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The kitchen is often the place where we have most of the electronics and one of the busiest areas of the home. Therefore, the use we make of this space can influence both our health and economy, and the environment. Food we cook, our use of water and energy, waste management and the choice of cleaning products are everyday habits that talk about how we are committed to caring for the planet.
Reducing carbon footprint in the kitchen is not just something easy to apply, but can also positively impact the health and economy of all household members. If you want to join this trend but do not know where to start, we propose to incorporate these green tips with your family.
efficient use of appliances and kitchen appliances
The right choice of electronic products can make the difference in saving energy. The refrigerator, for example, is the appliance that consumes the most, but can be much more efficient if a model A or B is selected (see here the differences and how to identify them ). Other effective measures are open doors as little as possible, defrost the freezer regularly and maintain equipment at an average temperature of six degrees Celsius.
Regarding the kitchen or stove, a simple way to reduce consumption is to use diffusers in the stove, which in addition to helping more even cooking can reduce up to 20 percent using gas. In Argentina, the company TNR sells this product created by 100 percent recycled and recyclable aluminum.
In addition to the diffusers, there are daily habits to consider such as: not preheat the oven (modern devices usually do not require this step);extinguish the fire five or ten minutes before and finish cooking with the residual heat; and reheat in microwave small plates (as Energy Star , the use of this device demand by up to 80 percent less energy than the kitchen).
Filters vs. bottled water
If the water in your house will not build trust, you can include a filter or purifier: this option is cheaper and less polluting than buying bottled water daily (plastic containers cause pollution).
Also remember that every day hundreds of liters of drinking water are wasted on activities such as washing dishes and food. Therefore, it is best to close the tap and wiping through containers: it saves up to ten liters per wash.
Locally sourced food
Like appliances, food choice is key to saving the planet. The difference is that what you eat directly impacts your health and your family. Therefore, we recommend incorporate eating habits that have less negative effect on your body and the environment. The ideal is to reduce the consumption of animal meat, industry accounts for about 18 percent of total global emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition, they should eat local and seasonal products to reduce the use of transport and preservatives. Finally, fresh foods are healthier than frozen and require less energy to produce, transport and conservation.
Composting and recycling
The kitchen is one of the environments that generates more waste per day.To reduce the amount, the first thing is to choose products that do not have much unnecessary packaging. Then, it is essential to classify between organic and inorganic waste: while the first urban collectors are often responsible, the latter can be used to fertilize the soil of safe and healthy manner.
For this, you can build homemade compost (see here ) or buy electrical appliances, such as those produced by the firm NatureMill . In these machines only you need to deposit food debris to obtain the product as fertilizer.
In addition to serving as fertilizer, the remains of some foods can be reused in the kitchen: such is the case of citrus peels, which dries become tasty condiments.
Detergents and degreasers usually applied in the kitchen contain chemicals that pollute soil and water. Therefore, it is best to replace them with biodegradable and plant – based preparations. The good news is that more and more companies dedicated to manufacture and market these products exist. In many cases receive audit and certification organizations like Ecocert , who control the presence of friendly ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda, vegetable oils or beeswax, among others.
You can also make household cleaning products such as oil-based antiseptic tea tree. It is a natural anti-fungal and viral (available in health food stores), which when mixed with water acts as a disinfectant. What did you think these tips for a more accountable kitchen? Already you decide to incorporate? Feel free to visit us at dripsndrops.net.
Last April , the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) approved labeling system or environmental distinctive vehicles , depending on their pollution potential. This classification stems from the need for large cities to implement policies of positive discrimination and / or negative depending on vehicles, with the aim of improving the quality of their air. So far, to encourage the purchase of less polluting vehicles, there was only a fiscal instrument through registration tax, which records the CO2 emissions of each vehicle. This instrument, which aims tocombat climate change, has brought a serious externality, as it has indirectly encouraged the use of diesel vehicles, whose CO2 emission is lower than a similar gasoline, but with dioxide emissions nitrogen and much higher particles. So, to fix a problem, there has been another.
I do not want to demonize the use of diesel vehicles because they are a great option outside large agglomerations. But definitely, in big cities, the dieselization the circulating park is one of the main reasons for the poor quality of their air.
Environmental distinctive vehicles will serve in the future to establish restrictions on access to the most polluting vehicles in the cities, as happens, for example, in areas of low German issue.
