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This is the famous design principle of the vaunted Roman military engineer and architect, Vitruvius. It translates to strength, utility, and beauty which for him, should be the three fundamentals of good design.
Professionals spend most of their time in their offices. An office is a place for work - that you all know. Frankly speaking, you are also aware that it can be a place of stress, pressure, and tension too. That is if you allow it to be.
Why do you need to get bothered if you can actually deal with it? Did you know that good design squeezes creativity and boosts productivity? Maybe that’s the first thing you need to work on in order to produce the best output the quickest way possible.
Don’t know where to start? We’ve got your back! Here are 10 helpful tips:
If your workspace is near a window, that’s great. Let the natural light in. It is a secret ingredient that increases work productivity by 20%. Poor lighting causes eyestrain, discomfort, and other health hazards. This restrains an employee from being proactive at work.
On the other hand, if you don’t have quick access to an opening, you can resort to task lighting. It helps you gain more focus on what you’re doing. Tasks that need accuracy and complete attention to detail are done easily with an increased, right level of illuminance.
Apply ergonomics principles in setting up your workstation.
Your table and chair is an essential pair that you need to perform your job. For a more functional and pleasant work process, you will need materials that best fit your body and posture.
Ergonomics is the science of designing taking into account human factors. Its main purpose is to eliminate discomfort, muscle fatigue, stress, and other risks due to work. To avoid ergonomic hazards, make sure that the dimensions of your table and chair are right for your body size. The top of your computer monitor should be below or at eye-level. You can use a laptop riser for a more comfortable position and safe while working.
Encourage movement by slight dispersion of things.
You wouldn’t want to sit all day, do you? From time to time, you will need to move around and just shake it off. Breathe in the fresh air. Walk with your feet.
To maintain efficiency while in motion, try to place some of the essential things you will also need at a distance from your table. The photocopy machine, the magazine stand, some tools, etc. Or you can simply transfer to other spots like the sofa or the pantry to spur new ideas.
Research says that as temperature rises, productivity descends. At the same time, if the temperature lowers, the employees will have a difficult time to focus because of the shivering cold. It is important that you set the thermostats and air conditioners to a degree that is tolerable and relaxing for you.
Are you the type who wants to track work progress and tick off checklists? If yes, then you know very well how ideal it is to post a productivity board at your workspace. If you haven’t tried doing this, then you should try!
As you aim to work on your full capacity, you must learn how to work systematically as well. Be organized! With the help of a task board or productivity board, you will be able to monitor the progress of your duties. This will allow you to discover how much time you spend for a specific task, or what work habits can be developed to accelerate growth and accomplishment.
Colors produce an effect on the human mind and mood. Studies show that blue is an intellectual color. Yellow is said to stir up creativity. Green calms the mind.
While there are a lot of colors, you can pick the one that induces a positive effect on you when it comes to working. Paint the walls, or bring in items of the same color that will free your mind and inspire you to finish your tasks.
Arranging plants on your area or placing a few on your table are proven to enhance cognitive function. They actually heighten employee productivity and satisfaction by 15 percent. Office plants also reduce stress and anxiety.
Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to achieve maximum work progress. Scents are linked to memory and emotion. When your office space smells pleasant, you are automatically influenced to be in a good mood and in a state ready to hustle.
The scent of jasmine re-energizes and stimulates the nervous system. Citrus makes your response time faster. While Peppermint makes you alert and prompts memory accuracy.
Decluttering is like treasure hunting. There are a lot of ways that it can benefit you. When cleaning, you will figure out that a large percent of your things, you no longer use. Meanwhile, you might find precious stuff that will be very helpful for you (you just don’t use it because of your clutter).
Your art professor in college was right when he told you that creativity outpours when you clean your environment. Do it and you’ll generate better concepts.
Noise is known to disrupt momentum. It can be very distracting, disabling you to keep your focus. Make sure that your office space is free of cacophony or excessive noise. We all know that it is quite inevitable in the workplace, but the good news is, it can be controlled.
