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  • Green-cleaning-company1_177_

    http://crowncapitalmngt.com/pre.html http://crowncapitalmngt.com/terms.html

    Many ideas and theories behind "Green Cleaning" are great. I truly believe most people's and even company's hearts are in the the right place. But, just because you put the word "Green" on the label and throw up a picture of a leaf (don't look at our logo) doesn't mean it's environmentally friendly.

    I believe our best plan for minimizing our carbon footprint, from the cleaning side, is to use common sense more and cleaning products less.

    Here are 6 ideas to help accomplish this goal:

    1. Use the least amount of cleaning product possible

    Most green cleaning products have the "green" title because the chemicals they use or don't use are supposed to be biodegradable and/or less harmful if they find their way into the ground. I'm sure that is true, but our goal shouldn't be to find the most ecological product, it should be to use as little cleaning product as possible.

    Recommendation: Buy only concentrated cleaning products in the largest size you can or make your own.

    1. Be more concerned about the plastic bottle than the chemical inside

    The negative environmental impact of the plastic bottle, even if you recycle it, may be far greater than the chemicals inside. The bottles needs to be made, stored, shipped and recycled. Each one of these steps require energy and fossil fuels.

    Recommendation: Buy good quality trigger sprayers (the good ones will last a long time) with ...

  • Green-cleaning-company1_177_

    http://crowncapitalmngt.com/pre.html http://crowncapitalmngt.com/terms.html

    Many ideas and theories behind "Green Cleaning" are great. I truly believe most people's and even company's hearts are in the the right place. But, just because you put the word "Green" on the label and throw up a picture of a leaf (don't look at our logo) doesn't mean it's environmentally friendly.

    I believe our best plan for minimizing our carbon footprint, from the cleaning side, is to use common sense more and cleaning products less.

    Here are 6 ideas to help accomplish this goal:

    1. Use the least amount of cleaning product possible

    Most green cleaning products have the "green" title because the chemicals they use or don't use are supposed to be biodegradable and/or less harmful if they find their way into the ground. I'm sure that is true, but our goal shouldn't be to find the most ecological product, it should be to use as little cleaning product as possible.

    Recommendation: Buy only concentrated cleaning products in the largest size you can or make your own.

    1. Be more concerned about the plastic bottle than the chemical inside

    The negative environmental impact of the plastic bottle, even if you recycle it, may be far greater than the chemicals inside. The bottles needs to be made, stored, shipped and recycled. Each one of these steps require energy and fossil fuels.

    Recommendation: Buy good quality trigger sprayers (the good ones will last a long time) with ...

  • The tragedy of environmental denial

    Community, Environmental Design

    Smokestack-sunset_177_

    QUATHIASKI COVE, B.C. — The psychological dynamics of problem solving are well known. When a problem is identified and assessed, and when a corrective strategy is formulated and activated, then people begin to feel better. Hope replaces the feeling of inevitable defeat that is the result of inaction. Uncertainty and procrastination are corrosive to contentment and lethal to optimism.

    Optimism can’t replace pessimism until constructive action begins. This explains why increasing numbers of people are becoming gloomy about their environmental future. Those with even the most rudimentary understanding of environmental issues recognize that the problems are large, serious and complex, that they are deep and global rather than superficial and local. As the predictions of climate science become more dire, the mood darkens. The dangerous threshold of a 2°C increase in global temperature is now considered to be inevitable. The scientific models are predicting 4°C by 2060-2070, and — unless we reduce emissions quickly and dramatically — at least 6°C by 2100.

    The pessimism in Canada is particularly pronounced because this country has a federal government that actively subverts international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, is silent on the ecological effects of a melting Arctic, avoids discussing the root cause of extreme weather events, systematically obstructs scientists who raise issues of environmental relevance, and blithely plots a future for Canadians tha...

  • Codrington-australia-wind_177_

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance has performed an analysis of different forms of energy production in Australia, and discovered that electricity from renewable energy sources was cheaper to produce than electricity from new build coal and gas power plants.

    New wind farms in Australia can produce electricity at $80/MWh, which is far cheaper than coal power stations which produce at $143/MWh, and even natural gas power stations at $116/MWh.

    Michael Liebreich, the chief executive at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), stated that “the perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date.

    The fact that wind power is now cheaper than coal and gas in a country with some of the world’s best fossil fuel resources shows that clean energy is a game changer which promises to turn the economics of power systems on its head.”

    This may leave some to question why renewables continue to receive support from the government, but BNEF explained that normally new build renewables must compete with pre-existing fossil fuel power plants which don’t have the large cost of construction.

    BNEF also predict that by 2020, large scale PV solar farms will be cheaper than coal and natural gas, in fact Racth Australia, an Australian energy company, said that it can already build new solar installations at around $120/MWh, and prices are constantly falling. Based on the findings of the analysis Kobad Bhavnagri, the head of clean energy research at BNEF, suggested t...