by firespin on Monday October 13, 2014

The UAE is certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world; simply due to it’s amazing weather and stunning architecture. Its rapid development has been simply amazing and with that rapid development, comes in an increase of tourism and a steady stream of income to boost the economy. What isn’t known about Dubai is that the country is taking huge steps to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. In this modern green conscious world, it’s important that every country in the world do their part to make sure our world is green and sustainable. So what initiatives and projects have been completed/commissioned to help reduce excessive waste and significantly lower negative environmental issues? How is Dubai and the UAE turning green?

It sounds a small step but recycling has become commonplace throughout the city of Dubai. Recycling bins are located throughout the built up areas and recycling is promoted all through out the city. Although this sounds like a basic step, you’d be surprised how many countries and cities within them don’t actively promote recycling. A lot of new residential apartments and homes, most of which can be found online at green conscious property sites such as AAJ Property, are built with the environment in mind from the start. Solar panels are commonplace and excessive energy waste is curbed by various means throughout the new apartments and homes.  The solar panels are used for residential homes in most cases, however, the government also commissioned to build a solar park which plans to create power for a great many of the city and countries population. Earlier this year, the park was operational, although there is quite a way to go before it is fully built (2020 is the aim).

The government has even hired outside professional environmental consultants to advise and to guide the government on the best possible strategies to reduce waste and significantly lower the city and countries carbon footprint. These strategies are being put into place slowly but they are having an effect on the countries carbon footprint. The local residents themselves are now more aware of the negative impact they could have on the environment and are being more vigilant about recycling and energy wastage. This can only be a great thing for not only the environment, but also the country and for the future of the city of Dubai.

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by HeatherRoberts on Friday September 12, 2014

When you are faced with the Herculean task of planning a home removal, taking eco friendly decisions is probably not the first thing on your moving checklist. However, as we are all well aware, being environmentally conscious and responsible should be a lifestyle trait and not a fad to be indulged when convenient. Eco friendly removals have become a very popular topic, and more and more moving companies are now offering an eco friendly removal service.

Eco friendly removals are just like any other house removals or office removals, but they involve more environmentally responsible removals strategies. Practically speaking, you can’t avoid van removals and you must hire moving trucks and transporters to shift all your luggage. However, there is a lot you can do to make sure that your moving and storage choices are more environmentally balanced. The entire concept is to ensure that your home removals process does as little harm to the environment as possible.
As we’ve already discussed, you are still going to need a man and van service Islington or moving companies with trucks to help you move. But there is a way to decrease your carbon footprint. Light removals are more environmentally friendly. The size of the load being carried in the moving vehicle can really weigh down on the vehicle and result in heavier smoke and emissions. When you pack light, you directly contribute towards decreasing the carbon footprint. Not only is packing light great for cheap removals it also helps you be more ecologically responsible. This can be as simple as donating or discarding things you don’t need anymore before you hire packing services.
Another great way of doing your bit for Mother Nature is to be careful with the packing supplies that you use. If you are hiring removal companies you don’t always have to purchase new moving boxes and supplies. Ask the moving company if they would be willing to rent packing supplies that they can reuse later. If you already have removal boxes at home or you can borrow from friends and family, forgo purchasing new ones. Stocking up on things like the original boxes and containers you purchased things in, storing bubble wrap and using old newspapers as cushioning layers is also a great way of recycling packing supplies and saving money. Instead of buying new packaging supplies and moving boxes every time you move just invest a little bit of time and effort in storing them away safely. Even if you don’t use them for home removals in the future you can pass them on to someone else and encourage others to adopt eco friendly removals practices.

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Combined removals are another intelligent way of reducing your carbon footprint. This is a great option for an environmentally conscious student moving to a dorm. Combined student removals are cheaper and they also involve using one removals van or truck instead of multiple vehicles. You can pack lighter and share moving truck rentals services with someone heading in the same direction as you are. This way you can play an active role in limiting vehicular emissions and carbon release into the atmosphere.
The best part about eco friendly removals is that you can plan efficient and speedy removals and feel good about doing your bit for the environment. The interesting thing to note is that most eco friendly moving techniques are also a really effective way to bring down removal prices. Now you can save yourself some money on removals quotes and contribute to a healthier environment!