- Label 0 emissions: for those vehicles that do not emit pollutants into the atmosphere. This label pure electric, the hydrogen fuel cell and plug -in hybrids with more than 40 km autonomy are included.
- ECO label: for those vehicles using alternative fuels or cleaner technologies. Here vehicles powered by natural gas (CNG and LPG) for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and hybrid vehicles not included in the label 0 are included.
- Label C: petrol vehicles Euro 4, 5 and 6 and Euro 6 diesel.
- Label B: petrol vehicles Euro 3 and Euro 4 and 5 diesel.
Untagged vehicles will be considered as contaminants.
With this system, the DGT labeling claims to have 50% of the Spanish fleet. The problem will come when municipalities wish to implement measures about 50% of the vehicles considered pollutants because it is a very important block. In my opinion, it would have been interesting to create one or two more labels.
Do not be surprised if in a few months receive a label of these. In principle, their use is optional, but if you do not bring any means that your vehicle is polluting.
In all likelihood, in the future based environmental policies will be applied in this system and is able to improve air quality. But until that day comes, we can use the CPAP Sydney anti – pollution masks as passive protection system our health.
As companies lean more on their service organizations to lower costs, higher revenues and competitive advantages, many are migrating to a complex ecosystem of people, parts and information. As a result, outsourcing is becoming a popular trend for reasons such as a greater need for expanded geographical coverage, mandates to improve service profitability, continued rising costs of labor field service, seasonality of business service, increased product installations areas of low density, competitive pressures and more.
Drive Consistent High Quality Service through His Ecosystem Service
As a result, there is greater demand for easy management and monitoring of all those essential components involved in the network of service delivery. Whether you are choosing a full or partial service outsourcing approach must be diligent selecting the right partner, managing the network performance of service and maintaining customer satisfaction. In addition, accountability and performance management can be challenging when multiple levels of contractors and subcontractors involved in service delivery. Organizations that choose to provide partial or full service sales through third parties should keep a watchful and process control throughout the network monitoring service.
Vendor management and Third Party Astea allows you to manage your vendors and third party services with a solid, secure and unified platform. This portal can now serve as your single point of information for all concerned full-time and those outside. As a result, you will have the necessary level of upward and downward visibility and accountability that is critical to improved automation and network optimization service step. If the third party is an agent or an external service provider that supplies parts, you will now be able to track and manage all parties involved in its supply chain service. External suppliers and service agents (SAs), for its acronym in English, will have access to a secure portal that will allow them to enter, update and view regarding a service order, logistics and reverse logistics functions relevant information. With a mouse click, you can interconnect all its ecosystem of service lifecycle to eliminate redundant processes and drive efficiencies that are ongoing. Additionally, you will benefit from increased visibility, collaboration and communication.
Environmental toxic substances are introduced into the environment that cause an effect on living beings and the environment, or if not have a direct effect have the potential of causing damage capacity.
For us this is the best and broadest definition of what is an environmental toxicant.
When we talk about environmental toxins usually imagine fumes and gases, it is the most typical image we all have of an environmental toxic. But the reality is that environmental toxicants can be found in the waters and land whether or not culture. Many of them have the characteristic of their high persistence and permanence or transmitted through the food chain to us. Also in some cases they are cumulative.
They can be classified in many different ways, depending on the type of study or needs that are specifically required. These are some of the possible classifications:
- For its physical state: Solid gaseous, liquid or.
- For its target organ (Diana): Liver, kidney, lungs, heart, etc …
- For its potential toxicity: Slightly toxic, very toxic, extremely toxic, etc …
- For its specific effects: mutagenic, teratogenic, carcinogenic, etc …
- By their chemical composition: inorganic, organic.
The health effects of different environmental toxins depend on dose, exposure time and other factors specific to each person, because not everyone reacts the same way to the same exposure.
Today most of the world ‘s population, both in developed countries and the developing country, is exposed to high levels of environmental toxins, so much so that in October 2013, the WHO classified thepolluted air as a human carcinogen in Group 1, after analyzing and reviewing recent scientific literature evaluating the carcinogenicity of air pollution.
On the other hand the growth of calls environmental diseases or emerging diseases such as multiple chemical sensitivity MCS, are blowing up health warnings, because the magnitude of the problem can overcome any forecast established.
