Green at Heart, Saving the Planet one Plastic Bottle at a Time

Reusing or repurposing products is cost effective, besides being a green idea.  When buying products, one needs to be choosy.  Those products that are made from recycled material and which are recyclable themselves are preferable.

Recycling benefits:

  • Conserves natural resources
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the waste that goes to landfills and the amount of waste that is incinerated.
  • Saves energy
  • Creates jobs

Plastic doesn’t decompose, which makes it a problem for landfills.  It’s best to check which kinds of plastic are accepted by recycling centres.

Plastic products are given different numbers for recycling purposes:

  • #1 (PET) – bottles
  • #2 (HDPE) – used in opaque packaging containers
  • #3 (PVC) – used in toys and window blinds
  • #4 (LDPE) – used in grocery bags
  • #5 (PP) – used in yoghurt and butter tubs and baby bottles
  • #6 (PS) – used in Styrofoam and CD cases
  • #7 (O) – may be mixed plastics

(Source:  greenexaminingroom.com/which-plastic-numbers-are-safe-zero-maybe-2-4-5)

So when green at heart, consider recycling.…

Eco-living Tips

Eco-Sabbath:  Once a week, for an hour or other set time period, don’t use any man-made resources – no buying, using electricity or answering your phone.

Replace your disposables:  When these run out (razors, batteries, etc), replace them with reusable materials.

Buy used goods:  Furniture, such as tables in good condition, costs a fraction of the price of new.

Make your own resources:  Where possible, making your own goods reduces waste.  Make gift bags out of old cereal boxes and cover with old gift-wrap.

Share:  Share books, magazines, newspapers and games between friends and neighbours.

Use less paper (including paper towels):  Store used kitchen swabs in a small container in the kitchen before washing and reusing.

(Source:  globalstewards.org)…

Green Smart Homes & Offices & Cities & Cars originate from Recycling 1 plastic bottle

“A circular economy is one that builds economic, natural and social capital” (petco.co.za).

Plastic bottles are valuable and aren’t actually waste.  In modern times, packaging is necessary to get the product to the consumer, but once it has served its purpose, packaging is considered dirty and unwanted.

As an example of how recycled plastic is used, Isotherm is an insulating material that’s made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

Traditional homes usually have ceiling insulation that’s made from fibre glass or asbestos, which isn’t environmentally friendly at all. Isotherm is an eco-friendly and effective alternative.

Isotherm is dust and water resistant, non-toxic, without associated health risks, non-flammable and lasts longer than most other insulating materials.

The humble plastic bottle is humble no more.…

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

These are 4 R’s to help one live greener.

Recycle:  Paper, tins, magazines, glass and other items, when dropped off at recycling sites, is a contribution towards preserving the natural environment.  The more we recycle, the less natural resources we use up to create more products.

Reuse:  Reusing items such as plastic bags means less waste that needs to be gotten rid of.  Tons of waste usually ends up in the ocean.

Reduce:  E-versions of most reading materials are available today.  This means less paper taking up space in our homes.  Also avoid using disposable products.

Reducing electricity needs and water usage are also ways to follow this third ‘R’.

Repurpose:  This means reusing old items instead of throwing them out. …

How to conserve resources for a greener living

The trend towards green living is growing as people are becoming conscious about the environment. Conserving resources is always a good place to start. The first step is to change your own habits in your home, which will not only help save the environment but also costs. You will probably be surprised at how much unnecessary stuff accumulates in your home and ultimately ends up on a landfill.

So, let’s look at ways you can reduce consumption in your home:

Use less paper

Avoid using paper cups and plates: There is no need for paper cups and paper plates if you have a fully stocked kitchen. If you don’t feel like doing dishes, then rather eat out. It’s more costly producing these items and then having them end up on a landfill.…

Radio Live Green Smart Launch Transcript

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Title: Transcript of the Launch of Radio Live Green Smart
Presented by: Emmanuel van der Meulen
Date: 1 May 2017
Number of Speakers: 1
File Duration: 26:28
Transcriptionist: Jacqui Jonk

Links are at the end of the transcript.

Transcript Breakdown:
00:01 Introduction to Radio Live Green Smart.
02:12 How to promote the radio station using #LiveGreenSmart?
02:56 The birth of Radio Live Green Smart.
05:27 The hype of green living.
09:10 How to start living green.
12:44 Return on Investment of a smart green home.
16:40 The benefits of living in a green smart home.
22:48 Wrap Up

00:01 Beginning of recorded material:

Emmanuel:

It’s 16h00 GMT time or 18h00 SAT time. Welcome, this is our first presentation of Radio Live Green Smart.…