Bonus tip: maintain good circulation within your area. More air and space equate to performance enhancement and healthy workers. It’s okay - be very personal with your office space design. You should prioritize your own comfort, wellness, and productivity. You deserve to have home-like kind of workplace, not the kind that you always run from. As long as it’s of good use, it’s firm and it’s aesthetically pleasing, it’s good design.
The organisation is against captivity; aiming to keep animals in their rightful habitats in the wild. Where endangered species are concerned, they promote compassionate conservation. This aims to protect habitats and safeguard animal welfare.
The charity have nine priorities:
Challenging captive animal exploitation – phasing out zoos and stopping suffering
Eliminating trophy hunting by exposing its immorality
Ending the illegal wildlife trade
Rescuing and rehabilitating animalswho have been in captivity
Protecting threatened species
Integrating a wildlife protection model
Protecting habitats and threatened species
Protecting UK wildlife
Educating people on animal welfare issues
What is Their Vision?
The organisation has set out to have a positive impact on wild animals. They want to protect natural habitats for the role they play on our planet.
The WCS protects wildlife and saves their habitats through:
Promoting the value of nature
What is Their Vision?
The WCS envisions a world where wildlife (both on land and in sea) thrives. They have set themselves a goal to conserve sixteen priority regions that are home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity.
The organisation is made up of both government and civil society members.
They implement various policies in education and communicationto allow for environmental conservation. Their mission is to encourage societies to ensure that any use of natural resources is sustainable, teaching societies around the world of the diversity of nature.
Their experts are dedication to a range of issues includingspecies survival, protected areas and ecosystem management.
What is Their Vision?
IUCN is to promote a world that not only conserves nature, but values it also.
With the help of over a million members, the organisation advances conservation in 72 different countries. They have over 400 scientists to help them do this, helping nature to thrive across six continents.
So far, they’ve undertaken 100 million water conservation projects and protected 119m acres of land.
What is Their Vision?
Their mission is to conserve the land and water that nature depends on.They visualise a world where diversity thrives – and people take the necessary steps to ensure this happens.
Based in the UK, the organisation works towards making a positive impact on our planet. To do this, they’re finding new ways to change the future for the world’s wildlife, such as rivers and forests.
As well as this, members arecombating climate change by pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions and moving towards sustainable living. This includes changing our methods of food production, for example. Currently – the way we produce what we eat is responsible for 60% of the loss of the world’s biodiversity. WWF is working on changing this system.
From pressuring the UK government to safeguard polar regions to combating deforestation, the organisation is helping endangered species all over the globe. Lions, giant pandas and penguins are just some examples of animals they protect.
What is Their Vision?
The WWF aims to promote a world where animals and people can not only coexist, but thrive together.
What Can You Do?
If you’re looking to protect endangered species, there are many animal welfare businesses looking to collaborate that can help you achieve your goals.
One of the most exciting parts of summer for any little one is being able to play outside in the glorious sunshine and enjoy the lovely fresh air. Sometimes it’s not always easy to get to the local park or play area, which is why creating a garden suited perfectly for your family is such a great idea. Having your own outdoor space where you can leave your little ones to play, yet also enjoy for yourselves is really important. A family designed garden is great for any household, as it offers you the ability to enjoy those summer and often winter days in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few ways in which you can create the perfect garden to suit you and your family.
No matter how old your children are, having your lawn ready for any kind of activity is always a must. A freshly cut lawn is not only great for making your home look tidy and inviting, but also perfect for a kick around with the football or even sit on a blanket and have a little read. It’s important not to cut the lawn too short however, as it can often start to look dull and become hard under foot. Having a short length to your grass will be comfortable when running around, but remember to watch out for any unwanted wildlife!
If you have a surfaced area such as a patio, decking or paving then you can use this for all kinds of activities through summer and even winter. When those rainier days come in and the grass takes a little longer to dry, it’s always great to have a surface you can still use and enjoy. Introducing a table and chairs into this area is a perfect solution for you and your family to enjoy alfresco dining, whilst also being able to use the table to do all kinds of activities in the sunshine, such as painting, drawing, and even playing games. You can then use this area for social gatherings for yourself, such as BBQ’s and Garden Parties.
