Eco Healthy Living

Living an Eco Lifestyle

Self-awareness assists with the complexities of life and this world. Not many people know that an eco-lifestyle is one of the foundations of self-awareness and further manifests happiness.

An Eco-lifestyle is a way to be generous towards yourself, others, and this planet. The common understanding is that to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, you should spend a fortune. Instead, the opposite is true, an environmentally-friendly life is simple and creates savings.

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Living an eco-lifestyle, you save money in many ways. For example, when you use the sun’s energy and rainwater to cover the electricity and water needs of your house, you save big on your utility bills. With green products becoming cheaper and more easily available, it is a sensible decision from a financial perspective to use green technologies.
When tapping into natural resources – rainwater and the sun’s energy, you reduce your dependence on the service providers. Moreover, reducing the impact of ever rising costs.

Hydronics Radiant Heating and Cooling

There is no doubt that a hydronics radiant heating and cooling system is the most comfortable, versatile, economical, and eco-friendly way to maintain the temperature of your house. By choosing it, you experience the following benefits:

  • The surfaces of an area are cooled or heated, not only the air.
  • You experience more comfort because heating and cooling via these systems is uniformly distributed within every area, removing cold or hot spots.
  • It does not circulate dust and other allergy-causing particles.
  • These systems eliminate all kinds of fan noises, ductwork noises, and start or stop sounds, you live in a clean and quiet environment.
  • Your home is divided into zones so that the temperatures are managed individually. Each zone has a different desired temperature.
  • You are able to manage your home’s temperature, by setting the temperature yourself for maximum comfort.
  • A hydronics system when installed in the floor is compatible with any kind of floor covering such as wood, carpet, slate, stone, tile, laminate, and concrete. Nevertheless, the ideal floor coverings are tile and concrete due to their conductive properties.

Borehole

All those who think that drilling a borehole may take several days, need to think again. Drilling a water borehole is a 4-Step process. Here are these 4 steps:

Step 1: Hydro-geologists finalize the borehole’s site

The very first step is the examination of the site by hydro-geologists. They have the knowledge of various borehole drilling methods and they utilize this knowledge to understand the geophysical properties of the site. Moreover, they make sure that you don’t drill into any manmade infrastructure (cables, pipelines, etc.) or natural hazards (like fractures or faults).

Step 2: Drilling + Construction

After the green signal by hydro-geologists, the process of drilling starts. Though not easy, specialists with ample experience make it look easy. After the borehole is drilled, the essentially unstable borehole sides are steel cased.

Step 3: Determining the Borehole’s Yield

This step involves an aquifer test which is used in determining the yield of the borehole. To carry out this test a water pump is installed to pump the borehole water for a given time and at a given rate. Then, the evaluation of the test result is done to determine the maximum yield.

Step 4: Pumping and Piping

This is the last step. The kind of piping as well as the pumping system is determined, and depends on the way borehole water would be used. Boreholes are an excellent solution to overcome a water crisis.

Rainwater Harvesting

Harvesting rainwater is not a tough task, nor does it require any technical expertise. Below are some of the most common methods available to anyone wanting to conserve rainwater at home.

  • Establish A Rain Barrel
    This is the easiest method to harvest rainwater. You just need a rain barrel (or use an old drum or a big trash can) and connect it with a pipe that moves the rainwater from the veranda or rooftop of your house. Remember to cover the barrel’s top, otherwise it will become the breeding place for mosquitoes.
  • Make A Rain Garden
    Build a rain garden at your home. It’s a hollow landscape which uses local soil, native plants, etc. to free the water from pollutants, and allows it to settle in the ground. It is very easy to build, looks good all year, and positively impacts on the environment.
  • Prepare A Rain Chain
    Rain chains look beautiful and are very simple to prepare (you just require some materials and tools to make one). The biggest advantage of rain chains is that they are a beautiful alternative to PVC downpipes. These environmentally-friendly and fashionable accessories prevent the rainwater runoff by transferring it downwards to a storing container or a drain.

