…Twenty four little hours, what a difference a day made… and the difference is you!
In my first blog post, I said, I am going to present you easy possibilities to be greener in daily life and before we have a look at green businesses, we will view our personal (green?) lives. Together, we will walk through a day which is as environmentally acceptable as it possibly can be. The main point here is energy efficiency and you’ll be surprised to hear that the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade present Greening Operations guides to enlighten the people.
Surely, you’ll know some of these examples, but I think it is important that you are aware of the consequences of your actions in this topic and maybe there are ideas that you had not thought of…
Imagine, this song (my favorite version being from Jamie Cullum) takes you away from your sweet dreams to this very special day: green day :) or shall we better say eco-friendly-day? You switch on the lamp beside your bed. This lamp uses energy-saving light bulbs, either CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) or LED lights. Those cost a little bit more, but they last much longer and are much more energy-efficient, so at the end, you save money with those bulbs.
Now you grab the remote control because you want to switch on your stereo system, but it does not work, the batteries are low. You use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones and you put the used batteries in the (solar-paneled) recharger.
Your eyes are not really open yet, so you go into the bathroom to wash your face. Be sure to close the tab tightly after use as dripping tabs are a costly thing: one drop per second adds up to over 10,000 liters per year. After having a pee, you press the small button for flushing (the big one is for bigger business). If you have an old-fashioned toilet reservoir, put one or two plastic containers filled with stones in order to reduce the amount of water flushing (think of the water you save in a year, if you save 4 liters per flush).
Back in the kitchen, you prepare your coffee. The coffee is fair-traded and you use filters made of recycled paper for the coffee machine. Coffee grounds work wonderfully as fertilizer for your plants. But on week days, you don’t have much time and you use a French coffee press, which doesn’t require paper filters at all.
Annoyed, you realize that the cornflakes package is empty. You throw the plastic and the paper packaging into different bins and open a new pack. Old batteries (dangerous toxics!) and wine corks (scarce resource!) you collect in order to bring them to a collecting station, for example Kaiser’s.
>>> That’s the first part of the exemplary eco-friendly day and in the next week, you will learn amongst other things about printer cartridges and reducing your electricity bill…