One of the most exciting and educational ways to enjoy your garden with your family is through gardening. Simple gardening such as planting seeds in special pots or growing your own herbs for your cooking are perfect for sparking your little one’s minds and getting them interested in how plants grow. You can educate them on what plants need to grow, and encourage the maintenance such as watering them. Once the plants start to grow your child will feel proud and excited, as they have been a part of growing the little plant themselves. Adding fun items such as a potting bench and little child friendly gardening tools will really help to engage the child and create a fun and exciting activity for them as well as yourself.
Similar to the plant growing, encouraging wildlife into your garden is another perfect way of creating an exciting and educational environment for your children. By creating different sections of the garden that are ideal for small creature habitats you can watch the wildlife nest in your garden and educate your child on the exciting facts about them. Having longer patches of grass, wooden bark chippings or even sections with added water, you can help educate your child on different habitats and wildlife whilst they enjoy watching new creatures live in their garden.
Some more obvious additions to create a family fun garden are items such as climbing frames and swings. Having a climbing frame, swing, trampoline etc. will encourage your child to play independently, build courage and enjoy playing outdoors. It’s amazing how much children learn through play and they will enjoy themselves thoroughly too. Sand and water pits are another great choice however it’s important to cover these on an evening as pets or wildlife may find them and enjoy them a little too much!
It’s hard to believe a little plastic bottle could cause so much damage. I have two of them on my desk and they’re pretty innocuous items. They weigh 12 grams each and measure around 20 cm long with a 6 cm radius. They look harmless enough by themselves. But now imagine a million of them. Now imagine another million of them. Now imagine another million of them being added every minute of every day.
This is the reality according to a number of recent reports, which state that in 2017 plastic bottle sales the previous year had reached 480 billion globally – one million sold a minute, every minute over the course of 2016. What’s more that rate of plastic bottle production is forecast to increase by 20% by 2021.
Plastic and microplastic are a serious cause for concern for the environment as the amount of damage caused is still not fully understood. Plastic is making its way into the food chain and being consumed by tiny organisms such as plankton that feed many other species, all the way up to large mammals such as whales that have been found dead with copious amounts of plastic ingested. As the plastic makes its way up the aquatic food chain, it is increasingly finding its way onto our dinner plates.
So what can we as consumers actually do to reduce this growing mountain of waste plastic?
The Bottled Water Epidemic
One of the most obvious would be to stop buying bottled water since approximately 50% of those 480 billion plastic bottles a year are produced by the bottled water industry. A single-use plastic bottle can be easily replaced by a reusable drinks bottle which can be filled from a network of refill stations around the UK. What’s more, popular high street retailers will often let you fill up your water bottle for free on their premises even if you aren’t buying anything.
Is Point of Use Filtration the Answer?
Many point-of-use-water dispensers include a water filter to reduce chlorine content giving you bottled water taste straight from the tap. The water filter on a point-of-use cooler generally fits to the pipework so that the water passes through it before entering the cooler. I wondered how much plastic waste would be avoided by a single filter. The maths is pretty straightforward:
To test this theory I used the industry standard Hydro + water filter which has a capacity of around 6,500 litres before the carbon media inside it becomes exhausted and needs to be replaced.
That’s equivalent to 13,000 half litre bottles of water. The two PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles I mentioned earlier both weighed 12 grams, so 13,000 of them equates to 156,000 grams (156 kg) of plastic.
Compare this to the amount of plastic in a Hydro+ filter. The components weigh a comparatively tiny 141 grams. So 156,000 minus 141 grams means that using a point of use water filter equates to a net saving of 155,859 grams (over 155.8 kg) of waste plastic.
So although using a water filter does still produce a small amount of waste plastic, it’s a massive reduction compared to the equivalent volume of bottled water. It’s also worth considering how much money you could save by switching from bottled water.
Using point-of-use filtration also means that your water is transported via mains water infrastructure that is already in place rather than producing a plastic bottle to contain it and then transporting it by a fossil fuel powered vehicle, increasing the carbon debt still further. According to a 2009 study by the Pacific Institute the total energy required to produce bottled water is up to 2,000 times the energy required to produce the equivalent volume of tap water, depending on transportation factors.