It is very important to become aware that it is not necessary to be specially exposed daily exposure but is toxic and we will bring sooner or later health problems.
The main elements on which we will focus on a study of geo-environmental health are:
- particulate Matter
Defining the levels of these factors can design effective solutions for improving the environment by reducing your exposure and thereby decreasing the health effect either preventive or palliative level.
- With so popular Ebola outbreak appeared among us an exaggerated paranoia comparable with swine flu, dengue or the end of the world in 2012. Here we leave a list from movie 2k to accompany this moment and come.
1 The Andromeda Strain (1971)
After a government satellite of the United States crashes near the city of Piedmont (New Mexico), all city dwellers die quickly. There are only two survivors, a man of sixty-two years and a six months. When all panic and begin to suspect that the satellite brought a strange germ, the military activated a team of scientific elite who had previously met only for emergencies of this type. A classic science fiction very paranoid people who can not miss.
2 28 days (2002)
This film reinforces the fear of the real inability of the world facing an epidemic of fast -acting and effective contagion, what we all want to see.
The story begins somewhere in Cambridge a raid by activists for the rights of animals access to a research laboratory with the intention of releasing a group of tender monkeys who were “fuming”, being used in various secret experiments. Driven by their fanaticism, activists decided to release the animals ignoring the warnings, the last time they launch one of the scientists responsible for the project frightened, warning about the dangerous virus inoculated in primates.
3 Epidemic (1995)
Another classic of this kind of science fiction movie somewhat maniacal. A monkey carrying a strange disease (monkeys always have to blame for everything) is captured and taken to the United States where infects humans of a people. The US government must decide what steps to take to prevent the spread of this pest.
4 Contagion (2011)
An American woman keeps an affair in China and contracted a rare disease that causes your country and one of the largest epidemics. A lot of bad milk has this poor woman, some will say that it goes through promiscuous. Meanwhile, the US health department becomes aware of this event when the situation is out of control. A surprising film for its fidelity to reality by faithfully following international protocols health.
5 Carriers (2010)
Four young cross a desert by car in order to escape an epidemic unleashed a virus that could have wiped out all humanity. To survive a series of self-imposed rules, of which the most important is to have no contact with other human beings, survival in its purest form.
6 In the house door (2006)
As if one morning, Brad says goodbye to his wife Lexi, who is going to work. Soon after a string of bomb explodes in the city, and means awarded the act of a terrorist action. The pumps generate a cloud of toxic gas and other communications routes and are absolutely useless. Much has to do with the Twin Towers paranoia post. The constant presence of toxic ash rain and the complete lack of information which plays very well here with the role of the media in this type of crisis maintains good suspense. The thing finally arises like this: if you get caught in a giant deadly contamination zone, would you feel saved in the secluded sanctuary of your own home?
7 Panic in the Streets (1950)
Another classic jewel of this type of film. It is characterized by its approach to the detective genre, a film of epidemiological contagion where the search for a murderer becomes a frantic race a doctor to find a source of spread of pneumonic plague before unleashing the full panic of the population.
Green Film Festival in San Francisco 2016 will have a special presentation and focus in Mexico with a series of environmental documentaries that tell the stories of people and their own ways to protect their land, water and oceans.
Beginning on Friday, April 15 with renowned documentary Master . The film shows the life of Mayra Aguilar, a teacher from a small fishing village in Baja California, which becomes the first Mexican woman surfer area. Thus, Mayra also changes the expectations of your community what is appropriate for women or not. This documentary is part of the program of short surfing.
The Festival delves into the heart of Mexico, with Sunú a debut feature film production Principal Teresa Camou on Saturday, April 16. This documentary exposes the rich wisdom and respect around the corn and traditional rituals at risk of disappearing due to mass production. This story is seen through the eyes of small and medium producers of maize in Mexico. Camou film exposes the reality of a world threatened by large companies like putlocker.
In H2OMX , Sunday 17 April, we see mismanagement deputy minister of water in Mexico City.Twenty million people depend on this water source unreliable and face an ongoing battle for rationed, transport and consume with greater discretion and care. At the same time, we see communities are beginning to find their own solutions.
It is easy to see reflected in all these films environmental problems and realities that are present not only in Mexico but also in our home here in California where we are also trying to solve our connection to the ocean, drought and problems concerning agriculture .
