Eco-Friendly alternatives you can use

Our planet is dying at a rate faster than once predicted. Given this sobering fact, it is now more imperative than ever for people all over the globe to change their behaviour and adopt more environmentally friendly practices. There are a number of alternatives that can be used in an effort to help the environment.

Reusable Napkins

One of the worst single use items to the environment are paper napkins. Unable to be recycled especially when they have been soiled with waste, napkins can cause a lot of unwanted trash. However, there is an easy solution to this. Opt for reusable organic cotton napkins. They can be used over and over again with proper care and washing. This eliminates the amount of waste in landfills.

Online Scratch Cards

Scratch cards were first introduced in the 70’s and since then have become popular as a form of gambling. These traditional paper cards need a coin or a key to scratch off the foil to reveal whether or not the card is a winner. Like many other items that have traditionally been made of paper, these have also been revamped to be more environmentally friendly. Scratch cards can now be purchased at online casinos in an electronic format. To reveal the hidden symbols, a mouse is used.

Baby Food Pouches

Purchasing baby food in convenient single serving containers has always been practical for busy moms. Today, given the amount of waste this practice produces, moms are questioning the logic of this considering its effects on the planet. As an alternative to traditional containers, reusable baby food pouches are becoming popular. They are easy to use and are safe for use in both the freezer and dishwasher.

Now is the time for consumers to be even more conscious of the footprint they are leaving. While these are just three ways of reducing this impact, there are even more ways in which consumers can be environmentally friendly.

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Investments & The Environment: Gold Mining

Gold Mining

With environmental policies and efforts becoming increasingly popular in many parts of the world, it se
ems that more people are slowly beginning to realize the necessity of protecting the Earth. However, not everybody knows how to do it. Most are familiar with some basic eco-friendly concepts – recycling, cutting back on fuel emissions, etc. – however, many do not realize just how much they can do to contribute to environmental efforts. For example, did you know that your choice of investments can directly impact environmental issues?

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Are We Funding Our Own Demise?

Daisy Demise | Source: jumpinjimmyjava on Flickr under CC By 2.0 LicenceThe following is a condensed, less academic excerpt of a paper I recently wrote for my final graduate course. It also represents the completion of Task #3 on my 9-Week Productivity Challenge and the beginning of a series of posts here on Earth and Money related the social and environmental impacts of our investments. The series began unofficially two weeks ago with a look at an emerging type of investment vehicle, community bonds.

Basic economics would dictate that public demand drives the success and failure of various enterprises. A company can only sell a product if someone desires it (though through good marketing, they can manufacture that desire as well). However, while average Canadians make greater strides towards environmental consciousness, they may be undoing their own efforts by bankrolling the very companies they are boycotting or attempting to avoid with their investments. In a nutshell, Canadians (and quite frankly, citizens worldwide) are funding their own demise by supporting companies which create unhealthy environments. This, in and of itself, is a major environmental health problem that has been grossly overlooked in the current environmental movement. When a consumer goes out of their way to purchase organic foods, what purpose does that serve if they have their money invested in companies that seek to produce unsustainable, pesticide-laced foods which only drive up the price of the very organic foods that they want to purchase?

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