Considering the number of single-use plastic bottles being produced and the environmental catastrophe that it is causing, it’s definitely worth ditching bottled water and getting yourself a refillable bottle. If you don’t like the taste of chlorine, get a low-cost under-sink water filter system for your home. And if you work in an office, request a POU water cooler is installed rather than a bottled cooler.
Looking back at previous consumer lead campaigns, it’s clear that public pressure and consumer choices do make a difference (last year’s campaign to phase out plastic drinking straws is an example) and that individual actions can contribute to wider change. So do your bit and cut down your plastic consumption by banning the bottle.
More and more Australians are interested in getting a property with a garden. This is especially true in states like NSW and Queensland. This allows them to find solace in the oasis of their own making and to grow their own vegetables and herbs. In the era of GMO, this is one of the simplest ways to keep the food on your family’s table safe and healthy. With that in mind and without further ado, here are several tips to help you get the most out of this outstanding idea of yours while keeping it eco-friendly at the same time.
1. Making your own compost
The first thing you need to learn is how to make your own compost, which is a skill that may help you keep your home litter-free at the same time. The list of things that you can compost is virtually endless, ranging from fruit, vegetables and eggshells all the way to coffee grounds, old herbs and spices and old oatmeal. You can even compost stale protein bars. In fact, it would be much more time-efficient to make a list of leftovers that you can’t compost which are dairy products and meat. It’s also highly advised that you don’t compost tea and coffee bags, as well as the sticky labels from fruits and vegetables.
2. Home-made pest repellents
Another trick worth having up your sleeve is the means to keep your garden pest-free without having to resort to the use of chemical compounds, thus polluting the soil in your backyard. For instance, a garlic-mint spray is a perfect compound to keep the insects away, and coffee grounds work as well. One more way to keep pests away from your garden is to remove all the debris that they can use as a shelter. If this seems like too much work for you to handle on your own, you can start looking for agencies that specialize in rubbish removal. Not only will this keep the pests away but it will also make the garden more hospitable for your plants.
3. Companion planting
Instead of having to work hard to keep your garden alive, why not try to make it into a self-sustaining biome? The simplest way to do so is to explore the concept of companion planting and try to make combinations that work. For instance, corn, pole beans and pumpkins are a naturally great combination, same as lettuce and eggplants. Those interested in growing tomatoes might find it handy to plant basil somewhere nearby, while radishes and carrots also work as amazing combinations.
4. Planting local cultures
Some climates, soil compositions and other factors are ideal for certain plant cultures. The best way to know for sure is to go for what’s available locally. This means that the plant that you’re trying to grow in your garden is already accustomed to the local climate and that it can get all the nutrients it needs from the local soil. This alone will make your job a lot easier. Also, you probably won’t have to invest too much in the irrigation, seeing as how the air humidity and amount of rain in the area may, on their own, be sufficient for the cultures in question.
5. Making and spreading mulch
One last thing you need to consider doing is making and spreading mulch in certain areas of your garden. Before you start, you need to consider the materials to use in your mulch. Hay, straw, bark, sawdust and woodchips are the first choice, yet, shredded newspapers may work just as great. Keep in mind, however, that treated wood (regardless of whether it’s sawdust or woodchips) may have a negative effect on your garden.
By adhering to these five principles, you’ll get a chance to completely effortlessly grow an eco-friendly garden. Also, some of these principles are budget-friendly or, at least, give you a way to effortlessly clean your home by giving you a chance to reuse a lot of items that you would otherwise have to discard.
With everything that’s happening in the world, the environment is the most affected one. That’s why we make every possible alternative that could save our environment from becoming totally damaged. So, did you know that even the lights you use for your home, office, school, or anywhere can contribute to the lifespan of the earth?
Traditional lighting might be harmful to the environment but with the use of modern technologies, environmental-friendly lightings have finally arrived! Yes, we are talking about LED lights here! Still wondering what are there advantages? We’ve got you covered! Here are the top 5 reasons why LED lights are good for the environment:
LED Lights are Energy Efficient
LED lights are energy efficient. It means that they use less electricity than traditional lightings like a fluorescent light. They are believed to produce 95% light and 5% heat which is way better than the 5% light and 95% heat produced by traditional lightings. By this reason, it will not cost you much in the long run with regards to electric bills.