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by HeatherRoberts on Thursday September 04, 2014

House cleaning is not the most dangerous of past times, but there are things that you should be aware of. Many of the products that you may be using in the home will be rather bad for you and for the environment, which means that they need to be treated with care, and if possible, avoided. Some environmental groups have put out the call for these products to be removed from peoples homes, as they are very bad in many ways. From the potential to poison children, to the deadly effect that they can have on the environment outside of your home, you will fin that it is a good idea to look in to what may be dangerous in your home, and to make steps towards ridding yourself of these chemicals once and for all. Have a look over the following ideas for how you could still get things clean with out having to use these deadly chemicals!

Contract cleaners will often be a large source of the way in which you purchase our products. If they have a favorite that they like you to get, then it is worth having a look on the back of the packaging for the information on what is inside. If you are less than impressed by the results, then it may well be a good idea to look into alternatives. Have a sit down with your cleaner, and make sure that they are aware of why you are making the changes, and that they are happy with it all. There are plenty of eco-cleaner products on the market, that you can use for almost everything, that are made form plant extracts and minerals so as not to harm anything.

Avoiding toxic chemicals in your cleaning

Oven cleaning is a particularly harmful part of the cleaning, where a strong product needs to be used in order to break through the grease and grime that builds up in the oven. These chemicals are so strong that you need to wear gloves, and sometimes even a face mask, so you can imagine how bad it would be if your child got hold of it! Be aware that the main answer to oven cleaning without chemicals is to simply use more of your own power in terms of breaking down the grime with a scrubbing brush and your own muscle. You will find that you can get a fair amount done with a fair bit of washing up liquid, which is PH neutral and pretty harmless.

Upholstery cleaning in the home uses a fair amount of chemical products, as does carpet cleaning, and it is in this that you should be thinking about getting a cleaning service round to sort these jobs for you. A professional cleaner Battersea can use steam which is much less harmful to you and the planet, in that it only really uses water, and sometimes a little soap for the job. The heat involved makes it a very effective option, though getting a professional in will always be a little expensive.

For all other jobs that you have around the house, there are many different ways in which you can avoid the normal chemical cleaners. For a start, you should look in to the use of more natural products that can be found around the home, like lemon, vinegar and baking soda. These three will combine in various ways, using their acidic or carbonated powers to cut through grease and grime in an effective but gentle way.

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by Sarah on Wednesday September 03, 2014

recycle houseThe green living movement revolves around personal responsibility. Participating begins with becoming aware of the many wasteful and polluting practices you engage in, knowingly or not, through the consumer goods and services you purchase, the businesses you support, and the way you choose to live your life. From there you have to change the way you think and act, developing habits that are sustainable and less harmful to the planet in general. And if you want to cut your carbon footprint on the home front, one of the best options to get started is by finding ways to conserve energy. Luckily, there are tons of ways to reduce your overall energy usage.

The first thing you need to do is become aware of energy waste in your home, and there are a couple of ways to go about it. For one thing, you can monitor when people in your household are using energy needlessly. Your parents no doubt harped on you about turning off lights and electronics when you left a room, although their directives were ostensible aimed at saving money. And now it’s your turn to impress upon your children the very same lessons, albeit with an eco-friendly bent.

However, you should also perform a home energy audit – or hire a professional to do one for you. This assessment involves a top-to-bottom inspection of your structure, along with a variety of tests designed to pinpoint areas of energy waste in your home. The report you receive from this testing will give you the information you need to seal leaks, increase insulation, and create a more energy-efficient household all around.

You might also want to use modern technology to your benefit. Smart home systems include sensors that help you to monitor electronic usage so that you can spot wasteful trends and adjust accordingly. But you also gain the benefit of convenience when you choose to install smart home products that allow you to remotely control electronic systems like your home alarm, your thermostat, and even lighting and other electronic devices (like your media center and appliances) via your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile gadgetry.

