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Two Incredible Tricks to Save Energy June 7, 2013

Wasting energy harms the atmosphere and increases your carbon footprint. When you waste water, not only are you contributing to the shortage, you’re also getting rid of energy that’s used to transport the water to your home, so it’s a doubly heinous crime. And I hate to remind all you homeowners of it, but I’m pretty sure the electricity bill doesn’t pay itself!

 

Rapid Wash Cycle

If your washing machine has a ‘rapid wash’ setting, use that instead. As the name suggests, it will be faster, and it will save energy.

 

Save Water

Replace the water in the back tank of your toilet with a filled water bottle or a brick. You’ll save so much water. I’m not sure of the science behind this, but I think it may be there just to weigh down the toilet, so a heavy item will be just fine.

 

I hope you enjoy conserving amazing amounts of energy. It’s your duty.

Ceej

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Stop Poisoning Water: Keeping our Drinking Water Clean May 14, 2013

Filed under: Going Green,Health,Water Crisis — Mary @ 1:15 am
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So What?

We all need water. A human being can’t go three days without drinking any water. Animals need water. Plants need water. Most things that are living need water. But the thing is, water is not a resource that we can just always have. We have to work hard to keep enough water for everybody. Water may seem like a never-ending resource, something that would always be there, but think of it like this. 70% of the earth is made up of water. Of that, about 3% of that is fresh water, and 1% of that fresh water is accessible.

So, yeah, water isn’t something that’s going to last forever, so we have to conserve it. But we also have to do more than conserving it. Conserving water is only the first step. Taking shorter showers, turning the water off when you’re brushing your teeth and flushing the toilet only as much as you have to are all good things. But in the world we live in, the water we conserve may not actually stay drinkable for long. The chemicals we have in our shampoo, nail polish, gasoline and more are seeping into our water through a very simple and possibly easy to prevent process.

How Does Our Water Get Polluted?

First, you don’t clean up after yourself. All around us is waste on the ground: you’ve seen it. The gasoline in puddles. The soda cans on the ground. The dropped things we don’t bother to pick up. The dog poop that we must have missed. Even the pesticides that are on crops and gardens and lawns. At the time, these things seem trivial — you can put them off until tomorrow, say it won’t do any damage overnight, you’ll do it later. But what if it rains? Where will all that stuff go? What if it’s not there in the morning?

I’ll tell you. It washed away. It slipped over the fields, ran into the sewers, got into the water.

Some of those things have very dangerous chemicals. They get pushed into our water, and they poison it. Some of these things are exposed to us at the tap, and some of these things are removed. But none of these things are safe. They harm us, and try as we might to conserve water, all those efforts will go to waste if we poison it, if we pollute it.

 

How Can We Keep Our Water From Being Polluted?

It’s actually very simple, though you may not believe it. All you have to do is pick up after yourself. Don’t use pesticides. Don’t procrastinate and tell yourself you’ll do it tomorrow. (And this is coming from one of the biggest procrastinators to roam the earth, so you have to know it’s important.) Don’t be like Annie and say, “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I’ll do it, tomorrow, that’s only a day away!” There are other steps you can take, too. You can make sure you’re buying things that don’t really have chemicals. Don’t litter. Pick up other people’s litter. Protest coating things in harmful chemicals.

And, so we can have that water to potentially poison, you should conserve water. Conserve conserve conserve. We don’t want to waste water, and we don’t want to waste the water we refrained from wasting. It’s like stopping an algebraic equation after you’ve narrowed it down to 6 = 2x. You still need to divide by two to make it 3 = x. We don’t want to stop trying to have enough to drink just by conserving. We also have to do that little extra step of dividing so that we can solve it, get an A+, and be happy. Oh, yeah, and drink enough, too.

