Go Green Get Green

What’s that all about? How do we do that? What does this mean?

Well, its something that this world of our needs to look at very carefully and take on board in changing the way the world works, taking on making improvements in our lives to help keep our world ‘alive’. Afterall there is only one for us.

Such a huge subject that I decided that we can never have too much about how we can help, so am posting again on this subject. In this post, we will cover some tips and information on how to Go Green Get Green. Plenty more to come.

Here’s a video I saw on Facebook, so enjoy and this could easily be ‘for starters’.

These biodegradable plates are made entirely from leaves

These plates don’t require cutting down trees

Posted by In The Know Conservation on Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The World Around Us

Has it ever occurred to you that we are able to do something to help with being ‘green’? There is so much information to absorb these days that at some time we suddenly realise that, yes, there is something I can do, even if only a small action.

Maybe, as the video above shows, start purchasing ‘green-made’ items for our homes.

Plastics be gone!

I’ve purchased paper straws at my local supermarket, so they are easily available in a relatively short amount of time since starting to be publically advertised for some food franchises.

Have you been to Starbucks lately? Not one in our town, however, apparently, they are now using paper straws. I have been to McDonald’s and was supplied with one for the milkshake purchased. Acknowledgement and advancement of these companies are great for the environment.

Has anyone tried using the bamboo kitchenware now available? They are great and easily available. I purchased a lovely set of eating utensils, plate, cup, knife, fork, spoon etc for my younger grandchildren just last Christmas. I have to say they were not cheaply priced, however, I believe that it is not only helping the environment but helping them (the children) to understand the need for change.

Isn’t this picture below a dreadful sight? A seashore lined with plastic bottles.  This pic is taken on the island of Vanuatu who is the first country to ban plastic bottles. I think we can see why. Congratulations to them for taking this action. Let them not be left alone and that others follow in quick succession.

 

 

 

RECYCLING

How hard is it to recycle? In your town do they provide kerbside collections for plastics, glass, cardboard? Do they (local council) provide a drop-off point where you can make it a weekly/fortnightly/monthly chore? – If not then perhaps you could approach the council and request that something is put into place. Start making a difference in your town where the need be.

 

Green Waste – this too can be addressed. Composting is the number one way to go,  not only will you achieve a lush healthy garden and nutritious veggies, but you can also be seen as environmentally friendly. However, if need be there is a ‘green’ bin available for collection.  Should this not be conducent to your home area then find the local outlet. Your local council will have this information.

variation of recycle symbol

Wind & Solar Power

Many countries are now turning to solar or wind power for generating the electrical needs of their communities.

Wind Power – Areas chosen for environmental improvement are such that the wind plants are erected along hills, ranges or small mountains where the wind current can generate easily.

Below is a photograph of the wind plant in my local area of the Manawatu, in New Zealand. This is called the Tararua Wind Farm.

Tararua wind farm is New Zealand’s largest wind farm, both in terms of the number of turbines and output. It has approximately 134 turbines has a combined capacity of 161 megawatts and an average annual output of 620,000-megawatt hours.

With average wind speeds of 35 kilometres per hour the wind farms performance ranks amongst the best in the world, operating at a 46% capacity factor (capacity factor is the amount of electricity actually generated relative to the amount that would have been produced if the generator had been running at its full output over the same period). The international average capacity factor for wind farms is around 30%.

We are very proud of our skyline over the ranges and the wind farm with these huge propeller giants are a popular tourist attraction all year round.

Are you solar-suitable?

Solar power – Before you can enjoy a sun-powered home, you’ll want to find out if solar panels stack up for you.

Solar panel on a red roof reflecting the sun and the cloudless blue sky

A PV  (photovoltaic) system for an average-sized house can be installed. Depending on the cost of installation, solar power itself depends on several factors, including:

  • how much power the panels generate, how much of that you use, and how much is sold back to the retailer
  • the earnings you forgo by not investing the money spent on solar elsewhere or, if you are borrowing, the interest payments you make
  • how much power prices and buy-back rates rise or fall over the lifetime of your panels, and
  • the lifetime cost of the system, including any repair.

Assessing your property for PV suitability essentially comes down to two factors: the power a system can generate and how much of that power you can use. It’s important to note solar PV is a long-term investment, which brings added risk and uncertainty. Over the 20+ year life of the system, there are likely to be changes, electricity prices and buy-back rates, and household electricity use that could reduce or increase the actual return provided.

The future of being green

As we continue on our journey of helping our world, this planet we inhabit, the future of being green is H U G E – there is something each and every country, town, or person can do to conserve this land we call ‘home’.

Doing your ‘bit’ for human survival, it doesn’t matter what it is, be it, stop using plastic bags, composting your garden and kitchen waste, recycling or installing solar power in your home, every little step is a step toward being GREEN.

Trust you have enjoyed this post and perhaps learned from some of the information given.

Please leave a comment and tell us what it is you are doing.

Until next time, regards, Linda

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