiative, your nitrogen consumption is contributing to a host of environmental ills:

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Odd Yet Effective Green Inventions

Energy generating soccer ball, known as the sOccket is a fully functional soccer ball that uses the kinetic energy generated during a soccer game to build up a charge in its built-in battery. This battery can then by used to power small devices like cell phones. Bio robot fridge is a new Electrolux concept that […]

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When you’re dying for a lower carbon footprint

Body-disposal process offers more eco-friendly alternative to cremation From dust we are, and to dust we shall return — by burial, cremation or emulsification. As some Americans push ever harder to leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment, the funeral industry is taking a new step to help us go even more gently into […]

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Living Green and Healthy: 5 Health Benefits from Going Green

I spend a fair amount of time on Living Green and Saving Energy describing how to go green and save money as a result. But as important as saving money is for most people, perhaps it is not the most important benefit of a greener lifestyle.  Green living can improve your health as well. Here […]

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Freshwater 101… did you know??

We’ve all probably been made aware of some startling water-use statistics that are more ‘apparent’, but have we ever considered the water use/waste that is involved in less ‘obvious’ human activities?? One may be surprised to learn of some of the facts below… Diet The water it takes to produce the average American diet alone—approximately […]

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Five Innovations That Will Change The World in Five Years

IBM has unveiled a list of five innovations that will alter the way we run our lives, and change how our societies work, in five years. Among the innovations are batteries that breathe air, environmental sensors built into practically everything from our cell phones to our wallets, adaptive traffic patterns for personalized commutes, and cities […]

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