Vegan Food

It is fair to say that every diet has some pros and cons associated with it. Vegan Diet is the only diet that has maximum positive effects on humans, for animals, and the complete ecosystem. Here are some major benefits:

  • A Vegan diet is rich in some specific kinds of nutrients. When you start consuming a Vegan diet instead of your usual diet, you start consuming a lot of whole grains, vegetables, fruit, peas, beans, seeds, and nuts. With the consumption of these foods, your daily intake of various beneficial nutrients also increases. A Vegan diet provides more antioxidants, fibre, and plant compounds.
  • A Vegan diet helps you lose extra weight. Various observational studies have revealed that vegans are usually thinner and have low BMI (Body Mass Index) in comparison to non-vegans. Moreover, amongst all the diets, a Vegan diet is more effective when it comes to weight loss.
  • A Vegan diet helps in lowering the levels of blood sugar and improves kidney function. The Vegan diet helps in reducing the levels of blood sugar in diabetic patients. When people start following a Vegan diet, they usually substitute meat for plant proteins and this reduces the risk of improper kidney function.

PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR ELECTRICITY

When determining and designing our PV Solar Electricity System, with the engineering supplier and installer we need to take several things into account – but the main thing to take into account is, to not skimp on the number of PV solar panels, or on the number of backup batteries required. However, there is a point where the size and cost of the installation would become impractical.

Take into account: the size of the roof or where the standalone PV solar panels will be installed, where the backup batteries will be placed and lastly the cost and our budget. Maintain a balance with these factors. By example, where a balance is maintained, the hybrid PV Solar Electricity including the backup Batteries, will supply your home and all its appliances, on a twenty four hour basis – and selling excess Solar electricity to the power grid to cover the costs where power grid electricity is used, would result in almost zero monthly electricity costs.

HYDROPONICS

There is another better way to grow vegetables without harming the environment and it’s known as Hydroponics. Growing hydroponically is a guarantee of getting healthy and nutritious vegetables all through the year. Hydroponic plants are grown in water rather than soil. All the essential nutrients are mixed in water and because of the absence of soil, they reach the plant’s body fully and in a shorter time.
There are various advantages of growing plants without soil. If you see it from the perspective of hydroponic growers, they get greater yields in comparison to conventional methods.

The roots of hydroponic plants dip directly into the nutrient and mineral-rich water solution – plants get their food easily.
Moreover, hydroponic plants are protected against various pests. As you might know soil contains pests, so developing plants without it means a clean growing system which ultimately means fewer diseases. Since growing plants hydroponically is an indoor process, you’re able to grow them all year round.
Today, there are various automated systems to grow plants hydroponically. With the presence of timers and controllable by computers, these systems simplify the whole process of growing plants hydroponically.

SMART TECHNOLOGY

Whether it is your appliances, your laptop or your smartphone, smart technology is used everywhere to make life easier. The same with using smart technology combined with hydronics radiant heating and cooling, to maximise living an environmentally-friendly eco-lifestyle.

Smart technologies are employed to reduce energy usage in a big way (lower energy bills).

Smart technology is rapidly blending into human life. We are mostly unaware that many aspects of everyday life are managed by smart technology. In the case of rainwater harvesting, the latest smart development is talking tanks in which continuous monitoring of the water level of harvested rainwater takes place.And where required, the water is released at a controlled rate.

Water is released when it reaches the previously set points. These points are set by the user on the basis of storm or rain predictions.

Smart technology, no doubt, is easing every sphere of human life and in the case of Photovoltaic systems, is now a vital part of life, especially for people practicing an eco-lifestyle.

Eating Wholesome Food

When observing the current environmental and physical condition of planet earth, you’ll get a feeling that something is wrong somewhere. Planet earth is taking strain. A further observation is, some people cause harm to the environment whereas others take steps to save it?

The answer lies somewhere in your eating habits and the diet you take. Remember the old saying, You Are What You Eat. If the bigger portion of your diet is bad food (such as fast foods), and it affects your brain negatively, this in turn leads to further anomalies such as harming yourself and the environment.

There are some good foods one should consume and there are some bad foods one should avoid if one wants a healthy mind, body, and soul. While exploring eating patterns and diets, you will come across diets claiming to be good, and you will also find numerous followers of these diets. All the followers of a particular eating habit believe that they are consuming good foods.

ECO POOLS

People know eco pools by different names such as Natural Swimming Pools, Organic Swimming Pools, Chemical Free pools, Green Pools, Ecological Pools, Bio Pools, Spring Pools and Pure Water Pools. Whatever be the name, all have the same purpose – to provide you with sparkling clean water by natural means, that of cleaning the pool water via a live ecosystem of aquatic life.

This results in a rich indigenous water-based garden cradling a natural, clear pool, where the water is precisely cleaned, soft on your skin and instilled with curative energy. No chemicals, no salt, and no sterilization devices, a perfect green and eco system.