Remember that if the lightings you use are energy efficient LED lights, it will have a positive effect to the environment. Simply because if we reduce the use of electricity, there’s a lesser chance of power plants to burn fuel to provide electricity. Furthermore, the gas being emitted by power plants can cause the thickening of the ozone layer and a lot more pollution. So, less usage of electricity, the more it is beneficial for the environment.
LED Lights are Long Lasting
You no longer need to think of budgeting money for your lighting needs. With LED lights, you can be sure that they will last longer than what you’ve expected. Traditional lights may seem to be cheap in price but they are made to be replaced in just a short time. Thus, giving you a whole lot of problem in purchasing one after another.
Little did everyone know that the use of traditional lights like fluorescent and incandescent carries a harmful material that will damage the environment upon disposal. Traditional lights carry a chemical called mercury which is very toxic. However, unlike traditional light, LED lights don’t carry any harmful material, assured by the 100% satisfaction of throwing them properly without giving any damage to the environment.
Additionally, you don’t have to keep on disposing LED lights every now and then as they are long-lasting than traditional lightings. This means that if you don’t throw away things, even if they are not toxic, it will still give the environment less waste.
LED Lights have Better Lighting Capacity
As we’ve mentioned above, LED lights produce 95% light, in contrast to traditional lights which only have 5% light. You can be sure that the light distribution of LED lights is way better than traditional lights. For example, if you have to light a whole room, you might be needing a lot of fluorescent because the light distribution is not that bright. This will consume more energy that will result in the emission of toxic waste which will add more damage to the environment.
However, the use of LED light in just one whole room is enough. They are well distributed in order to give equal illumination of the room without giving you their heating while functioning feels. Giving you the best possible way of less energy consumption and toxic waste emission of power plants.
LED Lights are Durable
LED lights are composed of sturdy materials that can work best anywhere and in any given season! Since they only give off 5% heat, the chance of adapting any weather season is guaranteed may it be hot, cold, or anything in between. They are ideal to be placed indoor, outdoor, or anywhere you want them, without having doubts that they might overheat.
Additionally, some LED lights have a solar powered feature which is best used in places where electric supply is not good. What’s more environmentally-friendly than lighting which uses solar power to work and doesn’t undergo any chemical process that might damage the environment?
Given the problems we are already facing for our environment nowadays, there’s nothing else we can do more but to lend a helping hand to our mother nature. So, it’s now time to switch to LED lights for your home now! You will not only save energy, money, and other lighting expenses but will also get to see the better disposition of our environment today and for the coming years!
While primarily concerned with carbon emissions, the recent Extinction Rebellion protests have refocused the global spotlight firmly on environmental consciousness. A big part of that consciousness is efficient recycling and our efforts to refrain from unnecessary landfill, as we look to help our planet recover from the stresses we’ve exposed it to.
Now is the time we all should be asking ourselves whether we’re doing our bit. Across individual households, communities and businesses alike, there are three items in particular we all should be recycling.
Considering these eye-opening numbers, aluminium can recycling represents one of the most important groups to help save on energy and natural resources, as well as reducing pressure on landfill. It’s easy to identify aluminium when it comes to separating it from steel; the latter is magnetic; the former is not.
If we recycled all aluminium properly, the UK would benefit from 14 million dustbins less of landfill on the year.
PET plastic is virtually non-biodegradable, meaning our landfill sites and, more concerningly, our oceans are overflowing with plastic.
Whilst efforts to reduce single plastic use continue, we can all do our part to recycle what plastic we use. In the UK, it couldn’t be simpler: just throw all your plastic in the recycling bin and let the professionals do the rest. A concerted individual effort can help make a huge collective difference.
Paper & Card
While paper and card are undoubtedly of lesser concern than aluminium and plastic, they account for a huge amount of waste, particularly in the business world. Brands must take responsibility for company consumption, with each office employee going through thousands of sheets of paper each year. Corrugated cardboard is also widely used in business and can be recycled to remake the same product.