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The 2016 Green Film Fest will be spotlighting films from Mexico, with a series of environmental documentaries that bring to light people following their own path to protect their land, water and oceans.
Starting on Friday April 15 with award winning documentary La Maestra. The film profiles Mayra Aguilar, a teacher from a tiny fishing village in Baja, Mexico, who becomes the first Mexican woman in her area to surf. In doing so, Mayra also changes her community’s expectations of what’s appropriate for women. Part of our Surf Shorts program.
The Festival delves into the heart of the Mexican country, with Sunú, a feature film debut from director Teresa Camou on Saturday, April 16. The documentary exposes the rich wisdom of a fast-disappearing rural tradition centered respectfully around maize through the eyes of small, midsize, and large Mexican maize producers. Camou’s film knits together different stories from a world threatened by big business.
In H20mx, Sunday April 17, we see the gross mismanagement of the water supply in Mexico City. Twenty million people are reliant on this unreliable water source and face a continual battle to ration it, transport it, and consuming it with the utmost judgment and care. At the same time, we see communities are beginning to find their own solutions.
It is easy to see reflected in all these films the environmental passions and crises closer to home, as we try to resolve our connection to the ocean, drought and farming here in California.
Waste incineration is advocated by some people, institutions and pressure groups arguing their ability to produce energy from combustion (now called energy recovery); but, in fact, incinerating waste transforms gases, suspended particles, polluted water, ash and slag ;These resulting products are more toxic than the original waste, ie incineration not “removed” residues but the concentrates.
Products or waste resulting from incineration can be dispersed in the environment: air, soil and water and, through this medium, reach food and people. The ashes of the filters must be carried hazardous waste landfills. The current legislation allows the use of slag cement manufacture or in public works , although dioxins, furans and other Persistent Organic Pollutants are not controlled (COPs ). Incineration also generates polluted water from washing systems gas cleaning that must be treated.
In addition, these products resulting from the incineration containing suspended particles, many of them very small extent (ultrafine) to easily pass the lungs and from there to the blood . These particles are heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, dioxins and furans, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide and other compounds transported by them. Most of these products are toxic, carcinogenic and teratogenic effects have also become part of the etiology of many diseases, some known and others emerging, even at low concentrations, due to bioaccumulation and persistence in the body.
Even when new incinerators and cement industries have begun to incinerate municipal waste, incorporate technological improvements in restraint systems of particles and pollutants, keep in mind that, regardless of the technology adopted (grills, fluidizing bed, Drum rotary, etc.) thousands of new pollutants, of which only 10-20% occur are known . Its formation depends, among others, the material is intended to combustion of the recorded temperature and completely casual mixture of substances in furnaces. From this point of view municipal waste may be the most dangerous in the extreme heterogeneity that characterizes them .
The devices controlling pollution of all incineration processes capture and concentrate pollutants, but not “eliminate” and so, although there were no incidents on these devices, contaminants are transferred to other media. Although the best use filtering and purification technology we know that there may be breaks and accidents, and more as you get older installation. There is enough evidence of serious discharges of pollutants into the atmosphere.
There is a contradiction between the development of plans for improving air quality in large cities and metropolitan areas, which aim to reduce air pollution, especially particulates and nitrogen oxide concentrations above the levels set by the European directives, and the proposal to increase the amount of municipal waste for incineration in incinerators and cement.
There is extensive experience with other models of municipal waste management that significantly reduce the risks to health and the environment, and are more sustainable : minimization at source (packaging, plastic bags, etc.), reuse, sorting at source, selective collection, recycling quality, composting and energy recovery by anaerobic digestion of organic matter. This model reduces the need for raw materials, saves energy, minimizes the effects on the climate, the negative effects on health and the environment, does not have the high investment costs and maintenance of incineration and, on the contrary, it creates many more Job positions. Indeed, it is not the “easy” way of the pipe end solutions (landfill and incineration), but is decisively promote this new culture to the entire population and overcome the difficulties.
We think that incineration should not coexist and be complementary with preventive models. If we invest large amounts in plants and incinerators will be necessary to amortize burn waste at maximum capacity. Multiply the volume of incinerated waste is entirely inconsistent with the strategy of further progress in the model to reduce, reuse and recycle. Download pdf file here pdf hush hush.