And of course, it’s a good idea to slowly upgrade to Energy Star products whenever possible, including lighting, appliances, entertainment electronics, and even doors, windows, and roofing that are guaranteed to be more energy efficient than standard consumer goods. But how you use them can be just as important as the items you install in your home. For example, setting up an HVAC zoning system and programmable thermostats will only help you to conserve energy if you take the time to program them appropriately. And the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) you use to replace standard incandescents may use a third of the energy and last ten times as long on average, but that doesn’t mean you can leave your lights on day and night.

Finally, you need to think about the source of your energy. So long as you strive to conserve, there’s nothing wrong with getting your power from a reputable company like Ambit Energy. But if you’re really committed to the concept of energy conservation and a net-zero carbon footprint, going off the grid is the logical next step. This means installing solar panels, a residential wind turbine, a geo-exchange, and/or other methods of collecting clean and sustainable energy from the elements.

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by HeatherRoberts on Friday August 15, 2014

Eco Domestic cleaning – how to clean a clothes-horse

Use a clothes-horse? You should. They are a great alternative to the dryer in winter months since they use zero energy.

Students are especially likely to use a clothes-horse since they are so cheap. But, with all due respect to students, there’s likely many of you out there who don’t have a clue how to clean it. In fact, you probably didn’t think it needs cleaning since it only ever has washed clothes placed on it.

While this is true, we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that our clothes are damp when placed on the horse, otherwise we wouldn’t need to use it at all. It follows that a typical student cleaning area is likely located in the bedroom. Here’s the image that springs to mind – the radiator is up on full and there’s clothes slumped all over the horse. True, there’s nothing wrong with this, but think of how much moisture and heat there is present in your room. There’s a lot. Especially if you’re unwilling to open the window during the steepest part of winter, your room is like an oven, only probably with even less ventilation.

Not to worry. Here’s how to clean your horse the natural way, keep this procedure in mind across other areas in domestic cleaning as it sheds some vital light on how to whiten, which is something applicable throughout home cleaning and especially in washing clothes.

Trusted organics you will need:

A small plastic bucket
A tablespoon
Baking soda
A lemon
Orange peel
Sea salt
White wine vinegar
A small bottle of household hydrogen peroxide
A double-sided sponge
A bath mat, or something similar

Eco Domestic cleaning - how to clean a clothes-horse

Step 1 – Prepare everything

It helps to have everything needed in front of you prior to starting. Simply place all of the above items out on your bath mat.

Step 2 – Pre-wipe

Make sure your clothes-horse is entirely clear before placing your plastic bucket in front of you, and on top of the bath mat. This will act as your liquid station and will help keep your room tidy during. For the purposes of being more universally applicable here, we are supposing that, as a student, cleaning will take place almost entirely in your room, apart from any rinsing where you may have to go and retrieve some hot water.

Anyway, for now, simply pour a cap-full of vinegar onto the soft side of your sponge and wrap it around each beam of the horse in performing a pre-wipe.

Step 3 – Make your solution

The emphasis here is on whitening. This is why we are using hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, sea salt and even orange peel.

Pour 6 tablespoons of baking soda into the mix, followed by double cap-fulls of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Also slice the lemon in two before squeezing as much juice out as you can. Finally perform 5 solid grinds of the sea salt. Stir the mix for 60 seconds with the tablespoon.

Step 4 – Clean

Dip the coarse side of your sponge into the mix before scrubbing each beam of the horse, wrapping the tool around each one.

Step 5 – Let it sit

Let your horse sit for a solid 30 minutes, ideally allow sunlight to steam through the window, otherwise turn your bedroom radiator on, setting it to full. Any drips will fall onto your bath mat beneath.

Step 6 – Repeat step 4

Now that your solution has had a chance to sit and penetrate all existing dirt and discolouring, it pays to do a repeat clean. Simply repeat step 4 before waiting another 30 minutes.

Step 7 – Polish with orange peel

Return after half an hour. Complete the job by polishing the beams with orange peel, ensuring the inside of the orange peel, the white side, is that which touches the beams.

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