At home, our increasing reliance on online deliveries mean we all have more cardboard in the house than we used to, although newspaper quantities, which were once a considerable problem, have dropped alongside diminishing sales. Still, individuals need to be accountable for paper and card, with the solution being as simple as using your recycling bin.
While businesses face confidentiality concerns with paper disposal, companies like First Mile offer secure, GDPR compliant and confidential paper recycling that offers brands a chance to safely boost their sustainability. Over the next ten years, a business’s ‘green’ reputation is set to become a defining factor in staff attraction and retention, so there’s more than just environmental reasons for a brand to improve its footprint.
With such startling consumption figures both nationally and worldwide, it’s no wonder that the cultural focus is shifting towards better environmental practices. Alongside lowering carbon emissions, reducing the impact of waste on our oceans, landfill and natural resources sits as a true priority for the coming years.
With that in mind, make sure you’re playing your part.
If you want to pursue a college degree that will bring you to a high paying career in the future, there’s a lot to choose from—medicine, business, nursing, etc. But if you want to make a difference or do something that has a positive impact on the environment at the same time, engineering is a good option.
Here are some reasons how an engineering degree can help the environment.
Alternative energy sources
One function of an engineer is to find and devise a way on how to produce alternative sources of energy. Since the world is relying on fossil fuels as the primary energy source, the process of converting fossil fuels to a power source that’s ready to be utilized by humankind has adverse effects on the environment. Impacts of climate change have been apparent nowadays, and these effects are irreversible.
Developing alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric energy have positive effects in the environment. These are renewable sources of energy that can be produced from air, sun, and water and don’t give off toxic by-products during the conversion to electricity.
Engineers can also tap into the usual equipment in your house and improve it to make it more environmentally friendly. They can also develop technology and material that is energy efficient, so the electricity and other resources can be appropriately utilized.
An engineering degree at UCR will also give you knowledge on strategies and techniques on how to dispose of waste properly to have less harmful effects on the environment. It can be useful in designing machines or strategies in recycling waste and transforming it into a valuable material. This will result in significant waste reduction as well as proper management and use of other resources.
One example is the invention of eco-bricks where plastic bottles packed with plastic was transformed into a building block that can be used in construction. These can replace cement blocks when building the foundation of buildings and houses.
Engineers can also help the environment by eliminating water pollution. According to National Geographic, around 70% of industrial waste in developing countries is thrown in bodies of water without being treated. This waste has a negative impact on having a safe water supply in communities.
An engineering degree, specifically a chemical engineering course can provide solutions on how to treat liquid waste and dispose of them properly without leaving toxic by-products. Other branches of engineering can create water filtration systems that can be used by industries as a part of their operation to ensure waste is treated before dumping in rivers or lakes.
Combats air pollution
One environmental problem almost all countries are facing, especially those that are highly developed is the alarming increase of air pollution. With the interplay of many factors such as industrialization and increased volume of vehicles on the road, these all contribute to polluting the environment. Deforestation and land conversions also reduce the number of trees that can clean the air.
Engineers can help reduce air pollution by developing hybrid technology vehicles that use alternative sources as fuel such as water and salt water. Another way that can be easily implemented is to reformulate the current fuel composition to have less emission which can help reduce air pollution in the environment.
Sustainable living and ecosystem
Engineers are also responsible for building houses and buildings, and they can also help the environment by recommending materials that will make an establishment more sustainable and environment-friendly. Some engineers promote the use of non- toxic building materials and recyclable materials. They also encourage to use the sun more efficiently by installing glass panels and even solar panels instead of relying on electricity as the primary power source. They can also develop human-made structures such as lakes and wetlands to make new homes for living organisms if there’s infrastructure projects that can harm the existing ecosystem.
An engineering degree might be one of the most complex courses in the world. The profession is high in demand because the world is continually changing to be better with improvements in infrastructure and technology. Aside from the fact that it’s a high paying job, this profession is a fulfilling job because it can create a positive impact on the environment.