The water in natural swimming pools, like a mountain stream’s water, is harmless, potable and safe for human consumption.

This is the eco-friendly alternative to chlorine.

ECO INNOVATION

Some organizations hold Green Events to teach us innovative and effective ways to live an eco-lifestyle. For example, various Green Events are conducted where people are taught to generate less and less waste and recycle/reuse the remaining waste.
Eco-products or environmentally-friendly products are intended to save more resources and reduce environmental pollution in a major way. These products are rich in nature-friendly features and follow the principles and concepts of eco-design. To develop such products, improved raw materials are used. Biomass and recycled materials are two of the many examples of improved raw materials.

When you decide to welcome eco-products into your life, this decision will bring numerous positive changes to your life as well as to the environment. For example, you’ll have a healthy body, a calm mind, and a harmonious life. Your decision to efficiently use resources will also help the economy to grow and improve the lives of the underprivileged.

ECO HEALTHY EATING

Today, a lot of baffling advice is available when it comes to Eco Healthy Eating.. A group of experts view eggs as a natural bounty whereas another group emerges from the unknown and says that eggs raise cholesterol. Similarly, some people see coffee as a good healthy drink whereas some say that coffee causes cancer. This happens with all health products; all such claims are ambiguous and confusing.

We come across such conflicting nutritional advice and are confused. According to the American annual Food and Health Survey by The International Food Information Council (IFIC), people are now questioning their own food choices and are searching for ways to make their diet healthier.

Do you know the root cause of the confusion? It is the health food industry: the manufacturers, the marketers, and the advisors of healthy food. Their hunger for success is behind all the ambiguity and confusion, and we know very well that success in business is directly proportional to profits.

In order to make their brands accessible to more and more people, food producers frequently come up with new lines of healthy products and with numerous tips, tricks, and advice to remain healthy. This overflow of information results in confusion for those looking for eco-friendly food recipes..

Switch to Zero Added Sugar

  • When you regularly consume a diet rich in sugar, you’ll experience premature wrinkles and reduced elasticity. However, when you slash the sugar intake, you’ll get younger-looking skin.

  • You experience more comfort because heating and cooling via these systems is uniformly distributed within every area, removing cold or hot spots.
  • Added sugar is a simple carbohydrate and present in almost everybody’s diet. It is digested quickly and enters the bloodstream; a quick shot of energy and as soon as this shot is metabolized, you start feeling low on energy. When you skip added sugar, and eat healthy fat and high protein food, you’ll consistently get energy, which lasts longer.
  • A habit such as drinking sugary-soda daily, results in extra weight, especially in your belly area. When you cut out sugar from your diet, you’ll get rid of belly fat, fast.
  • The increased levels of insulin not only affect the tummy, it puts fat cells all over the body resulting in increased weight. When the sugary foods in a diet are replaced with healthy fats, the insulin remains stable and very few calories get converted into fat. The result is less hunger, increased metabolism, and the ability to lose weight without struggling.
  • When you eat fewer sweets, your insulin remains in control and you can easily shed weight. Besides this, you will also get protection against type-2 diabetes.

Sugar Disguised On Food Labels

After reading this, if you’re curious about finding out if the food product you are buying contains added sugar or not, you’ll find the list of ingredients on the side, bottom, or back of the food or drinks packaging. Added sugar would be mentioned as sugar, corn sweetener, brown sugar, corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, glucose, fruit juice concentrate, honey, high fructose corn syrup, invert sugar, maltose, lactose, malt syrup or maple, nectars, molasses, sugar cane juice, raw sugar, and sucrose. In fact, the list is very long with more than 55 names.
Do not believe the phrase “lightly sweetened” on any product because it may contain anywhere from 1-100g or even more sugar. But if you find a product labeled as “No Added Sugar”, take a sigh of relief, that product is fine and beneficial to your health.

Processed Food

As with every diet, you experience benefits only when you are consistent and include various nutrient-rich green foods in your diet, instead of processed ones.
A type of diet which is above reproach and positively impacts the environment, is the Vegan diet. All the food products in this diet are derived only from plants and fruit. All those eating a vegan diet cut out all animal products, even eggs, honey, dairy, and gelatin.

