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5Cs Daily Tip: Sustainable Gardening

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Photo Credit: DIY Alternative Energy - Creative Ideas to re-use plastic drums

Photo Credit: DIY Alternative Energy – Creative Ideas to re-use plastic drums

Reuse plastic drums by connecting a hose as a yard sink. It can be used for cleaning vegetables outside. A bucket underneath saves the water (and nutrients from the soil) that can be put it back on the garden.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Sustainable Gardening

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Photo Credit: Liberated Gardener

Photo Credit: Liberated Gardener

Make all garden fencing with scrap wood and build vegetable trellises and arbors with fallen branches and saplings.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Green Product Certification

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eNERGY sTAR

Energy Star Product Label

 A labelling program for energy efficient homes, building products, electronics and appliances.  ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

No product will ever be 100% “green,” since all product development will have some impact on the surrounding environment.  It all comes down to degrees of impact and trading off between impacts.

To understand what a green product is, there are select attributes that describe green products and services listed below:

  • Energy efficient, durable and often have low maintenance requirements.
  • Free of Ozone depleting chemicals, toxic compounds and don’t produce toxic by-products.
  • Often made of recycled materials or content or from renewable and sustainable sources.
  • Obtained from local manufacturers or resources.
  • Biodegradable or easily reused either in part or as a whole.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Green Product Certification

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USDA Organic Product

USDA Organic Product

When looking to go green at the dinner table many will look for certified organic foods.  The United States Department of Agriculture has implemented the National Organic Program, which will indicate whether an agricultural product was produced in such a way that integrates biological, cultural and mechanical processes to conserve biodiversity and foster cycling of natural resources.  In general this means synthetic fertilizer, irradiation or genetic engineering practices will not be used.

The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations. A green product is one that has less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent. While on the topic of defining a green product, you must realize that almost no product will ever be 100% “green,” since all product development will have some impact on the surrounding environment.

When looking for green products, look for the certification labeling, if that is not on the product then keep on walking. Over the next few days, we will feature the most common certification labels and their meaning.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Green Product Certification

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The terms “green” or “sustainable” often refer to products, services or practices that allow for economic development while conserving for future generations. A green product is one that has less of an environmental impact or is less detrimental to human health than the traditional product equivalent. While on the topic of defining a green product, you must realize that almost no product will ever be 100% “green,” since all product development will have some impact on the surrounding environment.

When looking for green products, look for the certification labeling, if that is not on the product then keep on walking. Over the next few days, we will feature the most common certification labels and their meaning.

Green Seal

Green Seal

Green Seal Certification ensures that a product meets rigorous, science-based leadership standards.  It is a lifecycle assessment based labeling program for building products, green operations and maintenance procedures.  A green seal can be found on anything from a coffee filter to a hotel.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Cut the dairy

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It takes a lot of resources to raise cows, and it’s especially bad if you buy beef from countries where it was grazed on land that used to be tropical forest but was cleared for agricultural use. Deforestation is a top contributor to carbon emissions and thus climate change.

Photo Credit: Small Footprint Family

Photo Credit: Small Footprint Family

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5Cs Daily Tip: Use Energy Efficient Appliances

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GE Appliances

Photo Credit: GE Appliances

Make energy efficiency a primary consideration when choosing a new furnace, air conditioning unit, dishwasher, or refrigerator. Products bearing the ENERGY STAR label are recognized for having superior efficiency.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Reduce Air Travel

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video conferencing - facetime

Air travel is the biggest impediment today to living on less energy. Use of new video meeting systems is already reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from planes, trains and automobiles. Increase your use of video-conferencing tools like Skype and Facetime. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) utilizes Polycom and zoom, what video conferencing systems are used by your organization?

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5Cs Daily Tip: Recharge It

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Photo Credit: iSustainableEarth

Photo Credit: iSustainableEarth

Use rechargeable batteries instead of throwaway batteries in devices that need standard batteries. Batteries contain a number of chemicals that are considered toxic such as acid, lead, nickel, lithium, cadmium, alkaline, mercury and nickel metal hydride.  The batteries that are thrown into the landfills will eventually breakdown and leach into the environment causing contamination to the soil and ground water.

By utilizing rechargeable batteries you will also reduce the waste generated from the single use battery packaging, perhaps even reducing greenhouse gases by cutting down trips to the store.  Rechargeable batteries come in many different shapes and sizes and you can easily find different types that you need for your household products.

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5Cs Daily Tip: Go Green at Work – Use Both Sides

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printbothsides

Photo Credit: Thrifty Momma Ramblings

Configure your office printer or copy machine so it prints on both sides of the page. It is cost effective and cuts down on the amount of paper used.

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Photo Credit: Coloribus

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