It’s incredible to think that a tiny (and sometimes annoying) insect such as the honeybee is so important to humans. Honeybees help humans in many ways, from giving us food to fueling the local and international economy. Therefore, shrinking bee populations have become such a primary concern for both beekeepers and the general public. Research suggests that bee populations are decreasing by 30% each year, and the current population is at its lowest point in 50 years.
With the mysterious disappearance of bees, more people are paying attention to how bees benefit humans. It would be disastrous to imagine our world without bees. But the good news is that you can help support local bee populations in many ways.
Why are bees important to humans?
You may be wondering why there’s so much concern around shrinking bee populations. The high level of concern is because honeybees vital to human well-being. These tiny insects help us in the following ways.
Honey bees are a big reason why we harvest
Because honeybees are master pollinators, they’re responsible for fueling the growth of many different food crops. Our farmers in Florida wouldn’t be able to harvest large quantities of apples, lemons, oranges, carrots, or almonds without the hard work of honeybees. To put it in perspective, 75% of the world’s food crops rely on pollinators.
During pollination, pollen from the male part of a flower is transferred to the female element- and fertilization occurs. Fertilization then produces seeds that can grow into a new plant. Honeybees are naturally built for pollination. When they suck nectar from flowers, pollen is trapped on their tiny hairs, wings, and “pollen baskets” on their legs. This pollen is then spread to other flowers, and farmers get to enjoy a healthy harvest.
Where would we be without honey?
Perhaps the most apparent benefit of honeybees is that they produce honey. The nectar that bees collect from flowers is mixed with wax and an enzyme from the bee’s body to create this tasty treat.
Bees must work hard to produce honey- as each worker bee may visit up to 100 flowers when collecting nectar during just one trip. This is part of the reason why shrinking bee populations are a top concern for both farmers and local communities.
When honey is collected from hives or nests, it is used for various purposes. We use honey for food, cosmetic reasons, and medical applications. Honey is probably present in your facial cream, in your food ingredients, and some of your medicines.
They play an important role in biodiversity
Bees are not just pollinators, but specialists in pollination. This means that some species of bees only pollinate specific types of plants and flowers. In Florida, these plant species are highly dependent on bees so they can keep producing seeds and other new plants. Therefore, bees promote the diverse growth of plants in our Florida habitats and beyond.
Honey bees fuel the local and global economy
Because bees are important in promoting the growth of food crops, they also fuel our domestic and international economies. Food crops are typically transported and consumed across borders, and they account for a large portion of the revenue we receive from trading with other countries.
Simply put, the absence of bees would result in significant economic losses and even possible food insecurity.
How to support your local bee populations
With how important bees are to humans, we should all play an active role in protecting our bees. You can do a lot to help support your local bee populations in Florida.
Create a home for the bees
If you have a farm or garden, you can make this space more welcoming for honeybees. First, avoid clearing out bee habitats such as nests, logs, or mulch. You should also use minimal harmful pesticides that may poison your local bees.
Support local bee-keepers
Next time you’re looking for honey-based products, visit your local flea market in Florida. Local beekeepers work hard to sustain and grow the bee population, and they need your support. Also consider donating products that may assist beekeepers- such as hives, glass jars, seeds, and fertilizer.
Plant bee-friendly vegetation
Landscaping also helps local bees. Plant a diverse selection of species that bees love to feed on. Sunflowers, lavender, and dragonhead are just a few plants that grow well in Florida and will give bees a year-round supply of food.
Tire companies don’t have the best reputation. They use plants that heavily rely on fossil fuels. They’re constantly facing fines for being the biggest violators of air pollution regulations across all nations. Even their materials tend to stay in junkyards forever without breaking down well, reliant upon materials that are harmful to the environment. In fact, around 300 million tires are discarded annually in the United States alone.
More and more countries are cracking down on tire companies and forcing them to change their supply chains to conform to more environmentally friendly processes. Companies, like Giti Tire Group, have been at the forefront of the new wave of tire manufacturing, dominating the global market with innovative products.
The biggest factor in combating air pollution has been strict regulations. China has recently followed suit with the United States and Europe when it comes to Clean Air regulation. Putting an increased focus on the overall health of citizens over the unbridled free enterprise of capitalism has been an increasing trend as air quality continually decreases due to pollution, the majority of which comes from automobiles and manufacturing.