 

World Water Day March 21, 2013

Filed under: Awareness,Holidays,Water Crisis — mochi @ 3:05 pm

Happy World Water Day, everyone! WWD is tomorrow, March 22nd, and it is a day to celebrate the importance of water and try to bring it to everyone in the world. Sadly, many people do not even have access to this basic necessity. People living in poverty use less than 5 gallons a day, while the average American uses 100. Water is, and has always been, scarce, but some people have less access to it than others, and they deserve more to be healthy. That’s why here at Bonsai, we’re celebrating World Water Day to brainstorm how to help and raise everyone’s awareness about it.Here are some ways you can celebrate water without wasting:

~drink it

~buy a reusable bottle

~provide a day’s worth of safe drinking with butterfly rewards (care2.com)

~swim

~enjoy more sustainable options, like…Nika Water

Nika

Bottled water isn’t great- the plastic is bad for the environment, and the molecules can leak into your h2o. But Nika is making a 100% effort to counteract the negative effects of bottled water by donating 100% of their profit to charities, and using 100% recycled bottles. Not only that, but they recycle a bottle every time one is made. And every time 98 bottles are sold, they plant a tree. Nika really is a lifesaver! Encourage your family and friends to buy Nika water instead of other brands like Arrowhead or Dasani. It helps the earth and its people, not to mention that it is incredibly good tasting.http://www.nikawater.org/Scroll to the bottom of each page to read facts (some of which are found in this article.)

 

Filtration and Sanity

Sometimes people have access to a large source of water, but it is dirty and unsafe for drinking. It might even contain trash or animal waste! This water is obviously unhealthy and is the cause of many diseases, which impoverished people are not able to care for.

 

Blue Gold

Water is probably the one most important resource on the planet, and there just isn’t enough of it to go around. This is partly because of overpopulation and partly because of greenhouse gases causing mass evaporation. So if there isn’t enough to go around, how can we make sure everyone gets some? We’ll have to ration. Cut down on your water usage- even if it seems like what’s coming out of your tap is limitless, it’s not.

 

You can help end the water crisis by:

~educating people about it

~donating to funds like water.org

~taking showers, not baths

~watering your lawn when it’s cool to prevent evaporation

~fixing all your leaks

~using tap water

 

Power of the Tap

Tap water is regulated and filtered for drinking uses. If you use it to clean your cups and glasses, why shouldn’t you use it to drink? It’s perfectly safe and you can reduce your water footprint by doing so.

 

Tell everyone you know to celebrate World Water Day, and help as much as you can!

 

Don’t Drain the Earth February 16, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized,Water Crisis — Maryse @ 6:28 pm

If you have to shower, or bath, do it quick. Don’t drain the earth. Try to take the shortest shower, or just wash in front of the sink. The Earth needs to keep some water. Also, try to get some natural soap too!

Ruby, President of Bonsai

 

Ways to Prevent Global Warming

Filed under: Air Purifying,Keep the Ground Clean,Recycling,Water Crisis,Wildlife — rolemodelsforme @ 5:56 pm

Global Warming is a very important issue currently. Take polar bears as an example. Polar bears can’t live without the snow and ice, so they’ll very much suffer if we can’t stop global warming soon enough. There are many ways YOU can prevent global warming, just wait and see.

Plant trees. Carbon dioxide is the most important gas to plants. When you decrease the level of carbon dioxide in the environment reduces the global warming effect caused by what causes carbon dioxide.

Try not to use fuel. Use less energy, or try not to pollute the Earth. Burning fuel increases the amount on greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the world.

Reduce. Throwing garbage out causes a lot of global warming. Things that are found in nature, can be thrown onto the ground and will eventually decompose, which can prevent global warming.

Recycle. Recycled items take far less energy to produce new items than items produced from scratch.

Reuse. By reusing items, you are saving a lot of energy as well as getting new enjoyment.

Conserving water. Saving water saves a significant amount of energy. Distributing water takes up a lot of energy, which sadly can’t be helped very much. At home, turn off the faucet immediately after you’re done using it. You may not realize it, but that also helps prevent global warming.

Global warming is a serious issue right now, and I hope this post inspired you to try to help prevent it.

 

 
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