Articles Posted in the Lifestyle category

Real men are eco-friendly

January 15, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

mens-health.jpgLast year Men’s Health magazine ran a series of Eco Tactics which included practical advice on conserving water, using less electricity, managing your waste, avoiding fast food, managing your transport and making Earth-wise travel arrangements. The six-part series is now available to download as one pdf.

The Tactics are nicely illustrated and user friendly; in fact, they are ideal for sticking on your fridge to remind you not to throw recyclable things in the rubbish and to fix that dripping tap! Although, I shouldn’t be suggesting this because the magazine asks you to download them and send them to a friend, and NOT to kill any more trees printing them out. Oops.

Download the Men’s Health Eco Tactics

Make a change: Green tip #5

January 3, 2008
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

cfl.jpgWe all know that we should use compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) because they consume less electricity, but the following calculations help to drive this point home:

If you use 60-Watt incandescent bulbs and burn them for 3 hours a day using electricity that costs an average of 35c/kWh, then each bulb will cost you R1.89 a month. If you use 11-Watt CFLs, each bulb will cost 35 cents a month in electricity. By changing to CFLs, over the course of a month you’ll save 49 Watts of electricity and R1.54 in costs. In a year the savings will total R18.48.

From April the price of electricity will increase by 14.2 percent, this means your annual savings per CFL could increase to about R21. Say you have an average of 10 lightbulbs switched on every night, your savings could amount to around R200 a year.

So, even though CFLs are more expensive than conventional light bulbs, chances are you’ll recoup the extra cost in less than a year. In addition, the life expectancy of a CFL is six times that of an incandescent bulb – 6,000 hours versus 1,000 hours.

Source: Eskom, “Saving electricity means saving money”

Make a change: Green tip #4

December 19, 2007
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

wrap-art.jpgBefore you go out and spend vast amounts of money on reams of wrapping paper decorated with the same-old Santas or snowmen that appear every year, take a look at Wrap Art. This site is full of illustrated ideas on how to wrap your gifts creatively using bits and pieces that you’ve got lying around the house. Your friends and family will be astonished at your creativity and your Christmas will be that little bit greener.

Make a change: Green tip #3

December 19, 2007
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

recycle1.jpegRecycle. You’ll save 1 100 kgs of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste. Every bit counts.


New handbook for sustainable living

December 15, 2007
Posted in Lifestyle

If you’d love to live a more sustainable lifestyle, but don’t have a clue where to start, the City of Cape Town has published a little gem of a book that is exactly what you need.

It’s called the Smart Living Handbook and it explains the hows and whys of things like recycling, energy efficiency, water use and the importance of conserving biodiversity. It’s very user-friendly and full of fascinating (and disturbing) facts, as well as practical advice on how to do things like make compost, conduct an energy audit in your home or estimate your household’s carbon emissions.

It’s focus is sustainable living in Cape Town, but the general information has broad appeal.

It would be brilliant if we could have one of these handbooks for Joburg.

To download a pdf version of the book, click here and look for the City of Cape Town Smart Living Handbook link.

Make a change: Green tip #2

December 10, 2007
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

Don’t throw away glass containers such as bottles and jars. Glass is not biodegradable, but it is 100-percent recyclable.

The energy saving from recycling one bottle will power a 100 watt light bulb for almost an hour, a washing machine for 10 minutes, a TV for 20 minutes or a computer for 25 minutes.
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Make a change: Green tip #1

December 4, 2007
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

Keep your car tyres properly inflated. Driving with under-inflated tyres can increase your fuel consumption, and therefore your emissions, by up to 5 percent. Keeping your tyres properly inflated also reduces wear and tear.

Source: Friends of the Earth