Regulations have been enacted restricting the amount of air pollution allowed in the manufacturing process, the amount of wasteful materials used in manufacturing tires, and how tires need to contribute to sustainable vehicles. While these regulations initially created a massive downturn in the manufacturing business, eventually the innovation required to stay afloat led to a renewed growth in green tire manufacturers over older, less eco-friendly methods of manufacturing.
One easy step that more and more consumers are taking is the use of nitrogen to fill tires. Because nitrogen molecules are larger, they don’t leak out of tires nearly as rapidly. The fully inflated tires help fuel economy and reduce the need for constantly reproducing replacement tires. Nitrogen also lacks the moisture that oxygen contains. This means that the tires will not rust, corrode, or rot as quickly, meaning that the tires will see an increased life expectancy.
The manufacturing process itself has begun to rely less on fossil fuels and more on clean energy to power plants. Many tire manufacturers have switched to wind turbines, hydroelectric power, and solar power to ensure a green manufacturing process. There are also locally sourced alternative energies that can be used in combination to reduce waste.
At the end of their life, most tires go to waste in junkyards. Several manufacturing companies have endeavored to reduce this by backing recycling programs and using recyclable materials. These newer, greener materials can be used to create sports fields, playground turf, soundproof buildings and studios, and more. The best programs reuse 100% of the materials from the tires, leaving absolutely no waste.
Each individual tire tends to use somewhere between 5 to 10 gallons of petroleum oil. The industry really needs to cut back on this wasteful use of a finite resource, and several companies have made great headway over the last decade.
One of the ways to do this is using sustainable and plant based materials. In lieu of the petroleum, a lot of companies have begun using sunflower and corn oils in their process. Floral latex products can also reduce dependency upon rubber. Orange oil has become increasingly popular.
One of the ways air pollution is reduced and clean air is created is with trees. They take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Tire manufacturers use a lot of rubber trees in their production. This deforestation removes these natural purifiers and creates more smog. Many companies have begun getting involved in reforestation efforts. They conduct agricultural research in the rubber tree forests and plant more trees than they cut down in their manufacturing process. This ensures long-term sustainability of these natural forests and reduces the environmental impact the tire industry creates.
Friction is a huge part of how cars work. When tires roll, they create friction with the ground. This can be useful in bad weather, helping cars to stay under your control during flash floods and ice patches, but for most of the year, it only serves to make your engine work harder.
Creating tires with a reduced rolling resistance improves the fuel efficiency of cars, reducing the emissions rates significantly while also increasing fuel efficiency.
A lot of manufacturers have begun using Silica in their tires instead of rubber. This reduces deforestation by requiring fewer rubber trees in production. Silica also reduces the rolling resistance of tires.
There are also ways that consumers can help partner with manufacturers to create a green tire industry. Here are some of the ways you can help.
Maintain your tire pressure. Tires without enough pressure have increased rolling resistance, which means your engine is working harder and thereby producing more emissions and not maintaining fuel efficiency. Fill your tires with nitrogen as soon as your car indicates they’re low and regularly check the PSI to ensure maximum efficiency.
Avoid city streets. The highways are the most fuel-efficient way to travel. With less obstacles and stops to worry about, your engine doesn’t have to constantly burn extra fuel to restart from a stopped point.
Avoid traffic. This one will reduce your stress levels. It also helps the environment. Traffic jams will put a lot of stress on your car’s engine and completely eliminate any fuel efficiency. Take alternative routes whenever possible, or ty to adjust your schedule around major congestions.
Turn your car off when you’re not driving. A lot of us like to idle when we’re waiting. If you’re picking someone up and they’re still inside, or going shopping with someone but want to wait in the car, don’t run your engine. It burns a lot of extra fuel and is constantly emitting pollution into the air and there’s no reason for it. Go inside with them when they shop and just wait on a bench or chair somewhere instead. Turn the engine off and roll down the windows for the few short minutes it will take for them to get ready and meet you outside.
The tire industry has made some great moves towards reducing their carbon footprint. Thanks to stricter regulations across the globe, they have been forced to innovate if they want to remain in business.