The biggest followers of a vegan diet are those subscribing to an eco-lifestyle. They not only eat vegan diet foods, they also distance themselves from soaps, clothes, or other items sourced from animals in any manner.
Many people say that animal products are vital and an easily accessible source of vitamins, protein, minerals, iron, and non-saturated fats. A shift towards a vegan diet means searching for alternatives. But this small lifestyle change prevents cruelty towards animals, resolves environmental concerns and results in a healthier life.
You do not need a supplement-rich diet to make sure that all the essential nutrients enter your body. All you have to do is eat a balanced diet incorporating whole, natural foods and avoiding processed ones – this is the actual secret to eating.

Costs To Bring Non-Eco Food To The Table

  • The consumption of a Vegan diet reduces the emission of greenhouse gases. The production of livestock causes more than 14.5% of the total greenhouse gas emission. Lamb and beef are responsible for maximum greenhouse gas emissions. The emission from the production of one gram of lamb or beef is 250 times more than that for legumes.
  • When the demand for Vegan diet increases and livestock decreases, the damage caused to the soil and crops from their grazing also decreases.
  • A huge amount of water is required to raise livestock. When people consume a Vegan diet, they play a major role in saving water. Moreover, crowded farms generate a lot of waste and this waste is stored in big manure lagoons.
  • When taking this further, and consuming locally produced fruit and vegetables instead of transporting products from afar, further reduction in the carbon footprint is achieved (from reduced long haul fuel and vehicle costs). Roads are spared too. Traffic congestion is reduced. We’re spending less time on (less) congested roads.

Organic Foods As Opposed To Conventional Foods Using Toxic Pesticides And Fertilizers

The foods commonly available and consumed are grown with the help of artificial fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. Continuous exposure to some of these pesticides causes birth defects, development of malignant or benign tumors, toxicity to the fetus, genetic changes, nerve disorders, blood disorders, reproductive effects, and endocrine disruption. Thankfully, eco-healthy eating ensures freedom from chemicals and minimizes the risks of such dangerous conditions.

Better Nutrition: When you choose eco-healthy eating, you will be consuming organic food items and it is widely known that certified organic products contain high levels of minerals and vitamins. This better nutrition strengthens the immune system, lowers the blood pressure, and decelerates the signs of ageing.

Save the Pollinators: Since continuous exposure to pesticides can result in deadly effects on living beings, pollinators that directly come in contact with flowers and plants sprayed with pesticides can fall victim to these poisonous chemicals. When you choose eco-healthy eating, food production happens without these deadly practices and pollinators such as bees are saved automatically.

Do We Need To Cut Out All Sugar All At Once?

  • In order to cut down sugar intake, people make a shift towards “healthy snacks”. The amount of sugar in these snacks is not less than their harmful counterparts. Similarly, avoid sugar-rich breakfasts.
  • To avoid food with added sugar is at first not an easy task. Certain savory food also contains lots of added sugar. Read the ingredients list on the packaging. Food companies are very clever, they mention added sugar by different names.
  • Cutting out sugar isn’t easy. Needless to say, as your awareness and understanding evolves, cutting out added sugar becomes a journey, a lifestyle changer, ideally you’ll evolve to the point of knowing what you’re eating, and even evolve to the point of preparing and cooking your own food, drinks and desserts. Joining eco healthy eating is a journey, a lifestyle with very many benefits for yourself. And incidentally, this lifestyle has an impact on the environment too.

Unique Advertising Membership

The biggest customers of Eco-Suppliers are Eco-Individuals, but every Eco-Supplier faces problems in targeting them. Why? Because Eco-Individuals are not situated at a single place or better said, Eco-Individuals are located in different parts of the world. Some can be in your neighborhood, some in another city, some in another state, and so on. Fortunately, e-commerce has simplified shopping.
Those near you can purchase your Eco-Products as they are aware of them, but Eco-Individuals living far away cannot be your customers if they do not know about your business. In order to make them aware of your existence, it is necessary to advertise your Eco-Products. One of the common objectives of running a business is to achieve new heights in terms of sales and profits, and this applies to Eco-Supplier businesses as well. And, achieving this objective is impossible without advertising unless you are the only manufacturer.

