At the very least, living a sustainable life means simplicity and frugality.
We can’t go out and buy all the stuff advertisers try to cram down our throats.
We don’t need the most powerful car on the block or the fanciest home entertainment center.
And we can’t afford to live paycheck to paycheck and max out on credit cards to get all of it.
The broader concept of sustainability includes attention to the environment. As Thoreau asked, “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Continue reading →
Advice on how to stop wasting water often includes various ways of reusing water.
Watering houseplants with cooking water, for example. It also includes how to maintain your home’s plumbing.
In this post, I want to focus on how letting water run unnecessarily wastes water. Continue reading →
Stella Lux solar car
I always try to park in the shade on a sunny day so the inside of my car won’t get so hot.
If solar cars become practical, I’ll want to park in the sunniest place I can find.
When will electric cars with solar panels on the roof be available? Continue reading →
Contributed by Tim Bailey
Many businesses have begun to focus on green practices in product packaging.
But at the same time, many of the most encouraged practices cost money to implement.
These financial challenges can put businesses off making the move.
Being green might entail some cost for your organisation. But taking steps to become more environmentally sound offers some reward. Here are five of the biggest business benefits of eco-friendly packaging. Continue reading →
Robot recycling sorters
We toss our recycling into a single container. Then a truck hauls it to a materials recovery facility (MRF).
Sorting it is monotonous and potentially dangerous work for humans.
Some manufacturers have developed robotic sorting systems.
This infant technology has enormous potential. Robots don’t slow down. They don’t need breaks or vacations (except occasional down-time for routine maintenance). They can work continuously all day and night.
With artificial intelligence (AI), they can learn to separate, say, one plastic from another, as well as human sorters. So far, though, it doesn’t appear that robotic sorting can completely eliminate the need for human eyes.
AI promises to reduce a MRF’s operating costs, speed up their processes, and improve the quality of their output. Can it work economically? Continue reading →
Coquina Beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
After water, sand and gravel are the world’s most abundant resource.
In recent decades, the we have mined—and wasted––so much of it that the we’re actually running out of sand.
People have used sand for construction since prehistoric times. It is the chief component in glass.
Recently discovered processes also depend on sand. These include silicon chips for electronics and fracking.
Demand will continue to grow into the foreseeable future. And demand has begun to exceed supply. Continue reading →