Unique Advertising Agency Membership

Why do businesses (including Eco-Suppliers) go to advertising agencies? Yes, you are right – to get their brand, products, and services promoted. To accomplish this, advertising agencies work hard with the business and come up with an advertisement (multimedia or pictorial) that describes their offerings in the best way.
Yet, you cannot deny the fact that advertising agencies also require a platform to promote their clients’ products and services. This is where the Eco-Supplier Unique Advertising Membership of RLGS comes into play. It helps all Advertising Agencies that have Eco-Suppliers as their clients. If the agency prepares the most relevant advertisements for its clients (Eco-Suppliers), this membership provides the best platforms to promote them.
With the hard work of advertising agencies and ultimate support of RLGS in the form of the Eco-Supplier Unique Advertising Membership nothing can stop the success of Eco-Suppliers.

Continuous Efficient And Economic Advertising Via Membership

The Eco-Supplier Unique Advertising Membershipis available in the form of Set(s) where each set contains all the advertising strategies of RLGS. This is simply because RLGS wants to give every Eco-Supplier, whether big or small, an equal opportunity to grow. But there are different plans for small and larger Eco-Suppliers.
Are you wondering why this is? The advertising strategies are the same in each plan, only the frequency is different. In short, the frequency is the major and only differentiating factor.
If you opt for a bigger plan, you will get more benefits. You only need to pay for 10 months to receive the subscription of a 12 month pack.

Advertising To An Ever-Growing Eco-Audience

The Eco-Supplier Unique Advertising Membership is advantageous not only for every Eco-Supplier but for advertising agencies as well. For Eco-Suppliers, this membership is an opportunity to present their brand or Eco-Products in front of an ever-growing Eco-Audience which eventually leads to the growth of their business.
This membership fulfills the Omni-Channel advertising needs of Eco-Suppliers and allows them to promote their Eco-Products on different platforms: radio, website, Green Events calendar, social media platforms, blogs and newsletters. All advertising agencies looking for all-around promotion of their clients’ Eco-Products are also served by this membership. In short, this membership perfectly targets Eco-Individuals on all the relevant online, as well as offline, platforms.

Eco Supplier Unique Advertising Membership Components

Radio Spot Adverts

These advertisements of less than one minute (usually) describing Eco-Products are broadcast on the RLGS radio channel that has an ever-growing listener base of an Eco-Audience. No matter how much technology has advanced, radio advertisements are still one of the best ways to entice Eco-Individuals.
Today, there are various options to advertise a product or service but some of them are expensive and some do not cover the desired audience. Amongst all these options, radio is the only medium that is cheap and offers a wide-coverage. Eco-suppliers can search for a radio channel with an ever-growing eco-audience and connect with it to promote their eco-products.

Website Banner Advert

These are pictorial or graphic advertisements of a pre-determined size and highlight the offerings of an Eco-Supplier. Website banner adverts are placed on the official website of RLGS and an ever-growing base of Eco-Individuals visiting this website will also notice these advertisements. All interested visitors who click on these adverts are redirected to that Eco-Product’s respective landing page.
By creating and placing banner advertisements on RLGS’s website, eco-suppliers inform the eco-audience about their eco-products and offerings. These banner ads are an amazing way to redirect eco-audiences to to their website. These ads are placed on RLGS’s social media platforms.

Radio Discussion

These are in-depth discussions about the Eco-supplier and Eco-Product(s) and are broadcast on the radio channel of RLGS (Radio Live Green Smart). For Eco-Suppliers, these are a very important 30-45 minutes where they describe their company and their Eco-Products to Eco-Individuals.
Like informative blogs, Radio Discussions are also a great way to advertise by distributing information to an eco-audience. Eco-suppliers are able to collaborate with a radio channel that has an eco-audience and organize discussions about their eco-products. This way, eco-individuals get the latest and essential information and eco-suppliers also grow their base of loyal customers.

Omni-channel promotion

This helps Eco-Suppliers increase their reach. With technological advancements, Eco-Individuals are no longer dependent on a specific source for any Eco-Information. In order to help them, RLGS is also present on effective and easy to reach platforms such as a radio station, website, social media sites and Google Search. This arrangement makes it possible for Eco-Suppliers to do an all-round promotion of their Eco-Products i.e. on all the platforms where Eco-Individuals are most active.
RLGS is available on all platforms that eco-individuals visit the most. Whether it is a radio channel, the internet, social media or the inbox of eco-individuals, RLGS is present everywhere. Now, eco-suppliers also get a chance to advertise themselves and their eco-products on these platforms. This is known as Omni-Channel promotion and increases the visibility of eco-products via strategic placement on our radio station, our website, social media sites, our newsletters, Green Events and Green Events Calendar, blogs, and videos.